From celebrating at the Chumash Day Powwow in Malibu and the Otis Kite Festival in Santa Monica to helping clean up the LA River and learning how to swim like a mermaid, we officially want to clone ourselves so we can hit up all of these great events this weekend. Scroll through to check out this weekend’s picks and let us know where you are going to go in the comments below!

photo: FoLAR


Chumash Day Powwow
20th Annual Chumash Day Powwow will celebrate Native Americans from all over the country, representing hundreds of tribes who will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park. Native American food, craft vendors, tribal ceremonies, and dances will be a part of the event on both days. Free admission, parking and shuttle service to and from the event. No public parking onsite. Parking and shuttle service will be available on the corner of Webb Way and Civic Center Way. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

7th Annual Otis Kite Festival
Otis College of Art and Design will host the 7th Annual Otis Kite Festival, directly north of the Santa Monica Pier.This festival has blossomed into a wonderful family event focused on serving children throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Every child who attends receives his or her own DIY kite kit inclusive of a color theory art lesson. Creating the kites also ties into STEAM education in addition to being a community art experience for the children. The event serves as an enriching and fun day for both the young and the young at heart! Sat. Event details.

Mista Cookie Jar Mini-Concert
LA-based “kindie rocker,” Mista Cookie Jar, brings his urban-island-folky-rock-&-roll sounds to Children’s Book World. Blending a background in creative writing, poetry & hip-hop production, his music, regularly featured on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live!, oozes positivity & love. Settle in as Mista Cookie Jar serenades the crowd with his “stars and moon” steel guitar, mixing a rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. Bubbles will end the show. Sat. Event Details. 

Los Angeles

Trout Fishing in America at McCabe’s
Join us for our Sunday Morning Concert Series with Trout Fishing in America!! Called “the Lennon and McCartney of kid’s music” by NPR’s Kathy O’Connell, 4 Time Grammy Nominees, Trout Fishing in America are sure to show you a great time! Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny. For over 40 years, TFIA has not only helped to craft, but also invent the world of Children’s Music that we know today. Sun. Event details.

Meet the String Family: Teddy Bear Concert
Bring your children and their favorite stuffed friends to this delightful concert that demonstrates how sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can bring music to life. Kids and stuffed animals alike will have an opportunity to discover the orchestra’s string family.We will provide a complimentary milk and cookies reception after the concert, and you are invited to bring a sack lunch of your own for before or after the concert on our grounds. Sat. Event details.

Listen: El Rio at Union Station
Metro Art Presents the second concert in the North Patio series, featuring local Los Angeles-based artists El Rio in Union Station’s tranquil North Patio. El Rio is a musical partnership and quintet founded by Melissa Uribe and Bryan Diaz. Inspired by the urban and natural landscapes and life of the Los Angeles River, the Arroyo Seco, and its environs, El Rio describes its work as “revolutionary love music” combining Latin American folk rhythms with lyrics of social justice. Backed by an array of winds, percussion, and both acoustic and electric instrumentation, the vocal melodies and spoken poetry form a visceral spirited dance to evoke thought and change through music side by side with the red tailed hawks that fly above. Sun. Event details.

Fight For Air Climb
Step Up to the Challenge and join us at the Fight For Air Climb. Individuals and teams climb all 63 floors of stairs up to the top of the Aon Center (1,393 steps). You’ll raise funds for research, education and patient programs to help people affected by lung disease. Every step moves us forward in our fight for clean air and healthy lungs. Register today! Sat. Event details. 

Shen Yun World Tour with Live Orchestra
The People of ancient China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from heaven. Art was primarily a means to explore the connection between humankind and the higher universe. Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

The Great LA River CleanUp (La Gran Limpieza)!
During Earth Month, join the 29th LA River CleanUp by signing up for the biggest activation in the U.S.! Last year, over 10,000 volunteers, individuals, and groups from all ages and backgrounds demonstrated their passion for the LA River by joining the Friends of LA River (FoLAR) annual CleanUp. The 2018 CleanUp will be held at 9 sites along the River with different locations on each date. Pick a site best for you and your family! Volunteers will receive a FoLAR reusable tote bag, FoLAR t-shirt, and other goodies, have access to entertainment and the LA River Rover mobile visitor and education center. Sat. Event details. 

Sherman Oaks

Kids: Cake Pop How To
Join BLVD’s resident decorating guru, Liset, for an afternoon making adorable cake pops! Students will learn how to shape and form pops from both traditional cake and rice crispy treats, and practice techniques for all kinds of whimsical decorations. Includes all materials and treats to take home! Sat. Event details. 

Worth the Drive

Mermaid Classes For Kids
Learn to be a mermaid (or merman) by coming to LA Mermaid School: the swimming day trip adventure for mermaids that is dophinitely going to make you “sea” the world differently! Our LA Mermaid School is taught by the very same Finstructors who make a splash in Hollywood with their incredible tricks, techniques, and mesmerizing personalities. In this fun-filled fin-tasy guests will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real Hollywood mermaid or merman and master some of the basic techniques that our world-famous professional mermaids use in TV commercials! Please note: Participants must be able to swim a 100m freestyle to be eligible for this class. Sat. Event details.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire
The Master of the Revels at this Faire in Port Deptford has searched for many fine things for young subjects to do. Those of fewer summers shall have the opportunity to create beautiful crafts, have great fun with games & rides, be entertained with fabulous stage shows, and be knighted by the King at the children’s knighting ceremony! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Where are you headed this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber


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