Valentine's Day is around the corner and the 2018 Winter Olympics are here. If you need some respite from either of these mega-hyped events, we've got you covered. Enjoy the best, boldest and weirdest things to do in Southern California this weekend.
SWEET TOOTH PICK
L.A. Cookie Con & Sweets Show
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 11
WHERE: Anaheim Convention Center
COST: $25, general admission for one day; MORE INFO
Did "The Great British Baking Show" send you running to your pantry? Get a glimpse of the latest innovations in cakes, pies, tarts, cupcakes, churros and cookies at the West Coast's largest baking and pastry convention. Cake ace Duff Goldman will discuss all things fondant. It's BYOB (Bring Your Own Bib) so you can mop up your drool.
MOVIE LOVER'S PICK
Pan African Film & Arts Festival
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 8 - Monday, Feb. 19
WHERE: Baldwin Hills
COST: $14 (adult general admission to films); MORE INFO
Check out the best in Black cinema from homegrown talent and from filmmakers around the world. You can catch dozens of films including "Back to Natural," a documentary that explores the politics of hair and racial identity; "Nothing Like Thanksgiving," a drama about a man trying find someone to replace him before he dies; "King of Stage," the story of legendary theater producer Woodie King Jr.; and "Love By Chance," a comedy about two South African actors trying to break into Hollywood. The festival also includes an art exhibition, a comedy show, panel discussions, opening and closing galas and more.
Mardi Gras Celebration
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9; 6 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Runway Playa Vista
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Laissez les bon temps rouler! New Orleans comes to L.A. for a family-centric Mardi Gras celebration. The eight-piece Mudbug Brass Band will provide the tunes. Louisiana favorite Abita will join a few local breweries to pour the brews. New Orleans-themed food trucks will dish up the eats. Festivities include a second line parade, a pop-up artisan marketplace and a crafts area where kids can create masquerade masterpieces.
Edwardian Ball & World's Faire
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9 - Saturday, Feb. 10
WHERE: Globe Theatre; downtown L.A.
COST: $65-125; MORE INFO
The heart of man is deceitful and corrupt. But for two days you can pretend that you live in a whimsical Edward Gorey storybook. This circus of top hats and imaginary steam-powered dirigibles includes an underground garden, a grand dress-up ball and a performance of Gorey's only choose-your-own-adventure tale, "The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll's Imbroglio."
CULTURE VULTURE PICK
Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, May 13
WHERE: The Broad; downtown L.A.
COST: $25; MORE INFO
Yayoi Kusama's eminently selfie-able installations are soooooo 2017. The new hotness is Jasper Johns and this collection of more than 120 of his iconic works. Many of these paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings have never before been publicly shown in Los Angeles. The exhibition is organized thematically rather than chronologically, so you can explore the ideas that obsessed Johns.
Original Vintage Fashion Expo
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Reef; downtown L.A.
COST: $12-15; MORE INFO
Whether you want to look like an elegant Victorian lady or a 1950s hot rodder, shop this expo to find the perfect threads and accessories. Nearly two dozen dealers will show off their best vintage couture.
San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
WHERE: San Gabriel Mission District
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
If you're going to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the San Gabriel Valley is the place to do it. Combining tradition and modern fun, the festival features a street food fair, carnival games, a chalk art contest and tons of performances.
Night Hike on the Preserve
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Madrona Marsh; Torrance
COST: $5; MORE INFO
Visit Madrona Marsh as the sun sets and day becomes night. On this guided walk, you can see and hear the sounds of animals and insects as they begin their nocturnal activities. Pre-registration is recommended since the walk is limited to the first 25 people who sign-up.
Broken Hearts Circus
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Angel City Brewery; downtown L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
Can an afternoon of games, circus performances and sets by bands Suez, Novala and Blackwater Jukebox repair your shattered dreams? Probably not. But there will be beer. A portion of the proceeds go to Outfest.
WE BE JAMMIN' PICK
One Love Cali Reggae Fest
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 9 - Sunday, Feb. 11
WHERE: The Queen Mary; Long Beach
COST: $70, one-day general admission; MORE INFO
Two days, one love. Rebelution, Nas, Atmosphere, Ben Harper and Iration headline this festival of nearly 50 reggae acts. A Friday pre-party and a Saturday after-party — all on Southern California's most famous ocean liner — round out the shindig.
Cupid's Undie Run
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, noon - 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Victorian; Santa Monica
COST: $40; MORE INFO
Want an excuse to show off your abs — or your flab? This "brief" run is only about a mile long and it happens in the middle of a major party. Proceeds go toward research to to end neurofibromatosis. If you're not into sprinting in your skivvies, feel free to wear a costume instead.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10 - Sunday, Feb. 11, 9 - 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
WHERE: Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum; Burbank
COST: $50; MORE INFO
This San Fernando Valley museum (some would call it a store) is full of ouija boards and other items for fans of the occult. Does that mean it's haunted? We have no idea. But this investigation claims it will reach out to any spirits still hanging around the joint.
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Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the price of the Jasper Johns' exhibit at The Broad. Entry to The Broad is free, but admission to the exhibit is $25 for adults and free for children.