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Event Date

Event Description




July 15-Aug. 14; Wed.-Sun. only

Orange County Fair:

Animals, live music, carnival rides, lots of food.

Wed.-Fri.: 12 pm-12 am; Sat.-Sun. 10 am-12 am

Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $11, Children (ages 6-12): $6, Children (under 6): free; Parking $7

Aug. 1, 8 and 15

Free Concerts at Paraiso Ampitheatre

2-4 pm

Paraiso Town Center 350 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park


Aug. 1-25, Mondays and Thursdays only

Summer Film Festival: Free Family Movies

Come see family films with your little ones for free, all summer long. The theatre will also hand out vouchers for free kids meals at restaurants that participate in the shopping center.

10 am

Mann Westlake 8 Theatres, Westlake Promenade, 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village


Aug. 2

Free Family Night

Join Kidspace in its annual Plein-air exhibition located in the Kidspace Tent. See these little amateur artists show off their pieces in this art exhibition! Admission is free from 4 pm-8 pm.

4-8 pm

Kidspace Children’s Musuem

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Aug. 2-25; Tues. And Thurs. only

Free Family Movies at Mann Janss Marketplace

A different movie is shown each week so check the website for titles.

10 am

Mann Janss Marketplace

Moorpark Rd. And Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


Aug. 2-17, Tuesday and Wednesdays only

Free Family Film Festival: see the website for specific shows on specific days

10 am

Various Regal Cinemas locations including:

4767 Commons Way, Calabasas


Aug. 2-25, Tues. and Thurs. only

Summer Concert Series This series will feature top local talent performing on the new earthen stage on Descanso’s Main Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and settle back to savor music from some of the finest jazz artists.

5:30-7 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Regular admission prices. Adults: $8, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children under 5: Free

Aug. 3-14

Ventura County Fair

Concerts, nightly fireworks, parade, rides, livestock and agricultural exhibits.

Sat.-Sun.: 10 am-11 pm; Mon.-Fri.: 11 am-11 pm

Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura

Adults: $11, Children (ages 6-12): $8, Children (5 and under): Free

Aug. 5-27, Friday and Saturday nights only

Movies on the Beach

Bring chairs and blankets


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr.,

Newport Beach


Aug. 6-27, Saturday nights only

Movies in the Park

Pre-show activities start at 7 pm, Movie starts at sunset

Warner Park, Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Califa,

Woodland Hills

Free; parking in the lot is $8

Aug. 6-27, Saturdays only


Take part in eight Saturday morning hour-long music, dance, and theatre performances for children ages 4 to 10 and families.

Crafts: 9 am; Show: 10 am

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., East Los Angeles

Adults: $5, Children: Free, Parking: $1

Aug. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21

Garden Concerts for Kids

These concerts feature some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation.

4-5:30 pm

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

Free, $15 for parking

Aug. 6, 7, 14, 21 and 28

Family Fundays

Concerts and performances for young children and their families to enjoy together!

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N.Topanga Canyon Blvd.,



Aug. 7

Concerts in the Park

Long Run, an Eagles tribute band, performs for families in the park.

6-10:30 pm

Chumash Park

5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills


Aug. 7 and 21

Summer Family Fun

Crafts, music, comedy shows, face painting and more.

12-3 pm

Farmers Market

3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles


Aug. 7 and 28

Bubble Rock Kids Concert

Bring a picnic and blanket or beach chairs and enjoy the music on the upper meadow. Pre-concert activities include bubbles, face painting, art and music activities.

4:30-6:30 pm

South Coast Botanical Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula


Aug. 7 and 21

Free Family Concerts

The performances are an eclectic mix of contemporary, jazz and world music.

3-4:30 pm

Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood


Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Summer Music in the Park

Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to enjoy this free family series of concerts!

6-8 pm

La Canada Memorial Park, Foothill Blvd. & La Cañada Blvd.,

La Canada Flintridge


Aug. 7

American Indian Culture Day: The Game of Shinny

Crafts, tour, storytelling and a shinny demonstration.

1-5 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $10, Students: $6, Children (3-12): $4

August 10-14

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Fully Charged”

Bring your family to see breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that will energize children of all ages!


Citizens Business Bank Arena

4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario


Save $4/ticket or get a family four-pack for $48: Use MOM on Ticketmaster and SAVE!

Aug. 13-21

Nisei Week

Highlights include: a Plaza Faire, a car show, sumo demos, film festival, competition day, taiko drumming, a street dance and a grand parade on Aug. 14 at 5:30 pm.


Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Free admission; some events have fees.

Aug. 13

Summer Courtyard Kids Festival Whimsical arts and crafts, workshops, origami, music, and magic.

11 am

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


Aug. 14

25th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts

Art workshops, music and dance performances, marionette puppets and costumed characters.

12 pm-4:30 pm

Paramount Pictures Studio, 5555 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood.


Aug. 14

Community Carnival

Come experience carnival games with a community twist!  We will be fishing for more than just rubber duckies, and there will be plenty of other activities for the whole family!

3-4 pm

Zimmer Children’s Museum

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with admission: Adults $8 and children ages 5 and older $5.

Aug. 19

Lil’ Rock Nation Free Demo Class

Bring your little one to experience a new, early childhood music class with a rock ‘n roll edge. Instruments, singing, dancing and more.

10 am

Rock Nation School

10946 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Free; please RSVP to reserve your spot: (818) 980-0018

Aug. 20

Twilight Night: Sports and Games

Play silly sports and games after hours at Kidspace! Balloon games, relay races, obstacle courses and BBQ.

5-8 pm

Kidspace Children’s Musuem

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Admission: $5 for non-members and $4 for members.

Aug. 20

Chalk Art Festival

Families can come and create fun drawings with prizes awarded at the end of the competition. The festival also includes a rock concert.

12-4 pm

Redondo Beach Pier

Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach


Aug. 20

Be-boppin’ in the Park

Vintage car show and 4-block street festival. Live music and food.

3-9 pm

Magnolia Park

2500-4500 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank


Aug. 27

Storytime with Derek the Ghost

Meet the author of Scary School, Derek The Ghost! Free family event featuring a book reading, book signing, singing, t-shirt giveaways and lots of scary fun.

2 pm

Barnes and Noble at the Grove

189 Grove Dr., Los Angeles


Aug. 27

Summer Movies in the Park: Raidars of the Lost Ark


Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


Aug. 27

The American Cowboy with Ken Frawley

Saddle up, buckaroos! Cowboy Ken brings the American Cowboy to life with stories, songs, puppets, and trick roping.

2 pm

Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles


Aug. 27

B Movies and Bad Science

Families will have fun watching One Million Years B.C.

7:30 pm

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Aug. 28

Antics Performance

Skirball’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater hosts a family show featuring an energetic hip-hop dance performance.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles

Free with paid admission

August 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles











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