Don’t put your party pants away just yet! This weekend kicks off the Lunar New Year and while there are more than a dozen ways to celebrate, we’ve highlighted three that you’ll enjoy, depending on your commitment level (I mean, who wouldn’t want to see MEGATRON speak Mandarin?!). This weekend also marks the last chance to catch The Museum of Failure—a lighthearted look at hundreds of products that, yep, you guessed it, failed (we’re betting #ladydoritos will soon be added to the mix). Scroll through for the rest of our picks and let us know where you’re headed this weekend!

photo: via Date Fest

Los Angeles

Universal Lunar New Year Celebration
Universal Studios Hollywood brings all-new activities to its Lunar New Year event as Kung Fu Panda’s Po and Tigress, Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON and traditionally dressed Minions help usher in the  “Year of the Dog!” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Vroom! The Porsche Effect
What makes a Porsche a Porsche? The Porsche Effect explores the brand’s history and enduring success, which have been made possible by the distinctive design, engineering, advertising, and racing triumphs of its products. Celebrating the worldwide impact of Porsche’s legendary machines, the Petersen Automotive Museum exhibit “The Porsche Effect” is open to the public. Organized in partnership with Porsche Cars North America, the new display features 50 of the brand’s most iconic cars presented in both the exhibition and in an all-new vault tour in the museum’s underground treasury. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

A Fabric Marbling Workshop
Join fiber artist Mimi Haddon for a marvelous afternoon of marble dyeing! Learn about the mesmerizing techniques and materials used in traditional marble dyeing and add a contemporary twist to the technique by dyeing fabric! Sun. Event details.

Young Architects Workshop
In the Young Architects Workshop series with Jen Wong, young designers ages 7-12 will be introduced to building materials, including concrete, brick, and wood. This workshop will focus on the composition and behavior of concrete, where it’s used in construction, and introduced to examples of iconic concrete buildings. Each child will create formwork and with the help of the instructor, pour their own concrete design to take home. All materials included. Sat. Event details.

Welcome the Year of the Dog
Xin Nián Kuài Lè! Chúc Mung Nam Moi! Join The Zimmer Museum (before their big move to Santa Monica) for Lunar New Year themed arts and crafts as we welcome The Year of the Dog. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog is known to be honest and loyal! Sat. Event details.

Don’t Fail to Visit
Last chance to visit The Museum of Failure, a one of a kind international collection of more than 100 innovation failures! For every successful product corporations put on the market, there are many failures behind it. The Museum explores these sometimes humorous misses, giving visitors a fascinating learning experience and insight into the risky business of innovation. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Lunar New Year
Join the USC Pacific Asia Museum for their annual Lunar New Year festival celebrating the Year of the Dog! Free admission to the galleries, performances, artmaking workshops and more! Sat. Event details.


Poetry Slam 4: Who Do You Love?
Our 4th Poetry Slam is a celebration of love and admiration! We are looking for lovers of the spoken word, ages 7 – 14, to recite their original poetic tribute to a person, place, or thing who they admire. It could be an author, musician, parent, pet, personal hero, or even yourself. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written. We will select one poet from each age group, judged on poem content and performance, to receive a $25 Children’s Book World gift certificate; all other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Call, come in, or send an email to to sign up to perform. Start writing your odes, tributes, and appreciations today. Sat. Event details.

Waste Away!
Dispose of your household hazardous waste and electronics responsibly at this LA County event. Get rid of old pesticides, motor oil, pool chemicals, expired pharmaceuticals, and more. Click for details on types of materials that will be accepted. This event is for Los Angeles County residents only, and only for household waste — business waste will not be accepted. Questions? Call Clean LA at 888-CLEAN-LA. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Make a Date for the Date Festival
If you’re in the mood for a famous California desert date shake, this County Fair is definitely the place to get one. You can also enjoy some fabulous family fun and entertainment at the fair that’s not too hot and not too big (and not too expensive) and worth the drive for a weekend with the family out in the desert. There is plenty of music and fun shows like Bull-O-Rama, Monster Trucks, Freestyle Motocross, and the goofy Camel and Ostrich Races. And if date shakes aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other favorite Fair foods, from Cinnamon Rolls to Fried Twinkies to Gelato, you are sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. At Pretend City, we want to encourage kindness to your child. Remember that there is no such thing as a small act of kindness, every act creates a ripple with a wonderful impact on all. Speaking kindly to your children and to others shows love and respect. Be ready and willing to admit when you have not been kind and demonstrate to your children that an apology can help in situations when you forgot to be kind. Join us for loads of activities that will help make kindness a part of every day. Sun. Event details.

Which events are you checking out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber


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