Los Angeles Weekend Events for June 17-20

It’s time to celebrate Dad, so get ready to make him king of the day by indulging his favorite pastime, whether it’s ogling fancy cars, painting, stargazing, playing catch or heading west.  Looking for something a bit cuddlier? It’s all paws on stage as bears headline acts for fur-loving kiddos. Beat the June gloom by heading to the beach for an 80’s bash or hit the surf and help raise cash for the Santa Monica Bay. Plus, the circus is in town and the carousel wheel is ready to ride at the Valley Fair.

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

Four Wheelin’

2010 Rodeo Drive Concours D’Elegance Car lovers at any age will get revved up for this annual Father’s Day event featuring cars ranging from classic and muscle to hot rods and racers. Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Read more.

Let’s Go Team

Summer at Brentwood Sports Camp Get your kids off the bench and into action with a one-week sports camp. Blowing the whistle are Brentwood School‘s varsity coaches who give ’em the lowdown on teamwork, skill development and sportsmanship. Select from soccer, tennis, volleyball or waterpolo. Open students Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Brentwood, $475. Read more.

Los Angeles

Get Crafty

Family Art Stops at the Getty Center Find out if you have a little Monet in the making. A gallery teacher introduces a work of art to your family and inspires your creative genius through activities like puzzles, mad-libs, drawings and more. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk 30 minutes prior to start time. Sat., Sun., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Los Angeles, Free. Read more.

Fantasy Island

Andell Family Sundays at LACMA Say aloha to LACMA’s Pacific Island art collection and then make your own in artist led workshops. And there’s no better way to top off the day than learning to shake those hips hula-style. We’ll leave the fire dance for another day. Sun., 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Read more.

Hollywood (West Hollywood, Hollywood)

Saddle Up, Pardners

Father’s Day Celebration at the Autry Put on yer britches and giddy-up to Museum of the American West for an Old West kind of day. Test your gold-panning skills, sate your hunger pains at the barbecue, and two-step the afternoon away to the sounds of cowboy-inspired tunes. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hollywood, Admission free with Museum admission. Read more.

An Eye on the Skys

Griffith Park Observatory Public Star Party No red carpet necessary for this kind of star gazing. Peer at the sun, moon, various planets, and other celestial sights with the help of telescopes and astronomers. Sat., 2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Hollywood., Free. Read more.

Downtown (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)

The Big Top

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Barnum’s FUNundrum! Elephants, mermaids, and pirates…oh my! The greatest show on earth keeps getting better as we leap aboard the Ringling Bros. Express to check out amazing feats on the flying trapeze, two-tiered trampolines, bearded ladies, contortionists, and much, much more. Sat. and Sun., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, $15 to $100. Read more.

Play Ball

Father’s Day Catch at Dodger Stadium Free Dodger dogs and the chance to play catch on Dodger field? The baseball lovin’ dad will be in heaven. Sun., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Read more.

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

A Fair to Remember
The Valley Fair What’s summer without a ride on the Ferris Wheel? Pile on the sunscreen and stock up on Mylicon because it’s all about cotton candy, corn dogs and funnel cakes. And there’s something for kids of ever age including pony rides, pig races, train rides, laser tag, rock climbing, inflatable obstacle courses plus magician and monkey, yes, monkey shows. Thurs. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. to Sun. 4 p.m. To 11 p.m., Lake Balboa, $6 Adults, $5 Children under 11, Kids Free Thurs., Read more.

Bear Hug

Secret Rose Theater presents Barely a Bear This imaginative musical follows the story of a little girl and a bear cub who were switched at birth. Neither one is able to fit in, even after a park ranger returns them to their rightful parents. When the two “misfits” finally meet in a clearing, they find common ground and work together to save their beloved forest from developers. Sat., 2 p.m., North Hollywood, Read more.

Beach Cities (Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Redondo Beach)

The Tide is High

Project Save Our Surf’s Surf24 teach your family the importance of the ocean and the marine life it sustains at this 24 hour surf-a-thon. Watch the contestants battle the waves while joining in on the lineup of activities like mural painting, volleyball and checking out the eco-friendly food and product booths. Best of all, the proceeds go to the Surfrider Foundation, Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay and the OC Board of Education program Inside the Outdoors. Sat., 11 a.m., Huntington Beach, Free. Read more.

Malipalooza’s I love the 80’s Introduce the kids to a time gone by with live music from Eternal Youth and Plead the Fifth, food vendors, a dedicated children’s area. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and chairs for the movie screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Because life moves pretty fast…Sat., 5 p.m., Malibu, Free. Read more.

–Lara Burnap