It’s the dog days of summer: aime for lazy beach days, chill BBQ nights, and a whole lot of fun in between! We’re talking paddling in the LA River, a Dragonfest of epic proportions, talking cats on stage, singing lions at the Greek, a historical one-day camp, fishing, music, surfing, Shakespeare, and some dandy Andy Warhol art. Scroll down to see what’s on our radar this wonderful weekend.

photo: Jazzy Ash

Downtown

Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band Rocks the Park
We think this is one the best kid and parent pleaseing bands in Los Angeles, so you’ll definitely want to catch a free concert by this the husband-and-wife duo who serve up catchy pop and cleverly crafted lyrics. Sun. Event details.

A Taste of Ecuador
Try some tasty Ecuadorian cuisine alongside Ecuadorian crafts, musical groups, folklore customs and games. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

The Lion King Sing-Along
Celebrate the circle of life with a sing-along screening and special musical performance at the gorgeous Greek. Sat. Event details.

Two Gentlemen at the Old Zoo
This August you can see Two Gentlemen of Verona, the second production of the season from the Independent Shakespeare Company. After being blown away by their July production of Measure for Measure, we’re sure this show is a must-see for all Shakespeare lovers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mid-City

Warholism at the Zimmer
Today celebrate artist, Andy Warhol’s birthday in the Zimmer’s Art Studio to create original Pop Art. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Puss in Boots on Stage
Lucky for Charlie, his tap-dancing cat Puss in Boots is here to help win the hand of the princess. With big band music, a dastardly prince and a shape-shifting ogre, this story is sure to delight your whole litter. Sat. Event details.

I Want My Hat Back!
The bear cannot find his hat, and he wants it back. After hearing this hilarious book, take a look at a hat art and decorate your own paper hat. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Catch Adrinkra or MôForró
The Skirball’s Family Amphitheater Performances summer weekend series hosts West African–Ghanaian fusion band Adrinkra on Saturday, and on Sunday MôForró plays the rootsy, pé de serra–style of forró from Northeast Brazil. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Dragonfest
The Martial Arts History Museum (a fabulous hidden spot!) is filled with a host of martial arts movie stars, Kung Fu pioneers, book authors and manga, anime and cosplay guests. Sat. Event details.

Paddle the LA River
Kayak the Los Angeles River on a water-bound tour of the Sepulveda Recreation Basin with a mini-lesson in the past, present, and future of the river. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Civil War Day Camp
This one day History Day Camp at the Drum Barracks teaches some living history along with tours, games and crafts. Fri. Event details.

Surf’s Up at the International Surf Festival
Even if your little ones are too small to hang ten on their own, the whole family can enjoy watching some of the best surfers across the globe as they compete in body surfing, surfing, sand soccer, volleyball, paddle board, lifeguard championships, dory racing, youth swims and even sand castle building. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Kids’ Fishing Rodeo
Can you reel ’em in?  Experts are on hand to share tips and tricks with young anglers at the annual Fishing Rodeo. Sat. Event details.

With surfing, paddling and fishing this weekend, we are wondering: what’s your favorite summer water sport?

—Meghan Rose