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Event Date

Event Description




April 6-May 19

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 2-5

Conejo Valley Days

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

May 2: 5-10 pm

May 3: 5 pm-12 am

Sat., May 4: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 5: 12-8 pm

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

Kids under 6: Free, Kids ages 6-12: $5, Adults: $8

Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30.

May 2-6

Circus Vargas

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


Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura


May 3-5

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

Free admission and free parking, Cost for rides, games and food.

May 4

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 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival

Both animated and live action shorts from around the globe are featured in three weekends of family fun.


Walt Disney Concert Hall

631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles


May 4-5

Wild West Days

Live music, Mexican folk dancing, roping and horse shoes, stagecoach rides, panning for gold and more.

10 am-4 pm

LA County Arboretum

301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia

Included with admission. Adults: $8, Seniors and students: $6, Children ages 5-12: $3

May 4, 11 , 18 and 25

The Really Awesome Improv Show

Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, this Second City show, directed by Frank Caeti, features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation. Great for the you're going to Second City they will discount your rate to $5.

3:30 pm

6560 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

$5; $5 parking behind the theater

May 5

Stories in the Afternoon

Learn more about Renior’s paintings depicting life in Paris and then draw a picture of activities that your family likes to do in the city.

1-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $8, Children 17 and younger: Free

May 5

American Indian Culture Family Day

Games, live performances and special activities will teach your family more about Native American culture. Learn to throw feather darts and make a traditional ring-toss game that you can play indoors.

1-4 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $10, Students and seniors: $6, Children ages 3-12: $4. AAA members receive a 10% discount.

May 11

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 11

Target Free Family Day:

Picture This!

Create and eat your own fun fruit self-portraits, draw a self-portrait, get your picture taken and decorate a frame for it, meet war veterans, and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 11

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 11

Open House and Family Festival

Activities include panning for fools gold, animal presentations and guided hikes.

10 am-3 pm

Placerita Canyon Nature Center

19152 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall

Free Parking and Admission

May 12

Free Family Festival: The Garden in Asia

Hands-on art projects including making a fish windsock, live performances, henna hand painting, a gardening workshop and a scavenger hunt.

12-4 pm

Pacific Asia Museum

46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena


May 18

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 18

Fire Service and Public Safety Day

Special displays of Los Angeles Fire Department equipment, apparatus and procedures. Canine search team, shaky quakey house, open ambulance, sidewalk CPR, helicopter floyer and more.

10 am-2 pm

Fire Station 89

29575 Canwood St., Agoura Hills


May 18-19

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 19

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 19

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 $16; Children (10-17) $11; (Under 10) free

Discounted tickets available on the website.

May 19


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


$9, Seniors $5, Kids under 12 are free. Parking is $5.

May 24-27

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 Cañada

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

May 25-26

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

Learn to love the skin you’re in with this adaptation of the popular book by Julianne Moore.

11 am

The Morgan-Wixson Theatre

2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Adults: $10

Children: $7

May 25

Beauty and the Beast

The California Shakespeare Ensemble performs this classic tale in the Under the Oaks Theater.

11:30 am

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Free with admission.

Adults: $8, Seniors/Students: $6, Children ages 5-12) $3

May 25-27

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 27

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 2013 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

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