Science in the gardens, history at the house, a lotus festival by the lake—these are just a few of the ways to explore the City of Angels that are on our radar for the weekend. Want more? It’s time to go Greek in the South Bay and indulge in baklava, or perhaps you prefer the unbelievable fried offerings at the OC Fair that kicks off this weekend. Scroll down to learn what else is happening this weekend!

photo: Star Wars Land as seen at D23 © Disney/Lucasfilm

Downtown

NHM Summer Garden Nights
Unwind under the stars with great music, nature-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden & science projects for kids, botanical tours, food trucks and more. Fri. Event details.

Pershing Square Concerts: The Wallflowers
Relive your high school days (without the angst) when you take your kids to a free show downtown to hear The Wallflowers. Sat. Event details.

Mad Science at the Central Library
Get ready for science run amok in silly stories and more. It’s a great reason to come explore the Central Library and DTLA. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

The Lotus Festival
It’s time to celebrate the beautiful flowers that grace Echo Park Lake at the annual festival featuring live music, dance, arts and entertainment from a variety of performers honoring Bangladesh. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mid-City

Go To Ancient Egypt at LACMA
Visit LACMA’s permanent collection of ancient art from Egypt. Then make art together inspired by mother and son gods Isis and Horus, sarcophagi and mummies. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Family Tours at the Gamble House
This July only, kids (and their big people) can take a 60-minute tour of the Gamble House using a “find and seek” handout to make it fun for wee explorers to appreciate the architecture and craftsmanship of Greene & Greene. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Pinocchio
This new adaptation of the classic Italian story incorporates the audience’s imagination to reinforce the universal importance of telling the truth. It’s a great show for the youngest theatergoers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

To Oz and Back
Free theater for kids in the park!  This summer CCPT (Culver City Public Theatre) presents an Oz themed show every weekend through August 20.  Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Peter Pan Flies Onstage
Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for summer and the kid in all of us who never wants to grow up. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

South Bay Greek Festival
This is a fest with plenty music, dancing and fun, but really it’s all about the food.  Spanikopita and salad and of course the highlight (and reason to invest in some ever un-stylish elastic waist pants)—the desserts. Opa! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Junior Explorers Learn the Force
In Star Wars, the force is metaphysical power. In physics, force is a push or pull on an object. Kids can explore the actual science behind this galaxy binding physical concept at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Sat. Event details.

Orange County

D23
The Ultimate Disney Fan Event brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping and more. If your tot adores all things Disney, this is the best summer surprise. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

O.C. Fair
It’s Fair season! The Orange County Fair provides loads of family entertainment with rides, exhibits, animals, free music, as well as concerts (by Kenny Loggins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The B-52s, Violent Femmes, Huey Lewis and more), the Action Sports Arena, and of course, plenty of crazy food. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bonjour! This weekend kicks off with Bastille Day, which means you should probably indulge in French Fries, croissants and singing some songs from Beauty and the Beast with your kids. Do you have a favorite way to celebrate France in LA?

—Meghan Rose