Come show your Mardi Gras spirit this week at some of these festive events happening in LA and Orange County. Pups will be on parade, noodle fans will unite, and art lovers will rejoice. This week has something for the entire family to enjoy throughout LA and Orange County as we kick-off the month of February.
February 4, 2013
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Free Frozen Yogurt at Yogurtland
All Yogurtland Locations
Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day with a free cup of your favorite fro-yo flavor along with all the toppings at Yogurtland on Monday, Feb. 4 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Last year, Yogurtland served more than 1.2 million cups of free frozen yogurt. Customers can select from 16 flavors and a large array of toppings.
February 5, 2013
Laguna Beach Music Festival
Music lovers will rejoice at the Laguna Beach Music Festival from Feb. 5 through Feb. 10. The festival is co-hosted by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. There will be complimentary and ticketed concerts happening at various locations throughout Laguna Beach during the festival. Make reservations online at lagunabeachmusicfestival.com.
February 6, 2013
Go Red at Mimi’s Cafe
All Mimi’s Locations
Mimi’s Cafe is helping to raise awareness of the American Heart Health month with their second annual Go Red for Women campaign. Throughout the month, customers can receive up to $30 in Mimi’s savings with a donation. Every Tuesday throughout the month, customers who give a donation will receive a complimentary cup of soup. A limited-edition sparkle red dress lapel pin will be given for every $5 donation, and a red heart tribute card can be inscribed for a $1 donation.
February 7, 2013
The Morrison Hotel Gallery
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Inside of the legendary Sunset Marquis on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood will be the opening of The Morrison Hotel Gallery. The gallery will feature photographs from music and sports photographers spanning more than 20 years throughout the four-acre property. The gallery will be open daily starting Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
February 8, 2013
2013 Tet Festival
9301 Westminster Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at the Garden Grove Tet Festival. The festival will feature cultural music, food and entertainment. Overflow parking is available adjacent to Bolsa Grande High School with a shuttle service to bring guests to the festival. The festival is free on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a fireworks spectacular show at 1:30 p.m. and again later in the evening. Festival hours on Friday, Feb. 8 are from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
February 9, 2013
Italian Street Festival
West Hills Drive and West Creek Drive
Valencia, CA 91354
Two new neighborhoods will be unveiled in Valencia on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an Italian street festival. There will be fun for all ages including in-home demonstrations, live Italian street music, giveaways and more. Come hungry and enjoy an Italian cappuccino and biscotti bar, gelato and sorbetto. Children will spend the afternoon with face painters, balloon artists and Me Picasso art activities.
Mutti Gras Pet Parade and Costume Contest & Free Mardi Gras Celebration
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dress your puppy like royalty for this festive event starting at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed King and Queen in three different pet size categories. The three judging categories include small pets up to 20 pounds, medium pets 20 to 40 pounds and large pets over 40 pounds. Registration is free by calling (323) 935-7512, extension 710. The Mutti Gras Pet Parade is just one of the events happening during the 24th annual Mardi Gras celebration at LA’s Original Farmer’s Market. The celebration continues on Feb. 9 and 10 and then again on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12. Come out and show your Mardi Gras spirit at this festive event in Los Angeles.
February 10, 2013
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Noodle lovers will unite at the Noodle Festival in Los Angeles on Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Participating restaurants include Din Tai Fung, Maximiliano, M.B. Post, Rodded, Seoul Sausage, Tsujita La and Whist. The festival would not be complete without including some of the hottest beer and craft cocktails. Tickets are $55 per person and include seven types of soup noodles, beer and cocktails.
Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @OCMomBlog.