It’s party time! You can party at a fiesta, have cake at LA’s birthday bash and celebrate at the LEGO Brickfest. You can also spit shine your deck shoes for a regatta of the cardboard kind, see a movie in the gardens, hear the Ugandan Kids Choir, walk with the birds and see stars. And so much dancing: see a legend (Dick van Dyke!), take part in a family jam and see a Native American dance.

cardboard yachtphoto: Nick Steers via Annenberg Beach House


Happy Birthday, LA
What do you get for the city that has everything on it’s 235th birthday? Nothing, just come enjoy the celebration on Olvera Street with historic re-enactments, artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of cake! Sat. Event details.

Mid-City & Beverly Hills

A Little Vase Time at LACMA
Check out how one ancient Roman vase inspired three other modern artists to create their own versions. Then make your own unique version in printmaking or clay. Sun. Event details.

Young Birders, Unite!
It’s never too young to learn to watch, identify, count and speak out for the protection of the habitats of birds. This group walk gets kids to love our feathered friends. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Ugandan Kids Choir
The Ugandan Kids Choir is performing at Kidspace to raise awareness and get people to sponsor kids in the developing world; the choir consists of ten youngsters who perform traditional African singing, dancing and drumming and will delight and inspire your kids in many ways. Sat. Event details.

LEGO Maniacs, Report to Brickfest Live!
This festival and celebration of all things LEGO is perfect for little builders. Kids get inspired, educated, and entertained with huge attractions and mind-blowing creations made from LEGOs (and get to do some building of their own). Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Movie Night at the Huntington Gardens
See The Jungle Book (the original cartoon) by a jungle garden. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the movie, along with activities and pre-show entertainment. Sat. Event details.


Cardboard Yacht Regatta
Yachting California style means building your own cardboard yacht and testing its “seaworthiness” in a race across the pool. Test your own crafty creation or just watch and cheer! Sat. Event details.

Fiesta La Ballona
Bring the kiddos and celebrate the last weekend of summer in style. There’s free admission & parking plus tons of live music, carnival rides & games, a petting zoo & pony rides, an aquacade and of course food trucks (and beer and wine gardens). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Family Jam at Tongva Park
Family Dance Jam gets the family moving together to a soundtrack created by a DJ duo that mix recorded music with live drums. Sat. Event details.

See Stars: The Night of the Milky Way
This is the darkest location along the Malibu where you can see the sky without all the city light pollution. There will be celestial talks and free telescope viewing with an incredible collection of telescopes. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Native American Dance Performance
Bring chairs and a flashlight to this evening that showcases Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Sat. Event details.

Orange County

Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastiks
Broadway, TV and film legend Dick Van Dyke (from Mary Poppins & Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) performs popular tunes from his stage and screen work. He is joined by his award-winning vocal group The Vantastix. Sun. Event details.

LEGO, cardboard boating, dancing and more: what are you doing this weekend?  We’d love to hear your end of summer plans in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose