This is the weekend of moving and grooving! Friday the Olympics begin in London, and it just might inspire you to dive into an Olympic pool (to watch a movie). And Saturday is National Dance Day, so let Gwendolyn and the Earthworms get you moving to the music. Need some other ideas? How about a trip to Chinatown or a stinky road trip? You could celebrate a wizard’s birthday, sleep aboard an ark, see some classic cars or even become a cowpoke!

Los Angeles

Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl
Don your hats and boots, hitch your wagon, and scoot on over to The Autry to pay tribute to and celebrate the American cowboy and cowgirl with live music, guest performers, and screenings. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Griffith Park. $5-$11. All ages. Event details.

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration
Come dressed in your fanciest dress robes and raise your glass of butter beer to toast the “Boy Who Lived” at Whimsic Alley’s birthday party for Harry’s upcoming birthday. Sun., 3:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $48. Ages 8+. Event details.

Earthworm Ensemble & Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang
Earthworm Ensemble’s folksy country sound mixes marvelously with Gweldolyn & the Goodtime Gang’s high energy dance tunes, especially when played at one of L.A.’s most unusual & cool (and hidden!) venues. Sat., 3:00 pm. Lincoln Heights. $5-$10. Ages 2-10. Event details.

(de)Constructing Chinatown
This new exhibit explores the surprising history of Chinatown in L.A. through photographs, interactive models, local architecture and more. Fri.–Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Downtown. Free-$3. All ages. Event details.


Burbank Classic Car Show
This car show isn’t just for classic car lovers, it’s also a sunny summer afternoon family festival with entertainment, music, booths and prizes. Sat., 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Burbank. Free. All ages. Event details.


Skirball Family Sleepover
Climb aboard Noah’s Ark for a memorable overnight getaway and doze with a walrus or bunk up with a beaver then wake up to animal yoga and a yummy breakfast. Sat.-Sun., 6:00 pm – 9:00 am. West L.A. $55. Ages 6+. Event details.


Lilo & Stitch Dive In Movie
It’s movie night – it must be time to grab your swim suit and head to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center! Sat., 8:15 pm. Pasadena. Free. Ages 3+. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Road trip! 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, a kids area and loads of cooking demonstrations and you get one very fun (and stinky) event! Fri.- Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Gilroy. Free-$17. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose

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