Friday the 13th is pretty lucky; it must be because there are so many wonderful things to do this weekend, which kicks off on that superstition-fueled day. You can meet an ugly duckling, see PAW Patrol on stage, play at Reyes Adobe Days, celebrate Diwali, shiver your timbers with Vampirates, toot over to the Travel Town Depot Days and celebrate Frankenstein’s birthday…read on to get the scoop on all these (and even more) amazing weekend activities!

photo: Meghan Rose

Griffith Park

Depot Days at Travel Town
It’s time for Travel Town’s annual grand celebration and open house. If you have a little Thomas fan, Dinosaur Train enthusiast, or just plain lover of all things that go choo choo, you can’t miss this day of special exhibits and activities for the whole family. Sun. Event details.


Make a Scararium
Visit Purple Twig and use spiders, skeletons, twigs, moss and creepy insects to put together an eerie world in a jar. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Kids adore the petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers, carnival games, crafts, costume parade, face painting and pumpkin patch. Parents love the chance to get Halloween shopping done all at once with the costume sale, book event and pumpkin purchasing. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

A Festival of Light and Family
Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates light. View paintings at the Norton Simon that represents the holiday and make art together that creates light and luck. Sat. Event details.

Pasadena ArtWalk
This is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair where artists show off their work in everything from painting to drawing to sculpture. There are activities and performances for kids at several spots along the way. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

PAW Patrol Live!
PAW Patrol is on their first-ever live tour. Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found, but it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market
It’s a country fair in the city with activities all day for kids, including racing pigs, a petting zoo, kid-sized pedal-powered tractor pulls, old-time artisans, pie-eating contests and lots of live music. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Frankenstein Turns 200
Celebrate the big guy’s b-day with Frankenstein-inspired music, a screening of the 1931 film, science maker stations, screen printing (bring your t-shirts!), a Frankenstein 200 art installation room and more. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

The Ugly Duckling
Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre does some of the best children’s productions in town, presenting a musical and audience participation version of the classic story that’s a great introduction for the youngest theatre goers. Sat. Event details.

Reyes Adobe Days
All weekend kids can experience adobe life through traditional hands-on activities such as tortilla pressing, soap making, old fashioned laundry wringing and so much more. They can also observe a blacksmith making horseshoes, ride the train around the park, meet the animals, tour the adobe, watch the parade, get some great grub and take in a concert. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Scarium of the Pacific
Discover the creepy creatures of the aquarium at this spooktacular (and educational) event with a costume contest for kids, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling & kooky crafts plus the chance to meet all the eerie animals of the deep. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Vampirates Halloween Dinner Show
The captain and his crew of Vampirates take to the high seas for a thrilling Halloween show at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Santa Barbara Harbor Festival
It’s lobster season so it’s time to enjoy Santa Barbara’s freshest seafood on the beautiful pier. After you eat your fill of lobster rolls, kids can take part in activities like interactive exhibits, touch tanks, tall ship tours and free boat rides. Sat. Event details.

Looking for lucky ways to celebrate this Friday the 13th? We’ve got you covered; see our triskaidekaphobic happenings, here.

—Meghan Rose