With Earth Day on Monday, this weekend boasts a myriad of ways to celebrate our planet–flower festivals, biking the streets, bird-watching, and of course a whole host of Earth Day Celebrations all over town.  We’ve listed a couple below that are annual favorites, but do be sure to check our calendar for other amazing festivities near you.  In other entertainment happenings, there are several unique shows for kiddos this weekend- like the Mexican Huraclown performance or a concert about rainbows.  And if you’ve got a little cowpoke, you can’t miss the annual Cowboy Festival…



Acclaimed Mexican clown, Aziz Gual, is coming to the U.S. for four performances only. He’s not your ordinary clown, and will take you on a journey that is hilarious, poignant and poetic. Sun., 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. 24th Street Theatre. $10-$15. Ages 4+. Event details.

LA Times Festival of Books
This is the best book festival in town (this town or any other), and the kid stage is always the place to be! This year authors include Jon Klassen, Lemony Snicket, with musical performances by Justin Roberts, Lisa Loeb and Choo-Choo Soul. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

CicLAvia removes cars from L.A. streets (15 miles of streets) and turns them into a big, city-wide party that stretches from downtown to the sea, where everyone can walk, skate, play and ride a bike.  Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Cherry Blossom Festival
The flowers bloom, the resounding beats of the taiko drums fills the air, high kicks fly, big Sumos stomp, and tea is graciously poured in this festival that celebrates Japanese culture. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Monterey Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Earth Day Festival for Kids
This Earth Day celebration zeros in on kids having fun, planting flowers, and protecting both the environment and our wild friends that live here with us, at the STAR Eco Station. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Culver City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Songs About Rainbows Concert
Jim Henson’s creatures taught kids to read, sing, relate, cope, pun, accept, fail, try again, be okay with different, not take ourselves too seriously – this concert features all his music, minus the muppets, just for your moppets. Sun., 4:00 pm. $20 per adult, kids free with paying adult. Marina del Rey. All ages. Event details.


Earth Day at Cabrillo Aquarium
Celebrate caring for the Earth all day, in many ways: a beach clean up, projects to take home, even grunion hatching and bird walks. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. $1-$5. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Cowboy Festival
It’s time for the annual Cowboy Festival! Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons. There will be food, trick riding & roping, music, living history exhibits and hands on activities for kids. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Melody Ranch. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Poppy Festival
Pop quiz: what’s California’s State flower?  The Poppy, of course.  This weekend-long festival celebrates our gorgeous local flower. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Lancaster. $5-$. All ages. Event details.

Will you make like Dorothy and the Poppies, hit the saddle like Butch Cassidy or do your part to save the Earth this weekend?

–Meghan Rose

Photos courtesy of the California Poppy Festival via facebook, and LA Times Festival of Books via facebook