There’s a festival for everyone this weekend, whether your family is looking to green things up, admire fancy four-wheeled vehicles, hit the bounce house or just hula-hoop the afternoon away. Got stars in your kid’s eyes? Feed their brains at the Griffith Observatory’s Star Party or burn off their energy with the One-Mile Fun Run at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
And if mom and dad need some time to stimulate their brains, the Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens Art Show is not to be missed. Enjoy four blocks of paintings, sculptures, and photography plus the wine garden. And if the kids are in need of more threads, be sure to check out the Mini Social Warehouse Sale (120 E Santa Anita Ave Burbank, CA, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with up to 70% off Melissa & Doug, Tea Collection, Robeez, Eggi Baby, Splendid Littles and more.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
Look past the birds and planes to the big blue above at Griffith Observatory’s Star Party. With educators on hand to point out planets, constellations and more, there’s plenty for everyone of all ages to discover. Sat., 2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
Costume Dance Party
Give that Halloween costume a test run at this fun dance sponsored by Hike It Up! Boogie, shake and roll the afternoon away—and burn off the kiddos excess energy. Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hollywood, Voluntary donation at the door. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Family Drawing Hour: Fruit, Flowers and Fun!
Get inspired by the Getty Center’s collection of still life paintings and then create your own. Whether everyone on the family paints their own or it’s a team effort, it’s a perfect afternoon. Sat., 3:30 p.m., Sign up begins at 3 p.m., West Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
The Bel-Air Film Festival kicks off this afternoon of family fun with the premiere of Ladybug Jane, who teaches kids to live green. Afterwards stay for face-painting, hula-hooping, eco-spa for kids and moms, bee exhibits and more. Sun., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Westwood, Free. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Our Lady of Malibu School 3rd Annual Fall Family Festival
Get out of the house and get the children moving with this festival complete with a haunted house, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, and plenty of grub. Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Malibu, Free. Event Details.
The 5th Annual Pico Festival
Gather up the gang for an afternoon of food, games, art, music, and classic cars. Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
One Mile Kids Fun Run
Your speedy little fish will dig this loop around the Aquarium of the Pacific led by Lola, the Aquarium’s talking cockatoo. Kids are encouraged to dress in blue or like their favorite sea creature. Race is open to ages 6 to 12. Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Swazzle Puppet Show
Come out and meet the crew of the River Otter Circus, including the Ringmaster, the Daredevil, the Dreamer and the Animal Trainer as they take over Valley Plaza Library. Sat., 3 p.m., North Hollywood, Free. Event Details.
20th Annual Sherman Oak Street Fair
Showbiz in Sherman Oaks is the theme of this all-day carnival hosted by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce. Featuring tons of musical acts on the main stage, rides for the kiddos and a beer garden for the adults, this fair is always a fun day. And with more than 100 food booths, you’ll be sure to find something for even the pickiest of eaters. Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sherman Oaks, Free. Event Details.