Best Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend: Scots, Lunar New Year, Founding Fathers

Events & Activities for Los Angeles Families during the February Long Weekend
Guests watch traditional fan dancers at Santa Monica Place’s 2018 Lunar New Year celebration. Photo by Mathew Tucciarone courtesy of Santa Monica Place

This weekend is about more than just the long weekend (though it is a long weekend). This weekend asks us to examine the power of the individual: to do good, to achieve, to entertain and inform.

Whether your skill is trick shotting, krill eating, or sheep herding, whether your area of expertise is geekdom or brick-building or onomatopoeia, this weekend reminds us that we can all rise up and achieve great things.

On Monday in particular, we look at the American presidency and the power of one individual to impact the lives of so many. LA is lucky to have two presidential libraries in the region, both of which offer up observances of the holiday. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you are going to do with your kids on this long weekend. 

Read on for our most statesmanlike picks for this weekend …


See what it feels like to get knighted at the ScotsFestival. Photo courtesy of The Queen Mary ScotsFestival

ALL WEEKEND

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games - Long Beach
The Queen Mary celebrates its Scottish Heritage with a weekend filled with music and dance, a colorful Grand Parade, and sheepdog herding demonstrations.

Whale of a Weekend - Santa Monica
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium celebrates the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale during its Whale of a Weekend, inviting families to enjoy whale-related activities indoors and whale-spotting activities outdoors throughout the weekend. 

Long Beach Comic Expo - Long Beach
Long Beach Comic Expo is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all types of pop cultures. 

Presidents Day Weekend at Kidspace​ - Pasadena 
Cast your vote for the 2019 Animal Ambassador President. (Here's hoping narwhal is on the ballot!)

The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour - Ontario (Sat) & The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour - Staples Center (Sun)
The Harlem Globetrotters dribble, pass, and trick shoot their way through the LA area this weekend.

The LEGO Movie Days - Carlsbad
Legoland is even more awesome than usual this weekend, with activities and character appearances celebrating the new LEGO Movie 2.

Lady and the Tramp (G) - Hollywood 
Talk about puppy love! Disney's romance for the ages continues its Valentines week run at the El Capitan.

Black History Month at The Paley Center for Media - Beverly Hills
Free screenings at The Paley this weekend include salutes to Soul Train and Jackie Robinson, as well as family-themed kids shows.

Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood - Universal City
The Lunar New Year celebrations at Universal Studios Hollywood continue this weekend, with themed photo ops, Asian inspired character appearances and interactive activities. Themed menu offerings throughout the park range from the always scrumptious delicacies at Mr Ping's Noodle Shop to year of the pig cookies and green tea churros. 

Hayao Miyazaki Films at the Frida​ - Santa Ana
My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke are shown this weekend.


Hobnob with superheroes. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Comic Expo

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16

36th Annual Black History Parade and Festival - Pasadena
Pasadena's annual Black History Parade honors the achievements and history of African Americans. A free family festival follows.

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival - San Gabriel
The City of San Gabriel presents its annual Lunar New Year Festival in the historic Mission District between Broadway and Santa Anita Blvd.

Greek Mythology Book Party - Burbank
That Dionysus sure knows how to throw a party.

Poetry Workshop: Learning To Write A Poem - West LA
Are you a poet who does not know it? This free workshop can help you get poetry slam ready.

LEGO Movie 2 Emmet Event - Multiple Locations
Target stores host free activities inspired by the LEGO Movie 2.

We All Have Stories - Kindness - Costa Mesa
Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates storytelling with this free recurring event. The inaugural event spotlights stories of kindness in our community.

Saturday Morning Stories and More - West LA
Master storyteller Michael D. McCarty presents a program of stories from African American history and culture that inform, educate, and entertain.

Lunar New Year Santa Monica  
Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Pig with cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees, and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. New this year is the addition of popular K-pop dance group, First Bite.

What is a Western? Film Series - Griffith Park
In The Tall T, an independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by a trio of ruthless outlaws.

Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup - Venice
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what part of the beach you should clean.

This month's Children's Garden Workshop is all about composting with worms. Photo by Brian Hagberg/U.S. Air Force ​

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17

Children's Garden Workshops - Irvine
This month kids explore the squiggly wiggly world of worms

Family Art Workshop - Hollywood
This week’s free project is inspired by Japanese Jomon Clay Pottery.

Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K Run and Walk - Chinatown
Families can greet the Year of the Pig by participating in Chinatown's annual Firecracker 5K/10K Run and Walk. Kids 12 and under who participate in the Kiddie Run get a goodie bag.

What the world needs is… - Exposition Park 
What the world needs is _______   (for you to fill in the blank!) 

Lunar New Year Celebration - Fairfax
Year of the Pig festivities at the Farmers Market and the Grove include a magic show, a dumpling making demo, Dragon and Lion dances, and other cultural performances.

4th Street Market Free Family Move Night: Frozen - Santa Ana
A free under-the-stars family screening of Frozen? The cold never bothered me anyway!


Meet a few presidents at the Reagan Library. Photo courtesy of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

MONDAY FEBRUARY 18: PRESIDENTS DAY

Presidents Day Events at the Reagan Library - Simi Valley
Guests can mingle with our founding fathers at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

Celebrate Presidents Day - Irvine
Hail to the (former) chiefs! Pretend City celebrates America’s past presidents for Presidents Day.

Presidents Day at the Nixon Library - Yorba Linda
The presidents of Mt. Rushmore—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt—greet guests at the Nixon Library on Presidents Day.

Target Free Holiday Monday at LACMA - Mid-Wilshire
LACMA is free for Presidents Day, with live music from WYO.

The Petersen’s 25th Anniversary Parade - Playa Vista to Mid-Wilshire
The Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates two things deeply ingrained in LA culture—cars and Hollywood—with an automotive parade on Presidents Day.

As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar (and if you don't already receive this post as a weekly email, you really should subscribe). Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have marvelous time!

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