The area might be in for a huge rain storm this weekend, but that shouldn't stop you from living it up — who can resist free chocolate or a Scottish festival?
If you're in need of a whole day filled with comforting sweets, look no further. Sample endless bites of sugar in several forms, attending baking demonstrations and panels from professional bakers, including celebrity chef Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes." Try to pace yourself — but we won't get in the way of your consumption of cakes and chocolate.
Though this also involves sweets (free chocolate!), the main course will be the displayed art created by emerging artists from across the country — some of whom will be doing live body painting and portraits. If you're feeling adventurous, get in line for free nail art or a henna tattoo (and also the chocolate) for anyone 21 and over.
Yet another opportunity to indulge in your love of comic books and vast interests in pop culture. Tons of things will be going on at once, so be sure to check out the event program to map your epic journey.
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The first major exhibition of the late Californian artist will include six immersive installations across 28,000 square feet, each with its own standout features (neon signs or partially assembled wooden contraptions and other mixed media).
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, May 21
WHERE: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, DTLA | MAP
Weather permitting, the eclectic beachside shopping strip will flood with folks in jewel-toned strands of beads, feathers, masquerade masks and more. The parade will be led by a blues brass band, while strutters release their inhibitions at the West Coast version of the New Orleans extravaganza.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: Venice Beach boardwalk | MAP
It's time to break out that kilt sitting in the back of your closet. Embark on a metaphorical journey to the Scottish Highlands with culturally authentic activities and games, music and, of course, whiskey and beer tastings. The festival is an ode to the Queen Mary's Scottish heritage, so expect to hear a lot of celebratory bagpiping.