In this month of Love and eclectic holidays, not everything has to revolve around Valentine’s Day (unless you want it to, of course). There are plenty of other events that include fun for the whole family. So put down the box of chocolates (momentarily) and come see what the city has to offer in the next 2 weekends.

Upcoming Events in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles | Chelsea Robinson Real Estate

Fri Feb 9th

SANTA CLARITA – Mr. Markus Music Show visits Stevenson Ranch Library. This music and movement guitar sing-along program provides kiddos with interactive zany songs that gives them the opportunity to join in the fun. The event is free of charge and you can see more info here.

SOUTH BAY – Oriental Impressionistic Watercolor: Noted artist and instructor Hisako Asano will share will share her approach to a world of delicate watercolor painting. Create paintings of nature that capture this soft-colored art form, learn to blend colors, and how to manipulate 3-D values with a single stroke.

Check pricing and schedule here.

Sat Feb 10th

FAIRFAXMardi Gras at Farmers’ Market: The market gets decked out in purple, green, and gold for LA’s most family-friendly community Mardi Gras celebration. There’s food – New Orleans beignets, jambalaya, and gumbo – as well as bead-tossing, activities for kids, face painting, and Cajun and Dixieland music by Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydekats and others. See schedule for details.

  • Saturday features the annual ‘Mutti Gras’ doggie costume contest and parade at 12pm (advance registration for dogs is encouraged, either at The Dog Bakery or by calling 323.935.7512). The celebration continues on Sunday and on Fat Tuesday, with more New Orleans music on the patio from in the evening.

SAN GABRIELLunar New Year Festival: The City of San Gabriel presents its annual Lunar New Year Festival in the historic Mission District between Broadway and Santa Anita Blvd. Highlights include live performances, street food fair, marketplace, carnival games, chalk art contest, and kids zone.

SANTA MONICA – Families can enjoy free Valentine’s fun on Third Street Promenade. Little ones get a special story time with Ruby from the Emmy-winning series Ruby’s Studio, music from Mista Cookie Jar, and music and movement with Karen Seva.

  • There will also be crafting for the kids. The event is free, attendees may register if they wish. Activities are on Third Street Promenade near Wilshire Blvd.

SAN PEDROLunar New Year Festival: This year’s Lunar New Year Festival at the LA Waterfront is held indoors at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. This free community event features a petting zoo, traditional dancers, Taiko drummers, lion dancers, face painting, arts and crafts, calligraphy and brush artistry, and a surprise grand finale. Check out more here.

VENICE BEACH – Mardi Gras Parade: Italy has nothing on us; our Venice has its own Carnevale at this time of year, in the form of the annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade. Check out more information here.

Sun Feb 11th

DTLA – Broken Hearts Circus: Angel City Brewery brings its annual anti-Valentine’s shindig back this year, with the Broken Hearts Circus hosted by Pandora Boxx! The extravaganza will feature amusement and games from Two-Bit Circus, performances curated by Tribe Project, dinner from Market Burger starting at 5pm or trusty Downtown Taco all night, plus Ridges Churro for dessert! One thing is for sure – whether you are coupled or unattached – this event won’t leave you broken-hearted. The event is for free and you can see more info here.

DTLA – FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) is pleased to present The Dialectic of the Stars, a visual arts and performance festival which features works by 19 emerging and established French and American artists and collectives. The event is for free and you can see more info here.

FAIRFAXMardi Gras at Farmers’ Market: The market gets decked out in purple, green, and gold for LA’s most family-friendly community Mardi Gras celebration. There’s food – New Orleans beignets, jambalaya, and gumbo – as well as bead-tossing, activities for kids, face painting, and Cajun and Dixieland music by Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydekats and others. See schedule for details.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY – SRLA 18 Mile Friendship Run: In partnership with A5 Events, Students Run LA is proudly hosting The SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run. The SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run takes place at the Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Sylmar, this Sunday, at 8:00 am.There will be timing, finisher t-shirts, a medal, water, and snacks provided. The students will be taking on the distance of 18 miles completing this challenging course.

Check out more information here.

WESTWOODFamily Jam: Celebrating Carnaval – The Fowler celebrates Bahia’s Carnaval: a colorful Brazilian springtime celebration famous for gorgeous parades, music, and costumes!

Schedule:

  • 1pm: face painting, jewelry making, and mask decorating.
  • 2pm: Afro-Brazilian samba-reggae performance by Batalá Los Angeles, and participatory mini “Trenzinho” or “train” (line dance)
  • 3:30pm: guided story time and Bonfim ribbon bracelet activity

Check out more info here.

Fri Feb 16th

DTLA – Angel City’s most anticipated beer is returning this Friday for its fourth vintage – Funky Wit is a Belgian Style Wit that’s been aged in Sauternes wine barrels for 18 months with a unique culture that makes this beer one of the most unpredictable – and most surprising – beers you’ll find out there. Check out more event info here and get your hands on a bottle before it’s gone!

DTLA – RHEBIS Art in LA: For over 40 years Los Angeles-based artist Robert Walker has composed an extensive variety of materials together to create forms indicative of the interconnectivity and interdependence of all things. The exhibition starts at 11am this Saturday and is for free. Check out more info here.

SANTA MONICA – Attend a unique and creative Valentine’s Day event! Call to reserve your spots for this unique couples’ painting class at PaintLab and see more here.

SOUTH BAY – Friends Of Madrona Marsh Fundraiser: Pizza Wit A Purpose – The Friends of Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center invite you to support the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center by purchasing pizza and beverages all day at California Pizza Kitchen. Satisfy your appetite at:

  • 25306 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, Ca. 90505.

Check out more event info here.

Sat Feb 17th

CHINATOWNChinese New Year Festival: Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Festival is more than just the fabulous Golden Dragon Parade; the celebration goes on all day, with the parade as the highlight.

  • Festivities include cultural performances and workshops, gourmet food trucks, storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, live music, magic shows, and plenty of other family fun.

See more here.

DOWNTOWN – Golden Dragon Parade: LA families can ring in the Chinese Year of the Dog at the 119th annual Golden Dragon Parade. The colorful celebration of the first day of the lunar new year begins at the intersection of Hill Street and Ord in Chinatown; a map is available on the parade’s website.

LITTLE SAIGON2018 Tet Parade: Little Saigon is home to the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. Over 20,000 spectators are expected for the annual Little Saigon Tet Parade, the largest and most watched event of its kind in the U.S.

The parade features marching bands, floats, lion dances, color guards, veterans and youth organizations, martial arts, multi-culture traditional attires from diverse communities, elected officials, Vietnamese Scouting organizations, community organizations, and much more.

  • The parade route in on Bolsa Avenue from Magnolia Street to Bushard. Info on the route and stages can be found on the website.

LONG BEACHLong Beach Mardi Gras: The Long Beach Mardi Gras celebration is a free festival that fills Shoreline Village with plenty of entertainment, including Zydeco music, street entertainers, bead throwing, face painting, free train rides and balloon twisting, New Orleans style food, and a parade at 2pm.

PASADENA – 36th Annual Black History Parade and Festival: Pasadena’s annual Black History Parade honors the achievements and history of African Americans. After the parade, families are invited to a festival featuring food, merchandise booths, a kids’ play area, and music.

  • The parade starts at Charles White Park in Altadena at 10am and finishes at noon at Robinson Park, with the free family festival continuing for the rest of the day on Hammond Street and the north side of Robinson Park.

Sun Feb 18th

ANAHEIMThe Harlem Globetrotters World Tour: The world famous Clown Princes of Basketball make a stop to play their game and whistle Sweet Georgia Brown; the players may change, but the Globetrotters have been delivering exciting basketball, fun ball tricks, and great family comedy for over eighty years.

  • Knowledge of basketball is not required, and even very young kids can enjoy the physical comedy and tomfoolery. As far as bringing babies – nothing is too loud, and there are plenty of opportunities to go in and out without disrupting the proceedings. And who knows? Maybe this time the Washington Generals will win…
  • Show is 2pm on Sunday, check out more here.

DTLA – FORD THEATRE: Drag Me Crazy, Installations And Performances – This Sunday from 2-8 p.m. (2580 cahuenga blvd e, Los Angeles) as part of the dialectic of the stars, it’s Flax’s February Arts Festival. Check out more information here.

DTLA – Comedy: TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE – In a town famous for nothing, and a time riddled with fake news and alternative facts, this podcast tells you honestly that it’s going to lie to you. Each episode, three storytellers get onstage and tell a personal story… Check out more about this free comedy show here.


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