This weekend, let the good times roll with a Mardi Gras celebration at The Original Farmers Market, CicLAvia’s closed-streets bike ride and festival in South LA, family-friendly arts and crafts and more. Read on for the details on these events, plus get the rest of our editors picks for what to do this weekend with kids in LA.

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Fairfax & The Grove

Mardi Gras Celebration
Don’t miss The Original Farmers Market’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration, featuring Cajun and Zydeco bands galore, a Second Line parade, down home Southern cookin’, a strolling jester, arts and crafts, and more! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Story Time in the Galleries
Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join education staff every Friday at 2p.m. stop by LACMA for a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Fri. Event details.


What Rhymes with Orange?
Take the kiddos to The Second City theater for a fairy tale musical for all ages. From the greatest heights to the mysterious jungles below, follow our hero Amari into the magical musical world of flying books, feathered librarians, singing raccoons and a land of giants as we search for the simple answer that will save the day: What Rhymes with Orange? Sun. Event details.

Bel Air

Clay Creations at The Getty Center
Get fired up about clay in this hands-on family workshop and discover how artists transform earth and water into the beautiful ceramics on view at the Getty Center. Try your hand at the potter’s wheel, make a decorative mold, or add a creature to the collaborative clay project. Then, get squishy at the touch table and explore different clay bodies including earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Sat. Event details.


Family Studio Workshop
Stop by open-air art gallery Hauser & Wirth for a free creative workshop in the garden area. Participants will experiment with complementary and contrasting colors to create vibrant self-portraits using pastel and paint pens. Sun. Event details.

South LA

CicLAvia South LA
Still haven’t seen the spectacular Watts Towers? This is the perfect opportunity. Join CicLAvia and its closed-street bike fest for ride along the historic Central Ave. Jazz District in South Central. Go by bike, skate or stroller and enjoy kid-friendly activities along the way. Sun. Event details.


Family Adventure Night Hikes
Come experience the Arboretum in a whole new light (or should we say, a whole new dark?). The Night Hike programs begin with a storytelling session, followed by a hike through the gardens with interactive botanical explorations along the route. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

African-American Festival
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its eighteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The festival will feature live entertainment and arts and crafts. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Looking for more family-friendly festivals, concerts and more? Check out the entire LA events calendar.

–Shannan Rouss