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Event Date

Event Description




Sept. 1-30

Festival of Children

Over 100 children’s activities including live performances and workshops. Face-painting, arts and crafts, juggling performances, ballet shows and much, much more. The events will also showcase more than 60 children's charities for support, services, and volunteer opportunities.


check the website

South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa


Aug. 31-Sept. 30; Wed.-Sun. only

L.A. County Fair

Kids activities, rides, farm animal presentations, live entertainment, food and more.


Pomona Fairgrounds,

1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona

$1 admission special for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 (hours vary), then the price varies from $6-$17, Children under 6 are

Free; Parking $12-15

Sept. 1

Active Arts: Drum Downtown

Interactive drum lesson and performance with various themes. This month’s theme is Pitches and Percussion.

10-11:30 am

Music Center Plaza,

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free, fee for parking

Sept. 1

Chicken Little

Designed to introduce live theatre to your children in a casual setting at the right price – free!

11:30 am

Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr., Westlake Village


Sept. 3

Camarillo Hospice Country Music Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Competition with cash prizes and trophies for the best chili. There will also be live country music, a poker tournament and a fun and games zone for kids.

11 am-4 pm

Camarillo Ranch House

201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo

Adults: $10, Children under 12: Free

Sept. 2

Caribbean Family Festival

Held in conjunction with Target Free Family Days. Enjoy free admission to the museum form 10 am-4 pm, live performances, art projects, food and dance.

12-3:30 pm

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana


Sept. 8-9

Aloha Beach Festival

C-Street Long Board Classic, frisbee freestyle disc and K9 demos, paddle board race, live music and Polynesian entertainment,  arts and crafts vendors and food.

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

Promenade Park, just west of the pier, Ventura


Sept. 8

Day of the Horse

Drill Teams performing in full dress; cart driving exhibitions; a saddle-less/bridleless riding demonstration, cowboys showing off roping skills and free carriage rides. Children will get to groom the mini horses and ponies. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

10 am

Conejo Creek Equestrian Park, 1300 Avenida de Las Flores, Thousand Oaks


Sept. 8

Latin American Parade and Festival

Parade followed by food court, dance classes, kids’ activity area, live music and dance performances.

3-9 pm

Pine to 3rd St., Long Beach


Sept. 8-9

Festival of Phillippine Arts and Culture

Children’s activities, food, art and entertainment.

10 am-6 pm

Point Fermin Park, 807 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro


Sept. 14-16

Lobster Festival

Feast on world famous discount Maine lobster meals and enjoy dancing, parades, street performers, a pirate camp, tall ships, shopping for arts and crafts, and musical performances.

Fri.: 5-11 pm, Sat.: 11 am-11 pm, Sun.: 11 am-7 pm

Ports O’ Call Village, 6th St. And Harbor Dr., San Pedro

Free parking, Kids under 12 are admitted for free, $10 at the door or come with a coupon and get $2 off.

Sept. 15-16

Fiestas Patrias California

Festival featuring a parade, entertainment, cultural activities, carnival games an rides, food and more.

10 am-8 pm

El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles


Sept. 16

Scandanavian Autumnfest and Marknad Celebration

Swedish food, meatball cook-off, games, waterslide, pool, tube slide, pool, zip line, bouncer, pie eating contest, folk dancing, games for kids, music and more.

9 am-6 pm

Vasa Park, Triunfo Cyn. Rd. And Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills

Free admission. Parking is $8.

Sept. 16

Los Encinos Living History Day

Enjoy a journey through history with music, a working blacksmith’s shop and children’s activities.

1-3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St., Encino


Sept. 22

National Gymnastics Day Celebration

Open House with open gym time, games a free lunch and a raffle. Handstand world record attempt to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.

2-4 pm

Golden State Gymnastics

1828 N. Keystone St., Burbank


Sept. 22

Rock the Presidents and Family Art Day

A mix of rock, pop and folk music bring the lives of the first 44 presidents to life. Also, enjoy special art projects and a tour of the Weisman museum.

10 am-2 pm

Pepperdine University Center for the Arts

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Rock the Presidents: $15 for adults and $10 for children, Family Art Day: Free

Sept. 22-23

TriArt Festival

Lively dance and music festival, including Middle Eastern dance, circus aerial performers, modern dance and ballet shows.

11 am-8 pm

Ports O’ Call Village,

San Pedro


Sept. 22-23

Thousand Oaks Arts Festival

More than 60 visual art exhibitors, continuous live performances, children's hands-on artistic and interactive art exhibits.

10 am-5 pm

2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks

Free admission and free parking

Sept. 22-23

Moompetam: Native American Festival

Traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the California Native cultures.

9 am-5 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Adults: $24.95, Children: $13.95

Sept. 23

Zamfest Music and Arts Festival

An event that is being called “Coachella for Kids,” your family can find music, art, dance, drama and more.

10 am

University High School

11800 Texas Ave., Los Angeles

$5 in advance, $8 at the door, Free for ages 3 and younger.

Sept. 28

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!

Fun musical featuring an end-of-summer adventure with the characters from this popular TV show.

4 pm and 7 pm

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.,

Thousand Oaks


Sept. 28-30

Feast of San Gennaro

Italian festival featuring food, live music, carnival rides, and games benefiting


11 am-11 pm

1651 N. Highland, Hollywood

$5; Kids under 12: Free

Sept. 29

Museum Day

Enjoy many LA area museums free of charge, courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.


Skirball Cultural Center, Pacific Asia Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Pasadena Museum of California Art and more.

Download two free tickets per household at the website before going.

Sept. 30

West Hollywood Book Fair

Meet authors, watch culinary presentation by cookbook authors, writing workshops and a kids/tweens stage.

10 am-6 pm

West Hollywood Park

625 N. San Vicente Ave., West Hollywood


September 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles