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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

Photo of musical performers at the Queen Mary ScotsFestival in Long Beach.
Photo of musical performers at the Queen Mary ScotsFestival in Long Beach.
Courtesy of the Queen Mary

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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? 


L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show 

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. 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 19 
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Single day passes are $25 for adults, $12 for children | Get tickets 


Chocolate and Art Show 

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.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb. 19 
WHERE: The Vortex, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $15 | Get tickets 


Long Beach Comic Expo 

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. 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
WHERE: Long Beach Convention Center | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $25-$50 | Get tickets 


Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006

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 
COST: Free 

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Mardi Gras participants in Venice Beach.
Mardi Gras participants in Venice Beach.
Courtesy of Venice Beach Mardi Gras

Venice Beach Mardi Gras

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 
COST: Free 


ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXIV

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. 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18-Sunday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: The Queen Mary, Long Beach | MAP 
Tickets are from $19-$48 | Get tickets 

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