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February 2022 Events in California

Love is in the air with a statewide passion for wine, football, and flowering orchards at these 20 events

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Posted 4 months agoby Katrina Hunt

February in California offers its own form of early spring: Wildflowers start blooming in the desert, fruit and nut trees are blossoming all over the Central Valley, and a mysterious “firefall” lights up Yosemite’s El Capitan.

The shortest month of the year is action-packed in the Golden State. For starters, the Super Bowl is coming to Los Angeles County on Feb. 13. All month, you can perform your own Olympic-style feats in the snowy mountains, watch pro golfers at Pebble Beach, or take museum-exploring to championship levels in San Diego. Here are more than 20 reasons to plan a Golden State getaway this month.

All Month: Black History Month

Plan a trip around the museums and attractions that celebrate African American history this month. Some honor the month in creative ways, like the salutes to African American zookeepers at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, or the music and dance performances of the African American Festival (Feb. 26–27) at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific. Support these great Black-owned businesses in California, too.

 

All Month: San Diego Museum Month

The Southern California city has a treasure trove of museums—from the Fleet Science Center to the Timken Museum of Art and the floating Maritime Museum of San Diego. Throughout February, pick up the museum pass (available at local libraries or San Diego Macy’s locations) to get half off entry at more than 45 museums—including the brand-new Comic-Con Museum.

All Month: Big Game Bash at the Bloc

Not far from the Big Game at SoFi Stadium, this retail hub on 7th Street in Downtown L.A. will host its own pregame party with music and activities every day. Check out its stores and restaurants, too, such as Uniqlo, Hatch Yakitori, and Nordstrom Local.

All month: Downtown Visalia Restaurant Month 

Explore walkable downtown Visalia and taste the bounty of the Central Valley during this monthlong celebration of the local dining scene. Choose from prix-fixe menus and specials at participating restaurants, bakeries, and breweries such as Baked VisaliaElderwood at the Darling Hotel, and the Sequoia Brewing Company.

Feb. 2–6: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Watch as an all-star lineup of top golfers and A-list celebrities take to the manicured, ocean-hugging greens at this premier golf event, held at Spyglass Hill and other classic courses along the Central Coast’s Monterey Peninsula. This year’s roster of pros includes Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, as well as celebs Don Cheadle, Steve Young, and Darius Rucker.

Feb. 4–6: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Celebrate your love—or just your love of wine and chocolate—at this annual weekend that pairs sweets with Lodi’s big, bold Zinfandels. Choose from three days of activities: Friday’s winemaker dinner, a Saturday of self-guided tastings and treats at more than 30 participating wineries, or a Sunday winemaker brunch.

Feb. 6: Surf City USA Marathon & Half Marathon, Huntington Beach

Choose from the marathon, half marathon, or the 5K on this run along the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. The marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, but you can also draw motivation from the scenic and flat route that passes by the Huntington Beach Pier and is typically dotted with surf bands.

Starting mid-February: Fresno Blossom Trail

From mid-February until late March, Fresno County’s miles of fruit and nut orchards pop with a blaze of pink and white blossoms. Drive the 60-mile route yourself, or take part in festivities, such as March weekend rides on the Blossom Trail Train.

Feb. 10–28: Yosemite Firefall

For about two weeks every February, the setting sun reflects off the waters of Yosemite National Park’s Horsetail Falls, creating the twilight illusion of fire cascading down El Capitan. This year, the national park’s experts are predicting a date range from Feb. 10–28. The closest parking is in the Yosemite Falls Parking Area near the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Or park at Yosemite Village or Curry Village and use the free shuttle to reach the Yosemite Falls parking lot. While reservations are not required, driving restrictions are in effect daily, from noon to 7 p.m.

Feb. 11–13: 54th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland

One of the world’s largest antiquarian book fairs moves to Oakland this year with nearly 200 booksellers hawking manuscripts, children's books, ephemera, and antiquarian books, and even “incunabula” literature (meaning books printed before 1501). This year includes an exhibit on wine and viticulture courtesy of the University of California, Davis.

Feb. 11–20: SF Beer Week, San Francisco

Beer nerds will delight in this long list of events at breweries around San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Choose from release parties, a yoga-and-craft-beer event, a trivia night, bacon-and-beer pairings, and Super Bowl–watching parties.

Starting mid-February: Almond Blossom Cruise, Modesto

Embark on your own self-guided drive to see Modesto’s flowering almond orchards, with stops at the Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, snacks of almond milkshakes or almond brittle, and the chance to snap a selfie in front of California’s oldest walnut tree. An audio tour of the route will be posted in early February.

 

 

Feb. 17–27: Palm Springs Modernism Week

The desert city celebrates its mid-century modern architecture during this annual festival of tours, films, exhibits, and cocktail parties. This year’s home tours include the “Seventies Sackley” and the “Maison Bleue Moderne.”

Feb. 18–27: Thrillville at the Riverside County Fairgrounds, Indio

The annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival has been shelved for 2022, but there will still be fair food, rides, games, a petting zoo, and entertainment at the Riverside County Fairgrounds this month. The live-show lineup features performances by acrobats, clowns, show poodles, and the chart-topping band Voz de Mando.

Feb. 19–26: Kid-O-Rama, Palisades Tahoe

This annual family event returns to the North Lake Tahoe ski resort: the President’s Week festivities include s’mores parties, Crazy Helmet Day, and the beloved Big Truck Day featuring fire trucks, snowplows, and grooming machines. It’s a great time to enjoy the resort’s other kid-magnet attractions, such as the snow tubing and disco tubing in the SnoVentures Activity Zone.

 

 

Feb. 22–23: Winter White Wine Festival, Anderson Valley

Taste the white wines that put this Mendocino County wine region on the map: Alsace-style varietals such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and this year’s featured wine, Riesling. The weekend includes panel discussions, winery open houses, vineyard tours, and a Grand Tasting inspired by European winter markets.

Feb. 24–27: NASCAR Race Weekend, Fontana

This boisterous four-day event at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway is the only NASCAR race in Southern California. The action kicks off Thursday, Feb. 24 with USAC Quarter Midget Racing, and continues through the weekend with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series, with NASCAR drivers competing for the top starting positions. The weekend also includes live music, Lucha Libre wrestling, and great food.

Feb. 26–27: Riverside Dickens Festival

The Inland Empire town channels Victorian London with this annual lovefest for the British author, and Oliver Twist is this year’s featured book. Don your cosplay gear and feast on meat pies, scones, and plenty of tea. There are readings, discussions, fashion shows, and events such as Dickens After Dark, set in the Pickwick Tavern.

Feb. 26–27 Capay Valley Almond Parade & Festival, Yolo County

This almond-themed festival in Yolo County dates back to 1915. Check out the pink blossoms covering the local almond groves, then watch the parade.

Feb. 27: Almond Blossom Run, Durham

See the almond blossoms in Butte County on this fun run through blooming orchards. Choose from a 5K or 10K, as well as virtual runs that begin on Feb. 18. Afterward, taste another local crop—grapes—at the Durham Wine District.

Feb. 27: Nevada City's Mardi Gras Parade and Street Faire

The charming Gold Rush town that excels at Christmas festivities also knows how to throw a good party for Fat Tuesday. There’s a parade and street fair with floats, bright costumes, and lots of beads.

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