Memorial Day weekend is the weekend when everything opens for summer, from pools to a frog spot. And for the holiday, get ready to party at the Hermosa Fiesta, parade in Canoga Park and get a little bit country in Topanga. All that plus jazz hands, rubber ducks, Cajun sounds, Scottish hounds and funk downtown! Good thing we have a long weekend, so you can fit in all the fun.

topanga daysphoto: Topanga Country Days


Funk it Up
Hear some funk being spun by a live DJ while watching graffiti artists transform canvas into a street art masterpiece. The event is in conjunction with the CAAM exhibition, Rhythm of Vision: The Artistry. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Jazz Hands
This concert features music performances of all genres by individuals with autism. It’s a great event for families with members on the spectrum, and everyone who loves music! Sat., 2-5 p.m. Eagle Rock. $20 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

The Frog Spot Opens
The Frog Spot is open for the summer with LA River tours and trips, performances, poetry readings, yoga classes and workshops for kids about the river’s history and ecology (first one is Sunday at noon). Sat-Mon., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Glassell Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


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

San Gabriel Valley

Rubber Ducky Races
Decorate and race your rubber duck down the Interpretive Arroyo stream in the new Arroyo Adventure. Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pasadena. $13 (plus duck). Ages 1-10. Event details.


Annenberg Beach House Opens
With spectacular views, splash pad, children’s play area, gallery, historic pool and the Marion Davies Guest House, our favorite seaside pool is open for the season starting now. (Our other favorite seaside pool, Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach opens this weekend, too.) Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Monica. $4-$10. All ages. Event details.

Topanga Country Days
Go back in time with an old fashioned country fair. Take part in sack races, a baby derby, a bat spinning relay, 3 legged races, pie eating contests, egg tosses, a water balloon way, watermelon seed spitting and then relax with tons of music (like Los Lobos, Jungle Fire, Electra, Incendio, Massanga Marimba Band, The Hipwaders, Fishtank Ensemble and more) and cap the weekend off with a parade Monday morning! Sat.-Mon., Various times. $15-$25. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Fiesta Hermosa
You gotta hit the beach Memorial Day weekend, and this art fair is a wonderful way to enjoy sun, sky, art, music (two live stages) and food—don’t miss the Hermosa Beach Lifeguards’ famous fish tacos. Plus there’s a Kiddie Carnival, pony rides, petting zoo, and new this year is a full-scale mommy respite (Fiesta Siesta), so you can get a break while the kids play. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Toy Story on the Battleship
Kick off the weekend with a “Movie Under The Guns” on board the Battleship IOWA. This month’s movie is Toy Story with Woody, Buzz and the whole toy box crew. Fri., 6 p.m. San Pedro. Free. Rated PG. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
This hometown parade has all the trimmings you remember from your youth–food, music, patriotism and lots of marching. Mon., 11 a.m. Canoga Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Meet Dora and Diego
This weekend a new exhibit opens at the Discovery Cube LA that takes little explorers on an adventure with Dora, Diego and their friends. The center is right near Hansen Dam, which makes a great picnic spot, then duck into the museum for some cooling off playtime. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m-5 p.m. Hansen Dam. $10. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Scottish Festival
Highland drums, pipes and loads of Celtic bands, harps and fiddlers transport you to Scotland. There will also be activities for kids like archery, slides, sack races, running races and more. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Costa Mesa. $3-$15. All ages. Event details.

Cajun Festival
The bayou goes valley with nonstop award-winning Cajuun, blues & Zydeco music (Booker T, Barabra Morrison, Leon Russell, Bayou Brothers, Reverend Tall Tree), more food choices than you can sample in two days and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Simi Valley. $20-$25/adults, kids under 12 are free. All ages. Event details.

Happy Memorial Day! What says “summer in LA” to you? Let us know your favorite summertime activities in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose