Oh no! You know summer is ending when everything is billed as “the last one of the summer…”Of course, maybe that’s just the kick in the pants we all need to make sure to savor every single drop of summer fun. This weekend we bid a fond adieu (till next summer!) to Chinatown Summer Nights, the Festival on the Green, kids concerts at MacArthur Park and Summer Whale Watches. For family together-time outings you can build a cardboard yacht and set sail or whoop it up at the Fiesta La Ballona. Have you enjoyed a dive-in movie yet this year? See one in style on the Montage rooftop with the kids–or drop them there for poolside popcorn while you duck out for a romantic evening for two!

Los Angeles

Chinatown Summer Nights
Enjoy the best Chinatown has to offer with cooking competitions, non-stop noshing, music, art, dancing and cultural activities tailored to kiddos (to keep them busy, so they don’t see you sneaking that last char siu bao off their plate)! Sat., 5:00 pm – 12:00 am. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Antics
This urban dance troupe turns a bit of breakdancing, a soupçon of spoken word, a tidbit of theater, and a flash of film into a hand clapping, foot-stomping performance. (And that’s this week’s allotment of alliteration!) Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. MacArthur Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Festival on the Green: Beethoven & John Williams
Kids thrill to the familiar strains of Star Wars, Raiders and Superman, then relax and picnic to the restful tunes of Beethoven. Sat., 5:30 pm – 10:15 pm. Arcadia. $25-$98. All ages. Event details.


Cardboard Yacht Regatta
It’s time for some yachting California style, which means building your own cardboard yacht and testing its “seaworthiness” in a race across the pool.  Sat., 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Santa Monica. $15. All ages. Event details.

Fiesta La Ballona
It’s an end of the summer fiesta for all with free admission and parking plus plenty of live music, exciting carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, pony rides, an aquacade and don’t forget the food court (and beer & wine gardens)! Fri. – Sun., Various times. Culver City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Dive In Movie at the Montage
Stay and watch all together or drop the kids off for an evening of games, arts &crafts, Wii, dinner, a film and fresh popcorn – while you escape for a night on the town.  Fri., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Beverly Hills. $10-$70. Ages 5+. Event details.


Summer Whale Watch
Everyone comes to the California coast for summer vacation – why not the blue, humpback and minke whales? Just sit right back and catch a glimpse of them on this three-hour tour… Sun., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Pedro. $25-$30. Ages 3+. Event details.

Worth The Drive

When I Grow Up Day
A firefighter, dentist, chef, doctor, dancer, athlete, beekeeper, lifeguard, computer programmer…kids can meet professionals, play dress up, and just have a blast imagining the possibilities the future holds! Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Irvine. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

— Meghan Rose