Classic weekend fun is what’s on tap in Los Angeles thanks to fairs filled with carnival rides and corn dogs, a drive-in movie located at the Marina, an art exhibit that focuses on “Reconnecting” and so much more. Check out our must-do picks below.

photo: OC Fair via flickr

Plantopia Plant & Pottery Marketplace
America’s recent obsession with houseplants has spawned a community of passionate “Plant Parents” across Los Angeles and Union Station presents the debut of Plantopia, a plant and pottery market dedicated to all things botanical. Free advance general admission tickets for one of two green gatherings are required. Sat. Event details.

Marina Drive-in Movies
The Marina Drive-In movies mean old-school entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! Gather with your family and friends to watch movies on the big screen by the sea in Marina del Rey. Some of the best family classics will be shown like Jurassic Park, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Goonies & Trolls! Sat. Event details.

Bubble Planet at Kidspace
This summer, bubbles are taking over Kidspace Children’s Museum during Bubble Planet, at this all-outdoor event that’s truly out of this world. Big bubbles, little bubbles, bubbles you can make and bubbles you can step inside—they’re all starring in Bubble Planet all summer long. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Levitt Pavilion Live Concert Series
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles (Levitt LA) is thrilled to celebrate the return of live music throughout the month of Aug. that will once again transform MacArthur Park into a sonically charged urban oasis from established and emerging artists for free. The electrifying 2021 lineup features international greats as well as LA’s own superstar talents who perform a wide variety of genres including cumbia, rock, soul, ska, mariachi, electronic dance music, folkloric music from Mexico & Central America, Tejano, reggae and many more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Time for Fun at the OC Fair
The OC Fair is excited to welcome you back now through Aug. 15. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito
In his first U.S. exhibition, Japanese artist Kengo Kito – known for repurposing everyday objects into conceptual art installations—uses hula hoops to create a unified structure, symbolizing the interconnectedness of humanity. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Official 2021 Summer Fair of LA
State Fair Entertainment is proud to present a new state fair experience at Santa Anita Park that will feature live musical performances from Led Zepegain, Barefoot Nation – a tribute to Kenny Chesney, Appetite 4 Destruction (Guns ‘N’ Roses Tribute), Como La Flor (a Selena Tribute) on opening weekend. Plus Guests can enjoy VIP experiences, wine and seltzer garden, carnival rides and games. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sawdust Art Festival
Featuring the art of 168 Laguna Beach artists and makers, in an eclectic handcrafted outdoor village located in the heart of Laguna Canyon makes up this eclectic festival. Visitors are invited to shop unique artwork in a wide range of media and enjoy live music on three stages, roaming entertainment, daily art demonstrations and a variety of food and drink offerings. Sat. Event details.

LA Food Pop-up Renaissance: A Series
Highlighting a new crop of LA culinary talents reshaping the food scene with creative, homegrown formats every Sat. on the Patio behind Blue Bottle. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab Olly’s Soft Pretzels—where you can pick up Olly’s fresh-baked soft pretzels at the kiosk across from Blue Bottle. Sat. Event details.

Will Geers Theatricum Botanicum Returns
One of our favorite live theater groups returns to its unique and stunning outdoor amphitheater in Topanga with a summer repertory season of three plays. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Watch Angel Baseball
Play ball! The Los Angeles Angels return to the field at Angels Stadium. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Family Nature Walk
Join us outdoors for a guided walk in Eaton Canyon Natural Area. This walk is geared to families, including small children, and everyone is welcome. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a hat are recommended. The walk is free to the public. Meet in front of the building. Fri. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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