Weekend: LA Chinatown Firecracker

Fete the Year of the Ram with sparks, celebration.

LA Chinatown Firecracker: The Lunar New Year parties around Southern California last about a month and pop up in a number of delightful ways, but this pop-pop-pop happening, which is typically one of the last things on the new year celebration calendar, sends of the start of the year with sound and sparkle. There's a run, yes, and firecrackers to start it off, and a festival, too, which includes taiko, lion dances, Latin jazz, soul bands, and performances aplenty. Haven't had your moment to welcome the Year of the Ram? Follow the big sound to Chinatown's Central Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1.

Camellia Festival and Tea: It may seem fictional to folks in icier parts of the nation that flowers bloom around Southern California in the wintertime. Not only do they bloom, but there's a superstar bud that is seen throughout January and February: camellias. Descanso Gardens has the largest collection of the flower on the continent, and it pauses one weekend a year to spotlight its genteel and soft-petaled glory. Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1

Disneyland Memorabilia Auction: The nostalgic items on display at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks have been drawing impressive crowds for the last several days, but auction time has arrived. Do you have your eye on the Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room items, including that vintage cast member costume? Or maybe the Pirates of the Caribbean postcard machine? It's a real trove for those who know their Monorail from their Matterhorn. (No, but seriously... everyone does, right?) The exhibit wraps on Feb. 27 and the auction runs on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Dapper Day: And speaking of all things Magic Kingdom, the stylish swells shall be out, in full Fantasyland force, on Sunday, March 1. This is the ever-growing gathering of people who like to dress in vintage togs -- think old-school frocks and suits and hats -- and stroll about Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. It isn't just about dressing vintage though, as dressing nicely will do, and if you need a few piece, there's an expo on all weekend at the Grand Californian Hotel. Yep, it might be a bit soggy in the forecast, but bet you'll see a swanky umbrella or two in the mix.

Library Fundraiser: Most fundraising events expect the magic of your presence, be they in a ballroom or convention center or restaurant. This annual donation drive, which is hosted by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, is asking you to stay home, or the place of your choice, and read a book on Sunday, March 1. Looks to be gloomy, so dig out that classic you've been meaning to re-visit, or eye your TBR pile, and send a little love the Library Foundation's way.

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