This weekend you can celebrate Mexican Independence Day, Rock and Lobsters (not to be confused with the B-52’s song) see some Sumos, travel through time (to the Twenties) or get up close and personal with the alpacas. If that all sounds a little crazy, well, it is – but it’s also just a typical weekend in the big city, and all that varied entertainment is only one of the reasons we love living in the City of Angels. What out-of-the-ordinary plans are you considering this weekend?

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Downtown

Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Think Mexico’s Independence Day is Cinco de Mayo? Nope, it’s September 16th, and every year this holiday is celebrated at El Pueblo with live music, dancing, entertainment, carnival rides, food and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lucky Diaz in Concert
Come dance, sing and have fun with this hip, family-friendly act as they take over the GRAMMY Museum to celebrate the release of their new album, Lishy Lou and Lucky Too! Sat., 11:00 am. Downtown. $10.95-$12.95. Ages 2-8. Event details.

US Sumo Open
We couldn’t imagine taking kids to Sumo wrestling until we saw an exhibition match, and it’s like a Wiggles Concert the way kids rush the stage and get into yelling for their favorites. The day also includes Taiko drummers as well as plenty of delicious food (and Sapporo Beer and Hakutsuru Sake for Mommy and Daddy). Sun., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Little Tokyo. $25-$45. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Ticket to the Twenties
Visit a time when jazz, flappers, suffrage and speakeasys were all the rage. Dance demonstrations, silent film screenings, ukulele sing-alongs, crafts, music, games, vintage automobiles, historic house tours, fashion shows and tasty food all bring the past to life. Sat. & Sun., 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. City of Industry. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Family Festival: Celebrating Korea
Celebrate the art and culture of Korea with crafts, performances, and more. Kids especially seeing other young ‘uns perform in dance team and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Cinderella
This magical musical journey is familiar, just an hour long, provides plenty of audience interaction and is just a great introduction to theater for the littlest seat squirmers. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Beach Cities

Lobster Fest
Lobstah, lobstah and more lobstah! This Lobster Fest serves only lobsters flown directly in from Maine and also brings plenty of dancing, street performers, a pirate camp, tall ships and musical performances to round out the weekend. Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. San Pedro. $10 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Local Craft Beer Festival
Sometimes at the end of summer, you just want to relax with a cool brew. Well, now you have a place to do it and it’s courtesy of the boys from KISS. This event is both a beer fest and a Rock & Roll circus extravaganza with plenty of fun for the whole family. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. El Segundo. $10-$50. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Meet the Alpacas
Windy Hill Alpaca Ranch is having an “Open Ranch” day where kids can take a tour and learn about the alpaca ranch (and meet plenty of these gorgeous creatures). Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Somis. Free. All ages. Event details.


Alpacas, beer and Cinderella: it’s the ABC’s of our weekend! Where will you be taking the family? Let us know in the comments, below.

-Meghan Rose

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