This weekend is off the hook with an almost unbearable amount of amazing activities. Take in a magical tea, get gritty at a chalk fest, sail tall ships and meet pirates, go green for the earth, Greek with food or geek with comics and celebrate Rosh Hashana, too!
With something for earth activists big (eco-car test drives, beer garden, eco-wine tasting and more) and small (dance and drum circle, tool time for kids, kidding in the kitchen and robotics) and plenty of music, this festival is for everyone who loves Mother Earth. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
LA Greek Festival
Flaming cheese! Crazy dancing! Plate throwing! Plus music, prizes, shows, an arcade for kids, a marketplace and strolling acts, but let’s face it—it’s all about the food. Opa! Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Downtown. Food prices vary. All ages. Event details.
Mid-City & Hollywood
The Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Finale
While it’s sad to say goodbye to the Bowl for the winter, it’s easier when you’re rocking out with “Rock Lobster,” feeling all the feels with “Pretty in Pink” and watching the kids ooh and ahh over the fireworks. Fri.-Sun., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $13 & up. All ages. Event details.
Basket Weaving with Palm Trees
Have you ever wondered where all the palm trees in LA came from? This workshop teaches a history of the palm in the city and how to weave your own palm-leaf-basket. Sun., 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5. All ages. Event details.
Rosh Hashana Festival
Happy New Year! Spend the afternoon in reflection and celebration with activities for the whole family including paper shofars, apple stamping and honey hive prints for a sweet New Year. Sun., 12:30-4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 1-10. Event details.
Meet Sheriff Callie
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West comes to the Autry and kids can watch new episodes, dance, sing, hear stories, make sheriff badges and watch trick ropers. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$11. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
A Magical Tea Time
Young wizards in training will be thrilled by seeing close-up magic while dining on a special tea menu of tiny sandwiches and whimsical desserts. Sun., 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Pasadena. $36-$48. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Film Fest Goes Back to the Future
Burbank Film Festival is hosting a 30th anniversary screening of the McFly movie as part of Family Day. Check the line up to see what other family friendly flicks you can catch. Sat., 4 p.m. Burbank. $10. The film is rated PG. Event details.
LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade
This foodie fundraiser supporting research to eradicate childhood cancer brings top chefs and mixologists from across the country to serve tastings of their delicious dishes. Because kids are free, it’s a great way to expand their palates while doing good. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Westwood. $195/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.
Campfire Program with a Ranger
Meet at the campground amphitheater to learn different tales of the mountains, then roast some mallows and stargaze together. Sat., 7 p.m. Malibu. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Chalk Art Festival on the Pier
Calling all petite Picassos: help transform the pier into an amazing concrete canvas over the water. There will be art, music and fun for the entire family. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
ComicCon Long Beach
If you love comic books, you’ll love the Long Beach Comic Con—a smaller and more manageable affair than the giant San Diego behemoth and just right for the young fan to dip their toes in. This year kids will love meeting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. Long Beach. $20 & up for adults, kids 10 & under free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Tall Ships Festival (& Pirate Encampment!)
Leave yer’ landlubber ways behind with cannon demonstrations, a privateer encampment and sailing on the tall ships. Young plank walkers can attend Captain Jack’s School for Scallywags, learn to swordfight (with balloon swords) and more. Fri-Sun., Various times. Dana Point. Various prices. All ages. Event details.
Which of these festivals rings your bell? We’d love to hear about your weekend plans in the comment section!
Photo credits: Shofar girl by Ethan Abelman via flickr and Magic Tea by The Langham Hotel