Here’s your guide to what’s happening in SFV during the next two weekends, March 22-24 and March 29-31.

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Fri March 22nd

HOLLYWOOD: Golden State Film Festival – TCL Chinese Theaters – This film festival will offer screenings of feature-length and short films, documentaries, narratives, pilots, web series, music videos, and experimental films. Attendees will have the opportunity to view independent films by Southern California filmmakers as well as filmmakers from around the world. Tickets start at $15. The festival runs through March 28.

EL SEGUNDO: Foodtopia – A Food-inspired Workshop Series for Young Creatives – ESMoA – Have fun with food! This week’s theme is “Rethink and Tune-up Food Package.” Kids will “play, sketch, design, build, tinker and tune-up inventions using recycled materials.” No RSVP necessary. Materials provided. For kids ages 10 and up. FREE.

Sat March 23rd

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO:  – 61st Annual Swallows’ Day Parade – Join the celebration and welcome home the swallows as they return to San Juan Capistrano. The parade runs through downtown, and there will be an “all-day mercado with a kids’ play zone, entertainment, and more than 100 booths.” Hours are 10 am – 5 pm. FREE.

SANTA MONICA: Living History Tours at Woodlawn Cemetery – Today the cemetery is going to be a lively place! Step into history as you meet local historical figures portrayed by costumed guides. Listen as they share their stories and contributions to history and society. The event includes a special video presentation by the Santa Monica Public Library on the notable women interred at Woodlawn. Tours start at 11 am and 1 pm. All ages. FREE.

Sun March 24th

SAN PEDRO:  – Salt Marsh Open House – Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – Families can join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Visitors can view the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants, and observe the changes in the tides. From 11 am to 1 pm. Ages 3 and up. FREE.

LOS FELIZ: Laluzapalooza – Wacko Soap Plant – Scope out 140 pieces from 70 artists at this annual juried group exhibition housed inside of the Soap Plant/Wacko complex. You can pick up works from some familiar names as well as largely undiscovered, emerging talent including commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators, and working gallery artists. FREE.

Fri March 29th

LOS ANGELES: Latin Food Fest Los Angeles – Los Angeles State Historic Park – Discover winning dishes, products, and ingredients used by the most talented local chefs and renowned culinary personalities. Noon to 4 pm.

LOS ANGELES: Butterfly Pavilion – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County – It’s butterfly season! See hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside the pavillion, including more than 30 native Californian and North American subtropical butterfly and moth species. Admission of $5 is separate from Museum admission and requires a timed ticket.

Sat March 30th

NEW HALL:  – Placerita Canyon Family Nature Walk – Placerita Canyon Nature Center – FREE family nature walks every Saturday at 11 am.

ARCADIA: Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair – Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden – Hands-on activities, ready-to-use lesson ideas, and useful resources that are easily incorporated into everyday life from leading organizations that promote environmental education and awareness. Highlights include educational walking tours, multicultural music, drum circles, science scavenger hunts, art activities, eco-friendly demonstrations, and nature games. All ages. FREE with general admission.

Sun March 31st

TORRANCE:  Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival – Columbia Park – Families are invited to bring a blanket and sit among the blossoming cherry trees to enjoy an eclectic mix of cultural performances. Includes performances from artists representing Asia, including Japan, Philippines, India, and Korea. FREE.

DANA POINT: Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Dana Wharf – Every Sunday the folks at Dana Wharf offer a free kids’ fishing clinic, providing dockside experience for young anglers. Experts offer tips along with new fishing techniques, hook tying secrets, and raffle prizes. Optional paid fishing trip also available. Ages 4 and up. FREE.

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