Wild is the word of the weekend with Wild Things taking over the L.A. Phil, a wild Zydeco jam at World City music, a crazy 3D comedy show, the (totally appropriate for families) wild fun of an Oktoberfest, an interactive Halloween Show that will get your wild thing up on stage, and a chance to make a wild costume for Halloween! In need of a fall day trip? We’ve got some great suggestions this weekend from taking a ride on the Pumpkinliners at Fillmore and Western, to a jaunt up the coast to Santa Barbara’s Harbor Festival to a trip to the desert for the Joshua Tree Music Festival!

Los Angeles

L.A. Phil: Where the Wild Things Are
High culture meets beloved monsters when Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are comes to life in a new production of this fantasy opera. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Downtown. $66-$187. Ages 6+. Event details.

World City: Zydeco
Zydeco music is the perfect sleepy Saturday morning concert to get your weekend going with a bang, with a pinch of Creole jazz, a dash of Cajun funk and a whole lot of toe tapping, washboard rubbing, hooting and hollering good times! Sat., 11:00 am & 12:30 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


3D Comedy and Juggling Show
The impossible is possible, the improbable is probable with laser juggling, mouth-shooting Ping-Pong balls and crazy toilet paper tricks at a show that leaves kiddos alternating between gasping and giggling. Sun., 2:00 pm. Malibu. $20-$35. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Swap-O-Rama-Rama
So… you bring clothes the kids have outgrown, and leave with a fantastic, creative and original new Halloween costume? Yep, and you get a crazy day of family fun in the bargain! Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. West L.A. $5. All ages. Event details.


The Halloween Show
This show is perfect for taking the scare factor out of Halloween with monsters who are scared to be scary and need the help of some brave and spooky kiddos – yours! Kids come in costumes and teach those monsters how to be scary. Sat., 11:00 am. Sierra Madre. $12-$18. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Yummy food (especially homemade sausage, tortes and soft pretzels), people who like to wear costumes, oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland and crazy chicken dancing!  (And yes, there is beer.) Sun., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Torrance. $5 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Pumpkinliners at Fillmore & Western
All aboard! We’ve got your Halloween ticket to ride a vintage train to “Ichabog,” a private pumpkin patch where you can pick the perfect jack-o-lantern and spend the afternoon playing. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Fillmore. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival
Come for the day or pitch a tent at the family camp area and stay for the weekend at this desert oasis, filled with music, a love train that rolls ’round the lake, face paintings and peaceful, love filled crafts. Fri.- Sun., All day. Joshua Tree. $30-$50. All ages. Event details.

Santa Barbara Harbor Festival
If not the desert this weekend, how about the Harbor? While you eat your way through the local lobster, crab, prawns, albacore, clam chowder, fish tacos, and seafood gumbo your kids will be entertained with Maritime Museum exhibits, touch tanks, tall ship tours, free boat rides & dockside tours. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Santa Barbara. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose