This is (officially!) the first weekend of fall; so it’s not too early to order up that pumpkin spice latte and hit a few of these typical autumn activities. Just remember, we’re in LA, so sometimes fall means hitting the beach to watch dogs surf or for a lobster festival. But it’s also time for architecture tours, family art parties, and annual occurrences like Museums Live Day, the Feast of San Gennaro and the Abbot Kinney Festival.

nhm dinophoto: Natural History Museum


Museums Day Live!
Museum Day Live! is an annual day where museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free. Check out one of the (literally) hundreds of amazing museums the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Sat. Event details.


Dino Festival
The Natural History Museum has a brand new festival celebrating all things dino! Meet world- renowned paleontologists, visit the dig pits, and see giant dino bones. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Tour of Gymnastics Champions
Missing the Olympics already?  Come see Gabrielle Douglas and Nastia Liukin, along with members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams. Sat. Event details.

South LA

Watts Day of the Drum and Jazz Fest
Music lovers, drummers and families are all welcome to the Watts Towers Day of the Drum (Saturday) and Jazz Festival (Sunday). There are guided tours of the towers along with live music, drum circles, dancing, arts & crafts and yummy foods. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Ciao, Chow! The Feast of San Gennaro
Hollywood goes Italian with games, foods (pizza, cannoli, gelato, oh my!), a kids’ corner, plus plenty of carnival rides, storytelling, street performers, strolling musicians and a San Gennaro procession down Hollywood Boulevard.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Tour the Gamble House (for a Buck!)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gamble House being a museum by going back to 1966 with tours for only $1. There will be food trucks, soap carving, kids’ woodworking workshops, live music and much more. Sun. Event details.


Happy 100, Culver City!
Culver City is turning 100, and they’re kicking off the festivities with a neighborhood-wide, interactive celebration packed with everything from a cappella singers to samba dancers, indie rock musicians to poets and comedians to gymnasts. Plus loads of activities for kids and families including face painting, chalk art and even a Taste of Culver City. Sat. Event details.

Abbot Kinney Festival
The annual Abbot Kinney Boulevard Festival features great live music, a unique array of local artisan crafts (and craft beers) and yummy foods. A family parade kicks off the festivities and then kids can dance and sing, create art, play games and catch acts on the 2 kids stages Sun. Event details.

Hammer Family Art Day
Discover how art can spark conversations about important social and political issues and inspire kids in a day filled with performance based art and artist led workshops. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
In addition to the lobster there’s stand up paddle board or mechanical bull riding lessons plus a whole kiddie area with giant bouncy houses and slides, plenty of carnival games, face painting, balloon animals and live music. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Crayfish Catching
Spend the morning in nature and help give native fish and tadpoles a chance by helping rangers remove invasive crayfish from Malibu Creek. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Stagecoach Inn Museum’s Voices of Old Conejo
Journey through time as you tour the Stagecoach Inn Museum’s grounds and discover what life was like in the Conejo Valley back in the day. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

See Surfing Dogs
The Surf Dog Competition is a blast for both two- and four-legged dudes and dudettes. Enter your talented pup in the competition or just come take in all the fun under the sun. Sun. Event details.

This weekend filled with museum outings for the whole family has us wondering: what’s your favorite museum in LA for kids? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose