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July 12-Aug. 11; 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 $10

Aug. 1-15, 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


July 31-Aug. 11

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: $12, Children (ages 6-12): $9, Children (5 and under): Free

Aug. 1-22, 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.

6 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

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

Aug. 1-Aug. 15; Tues.- Thurs. only

Free Family Movies at Muvico Theaters at The Oaks Mall

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

10 am

166 West Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


Aug. 2-31, Friday and Saturday nights only

Movies on the Beach

Bring chairs and blankets


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr.,

Newport Beach


Aug. 3-24, 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. 3-24, 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. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18

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. 4, 11, 18, 24, 25

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.,


Ticket prices vary. Call (310) 455-3723 for reservations.

Aug. 4 and 18

Summer Sounds Concert Series

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

4 pm

Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood


Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25

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, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge


Aug. 4

Concerts in the Park

Rumours, a Fleetwood mac tribute band, performs for families in the park.

6-10:30 pm

Chumash Park

5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills


Aug. 6

Free Family Night

Live music performed by children and a display of artwork are the highlights of this month’s free night. All exhibits will be open.

4-8 pm

Kidspace Children’s Musuem

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Aug. 10-18

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. 11 from 4-9 pm.


Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Free admission; some events have fees.

Aug. 10

Natsumatsuri Family Festival

Games, arts and crafts and traditional Japanese folk dancing highlight this annual event.

11 am-5 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


Aug. 11

Family Music Festival

Bring a picnic and blanket or beach chairs and enjoy the live music from  Razzle Bam Boom, The Hollow Trees, The SqueeGees, Heidi Swedberg and more.

10 am-5 pm

South Coast Botanical Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula


Aug. 11 and 25

Summer Family Fun

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

12-3 pm

Farmers Market

3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles


Aug. 16

Hyperbole: Bard

Live theater designed for the whole family. This is an original performance created by Rogue Artists Ensemble that showcases William Shakespeare’s most famous scenes through clowning, masked movement, puppets, and original music.

2 pm

Kings Road Park

1000 N Kings Rd., West Hollywood


Aug. 17

Chalk Art Festival and Dolphin Dash

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. 17-18

Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival

Watermelon eating contests, watermelon carving demos, seed spitting contests and more.

12-10 pm

Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena

Adults: $10, Children: $5

Aug. 17

Robotics by the Sea

Demonstrations by local high school robotics clubs. Get a chance to operate underwater robots through an obstacle course.

11 am-3 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


Aug. 18

Silk Road

Enjoy a dance show incorporating a fusion of Korean, Japanese and Chinese dance & culture. There will be activities before the show provided by Zimmer Children’s Museum.

2:30 pm: Children’s activities

4 pm: Performance

2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles


Aug. 24


Live entertainment, children’s activities, live theater and a screening of the movie Back to the Future.

4-10 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


Aug. 24

Salt Marsh Open House

Explore the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals.

12 pm and 2 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


Aug. 25

Andell Family Sunday

The theme this month is memory and storytelling from Africa. Be inspired by the museum’s special exhibition Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa. After, create your own memory boards and royal objects in artist-led workshops.

12:30-3:30 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free admission with Nex Gen membership

Aug. 31

Movies at Grand Park

Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and chairs to enjoy a nighttime presentation of The NeverEnding Story. There will be food trucks, live performances and special guests. The movie starts at 8:30 pm.

5:30-10 pm

200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


Aug. 31

Labor Day Tribute to the American Worker

Take a tour of this famous battleship and enjoy free game booths, live entertainment, the Go Country street team and more.

9:30 am-5 pm

Battleship Iowa

250 S. Harbor Blvd.,

San Pedro

$10 advance purchase, $18 at the door

August 2013 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles