Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

February 16 – 19


Mardi Gras 2023

Feb. 18-19. Experience a Mardi Gras celebration with the whole family at the Original Farmer’s Market. Enjoy a colorful atmosphere with traditional purple, green, and gold decorations reminiscent of New Orleans. Satisfy your appetite with festival dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets, while grooving to the sounds of Zydeco and Blues bands all day long. Plus exciting kids’ crafts, a Mutti Gras pet parade and costume contests. Saturday and Sunday, 12p.m. – 8 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. farmersmarketla.com

2023 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

Feb. 18 – 19. Hone your travel itinerary at this major travel event with expert speakers and celebrities. Discover the latest travel options and trends, attend 30-minute workshops highlighting top global destinations, and insider tips on transportation, activities, and experiences. Special guest appearances from Rick Steves and Peter Greenberg. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. LA Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Bad Bunny Nite

Feb. 19. Join the ultimate Bad Bunny party at The Reserve in DTLA. Prepare to dress to impress in trendy and fashionable nightclub attire for this event with live dance music, signature cocktails, and a vibrant, spirit lifting atmosphere. Sunday, 10 p.m. 1020 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Food + Drinks

Acey Deucey: A Tiki Cocktail Immersive Experience

Last Call Feb. 16 – 18. Embark on a voyage of adventure at The Acey-Deucey Club, a nostalgic pop-up tiki bar inside a kitschy submarine-themed lounge. Step inside the USS Clusterwink and be transported to a long-lost vintage era where the cocktails are fruity and the atmosphere electric with a live performance by Captain Vic and the Clusterwink jazz band. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a personal tour of the submarine and gain an exclusive glimpse into its inner workings. Times vary. 613 Imperial St, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Emerging Chefs Program at Abernethy’s

Now Open. The Music Center has unveiled their new culinary talent as part of its highly esteemed emerging chefs program at Abernethy’s in Jerry Moss Plaza. Chef Lenora Marouani, co-owner of Barsha, brings a Tunisian Soul menu to diners with classics such as chicken mossli and tabil branzino, alongside playful offerings of chicken liver pate with Tunisian spiced compote, and fig brownies. Wednesday – Sunday, times vary. 220 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles. abernethysla.com

Smorgasburg L.A

Feb. 19. Get ready for the ultimate foodie experience at ROW DTLA’s weekly market. Every Sunday, indulge in the culinary delights of dozens of food vendors featuring a mix of well-loved pop-ups and up-and-coming foodie stars. This year welcomes some new vendors, including the Mediterranean cuisine of The Golden Skewer, the savory Israeli street food of Shlap Muan, and the authentic Thai flavors of Rad Na Silom from Thai Town. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles. la.smorgasburg.com

Bludso’s BBQ 

Open. Celebrate Black History Month by visiting Kevin Bludso’s BBQ joint – a Los Angeles gem that has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike. This haven of meat, smoke, and fire offers up pure bbq bliss with tender brisket, thick cut beef ribs, cornbread, basted baked beans, braised collard greens, and white bread to mop up the spicy sauce. Times Vary. 609 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles. barandque.com

Arts + Culture

 BANDALOOP at Fairmont Century Plaza

Soar to New Heights with BANDALOOP

Feb. 18-19. The Fairmont Century Plaza hotel is set to push the boundaries of performance art by using its iconic 19-story façade as a vertical stage, with dancers gracefully descending from the building. This innovative public performance, created in collaboration with BANDALOOP, pays tribute to Century Plaza’s rich history and the city’s reputation as a hub for art lovers and entertainment enthusiasts. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m – 4 p.m. 2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Dancers Defy Gravity at The Wallis

Feb. 17-18. Get ready to be transported to another world as Luminario Ballet of LA makes its Wallis debut. With a diverse repertoire that incorporates elements of ballet, acrobatics, and aerial dance, Luminario transports audiences to another world with its mesmerizing performances. The company will present two programs during its Wallis debut: “Heroes, Sheroes, and Eros,” and “The Last Supper.” Friday and Saturday, starts 7:30 p.m. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. thewallis.org

Designing with Disaster | Stories from Seven Regenerative Cities

Now Open. JAPAN HOUSE’S thought-provoking exhibition invites visitors to consider the role of design in creating disaster-resilient environments. With a focus on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, explore the concept of “Regenerative Urbanism” and the work of designers, urban planners, and architects from around the world. Plus experience the interactive installations of regenerative cities and gain insight into the future of urban structures. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sun, 1 a.m. – 8 p.m. 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles. japanhousela.com

Photo credit: Abernethy’s Chef Lenora Marouani, Erica Allen. Exhibition, JAPAN HOUSE. Dancers, The Wallis. Aerial photo, BANDALOOP. BBQ Party party, Bludso’s BBQ. Bad Bunny, The Vermont Hollywood. All images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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