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Here’s your guide to what’s happening in the San Fernando Valley during the next two weekends, Aug. 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18.

Fri Aug 9th

LOS ANGELES: Afro Carnival Weekend – Friday through Sunday – The premier event for the unification of the diaspora through music. On the west coast for the first time ever! Come celebrate the ongoing evolution of Afro-Caribbean culture! An interactive experience between attendees and our distinguished line-up of artists, the festival is set to bring the vibrant and immersive energy of the culture, to Los Angeles. Vendors and festival activities will kick off the fun, as the evening transitions into the explosive sounds of Afrobeats/Afrobeat, Soca, Reggae, Baile Funk, Kompa, UK, Afrohouse and much more. Guaranteed the ultimate carnival experience, get ready to dance the night away alongside carnival dancers while grooving to the sounds of internationally renowned – DJ Tunez and friends. For ages 18+.

SHERMAN OAKS: Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series in the Plaza – Sherman Oaks Galleria – From 7 to 10 pm. Come out, pull up a chair, sit back and enjoy the music of @DreaRoseMusic.

LOS ANGELES: Summer Movie Nights: Grease – Ritchie Valens Park, Laurel Canyon Blvd. – From 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Summer movie nights are back in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Bring your family, friends, and pack a picnic for a movie night under the stars. Popcorn will be provided. FREE.

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: The Black Panther – Roadium Open Air Market – Gate opens at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 8 pm. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more! Only $20 per car (includes $5 admission, $15 parking and a charitable donation to a local non-profit).

LOS ANGELES: Butterfly Pavilion – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – $5 timed tickets – Daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Butterfly Pavilion is an outdoor special exhibit and is subject to closure at any time due to inclement weather. Weather permitting. Over 30 native Californian and North American subtropical butterfly and moth species, as well as an array of plants populate this much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, which offers visitors a chance to get an up-close view of the fluttering creatures.

Sat Aug 10th

LOS ANGELES: Free Community Wide Family Fun Day Woodcrest Preschool Tarzana – From 11 am to 1 pm. Free food, games, raffle prizes, children activities, entertainment, and more. Check out the school and meet some of the teachers in person. Learn a little more about the benefits of a Woodcrest Preschool education.

LOS ANGELES: 2nd Annual Back 2 School Drive – Leimert Park – From noon to 3 pm. All kids grades K-12 to come out and enjoy the festivities. Organized by SoulfulofNoice, they work with the community and several organizations to provide kids with the supplies, tools, and encouragement to start their school year off on a positive note! FREE BACKPACKS + FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES + FREE HAIRCUTS + FREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS + FOOD, FUN & GAMES. Donations (Tax Deductible per Teach Them The Way 501c3)

REDONDO: 2019 Summer of Music FREE Concerts on the Pier – From 6 to 8 pm. Redondo Pier is hosting FREE concerts Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 31. This week: Franks & Deans Rock & Roll Rat Pack tribute.

LOS ANGELES: World Elephant Day Celebration – LA Zoo – Today and Sunday – From 10 am to 4 pm. In honor of World Elephant Day,  the Los Angeles Zoo kicks off a weekend opportunities to explore and learn about elephants, especially the challenges they face in the wild. Behind-the-scenes barn tours, available to the public only once a year, take place from 11 am to 3 pm each day.  Included with admission. The Toy Elephant Health Check-Up Station invites kids to bring their toy elephants (or other animals) for an examination, so they may receive a  certificate of health. Guests can meet young author and conservation advocate Erin Chang, author of the children’s book Seven Toes. Included with zoo admission.

Bowling alley with colorful balls and lanes in the background.

LOS ANGELES AREA: Free Games on National Bowling Day – Try it: you’ll strike it! BowleroAMFBowlmor and Brunswick Zone Lanes across the country offer two free games on National Bowling Day. Participation requires signing up for the MVB Rewards Program. Coupons for the free games are sent the morning of August 10. NOTE: Shoe rental is not included. Some participating Los Angeles locations include: AMF Beverly Lanes (Montebello), AMF Carter Lanes (Fullerton), AMF Cerritos Lanes, Bowlero Arcadia, Bowlero Mar Vista, Bowlero Pasadena, Bowlereo Torrance, Bowlero West Covina, Bowlero Woodland Hills, Bowlero Arcadia, Bowleroeeeewdeeeeedwd Mar Vista, Bowlero Pasadena, Bowlereo Torrance, Bowlero West Covina, Bowlero Woodland Hills

SANTA MONICA: Unique Markets: LA – The Barker Hangar – Takes place multiple weekends. Focus on different markets.

Sun Aug 11th 

PASADENA:  – Rose Bowl Flea Market – Rose Bowl Stadium – Football isn’t the only thing the Rose Bowl is known for – You can shop from more than 2,500 vendors on the second Sunday of every month! It’s known as the “Flea Market of the Stars” and has been for 50 years. Shop for the trendy, vintage, and just plain cool. From 9 am – 3 pm. General admission is $10-19 and may be purchased online.

LOS ANGELES: The Little Green Kitchen Pop-Up: Vegan Tacos Nachos Tostadas & Desserts – Brentwood Farmers Market – From 9 am to 2 pm. Vegan brunch every Sunday at Brentwood Farmers Market, 741 S Gretna Green Way between San Vicente Blvd and Montana Ave.

WOODLAND HILLS: Concerts on the Green – Warner Center Park – Families can enjoy free outdoor concerts on Sundays throughout the summer at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park. Tonight: Which One’s Pink? Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd.

PASADENA: Free Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum – August’s free day is themed Art & Food.  PAM visitors can discover how food inspires art and cultural identity. Guests create their own food-inspired artwork, listen to stories about food in Asian cultures, go on a docent-led tour, and participate in a special virtual reality experience that combines Asian cuisine and poetry.

VENTURA: Ventura County Fair – Ventura County Fairgrounds – Last day! – From 11 am to 11 pm daily. This fair has been around since the 1870s! Ventura’s biggest event of the summer promises concerts, a rodeo, carnival rides, horse shows, livestock displays, and a youth expo.

Fri Aug 16th 

BEVERLY HILLS: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure – From 10 am to 8 pm. Turn Beverly Hills into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smartphone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your own pace. Price is per team, not per person.

SANTA MONICA: SMPL at the Beach!Annenberg Community Beach House – From 10 am to 3 pm. Santa Monica Public Library is headed to the beach! This surf-side pop-up library program at the Annenberg Community Beach House offers a day of family-friendly activities. Guests can sign out books from a curated collection of beach reads, enjoy beach games like bocce and ladder toss, or kick back, relax and read in the shade of a Surfside Lounge. Seaside Story Time is at 10:15 am.

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: Monsters, Inc – Roadium Open Air Market – Gate opens at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 8 pm. The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, movie concessions, and more! Only $20 per car (includes $5 admission, $15 parking and a charitable donation to a local non-profit). Tonight the In-N-Out truck will be there.

WOODLAND HILLS: Mom’s Night Out – HQ Gastropub – From 8 to 11 pm. Hosted by FIT4MOM West San Fernando Valley. Join fellow moms for a drink, food, conversation, whatever you need that night. Make your reservation by Sunday, Aug. 11.

Sat Aug 17th

LOS ANGELES: Outdoor India Day Grand Fair – Heritage Culture Celebration – Birmingham Community Charter High School – From 3 to 10 pm. The India Association of Los Angeles presents the 20th Annual India Independence Day. Enjoy cultural performances, 70 booths, free health fair, and FREE admission!

CALABASAS: Reggae on the Mountain 10-Year Anniversary Festival – King Gillette Ranch (new location) – Starts at 9 pm, runs through Sunday. Featuring music, camping, food, wellness, and yoga. Reggae artists, amazing food and vendors, ROTM is getting some major upgrades this year.

LOS ANGELES: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Celebrating its 79th anniversary, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival offers two weekends of free, family-friendly cultural events, interactive and unique activations, delicious tastes, music, and more in the historic neighborhood of Little Tokyo. The JACCC hosts free outdoor entertainment,including  taiko drums, Japanese dancers, martial arts, and musical performances, as well as children’s activities, cultural exhibits, and food & drinks.  (A schedule of many of the festival events can be found on their website).

NEWHALL: Placerita Canyon Family Nature Walk – Starts at 11 am. The Nature Center offers free Family Nature Walks every Saturday.

Sun Aug 18th

TARZANA: A Faery Hunt – Preshow begins at 10:30 am, show starts at 11 am. Positive messages are presented in this fun interactive show,  using stories and songs to illustrate themes such as kindness, respect, and tolerance. Reservations are recommended and get children’s names mentioned during the show. Costumes welcome though not required.

ANAHEIM: Family Sunday/ Kids Run the Bases: Angels – Starts at 12:30 pm. The Angels take on the Orioles and kids run the bases at Angel Stadium. Kids (ages 5 – 12) can run the bases at Angel Stadium following select Angels Sunday home games. For more fun at Angel Stadium, ticket holders can visit the Family Sunday area located beneath the Right Field Pavilion for interactive games, arts and crafts areas as well as visits from local mascots.

VENICE: Venice Electric Light Parade – Venice Beach – Since March 2017, a parade of bicycles decked out in bright and twinkly lights has gathered at Windward Plaza to roll through the neighborhood to promote bike safety. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it in style! This is a weekly Sunday event, but it does cancel if there’s rain. Families are welcome with kids ages 6 and older. FREE event.

WOODLAND HILLS: The Purple Xperience: Prince Tribute – Warner Center Park – From 6 to 8 pm. Families can enjoy free outdoor concerts on Sundays throughout the summer at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park. Picnics are welcome; food trucks provide a variety of cuisines.


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