Weekend Events | February 23 – February 25

Wrap up February with fun around the neighborhood. From 5k’s to fundraisers, we have you covered. Check out what’s happening this February 23 through February 25!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | February 23 – February 25 

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run

When: February 24 – February 25 

Where: DTLA

What: Join in on a 5K or 10K run or walk, a one-mile dog walk, or a 20 or 50-mile bike ride as part of this Chinatown tradition. The starting and finishing point for all events is the Chinatown Central Plaza, where a family-friendly festival will be taking place simultaneously.

CicLAvia: Melrose

When: February 25 – December 8  

Where: Melrose

What: Experience a unique cycling journey on February 25th, navigating through Fairfax, Larchmont, Melrose Hill, and East Hollywood. This edition of the event invites you to enjoy these neighborhoods like never before, on a route designed for cyclists and free from cars, showcasing a commitment to bike-friendly paths and community engagement.

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

When: Until February 25

Where: DTLA

What: Renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne reimagines Shakespeare’s classic tragedy through a dynamic interpretation, blending it with Prokofiev’s powerful music to create one of his most captivating works. This production, which received a four-star review during its New York run, will be showcased at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. for a month, offering audiences a fresh and engaging theatrical experience.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | February 23 – February 25

Afro-Latinx Festival

When: February 25 

Where: Long Beach

What: Watch Colombian folk dance, Brazilian street performance and Puerto Rican rhythm at this celebration of the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America. MOLAA’s free event also includes a bunch of food vendors and art workshops.

Love At First Paw Comedy Event

When: February 25

Where: Santa Monica

What: Enjoy a delightful afternoon of stand-up comedy, refreshing drinks, and support for rescue dogs at this unique comedy event. Begin with a charming rescue dog kissing booth at JuneShine’s Santa Monica tasting room, complete with a special Valentine’s treat for your pet. The event continues with a comedy show by Funny Girl Events. A suggested donation of $25 benefits Bubbles Dog Rescue, enhancing the experience by aiding animals in need.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: Until February 25 

Where: Rolling Hills / RanchoPalos Verdes

What: Santa Monica Place celebrates the Lunar New Year featuring Chinese lion dance shows, red envelope specials, and cherry blossom wishing trees. Leading up to the festivities on February 17, you have the opportunity to join a holiday-themed cooking class at the Gourmandise School on February 10 at 6 pm, priced at $125.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | February 23 – February 25 

Beginning Field Sketching with Diego Blanco

When: February 24 

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation | 10459 Tuxford St Sun Valley

What: Participants in the special class at the Theodore Payne Foundation gardens will learn about plant parts and how to capture their form through sketching. Guided exercises facilitate a deeper connection with nature, enhancing both artistic expression and botanical knowledge. This immersive experience encourages attendees to observe and depict the natural world around them, fostering both creativity and scientific understanding.

Comedy for a Cause Fundraiser

When: February 25 

Where: The Good Nite | 10721 Burbank Boulevard

What: The Comedy for a Cause Fundraiser at The Good Nite on Sunday, February 25, 2024, promises an evening filled with laughter for a charitable purpose. Starting at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, attendees will enjoy performances by top comedians in a casual and friendly setting, all in support of a noble cause. This event is designed to provide both entertainment and an opportunity to contribute positively to the community.

Fluffology Cooking Class: Intro to Your Dog’s Nutrition

When: February 25 

Where: 11128 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood

What: Attendees at the upcoming cooking class will be immersed in the fundamentals of canine nutrition, led by an expert nutritionist. They will explore how to craft delicious, nutritious meals specifically designed for dogs. The session includes hands-on guidance on dog nutrition principles and offers participants a sample recipe to try at home, ensuring their furry companions can enjoy healthy, homemade meals.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | February 23 – February 25 

Ventura Marathon and Half Marathon

When: February 25, 6:30am – 10:45am

Where: Ventura

What: The 2024 Ventura Marathon and Half Marathon are planned for Sunday, February 25, 2024. The marathon and half marathon are point-to-point races, starting in Ojai and ending in downtown Ventura. The marathon starts at 6:30am.

MEDITATING WITH ANIMALS

When: February 25 

Where: Chesebro Road Agoura Hills

What: The event begins with a communal gathering, leading into a leisurely exploration of the ranch, offering attendees the chance to bond with Barnaby the piglet, alongside friendly goats, mini-donkeys, peacocks, and horses. The journey continues back to a Tipi for a session of meditation and sound healing, curated to deepen the relaxation and joy of the experience. This serene afternoon promises to be a nurturing escape into nature, leaving participants with lasting happiness.

Paint your own Serving Dish

When: February 24

Where: China Painting Studio | 22702 Burbank Boulevard

What: Elika’s Porcelain Painting Workshop offers a unique opportunity for participants to delve into the art of porcelain painting, creating their own beautifully painted plates and personalized gifts. This workshop not only teaches the techniques of painting on porcelain but also allows attendees to craft functional art, enhancing the personal touch in their living spaces.

Weekend Events | February 9 – 11

This weekend is jam-packed and full of events to celebrate. From Superbowl LVIII to Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, there is endless fun to be had. Read on below for our curated list of happening from February 9 through February 11.

 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | February 9 – February 11 

LoveStruck Cinema

When: February 10 – February 14 

Where: DTLA

What: Street Food Cinema presents a special screening and performance series that highlights the theme of love, hosted at the Million Dollar Theater around Valentine’s Day. This event features two movie screenings accompanied by themed performances, including a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a shadow cast performance by Sins O’ the Flesh, as well as “Romeo + Juliet” paired with a performance by Cabaret Versatile.

John Williams Spotlight

When: February 2 through May 19, 2024

Where: DTLA

What: In the ongoing multi-year tribute to John Williams by the LA Phil, attendees can experience “A Century of Film” from February 2 to 4. This event, conducted by David Newman, will feature a selection of pieces from several of Williams’ scores, including Indiana Jones and Close Encounters, alongside music from Batman, The Godfather, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia, and other iconic films.

Mardi Gras at Farmers Market

When: February 9 – February 13 

Where: Boyle Heights

What: Celebrate Mardi Gras weekend at the Farmers Market with a unique twist by joining in the annual festivities, including the Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest on Saturday at the Market Plaza. Watch as pets in costumes compete, with the crowd picking a King and Queen in different size categories, and winners receiving prizes from the Dog Bakery. The celebration begins on Friday on the West Patio with live music that continues over the weekend and returns on Fat Tuesday. Enjoy traditional New Orleans cuisine like seafood, gumbo, jambalaya, Cajun meatloaf, blackened chicken, beignets, and po’boys throughout the event.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | February 9 – February 11

Puppy Bowl Tailgate Party

When: February 10 

Where: West LA

What: Forget the Super Bowl; Los Angeles has its own “pup rally” in celebration of the Puppy Bowl! This light-hearted, dog-friendly gathering at the Wags & Walks Adoption Center in West L.A. promises an irresistibly cute experience. It features football-themed photo opportunities, tasty treats for both humans and dogs, agility challenges, and the chance for adoptions. For those feeling peckish, several food trucks will be on-site, along with Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., offering both coffee for attendees and special pup cups for the furry guests.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

When: Until February 18

Where: Anaheim

What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at “the happiest place on earth” – Disney California Adventure. Embracing the Year of the Dragon, the park is hosting a month-long multicultural festival. Children will enjoy photo opportunities and parade processions featuring Mulan, Mushu, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Meanwhile, adults can indulge in a delightful culinary experience with flavors from China, Korea, and Vietnam.

Lunar New Year Celebration at South Coast Botanic Garden

When: February 3 – February 25

Where: Rolling Hills / RanchoPalos Verdes

What: Every weekend in February, South Coast Botanic Garden hosts vibrant Lunar New Year celebrations featuring lion dancers, drummers, and folk dancers. Performances dedicated to the Year of the Dragon take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 3pm. These half-hour shows are part of a full day of activities in the garden’s lower meadow, running from 10am to 4pm. The festivities include red lantern decorations and the option to participate in additional classes, such as puppetry and tea ceremonies, available for purchase.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | February 9 – February 11 

Valentine’s Day Handbuilding Pottery Workshop

When: February 9 

Where: Northridge

What: Attendees are invited to a fun and creative Valentine’s Day Handbuilding Pottery Workshop. Learn to handbuild beautiful pottery pieces as ideal for gifts or home decor. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. It’s a hands-on opportunity to unleash creativity in a welcoming environment. This in-person workshop offers a wonderful way to spend quality time with loved ones or to meet new friends. It presents a unique chance to craft something special for someone dear this Valentine’s Day. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up promptly.

Succulent Heart Wreath Workshop

When: February 11 

Where: Burbank

What: Create a beautiful 10″ wreath overflowing with live succulents and natural mosses to complete your seasonal Valentine’s decor! Enjoy crafting on a beautiful afternoon in the garden with friends or that special someone! Each participant will assemble their own unique, living wreath arrangement that will last and last!

The Beauty Lab Galentine’s Paint Night

When: February 10 

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Grab your homies and come paint and sip with us at The Beauty Lab! Enjoy this Paint and sip instructed by artist, Jessica Hernandez. This session will be on a partially pre-sketched canvas, so no painting experience is necessary! Jessica will be there to take you step by step to create your own masterpiece. Each ticket gets you a 12×16 canvas and all the art materials you’ll need to go home with a beautiful painting.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | February 9 – February 11 

Boney Mountain Trail Half Marathon & 7K in Newbury Park

When: February 10 

Where: Newbury Park

What: The Boney Mountain Trail Half Marathon and 7K is planned for Saturday, February 10, 2024, in Point Mugu State Park, starting at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park. Challenging, single track, switchback climbs and descents, creek crossings and climb up the Old Boney trail.

Valentine’s Day Event at the Stagecoach Inn Museum

When: February 10 

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum

What: Get ready for an unforgettable Valentine’s extravaganza that’s not just for lovebirds! Bring your special Valentine and the whole family to experience a heart-pounding afternoon filled with excitement. Dive into the thrill of our Signature Bunny Hunt, now with a sweet Valentine twist that will keep everyone on their toes.

Chinese New Year Celebration 

When: February 11

Where: Fred Kavli Theater

What: The Chinese Dragon Year Celebration will take place at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center. This annual event, organized by the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association (CCCA) for over 30 years, promises an evening filled with a diverse array of programs. This includes dramas, music, special arts, dance performances, and magic show, all inspired by the rich heritage of Chinese culture spanning thousands of years. 

Exploring Long Beach | Out & About

Long Beach, California, is a vibrant and exciting city with a wide range of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re a local resident or just passing through, there’s always something to do in this bustling coastal community.

For a delightful bite to eat in Long Beach

 

One of the best ways to experience the city is to explore its vibrant food scene. Long Beach has a thriving restaurant culture, with a diverse range of cuisine options that will suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, or authentic Mexican cuisine, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love.

Ammatoli Mediterranean Bites

Ammatoli is a vibrant Downtown Long Beach restaurant owned by Dima and Sam Habibeh, serving up authentic Levant region cuisine. Enjoy exotic delicacies from Iraq to Israel on beautiful plates as if you were dining in the Mediterranean! Alongside your meal experience, tea service is like no other – an immersive journey awaits at Ammatoli.

Gusto Bread

Step into the world of Gusto and discover a magical bakery that has earned national recognition for its delicious pastries, boules, baguettes, cookies – and much more. Come take a look at their daily selection or order ahead online! Head Baker Arturo Enciso has been creating wonders in this Long Beach kitchen since they moved to a larger space earlier last year.

The Nest: A Breakfast Joint 

At the Nest, Antonio Appling serves up a unique blend of Southern hospitality and SoCal vibes. Not to be missed are his famous biscuits ‘n gravy – but for something totally unexpected, try the breakfast torta with roasted pork; you won’t regret it!

If you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, Long Beach is also home to a variety of great shopping destinations. From local boutiques and specialty stores to large department stores and shopping centers, there’s something for every shopping taste.

Places to shop in Long Beach

The Pike Outlets:

A large shopping and entertainment complex that features a variety of high-end and budget-friendly retailers, as well as a range of dining options and entertainment venues.

Retro Row:

A quirky and fun shopping district that is home to a variety of vintage clothing stores, retro furniture shops, and unique boutiques.

Shoreline Village:

A charming outdoor shopping and dining destination. Shoreline Village overlooks the picturesque Long Beach Harbor. This fun shopping area offers visitors a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions to enjoy.

 

No matter how long you’re in Long Beach, there’s always something to do and explore in this dynamic coastal city.  Likewise, you can expect a great experience in one of California’s most popular destinations.

Luxury Decor Ideas for VDay | Home Tips

February, the month of love, presents a perfect opportunity for luxury homeowners to infuse a romantic ambiance into their living spaces. With VDay at its heart, it’s the ideal time to consider elegant home makeovers that blend romance with opulence.

Creating an Intimate Setting with Lighting

Lighting plays a pivotal role in setting a romantic mood. For a luxurious touch, consider installing dimmer switches to adjust the ambiance of your rooms. Chandeliers with crystal accents can add a sophisticated sparkle, while strategically placed floor lamps can create soft, inviting corners. For an intimate dinner, nothing beats the classic charm of candlelight – consider elegant candelabras or scented candles to enhance the mood.

Luxurious Textiles for a Sensual Touch

Incorporate plush textiles to add both comfort and elegance. Velvet throw pillows, silk bed linens, and high-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets can transform your bedroom into a romantic retreat. Consider draping a cashmere throw over your living room sofa for cozy, intimate evenings.

Romantic Color Palettes

Colors deeply influence the atmosphere of a space. Soft pinks, deep reds, and rich purples can add a touch of romance to your decor. These can be incorporated through accent walls, decorative pieces, or even fresh flowers. Remember, the goal is to create a warm, inviting environment that still aligns with your home’s luxurious aesthetic.

Art and Decor for Love

Artwork can be a subtle yet powerful way to infuse romance into your home. Choose pieces that evoke feelings of love and passion. Sculptures, paintings, or even artistic photographs can serve as beautiful reminders of love. Additionally, elegant vases filled with long-stemmed roses or exotic flowers can add a natural, romantic flair.

Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Experience

Transform your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary for VDay. A deep soaking tub, fluffy bathrobes, and a selection of aromatic bath oils can create an indulgent, relaxing atmosphere. Soft, ambient music and a tray of chocolates and champagne can complete this luxurious experience.

Outdoor Spaces: Setting for Romance under the Stars

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces this VDay. A well-designed patio or garden can be the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Comfortable, elegant outdoor furniture, string lights, and a warm fire pit can create a magical setting under the stars.


In conclusion, transforming your home for Valentine’s Day is about creating spaces that are both romantic and luxurious. By focusing on lighting, textiles, color palettes, art, and creating intimate spaces, your home can become the perfect setting for celebrating love and luxury. This February, let your home reflect the elegance and romance that this month is all about.

Weekend Events | January 26 – January 28

Enjoy all that the weekend has to offer with our weekly round-up of top local events. From Lunar New Year festivals to nature walks and more, there is plenty to do. Explore your neighborhood’s happenings this January 26 through January 28.

Los Angeles Weekend Events | January 26 through January 28 

Lunar New Year Festival

When: January 27 and January 28

Where: Monterey Park

What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Monterey Park Festival in Los Angeles, a two-day event located in the city’s vibrant Chinese district. Spanning five blocks in Downtown Monterey Park, the festival features traditional folk art, delicious food, and a fun-filled carnival area. The festivities usually start on Saturday morning with a lively display of firecrackers, along with dragon and lion dances. With past events attracting over 100,000 attendees, it’s wise to plan your visit in advance. The city recommends using the complimentary parking shuttle services available at Mark Keppel High School (501 E Hellman Ave) and El Repetto Elementary School (650 Grandridge Ave).

Uncorked Wine Festival

When: January 27

Where: DTLA

What: With over 150 wines and wineries, food trucks, music, and a picturesque setting, Uncorked Wine Fest at Union Station promises an ideal Saturday. This event is set to delight wine enthusiasts with a stunning array of varietals. General admission attendees can enjoy tastings from 6 to 9pm, while VIP ticket holders get an additional hour beginning at 5pm. The tickets cover all wine tastings, with food available for purchase separately.

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | January 26 through January 28 

Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure

When: January 23 – February 18

Where: Anaheim

What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at “the happiest place on earth” – Disney California Adventure. Embracing the Year of the Dragon, the park is hosting a month-long multicultural festival. Children will enjoy photo opportunities and parade processions featuring Mulan, Mushu, Mickey, and Minnie Mouse. Meanwhile, adults can indulge in a delightful culinary experience with flavors from China, Korea, and Vietnam.

The Dr. Seuss Experience

When: Until January 31

Where: Santa Monica

What: Immerse yourself in the whimsical universe of Wockets and Truffula Trees at The Dr. Seuss Experience, an interactive adventure inspired by the beloved books of Dr. Seuss. This enchanting experience brings to life the vivid characters and landscapes from classics like The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. Guests can explore a series of rooms, each offering unique interactions with characters and perfect photo opportunities. At the heart of this pop-up lies a mirror maze, inspired by The Sneetches, providing a captivating challenge. Catch this touring show at Santa Monica Place starting in November 2023 for a magical journey through the world of Dr. Seuss.

Stand Up for Pups

When: January 26

Where: Playa Vista

What: Bring your dog along to the Annenberg PetSpace for a pet-friendly comedy night, featuring performances by Faysal Lawrence, Kaela Crawford, Vargus Mason, Ashoka Thomas, and Nthenya. Hosted by Caitlin Benson and backed by DJ VFRESH, this event promises an entertaining evening. Your ticket includes two drinks and part of the proceeds will go towards the PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | January 26 through January 28 

Shaping Gravity: Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane

When: Until March 10 

Where: Glendale

What: Experience the vibrant interpretations of abstraction by seven artists at this complimentary exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum. Explore diverse artworks ranging from sculptures and paintings to augmented reality pieces and interactive video projections. Featured artists include Jen Stark, Molly Larkey, Shane Guffogg, Michelle Jane Lee, Christine Nguyen, Rema Ghuloum, and Sara Ippolito.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved Museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

Birding in the Garden: An Experiential Walk and Talk

When: January 27

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation | Sun Valley

What: This special class offers a walk through the TPF gardens, where participants can identify local birds and understand the vital relationships they maintain with native plants and other species. It provides insights into which birds are permanent residents and which ones are seasonal visitors, their primary food sources, and other interesting details. This class presents a unique opportunity for attendees to listen, observe, and learn about the diverse range of birds in the surrounding environment.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | January 26 through January 28 

Welcome Walk at Malibu Creek State Park

When: January 27, 10am – 1pm

Where: Malibu Creek State Park

What: Participate in a leisurely 2 1/2 hour nature walk led by a Malibu Creek docent, exploring the creek and the shade of the oaks. During the walk, the docent will share insights about the local wildlife and plant life in the mountains, as well as the park’s distinct history, including its past in film production. This activity is family-friendly and open to all.

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and 10K in Ventura

When: January 28, 7am – 12pm

Where: 800 W Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

What: The 11th Annual Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K is planned for Sunday, January 28, 2024. The race will start at Emma Wood State Beach Group Campground and head north onto the bike path. Start time: 7am full marathon, 7:15am half marathon, 7:30am 5K/10K. 

Begin Anew | Wellness Day Retreat

When: January 28

Where: Topanga Canyon

What: Attendees are invited to experience a day of rejuvenation at the Begin Anew | Wellness Day Retreat in the serene setting of Topanga Canyon, CA, USA. This retreat provides an escape from everyday stresses, allowing participants to engage in a range of wellness activities designed for self-care and relaxation. The in-person event features yoga and meditation sessions, nature walks, and holistic workshops, catering to various interests. It’s an opportunity to explore new methods of enhancing well-being, while also connecting with others who share similar interests. This retreat is a chance to focus on mental, physical, and spiritual health. Interested individuals are encouraged to reserve their spot for a journey towards improved wellness.

Weekend Events | January 19 – January 21

Explore all the fun happening in your neighborhood this January 19 through January 21. From pop-ups to paint and sips and more, there are plenty of things to do around town. Check out this week’s round-up of weekend events!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | JANUARY 19 – JANUARY 21

Smorgasburg LA

When: Until December 2024

Where: DTLA

What: Every Sunday, ROW DTLA hosts a vibrant food market featuring a variety of food vendors, ranging from popular pop-ups to emerging culinary talents. Keep an eye out for this year’s new additions, such as Basket Taco Co, Battambong Barbecue, and Taste of the Pacific.

Luna Luna: Forgotten Fantasy

When: Through Spring 2024

Where: Boyle Heights

What: In the summer of 1987, Germany hosted a unique carnival where traditional rides were embellished with art from Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Sonia Delaunay, and many others. After that summer, this distinctive carnival disappeared, tucked away in storage for years. Recently, however, Luna Luna has been resurrected in Los Angeles. Thanks to the efforts of several art world collaborators and Drake, the carnival has been meticulously restored and reassembled. It is now open for visitors in a Boyle Heights soundstage until the spring of 2024.

Celebrating Frank Gehry

When: January 18 – January 21 

Where: DTLA 

What: The Los Angeles Philharmonic concludes its homage to the architect of the Walt Disney Concert Hall with a performance of Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold,” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and featuring scenic design by Gehry, scheduled from January 18 to 21.

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | JANUARY 19 – JANUARY 21

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers from the Civil Rights Movement

When: Until February 25

Where: Westside

What: Discover over 150 impactful black-and-white photographs captured by nine photographers at Skirball’s civil rights movement exhibition. This collection showcases a blend of daily life scenes, protest moments, and influential figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibition highlights not only the subjects in front of the camera but also the activist photographers behind the lens.

The Mean Girls Experience L.A.

When: January 12 – April 21, 2024 

Where: Santa Monica

What: Get ready to immerse yourself in a Mean Girls-inspired adventure in Santa Monica where you might just hear some “you can’t sit with us!” exclamations. With each ticket, you’ll enjoy a meal consisting of an entree and side (such as the “Stab” Caesar salad and cheese fries) in a cafeteria-style atmosphere. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Cool Mom Bar and numerous photo opportunities, including Regina’s bedroom mirror, the Burn Book, and the talent show stage. Located at 2020 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, it’s the ultimate Mean Girls experience!

The Dr. Seuss Experience

When: Until January 31

Where: Santa Monica

What: Immerse yourself in the whimsical universe of Wockets and Truffula Trees at The Dr. Seuss Experience, an interactive adventure inspired by the beloved books of Dr. Seuss. This enchanting experience brings to life the vivid characters and landscapes from classics like The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. Guests can explore a series of rooms, each offering unique interactions with characters and perfect photo opportunities. At the heart of this pop-up lies a mirror maze, inspired by The Sneetches, providing a captivating challenge. Catch this touring show at Santa Monica Place starting in November 2023 for a magical journey through the world of Dr. Seuss.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | JANUARY 19 – JANUARY 21

Beginning Field Sketching with Diego Blanco

When: January 20

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation | 10459 Tuxford St Sun Valley, CA 91352

What: The special class at the Theodore Payne Foundation Gardens invites individuals to learn about the parts of a plant and how to effectively sketch their forms. Through guided exercises, participants will develop a deeper relationship with nature through art, enhancing their observation skills and botanical knowledge. This class is designed to accommodate all skill levels.

Shaping Gravity: Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane

When: Until March 10 

Where: Glendale

What: Experience the vibrant interpretations of abstraction by seven artists at this complimentary exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum. Explore diverse artworks ranging from sculptures and paintings to augmented reality pieces and interactive video projections. Featured artists include Jen Stark, Molly Larkey, Shane Guffogg, Michelle Jane Lee, Christine Nguyen, Rema Ghuloum, and Sara Ippolito.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved Museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | JANUARY 19 – JANUARY 21

Underwater Parks Day Festival at Sea Center in Santa Barbara

When: January 20, 10am – 3pm

Where: 211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

What: The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, is offering complimentary admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival. This festival is a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), often referred to as “underwater parks”.

Young Concert Artists

When: January 21, 2024

Where: Raitt Hall | Pepperdine University

What: The Young Concert Artists (YCA) featured in Malibu include Chinese violinist Lun Li, Danish cellist Jonathan Swensen, Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit, American tenor Daniel McGrew, and American bass-baritone Joseph Parrish.

Paint & Sip

When: January 21, 2024

Where: Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio | 18741 East Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

What: Enjoy an afternoon of wine, painting, and fun! Spend the day at Rosenthal Wine Bar for a delightful Paint and Sip.

Weekend Events | January 5 – January 7

Kick-off 2024 for this weekend’s top local events! From family fun in Little Tokyo to a Bowie skate night in Glendale, there is plenty to do. Read on for what’s happening from January 5 through January 7. 

Los Angeles Weekend Events | January 5 – January 7 

Oshogatsu Family Festival

When: January 7

Where: Little Tokyo

What: Celebrate the Dragon Festival at a cultural museum with a free family day, featuring a variety of activities and performances. Children can participate in a fun scavenger hunt and learn to fold origami dragons. Attendees of all ages are invited to experience traditional rice-pounding ceremonies and watch fascinating candy sculpture demonstrations.

Eagles

When: January 5 – January 13

Where: The Forum | Inglewood

What: These iconic rockers from California, known for their classic sound, may have slowed down a bit, but they continue to tour globally, delighting their extensive international fanbase with their polished, country-rock style and impeccable harmonies. For their farewell tour, the band is set to perform at the Forum.

L.A. Zoo Lights

When: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024 

Where: L.A. Zoo

What: This holiday season, the L.A. Zoo will extend its hours into the evening on most nights through January, presenting a charming twist on its luminous holiday tradition. For its 2023 edition, L.A. Zoo Lights will feature new sculptures and introduce “Winter Wildlands,” an area inspired by animals that thrive in snowy environments.

 

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | January 5 – January 7 

East Comes West Dinner Series

When: Until January 13 

Where: Santa Monica

What: If you’re based on the Westside and crave the taste of the city’s top restaurants without the freeway hassle, you’re in luck! This winter, the Santa Monica Proper introduces a new weekend dining series at the Siete restaurant space, previously Gabriela Cámara’s Onda. Indulge in exclusive tasting menus by Otoño (Dec 21–22) and Alimento (Jan 12–13). Each set menu includes options for each course, complemented by optional beverage pairings.

The Dr. Seuss Experience

When: Until January 31

Where: Santa Monica

What: Immerse yourself in the whimsical universe of Wockets and Truffula Trees at The Dr. Seuss Experience, an interactive adventure inspired by the beloved books of Dr. Seuss. This enchanting experience brings to life the vivid characters and landscapes from classics like The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. Guests can explore a series of rooms, each offering unique interactions with characters and perfect photo opportunities. At the heart of this pop-up lies a mirror maze, inspired by The Sneetches, providing a captivating challenge. Catch this touring show at Santa Monica Place starting in November 2023 for a magical journey through the world of Dr. Seuss.

Ice at Santa Monica

When: Until January 15

Where: Santa Monica

What: Just a short distance from the ocean, Ice in downtown Santa Monica introduces a touch of winter to this cozy coastal town. This 8,000-square-foot open-air rink operates daily from November to mid-January, situated at the intersection of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue, a mere 10-minute stroll from the E Line. An hour-long skating slot is priced at $22, inclusive of skate rentals. For those seeking a more upscale experience, there are options to reserve private parties and cabanas.

 

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | January 5 – January 7 

Skate Oddity: Bowie’s Birthday Roller Disco

When: January 6 

Where: Burbank Sports Center

What: Join us for a fun-filled day of skating, picnicking, shopping, and honoring the life and legacy of David Bowie! Themes for the day include Glam Skaters, Skate Goblins, and Vamp Skaters.

Shaping Gravity: Abstract Art Beyond the Picture Plane

When: Until March 10 

Where: Glendale

What: Experience the vibrant interpretations of abstraction by seven artists at this complimentary exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum. Explore diverse artworks ranging from sculptures and paintings to augmented reality pieces and interactive video projections. Featured artists include Jen Stark, Molly Larkey, Shane Guffogg, Michelle Jane Lee, Christine Nguyen, Rema Ghuloum, and Sara Ippolito.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved Museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | January 5 – January 7 

Pop-Up Park Picnic: Couple Date Night

When: January 5

Where: Malibu

What: Experience a delightful pop-up picnic sunset date designed for couples! Our date nights are self-guided, allowing you to enjoy them at your convenience, any time and any day. Each date features a series of engaging activities, guided through your own mobile device with an Internet connection. With your Digital Date Nite Box from DNB, you’ll receive everything you need for a memorable evening, included with your registration.

Community Hike

When: January 7

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: Join an enjoyable moderate-level hike in the Santa Monica Mountains! This hike is a 3.0-mile out-and-back journey, estimated to last about 2 hours. With an elevation gain of 997 feet, you can expect a mix of uphill and downhill terrain throughout the trail.

San Diego Staycation | Out & About

You live in LA for a reason; you love the vitality of the city, the action, and its vibrancy. But there are times you feel the need to get away, to recharge, to step back just a little. Come to San Diego, “The Birthplace of California.”

Stay a While in San Diego

San Diego has some of the highest-rated stays in the world. Here are two we recommend.

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar – On a hillside close to downtown SD, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a Mediterranean-style resort sure to meet your every need. Relax in the heated pools, private cabanas, and outdoor pool bars before enjoying exquisite French dining at the Addison Restaurant. Afterward, enjoy whirlpools at the Five-Star The Spa with its marble and wood accents.

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines – If your soul is crying for the ocean, consider the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Nestled into a cliff that overlooks the Pacific, Torrey Pines offers pristine beaches and a Champion golf course. Each room has a fireplace, and the lodge is right next to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

What To See in San Diego

There’s much to see in San Diego. We find these two recommendations particularly enjoyable.

  • Chauffeured Winery Tour – What better way to relax and unwind than a chauffeured winery tour. Spend an afternoon visiting three family-owned wineries and sampling 18 different wine varieties accompanied with fruit and cheese platters, and conclude with a delicious dinner overlooking a winery.

  • The San Diego Museum of Art – In Balboa Park and one of the nation’s finest, the San Diego Museum of Art regularly features major international exhibitions, and its collection of Spanish and Italian old masters is a must-see.

Where To Dine And Sip in San Diego

  • As previously mentioned, The Addison, in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, offers the finest in French dining. A Michelin two-star restaurant, the Addison features the creations of Chef William Bradley. They suggest wine pairings and are open for dinner only.

  • For exceptional dining and sipping with a view, it’s hard to beat Mr. A’s in Banker’s Hill. Recognized as one of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America, Mr. A’s offers elegance with bay and skyline views.

Time To Shop in SD

When visiting, make time to enjoy luxury shopping. The Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley has over 200 stores, including Hermès, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo, Girard Avenue and Prospect Street offer upscale boutiques, including Cartier and Alexia Maria, and La Plaza in La Jolla has upscale shops in an open Moroccan, and Spanish themed setting.

Weekend Events | December 22- December 24

Immerse yourself in the festive season from December 22 to December 24 with a variety of local events throughout the town! Enjoy everything from ice skating to seasonal pop-ups and more. Discover all the holiday excitement awaiting you this weekend!

Los Angeles Weekend Events | December 22 – December 24 

‘Home Alone’ in Concert

When: December 22 

Where: Downtown LA

What: Elevate your holiday film marathon by securing tickets to the exclusive showing of “Home Alone” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Experience this timeless classic with a live performance of John Williams’s iconic score by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, masterfully conducted by David Newman. This event promises an unforgettable, immersive cinematic journey.

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

When: Until January 7

Where: Pershing Square

What: In Los Angeles, a city not usually associated with winter festivities, an enchanting transformation occurs when an ice skating rink is set up amidst the towering skyscrapers of Downtown. This urban winter wonderland invites you to glide across the ice at Pershing Square’s open-air holiday rink. Imagine soft snow underfoot as you skate, with the convenience of included skate rentals. Additional amenities like lockers and skating aids are available for a nominal fee, enhancing your festive experience.

L.A. Zoo Lights

When: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024 

Where: L.A. Zoo

What: This holiday season, the L.A. Zoo will extend its hours into the evening on most nights through January, presenting a charming twist on its luminous holiday tradition. For its 2023 edition, L.A. Zoo Lights will feature new sculptures and introduce “Winter Wildlands,” an area inspired by animals that thrive in snowy environments.

Westside and Beach Communities Weekend Events | December 22 – December 24  

East Comes West Dinner Series

When: Until January 13 

Where: Santa Monica

What: If you’re based on the Westside and crave the taste of the city’s top restaurants without the freeway hassle, you’re in luck! This winter, the Santa Monica Proper introduces a new weekend dining series at the Siete restaurant space, previously Gabriela Cámara’s Onda. Indulge in exclusive tasting menus by Otoño (Dec 21–22) and Alimento (Jan 12–13). Each set menu includes options for each course, complemented by optional beverage pairings.

Long Beach Nutcracker

When: December 16 – December 23 

Where: Long Beach

What: The Nutcracker by the Long Beach Ballet stands out as a unique rendition of the holiday classic in the area, notable for its incorporation of a live full orchestra, along with the addition of a real horse, a flying sleigh, and dazzling pyrotechnics. While the timeless tale remains unchanged, this production consistently goes above and beyond to deliver an enthralling and spectacular experience for its audiences every year.

For the Record: Love Actually Live

When: Until December 30 

Where: Beverly Hills

What: Between late November and the conclusion of December, the cherished musical series, For the Record, brings forth a stage production inspired by the globally adored holiday film, Love Actually. Transforming the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills into a festive winter backdrop, the show employs a multimedia set, a live orchestra, and songs from the movie to reenact the intertwining love stories featured in the film.

San Fernando Valley Weekend Events | December 22 – December 24 

THE MAIN THING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS

When: December 22 

Where: The Main | 24266 Main Street Santa Clarita

What: HE MAIN THING ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS, a celebration of the season brought to you by Active Voice Productions. Hosted by internationally acclaimed humorist and story-teller Dylan Brody, this evening brings laughter, song, and story to the stage. Expect comedy from Brenda Pontiff and Al Bahmani, story from Alex Stein, music from Robert Morgan Fisher and MORE! Brody as host keeps the show moving at pace, offering song, story, and humor of his own along the way. This show will leave you and your family grinning, chuckling and then reminiscing about your own memories of holidays for days you leave the theater. General Admission is $10.

 

Border Kindness Fundraiser & C.A.S.A. Toy Drive

When: December 23 

Where: Reptacular Animals Ranch

What: “Reptacular Ranch” is organizing an event where all proceeds will be dedicated to supporting immigrant refugees at the southern border.

VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved Museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum.

 

Conejo Valley Weekend Events | December 22 – December 24   

Jingle Bell Jog 5K/10K Run/Walk at Dos Vientos in Newbury Park

When: December 23, 8:30am – 11:45am

Where: 4801 Borchard Rd | Thousand Oaks

What: The Jewel Levine Foundation presents the Jingle Bell Jog at Dos Vientos 5K/10K Run/Walk on Saturday, December 23, 2023. Event starts and ends at Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. and takes place in and around the streets of the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park. 10K starts at 8:30am; 5K at 8:45am.

 

Holiday Road

When: November 24 – December 27

Where: Santa Monica Mountains

What: Wander through King Gillette Ranch as it transforms into a luminous wonderland during Holiday Road, where the Santa Monica Mountains provide a picturesque backdrop. This event, brought to you by the creators of Nights of the Jack, features a nearly mile-long walking trail adorned with holiday charm. Experience a mesmerizing display of festive decorations, including a canopy of icicle lights amidst the treetops, a quaint Christmas village, large standalone ornaments, and archways twinkling with lights. While you’re there, don’t miss the food trucks and a holiday-themed bar for an extra touch of seasonal delight.

 

Wild Lights and Ocean Nights at America’s Teaching Zoo

When: December 22 through December 23 

Where: 7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark

What: This holiday season, America’s Teaching Zoo transforms into a festive wonderland with its WILD LIGHTS & OCEAN NIGHTS event. Guests are invited to a 45-minute self-guided tour through the zoo, adorned with dynamic lights, interactive experiences, and photo opportunities. Highlights include the ‘Under the Sea’ experience at Rajah’s Retreat, the ‘Illuminated Jungle’ with a ‘Glow in the Dark Garden,’ and a grand 12-foot-tall Holiday Tree near Santa’s Workshop.

Out & About | The Best Antique Stores Around Town

Shopping for antiques can be an exciting hobby. Here in LA, we have plenty of great finds and exploring antique stores can open the door to a treasure trove of vintage objects. Below you will find our list of the best antique stores around town. Read on and enjoy exploring them all!

1. JF Chen Antiques

Located on North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, JF Chen Antiques features a wonderful selection of antiques. Items here range from 17th-century limestone figures to Art Deco chairs. If you feel like splurging, this is one of the most amazing places you will find.

2. Olde Good Things Antique Store

Olde Good Things is nestled comfortably on S Grand Avenue in the heart of South LA. This antique store features one of the most wonderful selections of architectural salvage goods. Peruse around finds that range from doorknobs to stained glass and much more. It’s the perfect place to find exquisite vintage items for those who are restoring their homes or simply looking to add an individual personal touch to their new home.

3. The Mart Collective Antique Store

As one of the local favorite antique stores, this 16,000 expansion features the collections of a large number of dealers with individual stands, where you can find a wide range of unexpected treasures at lower prices than at other antique stores. It’s the perfect place to go if you are just starting your hunt for vintage items.

4. Vintageweave Interiors

If the French farmhouse style of antique stores is your thing, this delightful collection of antique and vintage plates, milk bottles, coffee mills and more is the perfect place for you to find the treasures you seek. Conveniently located on West Third Street, the best time to browse through this magnificent place is on weekday afternoons.

5. Pepe’s Thrifty Shop

This delightful little store is one that locals keep to themselves so visitors don’t end up taking all of its gorgeous antique and vintage items. Located on West Sunset Boulevard, its quirky exterior does no justice to the treasures you can find inside. It is a great place to find reasonably priced homier-looking antiques, but finding that special treasure can take time and patience given that the store is packed with merchandise and there’s little space for movement. Even so, it is well worth a try if you are simply looking for something unexpected and not a more specific type of item.