Get ready for a weekend of story-time fun with two virtual book festivals, featuring readings by children’s authors including David Shannon and Kristen Bell (or Anna of Arendelle to your kids). There’s also a must-see live show from the puppet masters (literally) with The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, drive-in movie screenings, sidewalk sales and more. Read on for all the details.

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Los Angeles Libros Festival
Join the Los Angeles Public Library for this free bilingual book festival for the whole family. There’s a full day of entertainment planned, featuring Spanish-language and bilingual storytelling, musical performances and more. Sat. More details. 

Orange County Book Festival
This annual book festival is going virtual with activities and story times all week for children, teens, and young adults. On Sat., in addition to a virtual cooking class, there will be readings with David Shannon, author of Roy Digs Dirt; Joy Cho, author of YOU’RE OKAY! (An Oh Joy! Story); and actress Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, co-authors of The World Needs More Purple People. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Carpool Movie Nights
“Life moves pretty fast, so slow down for the night and take in a showing of ’80s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The PG13 flick is showing at Encino Farmer Market, with proceeds benefiting the senior services and COVID Relief efforts of ONEgeneration. Fri. More details.

Al Fresco Shop & Dine
Montana Avenue’s eclectic mix of shops, cafes and spas have expanded summer dining experiences and services with al fresco “parklets” along the tree-lined street. Every Sat., through Oct. 31, the popular stretch will host Al Fresco Shop & Dine events where local businesses will host sidewalk sales and plenty of outdoor seating. Sat. More details. 

Bob Baker Live Zoom
Tune in for a Zoom experience like no other! The Bob Baker Marionettes have gone digital and will be performing a 25-minute selection of classic puppet numbers designed for maximum joy and delight. Clap along, sing the words if you know the songs and enjoy a one-of-a-kind theater experience. Sun. More details. 

Farmer’s Boys Grand Opening
Farmer Boys is celebrating the Grand Opening of its Thousand Oaks restaurant. The celebration begins with $4 breakfast burritos and $3 cheeseburgers all day on Friday and Saturday, plus a scratcher with every purchase for a chance to win more free food! The grand opening fete culminates with a family-friendly drive-in movie night on Sunday. Fri.-Sun. More details.

–Shannan Rouss

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