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Your go-to guide for the weekend in SoCal

A file photo of chocolate truffles.
Steph via Flickr Creative Commons
A file photo of chocolate truffles.

It's the shortest month of the year and that means less time to fill your weekends, so make sure to make it count by gorging at a chocolate festival or catching the big game: the Otter Bowl, of course.  


Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival 

Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fudge squares and more! Get that sweet tooth satisfied with goodies from over 25 restaurants, but try to save some room for the chocolate pie eating contest for an extra kick of cacao. If you're still sticking to that new year resolution, enter your signature chocolate dessert to compete against others! See the participating restaurants here.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, Noon - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Belmont Shore in Long Beach 
COST: Free 


African American Heritage Month City Hall Exhibit 

We're just a few days into Black History Month, so you've got plenty of time to celebrate. Head over to City Hall for a one-time only, multifloor display of photographs honoring historic cultural milestones over the past 10 years. The exhibit will include snippets of Obama's two-term presidency, the city's first African-American City Council President, Herb J. Wesson and so much more. Pro-tip: Check out this guide to all the major architectural contributions in the city from African Americans for a self-guided tour of a sliver of black history. 

WHEN: Now through March 18
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, DTLA | MAP 
COST: Free 


First Fridays 

From now on, you won't have an excuse to stay in on a Friday night. Just scurry over to the Natural History Museum for a lineup of music performers, food trucks, guided museum tours and lectures with scientists. This Friday boasts a full roster of talks and tours dedicated to the evolution of the human diet. 

WHEN: The first Friday of every month through June 
WHERE: The Natural History Museum, Exposition Park | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $18 | Get tickets 


Golden Dragon Parade 

For the 118th year running, folks from all walks of Asian descent, as well as other Angelenos, will converge for a colorful spectacle of men in dragon costumes and plenty of red. The parade will take over a significant swath of Chinatown, so try to avoid the area if you don't plan on observing the celebration. The Huntington Library will also be hosting their own shindig for Lunar New Year

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. 
Chinatown Central Plaza | MAP 
COST: Free 


Street Art House 

In need of a creative jolt or Instagram-worthy material? Head over to this pop-up art gallery where a dozen local street artists were each given a space to display their own flair. The roster includes Skyler Grey, Collette Miller and more — the names might not sound familiar but you've probably strolled past their work before. 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 10 
The Hangar, Mar Vista | MAP 
COST: Free | RSVP 


Otter Bowl III 

There will be two major games going down this Sunday, and this is probably the one you don't want to miss. Sit back and enjoy as a romp of otters playing ball in their exhibit, though it's not clear what their equivalent to a Super Bowl ring will be. 

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 - 6 p.m. 
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach | MAP
COST: Tickets are $15 


More from Offramp

With so many people attending Super Bowl parties on Sunday, it will be a great time to get out and enjoy venues where crowds are likely to be smaller. The editors of Offramp have a few suggestions: 5 ways to avoid Super Bowl Sunday.

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.