You know the phrase, “Small but mighty?”  That suits the month of February to a T. In this weekend alone the shortest month packs in Chinese New Year, the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day (um, not like it matters in LA, but still fun) and Black History month begins, too.  So whether you like to watch the big game, celebrate the shadow seeking rodents, see a dragon dance or explore culture and history, we’ve narrowed the bounty of events and activities to the very best.

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Downtown

Golden Dragon Parade
Chinatown celebrates the Lunar New Year all weekend long, but our can’t miss moment is the Annual Golden Dragon Parade. Enjoy hundreds of spectacular floats, acts, dancers and bands as they parade through the heart of Chinatown. Sat., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hollywood/Mid City

Memory Meets Storytelling in Africa
Black history kicks off this month, and a wonderful first celebration is to view rare art from Africa and then take part in artist-led workshops at LACMA. Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kids Rock at Rock Fest
Pint-sized rockers’ take the stage, and while you listen you can get a rock ‘n’ roll family makeover, jam out with too-cool magicians and jugglers, and strut your stuff down the rockin’ runway.  Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hollywood. $12-$15. All ages. Event details.

Groundhog Day at the Zimmer
Will you see the groundhog? Will he see his shadow?  (Who cares – it’s always sunny in Los Angeles!)  Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Zimmer by making groundhog puppets and engaging in shadow play. Sun., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $3-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Super Bowl Alternative Concert
If football is not your cup of tea, Caltech has a plan for you – their student chamber ensemble is having a Super Bowl Alternative concert.  (They’re not so into football either, and they’re pretty darn smart.  You’re in good company.) Sun., 3:30 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Find Treasures in the Canyon
Pirates aren’t the only ones with treasures – nature has plenty, too.  Take a ranger-led walk to see what treasures your family can find in Franklin Canyon today.  Sun., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Schoolhouse Rock
Come on 70′s babies, sing along with “Conjunction Junction”.  Teach your kids the joys of bills, laws, and diagramming sentences. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Beauty and the Beast
A perfect introduction to the theater for even the littlest seat squirmers: it’s a familiar story, it’s short, it’s interactive,it’s musical and it even has a lovely moral. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 3-6. Event details.

South Bay

Super Bowl Super Baby Buggy Run
Start your Super Bowl Sunday on a healthy, fun and festive note.  Walk, run, push baby, or just cheer along friends and enjoy the goofy costume contest, while taking in the beach, pier, ocean breezes and beautiful Southern California winter weather. Sun., 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Redondo Beach. Free to watch, $35 entry fee. All ages. Event details.

Looking for spots to watch the big game?  Or more fun things to do instead of watching the big game?  We’ve got you covered, either way!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: lagoldendragonparade.com and Josh Evnin via Creative Commons