Picnics, BBQs and swim time: Memorial Day weekend is here. The holiday is your cue to kick-start summer fun, and this is the weekend many pools, farmers markets and outdoor activities open up for the long sunny days ahead. Read on for the scoop on everything from kid friendly wine nights to rubber duck races to a Stinky Cheese Man come to life.

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Eastside

Barnsdall Wine Nights
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine presents four selections artisanal wines, there are food trucks, a DJ, arts and crafts for kids, and a general community party atmosphere. Fri., 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Los Feliz. $5-$25. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City

LACMA Free Holiday
Another Monday off, another free day at LACMA. Entry to the museum, bilingual tours, programs, art-making activities, and live music are all free. Mon., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena

Rubber Ducky Races
Oh Rubber Ducky, you’re (still) the one. Who has the fastest floater? Head out to Kidspace this Memorial Day Weekend for a competition that’s all wet. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pasadena. $11 (plus duck). Ages 2-10. Event details.

Westside

Topanga Days
This all-weekend bash includes live music, a Kid’s Zone, old fashioned games (sack races, a baby derby, a bat spinning relay, 3 legged races, pie eating contests, egg tosses, a water balloon way, watermelon seed spitting) plus tons of music and caps the weekend off with a parade on Monday. Sat. – Mon., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Topanga. Free-$25. All ages. Event details.

Beaches

Splash Spots Open
Pool time! Do you want salt water or a traditional pool? Beach side, or actual beach front? Lounging or water slides? You choose – both the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica and Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach open this weekend. Luckily, summer is long, and you can visit them both…

Fiesta Hermosa
Enjoy art, music and food (don’t miss the Hermosa Beach Lifeguards’ famous fish tacos!) by the beach. Kids will beeline for the Kiddie Carnival, with slides, rides, games, a petting zoo, and facepainters. Sat. – Mon., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Valley

“Make A New Friend” With Sesame Street Live
Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby welcome Grover’s new friend Chamki from India to Sesame Street. They’ll learn that they share lots of similarities from singing to a love of cookies. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $23-$88. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Stinky Cheese Man
Familiar fairy tales take on lives of their own as Rumpelstiltskin turns up in Cinderella’s story, Jack sends the Giant back up the beanstalk and chickens can’t wait for their cues. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $20-$25. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Cajun & Creole Festival
Creole and Zydeco music acts hit the stage, Bayou food fills your belly and there’s a giant kids area to keep the kiddos entertained. Son of a gun, we’re havin’ some fun! Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Simi Valley. Free-$22. All ages. Event details.

Looking for more fun things to do this long weekend? Check out our calendar that’s chock-full of weekend family fun.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Andrew Butitta via Creative Commons