10 Things to Do in Los Angeles this February

Listen to embarrassing Valentine’s Day stories, tour the theatre where the Academy Awards will be held and attend an Edwardian Ball this month

SteelCraft, photo by Allan Crawford

Between the Grammys, Valentine’s Day and the Academy Awards, there’s no shortage of excitement in Los Angeles this month. Here are 10 things to do in this California city in February.

Drink beer at the SoCal Winter Brewfest

Beer, music, food trucks—you can have it all and support a great cause at the SoCal Winter Brewfest on February 4. Spend the day in the sun as you try more than 60 beers from breweries such as Evans Brewing Co. and Backstreet Brewery, eat tasty fare from local food trucks and listen to tunes by ‘90s cover band SEGA Genecide. Event proceeds go towards supporting local non-profit Food Finders.

Go back in time at the annual Edwardian Ball

Now in its eighth year, this is the first time the Edwardian Ball in Los Angeles will be held in the Globe Theatre. It’s more than 100 years old, so the theatre is a fitting venue for an event inspired by the Edwardian era. On February 11, don your finest Edwardian garb for a night of ballroom dancing, art installations, parlour games and more.

Listen to film critics make their Oscar predictions

Think you know who will win Academy Awards on February 26? Find out how Oscar savvy you are during local radio station KPCC’s Oscar preview at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 19. Be part of the live audience that listens in as the station’s well-respected film critics share predictions for who will be this year’s big winners.

Head to downtown L.A. for a weekend of music and snowboarding

Despite warm, SoCal temperatures the city is hosting an outdoor snowboarding competition and music festival. Attend the Air + Style event, February 18 and 19, and watch as snowboarders like Antoine Truchon and Billy Morgan tackle a snow-covered five-metre snowboard jump, then dance the night away as musical acts like Major Lazer, Flume and Chromeo perform live.

Laugh at embarrassing stories about Valentine’s Days gone wrong

If your memories of past Valentine’s Days make you cringe and blush, you’ll be in good company at Mortified’s two Doomed Valentine Shows at Wunderlust Hollywood on February 11. The shows feature adults reading their old diary entries, poems and letters aloud, letting the whole room revel in the silly and embarrassing musings of their youth.

Learn more about musical legends at the Grammy Museum

February 12 marks the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, so why not brush up on your musical knowledge at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A.? One of the museum’s newest exhibits, which opened in late January, focuses on the life and work of the late John Denver, who was both a Grammy winner and former host of the awards ceremony. Other artists currently featured in the museum include Michael Jackson and the Ramones.

Spend a few hours exploring downtown L.A.’s art scene

The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk organization makes it easy to explore the city’s arts scene. During Art Walk on the second Thursday in February, pick up a map from the Downtown Art Walk Lounge and go on a self-guided tour of the more than 30 art galleries in the area. Those who want some guidance can sign up for a tour of public murals in the Historic Core on February 4.

Tour the theatre that will host the 89th Academy Awards

While you may not have scored an invite to the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on February 26, you can still explore the Dolby Theatre where the event has been held since 2002. During daily, 30-minute guided tours of the theatre, guests can see photos of past award ceremonies, visit the Dolby Lounge and even check out an Oscar statuette in person.

Visit a new outdoor dining space made up of re-purposed shipping containers

If you’re looking for a variety of dining options, head to Long Beach to dine at the recently opened SteelCraft. This outdoor dining space features eight different food vendors, all set up in colourful re-purposed shipping containers. Order a beer from Smog City Brewing’s tap room, shave ice from The Fresh Shave or a Neapolitan pizza from Desano Pizza Bakery.

Watch live music performances at The Peppermint Club

One of the latest, buzzy-worthy additions to West Hollywood is live music venue The Peppermint Club. Listen to musical performances on stage (recent performers include Eric Bellinger and The Spazmatics) while lounging on long velvet and leather couches with a cocktail in the ‘60s-inspired space.

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