Before you know it, your little one will be a college kid, crowd-surfing through a sweaty nightclub at 2 a.m.
Lucky for you, he still loves banjos and sing-alongs! Now’s your chance to face the music (together) at these last-of-the-summer kids’ concerts, guaranteed to entertain little squirts, tweens and grown-ups alike.
1. We Are LA Family Music Festival
September 17: The day-long We Are LA Family Festival at the StubHub Center features a long line-up of family-favorite performers, including Kevin Costner & Modern West, Reluctant Apostles with Katey Sagal, YouTuber Jessica Sanchez, Ozokidz, Lisa Loeb and Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. You can also play soccer with the LA Galaxy Foundation, toss footballs with Ameri-I-Can, explore with Kidspace Children’s Museum, kayak and fish with the National Park Service, face-paint with Hollywood makeup artists, visit with animals from STAR Eco Station and much more. $20-110; find coupon codes online for BOGO tickets and discount family four-packs. All proceeds benefit local children’s charities.
18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson.
2. Long Beach Folk Revival Fest
September 17: Head to Long Beach for an old-fashioned jamboree filled with folk, roots and Americana music. The Family Stage features an open bluegrass jams, square dancing, a kids’ beard and mustache contest and performances by The Hollow Trees. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Adults, $40; kids (12 and under) and seniors (over 75), free.
Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Village Dr.
3. Hollow Trees at Kidspace
September 18: Resting up after their performances at the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, the Hollow Trees return to Pasadena to play their signature bluegrass tunes in Kidspace Museum’s Stone Hollow Amphitheater. Bring your dancing shoes. Sunday, 1 p.m. Included with admission.
Kidspace Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
4. Jelly of the Month Club in Santa Ana
September 18: With members from some of the top musical acts to come out of Southern California, including Sublime and the Ziggens, Jelly of the Month Club is a fun, family band that inspires ages 1-100 to celebrate timeless American musical traditions with jaw-dropping live shows that are entertaining, interactive and educational. Catch them this weekend in Santa Ana, and on October 30 in Long Beach. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. $10+
Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana
5. Peter Alsop’s Kids’ Koncerts in Topanga Canyon
September 18 and 25: Some of the area’s top children’s performers have taken the stage all summer long in this magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods. There are two shows left! Sundays, 11 a.m. $10 for ages 2 and up (under 2 free).
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
6. Free Family LA County concerts
Through October: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has presented free family-friendly concerts at parks, outdoor amphitheaters, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County all summer long. You still have time to catch everything from Latin beats in Rosemead to Roots music in San Pedro. See the website for the complete schedule.