Here’s your guide to what’s happening in the San Fernando Valley during the next two weekends, May 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26, 27. Enjoy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Fri May 17th

LOS ANGELES: 2019 IFS Film Festival – Event runs May 15 – 24th – If you love film, don’t miss the Independent Filmmakers Showcase. Tickets start at $12, depending on what you want to attend.

LOS ANGELES: Story Time at the Fowler – Fowler Museum at UCLA – 11:30 am – The Fowler hosts a short informal storytelling program on the first and third Fridays of the month. Today: Abuela’s Weave.

REDONDO: Free Family Movie Nights 2019 – Redondo Pier – The Redondo Beach Pier screens free movies on the Boardwalk every Friday night in May. Movies begin at dusk. This week’s show is Incredibles 2. FREE.

LOS ANGELES: Odd Nights at the Autry – Starts at 6 pm. Odd Nights at the Autry is a monthly outdoor event on the Autry grounds. More than 20 food trucks (no outside food or drinks), plus inflatables for the kids (bring socks!). Families can bring blankets and folding chairs and kick back to enjoy the live music on the 2.5-acre lawn. $5 per adult, kids 12 and under are FREE. Make sure to bring cash for admission. Parking is FREE, too!

Sat May 18th

NORTHRIDGE: LA Sanitation & Environment Open House – West Valley District Yard – 9 am to 1:30 pm – The Open House program showcases LA Sanitation’s residential curbside collection programs with an emphasis on proper recycling practices and bulky item collection while strengthening partnerships with City residents. The Open House will feature trash trucks and equipment demonstrations in addition to facility tours, information booths, recycling games, and refreshments.

VAN NUYS 23rd Annual Annabelle Godwin Play Day – Woodley Park, Section 2, Japanese Garden – 10 am to 1 pm – This FREE community event offers fun learning activities for both children and parents including interactive and fun hands-on learning activities, community resources, music and entertainment, reptile exhibit, outdoor play, obstacle course, hair and face painting, and more! Volunteers welcome!

CALABASAS: LA Parent Education and Enrichment Fair – The Commons at Calabasas – From 11 am to 2 pm – LA families can never have too much information about great education and enrichment options for their kids. That’s why LA Parent is hosting its first Education and Enrichment Fair. The goal is to connect families in the community with schools and enrichment programs that will help every child find her or his passion.

LONG BEACH: PRIDE Festival & Parade – Marina Green Park – Marina Green Park – Two-day LGBTQ+ event with live music, community programming, and food and drinks from local eateries. The Long Beach Pride Festival is inclusive and strives to promote an environment that is free from prejudice and bias.

LOS ANGELES: Neighborhood Nursery School Spring Fair – From 1 pm to 6 pm. The annual Spring Fair in the unique outdoor setting of Neighborhood Nursery School, on the shores of Silver Lake Reservoir, is the perfect day out for families. Find fun, games, free food and a cash bar, alongside live music, magic, and comedy that all ages can enjoy.

Sun May 19th

PACIFIC PALISADES: Community Business and Wellness Fair – From 10 am to 2 pm – This is a family-friendly event highlighting and introducing local businesses. There will be food trucks, free activities for adults and children, music and entertainment including performances from Amazing Music, Gerry Blanck’s Martial Aartial Arts, a train ride, carnival games, and blow-up slide!

BURBANK: SciFi Craft Faire at Geeky Teas & Games – From 10 am to 5 pm – Unique, handcrafted goods for all your science fiction fandoms that you won’t see anywhere else. Local artisans create and replicate wares that are loving homages to our favorite film, tv and comic book space heroes. Star Trek, Firefly, Star Wars, Farscape, Firefly, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and many, many more.

WEST HOLLYWOOD: 18th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival – Plummer Park – From 11 am to 7 pm – FREE family-friendly events celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the more than 500,000 members of the Los Angeles region’s Russian-speaking community. The Festival is free and open to the public and it will include a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors.

LOS ANGELES: The Little Green Kitchen Pop-Up: Vegan Tacos, Nachos, Tostadas & Cheesecakes – From 9 am to 2 pm. Serving up awesome 100% plant-based organic whole food cuisine that will leave you wanting more. Our mission is to make a positive impact on the world & effect change through food that tastes familiar, is kind to our environment and great for the animals. Join us every Sunday and taste what vegan is all about.

boxes of fresh, red strawberries with green stems

GARDEN GROVE: Strawberry Festival – Village Green Park – Runs Friday 1 pm through Monday – Garden Grove marks Memorial Day weekend for the 61st year with its Strawberry Festival – the second largest city festival in the West. Other events at the festival include loads of carnival rides, celebrities, a Tiny Tots King & Queen Contest, live music, a baby beauty pageant, a red-head round-up, and Friday’s cutting of the world’s largest strawberry shortcake (6 pm) which is served free to more than 2,000 attendees. Ride-all-day wristbands cost $30 on Friday and $35 the rest of the weekend. All proceeds go to children’s charities. The festival is held at the Village Green between Main Street and Euclid Avenue in downtown Garden Grove.

Memorial Day Weekend

Fri May 24th

LOS ANGELES: NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival – South Park Center – From 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm – NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) showcases Asian and Asian American talent behind and in front of the camera across two programs this month as part of InFocus: Asian Cinema, along with the world premiere of director Alex Ferrari’s latest feature film, On the Corner of Ego and Desire. Single Film Programs are $10 and All-Access Passes for all film programs + open bar are $15. Get your tickets now before it’s too late!

FLINTRIDGE: La Canada’s Fiesta Days – Begins tonight from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Casino Night) and runs through Monday. La Canada’s weekend-long Memorial Day celebration includes a community breakfast, live music, a BBQ, music, and fireworks. Monday closes out with a grand parade down Foothill Boulevard, followed by afternoon game and music in the park. FREE.

REDONDO: Free Family Movie Nights 2019 – Redondo Pier – The Redondo Beach Pier screens free movies on the Boardwalk every Friday night in May. Movies begin at dusk. This week’s show is Mary Poppins Returns. FREE.

HOLLYWOOD: American Cinematheque Films at Egyptian Theatre – Starts at 7:30 pm today and run through May 31 – This acclaimed series features screen gems both foreign and domestic at Los Angeles landmark the Egyptian Theatre, where you can catch international documentaries, Oscar-winning double — and even “triple” features — as well as anniversary revivals, riveting seminars and guest appearances by some of the film world’s best and brightest, all specially curated by this non-profit cultural organization.

Sat May 25th

African-American father smiling while carrying his little daughter on his shoulders at an outdoor festival

CASTAIC: Memorial Weekend Honoring Black Palm Springs – From 10:30 am through May 27 – We will be celebrating this historic weekend in Val Verde Park, a safe haven for Black people during the 1930s when they were barred from public recreational spaces in LA. Everyone is invited! Join us as we continue to keep traditions alive and honor past histories while creating new memories. Spend a day or bring a tent and camp for the whole weekend – it is FREE! Live music, poetry, art, activities for children (and big kids too!), yoga, drumming, hiking, BBQ grills, recreational activities and much more.

TOPANGA: Topanga Days Country Fair – Topanga Community House – Starts at 10 am and runs through Monday. Memorial Day celebration, that consists largely of music (lots of music), watermelon seed spitting, pie eating contests, a plethora of artisan booths, sack races, and a baby derby. The event also includes the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, lining up at 7 am at Pine Tree Circle in the center of town. The parade leaves promptly at 8:30 am.

HERMOSA BEACH: Fiesta Hermosa – downtown – May 25 – 27, 10 am to 6 pm. It’s the “Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in Southern California,” featuring approximately 300 artists including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. Includes wide selection of cuisine in the food court, Charity Beer & Wine Garden, live music on two main stages as well as a new satellite stage situated outside Java Man, Kiddie Carnival, Mommies Stations, free shuttle bus service, and the “ever-popular & world famous free Bike Valet service, compliments of Hermosa Cyclery.”

FOUNTAIN VALLEY: NEW DATE! 10th Annual Monarch Butterfly Day – Mile Square Park – From 10 am to 2 pm. OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at these magnificent creatures. The FREE event takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking Lot C. Children can learn how to plant their very own butterfly garden. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure. Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Event and parking are free. Recommended for ages four to 12. Remember to bring your cameras!

NORTHRIDGE: Valley Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – May 25 – 27, from noon to 9 pm. Enjoy a cultural experience for all ages with live music, dancing, gourmet food, homemade pastries, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, a Greek market, and a variety of shopping boutiques. Families can indulge in Greek delicacies such as Calamari, Dolmathes (grape leaves stuffed with rice), Gyros, Loucanico (Greek sausage), Moussaka, Pastitso (Greek lasagna), Souvlaki, Greek Chicken, and Spanakopita. Dessert-minded folk should leave room for homemade Greek pastries such as Baklava and Loukoumades (Greek doughnuts). Kids can enjoy the play area with games, bounce houses, and ceramic painting. Admission $4. Parking is free.

Sun May 26th

ORANGEHeartbeat of Mexico Festival – Chapman University – From 1 pm to 5 pm. pet-friendly of Mexico returns to Orange County with the fourth annual Heartbeat of Mexico festival. Last year’s gathering drew more than 6,500 people to the Musco Center for the Arts and Aitken Arts Plaza at Chapman University over Memorial Day weekend in a gathering of Mexican culture. The festival returns in 2019 with superstar duo Jesse & Joy, the iconic Alicia Villarreal, and Lupillo Rivera performing with Mariachi. Free events include a large-scale family-friendly community outdoor festival, a new celebration of Ballet Folklórico, and a six-week cultural arts and lecture series that explores the depths of Mexican and Mexican-American culture.

LONG BEACH: Holland Festival – From 10 am to 6:30 pm. Join the largest Indo Dutch celebration in the US. This year will be extra special as we are celebrating 30 years of fun with family and friends. Generations are having their annual reunion. Enjoy your favorite authentic Dutch and Indo food and dance to the music of familiar Dutch and Indo Rock bands. Bring your picnic blanket and chairs and spend the whole day. Admission $10.

TORRANCE: Torrance Antique Street Faire -Join the hunt for vintage treasures when over 200 sellers transform the streets of downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique flea market! Antique appraisal booth – only $3.00 per item! Live music and DJ Ozzie. Torrance High School Band Booster Bake Sale. Free admission and pet-friendly!

UNIVERSAL CITY:Summer Kickoff at Howl at the Moon – Nightlife in Universal City/Hollywood – From 7 pm to 1:30 am. Let the summer fun begin! The time for summer fun is officially here and we are ready to kick-start this Memorial Day weekend with our Summer Kickoff party! We are turning up the heat so mark your calendars because we will have the party going all night with our drink specials and live show.

Mon May 27th

LOS ANGELES: Battleship Iowa Memorial Day Tribute – From 10 am to 3 pm. Remember our service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Opening remembrance ceremony, San Pedro City Ballet patriotic performance, San Pedro Brewing Co. beer tasting, face painting and kids crafts, military vehicles on display, EPIC TACOS food truck. FREE pierside activities. All active, retired, and reserved military (with valid ID) will receive general admission to the Battleship Iowa Museum.F

SYLMAR: Memorial Day Observance in Pioneer Memorial Cemetery – Gates open at 10 am. This is the second oldest graveyard in the San Fernando Valley and contains the remains of local residents, immigrants, and five civil war veterans. The observance will include a wreath laying ceremony, U.S. flag-raising, rifle salute, and “Taps”.

LOS ANGELES: 5th Annual Roller Skating With Auptimism– Northridge Skateland – From 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Come to the Special Needs Family Roller Skating Party to take part invited to take part in the festivities. We will have the rink to ourselves, so let’s get ready to roll, bounce and dance! This is a FREE event for all special needs families with no age limit. The rink will be wheelchair accessible!

SIGNAL HILL: 4th Annual ‘Rockin’ Flapjack Breakfast – Rock for Vets fundraiser – Applebee’s – From 8 am to 10 am. Honor real neighborhood heroes on Memorial Day! Plus, from open to close, 15% of your total bill will benefit The Rock Club Music Is The Remedy, whose mission is to improve the lives of Veterans, at-risk youth, and other groups through music instruction, education, and mentoring, just mention ‘Rock For Vets.’

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