Last weekend you needed your party pants and this weekend? Your comfy pants. Eat your way through East LA’s “Taste of the Eastside” or get familiar with Dutch street food at the Dutch King’s Day 2018: Have a Taste of Holland. Jazz nights start back up at LACMA (shhh! don’t tell anyone!) and of course, if you want to walk through it all (music, food, and art), don’t miss The Eclectic Music and Art Walk in South Pasadena. Scroll through the rest of our picks and let us know where you’re headed in the comments below!

Los Angeles

Taste of the Eastside
Join us for the annual outdoor food and drink festival hosted at the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. In its 8th year, the event draws a crowd of over 1000, with VIP tickets sold out well in advance. Foodies and families from all over the Los Angeles area come to discover and take pride in neighborhood eateries, breweries and more. Taste of the Eastside features over 30 restaurants that range from Eastside landmarks to newcomers changing the culinary landscape. Sun. Event details. 

Friday Night Jazz at LACMA
Don’t forget blankets, sweaters, chairs and a picnic to while you lounge on the grass and listen to the jazz…Every Friday through the end of May, you can hear a free jazz concert at LACMA in the grand entrance. Bring the kids early to snag great seats and let them run around Hancock Park, rolling down the hill and exploring the tar pits before the concert starts. And remember that the museum is free to all Los Angeles County residents after 3 p.m. on Mon.-Fri. so be sure to check out the latest exhibits. No outside alcohol or bottles are allowed. Fri. Event details.

Wild Wonder Family Slumber Party at the Zoo
Gather your family, your sleeping bags, and get ready for an overnight adventure at the Los Angeles Zoo. This exciting indoor overnight includes a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, pizza/salad dinner, and an evening snack. Go to bed with a beastly bedtime story and sleep under cliffs and trees in the California Condor Rescue Zone. In the morning wake up with a walk in the Zoo and then enjoy a full continental breakfast. Finally, have a meet and greet with some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals. Sat. Event details.

March of Dimes March for Babies 2018
March for Babies® presented by Bank of America is a day for everyone. Together we hope for a day when all moms and babies are healthy. We remember those babies we lost. We celebrate every baby. Families, businesses, and volunteers dedicated to the fight for the health of all moms and babies take part in March for Babies, March of Dimes biggest annual fundraising event. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Skirball Puppet Festival
Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of imagination at the Skirball’s annual Puppet Festival! This campus-wide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music, and art-making. Don’t miss appearances by Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Leslie K. Gray, and other esteemed puppeteers from around the country. Then design your very own puppet and join fellow festivalgoers and puppeteers for the festival finale! This day of innovative storytelling is sure to amaze visitors of all ages. Sun. Event details.

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Pop-Up Studio: California Nature Mapping
Create a nature map of California with artist Sam Falls. Select from an array of plants that grow in the state’s different ecosystems, preserve their silhouettes in clay, and walk away with a sculpture that expands appreciation for California’s flora and preserving our national forests. Inspired by the exhibition Hammer Projects: Sam Falls. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Earth Day Festival Arbor
The City of Santa Clarita’s Earth Arbor Day celebration is an event that is held in conjunction with the worldwide Earth Day efforts of improving environmental awareness and taking care of the planet. Join in the festivities at this eco-friendly event to renew your commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle to protect and preserve our environment. Sat. Event details. 

Travel Back in Time at the Victorian Fair
Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages are invited to travel back in time to participate in a lively Victorian Fair. Visitors will enjoy live music, period dance demonstrations and lessons, historic house tours, fashion shows, and much more. Admission is free and Victorian dress is encouraged. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Cinderella – Inland Pacific Ballet
Inland Pacific Ballet’s Cinderella returns to the stage with a charming cast of characters that includes a fairy tale Cinderella, a pair of hilarious Stepsisters and a radiant Fairy Godmother who sends Cinderella to the ball in a glittering carriage fit for a fairy princess. Adding to the magic is the beautiful music of famous waltz king, Johann Strauss. Imaginatively choreographed, the production boasts magnificent sets and costumes, including a golden carriage and exquisite ball gowns. IPB’s Cinderella captures the magic and romance of this classic fairy tale. Sat.- Sun. Event details.

Dutch King’s Day 2018: Have a Taste of Holland
This family-friendly, outdoor event features typical Dutch street food like, kroketten, bitterballen (bread crumbed meat-based snack roll or ball), patat friet (Dutch fries with different toppings), ‘Hollandse haring’ (raw herring flown in from Holland), poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes), all kinds of home-baked Dutch cookies like stroopwafels and imported prepackaged delicacies. Also, find Indonesian street food (part of Dutch culinary heritage) like satay and lumpia. Sun. Event details.

It’s Not The Usual: Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk
Celebrating its 10th year, South Pasadena’s free Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk features a diverse musical lineup performing on multiple stages around town. This year, the main stage headline act is none other than Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a local swing band made famous by appearances in the movie Swingers and at the Hollywood Bowl. The Art Walk features open galleries, studios and hosted events. Numerous intimate venues appear throughout the city, plus outdoor installations, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. As always the festival is family friendly and free to attend. Everyone’s welcome!
Everything is happening right off the South Pasadena Metro Station – Mission street will be closed between Meridian Avenue and Fremont Ave – and parking is free! Sat. Event details.

Where are you headed this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber

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