February 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our February 2019 events calendar of the best free things to do, events and concerts
Photograph: Mike Danenberg, courtesy of L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run

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 2019

Natural History Museum
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Late openings

Night of Ideas

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park

Apply lessons from science, nature and art toward the challenges of climate change during this U.S.-via-France program of discussions, music, readings, screenings and more.

Elton John
Photograph: Courtesy Elton John
Music, Pop

Elton John

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Goodbye, yellow brick road: The piano-playing legend’s farewell tour spends six nights in the city that kickstarted his career.

Things to do

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,

Participate in one of L.A.’s oldest traditions as the 120th annual Chinese New Year parade steps off in Chinatown. The procession begins at Hill and Ord Streets and concludes at Broadway and Cesar Chavez.

Photograph: Courtesy Edwardian Ball
Things to do, Literary events

Edwardian Ball

icon-location-pin The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood

Celebrate the macabre work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey at this early-20th-century costume ball, complete with themed stage shows, dancing and parlor games.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/aepg
Art, Contemporary art

Rauschenberg: In and About L.A.

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile

LACMA assembles a collection of photographs, screenprints and sculptural paintings from the pioneering artist’s brief time spent in L.A.

Photograph: Courtesy Frieze
Art, Fairs

Frieze Los Angeles

icon-location-pin Paramount Studios, Hollywood

Art lovers, get set to flock to Paramount Pictures Studios for this dreamy display of works from 60 international galleries.

Music, Dance and electronic


icon-location-pin Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood

The sassy, lightning-blonde-haired Swede performs cathartically upbeat dance tunes from Honey, her first full-length release in seven years.

Things to do, Quirky events

Gudetama x Highland Park Bowl

icon-location-pin Highland Park Bowl, Highland Park

San Rio’s apathetic egg is all over the Highland Park bowling alley, with decorative banners and projections. In addition, you’ll find Gudetama egg-topped pizza and themed merch.

Jermaine Dupri
Photograph: Courtesy Grammy Museum
Things to do, Exhibitions

Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture

icon-location-pin Grammy Museum, Downtown

Travel back to an era when seemingly every hip-hop hit started with Jermaine Dupri giving a shoutout to So So Def during this career-spanning examination of the rapper and producer and his platinum-producing label. The exhibition showcases Atlanta’s rise as a hip-hop–tied cultural influencer with objects and videos from performers like Bow Wow, Mariah Carey, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Kris Kross, Usher and more.

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

See more in our annual events calendar

You've undoubtedly been bombarded with the same tired questions from non-Angelenos: How do you celebrate Christmas without snow? Don't you wish you had real seasons? With unwelcome weather patterns out of the equation, we like to think that LA's amazing events set milestones for us to look forward to. From homegrown festivals like FYF, CicLAvia and LA Pride to blockbuster bashes like Coachella, we've rounded up our favorite events throughout the year. Whether you're looking for something to do today, this weekend or in the coming months, look no further than our Los Angeles events calendar.