The weather is cooling off, a hint of fall is in the air, and fests and fairs abound this weekend involving pumpkins, sporty fun, books and storytelling, German revelry, and a home town celebration in Manhattan Beach. We’ve also got stunt pets starring in the always amazing Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and good old-fashioned fun at the 19th Annual Pioneer Day in Chatsworth. Check out our other recommendations for great family fun in Los Angeles this weekend!

Los Angeles

Arts Festival: Sports Extravaganza!
Westside Children’s Center hosts its annual fund-raising Arts Festival. This year it adopts the theme Sports Extravaganza. Visitors can expect food trucks, art activities, the LA Galaxy Street Team, music, bounce houses, and all kinds of sports-themed activities. Sun., 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Adults $65, Children (3-12) $35, under 3 Free. All ages. Event details.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Performing pets, a juggling host, stunts and skits – it’s all part of the World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, during which cats and dogs – all rescued stray animals – wow the crowds with their awesome showmanship.  Fri., 7:30 pm and Sat., 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm; $25-$35. 3 & up. Event details.

Snow White at Theatre West
On October 1st, Theatre West begins its autumn production of the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The theater’s non-threatening, interactive musicals take place each Saturday through December. Sat, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. $10-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.

West Side

West Hollywood Book Fair
Something wordy for all ages – that’s the promise of the West Hollywood Book Fair, which offers 13 stages, 150 exhibitors, special author guests, and live entertainment. Children should head directly to the Kids’ Stage for activities, author visits, and storytelling.  Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

At Toddlerbaloo, little ones can enjoy the MagicalBaloo Forest, Beeplanet Discovery Space, the BubblyBaloo Stage, an animal show, a bounce house, family yoga, and eco-friendly vendors specializing in toddler gear. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Adults $5, Children $15. Ages 1-5. Event details.

Beach Cities

Manhattan Beach Home Town Fair
Grown ups can take in arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment, and kids will want to head to Kid Country, which offers pony rides, a petting zoo, exotic animal shows, a giant 50-ft slide, and circus performances throughout the weekend. Sat-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Montrose Oktoberfest
Montrose kicks off autumn with its annual Oktoberfest event, featuring authentic German food, midway games, carnival rides, live entertainment, and fun contests like Best-Dressed Dog and the search for youngsters to crown Master and Little Miss Oktoberfest. Sat., 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


West Hills Fall Fest
The 25th Anniversary West Hills Fall Fest features live entertainment, vendors, food, bounce houses, kids’ activities, arts and crafts opportunities, and the Best Restaurant Chili Contest. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

19th Annual Pioneer Day
The 19th Annual Pioneer Day lets visitors get an idea of what life was like more than 100 years ago in the rugged San Fernando Valley. Family-friendly activities include old-fashioned games, costumed docents, storytelling, a quilt exhibit, children’s activities, and demonstrations in panning for gold, blacksmithing, wood-carving, spinning, and weaving. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Adults $4, Children $1. All. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Underwood Farms Fall Festival
Underwood Farms once again knocks itself out with a fabulous outing for families, featuring an impressive pumpkin patch, corn mazes, sunflowers, farm displays, hay bales to climb, and special themed events each weekend.  Oct 1-31, 9 am – 6 pm; $3-$12. All ages. Event details.                                                                                                                           

— Sarah Hilbert