This weekend is packed with pirates & foodies, bookworms & birdwalks, horseshows & the Hollywood Bowl fireworks finale. You also can get creative with art and dance workshops for the whole family, see a movie outside before the weather gets too cool and get ready for fall with the kickoff of Kinderfest (the kid friendly, but still beer-full version of Oktoberfest!).

tall ships creative commonsphoto: Konrad Summers via flickr

Mid-City & Hollywood

Make Bubble Art
This drop-in workshop, where kids experiment with dyed bubbles to create unique and fun patterns, is bursting with fun. Sun. Event details.

Hollywood Bowl’s Fireworks Finale
End summer with a bang, literally, when ELO plays their first US concert in 30 years to fireworks in the historic Bowl. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Put on Your Dancing Shoes
Debbie Allen curates a series of free, outdoor dance classes for the whole family, starting this Sunday. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Autry Explorers Family Day
Explore the sounds of Southern California from birds chirping, trucks honking and music in the air. Learn popular songs of the West and makw your own rhythm instruments at the Autry. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Bookworms & a Birdwalk
First up is an early morning family birdwalk, then stay at the Arboretum for a Bookworms program for young story & nature lovers. Sat. Event details.

Family Art Night at the Norton Simon
Make art, get literate and save the earth when your family gathers to study the art of bookcovers and designs reusable book tote bags. Fri. Event details.


LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade
Foodie fun that’s free for kids and lets the whole family sample tons of food and drinks from the top chefs and mixologists in the city, all while raising money to fight childhood cancer. Sat. Event details.

Sunset Cinema: Zootopia
Helms Bakery is hosting outdoor September screenings of some favorite kiddo films, like this week’s pick: Zootopia. They provide plenty of chairs, so just bring sweatshirts and snacks for a little free fun under the stars. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Portuguese Bend National Horse Show
Little equestrians love to watch as the West Coast’s finest riders are challenged on difficult and exciting courses. There’s also a carnival for kids, puppet shows, pony rides, face painting and moon bounces to round out the fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sunday is family fun day at Alpine Village’s Oktoberfest filled with yummy food (especially homemade sausage, tortes and soft pretzels), kooky costumes, oom-pah-pah bands flown in direct from Deutschland and crazy chicken dancing. And yes, there is beer. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Nature Safety & Awareness for Kids
Join a naturalist to learn some of the skills and ways of people who lived here long ago, alongside talks about trail safety and “leave no trace ethics.” Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Festival of Tall Ships
Leave yer’ landlubber ways behind as you see tall ships and maybe even take a sail.  Cannon demonstrations, an authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting, knot tying and weapon demonstrations entrance all ages and kiddos can attend Captain Jack’s School for Scallywags, learn to sword fight (with balloon swords), face paint like a pirate and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Horses or pirates, chicken dancing or nature walks: what tempts your family this weekend?

—Meghan Rose