California Bucket List: Top Things To Do In February

California Bucket List: Top Things To Do In February

By Oliver Jenkyns February 01, 2020

Now that hectic holiday schedules have calmed down, there’s finally time to make plans for the events you really want to attend. Though the sparkling lights and magical winter festivals are behind us, love is in the air—and there’s no better way to experience it than by visiting California in February.

From taking a trip to the Golden State’s eastern ski slopes, to celebrating the last game of football season, to seeing a Warriors game at the Chase Center, there are plenty of California bucket-list activities to keep you busy as winter winds down. But as we say hello to a new month of possibilities, there are a few things to do in California in February that we just can’t pass up. So, grab your tickets and invite your friends to this month’s top events.

San Diego Museum Month 

Visiting San Diego's hottest museums is even easier in February, when admission prices are discounted. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Museum Council.

When: February 1–29

Where: San Diego 

If you enjoyed last month’s free museum day in L.A., you definitely won’t want to miss San Diego Museum Month. This month-long celebration is hosted by the San Diego Museum Council and offers the opportunity to visit 40-plus member museums for half the price. Participating museums range from aviation and maritime galleries to botanic gardens and modern art museums, so there’s something for everyone. 

Residents can pick up passes at participating Macy’s stores and libraries throughout San Diego County, and visitors can join the fun by booking a stay at one of Hilton’s select hotels. Learn more and find your closest location now, so you don’t miss out on one of the best things to do in San Diego in February

One Love Cali Reggae Fest

Get your monthly dose of love, peace, and reggae at the One Love Cali Reggae Fest. Photo courtesy of One Love Cali Reggae Fest.

When: February 7–9

Where: Long Beach

If there is one music festival to add to your list this month, it ought to be One Love Cali Reggae Fest in Long Beach’s Queen Mary Park. This three-day event will include performances by Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, and Iration, along with dozens of other talented artists. 

While many of the weekend’s most popular passes have already sold out, single and two-day tickets are still available. Pick up your passes before they’re gone, and get ready for a weekend you won’t forget.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite

Surprise your sweetie with tickets to Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite. This special event is sure to leave a lasting memory you'll cherish.

When: February 12

Where: Anaheim

Have you been waiting for a special occasion to visit Disneyland? If Disney’s Halloween party inspired you to attend the after-hours parties, Valentine’s Day season is the ideal time to experience it all; indulge in your favorite foods, visit your favorite rides, and see the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction before things really get underway.

The Sweethearts’ Nite party rages from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., but this special event gives you access to the park starting at 6 p.m.—making it the perfect way to book a cheap trip to Disneyland and spend a weekend in Los Angeles in February. Surprise your sweetie with tickets to a soiree like no other, where you can dance all night long, visit your favorite Disney character couples, and commemorate the moment with stunning backdrops. Tickets are sold out for February 13, so get your passes for the 12th while you still can.

Modernism Week

Take advantage of Palm Springs' Modernism Week to see your favorite mid-century modern architecture and designs. Photo courtesy of Modernism Week.

When: February 13–23

Where: Palm Springs

Interior-design and architecture aficionados do not want to miss out on Modernism Week. As a massive celebration of mid-century modern architecture, art, fashion, and culture, Modernism Week has an event for all of your interests. Between house tours and nightly parties, make the most of your time in Palm Springs by visiting the region’s top attractions and photographing the desert landscape.

Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Take your date to celebrate dates grown in Riverside County. Photo courtesy of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

When: February 14–23

Where: Indio

Located near the incredibly popular Joshua Tree National Park, Indio is home to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. This event celebrates the region’s history of date farming but also includes pet adoptions, carnival rides, concerts, and a President’s Day parade. So, invite your date and head out to the 2020 fest. 

Looking for more activities to fill your calendar? Take a trip to San Francisco to see the Chinese New Year Parade on February 8 and 9 and dance at The Presidio’s Valentine’s Day Sock Hop on February 15; cruise to Nevada City to see the Mardi Gras Parade and Street Faire on February 16; and make your way back to Disneyland on February 28 for the debut of the “Magic Happens” parade as well as the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.

Leave a comment below to let us know where you’re headed this February.

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  • Nancy | Feb, 4

    1. February in the Coachella Valley, where Palm Springs and Indio is located, is beautiful. Hardly any wind. The wind and possible sandstorms start later, end of march - May. 2 Joshua Tree National Park is not in Coachella Valley. Reply

    • Alejandra Saragoza | Feb, 7

      Hi Nancy, Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We've made the corrections. Reply

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