Whether your kids are into bugs or strawberries, aliens or Civil War stories, there is definitely something going on this weekend for everyone. Need to burn some energy? Check out a charitable 5K or walk the largest artwalk in SoCal. Want to hang out in a beautiful space all while doing some good? Head over to K.A.M.P., a fantastic fundraiser that supports The Hammer Museum’s free family programming. Still undecided? Check out the rest of our picks below!

photo: Hammer Museum

Los Angeles:

Join NHMLA its 32nd Annual Bug Fair
The two-day festival celebrates our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors – and see everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Halfway There! Community Celebration
Join us in celebrating the construction progress of the Regional Connector Transit Project. Take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and enjoy an afternoon filled with free performances from local musicians, art-making with Metro artists, raffles, workshops, and so much more. This event is free and open to the public but RSVP today! Sat. Event details.

20th Annual Family Funfest
This year’s 20th Annual Family FunFest will bring together over 1,000 children and family members to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month with exciting games, food, giveaways, and a resource fair. Along with activities and entertainment for the whole family — this event will provide an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and valuable community resources! Sat. Event details.

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We Run The Promenade 5K
On your marks, get set, join us for We Run The Promenade, an exhilarating 5K that begins and ends at The Promenade at Westlake. All proceeds will benefit The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools, a volunteer parent organization that works hand-in-hand with the school district and the individual Parent Faculty Associations to help make sure children receive the strongest education possible from kindergarten through high school. After the run, enjoy music, treats and fun! Sat. Event details.

Spring Fair
A Silverlake tradition for 66 years, with live music, magic, comedy, games, fun, food and activities for young families! The annual Spring Fair in the unique outdoor setting of Neighborhood Nursery School, on the shores of Silver Lake reservoir, has been a perfect day out for young families for sixty-six years. Find fun, games, free food and a cash bar, alongside live music, magic and comedy that all ages can enjoy. Sat. Event details.

Outdoor Movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
LA’s Premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, with the largest inflatable movie screen on the west coast & 100% dog-friendly. On May 19th, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Rated PG) will be playing at the North Hollywood Recreation Center. Sat. Event details.

Westside:

K.A.M.P. (Kids Art Museum Project)
Join the Hammer Museum as it hosts its ninth annual K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project), a unique fundraising event imagined by artists for kids and their families. Designers, painters, dancers, sculptors, artists, and architects will lead inventive and engaging hands-on workshops in the carefree atmosphere of the Hammer Museum courtyard. K.A.M.P. story time will have celebrity friends Kristen Bell, Bill Hader, and Jimmy Kimmel reading their favorite children’s books to an audience of all ages. K.A.M.P. attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch from Tender Greens and hear music by DJ Nu-Mark and Just Buzz. All K.A.M.P. proceeds support the Hammer’s free family programming. Sun. Event details.

Pico Block Party
18th Street Arts Center, a 30-year-old artist residency and contemporary arts center in the inland Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica, is holding its third major Pico Block Party community festival focused around youth artists and empowering youth voices. The family-friendly artistic festival will feature youth-led art-making workshops, performances, open studios with resident artists, exhibitions, food trucks, and other creative activities. Sat. Event details.

Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions
Venice Family Clinic presents its iconic 39th Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions at Google’s Venice Headquarters. Both the biggest art walk in Southern California and the largest public event held by the tech giant, the space will be transformed into an art gallery for the occasion, where guests can enjoy free access to the work of 250 contemporary artists, including such luminaries as John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha and Alison Saar as well as LA’s emerging talent—all with the goal of exceeding the $800,000 raised last year and supporting the Clinic’s mission to provide quality healthcare to those in need. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Civil War Reenactment at the Railway Museum
Step back in time and see what life was like during the War Between the States. Visit the encampments of the Union and Confederate Armies. See what life was like in the civilian camp. Watch one of several battles throughout the day. Ride the vintage train and trolleys. Train and trolleys will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sat. Event details.

MainStreet Theatre Company Presents “Frederick”
In this charming musical adaptation of Frederick, the award-winning book by Leo Lionni, summer is quickly turning to fall and all the mice are out collecting supplies for the cold winter that lies ahead. All except for Frederick, who seems to have his head in the clouds or so it would appear. When winter finally arrives, it is Frederick who has stored something special that helps save the day. With a foot-tapping score that adds to the fun, Frederick is a perfect introduction to musical theatre for our youngest audiences. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Jam Pack Your Weekend With Fun: The California Strawberry Festival
“Jam” packed with festivities and indulgent strawberry eats, The California Strawberry Festival serves up the berry best of all-day fun. With over 50 food booths, gooey contests like the tart toss, chef demonstrations, rides and attractions, a Strawberryland oasis for kids, 250 arts and crafts exhibitors, and concerts on multiple stages, the celebration ranks among the nation’s top outdoor Festivals. Free for kids 4 and under. Sat. Event details.

What are you planning on doing to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber

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