From the taste of the nation to stuffing your face with bread, this weekend’s festivities are by far some of the most fun, if not tastiest. For a hit of culture, check out the Jim Henson exhibit at The Skirball or walk the trails of the Chumash Indians where Ranger Jeff is leading an inaugural hike at Will Rogers State Park. Go online to reserve those free Huntington Garden tickets and head to the coast for a much-appreciated cleanup. For more fitness and late-night fun, check out the full list below.

Los Angeles:

Cars, Cars and More Cars at the Farmers Market
Los Angeles’ favorite gathering place, revs up for its 24th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show. This year, the show honors and celebrates another Southern California classic, the Lowrider. Themed “Low & Slow – A Tribute to American Lowriders.” Approximately 30 exquisite Lowriders will be on display. The free event allows auto enthusiasts, young and old, up-close and personal access to classic cars and the opportunity to meet and speak with car owners throughout the day. Among the show cars, this year are Lowriders from Style Car Club of Los Angeles, featuring a custom 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and a 1947 Cadillac Convertible. Sat. Event details.

Grand Central Market 4th Annual Bread Festival
Get ready to carbo load as Grand Central Market hosts the fourth annual, free, two-day event in celebration of Southern California’s artisanal bread renaissance. Come experience the many expressions of L.A. bread at its best. The centerpiece of the festival is a pop-up marketplace showcasing local bread bakers as well as free bread-centric workshops and demonstrations. Among the bakers and purveyors setting up shop at the marketplace will be Antigua Artisan Bread, Challah Hub, Clark Street Bread, Ensaymada Project, Fat Uncle Farms, Good Gravy Bakes, Homeboy Bakery, Maury’s Bagels, M. Greenwood Jams. PBJ.LA, Sweet Oak Bakery, and The Underground Bakery. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival 2018
Three action-packed weekends of short films highlighting the most innovative and magical animation techniques, as well as mesmerizing live-action films from around the world. Audiences of all ages will be inspired by these exhilarating works from more than two dozen countries — including Argentina, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, France, Belgium, Croatia, The Netherlands, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Burbank:

Bob’s Big Boy Car Night
It’s time for a blast from the past at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. Pull up for a dose of nostalgia with your burgers, milkshake, and fries, as the classic car show takes over the back parking lot.  Be sure show the kids the “Beatles Booth” where the Beatles grabbed their burgers on a visit during their 1965 tour. Opened in 1949, Bob’s Burbank is the oldest restaurant in the nationwide chain. When the State of California declared the restaurant a historical landmark, the ’50’s diner underwent a facelift to re-create the ’50s style. Fri. Event details.

Westside:

Jim Henson at the Skirball
Get ready for The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, a dynamic new visitor experience exploring the legacy of Jim Henson (1936-1990). Featuring more than 100 objects drawn from the beloved worlds of Sesame StreetThe MuppetsFraggle RockThe Dark CrystalLabyrinth, and much more, the traveling exhibition highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. It reveals how Henson, together with his team of builders, performers, and writers, created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

On the Trails of the Chumash
Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery and excitement. Join us for the first edition of Adventure Trail! Children are innate scientists and love to explore the sights, scents, and sounds of the outdoors. That’s why we’re heading to the Santa Monica Mountains where Ranger Jeff will show us how the Chumash people lived and what resources they used. These Native Americans were the first human inhabitants of this area and lived along the Southern California coast for thousands of years. Come discover the Chumash history in our own backyard! We’ll meet at Will Rogers State Park in front of the Visitor’s Office. Sat. Event details.

Kid Fitness
The KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge is the nations largest mobile fitness event traveling from coast-to-coast dedicated to keeping kids active and healthy. Kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a completion-based obstacle course designed to challenge speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. The free event features a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy including active gaming fun for all ages and on-site programming designed to inspire kids and families to live a more active and healthy lifestyle! Sat. Event details.

Yoga Kitchen Kids
Would you like to share your love of yoga and food with your children? Join the first edition of Yoga Kitch’n Kids. You’re never too young to start your yoga journey and learn about the benefits of healthy eating.

We begin the festivities with a family yoga class, taught by Jessica Jablonski, that brings calm, focus, and sparks your child’s imagination. Afterward, Dori Lancaster, a certified nutrition educator, will show parents and their little ones how much fun and delightful preparing a healthy meal can be. We conclude the afternoon with delicious dishes to share and enjoy together. Sun. Event details.

Taste of the Nation
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign invites Los Angeles residents to sip and sample the area’s most celebrated culinary creations to help kids in need at this year’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. Hosted at Culver City’s Media Park, the annual tasting event will feature gourmet cuisine and libations crafted by the city’s top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists as they unite to raise funds to ensure all children in America have access to the healthy food they need, every day. One-hundred-percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Reserve Huntington Free Tix
One of the most beautiful spots in the State is right in our backyard, at the Huntington Gardens & Library.  It’s got a fabulous (and wet!) kids area, beautiful gardens for strolling through, a tasty tea house, a world-class art collection – in short, it’s a perfect place to spend the day exploring with kids.  It’s also not cheap, something parents (with little ones who may tantrum and have to leave at any second) often steer clear of.  However, every first Thursday, the Garden is free – you just have to request a ticket in advance.  And today’s the day (the first of the month) that you can reserve your tickets for next month’s free day! Reserve your tickets online today, selecting from two arrival times.  Reservations are accepted beginning at 9 a.m., and they go fast. Fri. Event details.

Splash To Seaside Lagoon
The Seaside Lagoon is open for the summer starting this weekend, and daily through Labor Day weekend. The large saltwater lagoon offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children’s play equipment, snack bar facilities provided by Ruby’s Restaurant, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassed area and luau shelter for day and evening events. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Coastal Cleanup Day at the Aquarium
The gorgeous California beaches gave us loads of fun this summer.  It’s time to give back to the beaches by helping keep them clean.  Spend Saturday morning enjoying the coast while helping the environment. Note: All participants must bring a signed waiver, for children under the age of 18 the waiver needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. Fri. Event details.

 

What are you planning on doing to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber

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