Taste of San Juan Feb. 2
Help launch the kick-off celebration of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas at The Limo Barn at Reata Park. The Taste brings together many of San Juan's marvelous restaurants under one roof to tempt you with 'tastes' of their fare. Includes live music. Tickets are only $50 for general admission.
6-9pm / Limo Barn at Reata Park 949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Mother Daughter Princess Tea Feb. 4
Princesses of all ages are invited to join us for a royal tea party! This special event will include crafts, entertainment, tea and lunch! All participants must be registered. $20 per person.
11am-1pm / Yorba Linda Community Center 714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov
Aloha Fair Feb. 4
LA Island Radio presents Aloha Fair on the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy a Sunday Funday with cool finds, food, and entertainment. Parking and admission is free.
10am-4pm / 16160 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach 714-737-5106 / www.facebook.com/alohafairhb
Repticon Feb. 4-5
Repticon is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family- oriented fun for everyone!
Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center 863-268-4273 / www.repticon.com
Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon Feb. 5
This award-winning, Boston-Qualifying, course is considered one of the best courses in the country and is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. The race starts along the Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier.
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
888-422-0786 / www.runsurfcity.com
International Festival of Chocolate Feb. 5
Indulge in chocolate samples and purchases from local chocolatiers. Chef Martin will present chocolate recipes from Mexico and South America. Enjoy music and dance performances from the chocolate lands. The entire family can participate in free art projects and face painting.
11am-3pm / The Bowers Kidseum, Santa Ana 714-567-3600 / www.bowers.org
Sweetheart Dance Feb. 11
Love is in the air at Sea Country! Enjoy an afternoon of fun and dancing to music played by Close Harmony, a 10-piece band. There will be scrumptious desserts served. Buy your tickets and bring your sweetheart! Cost: $12.00.
2-4pm / Sea Country Senior & Comm. Center, Laguna Niguel 949-425-5151 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
Centennial Farm Workshop: Truffle Making Feb. 11
You’ll learn about chocolate’s origin, how to make your own ganache and how to decorate with several gourmet toppings. We will also provide gift boxes and ribbons to pack your scrumptious treats! In this two-hour class we’ll measure, melt, mix, chill and roll truffles made with fair-trade cacao chocolate and silky cream. It’s sure to be a delicious experience to share with your loved one, friend or coworker and just in time for Valentine’s Day! All participants will leave with truffles.
10am-12pm / OC Fair & Event Center
714-708-1500 / www.ocfair.com/gardenclasses
San Juan Capistrano Rotary Car Show Feb. 11
This event draws nearly 400 exotic and classic show cars, and more than one thousand automotive enthusiasts. This car show is a major fundraising event that enables our SJC Rotary Club to help local charities thrive.
9am-2pm / Camino Del Avion Sports Park www.sjcrotary.org/car-show
Great Train Show Feb. 11-12
Great American Train Shows is the nation’s only coast-to-coast train show company. Their train shows are designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All scales are welcome as are books, videos, and railroadiana.
10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center 224-240-8035 / www.trainshow.com
Fight Club OC Feb. 16
Pro Boxing & MMA live. The most fun you can have on a Thursday night in the OC! Baja Blues happy hour is from 5:30-6:30pm.
6pm / OC Fair & Event Center www.socafights.com
20th Anniversary Kneeboard Surfing USA Titles Feb. 17
he event will celebrate 20 years of KSUSA-sponsored competitions and is expected to attract top international competitors. In addition to the Open division, the 2023 event will feature Women’s, Junior’s, and Pro Junior’s divisions. The 2023 and 2024 US Kneeboard Titles will be used as a qualifying event for the 2024 Kneeboard Surfing World Titles in South Africa. Results of the 2023 and 2024 US Kneeboard Titles will be used to rank US Team Members competing in the World Titles.
7am / Huntington Beach Pier www.ksusa.org
Family Night Out Feb. 17
Join us for a fun night with your family! Family Game Night consists of activities and games to get families to work together and compete against other families in the community. We’ll have a free dinner, fun prizes for the top winning families and raffle prizes.
5-7pm / Stanton Civic Center www.stantonca.gov
Laguna Beach Music Festival Feb. 17-19
The festival celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2023, featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, as artistic director. Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists, proclaimed by the New York Times as "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs."
949-715-9713 / www.lagunabeachlive.org/musicfestival
SoCal Swordfight 2023 Feb. 17-19
The largest Historical European Martial Arts Event in the United States attracting competitors, attendees, and instructors from around the world. Featuring 15 tournaments across multiple weapons sets and divisions; Over 80 hours of classes and lectures on the use of a variety of historical and modern weapons and self defense techniques; First Aid/CPR/AED and Active Shooter Response Certification; Antique Weapons; and much more. Fri-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 8am-7pm / OC Fair & Event Center www.socalswordfight.com
Pacific Symphony: Lantern Festival Feb. 18
Bring the entire family and join us in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, marks the return of spring and the reunion of family.
11am-4pm / Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa 714-556-2787 / www.pacificsymphony.org
Kids’ Pet Parade & Expo Feb. 18
Part of the annual Fiesta de las Golondrinas celebration. Kids between the ages of 5 to 12 can show off their favorite animals in a contest for, The Cutest, Most Unusual, Best Team Costume (owner and pet), Funniest & Most Obedient (pet, not child).
10am / Los Rios Park, SJC www.swallowsparade.com
Dog Beach Cleanups Feb. 19
Please sign up for the cleanup on the website at wwwdogbeach.org. For minors attending without parents, you will need a signed consent form that we will provide when registering. For more info including what to wear and what to expect during cleanup day, visit the website under volunteering. 10am-1pm / 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach www.dogbeach.org
Kid's Night Out Feb. 24
Parents, take the night off because Kid’s Night Out is all about the kids. Offered the last Friday of the month during the school year, kids in grades 1-5 will enjoy a themed night of recreation games, arts and crafts, special presenters, movies and so much more. It’s not your average night...it’s Kid’s Night Out! Pre-registration is required.
6:30-9pm / Stanton Central Park www.stantonca.gov
Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 24
Dad's and daughters are invited to make memories at the totally rad 80's dance! This special event will include crafts, entertainment, dinner and
dancing. All participants must be registered. $20 per person. 6:30-8:30pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
714-961-7100 / www.yorbalindaca.gov
San Clemente Chamber Meeting/Awards Luncheon Feb. 24 Enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon, exciting community awards and installation of the Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Board of Directors. Celebrate this past year's Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Lifetime Achievement & Ambassador of the Year awards. Meet and mingle with local leaders from our city's top organizations along with fellow Chamber members and guests. As always, surprises await.
11:30am-4pm / Bella Collina San Clemente www.scchamber.com
Gem Faire Feb. 24-26
Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing while you shop.
Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / OC Fair & Event Center 503-252-8300 / www.gemfaire.com
San Clemente Day Fishing Derby Feb. 25
Join the City of San Clemente in celebrating its 95th Anniversary! To commemorate the great history and traditions of the city, there will be a youth ﬁshing derby.
9am-12pm / San Clemente Pier www.san-clemente.org
Learn to Swim Feb.25
There will be complimentary 10-minute swim lessons to evaluate swimmers on what level to enroll in with Premier Aquatics. There will also be giveaways, plus information on employment opportunities, summer swim league, and summer camp.
1-3pm / Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center www.avcity.org
80s Night Out Feb. 25
Dust off your leg warmers, tease up your hair, and get ready for the ultimate 80s retro night! The night will be filled with live music from Pulp Vixon, enjoy a specialty Cyndi Lauper cocktail, and special appearances from some of your favorite 80s personalities. Tickets include dinner, entertainment, and two drink tickets. Don’t wait to purchase tickets because this event will sell out fast. 21+ event, no refunds.
6:30-9:30pm / Oak Knoll Village Clubhouse, Ladera Ranch www.laderalife.com
Make It, Take It – Gifts from the Kitchen Feb. 25
This class will bring you up to date on the latest process recommendations, teach you how to process your food safely and explain the reasons behind the process. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. A simple recipe will be taught and prepared in class for participants to take home.
9:30am-12:30pm / OC Fair & Event Center 714-708-1500 / www.ocfair.com/gardenclasses
OC Home & Garden Show Feb. 25-26
Featuring home improvement products and services; garden supplies and displays with new water saving garden products; hourly DIY workshops; and prizes.
Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm / OC Fair & Event Center 801-599-6664 / www.thebesthomeshow.com
Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration Feb. 25-26
To celebrate their 27th year of business and to show appreciation to all their loyal customers Irvine Park is rolling back to their original 1996 prices during their anniversary weekend… including $2.00 train rides!
9am-4pm / Irvine Regional Park, Orange 714-997-3968 / www.irvineparkrailroad.com
Astra Lumina Through Feb. 19
The stars are descending from the night sky. Set off across mysterious grounds to discover a celestial pathway of lustrous light, cosmic visions, and astral song. Immerse yourself in illuminating encounters of lighting, projection and sound, and connect with the stars before they return to the sky above.
6-10pm / South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates
Grand National Roadster Show Feb. 3-4
See the contenders for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, marvel at the classics in the Suede Palace and find a parking spot for your own roadster in the Grand Daddy Drive-In. A special feature for this year’s event includes a Pinstriper Charity Fundraiser. World-class pinstripers are creating fabulous art while raising money for a worthy charity. Bring your items and for a nominal cost, get it striped by one of our artists.
Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm / Pomona Fairplex 877-763-7469 / www.rodshows.com/grand-national
San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 4
Festival stage, street food fair, marketplace, chalk art contest, KPOP dance cover contest, and more!
10am-9pm / San Gabriel Mission District 626-308-2800 / www.sangabrielcity.com
Long Beach Symphony Classics: The Four Seasons Feb. 4
It’s February, so we are celebrating winter!…and summer and autumn and spring at our concert featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s stormy, windy, rainy, sunny, not to mention delightful Four Seasons Concerti, with solos by Long Beach Symphony’s own stellar lead violinists. The performance begins with Mozart’s mourning but gripping Great G minor symphony, one of only two symphonies the master wrote in a minor key.
8pm / Terrace Theater
562-536-3203 x1 / www.longbeachsymphony.org
Movies in the Park - Madagascar Feb. 4
Join Alex and his best friends Gloria, Marty, and Melman as they “move it, move it!” to Madagascar for an adventure! Pack a picnic basket (no alcohol), low profile lawn chair, and a blanket for this family-friendly movie. There will be lots of fun filled activities, movie snacks for sale (cash only) and much more! Activities will conclude at the start of the movie.
5-9pm / West Hollywood Park 323-848-6400 / www.weho.org
1776 Feb. 4
1776 is a musical based on the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, telling a story of the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document.
2-5pm / James Armstrong Theater, Torrance 310-781-7171 / https://arts.torranceca.gov
CA International Antiquarian Book Fair Feb. 10-12
This three-day event features fine and rare materials from around the globe, including manuscripts, modern first editions, children’s books, ephemera, maps and autographs, as well as antiquarian books on a vast array of topics.
Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau www.abaa.org/cabookfair
Valentine's Hike Feb. 11
Learn about the love lives of chaparral flora and fauna and enjoy a morning hike in the romantic Santa Monica Mountains. Come as a couple or on your own! Special Valentines will be provided to give to a loved one or a new friend you meet on the trail. Participants should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Registration required.
9-10:30am / Charmlee Wilderness Park, Malibu 310-456-2489 x337 / www.malibucity.org
RailGiants Train Museum Feb. 11-12
Our Museum houses some of the country’s most well-preserved Locomotives, which includes several sole survivors of their respective classes. Our RailGiants collection contains two of the four surviving 3-Cylinder steam locomotives; SP #5021 and UP #9000. The largest diesel locomotive, a Union Pacific “Centennial,” is also here. In addition to our locomotives, we have various pieces of Rolling Stock (freight and passenger cars), our historic Arcadia Depot, Library Archives, and Gift Shop. We are open free to the public during the second weekend of each month, except in May.
10am-5pm / Pomona Fairplex
909-623-0190 / www.railgiants.org
Live with Lili Feb. 13
An initiative created by Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse to create a forum where members of the public can share their ideas, suggestions and thoughts. Each month, the event takes place in-person at Beverly Hills City Hall's Municipal Gallery.
7-8pm / 455 North Rexford Drive 310-285-1000 / www.beverlyhills.org
LA Art Show Feb. 15-19
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. The show dedicates space to global galleries, a mix of modern and contemporary exhibits, historical works and more. The event will feature top galleries and programming, including lectures, tours, special exhibits and after-parties, and begins with a benefit opening night premiere party.
Los Angeles Convention Center 310-822-9145 / www.laartshow.com
Frieze Los Angeles Feb. 16-19
The fair expands to feature more than 120 galleries, including new specialists in 20th-century art, alongside restaurants and Frieze Projects spread across the multiple sites and is once again designed by Kulapat Yantrasast’s WHY studio.
Santa Monica Airport www.frieze.com
The Big Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 17-19
Featuring educational and informative demonstrations, displays and seminars on the newest ideas in home improvement and remodeling for inside and outside. Entertainment for the whole family; home show prices & discounts; and drawings for prizes. Admission to the event is FREE!
951-681-0644 / www.homeshowconsultants.com
Venice Love Fest Feb. 18
It's all about spreading love in the community. An assortment of LA’s most curated brands and artists, we welcome in the community to join us for a day full of shopping, networking, great bites, tasty drinks, and good sounds. The Venice Fest is the destination for the ultimate local weekend adventure.
10am-6pm / Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista 310-488-3782 / www.thevenicefest.com
Bubble Run 5K Feb. 18
Clad in white t-shirts, adults, kids and strollers run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of absolute fun! Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe! There is nothing competitive about Bubble Run other than seeing who has the most color on them after the race!
7am / Pomona Fairplex, Gate 17 www.bubblerun.com
Black History Parade and Festival Feb. 18
One of Southern California’s largest and longest-running Black history parades. Stay and enjoy the festival at Robinson Park. The festival features live bands, dance performances, community booths, guest speakers, food for purchase, and tons of fun!
10am-4pm / Fair Oaks Avenue & Figueroa Drive 626-744-7330 / www.cityofpasadena.net
L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run Feb. 18-19
Participate in a 5K or 10K run or walk, a one-mile dog walk as well as a 20 or 40-mile bike ride during this Chinatown tradition. All courses start and end at Chinatown Central Plaza, which will host a concurrent family- friendly festival.
Chinatown Central Plaza
818-925-8434 / www.firecracker10k.org
Karlson on the Roof Feb. 19
Event sponsored by the American-Eastern European Council. Based on children's book by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. This event will benefit United Help Ukraine charity organization.
1-2:30pm / Plummer Park, West Hollywood 800-485-8080 / www.vesnatickets.com
Malibu Cat Show Feb. 25
"Surfin' Safari" 6 Ring 1 Day - 5 AB 1 Specialty. Entry Limit 225. 10am-6pm / Glendale Civic Auditorium
330-680-4070 / www.cfa.org/shows
Bob Baker Day Feb. 25
In celebration of the late Bob Baker, the namesake puppet theater hosts this annual celebration. The free fest features puppet performances throughout the day, plus an assortment of crafts and activities that typically includes everything from bubbles to balloons to music.
10am-5pm / Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown www.bobbakerday.com
South Bay’s Got Talent Feb. 25
See the best talent that the South Bay has to offer in our eighth annual regional talent competition. Open to all ages and genres of performing … and the best part: The audience helps decide the winner. This is an event not to be missed.
7-9pm / James Armstrong Theater, Torrance 310-781-7171 / https://arts.torranceca.gov
Long Beach Symphony: Pops! The Music of ABBA Feb. 25 Timeless hit songs like Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, SOS, Waterloo, Fernando, and many more performed by the biggest ABBA show in the world. Dance to the hit songs from the movie and musical MAMMA MIA! 8pm / Terrace Theater
562-536-3203 x1 / www.longbeachsymphony.org
Torrance Antique Street Faire Feb. 26
Join the hunt for vintage treasures when over 180 talented vintage and artisan sellers transform the streets of Downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique market. Have a snack or a meal at one of our many downtown restaurants, bakery, and sport's bars. Antique appraisal booth, only $3.00 per item and DJ Ozzie spinning tunes in the park! Pet Friendly, FREE admission & parking.
8am-3pm / Downtown Torrance
310-328-6107 / www.torranceca.gov
CicLAvia Feb. 26
The term CicLAvia stems from a similar Spanish word for “bike way,” and in
L.A. it’s become a shorthand for the temporary, festival-like closing of L.A.’s streets. The event (inspired by the first Ciclovías in Bogotá, Colombia) welcomes bikes, tricycles, skateboards, strollers and basically anything else without an engine to ride a rotating cast of car-free routes.
9am-3pm / Various Locations www.ciclavia.org
Soup for the Soul Feb. 26
Bridge to Home presents Soup for the Soul, a fundraiser to support year-round shelter and homelessness services for our most vulnerable neighbors in Santa Clarita. This year's theme celebrates 25 years of bringing Help Hope and Change to the community. The event features a cocktail and appetizer hour, great entertainment, a semi-formal sit-down dinner, an exciting auction, and heartwarming moments that show guests how effective their donations are to our mission.
4-7:30pm / Canyon Country Comm. Center, Santa Clarita https://btohome.ejoinme.org/SFS2023
Books and Barks Feb. 28
This is an opportunity for young readers to improve their reading skills with therapy dogs from the High Desert Obedience Club. Through this activity, kids can build their confidence while also sneaking in some cuddle time with man's best friend.
3:30-5pm / Palmdale City Library
661-267-5600 / www.cityofpalmdale.org/library