Are you ready for some eating? There are festivals galore this weekend, and many of them involve large quantities of fabulous food, like lobster, Italian delicacies and German delights (including beer!). Museums are Live (and free), the hills are alive and the Beatles thrive. There are also spooky spiders, tot Olympics, an evening of sheer lunar-cy and something that will make you batty.

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Museums Live!
This is the day when museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket…for free. It’s a great opportunity to check out one of the (literally) hundreds of amazing museums the greater Los Angeles area has to offer. Find out which museums are participating and how to get tickets, here.


The Sound of Music
Catch a new production of the world’s most beloved musical on the 50th anniversary of the film. Maria and the von Trapp Family enchant audiences with a few “favorite things” like  “Do-Re- Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “The Sound of Music.”  There’s a special themed kid’s menu at Kendall’s Brasserie downstairs. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Downtown. $25 & up. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Spider Pavilion
In plenty of time for Halloween, the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum is back. The museum’s staff will answer all questions and make you a little more comfortable with and in awe of these 8 legged spinners. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition Park. $3-$5. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Lunar Eclipse Star Party
Head to the Observatory to view the total lunar eclipse, featuring live piano music. “Au Clair de la Lune,” anyone? How about a little “Moonlight Sonata?” Sun., 2-10:30 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Feast of San Gennaro
Chow down on some traditional foods straight from Italy. After kids have polished off the pizza and cannoli, they can take part in carnival rides, games and storytelling then catch street performers, strolling musicians and Saturday’s parade. Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Hollywood. $5 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

South LA

Beatles Festival
Head to Strawberry Fields to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Help,” and “Rubber Soul.” The day will be packed with Beatles cover bands, karaoke, memorabilia, kids activities, history and food gardens. Sat., 1 p.m. Whittier. $25. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Batman Day Celebration
Head to the bookstore for a celebration of the world’s most popular super hero in an afternoon of giveaways, a free comic, Batman themed snacks, activities and special guests. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.


Abbot Kinney Boulevard Festival
Kids kick off the festivities with a parade to Kidland where they can dance and sing, create art, play games, plant gardens, have treasure hunts and more. Meanwhile, parents love the live music, local artisan crafts (and craft beers) and foods (and beers, did we mention beers?). Sun., 9:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Venice. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tiny Tot Olympics
Bring the Olympic spirit to life as toddlers and preschoolers participate in a variety of events, including t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, sprints and bounce house. Everyone’s a winner and gets a participation medal. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Malibu. Free admission. Ages 2-6. Event details.

South Bay

A Pair of Lobster Festivals
Lobstah is having a moment! It’s at trucks and restaurants popping up all over town, and this weekend both Redondo Beach and San Pedro are hosting their famous crustacean parties, so pick your spot and get ready for some wicked good eats. (As East Coasters would say…) Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Redondo Beach and San Pedro. Prices vary. All ages.

ESMoA Family Day: Drawing From Dance
Explore the latest museum exhibit that merges paintings with improvised dance performances. There will be plenty of art making materials for all ages. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. El Segundo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Kinderfest at Oktoberfest
It’s the Oktoberfest time of year, and Huntington Beach carves out some time for slightly less-boisterous family fun on Sundays. Kids can enjoy a bounce house, dancing, yummy foods, costumed characters, carnival games, chicken dances and the famous dachshund races. Sun., 2-7:30 p.m. Huntington Beach. $2-$5, kids under 5 are free. All ages. Event details.

What’s your fest of choice? Cannolis or claws? Batman, beer or Beatles? Let us know in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Batman boy by Kelly Teague via flickr and ESMoA.