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10 Best Things To Do In LA In February

Best things to do in LA in February
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February is a surprisingly good month in LA for events, there’s the advent of the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, Bob Baker Marionettes AND numerous other things going on. It may only be the second month of the year, but we’re not waiting around in Los Angeles, we aren’t wasting time – we’re creating amazing events. If you’re looking for guidance on what to do this month then check the list below, in our opinion these are the 10 best things to do in LA in February.

Events & Activities in Los Angeles This Month

1. CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR OR FIRECRACKER FESTIVAL (VARIOUS DATES)

The Lunar New Year is a sacred event in Chinese culture and throughout much of Asia. This community has been hard hit in Los Angeles this week, so why not show some love and support by celebrating with them? The Huntington Library is always worth a visit anyway – and so is Chinatown. Now you have the perfect excuse to go to there.

For more information about the Firecracker Festival, including the must-do Boba Garden, check here.

The Huntington Library event is family-friendly and features lion dancers, a mask-changing artist, martial arts demonstrations, music, art, craft demonstrations. More information here.

Year of the Dragon
Year of the Dragon

2. CATCH A SHOW (VARIOUS DATES)

There’s usually at least one Broadway big-hitter in town and February is no exception. The Wiz is at the Pantages Theatre from February 13, in a pre-Broadway run. If theatre isn’t quite your thing, how about a stand-up comedy show? Hasan Minhaj is appearing February 2 and 3. More information here.

Why not do dinner and a show in Hollywood? Eat at Musso and Frank GrillMel’s Drive In25 Degrees at the Roosevelt Hotel or Palms Thai and then it’s only a short stroll to the theatre itself.

3. THE LA ART SHOW (FEBRUARY 14-18)

Los Angeles is a key important place in the art world, both because we have a lot of wealthy people living here and – partly because of that – we have a lot of world-class art museums. The LA Art Show is a huge art fair, held in downtown’s convention center, near the crypto.com arena. There are exhibitions, organized by local and international art galleries, as well as other installations and experiences.

More information here.

4. BOB BAKER MARIONETTE THEATER (VARIOUS DATES)

Bob Baker Marionette Theater is always a great place to visit. A few years ago the company moved into a new (historic) theater in Highland Park, on York Boulevard. The shows are really something special as this type of theater is something of a lost art. But the kids will love it and there’s some sly humor for the adults too. This is definitely one of best things to do in LA in February.

Magic Strings whisks you away on a fantastic voyage, inviting you to sled down frosty slopes in a winter wonderland or become a flâneur strolling Parisian streets with puppet pals! Run away to the place where imagination dwells.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

More information here.

Bob Baker Day in State Historic Park

5. CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A MOVIE (FEBRUARY 10 and 14)

If you’re not in the mood for the traditional romantic movies this Valentine’s Day, how about some more visceral takes on a mushy movie? Street Food Cinema is hosting The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with Sins o’ the Flesh), followed by Romeo + Juliet  with a cabaret performance as part of its Bloody Valentine series. 

Is there a better way to spend Valentine’s Day?

More information here.

6. LA: FOOD + HISTORY + DESIGN TOUR (EVERY SUNDAY)

Southern California has some of the best food in the world – in fact 40% of the food Americans eat comes from our state – and Los Angeles is a beneficiary of that fact. Our LA: Food + History + Design tour celebrates it with a selection of the best of the best: the French Dip Sandwich, a locally-invented dish, tacos on Olvera Street, birthplace of Los Angeles and a visit to Grand Central Market, one of the top food destinations in the U.S. 

In between courses we show guests the best of LA design and tell them the fascinating story of our city.

More information here.

LA: Food + History + Design Tour video

7. VISIT A LOS ANGELES MUSEUM (ALL MONTH)

We have a ton of world class museums in Los Angeles. Why not use February to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one or two? This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s got more than enough institutions to keep you going this month.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Getty Center

California Science Center

Natural History Museum

The Broad

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Academy Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Huntington Library

Norton Simon Museum

Holocaust Museum LA

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Griffith Observatory

8. CALI VIBES (FEBRUARY 16-18)

This music festival is one of the best in Los Angeles. It takes place at Marina Green Park, in Long Beach. The line-up this year includes Ice Cube, Sean Paul, Stick Figure, Surfer Girl, Too Short and The Roots. And Gwen Stefani.

More information here

9. CYCLAVIA: MELROSE (FEBRUARY 25)

CycLAvia is coming to Melrose Boulevard on LA’s Westside this month, turning it into a street for bicyclists and pedestrians – with some great shopping. These events have had a huge impact on Los Angeles and changed how many Angelenos think about the city and getting around it. It’s always the best time to visit a neighborhood, so this is definitely the day to make that trip to Melrose.

More information here.

10. EXPLORE AN LA NEIGHBORHOOD: CULVER CITY (ALL MONTH)

Nestled in the middle of the Westside, Culver City is often overlooked as people pass through on their way to more interesting places. However, this little Los Angeles County city has a surprisingly large number of attractions and things to do. Boasting 2 movie studios, a lovely historic downtown and a seriously big hill, which offers great views of LA, Culver City is well worth visiting in its own right. It’s also very conveniently located on the Metro E-Line.

This February use our guide to Culver City for your own exploration of this under-appreciated part of the Los Angeles metro area, you’ll be glad you did.

Culver City video

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– By Damien Blackshaw. (Twitter)

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