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Event Date

Event Description




April 7-May 20

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.

May 3-6

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, motocross, arts and crafts, community organizations, dog trick shows, santa claus beard contests, games and food

May 3: 5-10 pm

May 4: 5 pm-12 am

Sat., May 5: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 6: 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 4-6

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 5

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 6

Nordic Spring Picnic

Food, entertainment and family activities. Rock wall, 274 ft. Waterslide, paddle boats, zip line and log rolling contests.

10 am-4 pm

Vasa Park

2854 Triunfo Cyn., Agoura Hills

No admission fee or cost for activities. Parking is $5.

May 10-14

Circus Vargas

Circus with a touch of Broadway! Arrive early for the free interactive Pre-Show.


101 Freeway at Sunset Blvd., Hollywood


May 12

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 12

Target Free Family Day:

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage

Delight in a day of family fun that explores Asian heritage. Customize a re-useable lunch bag for carrying tasty treats!Decorate your own paper lantern

And learn how to craft origami balloons.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 12

Family Days

Learn about hanami, or “flower viewing,” which is a Japanese tradition. Then, create a lovely paper cherry tree to share with your family.

1-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $8, Children 17 and younger: Free

May 12

The Fern Dell Faeries

Search for faeries and the queen with two guides.

 10 am

O'Melveny Park

17300 Sesnon Blvd., Granada Hills


May 12

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, Seniors: $9, Children: $5

May 19

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 19

Bureau of Sanitation Open House

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

9 am-2:30 pm

8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge


May 19-20

California Strawberry Festival

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

Sat. 10 am-6:30 pm



College Park, 3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard

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

May 20

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 20


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 21

LA 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

Agoura Hills


May 26-28

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 26-28

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 28

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 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles