Choose from an extravagant Lunar New Year Festival or an art show with free pancakes and more for an epic weekend — despite the rain.
FOODIE (SPLURGE) PICK
For wine lovers only. Schmooze with wine aficionados. Taste samples of more than 150 wines and help a LA-based charity: A portion of the proceeds go to benefit MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience), a young girls empowerment organization. Cocktail attire isn't required - but it's encouraged.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Union Station | MAP
COST: $60 for general admission
CULTURE VULTURE PICK
Edgar Arcenaux’s film features an artist speaking out at the inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan in 1981 in hopes of affecting economic policies. More than 30 years after the events in the film, it will appear on the big screen — on inauguration night. You know, just a light night out to distract you from all the political hubbub.
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art | MAP
Unless you're planning on attending this festival, you might want to avoid DTLA this weekend. The annual alternative comedy extravaganza is taking over four major venues — the Microsoft Theater, the Novo, the Orpheum Theatre and the Theatre at Ace Hotel — to bring Angelenos three nights of tear-inducing laughter. Each show requires an individual ticket but notable comedians include Ali Wong, Rachel Bloom and Felipe Esparza, as well as industry newbies.
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19 - Sunday, Jan. 22, times vary
WHERE: Various locations throughout DTLA | Festival schedule
COST: Prices vary
This shindig includes everything necessary to celebrate the Lunar New Year: a petting zoo, traditional dancers, Taiko drummers, face painting, calligraphy and brush artistry demonstrations — plus a surprise grand finale. The best part? It's free. Pro tip: If you're closer to San Gabriel, they'll also be throwing their own Lunar New Year bash.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 - 7 p.m.
WHERE: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro | MAP
Pancakes and cocktails seem like an odd combination, but in this scenario it seems so natural. This pop-up underground art show will showcase over 150 local artists and free pancakes. Live music performances and body painting will also be on site for your late-night partying needs. Oh, and drinks.
Why should the adults have all the fun? If they haven't gone back to school, treat the kids to one last outing that features a timeless pastime: LEGO blocks. To celebrate the release of the new LEGO Batman movie, they'll be able to build their own Gotham-inspired creation and embark on a scavenger hunt to win prizes and more. And, who are we kidding? Adults can totally play with LEGOs too.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 21 - Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena | MAP
COST: Admission is $13
Reach the famous Hollywood sign on this early morning hike. This group has leaders who offer two options for reaching the sign: Beginner and Intermediate (one option is shorter than the other). Get detailed instructions on when and where to meet online.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 22, 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The hike starts at 2960 Canyon Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068