In October there are tons of Fall Festivals and Halloween Haunts, but this last sunny weekend of September we’re not quite ready for that! Instead we offer up a sprinkling of crazy activities that really run the gamut…With a feast, a circus, wolves, girl power and a book fair and more, you won’t know where to begin. Saturday is Museum Day, which lets you check out one of many local museums for free – pick your pleasure! Feeling philanthropic? Don’t miss your chance this weekend to support a fantastic cause by attending a foodie fundraiser in support of wiping out childhood cancer. And finally, Phineas and Ferb are in town and ready to rock you out with the best live tour ever. (Their words, not ours, but kiddos we know who have already seen the show agree.)

Los Angeles

The Feast of San Gennaro (pictured)
Want to play bocce ball and bingo with some of Hollywood’s Italian-American celebrities while chowing down on some pizza and cannolli? Fri. – Sun., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Hollywood. Free- $5. All ages. Event details.

Museum Day
Museum Day is a day when participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free! Sat., Various hours. Everywhere. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Frog Princess
Budding thespians, step right up: a child from the audience will be chosen to play the frog in this performance of a musical play based on the Russian fairy tale. Sat., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Wake Up With the Waves
This morning wake up to some serious Girl Power. Gidget shares stories and Ariel leads a treasure hunt at this performance on the pier. Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 1-8. Event details.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
This foodie fundraiser to support the research needed to eradicate childhood cancer brings top chefs and mixologists from across the country for tastings of their delicious dishes on the lawn of the historic Culver Studios Mansion. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Culver City. $175. All ages. Event details.


Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!
Phineas, Ferb, and the whole tri-state area gang escape from the television screen to a live action adventure – right here in our backyard! Sat.-Sun., 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Pasadena. $20-$65. Ages 3-10. Event details.

West Hollywood

Book Fair!
There are bookish events for kiddos from toddlers to teens with plenty of prominent authors throughout the day as well as a Children’s Theater with performances to entertain them (while you sneak off for a coffee and to hear Rachel Dratch). Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Playing With Wolves
Learn all about the history and importance of wolves, then get a chance to interact, pet, and take pictures with the wolves. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Lake Hughes. $12. All ages. Event details.

The Zoppè Family Circus
The Zoppè Family Circus really is a family that puts on this circus full of acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. And you thought your family was a circus! Fri.- Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $25-$30. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose

photo courtesy of Jeremiah Moss