SEPTEMBER 3-5: Enjoy authentic Greek food, live Greek music and dancing, cooking demonstrations, shopping, self-guided church tours, bounce houses, obstacle courses, and more.
SEPTEMBER 8-10: Celebrate California's rich maritime history with a fun-filled weekend featuring visiting Tall Ships, cannon battles, mermaid swim shows, pirate school, re-enactors and sailor camp, local vendors, live music, food trucks and more.
SEPTEMBER 8-10: Live Maine Lobster steamed in world's largest cookers, live music (featuring must-see Michael Jackson Tribute Show and more), free souvenir e-photo, carnival rides and games, face painting, kid's stage (cool critter show and close-up encounter) and VIP Lounge. There’s a food court with all kinds of tasty eats (including non-seafood items for kids) and more!
SEPTEMBER 9-10: Celebrate the past, present, and future of train travel with activations and programs including railroad equipment tours and displays, model train displays, tours, information booths, giveaways, food and beverage carts, live music, and more.
SEPTEMBER 9-10: This celebration features traditional cultural craft demonstrations, storytelling, music, and dance celebrating indigenous California maritime cultures.
SEPTEMBER 9: Puptopia experiences include shows on the Main Stage, PAWground photo ops, drinks and eats for dogs and humans, peticure and pawssage, agility course, on-stage education, vendors, and custom pup-centric activations.
SEPTEMBER 15-17: Celebrate Solvang's Danish heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, and live entertainment.
SEPTEMBER 16-17: Vista Viking Festival is Southern California's premier Viking era celebration. Re-enactors in Viking Villages provide historical context, battles, and a glimpse at Viking life.
SEPTEMBER 16-17: Celebrate local Hispanic and Latino community at Santa Ana's very own Fiestas Patrias. Festivities include a parade, street fair, live music, food, carnival rides, cultural exhibitors, and more.
SEPTEMBER 17: A fun family day filled with reading activities, author meet and greets, balloon artist, face painting, performances, arts and crafts and more.
SEPTEMBER 17: The entire family can partake in free art projects (crown and puppet making), face painting, free sampling of a Persian treat, and performances.
SEPTEMBER 22-24: Nonstop ukulele music performances, unlimited workshop access, play-alongs, open mic, and more. Free for kids 12 and under.
SEPTEMBER 23-24: Celebrate cultures from Mexico, Central and South America, and beyond with traditional dance, live music, educational programming in English and Spanish, and booths.
SEPTEMBER 23: Join the City of Laguna Hills for Heritage Day with family activities, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, food and drinks, and more.
SEPTEMBER 23: Experience the rich heritage of the Persian culture through traditional music, dance, and art. Families can enjoy a dedicated children's area with activities, face painting, and storytelling.
SEPTEMBER 23: Kids and families can enjoy ocean-related activities throughout the day including face painting, ocean crafts, education tables, learn how to cast a fishing rod, attend animal feedings, and dance to live bands.
SEPTEMBER 23: Explore different cultures around the world through amazing performances, delicious food, community booths and a variety of family-friendly activities.
SEPTEMBER 24: Meet world-renowned paleontologists, participate in hands-on activities, see rare specimens, explore the Dinosaur Hall, and shop for dinosaur inspired merchandise.
SEPTEMBER 24: Frequently referred to as "Coachella for Kids," Great Big Family Play Day is the West Coast's most popular family music festival.
SEPTEMBER 30: Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia with music, dance, and crafts.
SEPTEMBER 30: Join the Autry Museum for a full day of fun celebrating the Autry's 35th anniversary with activities for families and kids of all ages. Tickets are the same price as the day they first opened in 1988.
OCTOBER 6-7: Enjoy live music, entertainment, vendor booths, car show, and a kids area featuring games and rides.
OCTOBER 6-8: This annual event is free to the public. Unlimited ride wristbands, individual ride tickets, food, beer, and wine are sold separately.
OCTOBER 7: Join this free, family-friendly event featuring free harbor tours (for first 600 attendees), live performances, Coast Guard water rescue demo, fireboat demo, train rides, face painting, Aquarium of the Pacific touch tanks, treat trails, and lots more.
OCTOBER 7: Free, family-friendly event showcasing the best that Italian culture has to offer. Join for an afternoon of fun and entertainment surrounded by food, music, and merchandise vendors.
OCTOBER 7: Enjoy cultural performances, lion dance, drum performances, kids zone, fashion show, food vendors, and exhibitors.
OCTOBER 8: Celebrate the mid-Autumn moon with a full day of fun for the entire family. Enjoy musical and dance performances.
OCTOBER 8: Free kites for kids, games and activities, live music, and dance performances. Free for all ages.
OCTOBER 13-15: Enjoy a corn festival parade, live performances, vendors, and more. There will be a corn eating contest on October 14.
OCTOBER 14: Join The Wallis for an unforgettable day filled with interactive music-themed activities. Families can get up close and personal at the instrument petting zoo, craft a French horn, and create their own musical masterpiece, and enjoy live musical performances.
OCTOBER 14: Join the City of Placentia for a parade, car show, craft vendors, games, business expo and more.
OCTOBER 14: The annual festival features a variety of food items and global cuisine, music and dance performances, homemade goods and art, art exhibitions, cultural displays, and the expanded Kids Village with petting zoo, crafts, and interactive activities.
OCTOBER 14: Community festival featuring multicultural food court, two entertainment stages, family fun zone with inflatable attractions, craft village, children's cultural booth, and art and poetry showcase.
OCTOBER 20-22: Bring the family and join the fun with carnival rides, games, contests, food, entertainment and raffles.
OCTOBER 21-22: Celebrate the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts. Exhibitors include many of the greatest letterpress and printmaking artists, offering custom posters, printings, hand-printed cards, memorabilia, hand-made paper, and antiquarian books for sale.
SELECT DATES, SEPTEMBER 9 - OCTOBER 21: Library Fest events are going on at 10 library locations throughout September and October. Design your own tote bag, create a video in the 360 photo booth, participate in interactive programs, enjoy face painting and magic performances, learn from STEAM activities, and more.
OCTOBER 21: Explore aircrafts and enjoy live music, food trucks, static aircraft, and live entertainment.
OCTOBER 21: Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (an Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments and projects.
OCTOBER 21-22: The Open Main Street festival returns to Santa Monica with live music, Day of the Dog collaboration, pickleball pop-up courts, rock climbing wall, and kids corner with sports, face painting, g-rated comedy show, musical story time and more.
OCTOBER 22: In-N-Out Burger will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with an all-day family-friendly festival featuring drag racing, large-scale car show with hot rods and muscle cars, unlimited carnival games and rides, cookout trucks, and live music.
SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 29: Visit Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures for their annual Autumn Jubilee featuring reptile interactions, hayride, cider pressing, hoedown, petting zoo, candle dipping, painting craft, and lots more!
NOVEMBER 4: Kid-friendly dance party where you and your littlest ones can groove to thumping sounds and flashing lights. Props will be all around the dance floor.
NOVEMBER 4: This event features interactive booths where you can learn about the ocean and the environment, make observations, and ask lots and lots of questions.
NOVEMBER 4: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Día De Los Muertos featuring a grand parade, traditional music, Aztec dancers and Folklorico dancers, and live music performances.
NOVEMBER 5: The Art + Nature Family Festival is an event for all ages. Laguna Art Museum presents fun and enriching hands-on activities and educational stations throughout the museum.
NOVEMBER 5: UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital hosts their annual Party on the Pier featuring carnival games with Mattel toys as prizes, celebrity appearances and photo booth, meal vouchers and carnival treats, crafts, activities, meet therapy animals, and more.
NOVEMBER 11 & MARCH 16: The Book Arts Patch Day for Girls is designed for all girls age 10-18 to learn about and practice the book arts through hands-on experience including: letterpress printing, paper making, bookbinding, and illustration design.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11-12: The festival will feature traditional craft demonstrations, music, dance, cultural arts exhibits, and storytelling, celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian-American cultures.
NOVEMBER 12: Visit the urban farm where there will be loads of earth-friendly activities for the whole family, plus free food and school supplies giveaways! Activities include: a compost demonstration where you can bring your old carved pumpkins, flower crown making, succulent planting, dried fruit and herb garland making, clothes swap, and more.
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