Feasts, fairs and festivals are everywhere you look this weekend as we plunge headlong into fall.  The weather is cooling off (finally!) and we’re ready for pumpkins and harvest – so whether you want to visit the Pierce Farm Pumpkin Fest or the County Fair, you can earn your 4H stripes this weekend.  If you like your food already cooked, you can hit the Feast of San Gennaro or LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade.  Catch an ocean breeze at the Abbot Kinney Fest or flip some pages at the West Hollywood Book Fair… what fest grabs you?

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Everywhere

Museum Day Live
Museum Day Live! is when museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.  You can get your ticket here.  You can find a list of participating museums here. What are you waiting for?  Sat., Hours vary.  At locations across the city. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Watts Towers Day of the Drum
This festival is filled with live music and drumming performances, drum circles, dancing, art, international food, and crafts activities for kids. Bang a gong and get it on!  Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Watts. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Feast of San Gennaro
Want to chow down on some traditional foods straight from Italy (or Little Italy, in the case of the Gravy-Sauce competition)?  In addition to pizza and cannoli, there are carnival rides, games, storytelling, street performers and music for the littles. Fri. – Sun., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Hollywood. $5 Adults, Kids free.  All ages . Event details.

West Hollywood Book Fair
Something wordy for all ages – that’s the promise of this fair, which offers 13 stages, special author guests, live music, shows and story times for kids. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure
Grab your tiaras and doubloons for an adventure starring Sofia the First and Jake (and the Neverland Pirates, too). Mickey and Minnie also take their seats at this never-before-seen live show.  Fri. – Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $25-$70. Ages 2-7. Event details.

Westside

LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade
It’s a foodie fundraiser to support the research needed to get rid of childhood cancer, where top chefs and mixologists from across the country serve sumptuous tastings. Do good, eat great!  Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Culver City. $175 Adults, Kids free. All ages. Event details.

Abbot Kinney Festival
What has great live music, a unique array of local artisan crafts (and craft beers) and yummy foods, a family parade, music, art, and games and more?  The annual AK Festival, of course! Sun., 9:45 am – 6:00 pm. Venice. Free. All ages. Event details.

Valley

Pierce Farm Harvest Festival
It’s opening weekend, and if you want U-Pick pumpkins, a Spookley the Pumpkin stage show, a six-acre corn maze, farm animals, and loads of kids’ activities, you’ve got your spot. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Woodland Hills. $5. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

LA County Fair
It’s closing weekend at the fair… the one that’s big, bigger and biggest with races, big name concerts, rides, animals, activities and events. Be sure to check out our guide for getting the most out of the fair with your kids, without losing your mind. Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. Pomona. $8 – $19. All ages. Event details.

We’re wondering – which do you prefer, a fair, a festival or a feast?  There are so very many of each to pick from this time of year.  Let us know in the comments below.

-Meghan Rose

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