Feb
21
Fri
Oakley Presents: CITY OF ORIGINS @ Oakley City of Origins
Feb 21 all-day

Oakley on February, 21 – 23 2020 will be hosting a three-day pop-up retail experience in LA, February 21st through 23rd. The space honors the brand’s heritage in sports performance, which peaked in 1984 with the Oakley Eyeshade. The three days are purposefully curated to celebrate the city of Los Angeles who hosted the summer games that same year. The pop-up will include an exclusive assortment of the all-new Origins collection, an archive exhibition of the Oakley Eyeshade throughout the year, photography exhibition by Evan Mock, panel discussions by BMX icons Bob Haro & Nigel Sylvester, a testing experience and more.

Feb
22
Sat
51st NAACP Image Awards @ SLS Hotel
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm

The 51ST NAACP Image Awards press conference with live stream announcing the nominees and show details for this year’s two-hour special which is airing live on Saturday, February 22, 2020 on BET Networks.

Feb
25
Tue
Mardi Gras @ New Orleans
Feb 25 all-day

The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana, although celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Feb
28
Fri
The Art of the Brick @ California Science Center
Feb 28 all-day

Experience The Art of the Brick from February 28, 2020 through September 7, 2020. The world’s largest display of LEGO®art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. Featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, a 7-foot tall Easter Island Moai statue and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. This exhibit also includes a hands-on section – The Science of the Brick gallery featuring nine LEGO brick building challenges and activities! Parking is $12 per car, cash only. Tickets on sale now. Prices range from $12.75 to $19.95. Discounts are available for members, students, seniors and groups. Groups of 15 or more my inquire about group reservations by calling (213) 744-2019. The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park
Drive. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please check the Science Center website for schedule updates: www.californiasciencecenter.org or phone (323) SCIENCE.

Feb
29
Sat
Leap Day Silent Disco @ Third Street Promenade
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica during a free Leap Day Silent Disco on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies. Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day. Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged. Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets.

Mar
5
Thu
Mile Marker 60: Clos Pepe Vineyard Experience @ Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246
Mar 5 all-day

WALT Wines, one of the leading luxury Pinot Noir producers in the country, has announced plans to host the official kick-off event for the 20th Anniversary of the World of Pinot Noir at the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246. The event – coined as Mile Marker 60 referencing WALT’s 1,000 Miles of Pinot concept – includes a vineyard tour, a high-profile moderated panel conversation alongside a unique vertical tasting. Guests will embark on a guided shuttle from the The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara to the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard for an experience focusing on vineyard site, winemaking from the coveted vineyard and the ageability of wines produced from the site. Upon arrival guests will stroll through the Clos Pepe vineyard and learn about the distinct characteristics of this special site. Guests will then be seated for a private panel featuring Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson, Winemaker Adam Lee, and Clos Pepe Vineyard Owner Stephen Pepe. The conversation will be moderated by WALT General Manager, Jeff Zappelli. The panel conversation and wine tasting will showcase a selection of both library, current release and barrel sample wines. Afterward, guests will then be invited to enjoy a hosted backyard BBQ catered by The Hitching Post and boogie down with a country music performance by Country music recording artist, Anderson Daniels. All guests will leave with a signed copy of Kathryn Hall’s New York Times Bestseller, A Perfect Score.

Mar
7
Sat
POPSUGAR Grounded @ Goya Studios
Mar 7 all-day

POPSUGAR, the leading digital lifestyle brand for women globally, announced today that it will continue to grow its experiential offerings with a new one-day Grounded Fitness event on Saturday, March 7 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles to kick off International Woman’s Day. Building on the two-year success of POPSUGAR’s Play/Ground created with partner Reedpop, the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe, POPSUGAR is creating “Grounded”. On the heels of Play/Ground’s massive success, Grounded will expand its wellness and fitness villages to create an offering that is tailored to a laser focused fitness and health-obsessed audience. The day will have two sessions with tickets priced at $25 for either the morning or afternoon session or $40 for the entire day. MORNING RISE: 9 A.M.-1 P.M. | AFTERNOON SHINE: 2 P.M.-6 P.M. FULL-DAY RISE & SHINE: 9 A.M.-6 P.M.

Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders @ Japanese American National Museum
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A free one-day event exploring the visible and invisible borders in our world through music, dance, art, speaker series, and interactive activities. Also, this will include New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to deliver a keynote speech.

OC Restaurant Week Launch Party @ Marriott Irvine Spectrum
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kick off OC Restaurant Week! Join us on the red carpet for an upscale experience of Food, Spirits, and Wine at the beautiful Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Valet parking is available. Ridesharing, Uber or Lyft strongly encouraged. Tickets are non transferable and non refundable. Cocktail Dress Attire. This event is for guests 21 and over only. The event takes place rain or shine. 21 and over means No Children and No babies. Restaurants and drinks are subject to change. General Admission 2pm – 5pm ‘ VIP: 1pm – 5pm

Mar
8
Sun
OC Restaurant Week @ Varied Locations
Mar 8 all-day

The 2020 Orange County Restaurant Week will be held Sunday, March 8th through Saturday, March 14th with more than 150 restaurants participating in the weeklong event. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Participants involved are listed online at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com. Sponsors for this year’s event include Melissa’s Produce, Destination Irvine, 95.5 KLOS, Orange Coast Magazine, The Fork Report, Chambord, Ketel One Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos Tequila, El Tesoro, Celebrity Cruises, Arctic Glacier and OCfoodies.

Mar
14
Sat
Power to the People! The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard showcases the long and fruitful collaboration between the uncompromising filmmaker and the brilliant trumpeter and bandleader whose lush scores augment the humanitarian spirit and political heart of Lee’s movies. This incredible music comes to life at the hands of Blanchard’s E-Collective and guest vocalists, with specially curated images of the films projected throughout the performance.

Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective
Anthony Hamilton, special guest
Ben Harper, special guest
Valerie June, special guest
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Damon Gupton, conductor

Apr
17
Fri
16th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: More Than Just a Concours @ THE LOT La Jolla
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is celebrating its 16th year of automotive excellence the weekend of Friday April 17th, Saturday April 18th, and Sunday April 19th. Kick off this World Class Weekend at the inimitable Concours Social Club presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, Ferrari of San Diego, THE LOT La Jolla and Viejas Casino and Resort on Friday, April 17th, at THE LOT La Jolla from 7 pm to 10 pm. Dress in your stylish best for the trendiest cocktail party in San Diego and enjoy a night of contemporary luxe. Sip on effervescent cocktails and taste luscious bites and scotch tastings from the Glenfiddich Portfolio 14-year-old Reserve. Live entertainment, interactive excitements and photo moments await you at this high-end extravaganza. Tickets for the Concours Social Club start at $100 through April 1st. Continue the marvelous festivities with the Saturday Night VIP spectacular, The Aston Martin San Diego Le Cabaret du Concours presented by Fraser, on Saturday, April 18th from 5 pm to 9 pm, at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Tickets to this magical night at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla starts at $175 through March 2nd. Conclude the weekend with the most extravagant event of all, the 2020 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, on Sunday, April 19th, from 9am to 4 pm. General Admission tickets for Sunday’s event start at $55 ($75 the day of the event). Upgrade your experience as a VIP, with tickets starting at $155 ($200 day of event), and enjoy all the bountiful benefits of General Admission in addition to VIP check in, a hosted bar in the VIP Lounge, and dine on delicacies from 15 premium restaurants in San Diego. Spend this exciting weekend of events with only the most elite offerings included in the Ultimate VIP Package, which includes entry into all the lavish VIP events starting at $350. This package, with a value of $520, provides you with all of the exclusive first-class benefits to enhance your elegant experience from beginning to end.

Apr
18
Sat
Simply diVine! @ Hollywood Forever
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrating its 15th delectable year, the premier food and wine event in Los Angeles for LGBT people and their allies known as Simply diVine takes over the iconic Hollywood Forever on Saturday, April 18, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s best food, wines, craft beers, cocktails, juices, specialty coffees, and much more at the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s vital programs and services. Guests looking for a more intimate experience can enjoy a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP ticket which includes access to the CLUB VIP Lounge all evening with private bartenders; exclusive acoustic live music; tastings of rare wines; celebrity chef experiences; and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included. To date, some of the restaurant partners include Bourbon Steak; Crossroads Kitchen; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Friends and Family; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Rao’s Hollywood; Red Bird; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; and Valerie’s Confections. Current beverage partners include Austin Cocktails, J. LOHR Vineyards and Wines; Kikori Whiskey; MiddleBar; Obvious Wines; Rekorderlig Cider; Wooler Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.
Sous Chef sponsor is Hollywood Forever; Sommelier sponsors are idobi Network, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsor is Keller Williams. Media sponsor is The Fight Magazine. In addition to Susan Feniger and David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Beverly Hills), Simply diVine will be helmed by Amy Gordon Yanow—all of whom serve on the Center’s Board of Directors—and Laurie Deddens, beverage steward at Pavilions West Hollywood. Jory Burton from Sotheby’s International Realty returns as Host Committee Chair. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by The Brandon Brown Collective and DJ Asha. NOTE: All online ticket sales end on April 18 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door ($170 per FOODIE general ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Also, 5 – 6 p.m.: CLUB VIP Early Entrance. 6 – 9 p.m.: FOODIE General Admission. FOODIE General Tickets: $125 through February and $150 beginning February 15. CLUB VIP Tickets: $500 through April 18.

Feb
21
Fri
Oakley Presents: CITY OF ORIGINS @ Oakley City of Origins
Feb 21 all-day

Oakley on February, 21 – 23 2020 will be hosting a three-day pop-up retail experience in LA, February 21st through 23rd. The space honors the brand’s heritage in sports performance, which peaked in 1984 with the Oakley Eyeshade. The three days are purposefully curated to celebrate the city of Los Angeles who hosted the summer games that same year. The pop-up will include an exclusive assortment of the all-new Origins collection, an archive exhibition of the Oakley Eyeshade throughout the year, photography exhibition by Evan Mock, panel discussions by BMX icons Bob Haro & Nigel Sylvester, a testing experience and more.

Feb
22
Sat
51st NAACP Image Awards @ SLS Hotel
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm

The 51ST NAACP Image Awards press conference with live stream announcing the nominees and show details for this year’s two-hour special which is airing live on Saturday, February 22, 2020 on BET Networks.

Feb
25
Tue
Mardi Gras @ New Orleans
Feb 25 all-day

The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana, although celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Feb
28
Fri
The Art of the Brick @ California Science Center
Feb 28 all-day

Experience The Art of the Brick from February 28, 2020 through September 7, 2020. The world’s largest display of LEGO®art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. Featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, a 7-foot tall Easter Island Moai statue and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. This exhibit also includes a hands-on section – The Science of the Brick gallery featuring nine LEGO brick building challenges and activities! Parking is $12 per car, cash only. Tickets on sale now. Prices range from $12.75 to $19.95. Discounts are available for members, students, seniors and groups. Groups of 15 or more my inquire about group reservations by calling (213) 744-2019. The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park
Drive. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please check the Science Center website for schedule updates: www.californiasciencecenter.org or phone (323) SCIENCE.

Feb
29
Sat
Leap Day Silent Disco @ Third Street Promenade
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica during a free Leap Day Silent Disco on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies. Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day. Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged. Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets.

Mar
5
Thu
Mile Marker 60: Clos Pepe Vineyard Experience @ Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246
Mar 5 all-day

WALT Wines, one of the leading luxury Pinot Noir producers in the country, has announced plans to host the official kick-off event for the 20th Anniversary of the World of Pinot Noir at the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246. The event – coined as Mile Marker 60 referencing WALT’s 1,000 Miles of Pinot concept – includes a vineyard tour, a high-profile moderated panel conversation alongside a unique vertical tasting. Guests will embark on a guided shuttle from the The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara to the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard for an experience focusing on vineyard site, winemaking from the coveted vineyard and the ageability of wines produced from the site. Upon arrival guests will stroll through the Clos Pepe vineyard and learn about the distinct characteristics of this special site. Guests will then be seated for a private panel featuring Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson, Winemaker Adam Lee, and Clos Pepe Vineyard Owner Stephen Pepe. The conversation will be moderated by WALT General Manager, Jeff Zappelli. The panel conversation and wine tasting will showcase a selection of both library, current release and barrel sample wines. Afterward, guests will then be invited to enjoy a hosted backyard BBQ catered by The Hitching Post and boogie down with a country music performance by Country music recording artist, Anderson Daniels. All guests will leave with a signed copy of Kathryn Hall’s New York Times Bestseller, A Perfect Score.

Mar
7
Sat
POPSUGAR Grounded @ Goya Studios
Mar 7 all-day

POPSUGAR, the leading digital lifestyle brand for women globally, announced today that it will continue to grow its experiential offerings with a new one-day Grounded Fitness event on Saturday, March 7 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles to kick off International Woman’s Day. Building on the two-year success of POPSUGAR’s Play/Ground created with partner Reedpop, the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe, POPSUGAR is creating “Grounded”. On the heels of Play/Ground’s massive success, Grounded will expand its wellness and fitness villages to create an offering that is tailored to a laser focused fitness and health-obsessed audience. The day will have two sessions with tickets priced at $25 for either the morning or afternoon session or $40 for the entire day. MORNING RISE: 9 A.M.-1 P.M. | AFTERNOON SHINE: 2 P.M.-6 P.M. FULL-DAY RISE & SHINE: 9 A.M.-6 P.M.

Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders @ Japanese American National Museum
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A free one-day event exploring the visible and invisible borders in our world through music, dance, art, speaker series, and interactive activities. Also, this will include New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to deliver a keynote speech.

OC Restaurant Week Launch Party @ Marriott Irvine Spectrum
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kick off OC Restaurant Week! Join us on the red carpet for an upscale experience of Food, Spirits, and Wine at the beautiful Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Valet parking is available. Ridesharing, Uber or Lyft strongly encouraged. Tickets are non transferable and non refundable. Cocktail Dress Attire. This event is for guests 21 and over only. The event takes place rain or shine. 21 and over means No Children and No babies. Restaurants and drinks are subject to change. General Admission 2pm – 5pm ‘ VIP: 1pm – 5pm

Mar
8
Sun
OC Restaurant Week @ Varied Locations
Mar 8 all-day

The 2020 Orange County Restaurant Week will be held Sunday, March 8th through Saturday, March 14th with more than 150 restaurants participating in the weeklong event. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Participants involved are listed online at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com. Sponsors for this year’s event include Melissa’s Produce, Destination Irvine, 95.5 KLOS, Orange Coast Magazine, The Fork Report, Chambord, Ketel One Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos Tequila, El Tesoro, Celebrity Cruises, Arctic Glacier and OCfoodies.

Mar
14
Sat
Power to the People! The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard showcases the long and fruitful collaboration between the uncompromising filmmaker and the brilliant trumpeter and bandleader whose lush scores augment the humanitarian spirit and political heart of Lee’s movies. This incredible music comes to life at the hands of Blanchard’s E-Collective and guest vocalists, with specially curated images of the films projected throughout the performance.

Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective
Anthony Hamilton, special guest
Ben Harper, special guest
Valerie June, special guest
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Damon Gupton, conductor

Apr
17
Fri
16th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: More Than Just a Concours @ THE LOT La Jolla
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is celebrating its 16th year of automotive excellence the weekend of Friday April 17th, Saturday April 18th, and Sunday April 19th. Kick off this World Class Weekend at the inimitable Concours Social Club presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, Ferrari of San Diego, THE LOT La Jolla and Viejas Casino and Resort on Friday, April 17th, at THE LOT La Jolla from 7 pm to 10 pm. Dress in your stylish best for the trendiest cocktail party in San Diego and enjoy a night of contemporary luxe. Sip on effervescent cocktails and taste luscious bites and scotch tastings from the Glenfiddich Portfolio 14-year-old Reserve. Live entertainment, interactive excitements and photo moments await you at this high-end extravaganza. Tickets for the Concours Social Club start at $100 through April 1st. Continue the marvelous festivities with the Saturday Night VIP spectacular, The Aston Martin San Diego Le Cabaret du Concours presented by Fraser, on Saturday, April 18th from 5 pm to 9 pm, at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Tickets to this magical night at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla starts at $175 through March 2nd. Conclude the weekend with the most extravagant event of all, the 2020 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, on Sunday, April 19th, from 9am to 4 pm. General Admission tickets for Sunday’s event start at $55 ($75 the day of the event). Upgrade your experience as a VIP, with tickets starting at $155 ($200 day of event), and enjoy all the bountiful benefits of General Admission in addition to VIP check in, a hosted bar in the VIP Lounge, and dine on delicacies from 15 premium restaurants in San Diego. Spend this exciting weekend of events with only the most elite offerings included in the Ultimate VIP Package, which includes entry into all the lavish VIP events starting at $350. This package, with a value of $520, provides you with all of the exclusive first-class benefits to enhance your elegant experience from beginning to end.

Apr
18
Sat
Simply diVine! @ Hollywood Forever
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrating its 15th delectable year, the premier food and wine event in Los Angeles for LGBT people and their allies known as Simply diVine takes over the iconic Hollywood Forever on Saturday, April 18, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s best food, wines, craft beers, cocktails, juices, specialty coffees, and much more at the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s vital programs and services. Guests looking for a more intimate experience can enjoy a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP ticket which includes access to the CLUB VIP Lounge all evening with private bartenders; exclusive acoustic live music; tastings of rare wines; celebrity chef experiences; and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included. To date, some of the restaurant partners include Bourbon Steak; Crossroads Kitchen; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Friends and Family; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Rao’s Hollywood; Red Bird; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; and Valerie’s Confections. Current beverage partners include Austin Cocktails, J. LOHR Vineyards and Wines; Kikori Whiskey; MiddleBar; Obvious Wines; Rekorderlig Cider; Wooler Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.
Sous Chef sponsor is Hollywood Forever; Sommelier sponsors are idobi Network, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsor is Keller Williams. Media sponsor is The Fight Magazine. In addition to Susan Feniger and David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Beverly Hills), Simply diVine will be helmed by Amy Gordon Yanow—all of whom serve on the Center’s Board of Directors—and Laurie Deddens, beverage steward at Pavilions West Hollywood. Jory Burton from Sotheby’s International Realty returns as Host Committee Chair. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by The Brandon Brown Collective and DJ Asha. NOTE: All online ticket sales end on April 18 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door ($170 per FOODIE general ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Also, 5 – 6 p.m.: CLUB VIP Early Entrance. 6 – 9 p.m.: FOODIE General Admission. FOODIE General Tickets: $125 through February and $150 beginning February 15. CLUB VIP Tickets: $500 through April 18.

Feb
21
Fri
Oakley Presents: CITY OF ORIGINS @ Oakley City of Origins
Feb 21 all-day

Oakley on February, 21 – 23 2020 will be hosting a three-day pop-up retail experience in LA, February 21st through 23rd. The space honors the brand’s heritage in sports performance, which peaked in 1984 with the Oakley Eyeshade. The three days are purposefully curated to celebrate the city of Los Angeles who hosted the summer games that same year. The pop-up will include an exclusive assortment of the all-new Origins collection, an archive exhibition of the Oakley Eyeshade throughout the year, photography exhibition by Evan Mock, panel discussions by BMX icons Bob Haro & Nigel Sylvester, a testing experience and more.

Feb
22
Sat
51st NAACP Image Awards @ SLS Hotel
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm

The 51ST NAACP Image Awards press conference with live stream announcing the nominees and show details for this year’s two-hour special which is airing live on Saturday, February 22, 2020 on BET Networks.

Feb
25
Tue
Mardi Gras @ New Orleans
Feb 25 all-day

The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana, although celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Feb
28
Fri
The Art of the Brick @ California Science Center
Feb 28 all-day

Experience The Art of the Brick from February 28, 2020 through September 7, 2020. The world’s largest display of LEGO®art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. Featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, a 7-foot tall Easter Island Moai statue and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. This exhibit also includes a hands-on section – The Science of the Brick gallery featuring nine LEGO brick building challenges and activities! Parking is $12 per car, cash only. Tickets on sale now. Prices range from $12.75 to $19.95. Discounts are available for members, students, seniors and groups. Groups of 15 or more my inquire about group reservations by calling (213) 744-2019. The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park
Drive. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please check the Science Center website for schedule updates: www.californiasciencecenter.org or phone (323) SCIENCE.

Feb
29
Sat
Leap Day Silent Disco @ Third Street Promenade
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dance like no one is watching in Downtown Santa Monica during a free Leap Day Silent Disco on Saturday, February 29 from 6 – 9 p.m at Third Street Promenade. Celebrate February’s extra day with friends, families, and loved ones making memories that last a lifetime while enjoying unlimited dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies. Grab your dancing shoes and get your groove on to one of three live DJ sets with a personal light-up headset at this exciting leap day festivity. Attendees celebrating their leap day birthday will be given a free cupcake and birthday treats from Carlo’s Bakery, as featured on Cake Boss, with valid Photo ID. No matter your age, all are invited to experience a fun evening dancing under the night sky on Third Street Promenade to bring in 2020’s long awaited extra day. Parking is widely available in the downtown structures including the Santa Monica Public Library or Parking Structures 9 and 10 just north of Wilshire Boulevard. Biking, walking and public transit are encouraged. Leap Day Silent Disco is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to use the headsets.

Mar
5
Thu
Mile Marker 60: Clos Pepe Vineyard Experience @ Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246
Mar 5 all-day

WALT Wines, one of the leading luxury Pinot Noir producers in the country, has announced plans to host the official kick-off event for the 20th Anniversary of the World of Pinot Noir at the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard located on Route 246. The event – coined as Mile Marker 60 referencing WALT’s 1,000 Miles of Pinot concept – includes a vineyard tour, a high-profile moderated panel conversation alongside a unique vertical tasting. Guests will embark on a guided shuttle from the The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara to the Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard for an experience focusing on vineyard site, winemaking from the coveted vineyard and the ageability of wines produced from the site. Upon arrival guests will stroll through the Clos Pepe vineyard and learn about the distinct characteristics of this special site. Guests will then be seated for a private panel featuring Ambassador Kathryn Walt Hall, WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson, Winemaker Adam Lee, and Clos Pepe Vineyard Owner Stephen Pepe. The conversation will be moderated by WALT General Manager, Jeff Zappelli. The panel conversation and wine tasting will showcase a selection of both library, current release and barrel sample wines. Afterward, guests will then be invited to enjoy a hosted backyard BBQ catered by The Hitching Post and boogie down with a country music performance by Country music recording artist, Anderson Daniels. All guests will leave with a signed copy of Kathryn Hall’s New York Times Bestseller, A Perfect Score.

Mar
7
Sat
POPSUGAR Grounded @ Goya Studios
Mar 7 all-day

POPSUGAR, the leading digital lifestyle brand for women globally, announced today that it will continue to grow its experiential offerings with a new one-day Grounded Fitness event on Saturday, March 7 at Goya Studios in Los Angeles to kick off International Woman’s Day. Building on the two-year success of POPSUGAR’s Play/Ground created with partner Reedpop, the number one producer of pop culture events across the globe, POPSUGAR is creating “Grounded”. On the heels of Play/Ground’s massive success, Grounded will expand its wellness and fitness villages to create an offering that is tailored to a laser focused fitness and health-obsessed audience. The day will have two sessions with tickets priced at $25 for either the morning or afternoon session or $40 for the entire day. MORNING RISE: 9 A.M.-1 P.M. | AFTERNOON SHINE: 2 P.M.-6 P.M. FULL-DAY RISE & SHINE: 9 A.M.-6 P.M.

Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders @ Japanese American National Museum
Mar 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A free one-day event exploring the visible and invisible borders in our world through music, dance, art, speaker series, and interactive activities. Also, this will include New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to deliver a keynote speech.

OC Restaurant Week Launch Party @ Marriott Irvine Spectrum
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kick off OC Restaurant Week! Join us on the red carpet for an upscale experience of Food, Spirits, and Wine at the beautiful Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Valet parking is available. Ridesharing, Uber or Lyft strongly encouraged. Tickets are non transferable and non refundable. Cocktail Dress Attire. This event is for guests 21 and over only. The event takes place rain or shine. 21 and over means No Children and No babies. Restaurants and drinks are subject to change. General Admission 2pm – 5pm ‘ VIP: 1pm – 5pm

Mar
8
Sun
OC Restaurant Week @ Varied Locations
Mar 8 all-day

The 2020 Orange County Restaurant Week will be held Sunday, March 8th through Saturday, March 14th with more than 150 restaurants participating in the weeklong event. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus within the following price categories: lunch for $10, $15 or $20, and dinner for $20, $30, $40 or $50. Participants involved are listed online at http://www.OCRestaurantWeek.com. Sponsors for this year’s event include Melissa’s Produce, Destination Irvine, 95.5 KLOS, Orange Coast Magazine, The Fork Report, Chambord, Ketel One Vodka, Maker’s Mark, Hornitos Tequila, El Tesoro, Celebrity Cruises, Arctic Glacier and OCfoodies.

Mar
14
Sat
Power to the People! The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm

The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard showcases the long and fruitful collaboration between the uncompromising filmmaker and the brilliant trumpeter and bandleader whose lush scores augment the humanitarian spirit and political heart of Lee’s movies. This incredible music comes to life at the hands of Blanchard’s E-Collective and guest vocalists, with specially curated images of the films projected throughout the performance.

Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective
Anthony Hamilton, special guest
Ben Harper, special guest
Valerie June, special guest
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Damon Gupton, conductor

Apr
17
Fri
16th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: More Than Just a Concours @ THE LOT La Jolla
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is celebrating its 16th year of automotive excellence the weekend of Friday April 17th, Saturday April 18th, and Sunday April 19th. Kick off this World Class Weekend at the inimitable Concours Social Club presented by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, Ferrari of San Diego, THE LOT La Jolla and Viejas Casino and Resort on Friday, April 17th, at THE LOT La Jolla from 7 pm to 10 pm. Dress in your stylish best for the trendiest cocktail party in San Diego and enjoy a night of contemporary luxe. Sip on effervescent cocktails and taste luscious bites and scotch tastings from the Glenfiddich Portfolio 14-year-old Reserve. Live entertainment, interactive excitements and photo moments await you at this high-end extravaganza. Tickets for the Concours Social Club start at $100 through April 1st. Continue the marvelous festivities with the Saturday Night VIP spectacular, The Aston Martin San Diego Le Cabaret du Concours presented by Fraser, on Saturday, April 18th from 5 pm to 9 pm, at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Tickets to this magical night at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla starts at $175 through March 2nd. Conclude the weekend with the most extravagant event of all, the 2020 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, on Sunday, April 19th, from 9am to 4 pm. General Admission tickets for Sunday’s event start at $55 ($75 the day of the event). Upgrade your experience as a VIP, with tickets starting at $155 ($200 day of event), and enjoy all the bountiful benefits of General Admission in addition to VIP check in, a hosted bar in the VIP Lounge, and dine on delicacies from 15 premium restaurants in San Diego. Spend this exciting weekend of events with only the most elite offerings included in the Ultimate VIP Package, which includes entry into all the lavish VIP events starting at $350. This package, with a value of $520, provides you with all of the exclusive first-class benefits to enhance your elegant experience from beginning to end.

Apr
18
Sat
Simply diVine! @ Hollywood Forever
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrating its 15th delectable year, the premier food and wine event in Los Angeles for LGBT people and their allies known as Simply diVine takes over the iconic Hollywood Forever on Saturday, April 18, from 6–9 p.m. Guests will sample extraordinary food and drinks from L.A.’s best food, wines, craft beers, cocktails, juices, specialty coffees, and much more at the fascinating landmark best known as the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on Earth. All proceeds support the Center’s vital programs and services. Guests looking for a more intimate experience can enjoy a one-hour exclusive early entry to the main event at 5 p.m. with a CLUP VIP ticket which includes access to the CLUB VIP Lounge all evening with private bartenders; exclusive acoustic live music; tastings of rare wines; celebrity chef experiences; and more. Complimentary drive-on VIP parking included. To date, some of the restaurant partners include Bourbon Steak; Crossroads Kitchen; Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt; Friends and Family; My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; Nomad Ice Pops; Rao’s Hollywood; Red Bird; Salazar; Salt’s Cure; and Valerie’s Confections. Current beverage partners include Austin Cocktails, J. LOHR Vineyards and Wines; Kikori Whiskey; MiddleBar; Obvious Wines; Rekorderlig Cider; Wooler Brands, Inc.; and Zonin Prosecco.
Sous Chef sponsor is Hollywood Forever; Sommelier sponsors are idobi Network, RideYellow, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Pastry Chef sponsor is Keller Williams. Media sponsor is The Fight Magazine. In addition to Susan Feniger and David Bailey (HGTV’s Selling L.A. and Keller Williams Beverly Hills), Simply diVine will be helmed by Amy Gordon Yanow—all of whom serve on the Center’s Board of Directors—and Laurie Deddens, beverage steward at Pavilions West Hollywood. Jory Burton from Sotheby’s International Realty returns as Host Committee Chair. Music and entertainment at the main event will be provided by The Brandon Brown Collective and DJ Asha. NOTE: All online ticket sales end on April 18 at 5 p.m. Tickets available at the door ($170 per FOODIE general ticket) on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Also, 5 – 6 p.m.: CLUB VIP Early Entrance. 6 – 9 p.m.: FOODIE General Admission. FOODIE General Tickets: $125 through February and $150 beginning February 15. CLUB VIP Tickets: $500 through April 18.