Friday is St. Patrick’s Day! So no blarney, here’s the straight talk on where to find the most amazing family events this weekend. With superhero bugs and archery tag, a story about a flat boy and a tale as old as time, faerys and leprechauns—there are a host of fabulous activities to choose from. Don’t forget the LA Marathon is this weekend, so look out for road closures all day or hit the streets to cheer on the runners.

L.A. Nature Festphoto: Natural History Museum


The LA Marathon
Starting at Dodger Stadium and going all the way to the Santa Monica Pier, the LA Marathon goes past some of the most famous landmarks in the city.  There are plenty of ways to join in the fun without the run, with block parties and entertainment across the city. Sun. Event details.


Nature Fest at NHM
Celebrate nature in the city in NHM’s Nature Gardens, where kids can explore, scientists do real research, and Museum educators share nature’s coolest stories—plus performances and hands-on activities. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Original Farmers Market St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Live music, great food, green beer and lots of fun are on tap at the Original Farmers Market.  It’s the best place in town to get corned beef and cabbage and plenty of other festive food options (green cookies, green beer and donuts galore!) in a kid friendly setting. Fri. Event details.

Beauty & The Beast at the El Capitan
The perfect place to see this timeless tale is the El Capitan, where there’s an immersive light and glittering projection show in a gorgeous classic theatre. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Superhero Bugs at Kidspace
Be a hero, a bug or both! Kids create superhero bug capes and masks, make themselves glow in the bioluminescent bug dome, take the spider web obstacle course challenge, create an exoskeleton shield and enjoy special comic-themed story times. Sat. Event details.


The Adventures of Flat Stanley
Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday ten-year-old until the morning when Stanley wakes up flat. In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Discover Archery Tag
Looking for a new family extreme sport? Archery Tag is like dodge ball, but played with bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. Younger kids can learn to shoot with a bow and arrow with S.A.F.E. (Students and Families Experience) Archery. Sat. Event details.

Getty Sounds of LA
Fife and drum blues take the stage this weekend at the Getty’s free concert series with Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Sukey Jump Music
A Sukey Jump is all about making your own fun, and that’s what Heidi Swedberg and her band will help your family do at McCabe’s Guitar Shop’s Sunday morning kids concert. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Auntie Angelica’s Fairy Garden
This Faery Hunt interactive show takes kids to Fairyland through Auntie Angelica’s magical garden for a musical adventure that includes faeries, the king of Fairyland, a funny gnome, a magical unicorn and enchanted puppets. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Lucky the Leprechaun’s Gold Hunt
Feelin’ the luck o’ the Irish? Help your kids search for gold coins hidden around the park, then turn your pot o’ gold in for fun prizes. Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive

A Family Steampunk Adventure
Celebrate Steampunk at the Iron Horse/Family Steampunk Carnivale. See steampunk fashion, Victorian-flavored hip-hop, Steam Powered Giraffe (a popular musical pantomime group) and take tea on the trains. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Looking for leprechauns? We know where to find them, in our guide to all things Irish this weekend in LA!

—Meghan Rose