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What to Do in Los Angeles in February

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This post covers things to do in Los Angeles in February.

We include free, family-friendly, as well as nighttime events and activities, all updated for 2023. 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

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1. Go to a Concert

There are a lot of concert venues in Los Angeles.

We’ve listed the highlights below, but you can find all the February concerts here.

If you're looking for a music festivla, in Long Beach there is a 3 day Cali Vibes Fest, February 17th-19th.

For opera lovers, The LA Opera is doing The Marriage of Figaro on February 4th, 11th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th.

Find all the Los Angeles concerts here.


2. Go to a Sporting Event

February is a wonderful month to enjoy a Los Angeles game! Check the information below for game specifics.

 Hockey

Basketball  

Soccer

Motorsport

Other

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! For more things to do at night, check the section down below.

See all the sporting events here.


3. Attend the Theatre

Live theatre is a wonderful thing to enjoy while traveling. L.A. has a few options in February.

Find all the theatrical productions in town here.


4. Go on a Sightseeing Tour

We offer pay-what-you-like walking tours or you can try our self-guided walking tours.  

Check out our calendar to book a guided walking tour.

If you’re looking for a bus tour, we have a great comparison of L.A.’s best.

From hop-on-hop-off buses to nonstop our nighttime tours, you’ll find one to suit you

Another option is to check out a studio tour. See what it is like to be a working Hollywood actor or a gaffer. Or find out what a gaffer does! 

Check out our post about studio tour options


 5. Annual Golden Dragon Parade 

Since 1900, LA has celebrated Chinese New Year with the annual Golden Dragon Parade.

Spectators are entertained with colorful costumes, marching bands, dozens of floats, cultural groups, and entertainers.

Head to Chinatown for this rich and diverse event that draws over 110,000 people annually.

In 2023, the year of the Rabbit, the parade is expected to take place on or around February 4th.


6. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

To make the most out of your time in LA, and save a lot of money while seeing the sights, consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.

You’ll pay one fee upfront and receive free or highly discounted entry into many of the city’s most popular attractions and activities.

Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   

Read our post comparing the different LA tourist discount passes. Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.

If you've already researched and found the best discount pass for your purposes, you can purchase one here: All Inclusive - Go City Los Angeles | Explorer - Go City Los Angeles | Flex Pass - Los Angeles Sightseeing | CityPass Southern California

For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on Things to do in LA.


7. Attend Monster Jam

If you're a fan of monster trucks, you'll have two weekends to attend Monster Jam (February 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th).

You can expect to see a lot of incredible monster trucks performing incredible feats at this event.

And, you'll even have the opportunity to vote on who wins some of the competitions!

Purchase tickets or learn more.


8. Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

This is a fantastic family-friendly outing for anyone who is a fan of the Warner Bros. movie and TV properties like Harry Potter, DC Universe movies, or Friends. 

The Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour will take you through exhibits with props, vehicles, and clothing items, as well as fun set pieces that let you feel like you’re in the scene!

The best thing about these tours is that they’re included or discounted with several discount passes and combo packages.


9. Experience the LA Art Show

Now in it's 28th year, the LA Art Show pulls exhibits from prominent galleries around the world.  

Visitors will find "painting, sculpture, installation, photography, design, video and performance".

Over 180,000 square feet will be filled with vendors and special exhibits seperated into categories such as: Modern + Contemporary, DIVERSEartLA, Works on Paper, and more.

Opening night is February 15th, 2023, and the show runs through February 19th.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the LA Art Show website.


10. See a Stand-up Comedy Show

There will be plenty of great comedians performing in the Los Angeles area this month, and this is yet another great idea for a Valentine's Day activity.

Here are a few of the best stand-up comedy shows this month:

Find all the comedy shows in February here.


THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN FEBRUARY

Below is just a sampling of the many things to do at night in February.

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post, Things to do at Night in LA.


Enjoy the View from the Griffith Observatory (kid-friendly/free)

The historic Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 and is perched on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood.

It offers some of the best views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign and on clear days you can see all the way to the ocean!

Star Parties are held from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm monthly as well.

Visit the ground and observatory six days a week (the observatory is closed on Mondays).


See Live Stand-Up Comedy

If you’re in need of a good laugh, Los Angeles is home to some of the best comedy clubs and improv in the world.

Improv Comedy

Stand-Up Comedy

Find some stand-up shows in February here.


Check out a Los Angeles Bar

There are many places to get a good drink in L.A.  Below are just a sample of suggestions.

  • Visit the Idle Hour in North Hollywood- the building is literally a giant barrel, plus they have trivia on Tuesday nights.
  • Check out Hollywood’s favorite speak-easy No Vacancy.  It is a very unique experience!
  • Want to go back in time to a Hollywood-style swing bar?  Go to the Cicada Club.
  • Looking for a themed- bar?  Try Scum & Villainy in Hollywood- It is a STAR WARS themed bar.

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, read the other sections of this post or our post on things to do at night in LA.


FREE THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

Los Angeles always has free events for the whole family to attend. 

For even more free activities, see our Guide to free things to do in LA.


Ciclavia Bike Event

Los Angeles has an event every other month for bike enthusiasts called Ciclavia. This event is free and you do not need to have your bike! 

The streets are shut down in a specific neighborhood for locals to roam and explore the streets, bike, and enjoy the community.

Click here for more information.


Go for a Hike during L.A.’s Winter Weather

The weather in LA in December can be crystal clear blue skies with very moderate temperatures, making it the perfect climate for a lovely afternoon hike.

Hike to Hollywood Sign Los Angeles

For a popular option, check out Runyon Canyon Park where you’ll have 360-degree views of downtown LA, the Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory, and even the ocean on clear days.

It’s free to hike in the park! 

TIP: Check out our post on Things to do in Griffith Park for even more hiking options!


Attend a Live Taping

There is nothing more Hollywood than attending a live taping and it is free! 

Many T.V. shows and game shows tape in LA, of course. 

Looking for tips and tricks to getting free tickets? Check out our live taping blog here.


See Los Angeles from Above 

Catch the (free!) views from above on the observation deck at LA’s City Hall downtown.

The observation deck is open on weekdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and provides spectacular views of the city. 

If you plan to see the view for yourself note that you’ll enter the building through the doors on Main Street.  You’ll be passing through a metal detector upon entering the building and you’ll need a valid photo ID card with you. 

For even more nighttime activities, check out our master post on things to do at night in LA post. 


FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN FEBRUARY

There are lots of things to do in L.A. with families! 

Here are a few more kid-friendly activities for the month of February.

Be sure to read our full post on things to do with kids in LA.


Take a Day to Go to Disneyland

February is the best month to visit world-famous Disneyland!

Why? Because most American schools are back in session so the lines are short!  

Plus, it is “winter” in California so the weather is perfect for a day of romping around riding rides. 

For more ideas of things to do with kids in LA, see our post things to do in LA with kids.


Head to Universal Studio Themepark

The whole family will enjoy this movie-themed theme park. There are roller coasters, rides, attractions, and shows! 

Universal is also home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as the world-famous Studio Tour.  

Pro-Tip: The third car is the best car (tip directly from a studio tour guide!) Also, if you want to raise your chances of spotting a working celebrity- the best time to take a tour is Monday-Friday.  

Click here to purchase tickets.


Visit the Automotive Museum

Vintage car lovers flock to the Petersen Automotive Museum where its extensive collection studies the history of the automobile and its impact on culture. 

Check out over 250 vehicles in the “vault” as well as a number of rotating exhibits.  

For kiddos, there is a super cool Disney Pixar Cars exhibit where you can work to create your own virtual race car.


Visit the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier has been entertaining visitors since 1909 and now also houses Pacific Park.

Pacific Park is a small amusement park but has rides, carnival games, and delicious dining options.  

While February will be chilly, there is nothing like sipping hot cocoa while staring at the ocean!

If you'd like to see more of the Santa Monica area, consider taking an electric bike tour.

For more ideas of things to do with kids in LA, see our post Things to do in LA with Kids.


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About The Author

Mel

Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: December 16th, 2022
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