Get ready for St. Patty’s Day at a parade (or two) that will have you seeing green. Literally. But there are also festivals galore celebrating blooms from Cherry Blossoms to Wistaria, kites, St. David’s Day, Pete Seeger, glow in the dark fish, Holi and art! And if you need more, you can catch a fabulous play about an egg, an amazing concert by Dan Zanes or even a movie in 4D.
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Zootopia in 4DX
Moving seats and an array of environmental effects like mist, rain, wind, and snow can only make a movie experience more magic. There are only 2 theaters in the US equipped with 4DX, and one is right here in LA and showing the next Disney right now. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Downtown. $16-$24. All ages. Event details.
Beverly Hills & Mid-City
Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis for a bi-lingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart. This is one of our favorite kids bands at one of our favorite theaters, so it’s a can’t miss show for sure. Sun., 3 p.m. Beverly Hills. $25. All ages. Event details.
Holi Festival of Colors
Holi is a Hindu tradition celebrating the arrival of spring and sharing in joy and community with vibrant colors. The Zimmer Children’s Museum has family activities and special guests throughout the day. Sun., 12:30-5 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 1-8. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Cherry Blossom Festival
These gorgeous blossoms are in bloom for a fleeting time, rendering Descanso extra spectacular this weekend. There will be cherry blossom walks, food, origami and music. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. La Canada. $4-$9. All ages. Event details.
Enjoy an evening of art, music, and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors; from The Armory to Kidspace, The Norton Simon and more, you can visit them all for free. Fri., 6-10p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Wistaria Vine Festival is a chance to see the world’s largest blossoming plant. It’s a stunning and sweet smelling event filled with crafters, kids activities, music and food. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sierra Madre. $7-$10. All ages. Event details.
Pete Seeger Tribute
Sing along, or just introduce the kids to his music—“If I Had A Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and his version of “We Shall Overcome”—and listen together at this tribute to the man and his music at the beautiful Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Sat., 1 p.m. Topanga. $10-$25, kids 5 & under are free. All ages. Event details.
Join three madcap birds as they grapple with growing up and learn how to take flight. Based on a children’s book, Egg is a musical that unfolds on a magical set constructed out of twigs, feathers and shell. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & noon. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3-10. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
St. David’s Day Festival
Forget the Irish! What about the Welsh? Find out more about the country and customs of Wales at this festival. Sun., noon-4 p.m. North Hollywood. $15 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.
It’s the first Grunion Run of the season, and luckily it’s an a Friday night: a great night to stay up late and find these silvery little fish. Fri., 9 p.m. San Pedro. $1-$5. All ages. Event details.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hermosa Beach
A touch of Ireland visits Hermosa Beach each spring with this true small town parade by the beach, where school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and Irish setters all take part. Sat., 11 a.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Redondo Beach Kite Festival
Kites of all kinds soar over the beach while on the pier there will be live music and family fun. Create your own kite and enter the contests for best handmade, highest flying or the youngest flyer at one of the longest running Kite Festivals around. Sun. noon-3 p.m. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Long Beach Irish Heritage Parade and Fest
This parade has Firefighter displays, marching bands, dancing groups, youth groups, floats, and more. After the parade, the festival will keep the craic going with live Irish music, Irish step dancing, a craft beer garden, pipe & drum demonstrations, and food enough to fuel your little leprechaun. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
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