It’s hard to keep up with everything happening in La La Land.. So we’ve rounded up our top picks of must-attend events happening this month!
February 18 + 19 – LA COOKIE CON AND SWEETS SHOW (Food)
The Third Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show—the largest baking convention on the West Coast—returns to the L.A. Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, running from 10 am to 5 pm both days. The expo quadruples in size this year, so sweets lovers can enjoy even more samples from more than 275 local shops and national brands, meet baking and TV stars and participate in workshops. Tickets: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass or $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available, which allow for early entry. Tickets available here!
FEBRUARY 18+19 – AIR + STYLE (Sports + music)
Shaun White, Olympic snowboarding champion, brings his Air + Style festival back to Los Angeles’ EXPO Park on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day action sports competition and music fest features performances by Flume, Chromeo, Atmosphere, Vince Staples, Phantoms and others on Saturday and Major Lazer, ZHU, TV on the Radio, Marian Hill, XYLO and others on Sunday. Tickets/passes: $79-$229 + fees.
SAT, FEBRUARY 18 – CHILI COOK-OFF (Food + horse racing)
Takes place on Saturday at the Santa Anita Park from noon to 5 pm at the Park’s Club Court. For $30, the price includes 10 (2 oz.) chili tastings, one craft beer or wine, a Santa Anita Park snapback hat, Club House Admission, access to trackside seating, racing program and a wagering tip sheet. Must be 21+ to purchase tickets.
FLEETMAC WOOD (Dance Party)
Fleetmac Wood—the party/dance/night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac—returns to L.A. on Saturday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s album Rumours. The night features edits, remixes and original Fleetwood Mac tracks (no covers) from DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing set to visuals. At Los Globos on Saturday, Feb 18th from 9:30 pm to 2:30 am. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
EVERY 3RD SUNDAY 5:30AM-3PM, LONG BEACH ANTIQUE MARKET
4901 E Conant St, Long Beach 90808
Think of this monthly antiquers’ paradise as the Rose Bowl Flea Market of Long Beach. Just as its name suggests, the Long Beach Antique Market is completely chock full of antiques. Whether you’re dropping by to furnish your new sunroom, find a specific 1920’s steamer trunk, or aimlessly wade through the mammoth selection of vintage clothing, home goods and miscellaneous baubles, the event rarely disappoints.
FEBRUARY 23-23, LA ART BOOK FAIR
Location: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Little Tokyo
Printed Matter presents LA Art Book Fair, a unique (and free!) event showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and zines. Over 250 international presses, booksellers and independent publishers from twenty-one countries come together to hawk their wordy wares at this not-to-be-missed companion fair to New York’s Art Book Fair. Peruse naughty pulp paperbacks, catalogues full of fancy modern art, and books that you don’t really “read” so much as just admire.
CHOCOLATE AND ART SHOW
This delectably titled exhibition is heavier on art than it is sweets, but the promise of free chocolate should be enough to get you in the door. Head to the Vortex (2341 E Olympic Blvd) for two nights of up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators, with activities that include live body painting, live music, face-painting, free nail art/henna tattoos, live portraits and that sweet, sweet free chocolate.
FEB 19 + 26 – Smorgasburg LA
ROW DTLA: 777 S Alameda St LA 90021, Admission: Free
Indulge your inner foodie and shopaholic at this weekly food-focused market. The Brooklyn export has landed in the Arts District and become a hotbed of fantastic food and retail vendors, with some that are testing out their dishes before launching a full-blown brick-and-mortar in the city. Bonus: there is plentiful (and free, for two hours!) parking in the nearby parking garage.
Feb 21-March 12
Finding Neverland; Pantages Theatre
Learn the story behind the beloved character Peter Pan in this musical with a touch of pixie dust.