The weekends just keep getting better (along with the weather) and this one is no exception. The only problem? We want to do it all. Just check out the options: adopt some caterpillars, hunt for eggs or gold, do a little Irish jig, cheer on the runners at the L.A. Marathon, indulge in some delicious candy at Candytopia and take in some Cherry Blossoms by the beach? Quite possibly the #bestweekendever. Scroll through for the details and let us know where you’re headed!

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Los Angeles

L.A. Marathon
With over 25,000 runners and 6,000 volunteers, in some ways, the LA Marathon is the biggest block party in Los Angeles. Starting at Dodger Stadium and going all the way to the Santa Monica Pier, it also goes past some of the most famous landmarks in the city. Not up to running all 26.2 miles? There are plenty of ways to join in the fun without a run. Sun. Event details.

Find the Irish at the Farmers Market
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music, great food, green beer and lots of fun are what’s on tap at the Original Farmers Market for the celebration. A bagpiper strolls the Market in the afternoon and again in the evening and there’s Irish music in the evening. Magee’s Kitchen, the Market’s first eatery, is celebrating their 100th anniversary with famous corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes special all day…and if the kids (or you) aren’t the biggest boiled cabbage fans, there’s plenty of other food options (green cookies, green beer and donuts galore!) to be had. Sat. Event details.

Saturday Art Camp
Saturday morning Art Camp is back and in full effect! Join us in the studio (most) Saturdays for themed adventures in arts and crafting. Please pack a healthy snack for your child and send them in clothing that can get messy. Ages 4-12 are welcome (and projects will vary based on age). This class is drop-off only (no late pick-ups please). Sat. Event details.

L.A. Nature Fest
There’s a surprising amount of nature in Los Angeles, and the more you know how to look for it, the more you’ll see. You’ll be blown away by the plants and animals, their incredible survival stories, the best ways to see them, and the people devoted to studying and protecting them. L.A. Nature Fest unfolds in our very own Nature Gardens, a place our visitors can explore, our scientists do real research, and our educators share nature’s coolest stories. You won’t believe what’s out there! Each day will be filled with performances, hands-on activities, and presentations. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Limited Edition Green Bubble Waffle
The Dolly Llama in Downtown Los Angeles is introducing a limited edition Green Bubble Waffle available throughout the weekend of Mar. 17. Celebrate the luck of the Irish with this doughy bubble waffle topped with Green Tea ice cream, matcha Pocky Sticks, Lucky Charm Cereal, toasted marshmallow, cotton candy and drizzled with milk chocolate and pearl candy beads. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


A Gold Hunt in Malibu
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Lucky the Leprechaun. Join the Parks and Recreation Department and Malibu Library to help find Lucky’s pot of gold at Legacy Park. There’s a story time, art activity, snack, give-a-way and a special surprise guest. Sign-ups for gold hunt times will be available at the check-in booth at 9:45 a.m. Fri. Event details.


Peter and the Starcatcher
Join a swashbuckling, mad-cap adventure aboard the good ship Neverland! Before Peter was Pan, he was just an orphan who didn’t like grown-ups. But his future changes forever when the lost boy boards a pirate ship, and we’re whisked away on a breathtaking adventure to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Fun for the whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Colorfest 2018
Celebrate Spring with a burst of color! Inspired by the Indian tradition of Holi, Color Festival is a family-friendly event that brings together the local community in a colorful day of music, games, dancing, food and vibrant color throws. Admission is $5, with color packets available at an additional cost. Sat. Event details.

Caterpillar Adoption Days
On your mark, get set, pupate! It is time again to witness the magic of metamorphosis at Kidspace. Adopt your own live caterpillar and get a caterpillar care kit for only $5.49. Then watch as your adoptee grows, changes into a chrysalis and then emerges as an adult Painted Lady Butterfly in the habitat you design. You can learn more about the life cycle of a butterfly and bring a shoebox to build your caterpillar habitat in the Nature Exchange during the adoption days. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Candytopia is Here!
Explore the sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, tastefully curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin, realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog, and brought to life by life-long retailer, John Goodman. This four-month interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Johnnie-O Easter Egg Hunt
Children are invited to hunt for eggs at the johnnie-O Love Shack store in Santa Monica. Bring your cameras because the Easter Bunny will make a visit to the store. All clothing will be 20% off in celebration of Easter, so it will be fun for the entire family. The egg hunt will begin around 1:15pm. Children are encouraged to bring their own baskets. Sun. Event details.

Beach Towns

Cherry Blossom Festival By the Beach
The 5th Annual Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival will be held beneath the beautiful Cherry Blossom trees in Central Park! Bring the whole family for this fun, free day filled with Japanese music, dance, martial arts, cultural exhibits, crafts and games and lots of delicious Japanese food and join us in celebrating our 35th year of cultural exchange with our Sister City in Anjo, Japan. Sun. Event details.

A Seaside St. Patrick’s Day Parade
In what has become a popular annual tradition in Hermosa Beach, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, brings a touch of Ireland to Hermosa Beach each spring. It’s a true small town parade by the beach, with school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and Irish setters all taking part. A parade, a walk on the beach, wearin’ of the green with the wee ones…What could be more fun? Sat. Event details.

What activities are you going to check out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber


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