It’s the middle of summer, which means it’s time to P-A-R-T-Y. We’ve rounded up some celebratory events that range from Shake Your Booty disco to indie pop to the best family wine night in the city. Or try getting back to nature with a family sail, bird watching or sand castle making. You can head to Chinatown or up the coast for a garlic adventure and even see Shakespeare, Sleeping Beauty or Babe!



Chinatown Summer Nights
Chinatown Summer Nights returns with a fresh lineup of great food, art and music. Non-stop noshing from foodtrucks and restaurants, music, interactive art, dancing, and loads of activities for kids make it a one of the best fests of summer. Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.

National Dance Day
It’s a day of dance with So You Think You Can Dance creator Nigel Lythgoe and celebrities from the show. See fabulous dance performances, take classes for all ages and see interactive performances by some of the best young dancers in the city. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Barnsdall Wine Night
Unwind and enjoy relaxing on the lawn of the historic Hollyhock House while you sip artisanal wines from around the globe. With food trucks, a DJ, and arts & crafts for kids it’s the most beautiful and kid friendly wine tasting you’ve ever been to. Fri., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Los Feliz. $5-$30. All ages. Event details.


Where Music Meets Photography
Check out the new photography exhibit at the Annenberg Space for photography before catching a cool concert by TV on the Radio and Boxed In at the lead off event of summer’s Sound in Focus series. Sat., 5 p.m. Century City. Free, but advance reservations required. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Sleeping Beauty on Stage
In this production, before the Prince awakens Sleeping Beauty with a kiss, he and his zany side-kick vanquish foes to save his true love. The interactive show has kids singing and dancing in their seats and meeting favorite characters after the show. Sat., 11 a.m. Glendale. $11.50-$13. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Make A Book
Learn about the influence of literature, poetry, and language through art in the current exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art then make a book to bring home. Sat., 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bird Watching for Kids
This is a special short walk for kids and their families—just bring sunscreen, jackets, water, walking shoes and sharp eyes, the binoculars will be provided! Sun., 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Malibu. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.

KC and the Sunshine Band
Head to the Marina to “Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight” in this free concert in a gorgeous spot. Sat., 7 p.m. Marina Del Rey. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Family Sandcastle Building
Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto: a sandcastle. The beach will be wet down to create the perfect beach building conditions—the rest is up to your family. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Sunset Sail
Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches from the amazing crew.  Sat., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. San Pedro. $30-$60. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

As You Like It by the Sea
Summer is for Shakespeare, and Shakespeare by the Sea is performing the story of a girl pretending to be a boy, a jester, a wrestler, a shepherd, a duke and romance; even kids love this trip to the forest of Arden. Fri., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Catch this modern classic on the big outdoor screen, because everyone loves Babe. Don’t forget the popcorn. Sat., dusk. North Hollywood. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Take 2 tons of garlic + 10 tons of beef + 4 tons of pasta + 4 tons of calamari + 2 tons of scampi + a garlic cook-off contest, live entertainment, the Miss Gilroy Garlic pageant, garlic ice cream, a kids area and loads of cooking flaming demonstrations and you get one stinky but fun road trip. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Gilroy. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

This Sunday is National Parents Day! So do something you love with the kids this weekend. What’s your favorite thing to do in all of Los Angeles? Let us know in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Maclay Heriot via flickr and Steve Jervetson via Creative Commons.