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Event Date

Event Description

Time

Location

Price

April 4-May 17, weekends only

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, Irwindale

Adults $28; Children (5-12) $15; (Under 5) Free

Discounts are available on the website for advance ticket purchase.

May 2-May 17, weekends only

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival

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

Varies

CALARTS Theater at Walt Disney Concert Hall

631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles

$5/ticket

May 2nd

Wild West Day

Celebrate olden times with panning for gold, a telegraph demo, roping, crafts, jam tasting, Victorian wardrobes, live performances and tours of the Queen Anne Cottage. There will be special barbecue food available for purchase and a root beer saloon.

10 am-4 pm

LA County Arboretum

301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia

Included with admission. Adults: $9, Seniors and students: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4

May 3rd

Stories in the Afternoon

Dreaming with Rousseau Learn more about the artist who created dreamy and exotic landscapes. Then, draw your own scene.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $10, Children 18 and younger: Free

May 3rd

American Indian Games

Play a traditional American Indian game with American Indian Families Partnership cultural educator John Bradley

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 3rd

Scandanavian Spring Picnic

Food, entertainment and family activities. Rock wall, 274 ft. waterslide, paddle boats, alpine tube slide 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 7th

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

Free

May 7th-10th

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, motocross, arts and crafts, kids dance performances, dog trick shows, santa claus beard contests, games and food

May 8: 5-10 pm

May 9: 5 pm-12 am

Sat., May 10: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 11: 12-8 pm

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

Kids under 6: Free, Kids ages 6-12: $5, Adults: $10

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

May 9th

Santa Monica Festival

Family activities include an eclectic musical lineup, healthy culinary demos, fitness activities, crafts, games and a bicycle skills course.

11 am-6 pm

Clover Park

2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica

Free

May 9th

Train Days at Travel Town

It's a train celebration! A concert by the Hoover High School Jazz Band, new museum sign unveiling, tours through the historic train cars, railroad exhibits, and much more.

1-5 pm

Travel Town

5200 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Free

May 9th

Target Free Family Day:

Meaningful May!

Take part in special activities that celebrate Memorial Day and Mother's Day and the Hello Kitty exhibit. Enjoy a taiko drum performance, watch a Bollywood-style dance performance,  learn about Indian folk dance traditions, take part in crafts including crafting a flower arrangement and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles

Free

May 9th

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: $15, Seniors: $9, Children: $6

May 8th-9th

Family Space Days

Highlights include: real meteorite samples, lunar samples from Apollo missions, spacey science magic show, space activity art/music, fun physics.

8th: 3-7 pm

9th: 12-4 pm

Janss Marketplace

275 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free

May 9th

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

Free

May 16th

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

Free

May 16th-17th

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 16th

Hip Hop JAM Session with Versa-Style

Produced by Ford Theatre. Audience participation is encouraged with a focus on movement and music. The theme is versa-style dance with an emphasis on  social hip hop moves and the history behind them.

12-1:30 pm

East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy

4211 East Dozier St., Los Angeles

Free

May 16th

Endangered Species Day

Learn about endangered marine animals through special activities designed for families. Visit the Aquatic Nursery to see how the staff is working to increase the population of  endangered white abalone, join in a scavenger hunt, listen to a special story time in our library, take a guided beach walk and more!

11 am-5 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

Free

May 16-31, weekends only

Disney's Aladdin Junior

Wild carpet rides highlight this adventure when Aladdin, a kind but wily street urchin, falls in love with beautiful Princess Jasmine.

11 am

The Morgan-Wixson Theatre

2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Adults: $10

Children: $8

May 17th

Native Ways

Learn about native life from long ago and how everyday items were

created from their surrounding

environment. Try out tools, musical instruments,

games, and basketry.


1-3 pm

Franklin Canyon Park

2600 Franklin Canyon Dr, Beverly Hills

Free

May 17th

King Harbor Sea Fair

Family-friendly community event. Sand sculpture contests and workshops, kid zones, free outrigger canoe rides, free sailboat rides, visit a tall ship, an aquaSMART puppet show, a passport raffle and more.


11 am-6 pm

King Harbor Marina

208 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach

Free

May 17th

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Tour six history-based museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena that celebrate a diverse mix of art, architecture and culture of the Arroyo Seco area. Special exhibits and activities for children are all included.

12-5 pm

Six Museums:

The Gamble House, The Lummis Home, The Autry Southwest Museum, Heritage Square, Pasadena Museum of History and the L.A. Police Museum.

Free

May 22nd-25th

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: $40

May 23rd-25th

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.

Topanga

Adults: $25, Seniors and Children ages 6-12: $15, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

May 23rd-25th

Fiesta at Hermosa

Arts and Crafts Fair with painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors and more. There is a Kiddie Carnival with a 30-foot slide, rides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo and bungee jumping.

10 am-6 pm

Pier Plaza and Strand, Hermosa Beach

Free admission; cost for activities.

May 25th

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

Free

May 30th-31st

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution Family Tour

Take a forty-minute family-friendly tour of the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. After, explore objects from rock’s golden age such as Janis Joplin’s tambourine. Enjoy a real liquid light show and then create a psychedelic art project .

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

All activities are included with admission.

Adults: $10, Children: $5


May 30th

Campfire with Atlas Obscura

Spend an evening around the campfire

with campfire songs, marshmallow roasting,

and a nature program.

6-9 pm

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

100 N. Toluca Street, Los Angeles

Free

May 30th

How-to Festival

Hands on workshops designed to teach a wide variety of topics including making a salad, solving mysteries, Bollywood dance, homemade deodorant, self-defense and more.

11 am-3:30 pm

Santa Monica Library: Five locations.

Free

May 31st

Summer Kids Art Faire

Story time, live performances from kids bands, arts and crafts and more.

12-3 pm

The Grove

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles

Free

May 2015 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles