How is it August already? Summer feels like it’s just barely arrived. Luckily, some of the best summer activities for kids are just getting started, like fishing, fairs & festivals. You can also camp out, release butterflies, surf, study sharks and even see giant chariots. Find out what else is in store for LA kids this weekend!

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Downtown

The Ecuador Festival
Learn all about a country that’s right on the equator with a festival full of Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, folklore customs and a parade. Sun. Event details.

Kiddle Karoo Rocks the Levitt
Kiddle Karoo leads her Silly Monster Band of costumed characters and Monster puppets to combine rock, pop and hip-hop with comedy, dancing and even a touch of magic at this outdoor free concert. Sun. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Painting at the Tar Pits
Pick up a paintbrush and create the coolest painting since the last Ice Age, as you work near the Tar Pits’ lake pit for some serious inspiration. Sun. Event details.

Fireworks Spectacular at the Bowl
Pyrotechnics, the 1812 Overture (complete with the sounds of cannon fire) and even an appearance by the American Ballet Theatre make this the perfect family night at the Bowl. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Robin Hood Hits the Stage
Opening this weekend is a just-for-kids production of the story of the legendary outlaw hero of Sherwood Forest. Full of daring escapades, thrilling sword fights and toe tapping songs. Sat. Event details.

Westside

A Festival of Chariots
The colorful parade filled with Indian culture (and a free feast at the end) winds it’s way down to Venice Beach with three fully decorated four-story tall chariots leading the way. Sun. Event details.

Getty Garden Concert with José-Luis Orozco
The outdoor music series for kids and their families kicks off this summer with one of the coolest bilingual artists around. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

International Surf Festival
Even the littlest Kahunas like watching some of the best surfers across the globe.  There are competitions in body surfing, surfing, sand soccer, volleyball, paddleboard, lifeguard championships, dory racing, youth swims and paddles and even sand castle building. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Shark Week
Shark fin-atics get ready as Shark Week kicks off at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with special presentations, amazing shark specimens and lots more. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Family Campout in the Park
If you’re a newbie camper, this is the perfect family event for getting started! Bring a tent or sleep under the stars together and take part in camp games & crafts, a campfire & night hike. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Kids Fishing Rodeo
Can you reel ’em in? Experts are on hand to share tips and tricks with young anglers, prizes are awarded and everyone goes home a winner, winner, fishie dinner. Fri. Event details.

Inland Empire

Butterfly Release at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
The butterflies are ready to move on, and each family can escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden at this grand release. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Ventura County Fair
This county fair up the coast is cooler than the LA and OC counterparts, but is still filled with farm animals, free concerts, rides and of course loads of yummy food! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What are you doing on this first weekend of August? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose