Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

February 22-25


CicLAvia: Melrose

Feb. 25. Inspired by Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovías, L.A. transforms its streets into car-free zones for a bike-friendly festival. The latest event takes you through neighborhoods like Fairfax and East Hollywood, welcoming bikes, skateboards, strollers and more. Along these routes, enjoy live music, performances, food trucks and a playful atmosphere, fostering community engagement and urban exploration. Starts this Sunday at 9 a.m. For specific locations visit ciclavia.org

Year of the Dragon at Topanga

Feb. 24. Westfield Topanga invites you to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with an array of family-friendly festivities such as traditional lion and dragon dance, holiday-themed decorations and red envelopes filled with surprises. The celebration kicks off at the center court and guests are encouraged to extend their celebration at Topanga Social, where a custom Lunar New Year cocktail awaits. Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. westfield.com

Afro-Latinx Festival

Feb. 25. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) invites the public to the Afro-Latinx Festival, a free event celebrating the cultural diversity of the Americas and the African influence in Latin America. This festival emphasizes the significance of Africa’s legacy in Latin American culture with an array of activities, including food, art workshops, live performances, showcases of Afro-Latinx-owned businesses and a live DJ set, highlighting the diverse heritage of the region. Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. molaa.org

Lantern Paw Festival

Feb. 24. In partnership with Firecracker’s Paw’er Dog Walk, the Lantern Paw Festival offers a family-friendly event that provides a contemporary take on the traditional Lantern Festival. This gathering brings dogs and their owners together for a revelry under the lanterns, where you can enjoy dog-friendly festivities, sweet treats and a variety of fun activities. Starts this Saturday at 11 a.m. 900 N. Broadway, Los Angeles. pawsitivemgmt.com

Food + Drinks

Smögen Appetizers Weekend Bagel Pop-Up

Feb. 24-25. Experience naturally leavened sourdough bagels with special toppings at Smögen Appetizers’ weekend residency at Vintage Wine + Eats in Studio City. The menu recreates the classic bagel with premium ingredients, including smoked kanpachi collar salad, salmon mousse soft scramble and lobster finished with caviar. To enhance the experience, Vintage Wine + Eats’ sommeliers will curate wine and champagne pairings, meticulously selected to complement the bagel creations. Every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City. smogenappetizers.com


Now Open. Inspired by Christina Hong’s passion for L.A.’s street food and her Korean Umma’s home cooking, Seoulmates has expanded with its second location at Colony Cooks Santa Monica. The new venue offers an expanded menu featuring a variety of dishes, including bowls, sandwiches, Korean lunch boxes and their signature classic, the Bulghoagie. Open daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. seoulmatesla.com

Meet the Makers with Benny

Feb. 24. Benny Boy Brewing and Neighborhood Winery are both hosting a celebration for two new cider/wine releases: Benny Boy’s Orchard Orange ( a sparkling orange cider) and Neighborhood’s Pét Mac (an apple-grape wine blend). Learn about the innovative process of swapping apples and grapes to create two distinct hybrid beverages, all while enjoying a flight of four samples, including cider, the two co-ferments and wine. Food will be available for purchase from pop-up vendors Smoke & Ashes and Quarantine Pizza Co. 21+ only. Saturday, 3-5 p.m. 1821 Daly St., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Jilli-A Modern Sool Jib

Now Open. A new Korean wine bar emerges as the latest venture by the founders of Chimmelier Korean Fried Chicken, offering a blend of traditional and modern Korean flavors. The menu focuses on Korean street food tapas, presenting a selection that ranges from chicken nurungji and tteok twigim to dishes like rigatoni alla kimchi vodka. Pairing its culinary offerings are a selection of natural wines, beers and traditional Korean sool, including soju and makgeolli, with a focus on small-scale Korean producers. Wednesday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. 3905 W. 6th St., Los Angeles. jilli.la

Arts + Culture

Mälkki Conducts Brahms

Feb. 23-25. Daniil Trifonov employs his distinctive style and technique to perform Brahms’ monumental Second Piano Concerto, renowned as the lengthiest major Romantic piano concerto. Under the baton of Susanna Mälkki, the LA Philharmonic also presents Brahms’ exuberant Academic Festival Overture, alongside “Fett” by German composer Enno Poppe, performed on Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale

Starts Feb. 24. The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park announces the return of the Masters of the American West exhibition with the Art Sale night. It features over sixty esteemed artists showcasing their works of paintings, mixed media and sculptures. As one of the museum’s significant annual fundraisers, purchases from the Masters of the American West not only benefit the artists but also support the Autry’s wide range of cultural and educational programs. Saturday at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. masters.theautry.org

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life

Feb. 23. Metro Art Presents is set to host a complimentary screening of “Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life” in Union Station’s historic ticketing hall, featuring a post-screening dialogue and audience Q&A with Los Angeles writer Alissa Walker and artist Geoff McFetridge. This film offers an intimate exploration of McFetridge’s life and artistry, recognized as one of the most innovative artists of his era. Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles. art.metro.net

Photo credit: Susanna Mälkki leads the LA Phil courtesy of the L.A. Phil. Geoff McFetridge courtesy of Shamaya Bowen and L.A. Union Station. Colombian Folk Dance with Alé Chavarriaga Rey courtesy of moolah. Meet The Makers courtesy of Kevinie Woo PR. Jill courtesy of Peridot Consulting. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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