This weekend marks the opportunity to lend an extra hand or two to your community while honoring Martin Luther King Jr. for all of his historic, pioneering work. We have a full list of MLK weekend activities that begin on Sat. and last through Mon. so if you have the day off, grab your kids and head to one of these must-attend events. Scroll below for the rest of our fun, weekend picks.

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Los Angeles

Make your way over to the California African American Museum for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. A full day of activities are planned for the whole family beginning with drop-in art activities where everyone can make megaphones to help make their dreams heard, create and decorate posters for change, listen to keynote speakers like Reverend Eddie Anderson and music from The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, culminating in a children’s march around the rose garden, inspired by the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963. P.S. There will also be food trucks and DJ-provided music to get your groove on. Mon. Event details.

dineL.A. Returns!
January marks the return of 2019 Winter dineL.A., celebrating the city’s diverse culinary scene with over 400 globally-inspired, distinctive restaurants. This Winter, dineL.A. embrace diversity, from Italian-inspired restaurants such as Viale dei Romani and Cal Mare, to Fijian-Chinese-Indian modern Asian fare at E.P. & L.P.alongside New England-inspired seafood at Connie and Ted’s. The Winter ’19 dineL.A. program currently has a record-breaking (430) participating restaurants in (65) neighborhoods representing (38) different cuisine types. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Join writer Karen LeFrak at NHMLA as she reads her new book Sleepover at the Museum.  In this story, Mason and his friends go on a scavenger hunt through all the exhibits that make any natural history museum so special! Sat. Event details.

LACMA & Target Free MLK Monday
LACMA will be hosting a free family day so you can celebrate dreams and diversity through art. The museum will be offering bilingual tours and live music from the Dream Phases at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m. Plus, there are all the family favorites like the Boone Children’s Gallery, Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, and the Levitated Mass. Mon. Event details.

Miles of Music 5K
The Mission of Youth Mentoring is to awaken at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that match within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. We have huge raffle prizes! All money raised goes to Youth Mentoring Connection! Sun. Event details.

There’s Gold in Them Thar Pans…
Eureka! Discover the myths and realities of the California gold rush, and try your hand at panning for gold at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station. Weekends at the Autry Museum, included with admission. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Pop over to the Westside for a special orchestral concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. This event is free and will include Steffe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic, Mozart’s Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from The Magic Flute, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D Major/D Minor, Op. 107 among others. Sat. Event details.

Redondo Beach

One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and a free to the public Island Marketplace. The Southern California Slack Key Festival – the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii – set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following – creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music. Sun. Event details.


The Printing Museum invites you to celebrate our Founding Father Ben Franklin’s Birthday at the Museum! Join the festivities with cake, punch and more. Activities will be going on all day (10-4 p.m.) and will have  a special question & answer period with his revolutionary friends (i.e.: Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Abigail Adams & Madame Brillon from the Versailles Court) moderated by the first printer of “The Declaration of Independence”, John Dunlop after the latter presentation. Print out some historical keepsakes on the museum’s antique presses as well as mini-tours of the unique “working “ collection! Come and wish him and his friends well and thank him for all of his inventions and help in creating our country! Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Get “Behind the Scenes” on January 19th and 20th, 2019 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where volunteers operate, maintain and restore the West’s largest collection of vintage rail cars. At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870. Visit Ruffulo Carhouse 7, a restoration shed filled with trains and trolleys that is not usually open to the public. Get special access to the pit where you can go underneath a street car and see how it works. For an additional fee, get behind the throttle (under supervision) and run a real locomotive. Admission includes unlimited rides on other classic passenger trains and streetcars of Southern California’s railroad past. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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——Andie Huber


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