It’s a long weekend thanks to President’s Day on Mon. and we have a whole list of patriotic must-dos if you want to explore some of the things that make our nation, and this state of California, so great. But before you go dressing in head-to-toe red, white and blue, check out our weekend picks below.

Los Angeles

3rd Friday’s were never so much fun! Curated Pop-Ups. 22 gourmet food trucks, full bar & handmade treasures and oddities. This vivid culture is perfect for all ages and families to bring a blanket, folding chairs and kick back for an evening picnic while enjoying the 2.5-acre lawn. Odd Nights is a platform for selected artisans, craftsman, designers, and DIY experts for showcasing their creations and sharing their secrets. Pets are welcome! Featuring 10 massive Inflatables, a Rock Wall as well as a toddler swing and Mickey’s Obstacle course for the smaller ones! Parking is Free! Kids 12 and under are Free! We also have “real” bathrooms. Fri. Event details.

The highly-anticipated Lunar New Year celebration returns in honor of the Year of the Pig, co-hosted by The Grove and The Original Farmers Market on Sun., Feb. 17, from 2-5 pm. The afternoon will kick off with an unveiling of the handmade pig statue in honor of the Chinese zodiac symbol, followed by an authentic Kung Fu demonstration, dumpling making demos, acrobatic performances, traditional lion, dragon and Korean dances, and more. Additional activities include fan making and pig lantern crafts for the whole family to enjoy! Sun. Event details.

Slow down and submerge yourself in the meditative process of hand-dipped candle making. Use all-natural materials such as cotton wick and 100% beeswax to make your own fragrant and beautiful candle sets. Sat. Event details.

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Join Smorgasburg LA as they launch into 2019 after their month-long holiday hiatus. Each Sunday, find dozens of exciting food vendors plus sophisticated shopping from the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more. Cultural events, pop-ups, and other surprises transform the vast site into a new node in Downtown LA’s burgeoning scene, and a unique destination for the region. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Pig with its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. New this year is the addition of popular K-pop dance group, First Bite. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Disneyland’s biggest ever Mickey and Minnie celebration, Get Your Ears On salutes the duo’s 90th anniversary. Among the array of activities is “Mickey’s Mix Magic,” an electrifying new show that’ll light up Disneyland’s night skies starting January 18. The longtime fan favorite, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” returns January 25, complete with a rockin’ new opening. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI February 16 & 17 (9AM – 6PM). Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine, paying homage to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. ScotsFestival honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the brand new North American Professional Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, were designed to test the strength, skill, and technique of ancient warriors through face-offs. With falconry, sheep herding and a large array of other activities, guests will have culture at every turn! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Family Bird Festival
Fly, hop, waddle or soar to the Garden for the Family Bird Festival! Enjoy a day outdoors with hands-on experiences, activities and educational opportunities for young beginners and bird enthusiasts. Look for and tally up the many species of birds who live in the Garden year-round as well as birds who stop for food and rest along amazing migratory journeys. Take the Migration Challenge and find out why a bird’s a life is not always simple and carefree. Special guests representing Pomona Valley Audubon, International Bird Rescue and California Condors Wild and Free share stories and information about their efforts to study and protect birds. Wild Wings of California presents live raptors, up close and personal. Event sponsor Wild Birds, Unlimited provides tips and techniques for identifying and attracting birds. Sun. Event details.

Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and get ready to spend a night at the Cube! Discovery Cube sleepovers are great for families and groups of all ages and include access to Discovery Cube exhibits, interactive activities, light evening snack, breakfast, a 3D movie and complimentary access to the Cube the following day. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

 

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–Andie Huber

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