Boats and bugs, fishes and fiddles, Potter and ports – there’s something on tap this weekend for budding entomologists, baby bluegrass fans, muggles and those that love trash (or to be precise, those that love garbage trucks). So pull out the fishing rods and get ready to take a gander at over 1 million strawberries – it’s all yours for the picking.

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Cowboy & Cowgirl Music (And Yodeling!)
That unmistakable “Ya-hoo-ooo!” yodel from Yahoo! Ads? You can hear it live along with a range of other cowpoke music at this concert for kids. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bug Fair at NHM
It’s an enchANTing and brilliANT weekend full of ANTennaes, bug chefs and hands on programs in celebration of the year of the ant at North American’s biggest bug show, and we bet you just cAN’T resist. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.


Harry Potter Roller Night
Attention wizards, witches, squibs and muggles: you’re invited to a night full of Harry Potter music, wizard rock, costume contest, merchandise, games and even Butterbeer at the roller rink. Sat., 8 p.m. Glendale. $6.50-$15. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Museums of the Arroyo
It’s fun, it’s festive and it’s only one day a year: five museums (our fave is the Police Museum) located along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors for free. Sun., 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pasadena Area. Free. All ages. Event details.

West Hollywood

Russian Festival
Привет! If your idea of Russian style is fur hats and caviar, it’s time to hit the Russian Style Festival at Plummer Park, because you’ve got a lot to learn. Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.


City Sanitation Yard Open House
Come meet Curby the Recycling Robot. You can also work a huge trash truck, take part in arts & crafts and learn about sustainable gardening. Sat., 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.


Topanga Fiddle Fest
Bring your instruments and “sit in” with jamming musicians. At the children’s area there are crafts and bands (like The Hollow Trees, Scottish fiddlers, kiddo clogging and sea shanty singing) as well as fiddle and banjo workshops. Kids also love watching the spinning and crafting demonstrations. Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Agoura Hills. $10-$20 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Port of LA Boat Tours
Take a free public boat tour at the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in the nation. Tours are first come, first served, so be sure to get there early. Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Manhattan Beach Campout, Movie & Fishing Derby
Catch a fish or a flick and sleep under the stars. Saturday there are games and crafts and the day ends with a free movie in the park (this year: “Frozen”). Spend the night or come back Sunday morning to join in on the Annual Fishing Derby. Sat. – Sun., Hours vary. Manhattan Beach. Free-$33. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Strawberry Festival
“Jam” packed with festivities and indulgent strawberry eats, The California Strawberry Festival has gooey contests like the tart toss, celebrity chef demonstrations, rides and attractions, a Strawberryland oasis for kids, music, games and of course, strawberries! Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Oxnard. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

The Ugly Duckling Glows
Lightwire Theater brings new life to “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and The Hare” as characters lined with electroluminescent wire light up the stage and wend their way into kids’ hearts. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $20. Ages 2 and up. Event details.

Which of these crazy adventures appeals to you? Go have fun, then come back and let us know how you #rockedtheweekend!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: California Strawberry Festival and Jennifer Murawski via Creative Commons