Festivals are the rage this weekend and we have some new ones to add to the good old standby list. Head over to the Taste of the Eastside to see (and eat) your way through 30 local restaurants. Swing by Melrose Trading Post to check out the premiere of Melrose Mornings where music and entertainment are sure to delight everyone in the family. And of course, you can’t miss the family-favorite puppet festival at the Skirball or your chance to celebrate like a Dutchie in Long Beach. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks!
photo: The Skirball Center
Bring the family and join the 30th CleanUp by signing up now and joining the Friends of LA River annual CleanUp. The LA River Rover will be on site for fun education for all ages and will take visitors through a tour of the River’s past, present, and future. Learn about the LA River watershed at the interactive watershed table, touch beaver and coyote pelts, listen to the song of the Least Bell’s Vireo, and design the River as you want to see in the future. Volunteers will receive a FoLAR tote bag and a customized t-shirt. Sat. Event details.
Check out this Eastside outdoor food and drink festival. Arranged throughout the beautiful grounds of the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, the event draws more than 1,000 foodies, families, and fun-seekers who come to experience the best restaurants, breweries, and more than our cluster of Eastside neighborhoods has to offer. Over 30 restaurants participate each year, with a curated list including longtime Eastside institutions as well as those that have just joined the culinary legacy of the area. Sun. Event details.
Introducing Melrose Mornings at the Melrose Trading Post, brought to you by Greenway Arts Alliance in partnership with the Melrose Business Improvement District. Launching today, and then taking place every Sun. at the MTP, Melrose Mornings will appeal to parents and kids from toddlers to ‘tweens. Entertainment includes kid-friendly bands and entertainers, a handmade putt-putt course, arts and crafts, face painting and more! For the launch, we welcome live music by Tim Kubart, winner of the 2016 GRAMMY Award for “Best Children’s Album” and Tambourine Guy with Postmodern Jukebox, Megan McIver, bubble-ologist extraordinaire will perform an amazing Bubble Show, and make bubbles with the crowd plus more. Sun. Event details.
Creating Arts Company is proud to present a stunning new adaption of the classic Grimm fairytale of the girl with magical golden locks, Rapunzel. Cheer for the Prince and say “Boo!” for the mean witch Gothel who has locked the beautiful Rapunzel high atop a tower. Will Rapunzel escape the tower and learn she’s a Princess and find her way back to her rightful mother and father, King and Queen Windsor? This is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play and is a one-hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical experience like no other that is sure to delight children and their families ages three and up! Sat.-Sun. Event details.
This free, specially designed gallery tour aims for a multi-sensory experience for blind or visually impaired guests to engage with artworks in EAT in an immersive and accessible way. Tours will include verbal descriptions of selected artworks and touch objects. RSVP encouraged. Sat. Event details.
Join KCRW and the Fowler Museum for the Tenth Annual Good Food Pie Contest. Good Food host Evan Kleinman will preside over the afternoon pie festivities, which will include music by KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Garth Trinidad, pie tasting, kids’ activities, an artisan marketplace, and more! This event is free and open to the public. Sun. Event details.
Humphry Slocombe’s ice cream cart will drop by Sun. brunch at The Rose Venice. Guests will enjoy free scoops of the Surfer’s Breakfast while supplies last. Can’t make brunch? Not to worry! Chef Jason Neroni will be serving up the decadent Surfer’s Breakfast Sundae, featuring granola clusters, barbecued berries, and syrup, as a special dessert during dinner service that Sun. evening. Sun. Event details.
Celebrate the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling at the Skirball’s eighth annual Puppet Festival! This campus-wide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music, and art-making. It brings together talented puppeteers and artists from across the country, working in a range of cultural and artistic styles. This year’s program features amazing animals—both real and imaginary—and includes performances and creations by the North Carolina–based puppeteer and designer Hobey Ford and local artists Yulya Dukhovny, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry, and the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Design your very own puppet and join storytellers and puppeteers for the festival finale with funk band Delta Nove! A day of imaginative storytelling and innovation is sure to amaze visitors ages 2 to 102. Sun. Event details.
This Easter Sun. and Greek Easter, Taverna Tony, located in the Malibu Country Mart, is celebrating with a Greek feast, live music and more. On Greek Easter, the restaurant will be offering its full menu and a traditional Greek feast with a selection of traditional Greek Easter cookies! The Greek feast features 15 different specialties, including tabouli, several dips, dolmathes, roasted lamb, vegetables, chicken souvlaki and more. Live music will begin at 4:00 pm. Opa! Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive
AMALUNA invites you to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16, with fun and challenging obstacles and mud! Our mission is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through obstacle and adventure. Sat. Event details.
Have a taste of Holland during Dutch King’s Day 2019 in Gemmrig Park, Long Beach. Dutch King’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands and is observed by the Dutch around the globe with the largest celebration, outside of Holland, happening here in LA. Have a taste of Dutch street food, music and games for the entire family. Don’t forget to wear orange! Sun. Event details.
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