Take the tykes stargazing, check out a free kids concert at the Getty Center, get craftsy at summer’s coolest indie pop-up market and more with our roundup of all the can’t-miss events happening around LA this weekend. Read on for all the details!

photo: Meghan T. via Yelp

Griffith Park

Star Party at Griffith Observatory
Take the family stargazing at this monthly celebration. Kids can peer through high-tech telescopes, and get a glimpse of the moon, planets and constellation with help from local astronomers. Sat. Event details.

World Elephant Day Celebration at LA Zoo
Calling all pachyderm fans. In honor or World Elephant Day, kids are invited to go behind the scenes at the zoo’s Elephants of Asia exhibit. There will also be elephant-inspired games, education stations and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Beverly Grove-Fairfax

Summer Nights at the Tar Pits
Chill out Ice Age style: Explore the museum grounds, listen to live music and picnic in the park. Kids are bound to enjoy the grass hill (a must for rolling down) and various creatures they can climb on. Fri. Event details.

Music at the Original Farmers Market
Get rockin’ at LA’s iconic gathering place at Third & Fairfax with music and good time for all ages. This Fri., The California Feetwarmers will deliver foot-stomping fun with their New Orleans jazz-meets-ragtime tunes. Fri. Event details.


Big World Fun at Ford Theatres
Be transported to India with Leela Dance Collective as they perform kathak, classical dance from North India. The group combines dance, dynamic movement and music to tell the story of India. Hint: Come early for crafts on the plaza! Sat. Event details.

The Westside & Malibu

Garden Concerts for Kids at Getty Center
Come hear Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers at Getty Center’s Central Garden. The group’s kid-friendly Americana folk music is sure to get little ones up and dancing. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Unique Markets Summer Pop-up
Stop by this this indie market where the motto is shop small, feel good. (And with a carefully curated selection of up-and-coming vendors, you really will feel good.) There’s also free Jeni’s ice cream, kombucha, a a macrame workshop, kids crafts, an art installations and fun photo walls where you can get silly. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart
Make your way to Malibu for this totally free fete featuring Pacific Organic Pops, snow cones and cotton candy from Love Swirls, ice cream pops from Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream, a hair braiding station, henna tattoo station, spin art station, animal petting zoo, face painting, caricature artist, DJ, steel drum trio and tarot card readings—whew! Sat. Event details.

Aaron Nigel Smith at Skirball Cultural Center
Don’t miss this performance of original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican and African folk songs performed by Aaron Nigel Smith, who has produced and released five albums for children, including 1World Children’s Chorus: Celebrating Bob Marley. Sun. Event details.


Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Join the Japanese American National Museum for their annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities. There will be origami, face painting, music and magic tricks. Sat. Event details.

Sunday Studio at MOCA
This free drop-in event offers art activities for makers of all ages. The program includes family-friendly tours of the museum, music, food trucks and Toddler Town. Sun. Event details.

Looking for more weekend events around town? Check out the entire LA Calendar.

–Shannan Rouss


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