There are weekends when it’s really hard to narrow the best things to do to just a select few.  It’s usually in the middle of summer (when outdoor concerts and plays abound) or around the holidays (when, well, everything abounds!).  But this unassuming little May weekend – not even a holiday – has so much to do we can’t believe it.  We think these things are the coolest of the cool, but be sure to check out our calendar to see what else is going on, because a weekend when meeting a mountain lion, driving a garbage truck and watching crazy cool Taiwanese puppet theater don’t make the cut, you know there’s some seriously unique fun to be had!


Multiple Locations

LA River Cleanup
The Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) invites everyone to come out for a work-party down by the river.  Pick one of 15 sites to help re-green the river, and we can all enjoy it for some summer bike rides! Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Along the LA River. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bug Fair
It’s the Year of the Bee at the biggest bug fest in North America. Don’t miss the Bug Chefs (yep, truly preparing and eating bugs) and some buzz worth live performances. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.


Baby Doll Brawl
Time for girl power at the Doll Factory.  This is Whip It style fun, with music pumping and girls skating at this an all-ages event where the league’s newest skaters face off in high-energy roller derby mayhem. Sun., 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Echo Park. Free-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Kids Costume Bike Parade
Dig out those Halloween costumes (you knew you kept them for a reason!) for the Kids Costume Bicycle Parade complete with safety tips for parents and prizes for kids. Sat., 11:00 am. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Museums of the Arroyo
Five unique, history-based museums (The Gamble House, Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum, Lummis Home and Garden, and the Pasadena Museum of History) are open, free, and offer special family arts, crafts and performances. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 am. Arroyo Seco Parkway. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dino Dig
Calling all dino lovers: become a paleontologist for the day. Do dinosaur crafts, play games, and hike to the “dig site” to dig for fossils. Sat., 12:00 am – 2:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $10. Ages 3+. Event details.


Family Camp Out & Fishing Derby
Come set up a tent and then join in the games, ice block bowling, arts and craft projects and more, and then end the day with a movie in the park. And on Sunday morning, join in on the Annual Fishing Derby! Sat. & Sun., 3:00 pm – 12:00 pm. Manhattan Beach. $30-$33. 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 nation. These massive boats are usually closed to the public, but not today!  Sat., 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Strawberry Festival
Jam-packed (bah-dum-bum, we’ll be here all day) with all your favorite strawberry indulgences, the Strawberry Festival sprawls across 15 acres with yummy berry delights, live music, Strawberryland For Kids, a Berry Zipline, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Oxnard. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

This weekend is stuffed with LA’s hidden talents and history.  What’s your favorite LA hidden spots?

–Meghan Rose