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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Event Date

Event Description




April 9-May 22

Renaissance Faire

Live jousting tournament, comedy shows, music, medieval food, over 1,000 performers and more than 200 artisans. There are also rides and parades.

Sat.-Sun.: 10 am -7 pm

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park

Adults $25; Children (5-12) $15; (Under 5) Free

Discounts are available on the website for advance ticket purchase.

April 29-May 1

St. Francis de Sales School Annual Fair Fireworks, traditional carnival games, rides, attractions and live entertainment

Friday: 6-11 pm; Sat.: 12-11 pm; Sun.: 12-7:30 pm

13368 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks


May 1

The Autry Celebrates Earth Day: Sustainable Living in the West

Drawing on Native cultures and traditions, this family-friendly event includes local environmental groups, community organizations, and hobbyists offering practical tips on how to get started on an Earth-friendly path. Lots of fun kids activities!

11 am- 5pm

The Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Free with admission

May 4-8

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, community organizations, games and food

May 4-5: 5-10 pm

May 6: 5 pm-12 am

Sat., May 7: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 8: 12-6 pm

Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Rd. and the 23 Freeway

Kids under 5: Free, Kids ages 5-12: $5, Adults: $7

Bring a canned food item on Wednesday, May 4 and get $2 off admission. Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30.

May 7

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Open House

Learn more about the services that this organization offers to children with special needs. Entertainment for children includes stick horse crafts, jolly jump, pony petting, face and hair painting and a horseshoe hunt.

10 am – 2 pm

401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park


May 7

Renaissance May Faire

Visit a mock Queen Elizabeth's court, watch a maypole dance, shoot a catapult, make potions, and more at the school's annual Renaissance May Faire.

10 am-3 pm

Valley Waldorf City School, 17424 Sherman Way, Van Nuys

Free admission; cash required for food and activities

May 7

National Train Day

Live entertainment, Amtrakids Depot with activities and entertainment, exhibits, art, trains to tour, and model train sets

11 am-4 pm

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


May 7

Santa Monica Festival

The annual arts and environmental fair includes traditional and contemporary music and dance, crafts, workshops, food and more.

11 am-6 pm

Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica


May 7 and May 21

Kids Free Days

Free admission for all kids as part of Orange County’s Imagination Celebration

11 am-4 pm


241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim

Adults: $13

May 12-16

Circus Vargas

All-new animal free show for 2011! Circus Vargas offers FUN family entertainment as it takes you on an artistic journey, encompassing the cultures of the world, in a series of vignettes depicting the experiences, memories and visions of a traveling circus performer. Arrive early for the free interactive Pre-Show.

Thursday, May 12: 7:30 pm

Friday, May 13: 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 14: 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 15: 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Monday, May 16: 6:30 pm

101 Freeway at Sunset Blvd., Hollywood


May 14, 21

June 4, 11, 16 and 25

Bureau of Sanitation Open House

Truck demonstrations and tours, free food and refreshments, games, prizes and tree adoptions

9 am-3 pm

May 14: East Valley District Yard

May 21: West Valley District Yard


May 14

Target Free Family Day:

Wild Things!

Delight in a day of family fun that explores the wild world of animals! Pet a reptile, learn about being a foster parent to a pet, create take-home crafts, make banana bites and learn about wildlife from Animal Advocates.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 14

The Fern Dell Faeries

Search for faeries and the queen with two guides.

 2 pm

Durant Library

7140 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles


May 14

Endangered Species Day

Learn about local marine animals that have been designated by the United States as endangered and how they are currently fairing today. Start the day with a guided beach walk at 11am, then join in a scavenger hunt, special storytime, Salt Marsh open house and much more!

10 am-5 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr.,

San Pedro

Suggested donation, no formal admission price.

Adults $5; Children $1

May 14

LA Fire Dept. Fire Service Recognition Day

Personal tours at each Neighborhood Fire Station, and at certain locations there will be special displays of Los Angeles Fire Department equipment, apparatus and procedures

10 am-4 pm

All neighborhood stations, see website for locations


May 14-15

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

Exhibits and demonstrations that showcase the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration.

9 am-5 pm

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena


May 15

Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock, An All-New Multimedia Experience

Equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts entrance children and adults alike.

11 am

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

$10; Kids under age 2 are free.

May 15

Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

More than 100 singing and instrumental contestants compete. Families can enjoy the music and folk art booths throughout the festival, as well as crafts and music for kids all day at the Eucalyptus Grove.

9 am-6 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

Adults $12; Children (10-17) $7; (Under 10) free

May 21

Battle of the Mariachis

Live musical entertainment, food, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and folkloric dance workshops.

11 am-4 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31414 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Adults: $10.50, Seniors: $9.50, Children: $6.50

May 21-22

California Strawberry Festival

Music, games, food, arts & crafts, and more all related to strawberries. Parking information is on the festival website.

Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-6:30 pm



College Park, 3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard

Adults $12; Seniors: $8; Children (ages 5-12) $5; (Under 5) free

May 21

Red Bull Soapbox Race

Eclectic building materials result in outlandish cars like a giant bagpipe and a rolling sushi bar. Teams come from across the America to roll down the downtown L.A.

12:30 pm

5th and Grand Ave., Los Angeles


May 21

Family Days

Honor Buddha's birthday by crafting colorful paper flowers and lanterns.

1-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $8, Children 17 and younger: Free

May 21

Children's Art Festival

Salute the work of young local artists from the STAR Education's Art program. Many creative workshops for children including jewelry making, sushi making, cake pops, comic book design, recycled treasures and more.  

11 am-4 pm

Star Eco Station 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

Free to attend festival, Fee for the workshops.

May 22

WorldFest: LA's Green, Compassionate Music Festival

Live music, celebrities, environmental speakers, a health hut, educational booths, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, a poetry festival, and a vegan, earth-friendly food court.

10:30 am- 7 pm

Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Encino


$7, Seniors $5, Kids under 12 are free. Parking is $5.

May 28-30

Fiesta Days

Community breakfast, car show, family movie, family music, bbq and fireworks show, food court, games, bounce houses, 5 K/10 K run and parade.

Fri: 8 pm, Sat.: 8 am-6 pm, Sun.: 1-9 pm,

La Canada Flintridge Memorial Park

Foothill Blvd. and La Cañada Blvd., La Canada

Some events are free, BBQ and fireworks show: 2 adults and 2 children: $20

May 28-30

Topanga Days Fair

Live music, kids zone, vendors and sack races, egg toss and contests.

10 am-7 pm

Topanga Community Club Grounds,

1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.


Adults: $20, Seniors and Children ages 6-12: $10, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

May 30

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

Children’s entertainment and live music with a parade of floats

11 am-1:30 pm

Along Sherman Way in Canoga Park


May 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles