Celebrate French independence with macaroons or head to a good old-fashioned American Fairground and celebrate with, well, anything you can imagine fried! This weekend you can take an imaginary trip to Paris, a real trip to Orange County, or an auditory trip to Scotland.  You can build a sandcastle, listen to music at the Zoo, run the bases at Dodger Stadium, take a 3D art class or even see the Wiggles farewell tour!

Los Angeles

Bastille Day Celebration
Ooo-la-la!  Put on your beret, and get ready to feast on macaroons and croissant at the L.A. Bastille Day celebration (there will be plenty of other food, too!) with live music, waiter races and much more.  Sun., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Ladera Heights. Free-$5. All ages. Event details.

Music in the Zoo
Boogie with the birds and beasts as Music in the Zoo returns with an enticing and eclectic program of classic rock, blues, and pop. Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Griffith Park. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Utopian World: Family Art at LACMA
Parents and kids learn together to incorporate drawing, sculpture, and painting in creating their own city inspired by Metropolis II. Sat., 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Miracle Mile. $50 for one child & one adult. Ages 5+. Event details.

Kids Run the Bases at Dodger Stadium
After the game against the Padres (go Blue!), kids can feel like a Dodger for a day and take the field to run the bases. Sun., 1:10 pm. Elysian Park. $10-$160. All ages. Event details.


Bagpipes at the Skirball
Put on your kilts and bring your strongest burrs to enjoy authentic Scottish bagpipe music with John Allan, a skilled and engaging musician. Sun., 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm. West L.A. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.


The Wiggles Celebration Tour
The Wiggles are performing together again for the first time in five years, and for the very last time together, so no Wiggles fan will want to miss this concert! Sat., 11:30 am & 3:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $19.50-$84.50. Ages 2-5. Event details.


Family Sandcastle Building Day
Bring your shovels and bucket and see what crazy sand creations your family can create together.  Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

The O.C. Fair
What would summer be without an old fashioned county fair?  With rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, a Concert Series, and more deep fried food than a cardiologist cares to imagine, there is something to entice every member of the family. Fri.- Sun., 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. Costa Mesa. Free-$11. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose