It’s a long and lovely weekend for Veterans Day! All across the City of Angels there are parades and events honoring the men and women who have bravely served our country, and we’ve highlighted a few favorites here. There are also ways to play and dance and run and celebrate together, whether you’re making art, playing with the animals, checking out dancing horses (or people!) or meeting animals at the zoo and in the orchestra. Read on to see what’s happening this weekend in LA.

photo: Jamie Pham courtesy of Los Angeles Zoo


JANM Family Day: We Love LA
JANM presents a family-friendly day celebrating the diverse mix of cultures that make up Los Angeles. Make a cherry blossom mobile, design a lunchbox, do some origami and celebrate Veterans Day, all in one fun stop. Sat. Event details.

Make Space for Rad Women
Contribute to a creative space that honors women who make the world a better place with artist Marissa Magdalena. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

LA Zoo Safari Day
No school? Grab safari gear and drop the kids at the Zoo for a fun-filled day of adventure. Kids will explore the far reaches of the world, seeking out some of nature’s most amazing animals. (And you can get some work done!) Fri. Event details.


CraftLab Family Workshop: God’s Eye Weaving
Color, yarn and wood combine to create unique weavings inspired by traditional Mexican craft practices. Learn about these special techniques and create a Ojo de Dios sculptural weaving. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Night Hike Through the Arboretum
Hike through the arboretum as night descends on the grounds, discovering the nocturnal creatures and the night sky. Sat. Event details.

Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals Concert
Bring the whole family to an interactive presentation of Camille Saint-Saens’s children’s classic, Carnival of the Animals. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Opposites Attract at ESMoA: CREATE
Dive into the theme of contradictions, or opposites, to create a three-dimensional work of art inspired by hope at this hidden gem of a museum. Sun. Event details.

Veterans Appreciation Festival at Battleship IOWA
The Battleship tours teach kids about those who have served our country, plus they can enjoy a festival with live music, games, food trucks and plenty of activities. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Diavolo Dance
There’s an entire day of programming, starting with a free outdoor community festival at 11 a.m. Capping the day is Diavolo’s newest work, The Veterans Project, which brings together the company’s dancers with veterans from the US armed forces. Sat. Event details.

A Wilderness Survival Class
Learn some of the basics and tips for getting along in the wilderness. Sat. Event details.

Calabasas Fun Run
Serious runners can speed through the 5K/10K run course and kids can jog along the 1 mile Fun Run that explores the beautiful local side streets. Sun. Event details.

Simi Valley

Reagan Library Veterans Day
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its annual Veterans Day event with live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. Fri. Event details.

Ventura County

Cavalia Odysseo
A blend of visual effects, dance, acrobatics and live music takes this horse show to another level, as over 50 horses put on a show that features a real carousel and a magically appearing lake in front a video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

We want to know: what’s your favorite long weekend fall getaway? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose