It’s time to sham-rock your weekend with some early St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities, plus Purim parties, bookfests, Wistaria explosions, flying kites, a demolition derby that will make your young destructos insanely happy, Story Pirates, a cooking adventure, pier carnival and even a perfect pairing: music and chocolate. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to set your clocks forward Saturday night, or you’ll be late to your Sunday events!

kite-festival-widephoto: Redondo Beach Kite Festival

 

Downtown

Grand Park Festival of Books
All hail Emily Dickinson! Dickinson’s poetry is turned inside out with performances, hands-on activities like creating pieces of poetic genius & constructing handmade books, a photo booth with Victorian-era props and prose, 826LA’s never-ending story and pop-up bookshops for literary lovers big and small. Sun. Event details.

Music and Chocolate
At the MAST Chocolate Factory you can combine two of life’s great pleasures: music and chocolate (and kids!). Children’s songwriter Nathalia will have families singing, dancing and even learning a little Spanish, in this multicultural chocolate factory experience. Sat. Event details.

All Star Chef Classic for Kids
Fans of Master Chef Jr. and Kids Cook Off can’t miss this event where kids who love wearing a toque take a family friendly cooking class in Restaurant Stadium™. Hosted by award-winning pastry chef, Sherry Yard. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

PETA’s Morning Moo-vies
PETA‘s new Empathy Center in Echo Park is launching a free film screening series for the whole family. Coffee (and non-dairy milks) provided for parents, with cereal bar snacks for kids. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City

Purim Party
It’s always a party at the Zimmer when they celebrate Purim and you can make noisemakers and feathery masks to get in the holiday spirit.  Come in costume and save on admission. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

ArtNight Pasadena
Enjoy a free evening of art, music, and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent art institutions open their doors. Visit the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center, Kidspace, the Norton Simon and the Pasadena Museum of History, among others. A free shuttle helps you hop from spot to spot. Fri. Event details.

Wistaria Festival
The Wistaria Vine Festival is a chance to see the world’s largest blossoming plant. (Seriously!) The festival includes live music, kid’s activities and a food court in Memorial Park. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Parents Night Out: The LEGO Robotics Edition
If you still owe each other a date night from Valentine’s Day, now is the perfect time to have one; the kids will be thrilled to get dropped off for a night of robot building with LEGO. Fri. Event details.

Carnival on the Pier
Pacific Park is closed for this fundraising event (raising $ for Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse) where admission gets you unlimited amusement park rides, lunch and carnival snacks, unlimited photo booth photos, game tickets and more. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Festival of Kites
The day kicks off with the traditional launch of the city’s giant 25-foot kite and then continues with a group kite flight. Enjoy a hot dog eating contest, live music, martial art demonstrations and dance performances throughout the rest of the day. Sun. Event details.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
It’s a true small town parade by the beach, with school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and Irish setters all taking part. A parade, a walk on the beach, wearin’ of the green with the wee ones…it’s our favorite of the family St. Patrick’s Day parades. Sat. Event details.

Set Sail with the Story Pirates
From Kung Fu ninja babies to tickle monsters who rule the world, Story Pirates celebrates the creativity of kids with a sketch comedy musical based entirely on stories written by children where part of the show is made up on the spot by kids in the audience. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

St. Patrick’s Day Family Festival
This fest features live Irish music, food, jumpers, rock climbing, a silent auction and plenty more live entertainment.  Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Demolition Derby
Take your kids to the Irwindale Speedway for a night of total auto destruction. Just wait ‘til they see the trailer racing! Sat. Event details.

Looking for leprechauns? We know where to find them, in our guide to all things Irish this month in LA!

—Meghan Rose