Whether your idea of a perfect late summer outing is eating tacos, listening to music, playing Wild West dress up, seeing Shakespeare done Pokemon style, showing Hogwarts house pride or setting off rockets, you can find it—and DO it!—in LA this weekend.

TIkei Beach Festival Long Beachphoto: Tiki Beach Festival


LA Taco Fest
Is Taco Heaven a place on Earth? Yes, it’s the LA Taco Festival, which serves up every kind of taco plus great live music and dance performances. Sat. Event details.

Chinatown Summer Nights
Don’t miss the last Chinatown Summer Night of 2016 with cooking competitions, food, music, interactive art and plenty of hands-on, Chinese cultural activities for kids. Sat. Event details.

Liemert Park Book Fair
Bring the whole family to the festival that celebrates the written word with celebrity readings, book signings, music and in the Children’s Village there are story times, book giveaways, and projects for young readers. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

How the West Was Worn
Travel through time by trying on a variety of clothing worn in the American West from prairie girl gear to the costumes of outlaws, sheriffs and cowboys & cowgirls. Sun. Event details.


Echo Park Rising
Enjoy a summer fest filled with music, art, food & fun all centered around one of LA’s hippest neighborhoods.  Saunter around Each Park and discover the multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Romeo and Juliet: Pokèmon Go
The Actors’ Gang’s beloved annual summer production this year crosses the greatest love story ever told with a monster game to create a show your kids gotta catch. Never has the bard been so contemporary—or so concise! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Hogwarts House Pride Fest
Are you a friendly Hufflepuff or a sneaky Slytherin?  Show your house pride at this craft faire where you can stock up on goodies for back to school. Sat. Event details.


MôForró Plays Jazz on the Lawn
The Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series features one of the best bands for a family evening picnic this week: MôForró, a group that plays triangle-driven, hip-swivelin’ dance music in the style of Brazilian forró. Sun. Event details.

Hands on (Local) History
The Santa Monica History Museum is holding a hands-on workshop all about Pacific Ocean Park, which was designed as a competitor to Disneyland. After a history lesson, kids make their own representations of seaside entertainment. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Tinkertopia Time
End the week with Tinkertopia at ESMoA; it’s a time to play, tinker, build, rebuild, engineer and tune up your own designs, inventions and stories. Fri. Event details.

Rocket Fever
The Columbia Memorial Space Center has a fun filled day of rocketing with science activities, food trucks, demonstrations, prizes, and of course, rocket launches. Kids can even build and decorate a rocket and see it launch into the air. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

A Tiki Beach Festival
Ahhh, an island getaway, right in town, where you can check out arts and crafts, tiki carving demonstrations, hula dancing, canoe rides, food and a Kids’ Zone play area. When the sun sets it becomes a Night of Fire with torch lighting, fire walks, and the fire knife dance. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

In honor of the festival this weekend, let’s talk tacos. We want to know about your favorite kind, and the best place to get ‘em! Let us know in the comments.

—Meghan Rose