Here a festival, there a festival, everywhere a festival-festival! You can’t hardly take a step this weekend without hitting a festival, so pick your pleasure: an International Film Fest for kiddos, a music festival for hipsters big and small, an Angel festival for your heavenly little one, a festival to explore what the land was like before 1492 and the annual Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice! ARTNight Pasadena makes at stop just for kids at Kidspace with an exploration of that place where art and physics meet, or you can just explore how to whip up your own creamy cold goodness at the Huntington.  And horse lovers and lil’ cowpokes can step up and watch some fancy riding and roping at the Ride for the Cure.

Los Angeles

L.A. International Children’s Film Festival
The festival returns to the LACMA this year with over 100 films from around the world, grouped in age appropriate screenings from tots to teens; and don’t miss the animation workshop for kids. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eagle Rock Music Festival
Come see hipster family bands take the stage while you wander through the festive streets in search of food, drink and funky shopping. Sat., Various hours. Eagle Rock. $ 5 Adults, Kids free. All ages. Event details.


Sounds of LA: Pasatono Orquesta
Rejoice! Carmageddon II is over and we can head back to the gorgeous Getty, just in time for this fantastic band from Oaxaca which plays handcrafted indigenous instruments that fascinate kids. Sat. & Sun., Various times. West L.A. Free. All ages. Event details.

Abbot Kinney Blvd. Festival
A parade kicks off the festivities, then kiddos can head straight to the KidSquad to dance and sing along to music, create art, make (and eat) snacks, encounter some exotic wildlife and play games. Sun., 9:45 am – 6:00 pm. Venice. Free. All ages. Event details.

Life Before Columbus Festival
This festival highlights what life was like here before America was “discovered” with native activities, music and dance and more. (And across town on Saturday there is a similar festival that explores what life and land looked like before the Descanso Gardens were planted.) Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. West L.A. Free. All ages. Event details.


ArtNight Pasadena at Kidspace
On this leg of the ArtNight Pasadena experience, come and explore the art of physics by painting with magnetic marbles, Alka-Seltzer Rockets, and even watching a physics ballet.  Sat., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Pasadena. Free. Ages 1-10. Event details.

The Angel Festival
Before the devilish fun of Halloween, it’s time for the little angels to take center stage at the Angel Festival! Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sierra Madre. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ice Cream Making Workshop
I scream, you scream, we all want to make ice cream! Learn the old-fashioned way to make your own homemade ice cream when you take a turn at the churn. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. San Marino. $30/Parent and Child. Ages 7-12. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Ride for a Cure
Visit an old west saloon, test how quick you are on the draw, visit a tee-pee and of course, watch all the amazing riding: stunt shows, trick ropin’, barrel races and drill teams. For the littlest cowpokes there will be pony rides and an exotic petting zoo (baby camels and zebras and bison, oh my!). Sat., 10:30 am – 6:00 pm. Sunland. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose