Pick apples in Venice (yes, really), check out two super-cool art and music festivals, celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day and more with our guide to everything fun happening around LA this weekend. Scroll down for the details on these events and more of our favorites!

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Glendale

Open Arts & Music Festival
It’s free fun meets creativity at this annual arts market with workshops, a beer garden with local craft breweries, temporary public art installations and  all-day activities for children. The city block in front of the historic Alex Theatre in Downtown Glendale closes for the day and comes alive with the arts. Sat. Event details.

Miracle Mile

Tarfest
Make it an eclectic afternoon with the family at one of the coolest music and art festivals LA has to offer. KCRW DJs will be spinning some smooth beats on-site just perfect for your music-makers to get their grooves on while gourmet food trucks, kid craft activities, art installations, and live painting are all on hand to round out the excitement. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Bare Beachside Orchard Pop-Up
Fall color in Los Angeles? Yep, for three days only, Bare Snacks is bringing the beauty of autumn to the city with an apple orchard-themed, family-friendly pop-up. Just steps from the beach in Venice, the vent will feature interactive and educational exhibits for kids and adults, including apple picking, playing in leaf piles, autumn arts and crafts, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

COAST Santa Monica
Everyone’s invited to this free city celebration of a more people-powered and sustainable Santa Monica. In addition to the two miles of car-free streets filled with roaming circus performers and musicians, there will be a COAST Roller Rink (with free skate rentals!) and a giant puppet parade. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Very Special Innovation Fair
Get your STEM on with this free event where kids can discover and participate in hands-on activities, experiments and demonstrations with Microsoft, DroneBase, The California Science Center and more! Get inspired by interacting with robots, virtual reality and drones. Sat. Event details.

Downtown

Fiesta Patrias
Commemorate Mexico’s Independence from Spain with popular and traditional entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays, festive food, artisan exhibits and more. This kind of super fun celebration will have everyone in your family shouting ¡Viva México! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Girl Scouts Day at the Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl Stadium and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have teamed up to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind experience. Girls will enjoy games and crafts led by various Cadettes, Senior and Troops in the area, a surprise movie on the stadium’s video-board,  a behind-the-scenes tour and a unique Rose Bowl Stadium Patch. All parents, sisters, friends and scouts are welcome! Sun. Event details.

Mexican Independence Day Fiesta
Everyone in the family will enjoy this Baldwin Park celebration, featuring mariachi and folkloric dance performances, carnival games, rides, a dance contest and more. Also for the kiddos? Checking out the Youth Piñata Contest entries hanging throughout Park Plaza on Maine. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Doggie Paradise
The Queen Mary invites all dog lovers, friends, and fanatics to the first-ever Doggie Paradise. Bring the pups and pooches out for a one-of-a-kind event celebrating our four-legged family members. Doggie Paradise offers a full day of entertainment and workshops, puppy photo-ops, pup arts and crafts, doggie free runs, mobile grooming, splash pools, ball pits, treats, merchandise, pet adoptions, cutest dog contest and activities fit for all dogs and humans alike. Sat. Event details.

–Shannan Rouss

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