Just when you thought summer was slowing down with the kids going back to school, we’re bringing you the latest can’t-miss fun happening around town. CicLAvia takes over all the Hollywoods, the official Kids Food Festival comes to Pasadena, Nisei Week festivities continue in Little Tokyo and everyone’s invited to a pup adoption party in West LA. Scroll down for the details on these events, plus more of our picks for the best things to do with kids this weekend.

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Nisei Week
Take your littles to Little Tokyo for the final weekend of this annual celebration of Japanese culture. Activities include a Rubik’s Cube Open, World Gyoza Eating Championship, taiko drumming performances and Ondo street dancing to close out the festivities. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

LA Taco Festival
Feast on some of LA’s tastiest tacos at this free fest. In addition to sampling the flavors of Kogi-BBQ, Epic Tacos and Thai-Mex Cocina, there will be music and arts and crafts for the whole fam. Sat. Event details.

Family Garden Workshop
Kids can get their hands dirty and dig into summer with educators from the Garden School Foundation who will get to the root of how warm season crops thrive. Sun. Event details.

Hollywood & Griffith Park

Odd Nights at the Autry
Gourmet food trucks, massive inflatables, full bar and handmade treasures and oddities? YASSS. This monthly event is perfect for all ages—bring a blanket or folding chairs and kick back for an odd-some evening. Fri. Event details.

CicLAvia Meets the Hollywoods
From West Hollywood to East Hollywood, the streets will be transformed into a car-free, bike-friendly celebration for the day. Activities along the route include a family-friendly, drop-in art workshop, a kids bike safety skills course, skateboarding lessons and more. Sun. Event details.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica Public Library at the Beach
Head to Annenberg Community Beach House for this pop-up library on the sand. Kids can check out books, enjoy games and activities (like Seaside Storytime), or just relax and read in the shade. Fri. Event details.

Culver City

Toy Story & the Tempest by The Actor’s Gang
Bring the kids to this Shakespeare-meets-Pixar theatrical delight. Each performance is followed by a treat celebration where you can meet and take selfies with the characters! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West LA

Mista Cookie Jar Mini Concert
LA-based “kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar brings his urban-island-folky-rock-‘n’-roll sounds to Children’s Book World. Settle in as Mista Cookie Jar serenades the crowd with his “stars and moon” steel guitar, mixing rock -star excitement with the warmth of family music. Sat. Event details.

Tail End of Summer Adoption Event
Find your Fido at Wags & Walks. There will be plenty of pups up for adoption, along with face painting, complimentary consultations with a pro dog trainer, Grounds & Hounds Coffee and cold brews, and more. Sun. Event details.


Kids Food Festival
Kidspace and The Creative Kitchen are teaming up to inspire healthful living and balanced food choices at this free weekend-long event. Don’t miss Master Chef Junior, a Cake Walk and more on the Main Stage! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

–Shannan Rouss


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