Looking for fun things to do this coming weekend in or around the San Fernando Valley?  Well look no further.  Here’s a few ideas for nights out with or without the family in the next upcoming weeks…

Fri Sept 5th

Burbank- Burbank International Film Festival returns for its 6th year.  This event is growing popularity every year. There will be celebs, red carpet events and of course films.  Support a great local industry event.  Runs through Sunday.
DTLA-Japanese American National Museum presents “Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game.” This unique exhibit examines the importance of players on and off the field, civil rights, community and cultural aspects.  Event is $9 for Adults and $5 for children over 6.
DTLA-Free Friday Flicks start in Pershing square. This week it’s the teen tantrum night with the movie Juno.  Event is free and starts at 8pm.  Bring blankets and something to eat.
DTLA- After a hard week at work it’s time to let loose and shake your groove thang. The Music Center Plaza presents disco inferno.  Dance the night away and forget about that boss of yours.  There will be beginner lessons throughout the night.  Event is free
Long Beach– It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Lobster Fest time!!
If you love lobster comes on down to the Long Beach promenade for some good eats.  Ticket prices range in price but all include a good time. Festival runs thru Sept 7th
Los Angeles- St. Sophia Greek Festival is here for the weekend.  Soak up some Greek culture, food and dancing.  Be Greek for a day, you will love it.
North Hollywood-Need a little theater in your life?  Come and see Doubting Thomason. Reviews are killer and you might see someone’s Thomason, Oh my!
Pasadena-It’s Family Flicks movie night al fresco.  This week’s feature is Chicken Run. There’s nothing like a Claymation movie with the voice of Mel Gibson to start my weekend of on the good foot.  Everyone is welcome, even Fido.  Event is free.
Sherman Oaks-The Free summer dance party continues at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.  Free dance lessons provided by the Arthur Murray dance studio.  No experience or partner necessary. Come out and enjoy some fun.
Woodland Hills-Pierce College presents Movies on the Farm.  This week’s feature is Space Cowboys.  Enjoy a movie, get some produce and play some games.  Event is free.

Sat Sept 6th

Beverly Hills- It’s time to see the magic that is Franklin Canyon through its appearances on the screen both big and small, dating from the 1930’s until now. Event is free.
DTLA– Need to beat it out? Come on down to Grand Park LA and bang the drum a little.  Awaken your inner drummer boy/girl, start the week refreshed and with a new rhythm.
DTLA-  The free summer concert series continues with Yuna.  Yuna is a music style that celebrates the Malaysian soul of some local artist. Concert is free and dancing is encouraged.
Eagle Rock/LA-Have fun in your own backyard and discover the wonderful things around you by asking a Naturalist.  Marsh Park is the place where you can learn about the environment in your neighborhood.  Event is 2 hours.
Los Angeles- Looking to amerce yourself in a new culture?  Come on down to the 2014 Youth Ambassadors Taiwan Culture Exchange Tour.  Meet new people, learn about a different culture and maybe be a host family.
Los Angeles-Sometimes a horrible movie is a good as a great movie.  Come on down to the NerdMelt Showroom to have a theatrical discussion about all the ridiculously bad things about Sharknado 2.  This is the 5th anniversary of the production that features various comics in a round table discussion plus prizes and free popcorn.
Pasadena- Looking to get out the house?  Come to the Pasadena Towers parking structure on Lake Ave. to watch a movie under the stars.  This week the featured flick is Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Pasadena-The Armory Center for the Arts presents Glass Pavilion.  This unique piece pays homage to its predecessor as an exalted shed. Everything is made from glass and gives a different perspective on Bruno Taut’s Glass Pavilion of 1914.  Event runs through October 26th.
Pasadena-It’s that time of the year, time to go back to school.  What better way to do it than with new clothes.  TSS Annual Fashion Show is holding its 7th annual runway of fashion.  Come in to get some unique pieces and maybe even walk the runway.
Pasadena-Time to enjoy the nightlife and what better way than with live music at One Colorado.  Sunny War is bringing the noise and funk to your Saturday night.
Universal City-Big! World! Fun! Is all that and more.  Stop by the Ford Theater to see all sorts of music and dancers from around the world.  Event is free.
Van Nuys- Woodley Park is the place to picnic in the park with your family.  Whole Food is throwing a picnic party and you are invited.  All you have to do it bring the people and the blanket and leave the rest for them.
West LA-Missing a little rugged leather in your life?  Look no further.  The Anvil Handcrafted Leather Trunk Show is here to help.  Pick up that one of a kind item while supporting local artists.  It’s good all the way around.  Cost is free.

Sun Sept 7th

Beverly Hills- Go take a hike, no really, it’s good for you.  Bright an early at 9am come on down to Franklin Canyon for a Nature Trek.  Get out of the house and stop to smell nature.
Beverly Hills-Celebrate National Grandparents day at the Zimmer Children’s Museum.  Enjoy the day with grandma and gramps as you create a storybook of your lives.  Cost is $7.
Los Angeles- Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a life time.  Come on down to any lake, ocean and river to fish for free in LA County.  Check out the link to make sure your area watering hole is participating.
Los Angeles-Target Free Sundays at CAAM.  The California African American Museum is putting on a very spicy music workshop featuring the Latin sounds of the Americans.  Hear the drums and listen to the spoken word.
Hollywood-National Museum of Animals and Society presents Dog, Cat, Mouse: Art Exhibit.  It explores three artists and their creativity around the three stated animals.  Event is free by donations are appreciated.
West LA- The Hammer Museum will be closing out the Made in LA exhibit. So what’s a better way to end a great run than with family.  Participate in dance workshops, make take-home goodies and memories that will last a lifetime. Event is free.
West LA- Annenberg Space for Photography presents Country: Portraits of an American Sound.  This collection pictures how music symbols and instruments have change over the history of America as a country.  Admission is free.

Fri Sept 12th

DTLA- Pershing Square is helping your Friday start off right with a movie al fresco. This week the feature is the dark movie American Beauty. Start time is 8pm and event is free.  Bring things to sit on and things to eat.
Eagle Rock/LA-Kids glued to the couch and TV.  Get those kids outside for Mommy, Me and the River.  This free event will get kids to open their eyes to the world around them while getting a little exercise.  Event is an hour so no one misses lunch or that afternoon nap.
Pasadena-Work week is over.  Grab the kids and head to One Colorado for a free movie under the stars.  This week’s flick The Muppets.  Tasty snacks are included while they last.  Get there early as event is really popular.
West LA-Bringing Yosemite to Downtown LA to what is going on at the Grotto Amphitheater.  Come enjoy an outdoor screen of a Ken Burn’s movie about the 150th anniversary of Yosemite and other California parks.
Woodland Hills-Friday Night at the Farm continues with its 2nd to last movie of the season. This week’s flick is Frankenweenie.  This hilarious black and white Time Burton film is great for kids and adults. Stop on by.

Sat Sept 13th

Calabasas-There is nothing like reliving history.  Walk into the Chumash World does just that.  Walk in the footsteps of the Native American ancestors and see through their eyes what everyday things they did to survive and sustain the land and life.
DTLA-Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the hub of Hispanic culture, Olvera Street.  See traditional dance, eat the best food and learn something. Event is free.
Eagle Rock/LA-Marsh Park wants you to Play the LA River in its launch event.  This eclectic festival will help you learn about your environment around you through games and an art walk. Come outside and enjoy nature.  Event is free.
Los Angeles-Four words; pie and square dancing contest.  Well, that’s five but it’s a good time.  The Heritage Square Museum is hosting an old fashion pie and square dancing contest.  Be a ‘judge’ on all the wonderful pies submitted and dance like a fool.  $7 admission for non-museum members, free for those who are.
Los Angeles- One of the great modern mysteries is what happened to Amelia Earhart.  Future Studio Gallery examines that mystery through art.  Come and see what they have and draw your own conclusion.
Los Angeles-Everyone knows someone in “in the biz” now you can too. 168 Film Festival is having a screening and kid’s red carpet event complete with games and face painting.  Come to Aratani Japanese American Theater to see if your child has what it takes.  Event is $5.
North Hollywood-Do something different today, join a drum circle. REMO RMC is hosting this free event.  Improve you rhythm and learn about MS. No previous drum circle experience needed.
Northridge-Rise and shine for an early debate on the constitution and the political parties.  It’s US Constitution Day at CSUN.   This should be a rousing debate with a very lively panel.  No octane needed.
Pasadena- Phoebe Bridges delights musical fans wherever she goes and she’s coming to One Colorado. Her sweet and tender performances have delighted people at the most famous LA venues.  Come on by and let her charm you.

Sun Sept 14th

Beverly Hills-Franklin Canyon wants you!  They are looking for a few good volunteers to be naturalists.  These people are essentials to tours and education of thousands that visit the center every year. If you are looking for a good cause to get involved with. Come and check it out.
Beverly Hills- Want to get a jump on your fall TV watching now?  Come on down to the Paley Center for PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews and get a chance to preview shows for the upcoming fall season.  Some of your favorite and some new ones will be previewed.  Eat, drink and watch to your hearts delight for $20. RSVP ASAP
Chinatown/LA-Make your Sunday afternoon count. Come on down to the Beat Swap Meet.  Buy, sell and trade music items.  Vendors of all sorts will be on hand even ones to fix those broken turntables.  This event helps LA county homeless communities and entrance is free with a can food donation.
DTLA-A special presentation from the Los Angeles Public Library, Turn up the Radio, features Rock n’ Roll in its heyday 1956-72.  This special exhibit showcase the ‘little people’ behind the scene; studio musicians, background singer, producers and writers. Author and collector Harvey Kubernik will be displaying rare items as well as signing books.
DTLA-The best way to end a weekend is with Sunday Sessions at Grand Park.  Dance the afternoon away to the best beats. This week’s artist are Idiot Savant, Lisbona, Matt Xavier, Sean Patrick and Eduardo Castillo.
Griffith Park/LA-Everything is Awesome, no really it is.  Legos have landed at the Autry National Center.  Explore one of the country’s most famous routes, Route 66, in Lego style.  Enjoy games and hunts.  Kids 5-12 welcome and parents of course.  Event price varies from $4-$10.
Griffith Park/LA-What’s a Western? Good question! A film series at The Autry National Center explores that question and examines the movie Cars comparing to a more traditional movie.  Should be a room of good fodder.
Pasadena-Thai food is one of the most recognizable cuisines in the world. Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings “A Taste of Bali” to the USC Pacific Museum. Explore the techniques and ingredients that make this food so unique.
West LA- The 13th Annual Little Ethiopia Festival brings its unique colors and sounds to the streets of West Los Angeles. Come and see all the vendors and taste foods from a culture half a world away. Event is free and for the whole family.

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