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February 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our February 2020 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 and 2020

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Photo L.A.
Courtesy Marc Riboud/Photo L.A.
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Photo L.A.

Barker Hangar, Santa Monica

Normally when this many photographers get together, it’s on Robertson Boulevard and/or has something to do with the Kardashians. Refreshingly, that won’t be the case. Head to Santa Monica for Photo L.A.’s annual fair, where dealers from across the globe exhibit new and vintage works, as well as video and multimedia installations. More than just a giant photography show that has attracted more than 10,000 visitors over the years, the event also includes speakers, panels, roundtables and book signings.

Things to do, Festivals

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival

Various locations in L.A.,

Scope out more than 250 food and craft booths while lion dances, kung fu demonstrations and other performances play out across two stages. This annual street fest takes place on Valley Boulevard in Alhambra between Almansor Street and Garfield Avenue.

The Zone
Rendering courtesy the Zone
Things to do

The Zone

Location T.B.A.,

It’s Britney, bitch, and she’s getting in on the pop-up game. “In the Zone” will recreate some of Britney Spears’s most memorable music video moments (think the locker room from “…Baby One More Time,” the Mars station from “Oops… I Did It Again” and the sleek airliner from “Toxic”) across 10 made-for-Instagram rooms. Is it just a wildly expensive photo op? Yes. Will you dance in the rainforest with a snake around your shoulders anyway? Yes.

Photograph: Courtesy Deen van Meer/Disney
Theater, Musicals


Pantages Theatre, Hollywood

Do you want to build a... rainy day fund to save up for tickets to a smash hit Disney-inspired Broadway musical? Good, because Frozen is in L.A.

Huntington Library
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Festivals

Chinese New Year Celebration at the Huntington

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, San Marino

What better place to celebrate the Lunar New Year than the Huntington Library’s beautiful Chinese gardens? Usher in the Year of the Rat with lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music and more.

The Fonda Theatre
Photograph: Courtesy the Fonda Theatre
Music, Punk and metal

Mr. Bungle

The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood

Your favorite ’90s ska-metal carnival-disco funk band is back: Mr. Bungle, the chaotically genre-hopping outfit is returning for its first live shows in almost two decades. The Mike Patton-fronted project will reuinite him with founding members Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance, plus Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and frequent Patton collaborator Dave Lombardo on drums. For the show at the Fonda, the band will play through their 1986 demo tape, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny.

Pop-Up Magazine
Photograph: Courtesy Pop-Up Magazine
Things to do

Pop-Up Magazine

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core

Pop-Up Magazine brings together the best kinds of creatives—writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, puppeteers, the list goes on—and puts them onstage to share and discuss their work. All pieces performed at the show are new and unpublished, either created for the event or as part of a larger ongoing project.

The Annenberg Space for Photography
Photograph: Courtesy the Annenberg Space for Photography
Art, Photography

Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling

Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City

Just in time for Oscar weekend, the Annenberg is looking back at four decades of Vanity Fair’s celebrity portraits, including shots from every edition of the Hollywood issue as well as the annual Oscar night party.

LA Art Show
Photograph: Courtesy LA Art Show
Things to do, Festivals

LA Art Show

Los Angeles Convention Center, South Park

The Los Angeles Art Show is one of the longest running venues for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country—there’s something for everyone here, from art history majors to avant-garde gallery owners.

Los Angeles Theatre
Photograph: Michael Juliano
Movies, Comedy

The Wedding Singer + Valentine’s Day Party

Los Angeles Theatre, Downtown Historic Core

Adam Sandler plays a wannabe rock star stuck on the wedding band circuit who falls hard for Drew Barrymore’s already-engaged waitress character in this mid-’80s–set comedy. And this year, it’s Cinespia’s film of choice for its annual Valentine’s Day party, held at DTLA’s handsome Los Angeles Theatre. In addition to the screening, expect DJ sets, drinks and a photobooth, all of them ’80s-inspired.

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