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March 2017 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description




March 4th

Free Family Arts Fest

This event features a performance by the Versa Style Dance Company at 12 pm., art projects, dance lessons, museum tous and backstage tours. There will also be a performance by the Masanga Marimba.

11 am-3 pm

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


March 4th

Lantern Festival

Live music, acrobatics, lion dances, educational workshops, magicians, kite making, an abacus craft project, calligraphy, face painting, lantern making and more. Held rain or shine.

12-7 pm

Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles


March 4th-5th, 11th-12th

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Whale watching,  a carnival, a parade, live music and dancing shows, fishing and sailing lessons, crafts, a treasure beach hunt, a fun run and more.

10 am-9 pm



Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern,

Dana Point

Free admission, fee for some activities

March 4th-5th

Spring Art

& Crafts Festival

See a variety of original art and handmade treasures.

The event includes hands-on children's activities, refreshments, and more.

10 am-4 pm

Borchard Community Center

190 Reino Road, Newbury Park


March 5th

Journey of Discovery Get to know more about Chumash and Tongva Native American culture,

wildlife, and wildflowers with a docent naturalist.  

10 am

Topanga State Park

20828 Entrada Rd., Topanga


March 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th-26th

Enchanted Sleeping Beauty

The whole family will enjoy seeing Prince Alexander come to Briar-Rose's rescue by fighting a Wall of Thorns, a False Princess and, scariest of all, the exalted Dark Knight! This theater company has been entertaining and educating children since 1929.

2 pm

Nine O'Clock Players Theatre

1367 N. St. Andrews Pl., Los Angeles

$ 16

March 4th-5th and 11th-12th

Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate Japanese culture and admire the flowering blooms throughout the garden. A hands-on origami workshop, Japanese food, discovery stations and two live music concerts.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

Included with admission. Adults: $9, Students/Seniors: $6, Children: $4.

March 11th

Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair

Exhibits and displays from organizations that teach and promote environmental education. Hands-on activities, science scavenger hunts, live entertainment, live animals, hikes and more.

9 am-3 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

310 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Free with paid admission

Adults: $9, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4, Children 5 and younger: Free

March 11th

Downtown Bookfest

See, hear and read from a huge collection of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers. There will be a family pavilion of performances and activities and author readings in many languages.

12-5 pm

Grand Park

200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles


March 11th-12th

Kite Party

Try your hand at flying in areas outside of the main flying field, which is reserved for experienced, registered kite party participants. Visitors can also enjoy professional demonstrations performed at random times throughout the day as well as sport kite lessons.

11 am-dusk

North and South of the Huntington Beach Pier, 200 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach


March 11th

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Enjoy the small town feel of this fun event. The parade includes school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and Irish setters.

11 am

1315 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach


March 12th

Nowruz Celebration

Celebrate the arrival of spring with live music and dance performances, a children's ensemble, crafts for families and a traditional Iranian costume parade.

12-8 pm


Royce Hall

340 Royce Dr., Los Angeles


March 17th

Leprechan’s Lucky Gold Hunt

Search for gold coins hidden around the park, then turn your pot o' gold in for fun prizes. There will also be crafts, a magician, Irish soda-bread tasting, games and a leprechaun trap demonstration.

4-5:30 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 North Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

$ 5

March 18th

A Very Special Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time

Fans of a very well-known Eric Carle will be very thrilled by today’s special story time, which includes stories, crafts and a photo op with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

10 am

Vroman’s Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


March 18th-19th

Nature Fest

Learn about all of the animals that live in the wild in Los Angeles! Live animal presentations, hands-on workshops and tours. Museum scientists will be on hand to answer questions about snails, bugs, birds, and more.

9:30 am-5 pm

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $12, Students: $9, Children ages 2-12: $5

March 18th

Salt Marsh Open House

Join staff of the aquarium to earn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Visitors can view the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides.

10 am-12 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


March 25th

Peacock Day

Learn about these beautiful birds that call the Arboretum home! Crafts, live music, bird walks, storytelling and a discovery trail.

9 am-12 pm

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

310 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

$3 plus regular Arboretum admission fees: Adults: $9, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4 and Children under 5: Free

March 25th

What Up for Kids Expo

Live music and hands-on activities. Kid-focused business will be at booths including camps, enrichment classes and schools.

10 am-3 pm

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance

Free parking and free admission

March 25th

Spring in the Farm

Celebrate the season and learn about agriculture with hands-on fun. Corn grinding, rope making, live animals, youth science activities, hay baling, olive oil tasting and more.

9 am-3 pm

Fairplex at Pomona

1101 McKinley Ave., Pomona

Free admission and free parking. Please enter the parking lot through Gate 12 on White Ave.

March 25th and 26th and April 1st-2nd

Spring Spectacular

Celebrate animals and learning at this annual event. Different animals are featured in the live shows. Enjoy special guest animals, games and more.

10 am-5 pm

Moorpark Zoo

7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark

Adults: $10, Children/Seniors: $7

March 25th-26th


Get quick tips from experts on growing great tomatoes,  fun, hands-on, tomato-themed activities for the whole family and a tomato cooking demo.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

Free with admission. Adults: $9. Seniors 65 and over/Students: $6. Children (5 to 12 years): $4.

March 26th

Stories in the Afternoon: Harold and the Purple Crayon

A great way to create art with your whole family! First, listen to a reading of this classic tale. Then, use your imagination and draw an adventure in front of Exotic Landscape by Henri Rousseau, an artist who also used his imagination to create a whimsical setting.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Included with admission: Adults: $12, Children ages 18 and younger: Free

March 26th

Family Tour with Tree People

Fun activities on the tour include: visiting the Dirt Doctor’s laboratory to learn about the magic of mulch, watching a live demonstration of how rainwater flows in our city and planting a native tree seed to take home.

10-11:30 am

12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills