This weekend has so much going on, we don’t know where to start—and you won’t either! You can head to Solvang for a fabulous Danish Festival, get ready for Rosh Hashanah, celebrate Mexican Independence Day, go to Mermaid School, see Kings on ice or a princess in the park, check out fabulous art for free, take tea or help keep our ocean clean. And that’s just a start; check out all our wonderful weekend picks below.

photo: Aaron Villa


Coastal Cleanup Day
Over 10,000 local volunteers help clean up local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Do you part! Your family can find out where you can help keep our beautiful city clean at locations all over the city. Sat. Event details.

PST/LA: LA Free Day
Enjoy complimentary admission at 50 museums across Southern California in celebration of Pacific Standard Time: LA’s launch weekend. Participating museums include kid friendly spots like the Skirball, the Autry and loads more; check the listing to see what museums you can visit for free! Sun. Event details.


Mexican Independence Day Celebration
Every year this holiday is celebrated at El Pueblo Historical Monument with live music, dancing, entertainment, rides, food and much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Pre-Seasons King Action
It’s hot to sit out at a baseball game, so go inside and sit close to the ice! Sat. Event details.


Rosh Hashanah Festival
Enjoy a day of reflection and celebration to welcome a new year with activities for the whole family, including paper shofars, apple stamping and honey hive prints. Sun. Event details.

Palm Trees and Dreams at LACMA Family Art
Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz painted Los Angeles through color and movement. See his art and then create your own, incorporating iconic LA imagery like palm trees and freeways. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Magical Tea
Performers from the famed Magic Castle will entertain young tea swillers, performing close-up magic while kids dine on a specialty tea menu of magically-decorated sandwiches and whimsical desserts. Sun. Event details.

The Princess Bride in the Park
Join Street Food Cinema for a family movie night with a screening for the 30th anniversary of everyone’s favorite summer outdoor movie: The Princess Bride. There will be kid friendly food trucks and a band. Sat. Event details.


Watch a Polo Match
Lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch or lunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you.  Learn a little bit about polo, watch a match and then hike the park or tour Will Rogers old house. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

See What Matters at the Space Museum
At Junior Explorers Academy, kids can explore matter in all 5 forms (yes, there are 5, and if you didn’t know that, you need to go!). Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Moompetam Festival
In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a weekend filled with traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music and dance celebrating the indigenous California Indian maritime cultures. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Simi Valley

Swim With a Mermaid
Kids can to learn to be a mermaid (or merman) at this one-day class taught by mermaids. Sun. Event details.

Inland Empire

Solvang’s Danish Days
Danish Days celebrates Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities (LEGOS!).  This is an awesome weekend getaway from LA anytime, and the festival gives you a perfect reason to come and eat æbleskivers and tilt at windmills all weekend! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Speaking of Mexican Independence Day, LA has some of the best Mexican food in America. We’d love to hear your favorite hidden spots in the comments section!

—Meghan Rose