It’s good to start summer with all the things kids love: trucks, sailing the high seas, powwows, Star Wars, mermaids, cars, tea time and magic. Only problem is: we couldn’t pick which of those things kids love best, so we picked ‘em all! And threw in a little art, music and a family street festival, too.  Check out the coolest things happening in Los Angeles this weekend.

photo: Imagine Tea at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena


Grand Performances: See the Earth Harp
See a (free) concert played on the largest playable instrument in the world. Strung from the top of the plaza’s 52-story skyscraper, the Earth Harp’s illuminated strings and cello-like tones will transfix kids—and parents! Sat. Event details.

Eastside & Griffith Park

Lummis Day
The best of home-grown Northeast LA music, dance and food fest takes place in the historic buildings of two museums. There will be plenty of performances and activities just for kids, plus music, tours, art exhibits and food. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Have the best time ever when The KidzBop Kids perform live at the Greek at the “Best Time Ever Tour.” And you thought we were starting the sentence with hyperbole. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Magical Tea
The Imagine Tea at the Langham brings in junior magicians from the Magic Castle to entertain young tea guests, performing close-up magic while kids dine on a menu of magically-decorated tea treats. Sun. Event details.

Star Wars under the Stars: Rogue One
The night starts with food trucks (Lobsta Truck, Okamoto Kitchen, Rodney’s Ribs, Street Kitchen LA & more) and a band (Zookeeper’s Place) before the sun sets and it’s time for Rogue One under the stars. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City & Beverly Hills

Gilmore Car Show
The Original Farmers Market hosts a casual car show that celebrates the Cali car culture. Because it all takes place by the Grove, there are also tons of places to eat and things to do with the kids when the cars have lost their luster. Sat. Event details.

The SoRo Street Fest
South Robertson Boulevard becomes a street fair filled with music on the main stage and loads of activities. The festival is broken up into “villages” that include a Beer Garden and Gourmet Food Village, Arts Village, Camp SoRo Kids Zone, Car Show and Ecological Villages. Sun. Event details.


Aesop’s Fables at the Geer
Creative Playground brings this interactive, in-the-round theatre show for kids and families to enjoy together  to the gorgeous Theatricum Botanicum. Sun. Event details.


History Has Its Eyes on the Getty Family Festival
Enjoy a day of celebration and discovery for the whole family inspired by magnificent historical art from the Getty’s latest exhibit. The fest features performances, storytelling and art-making workshops. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Touch a Truck
With loads of giant (OK, regular sized, but giant to kids) trucks to sit in, plus hot dogs, live music, LEGO play and crafts all kids (the day kicks off with a VIP half hour for children with disabilities and special needs) can enjoy. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Powwow Demonstration
The McMaster family shares their Cherokee heritage while demonstrating Native American dance in traditional regalia. After, kids can learn what the clothing means and why they wear it. Sat. Event details.

Simi Valley

Mermaid School
Summertime is for mermaids! Kids can to learn to be a mermaid (or merman) at an LA Mermaid School swim session, taught by mermaids. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

An Adventure Sail
Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tall ship explorer.  Help raise sails, handle lines, and steer the ship, or sit back and relax. Sat. Event details.

Pirates or powwows? Mermaids or music? Trucks or tea? We want to know what your plans are for this beautiful sunshine weekend!

—Meghan Rose