For many LA kids, this weekend is the first of summer break. And to help you kick off the season, many summer activities begin this weekend. (Isn’t it lovely how that works?) Shakespeare outdoors opens with a kid-pleasing Midsummer Night’s Dream, outdoor concerts start with a World Music Fest, movies outside get going with everyone’s favorite (big) hero, and there are festivals for cars, paddle boards, bread (yum!), the ocean and more!

Come join us on Saturday, June 6 for the 6th annual Tommy Bahama Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at the Santa Monica Pier. Every year the event draws hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators. It is an all-day event that showcases an exciting array of races from paddleboard to dory races to a rigorous ocean swim, all featuring the top competitors from around the world. The event is free for spectators and fun for the whole family. Besides the races, there will be beach games and races for the kids, a lifeguard and surf history pop-up museum - plus live music and hula dancers performing throughout the day. Tommy Bahama will also bring back their signature lounge tent and 21 and over rum bar. Come celebrate decades of surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history. For additional information, visit


The First Bread Festival at Grand Central Market
Want to bake bread & tortillas, churn and burn butter, learn about sourdough and eat your way through the best bread in LA? This gluten filled fest is for you! Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Lummis Day
The best of home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources will be presented amid the historic buildings is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary.  There will be plenty of performances and activities just for kids! Fri.-Sun., Various times. Multiple locations. Free. All ages. Event details.


Camp Goo Sleepover
It’s called “Camp Goo” at the Tar Pit Museum (the Page Museum), and kids can spend night at the tar pits and get stuck in all sorts of great gooey activities. They’ll take a special flashlight tour of the tar pits, go on a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, and make sticky crafts! Fri., 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m. Miracle Mile. $65. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Cars, Cars & Cars at the Gilmore Car Show
To celebrate the extraordinary impact on the car culture of California, The Original Farmers Market hosts one of the most entertaining casual car shows in the West.  This year the focus is on the Thunderbird, for the 60th anniversary of the car. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Family Music Festival
The 23rd Family Music Festival at the Arboretum features Pat Boone, The Crystals, and Freddy Cannon.  Bring a picnic and blanket or get food here and soak up some super sounds in a gorgeous setting. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Arcadia. $25/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.

A Magically Imagined Tea
Performers from the Junior Program of Academy of Magical Arts from the famed Magic Castle will be on hand to entertain young tea guests, performing close-up magic while kids dine on a specialty tea menu. Sun., 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Pasadena. $36-$48. Ages 3 & up. Event details.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Love, mischievous fairies and a ragtag band of actors encounter a night filled with wonder. There’s no more perfect setting than the leafy bower of Theatricum’s outdoor stage to experience this delightful tale of magic and romance that enchants all ages. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Topanga, Afternoon matinee. $10-$40. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
Kids love watching an exciting array of races from paddleboard to dory races to a rigorous ocean swim. Besides the races, there are beach games and races for the kids, a lifeguard and surf history pop-up museum, plus live music and hula dancers performing throughout the day. Sat., 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

World Music and Culture Festival
The summer Concerts on the Green series kicks off with the first ever VCC World Music and Cultural Arts Festival, featuring performers from around the world, like Tizer Quartet’s world fusion music, the Aztec Dancers of the Valley, Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts, the Young Dubliners and more. Sun., 1:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Woodland Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Big Hero 6 on the Pier
See Beymax and friends on the pier under the stars.  Bring a low backed beach chair or a blanket (and a sweatshirt, it gets chilly!). Fri., Dusk. Redondo Beach. Free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

World Oceans Day
Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Magic, cars, the ocean, paddleboards, movies, Shakespeare—what catches your fancy this weekend?

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Tommy Bahama Pier Paddle and Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum