Whether you want to catch the Muppets movie or the Harry Potter birthday bash, or perhaps the theatrical hits Mary Poppins Jr. and Junie B. Jones are more your speed, this weekend is filled with some of our favorite, family characters. And once you’ve had your eye-fill, go fill those bellies at California’s first-ever pizza festival—we are sure the offerings will delight even the most discerning pizza palates. Check out the rest of our must-do picks below.

Los Angeles:

Mary Poppins, Jr.
Join Jane and Michael Banks on a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” adventure with their “practically perfect” nanny, Mary Poppins as she helps the Banks family in more ways than one! Don’t miss this Broadway Junior version of the classic tale, presented by Fantasia Family Music at the historic and beautiful Warner Grand Theatre. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

First-Ever California Pizza Festival
For two days only, Angelenos have the chance to try some of the world’s most famous pizza, right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The inaugural California Pizza Festival will feature unlimited samplings from 30 pizzerias from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia, as well as world-renowned pizza chefs from Naples, Italy. Pizza lovers can enjoy Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, and several gluten-free and vegan options, as well as loads of entertainment, including live pizza-making demos from the United States Pizza Team; a cookbook signing, demo, and meet-and-greet with Chef Tony Gemignani; acrobat shows from World Champion Pizza Acrobat Danilo Pagano; live music; giveaways from event sponsors; and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Big World Fun: Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company
Experience the grace and beauty of Korea with Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company. With their colorful costumes, vibrant music, and elegant dance moves, this renowned dance troupe will perform traditional Korean dance and music—a true feast for the senses. Sat. Event details.

Becoming L.A. Family Day
Join us as we celebrate the newly reimagined Becoming Los Angeles exhibition. Enjoy artist-led workshops, performances, and much more. Wander the exhibition, share your L.A. story, and celebrate the history, culture, and art that is Los Angeles. Sun. Event details.


Harry Potter Birthday Party & Trivia Contest
Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the 20th anniversary of the book series with a trivia contest led by Luke Robertson. Wear your wizardry garb and join the fun. There will be treats and prizes for all! Sat. Event details.

Wags & Walks Healthy Pets & People Wellness Fair
Check out the first ever Wags & Walks Healthy Pets & People Wellness Fair sponsored by VCA! The free event will include health and wellness vendors for dogs and humans, vendors giving a portion of proceeds back to Wags & Walks, workshops, sampling & giveaways, massage and reiki sessions, delicious Beyond Meat vegan burgers, photo sessions by Charlie Nunn Photography and dog adoptions! Everyone is welcome from families with kids to pet parents and of course dogs! Sat. Event details.

One Grain of Sand Puppet Theater
Celebrate the strength and beauty of LA’s cultural diversity with Roar! Tiger, a fun-filled puppet show about friendship by One Grain of Sand Puppet Theater. In the show, a curious young Korean tiger travels the world and meets a jaguar from the Americas. But the two animals run into trouble because they can’t understand each other. How will they learn to overcome their differences and get along? This tabletop puppet show uses a mix of folk art–style puppets with live drumming. Performed in English, Korean, and Spanish. Note: An ASL interpreter will be present at this performance. Sat. Event details.

Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook
Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There’s a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook is a hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series about everyone’s favorite kindergartener. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Galley Nucleus Hosts Puglie: The World is Your Doughnut
Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is hosting an exhibition curated by For Fans By Fans celebrating Puglie, a curious little pug who loves food and adventure! All pug lovers, owners, enthusiasts and lovers of cute pups are invited to join us! Bring your pets, children, and kids at heart of all ages.  It’s going to be quite a pug-a-palooza. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema: The Muppet Movie
Celebrate the art and fun of puppeteering with free family activities before a free screening of the original Muppet Movie! Make crafty puppets at the Armory Center for the Arts tent, engage with roving puppeteers, play in the puppet theater for photo ops, enjoy free face-painting, groove to DJ Glenn Red, and grab a free ice cream from Paradis (while supplies last)! Sat. Event details.

—Andie Huber


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