Posted on 6 Feb
Our picks of places to go + things to do to make the most out of your February.
DON'T MISS → Modernism Week in Palm Springs, one of the most popular events of the year. Running Feb. 16-26, enjoy many different events like double decker bus architectural tours, midcentury modernism shows, art shows, educational events, lectures, parties, and much more. This year's celebration will include more than 100 featured events, including our top picks: Desert Palisades Al Beadle Home 1 and O'Donnell Home 1 Tour, Desert X Exhibition Preview with Artist Panel, Finishing Touches First Look: The Christopher Kennedy Compound, Cocktails at Tiffany's, and Beyond "Poolside Gossip".
DRINK HERE → Greenbar Distillery hosts weekly cocktail classes throughout the month. Every Friday, experienced mixologists will guide you through the ingredients and processes to make unique and delicious cocktails. The schedule includes twisted classics, prohibition-era cocktails, Havana-inspired and seasonal produce cocktails. Expect to find homemade syrups, fresh juices, herbs, fruits, liqueurs, and bitters to create the cocktails. Reservations are required, $40 / ticket.
HEAD TO → Descanso Gardens for their annual Camellia & Tea Festival Feb. 11-12. Celebrating the colorful winter flower, expect crafts, guided walks and a Chado Tea tasting. Sample a variety of teas and learn about tea plants (Camellia sinensis) from the Chado Tea experts. Most activities are free with Descanso admission.
WATCH THIS → The Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 live from The Staples Center. Our favorite funny man James Corden will host the awards for the first time. With performances by Bruno Mars, Adele, The Weeknd and Daft Punk, Keith Urban, Beyoncé and more. Beyoncé (leading the pack with nine nominations) and Adele face off in the biggest categories: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The Prince tribute is rumored to be star-studded, so tune in watch, laugh and sing your heart away.
CELEBRATE HERE → Dodger Stadium is hosting a brand new pop-up museum to highlight the history of the organization and the first African-Americans in the league. Check out amazing photos and memorabilia including a ticket stub from Jackie Robinson's debut game. Learn about Roy Campanella and so much more. The museum is open Friday-Sunday. AND HERE → Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival is entering it's 15th year, Feb. 25 and 26, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The aquarium will host live performances, arts and crafts and tons of great food. Performers include hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, West African dancers, drum circles, Mardi Gras second line dancers, and more.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER → Celebrate the carnival season across the country (or in it's most famous location, New Orleans) with fun parades and lots of over-indulging (hey, it's called Fat Tuesday for a reason). Some top celebrations include the 2017 San Diego Mardi Gras Parade, Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Florida, THE SALON'S 5th annual creole carnival in NYC, and the 5K Run for your Beads in St. Louis. For those of you who can't attend one of the celebrations, order one of Manny Randazzo's King Cakes, the traditional cinnamon infused cake is hand-braided, baked to perfection and ready for you to find KC Baby.
SPEND V-DAY HERE → Cinespia's screening of The Notebook at The Los Angeles Theatre. The annual Valentine's Day celebration is back in action for 2017 with an homage to the 1940s. Sip champagne and enjoy carnival games, dancers, live bands and Djs before the screening in this beautifully historic setting. An elegant / formal dress code is enforced, with jacket and tie required for male attendees.
GO SEE THIS → David Duchovny kicks off his 2017 tour at The Roxy on Feb. 14. The X-Files and Californication star found some time to try out music and released his debut album Hell or Highwater in 2015. With a folk-rock vibe, Duchovny cites Leonard Cohen, Dylan, R.E.M. and others as influences for the record.
EAT THIS → The legendary Mr. Holmes Bakehouse cruffin is making its way to Orange County late this month. The counter lands inside the former Drinkbar at Union Market in Tustin. The company also plans to expand with a storefront in the Larchmont neighborhood of L.A. Enjoy their daily-rotating sweet cream flavors, such as apple pie, honey lavender, bourbon orange and much more.