Summer’s almost coming to an end but don’t let that stop your plans!
Check out these fun events that won’t cost an arm and leg. Let’s go!
* Events listed in alphabetical order.
13th Annual Plane Pull in Long Beach
August 18: Watch local teams test their strength, stamina and endurance to see how far they can pull a 124,000-pound FedEx Boeing 757 the fastest. Benefiting the Special Olympics, the event features food trucks, family activities, a car show and a kids’ plane pull. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
2018 Perseid Meteor Shower
August 12 and 13: Start watching the night skies in the second week of August, when the Perseid meteor shower moving at a steady pace, reliably producing meteors each night. The best time to catch this spectacular phenomena is in the pre-dawn hours. Perseid numbers often reach 50 or more meteors per hour! Find watching tips on the link below.
56th Annual International Surf Festival
August 1-5: Watch beach competitions including volleyball, lifegaurd, bodysurfing, SUP, paddleboard, surfing, sand castle design and swimming. Thursday – Sunday, visit their website for daily schedules. Free to spectate. Beaches include Hermosa, Manhattan, Torrance and Redondo.
Annual Plum Festival in Huntington Beach
August 19: Bring the family to celebrate everything plum, with live music, carnival games, face painting, plum cakes, plum crepes, a BBQ kitchen, arts and crafts vendors and more. Sunday, 2-6 p.m.; dachshund races at 3 p.m. Free admission.
ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station in San Diego
August 11-12: See and purchase artwork from hundreds of artists, from oil painting and sculpture, to photography and jewelry, and enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and adults and delicious street food in a beautiful al fresco setting. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
August 17: Brea Fest is a family event that is Brea’s “tastiest” celebration and party of the year. Guests are invited to sample delicious food and beverages from over 30 area restaurants and features two outdoor bands, and exhibition in the Gallery, demonstrating artists, live theater performances, balloon artist, magicians, and much more. “Kidsville” includes face painting, a caricature artist, make-and-take crafts, and kid-friendly foods. Friday, 6:30-10 p.m. Free admission and parking.
Concerts in the Sunken Gardens in Westminster
Thursdays, August 2-16: Gather the family and enjoy an evening of dancing and live music in Civic Center Sunken Gardens. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.
August 2: Abbey Road (Beatles Tribute)
August 9: The Silverados (Country Band)
August 16: Pop Vinyl (Dance Band)
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses. Browse hundreds of individual craft-artists, designers and artisanal food makers, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks. Visit their website for details of upcoming creation stations and printmaking workshops. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission and parking, free.
Dog Days of Summer in Fullerton
August 2: Tonight is a night just for the dogs! Bring your furry friend to the Fullerton Market for a night of dog contests, demonstrations, dog-related vendor booths and more. A DJ will be performing throughout the night. Thursday, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Fullerton Downtown Plaza.
Family Funtime Magic Show in Yorba Linda
August 16: You won’t believe your eyes as International Comedian Magician Justin Rivera wows and amazes with his incredible magic show. Thursday, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library Community Room.
Free Class Week at Kick It Up!
August 20-26: Every wonder what Zumba is? Do your kids want to try dance like tap, hip hop, ballet or tap, but not ready to make the commitment to a class series? For one week, Kick It Up offers free classes! Kids can try any class, you too! Class times vary.
Free Concerts in Anaheim
Saturdays, August 11 and 18: The price is right at these free summer concerts, sure to entertain the whole family. 7 p.m. Free. Pearson Park Amphitheatre.
August 11: Stone Soul Band (Motown tribute)
August 18: Savor (Santana tribute band)
Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby in Huntington Beach
August 11: At this 55th annual summer event, kids (4-15) can bring their fishing poles to the end of the pier to fish and compete for prizes. Kids can also dress like Huck Finn, or Becky Thatcher, to participate in the costume contest. Enjoy face painting and arts and crafts. One round of bait and a few loaner rods will be provided to registered participants. Saturday, 9:15 a.m.-noon; registration begins at 8 a.m. Free.
JAM Session in Newhall
August 2: JAM Sessions are free interactive events centered on movement and music that invite participants of all ages and skill levels to dance, play and experience something new and unexpected. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Today, get your swing on with swing dance! Thursday, 7 p.m. Free. Old Town Newhall Library.
La Habra Lions Corn Festival
August 3-5: Families can enjoy music, rides, games and music, plus buttery corn on the cob, great sandwiches, sweet funnel cakes and other tasty treats. Be sure to visit the Corn Festival Marketplace with a variety of vendors. Friday, 5:30-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Free admission. El Centro Lions Park.
Let’s Go to South America Crafts in Newport Beach
August 2: Explore the continent of South America through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level. Free. Thursday, 11 a.m. Balboa Branch Library
Los Angeles City Birthday Past and Present Car Show
August 25: 237th Anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles with Los Pobladores historic re-enactments, a civic ceremony, artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake! Bike or walk to El Pueblo from Mission San Gabriel Saturday, walkers meet at 6 a.m. and bikers meet at 7:30 a.m. Also enjoy a classic collection of vintage autos. The walk concludes at Olvera street with festivities until 1 p.m. Free.
Movie Under the Guns at the USS Iowa
August 17: Head to the fantail of the Battleship IOWA and enjoy a movie screening under the guns. Remember to bring your chairs and blankets for this event, and relax as you overlook the LA waterfront. Friday, 8 p.m. Free.
Movies Under the Stars in Anaheim
Fridays, August 10 and 17: Snuggle up under the stars, and enjoy some of your favorite family flicks! 8 p.m. Pearson Park Amphitheatre.
August 10: Coco
August 17: Lego Ninjago
Natsumatsuri Family Festival in Los Angeles
August 18: This annual summer celebration features Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Japanese American National Museum.
Potty Training Parenting Workshop in Altadena
August 1: Need ideas or support to make your child’s potty training a success? Learn tips and techniques to ensure a successful, positive experience. Children are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required. Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Stratford School.
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
August 18: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.
Summer Reading Program Finisher’s Party at Newport Beach Library
August 11: Join the library for a live animal show and party to celebrate the Summer Reading program finishers and participants. Pacific Animal Productions will take everyone on an exotic animal adventure with animals from around the world, finishers will be honored and a special treat provided after in the Bamboo Courtyard. Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon. Free. Central Library Friends Room.
Summer Stampede Car Show in Lakewood
August 12: This 21st annual event features dozens of classic cars and trucks, plus entertainment, food, vendors and kids’ activities. Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Mayfair Park.
Summer’s End Concert in Long Beach
August 24: End the summer with a fun free concert by Trinity, who pays tribute to Styx, Foreigner and Journey. Also enjoy food trucks and a free Kids Zone. Friday, 5 p.m. Marine Stadium.
Surfin’ Sundays Concert in Huntington Beach
Select Sundays, June 13 – October 7: The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum hosts an afternoon of free music featuring different surf bands back-to-back. Bring a picnic, water and drinks, and money for ice cream at the snack stand. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free. Visit their website for band line-up.
Taste of the Long Beach Waterfront
August 29-30: Downtown Long Beach is a foodie’s paradise. Join them for the third and final Taste event of the 2018 series as the Taste of Downtown returns to the beautiful waterfront at Rainbow Harbor in Downtown Long Beach. Enjoy samples from the best restaurants along the waterfront, plus live music and a bike valet for those arriving on two wheels. Wednesday and Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Free admission; $1 tasting tickets.
Thor’s Reptile Family in Placentia
August 1: Take a safari around the world and learn about the lives of arthropods, amphibians and reptiles of all sizes. Educational and entertaining this show features herbivores, carnivores, insectivores and omnivores! Wednesday, 2-3 p.m. Free. Placentia Library.
Tiki Beach Festival in Long Beach
August 18-19: This annual celebration of Island culture features an island marketplace, arts and crafts, a fire show, authentic island food, a kids’ zone and play areas, canoe rides, tiki carving and live music and dancing. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. Granada Beach in Belmont Shore.