It’s spring! It’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather–perfect for exercising–as the L.A. Marathon takes over the streets on Sunday. Culture abounds in our melting pot of a city this weekend with festivals and performances that take us all over the world. First stop: Ireland, with any of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations taking place around town. Then visit Peru, Iran and China all in the same weekend. To see more local practitioners of the creative arts, bring the kids to the Santa Monica Airport to gaze at both airplanes and art, or up to Topanga for a benefit concert among the trees.

Los Angeles

Inca Son & Ccanto Scissors Dancers
Learn more about the beautiful music and dance of Peru. Kids will be fascinated by the Scissors Dance – a jaw-dropping performance where dancers perform acrobatic moves while striking scissors’ blades together in a clanging rhythm. Sat., 11:00 am & 12:30 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Nowruz Celebration
Celebrate the arrival of spring (Nowruz, the Iranian New Year Celebration) with a full day of activities at LACMA. Highlights include a music-dance-video performance, a live performance by pop sensation KamyR, and a traditional Nowruz display known as “Haft Sîn.” Sun., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Mid-Wilshire. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Santa Monica Airport Artwalk
Watch airplanes take off and land, look at art, create art and eat some yummy food…sounds like a perfect day! After looking at all the stunning art, kids can take part in painting and theater workshops and make plastic bottle planters. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tales from China
Join actress, arts education advocate and mom Rosalind Chao, as she tells a tale of courage, loyalty and the hero in all of us. A youth string ensemble will be joined by traditional Chinese instrumentalists to immerse young theater goers in the sounds and beauty of Ancient China. Sat., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $15.  Ages 3+. Event details.

John C. Reilley in (Benefit) Concert
Support the arts, enjoy a beautiful afternoon in a bucolic setting, and hear some great music! Actor and musician John C. Reilly is playing a special benefit concert for the Theatricum Botanicum amphitheater, performing classic songs from the roots of folk and country music. Kids under 12 are free, so it’s a great deal for a great cause! Sun., 2:00 pm. Topanga Canyon. $15-$30. All ages. Event details.

Valley

Leprechaun’s Lucky Gold Hunt
Feelin’ the luck o’ the Irish? Help your child search for gold coins hidden around the park, then turn in your pot o’ gold for fun prizes. Sat., 10:00 am. Thousand Oaks. Free. Ages 2+. Event details.

Beaches

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
And the award for most fun and community spirit filled St. Patrick’s Day Parade this side of Chicago goes to Hermosa Beach! Join in the fun, as we all have a bit of the Irish in us on St. Pattys! Sat., 11:00 am. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose