It’s hard to believe summer is coming to a close this weekend, but Labor Day weekend is here, so make the most of this three-day weekend. Festivals and fairs are the on the agenda, whether you wanna go Greek in Long Beach or go big at the Los Angeles County Fair, or indulge the craftier side of life at Fiesta Hermosa. Enjoy the unseasonably cool weather with a naturalist-led hike through Franklin Canyon or strum away the morning to the tunes of Peter Himmelman at Topanga Canyon’s Will Geer Theatricum. Your clown-loving, acrobatic-adoring young ones will be head over heels for Circus Vargas while chili-loving types will dig the Malibu Chili Cook off and Carnival. Whatever your flavor, we’ve got a taste!

Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)

Feliz Compleano!

Los Angeles Birthday Celebration Head down to Olvera Street for this birthday cake-filled party celebrating the 229th anniversary of the City of Angels. Learn about the history of our fair city while indulging in great food, listening to music and enjoying one of the city’s oldest areas. Sat., 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Read more.

Fair is Fair

L.A. County Fair Labor Day kicks off the big fair so gear up for ferris wheel rides, pig races, crazy acrobatics, hot dogs, cotton candy and much, much more. A few standouts include the Pirate’s Life adventure and monkey business in the Mojo’s Jungle. Pack up the sunscreen and get ready to go! Monday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pomona, $6 to $17, under 5 free. Read more.

Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, CulverCity)

The Great Outdoors

Kid’s Hands at Franklin Canyon Meet up at the Sookie Goldman Nature Center for a fun hike where a naturalist introduces the little hikers to the world around them, bugs, critters, flora and fauna. Post walk, the kids get to create a piece of artwork of things they learned. Suggested ages 3-8 accompanied by an adult. Sun, 10 a.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Read more.

Under the Big Top

Circus Vargas California’s own circus comes to Culver City this weekend along with high-flying acts, lions, tigers, bears and oh my! Join the ringmaster as he shows audience members on how to juggle and hula-hoop, plus there’s plenty of clowing around to keep the fun going. Culver City, Fri. 7:30, Sat. and Sun., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, Mon., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Culver City, $15 to $45,  Read more.

Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)

Let go of my Lego

Lego Club Your engineer in the making will love this two hour Lego building hour at the Santa Monica Library. Bring your own or make use of the library’s legos and let his or her imagination climb to new heights. Sat., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Santa Monica., Free. Read more.

Beans or No Beans?

Malibu Chili Cook-off and Carnival Whether you’re a chili fan or not, there’s something for everyone at this spicy extravaganza. Carnival games, rides and fun keep the kids entertained while on Saturday and Sunday there’s plenty of chili tasting to be done. Fri., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, Mon., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Malibu, $10, under 9 free, Read more.

Beach Cities (Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)

Arts & Fun

Fiesta Hermosa Beachside is the perfect place to be on Labor Day weekend and the Fiesta Hermosa does not disappoint. This massive festival features the largest arts and crafts exhibits with more than 270 artisans. But the place you’ll want to take the little ones is right to the Kiddie carnival where fun beckons with a 30 foot slide, rock climbing wall, bungee jump, pny rides, petting zoo, face painters and rides galore.  Sat., Sun., Mon., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hermosa Beach, Free. Read More.


Long Beach Greek Festival Spanikopta is calling! This three-day festival has plenty to keep the family entertained, from carnival rides and games to dancing and cooking lessons, not to mention more Greek delicacies than you can possibly eat. Sat., Sun., Mon., Noon to 9 p.m., Long Beach, $3, Under 12 Free. Read more.

Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)

Sunday Funday

Music of Peter Himmelman Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum hosts the Grammy-nominated musician, PeterHimmelman who will be playing songs from his latest album, My Trampoline. It’s loads of bouncy, musical fun, and parents will dig his tunes, too. Sunday 11 a.m., Topanga Canyon, $8. Read more.


Third Annual Farmer Day Celebrate the end of summer with a visit to the Kidspace Children’s Museum where a petting zoo will be in full force along with the chance to “bring in the crops.” Wear your best workin’ dungarees. Sat., Sun., and Mon., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pasadena, Adults $10, Children under 10 free., Read more.

—Lara Burnap