It’s a festival kind of weekend with bashes, derbys and days that celebrate everything from strawberries to dinosaurs to boats to fiddles to fish to crafts to the sea! And if that’s not enough, you can catch some brawlin’ dolls at their new home, make a fairy garden or see the Beatles.
Downtown & East LA
Bug Fair at NHM Is All About Butterflies
North America’s biggest bug festival celebrates butterflies with the winged ones themselves, exhibitors, vendors, bug chefs, and exciting programs. Flutter on by. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.
Museums of the Arroyo Day
Six museums along the parkway open their doors to the public for free with cultural events, kids activities and family fun. Free shuttles connect all museums: The Gamble House, Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum (a Red Tri favorite!), Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History and more. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Arroyo Parkway. Free. All ages. Event details.
Derby Dolls Brawl
Girl power! Head over to the Doll’s brand new venue for a brawl. The Derby Dolls are LA’s premier all-female, banked track roller derby team. Sat., 8 p.m. East LA. $10 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Hollywood & North Hollywood
Get Crafty To Support Arts in the Schools
The LilySarahGrace LA Craft Fair features loads of creative and interactive art stations, each created by dedicated artists (many pioneers in their fields) alongside live entertainment and food trucks. And the money raised supports arts in local schools! Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hollywood. $35. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
See A Hard Days Night Outside
The first outdoor movie of the season is a great one for the whole family. Kids love the goofiness, parents (and grandparents) love it for the nostalgia and everyone loves the music. There’s free popcorn, too! Sat., 8 p.m. North Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Make A Fairy Garden
Step into the world of gardening and the history of fairy lore in a workshop where kids discover what gardens need to grow and thrive, learn what a fairy garden is and create one to take home. Sat., 2 p.m. Pasadena. $7, plus museum admission. Ages 5-8. Event details.
ArleQuin with Circus Vargas
This animal free circus starts with an interactive pre-show for the kids and then the heart-pounding, death-defying action begins under the Circus Vargas big top with an array of aerialists, acrobats and clowns. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Burbank. $15-$70. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Calling all dino lovers: become a paleontologist for the day! Make dinosaur crafts, play dinosaur games and even dig for dinosaur fossils at your very own dig site. Sat., noon.-2 p.m. Thousand Oaks. $10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
The fiddling-est fun you can have on 3 stages plus a dance barn and kid’s area, this fest takes place in an old Western movie set in the mountains. At the children’s area there are crafts and kid’s bands as well as fiddle and banjo workshops and spinning & crafting demonstrations. Sun.,10 a.m.-6 p.m. Agoura Hills. $10-$20, kids under 10 are free. All ages. Event details.
Boat Tours at the Port
Take a free public boat tour at the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in the country. Tours leave every hour, from two locations. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.
King Harbor Sea Fair
Sailors and pirates alike will have a great day with free sailboat and outrigger rides, two kid fun zones, a family sandcastle contest, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), boat displays and tall ship tours. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Manhattan Beach Fishing Derby
After setting up their tents, families can join in games, ice block bowling, arts and craft projects and then setting in for a movie in the park (Big Hero 6). And on Sunday morning, join in on the Annual Fishing Derby. Campout includes dinner and breakfast. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Manhattan Beach. $30-$33 to camp, fishing derby and movie are free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
The California Strawberry Festival
“Jam” packed with festivities and indulgent strawberry eats, this festival serves up the berry best of foods, gooey fun (like the tart toss), rides, music and a Strawberryland oasis for kids where they can help Strawberry Shortcake celebrate her 35th birthday. (Yes, that makes you older than you realized.) Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Oxnard. $8-$12. All ages. Event details.
Where will you be this beautiful mid-May weekend? We’d love to hear your plans in the comment section!
photo credits: King Harbor Boat Festival and Meghan Rose