Celebrate summer this weekend, as August comes to a close.  We’ve got a fiesta and a palooza and even a chance to boogie your booty off.   Summer is super because of all the outdoor fun that’s everywhere, so take advantage of the nature that surrounds us with a birthday party for our parks, a campout with rangers (perfect for first timers or kiddos learning to camp) or take part in a horse tale adventure.  You can catch an outdoor concert or ballgame, too.  Where in the great outdoors will you be this weekend?

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Everywhere

Happy Birthday, National Parks!
The National Park Service looks pretty spry for a 97 year old!   Join the festivities taking place coast-to-coast, by finding a park near you, saying Happy Birthday, and giving a tree a birthday hug. Sat., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Everywhere. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Dance Downtown: Ondo
Ondo, or Bon, dancing is a form of Japanese swing; you and yours can come learn the steps tonight and dance the night away. Fri., 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Dodgers vs Red Sox
Ok, this may be the best game to take kids to this whole season.  The team is on a tear.  They’re playing the Boston Red Sox (love ’em or hate ’em, they’re fun to watch!) and the giveaway?  Wait for it… free tickets to Universal Studios for kids. (There’s a Sunday game, too.) Sat., 1:05 pm. Elysian Park. $35-$260. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Memory and Storytelling in Africa at LACMA
First you see the art, then you create the art.  The art in question this week is some African art rarely seen in the US. Then kids can design personal memory boards and their own royal objects in artist-led workshops. Sun., 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Fiesta La Ballona
Start with free admission and free parking. Throw in tons of live music on 2 stages, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides, an aquacade and of course food trucks (and beer and wine gardens) and you get an end-of-summer fiesta party in the park that is un-missable! Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. Culver City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Camp with a Ranger
Want to try camping but don’t know how to get started? (That’s us – we’re more the glamping kind of people here!)  Learn by spending the night in the great outdoors with the help and guidance of our friendly local rangers. Sat. – Sun., 3:30 pm – 9:00 am. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

LoveBug & Me Music
From the Beatles to Beethoven kids can explore singing, musical instruments, creative movement, yoga, dance, calming meditation and fun along side parents. It’s a beautiful way to start your Sunday, in a gorgeous spot. Sun., 11:00 am. Topanga. $9. Ages 2-5. Event details.

Malipalooza
This annual end of summer festival on the gorgeous Malibu Bluffs includes live music, a video game truck (you won’t be able to drag them away), kiddo activities, bounce houses, crafts, fashion truck and gourmet food trucks. Sat., 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Malibu. Free admission. Ages 2+. Event details.

Valley

Horse Tales
Bring the kids for an afternoon at the Rancho to see the ranch buildings and restored old carriages and meet the rangers who patrol the area on horseback. They’ll also be showing off for the kids in a horse riding demonstration. Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite place to be outdoors in LA?  Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credit: Poul-Werner Dam via Creative Commons and The Gentle Barn.