Looking for something fun to do in the San Fernando Valley for the next couple weeks? Well, look no further, my friends. Here’s a list of some events going on that might be fun to try out!
Fri May 12th
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC – SHARK LAGOON NIGHTS invites you to meet the ocean’s great predators up-close for FREE. You can even touch the bamboo sharks or greet from a safe distance some of the bigger ones like Sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.
HOLLYWOOD – Make Gregg Young & The 2nd Street “C” Jazz Band your great beginning of the weekend. Enjoy your Friday night for free at the Dome Arclight Entertainment Center. You will have an opportunity to listen to Smooth Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, R&B, Reggae, & Movie Themes this Friday evening starting at 6 pm.
THOUSAND OAKS – Starting from Thursday, May the 11th Conejo Valley Days calls for families and friends to celebrate its diverse heritage and volunteer spirit. Besides the fact that the carnival rides, live entertainment, outhouse races and a food court are there to make sure you have a fantastic time together with your loved ones, by participating you will support the funding of many local non-profit organizations. This Friday the event’s duration is from 5 pm – 11 pm.
TARZANA – If English is your second language or you know someone who can benefit the class, then Encino – Tarzana Branch Library is the place to be this Friday. Free English conversation classes where vocabulary and speaking will be improved starting at 2 pm.
Sat May 13th
ECHO PARK – Entertainment for the youngest ones! Free LEGO brick building activities where all you have to bring is your imagination (and your children of course). The event is free and taking place at the Edendale Branch Library starting at 9:30 am.
LAKE BALBOA – Let May bring some color into your life! Hurry up and register for The Festival Of Colors in the valley of San Fernando this Saturday. Starting from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm have fun and enjoy the 10 performers, Interactive Dances, Live Mantra Bands, DJ’s, and Yoga Teachers. There are two stages which you can schedule, Mainstage and Yoga stage. Register for $5 online, or $7 at the entrance.
PASADENA – A family friendly event dedicated to the healthy living and pain-free aging. Learn more about the way to have a long and healthy life at the 5th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo. The target group is the Baby Boomers & Seniors but that shouldn’t stop the younger generations from informing themselves or be a support for their family members and friends.
THOUSAND OAKS – Even if you’ve visited this multi-day event in the previous days, we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss the fun this Saturday again. And for those of you that haven’t so far, make sure to bring your family to the Valley days and enjoy in the fun they have prepared for you. Support the non-profit organizations and have a blast at the Conejo Valley Days.
WEST HOLLYWOOD – What do you get when you combine outdoor movie, picnic with trucks full of tasty food and live music? You guessed it; it’s the LA’s biggest Street Food Cinema! The event includes interactive games and lots of fun in-between the live band, big screen movies, and freshly prepared food to-go. Enjoy the unique picnic experience with your family or buddies, because watching movies at home is too mainstream! For more details and reservation of tickets visit streetfoodcinema.com/the-breakfast-club
Sun May 14th
DTLA – Spend a different Mother’s day holiday at the Central Library this Sunday. Exotic Bollywood dancers from the Karmagraphy Bollywood Dance Company will show you classical style dancing fused with newer popular hits. Make sure you reserve your tickets here and now!
GRIFFITH PARK – A good weekend is one that ended well. And what’s more relaxing this Sunday than a Latin Jazz evening at the Autry? Yep, nothin’ much. Make sure you reserve your spot for the evening and be there at 7 pm sharp to enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Afro Latin Ensemble.
HOLLYWOOD – Take your mom and have her written a note of appreciation and posted in the Frances Howard Goldwyn – Hollywood Regional Library the event is free and materials are supplied. Afterwards, continue to a couple of hours of poetry and spoken word performances. The event starts at 1 pm.
STUDIO CITY – Artists and art lovers can spend their Sunday at the Moorpark for The Rotary Art Show this Mother’s day. The event starts at 10 am and finishes at 5 pm. The admission is free.
THOUSAND OAKS – Kids, teens and adults, all enjoying their Sunday at the Conejo Valley Days. All the while supporting the diverse heritage and volunteer spirit. Live entertainment, hands-on exhibits, games and food court included.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE – The Great American Eclipse Of 2017. An educational lecture by Prof. Kevin McKeegan will take place this Sunday starting 2:30 pm regarding the first solar eclipse for the last 40 years. The professor from the University of California will be discussing historically important eclipses, some general eclipse phenomena, and where and how to view the total eclipse. There is no fee and everyone can attend.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE – Family screening time! Moms and kids are invited to celebrate Mother’s day at the Hammer Museum at no cost for entrance. As a part of the Family Flicks Series, you can enjoy watching the movie Akeelah and the Bee.
Fri May 19th
DTLA – As a way to celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, at the Little Tokyo Branch Library there will be a free movie screening of a popular Asian movie. Although free, the seats are limited to 68 and the event starts at 2 pm.
ENCINO – What better way to finish the working week than gentle yoga class with certified instructor Janette? Be at the West Valley Regional Branch Library at 10 am and make sure you bring your water bottle and mat.
LAKE VIEW TERRACE – We all know how important health is, and regular tests are part of the healthy lifestyle. If you or someone you know have the need for free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, be at the Lake View Terrace Branch Library at 10 am.
PALMS – Friday the 19th through Saturday 20th there will be an exhibition featuring Paintings, Interactive Installations, and Fashion by ordinary people. The subject of the show is that everyone can be famous or fake-famous these days. Check the not so ordinary pieces made by ordinary folks at the Bruce Lurie gallery.
SHERMAN OAKS – Designed to promote fun and engaging activities under the careful supervision of highly-trained professionals, The Help Group’s Kids Like Me after-school enrichment program offers a number of classes for children and teens with autism and other special needs. The prices vary by class.
Sat May 20th
DTLA – The summer of Salsa began and if you haven’t already danced to some of the best salsa bands, then we suggest you go downtown and see what LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes has to present. The event is free, and there is no fee.
ECHO PARK – Bring your children and their imagination at the Edendale Branch Library this Saturday for an entertaining afternoon of LEGO brick building activities. The event starts at 9:30 am and if free of charge.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – HOPE WALK & Kids’ Healthy Activity Fair is an annual 5k walk around NoHo Arts District. Join the Fight against Childhood Obesity and Diabetes along with the rest of the community. What to expect? The family fair will be filled with dishes from NoHo healthiest restaurants, over 20+ fitness activities, toys and games, prizes, activities for Parents and much more. Make sure you register before attending the event.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Spoken Funk! Because everyone needs some funk in their weekends. Upbeat, uplifting, a breath of comedic and poetic fresh air, a combination of comedy and poetry to lighten your Saturday starting 7:45 pm. Information about tickets at nohoartsdistrict.com
PACIFIC PALISADES – Nothing says “quality family time” more than a picnic and an outdoor movie in the park. Especially when you have Toy Story showing on the big screen, surrounded by trucks full of hot food you can take on your picnic blanket. Live band music included entertaining you and your family. What’s left of me to say is hurry and reserve your tickets before they are gone at streetfoodcinema.com/toy-story
Sun May 21st
GRIFFITH PARK – Finish the week strong, at Finish The Ride! Join other cyclists, runners, walkers this Sunday at the Autry Museum and support SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone), a non-profit organization that dedicated to preventing traffic fatalities, ending hit and run crimes and helping those who have been affected by these accidents.
PASADENA – The Arroyo Day gives you a unique opportunity for a day only, to visit six museums for FREE. This includes Heritage Square Museum, Lummis Home, Gamble House, Pasadena Museum of History, Los Angeles Police Museum and the Southwest Museum. Celebrate the history, culture, and art of the communities this Sunday from 12 noon until 5 pm. Find out more at the Heritage Square.
PASADENA – The Los Angeles Pottery Show starts today at 10 am at the Pasadena Convention Center. Make sure you reserve your tickets prior going and enjoy this creative exhibition.
TARZANA – This year, for the first time, the West Valley~Warner Center Chamber of Commerce together with the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center are happily announcing the 1st Annual Valley Asian Cultural Festival. The visitors will get a passport at the entrance with which can enter all the included countries of the Asian continent (at the festival): Vietnam, Korea, China, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. If you want to learn more about the far-east without packing your suitcases and buying costly plane tickets, this is the place to be!
WESTWOOD – The Walk To Cure Arthritis is a foundation that raises funds to conquer arthritis. Participate in the walk, support and donate if you can to the battle of curing arthritis. Starting at 7 am until 11 am at the UCLA – Wilson Plaza.
STAY TUNED! Our next Upcoming Events blog will focus exclusively on the Memorial Day weekend.
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