If you’re looking for something to do – you’ve come to the right place!
When people think about February, the first thing that comes to mind is Valentine’s Day – a “holiday” that receives mixed reviews across the board. Fortunately, there are plenty of other things going on in the city that don’t involve cheap chocolates and overpriced prix fixe dinners. The month of February is filled with culture, festivals, and an extra day off from work; so don’t break out your favorite pair of sweat pants just yet! We’ve conducted a list of the best things going on in Los Angeles for the next 28 days. Yup, making plans just got that much easier. [Featured Photo: @krrissyg]
1. The Break Up Bar Pop-Up, February 1-14
This anti-Valentine’s Day pop-up bar opens its doors to broken hearts (and festive singles) across the city for two weeks only! Tickets are $20 a person and include a complimentary cocktail or a sparkling wine flight but you’re going to want to bring some extra cash. Sip on crafted drinks like Ghosted and I Dealt With Your Parents For Years or indudlge in a ‘healthy’ amount of cakes, dessert fondues, cookie towers! Learn more here.
2. Museums Free-For-All, February 2-3
This weekend will be your chance to visit all of the museums that have been on your bucket list but not within your budget! Over the course of two days over 40 galleries in the region will open their doors to locals in celebration of Museums Free-For-All. Specially ticketed exhibitions will still require payment but with all the money you’ll be saving, it won’t seem like much. For a list of participating museums, click here!
3. L.A. Skip Trip To Mt. Baldy
Prepare for a day of skiing or snowboarding at Mt Baldy with guided round-trip transportation from Los Angeles! You’ll have expert sourced adventure staff to light the way so you’ll be in safe hands throughout the whole expedition. There’s going to be plenty of options for skiers/riders/Angelenos of any ability level so what are you waiting for? Go hit the slopes! Learn more here.
4. Chinese New Year Midnight Temple Ceremony, February 4
Start of the Chinese New Year in Chinatown with a midnight ceremony at the Thien Hau Temple! Whether you’re attending to offer to the deities, burn incense for good fortune, awaken ancestors, or simply to be enthralled by culture – this a traditional gathering you won’t want to miss. Learn more here!
5. Emo Nite, February 5
Throw it back to your emo years at the Echoplex’s emo dance party! With previous surprise appearances from Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus and former From First to Last Frontman Sonny Moore – you never know who may show up for the occasion. Prepare yourself for a night of raving and don’t forget to bring eyeliner! Learn more here.
6. “Charles White: A Retrospective”, February 17 through June
Catch the work of African-American artist and activist Charles White at the LACMA. The exhibition includes 100 drawings and prints and oil paintings focusing on historical and contemporary African Americans, depicted in ideal portraits and everyday scenes! Learn more here.
7. Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival, February 9
This 120-year-old L.A. tradition may be one of the oldest, but it certainly isn’t lacking in entertainment! The day of the Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday of the year for nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in SoCal, so expect a night filled with tons of festivities, food, appreciation, and storytelling! Learn more here.
8. Cupid’s Undie Run, February 9
Raise money for a great cause while getting to wear your underwear in public! The Children’s Tumor Foundation is having their annual Valentine’s Day-themed run in Santa Monica to help fund finding a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 births. Don’t miss out on the pre- and post-dash dance party! Learn more here.