Here’s your guide to what’s happening in the San Fernando Valley during the next two weekends, July 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4. 

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Fri July 26th

HOLLYWOOD: Beasts from the Sea! – ZJU Theatre – Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Aug. 3; 8 – 11 pm. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents their Wild-New Fun & Scary Mid-Summer Deep-Sea Haunted-Maze Horror-Theatre Attraction. Tours every 15 minutes.

PASADENA: Vroman’s Bookstore Kids’ Week – Main Store – Starts at 11 am. This entire week is filled with fun and interesting things to do at Vroman’s. Today it’s Water Fun at 11 am and Kid’s Open Mic Night at 5 pm. They’re also having a big sale in the store! FREE.

LONG BEACH: LB Crawfish Festival – Rainbow Lagoon Park – All weekend long! – Tonight 5 – 10 pm, Saturday/Sunday noon – 10 pm. The Long Beach Crawfish Festival attracts thousands of festival goers each year. Families can enjoy Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, plus tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style. Entertainment for kids includes magicians, storytelling, and bounce houses.

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: The Avengers – 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).

SANTA MONICA: Summer Shows at the Santa Monica Library – Fairview Branch – Starts at 2:30 pm. The Santa Monica Public Library’s Fairview Branch presents fun summer shows on Fridays. Tickets are FREE and are available starting half an hour before showtime. Today’s show: Franklin Haynes Marionettes presents “The Princess and the Pirates.”

Sat July 27th

SYLMAR: LASAN – 2019 Free Composting & Urban Gardening Workshops at Lopez Canyon – From 9 am to noon. LA Sanitation & Environment is teaching home composting and urban gardening! Learn how to turn kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. You’ll also learn about urban gardening topics including container gardens, California native plants, proper irrigation, winter gardens, etc. Workshops feature the east valley’s infamous horticulturist, Steve List.

SAN PEDRO: Family Sandcastle Building Day – Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – From 10 am to 3 pm. Bring your best sandcastle building tools, a little shovel and bucket, and your castle creativity to this fun beach event. The sand on Cabrillo Beach will be thoroughly wet down to prepare for sand construction; the rest is up to you! This is a FREE event open to everyone.

OXNARD: Salsa Festival – Plaza Park – Saturday and Sunday, July 29 – From 11 am to 7 pm. Enjoy salsa bands and salsa dancing, spicy foods & ice-cold drinks. Drop by the Vendor Marketplace for artisan shopping and bring the little ones by the Kids Zone for rides, games and crafts. And, of course, enjoy a cold beer or margarita while you salsa the day away!

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.

CYPRESS: Cypress Community Festival – Oak Knoll Park – From 9 am to 5 pm. The festival takes place annually on the last Saturday of July. It celebrates the incorporation of the City of Cypress, originally known as Dairy City — there were more cows than people! Festival Day begins the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk that ends on Orange Avenue in front of the Cypress Civic Center. The activities then move to Oak Knoll Park, where the Festival Grounds officially open just before 9 am. The one-day festival includes chili and salsa competitions, a car show and beer garden. Guests can enjoy a kids area with rides and game booths, a public safety “island” that features local police and firefighters, a Cypress Police K-9 demonstration, softball vs. baseball,  and stages filled with live entertainment.

Sun July 28th 

LOS ANGELES: Archaeology Dig – Skirball Cultural Center – Thursdays – Sundays through Aug. 18 – Calling all aspiring archaeologists to the Skirball’s dig site! With the help of the archaeological staff in an outdoor field laboratory, discover what we have in common with people who lived centuries ago. Included with museum admission.

Flea market booth with vintage circus sign, baskets and boxes
Flea market finds

TOPANGA:  – Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College – 4th Sunday Flea Market – Don’t miss one of LA’s Top 5 flea markets with “over 180 of LA’s best vintage, antiques, and collectibles dealers, plus live music, local artists, and great food trucks.” Admission is $4 and kids 12 and under are FREE. No pets, please. FREE parking. Open 8 am to 3 pm. Rain or shine!

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: Queen Nation, a Tribute to the Music of Queen.

LONG BEACH: Family Artmaking Workshops – Long Beach Museum of Arts – From 11 am to 3 pm. The Long Beach Museum of Art hosts a free monthly family arts workshop on the museum’s lawn (with ocean views), centered around current exhibitions. 

LOS ANGELES: Guided tours @ The Getty– See site for times. Each day the museum offers guided and audio tours. Current tours include the World of Percy Jackson, Garden Tour, Architecture Tour, The Life and Legacy of J. Paul Getty, Spotlight Tour, Collection Highlights Tour, Exhibition Tour: Book of Beasts, Focus Tour: Renaissance, and others. Admission to The Getty is always FREE.

Fri Aug 2nd 

MANHATTAN BEACH, ETC.: International Surf Festival – Through Aug. 4 – From 9 am to 7 pm. The annual International Surf Festival takes place in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach, with competitions in surfing, running, lifeguard dory races, sand soccer, bodysurfing, volleyball, paddleboard swimming, and more.

LA HABRA: LH Corn Festival – El Centro – Lions Park – Through Aug. 4 – The La Habra Corn Festival has been celebrated for decades. It includes a parade stepping off at 9:30 am on Saturday, numerous rides and attractions, food, game and craft booths, a marketplace, live music, a car opportunity draw contest, and Miss La Habra and her court.

VENTURA: Ventura County Fair – Ventura County Fairgrounds – Through Aug. 11 – 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. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a savings of $1 per ticket. 

TORRANCE: Summer Friday Drive-In at the Roadium: The Incredibles– 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.

Sat Aug 3rd

SAN PEDRO: Beach Cleanup Day – Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – From 10 am to noon. On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium. Groups are required to make reservations by the Thursday before the event: Call Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, (310) 548-7562. FREE and open to all ages.

CULVER CITY: Toy Story Tempest – Media Park – Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 25 – Starts at 11 am. The Actors Gang is at it again, this year putting a Toy Story spin on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The Actors’ Gang presents its annual FREE Shakespeare-in-the-Park series for families.  This year the gang reimagines Tempest with a little help from our friends in the toy bin. Free tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at (310) 838-4264.  

EL SEGUNDO: Hot Wheels Garage – Automobile Driving Museum – Dates through Dec. 7 – From 10 am to 1 pm. The event features a Hot Wheels display of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels tracks and cars to race with. In addition, a face painter and balloon artist are available. 

REDONDO BEACH: RB Summer Music Festival – Redondo Pier – Dates through Aug. 31. From 6 to 8 pm. The free concerts on Redondo Beach Pier come with an added bonus: the chance to see the sunset over the ocean. Featuring: 1969.

Sun Aug 4th

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.

LONG BEACH: Free Day at MOLAA – Museum of Latin American Art – Opens at 11 am. he museum is open for free every Sunday. Families can explore Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours; activities vary by week. (In addition, admission is free from 5 pm-9 pm on the fourth Thursday of every month.)

SIERRA MADRE: The Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival – Memorial Park – Starts at 7:30 pm. The Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival returns for its fifth year with Much Ado About Nothing. These family-friendly and professional performances take place on select weekends in July and August at Sierra Madre Memorial Park. Theater goers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. Free parking is available.​ FREE.

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: Masters of Soul.


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