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February 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our February 2024 events calendar of the best free things to do, events and concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

Let’s get this out of the way: February is the time for everyone’s favorite love-hate holiday, Valentine’s Day (and we have a feeling there’ll be plenty to hate about it this year). But there’s a lot more to the mini month than chocolates and roses (though you can literally stop and smell them at a botanical garden). There are still plenty of things to do in Los Angeles in winter before the seasonally-similar spring arrives. 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 2023 and 2024

This February’s best events

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Miracle Mile

See how the Hairspray and Pink Flamingos writer and director’s delightfully filthy style has redefined the possibilities of independent cinema—as well as what exactly goes into making an indie movie—during this career-spanning exhibition at the Academy Museum. “John Waters: The Pope of Trash” includes costumes, props, photos, handwritten scripts, correspondence and memos, scrapbooks and more. Look out for related screenings as well as an adjoining installation on the American Avant-garde and New Queer Cinema.

  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • Downtown

Can’t get enough of his yearly appearance at the Bowl? The LA Phil follows up John Williams’s summertime set with the first of two years of live scores and concerts in his honor at Disney Hall.  You can see live scores of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Nov 2, 3) and Superman (Mar 15), plus a Gustavo Dudamel-led evening that includes a performance of a suite of Harry Potter compositions (May 18, 19). Expect Williams scores to also make their way into the David Newman-conducted “A Century of Film” program (Feb 2–4).

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