School is starting up again and the days of freedom are dwindling down.  Check out what the 2nd half of August has in store for you and the family!

Fri Aug 19th

DTWN – Exposition Park – The Natural History Museum holds a free garden party on select Fridays.  Summer Nights in The Garden is a fun evening event perfect for all ages to engage in hands-on science and garden activities. Enjoy food and music and so much more!

Fairfax Dist. – Farmer’s Market/The GroveSummer Music Series at The Farmers Market is a great way to spend a warm summer’s night.  This free concert is held on the West Patio.  Enjoy all types of music from Jazz and swing to Soul and Brazilian bands.

Hollywood – Take the kids to the El Capitan to see Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.  The El Capitan offers a fun interactive experience for kids.  With fun pre-movie entertainment and a history of Disney Dragons exhibit in the lower lounge of the theater, this is sure to be a fun event for the entire family.

Sat Aug 20th

Beverly/FermosaNew Beverly Cinema is presenting their weekly kiddie matinee.  This weekend enjoy In Search of Noah’s Ark.

Burbank – Get some fresh organic goodies at the year-round open-air Burbank Farmers Market
From 8am-12pm enjoy yummy food and handmade products from local artisans and farmers.

Camarillo – Take a little trip north to Camarillo for the Wings Over Camarillo event.  This annual air show features flight demonstrations, vintage aircraft, food, and fun.  Come and watch some amazing aerial stunts and learn about the world of aviation.  Free parking and shuttle service.

DTWNKCRW Summer Nights  is an all-ages concert series the entire month of August.  The event offers cultural workshops, music, dancing, food, and fun.  Stop by the photo booth, craft beer garden and a variety of fine art classes round out the fun to be had at this music-centric event.

DTWN – Little Tokyo –  The JACCC is hosting a free outdoor event for the Nisei Week Japanese Festival.  Enjoy Taiko drums, traditional Japanese dance performances, martial arts displays and tons of fun for the kids.  Learn about the Japanese culture through exhibits and traditional foods.  Nisei means second generation, describing the first American-born Japanese.
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 11 am – 4pm

DTWN – Little Tokyo – Watch this epic gastro-battle: Day Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship. Have fun learning about Japanese culture and enjoy the yumminess of Gyozas!  This 10-minute challenge is sure to entertain as they pop some tasty dumplings in this epic showdown.

North HollywoodNoHo International Film Festival will be running through August.  This fun public event allows families to come and enjoy a good flick out in the summer air.  The films are free to the public, with free fresh popcorn and tons of space to spread out your own picnic.  The next two weekends enjoy: 8/20 – Gravity 8/27 – Cinderella (2015).

PasadenaRooftop Cinema is brought to you by the South Lake Business Association.  This annual cinematic series features family favorites in the open night air.  Enjoy DJ spinning tunes, local eateries and all the energy of the crowd.  This weekend enjoy Hook.

Sherman OaksCourt Appointed Special Advocate (or CASA) will be hosting a volunteer finding event this weekend.  CASA is dedicated to finding volunteers who are caring and ready to make a difference in a foster child’s life.  This informational session will show how you can acquire the training needed to be a foster parent.

Sun Aug 21st

Agoura HillsSilents Under The Stars is a fun event showcasing the beauty of silent films in the tranquil setting of Paramount Ranch.  Watch the classic, The Son of the Sheik (1926) starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky.  Films are shown on original format 16mm and are accompanied by live music.  Guided walking tours of the ranch grounds begin at 6:30pm.

Encino – Come out and support local farmers and artisans at the Encino Farmers Market.  This year round event takes place from 8am to 1pm.

DTWNSmorgasburg LA is every foodie’s and arts shopper’s dream. This Brooklyn inspired event is being held in the heart of the Arts District.  See how the East and West coasts come together to create a marketplace of epic proportions!

TarzanaFaery Hunts is all about smiles and fun set in the woodsy glens of Tarzana.  Faery Hunts Amazing Adventure is and interactive experience for the entire family.  Children are encouraged to dress in fairy attire and mingle among the mystical forest nymphs.

West Hollywood2016 Summer Sounds Free Concert Series is a fun event for the entire family.  This musical event is being held all across West Hollywood in outdoor park spaces.  All music starts at 4pm and everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic.
August 21: Mark Christian Miller (Jazz/Swing) Kings Road Park

Westwood – The Hammer Museum is presenting the third in an ongoing art series of biennial exhibitions that focuses on the artwork of unknown and under-recognized LA artists.  Admission is free, so this is a great opportunity to support the arts here in Los Angeles.

Fri Aug 26th

DTWN – Union Station –  Cabinet of Curiosities is a fun collection of mysterious worlds designed by local artists that are only viewable through peepholes.  These 7 featured artists constructed small wonder-rooms that can only be viewed one person at a time.  You don’t want to miss this unique event held at the beautifully historic Union Station.

Griffith ParkShakespeare Festival in The Park is still running through September 5th.  The troupe is currently presenting The Tempest.  Enjoy this classic tale as it unfolds with the majestic backdrop of Griffith Park.

Sat Aug 27th

DWTN – Olvera Street – Happy Birthday Los Angeles! Come out to Downtown to celebrate LA’s 230th birthday.  Walk Olvera Street and greet Los Pobladores who are the descendants of the original founders.  They walk from San Gabriel Mission to mark the special occasion.  There will be a birthday cake ceremony, historic re-enactments, demonstration and so much more!

DWTNHauser Wirth & Schimmel launches the inaugural exhibition of post-war and contemporary works from artists like Ruth Asawa, Lee Bontecou, Hannah Eilke and more.

DWTNSummer Concerts at Union Station is the first seasonal entertainment series with a trio of free after-hours experiences in the garden areas.  Enjoy up-and-coming acts and DJs as they fill the night air with beautiful beats.

Hollywood The Armando Show is Chicago’s longest-running improv show that has landed here in LA.  IO West is presenting a guest monologist each week that will share a true and personal story.  You won’t want to miss this improv fun.  It’s a simple format with a lot of staying power, as Los Angeles has no dearth of guest-star greats: Fred Willard, Harry Shearer, Drew Carey and Alanis Morissette have each shared tales before. The players are great, but much of this night’s joy comes from watching the visitor laugh or cringe as his or her life is spun into side-splitting improv.

Pasadena – The Ugandan Kids Choir will be performing at Kidspace in Pasadena.  The 10 child choir will be performing traditional African songs along with dances and drumming.  This is a great and fun way for your kids to learn a new culture and support their contemporaries.
The Ugandan Kids Choir’s hope is to raise awareness and engage individuals in sponsoring children in the developing world, who are living in poverty, providing them with an education as well as spiritual and ethical training, leading to a better future.

PasadenaBrick Fest Live is a LEGO Fans dream!  This all age event will feature The Brick Show Experience, The Brick Fest Derby, and collaborative building activities.

Woodland HillsMovies on The Green at Warner Center Park will be screening another fun kid friendly summer show.  Be sure to bring your picnic gear to enjoy this week’s flick: Hotel Transylvania 2.

Sun Aug 28th

Calabasas – This is the last concert in the Sunsets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake. This weekend the New West Symphony will present Jim Grinta.  They will be entertaining families on the Greenbelt.  Bring chairs or blankets and a little something to eat.

Los FelizOpen Call LA is a new art exhibit that showcases up-and-coming artists and atypical gallery fixtures by ambitious students and hobbyists.  The event will be held at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and will have over 300 artist creations.

Miracle Mile – The Craft and Folk Art Museum will be having their weekly “Pay what you can” day this Sunday.  Peruse the art and fun crafts from LA artisans to see what treasures you can find.

Woodland Hills – Take the family to Warner Center Park for Concerts on The Green.  The Lou Bredlow Pavilion is the place to hear some of America’s premiere tribute bands.  Picnics are welcome and there will be food vendors on site. Coming up next: August 21:  The Long Run – Experience the Eagles & August 28:  Taylor Dayne.

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