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February 2017 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our February 2017 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, winter events and our favorite concerts

Photograph: Courtesy Chinatown Business Improvement District

Let's get this out of the way: February is the time for everyone's favorite love-hate holiday, Valentine's Day. But there's a lot more to the mini month than chocolates and roses. There are still plenty of things to do in Los Angeles in winter before the seasonally-similar spring arrives. And you can take advantage of the extra day off during Presidents' Day and skip town with a weekend getaway. No matter your plans—and love life status—you'll find plenty of things to do in our February events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2016 and 2017

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

Join in one of L.A.'s oldest traditions at the 118th (count them—118!) annual Chinese New Year parade and festival in Downtown's Chinatown. The Chinatown Central Plaza celebration brings multi-stage acts from kung fu demos to traditional music acts. East meets West as old meets new with food trucks for noshing, ping-pong for playing and a craft beer garden with local breweries for boozing. Families can also join in the action with kid-friendly face painting, storytelling and paper folding. It may be the year of the rooster, but the main attraction is the yearly Golden Dragon Parade, which makes its route (kicking off at Hill and Ord Streets, and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez) on Saturday from 1-3pm. RECOMMENDED: Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

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Chinatown Central Plaza , Chinatown Saturday February 4 2017

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

If sriracha and avocados can have dedicated festivals, then surely there's room for cookies, too. Seriously, who's going to argue with an event that boasts hundreds of samples of cookies, candy, chocolate, coffee and ice cream? After a messy inaugural fest, the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets Show moved to the L.A. Convention Center for two full days of pastry workshops, previews of new cooking tools and dessert competitions. Hopefully the extra space and staggered entry this time around will let us actually taste some of these beautiful desserts.

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Los Angeles Convention Center , Downtown Saturday February 18 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017

Lucha Vavoom

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Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan (plus occasional one-off shows elsewhere) with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, most notably with its popular Cinco de Mayo performance. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating—Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are among those who have lent their opinion to past matches. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens.

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Mayan , Downtown Wednesday February 8 2017 - Thursday February 9 2017

Mortified Doomed Valentine's Show

Mortified is a live storytelling extravaganza—a show-and-tell, if you will, of people's most embarrassing, awkward, and often seminal moments. At this Mortified event, celebrate and commiserate February 14th with stories of past V-Days gone wrong. The event is all ages at Wanderlust, but you can still expect beer, wine and inappropriate tales all around.

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Wanderlust Hollywood , Hollywood Saturday February 11 2017

Edwardian Ball

A bona fide institution in San Francisco, this delightfully off-kilter annual fête, devoted to the macabre work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey and the Edwardian era (1901-1910) has caught on in L.A., too. Step into the past at this costume party and dance. The elegant night features live music, themed stage shows, an absinthe bar and parlor games. This year's ball will showcase Gorey's "whodunit" noir classic, "The Deadly Blotter," with a live version of the story accompanied by original music, choreography and circus theatrics. Guests typically show up dressed in anything from Victorian to steampunk or goth get-ups.  

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Globe Theatre , Downtown Historic Core Saturday February 11 2017

Cupid's Undie Run

Dart around Santa Monica in your undies—for a good cause, of course—at this annual V-Day-themed run. The party starts at noon at the Victorian and the run kicks off at 2pm. The event raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so consider that uncovered underside of yours a charitable contribution.

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The Victorian , Santa Monica Saturday February 11 2017

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run

Participate in a 5K or 10K run or walk as well as a 20 or 30-plus mile bike ride during this Chinatown tradition. All courses start and end at Chinatown Central Plaza, which will host a concurrent family-friendly festival.

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Chinatown Central Plaza , Chinatown Saturday February 11 2017 - Sunday February 12 2017

Air + Style

Witness big air and big music headliners during Shaun White's two-day ski and snowboarding fest at Expo Park. The centerpiece of the extreme sport showcase is a massive ski slope that—as much as we would've loved to see it towering above the rim of the Coliseum—will occupy a field adjacent to the stadium. Snowboarders take to the slopes on both days with sets from Major Lazer, Flume, TV on the Radio, Vince Staples and more.

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Exposition Park , USC/Exposition Park Saturday February 18 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017

Lady and the Tramp screening

It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio's animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Captian around Valentine's Day and you'll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).

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El Capitan , Hollywood Friday February 10 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017

AirTalk's FilmWeek Oscar Preview

Public radio station KPCC's weekly show "FilmWeek" records its yearly preview of the Academy Awards in front of a live audience. Gain expert insight into the upcoming Oscars and hear critics debate who's likely to take home an Oscar. Host Larry Mantle will talk to the show's in-house film critic cast. Watch clips on the big screen and hear the pros' opinions on this year's nominated films.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel , Downtown Historic Core Sunday February 19 2017
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On Tuesday, February 17th, Famed Chicago Matrimonial Attorney Jeffery M. Leving will be presenting and signing copies of his book, How to Be A Good Divorced Dad, at the Fathers & Families Collation of America’s National Families and Fathers 16th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. Joining Attorney Leving at this event will be Gladys Knight.