Celebrate the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces on this lovely long Veterans Day weekend with parades, parks and Presidential library visits. You can also catch a new Cirque show, some aca-mazing singing, be part of the bikes taking over the streets or get birdy with a pre-Thanksgiving festival for the turkeys and a bird fest in the mountains. Adventurous imbibers can even bring intrepid explorers on a safari with wine (lemonade for littles).

A National Park Rangerphoto: Tracy Swartout

Everywhere

National Parks Are Free
In honor of Veterans Day, the National Park Service invites us all to celebrate one of American’s greatest creations (National Parks) by visiting any of the more than 400 national parks, for free. Fri. Event details.

Downtown

Cirque du Soliel’s TORUK – The First Flight
Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, this new show takes us to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mid-City

CraftLab Workshop: Collage
Layer paper patterns, found images, and use inspiration from your own memories to create a special artwork in this family workshop. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Vocalosity: The Aca-Perfect Concert Experience
If you’ve got a little singer who loves Pitch Perfect, this show that takes a cappella music to a whole new level will aca-tually delight them. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Wine Safari with America’s Teaching Zoo
Malibu Wine Safari and America’s Teaching Zoo team up for a 105-minute wildlife safari where you can meet exotic animals up close and personally, while sipping local wines (lemonade for the kiddos). Sun. Event details.

A Colorful Family Festival at the Getty
At this all day fest that compliments the current exhibits, there are multi-dimensional color stations, evocative theater with live music and puppets, science experiments, a giant spinning color wheel and a commemorative mini coloring book. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

A Swap Meet for Kids
Budding entrepreneurs sell their games, toys, sports equipment and anything else they don’t want anymore, and other little hagglers can pick up some fun stuff for a fraction of the price. Sat. Event details.

Bird Fest in the Mountains
Bird walks and bird talks are all day long, interspersed with fun activities like a run for kids, story time and merit badge earning, all in honor of our feathered friends. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

A Veterans Day Celebration for All Generations
With music and festivities, this celebration honoring our Vets is wonderful for the whole family. Fri. Event details.

Long Beach

Beach Streets Midtown
For one day, the streets of Long Beach are closed to cars & open to people who pedal, stroll and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment at hubs along the route. Sat. Event details.

Simi Valley

Veterans Day at the Reagan Library
This annual Veterans Day event is properly patriotic and historical with live music from the Armory Band, Civil War re-enactments, WWII & current military vehicles and presidential history. Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Farm Sanctuary’s Thanksgiving for the Turkeys
Little lovers of Charlotte’s Web love to spend time honoring the turkeys, not eating them. Meet the rescued animals on the farm and then chow at a feast where turkeys are the guests of honor, not the main course. Sun. Event details.

If you’re looking for more ways to honor our Veterans and country, we’ve got some superb suggestions.

—Meghan Rose