We have lots of great family events for you this weekend! Your kids can get literary at the annual TwainFest in Balboa Park. Families can enjoy a weekend of bluegrass music at the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival in Vista. Enjoy fairytales in Balboa Park with classic performances of your price and princess’ favorite tales. Head into Orange County for a Lego adventure, Buskerfest and a chance for your tyke to be a Little Explorer. There’s something for everyone this weekend. Have fun!


San Diego

Celebrate the works of Mark Twain and other 19th century writers as their written works are read aloud by local actors. Enjoy puppet performances by Punch and Judy, and participate in a Spelling Bee. Kids can also play literary games and much more. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Old Town San Diego Historic Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Twilight Walk and Owl Prowl
Get ready for a nighttime adventure that’s sure to be a fun fright. Spot owls with a birding guide and experience the Mission Trails Regional Park at dusk. Advanced registration required. Sat., 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Mission Trails Regional Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Fairy Tales in the Park
Bring the family to Balboa Park for the 5th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park, a whimsical, interactive dance event which engages both young audiences and families, and introduces them to the art of ballet through familiar stories. This year features excerpts from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Puss n’ Boots,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella.” Sat., Performances at 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, Casa del Prado, $10. All ages. Event details.

North County

Summergrass Bluegrass Festival
Enjoy live bluegrass bands, music workshops, impromptu jam sessions, special kids activities, fun food, and lots more. There’s even camping available for families that want to stay through the weekend! Fri. – Sun., Times vary by day, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

“Hotel Transylvania” Outdoor Movie Night
Check in at the Hotel Transylvania and have a fun outdoor movie night. Sat., 7:00 pm, Poway Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Lego Castle Adventure
Hear ye! Hear ye! Come to Discovery Science Center and help design a new castle for the king and queen using one of the greatest building materials of all time – LEGO® bricks. Their majesties have issued a royal proclamation requesting the presence of all aspiring master builders, designers and architects in LEGO® Castle Adventure.  Kids can build, build, build, play and defend the castle! Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Discovery Science Center, $12.95 – $15.95. Ages 3+. Event details.

Little Naturalists
Reservations required! Little Naturalist programs are outdoor experiential education classes designed for 3 – 5 year olds and their adult guardians. Activities are designed to encourage exploration and discovery and to enrich a child’s emerging physical and cognitive skills. We’ll explore the Nature Center trails, stop in the shade for story time, make a craft, and visit the butterfly house! Fri., 10:00 – 11:30 am, Environmental Nature Center, $6 ($5 members). Ages 3 – 5. Event details.

Buskerfest Summer and Music Series is upon us! This year marks the fifth Buskerfest and will feature local bands that will perform on four stages set up on flat bed trucks. Buskerfest is also a salute to the act of busking,  playing music in public spaces for tips. There is lots of family fun at the fest. Sat., 5:00 – 11:00 pm, Downtown Long Beach, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Do you have a lots of plans or are you laying low?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of the Summergrass San Diego Facebook page.