Could you use a little laughter this long President’s Day weekend, and a healthy dose of fun? We thought so! It’s festival time and there’s something for everyone with a 16-story snowboard ramp, camel races, haggis eating, basketball spinning, ooey gooey fun and comic book craziness. Plus, some fun stuff to do on your Monday holiday.
photo: The Queen Mary via Facebook
Air + Style
Shaun White’s Air + Style festival is eye-popping fun for lil’ (and big) extreme sports fans what want to hear some music as well as watching the world’s best snowboarders shred on the 16-story high snowboard jump. As the kids say, it’s epic. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
The Harlem Globetrotters
The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are back with their crazy mix of basketball, comedy, athleticism and entertainment. Watch ‘em dribble, dunk and spin at the Staples Center. (They’ll be in Bakersfield, too, on Monday.) Sun. Event details.
The Art of the Piano
Make an in-depth exploration of the piano, from the artisan who builds it to the virtuoso who plays it, featuring music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, and Gershwin at the LA Phil’s Symphony for Youth program. Sat. Event details.
LACMA Free on President’s Day
Celebrate MLK Day at the museum with free admission to exhibits, live Bavarian folk music by Hammerstein Musik Bavaria, free bilingual tours, programs and family sketching activities. Mon. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Ooey-Gooey Weekend at Kidspace
Because every kids loves getting goopy! Create play dough poop sculptures (the only thing they love more than goop is poop), make squishy slug tracks with gooey paint trails, get messy at the oobleck station and even make green algae slime. Sat.-Mon. Event details.
Getty’s Sounds of LA
This amazing and free concert series brings world music to the city and kicks off this year with a concert by Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim AlHaj. His new album is inspired by a collection of recent letters by Iraqi women and children and the music enlightens as it entertains. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Cuisine & Confessions
This Les 7 Doigts de la Main show about how much of life happens in the kitchen is a mix of circus, avant-garde dance, spoken word, theater and cooking show comedy. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Wee laddies & lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies, take part in the Highland games, Scottish Dancing, sheep herding, eat fabulous food (and ales and whiskys for parents) and see the grand parade. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Comic Book Expo
The Long Beach Comic Expo is a smaller and more manageable affair than the giant San Diego behemoth and just right for the young fan to dip their toes in. This weekend is a celebration of comic books where you can meet authors, illustrators and celebrities—like Barbarian, Dothraki and Aquaman, Jason Momoa. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Ronald Reagan Library President’s Day Celebration
Celebrate President’s Day at the Library of an actual President! Mingle with our Founding Fathers and enjoy musical entertainment, storytelling and all American foods. Mon. Event details.
Worth the Drive
The Little Prince
This new production uses puppets, actors, original music and beautiful sets to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince, his flower and the fox. There’s a sensory friendly performance Saturday morning. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Make a Date for the Date Festival
Date shakes for everyone (or fried Twinkies, if that’s more your style), plus music and amazing shows like Bull-O-Rama, Monster Trucks & Freestyle Motocross and the goofy Camel & Ostrich Races. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate our founding fathers, look no further. We have the 20 best ways to celebrate President’s Day, right here.