#TopPicks: August ’18 Outings

It might be back-to-school month, but August’s outing opportunities do not disappoint! With offerings in the outdoors, under the stars, or experiencing local culture, you and your Little are sure to have an awesome month. Don’t forget to check out the calendar for more outing ideas!

Sunday, August 5

Freshwater Marsh Tour at Ballona Creek: Get in touch with nature during this tour from 10-11:30 am.

Beverly Hills Farmers Market Picklefest: Pickle lovers, rejoice! Experience the farmers market and a pickle competition in Beverly Hills.

CatCon: Where pop culture and cats converge! Your cat-crazy Little will love the cat-centric sessions featuring famous felines.

Sunday Bird Walk: Join the group at SaMo Fund for a birdwatching and Reserve walk around the San Fernando Valley Audubon.

Tiny Porch Concerts: Check out this free, outdoor concert at Peter Strauss Ranch, featuring The Lowest Pair with Roses & Cigarettes.

Taste of Ecuador Food Festival & Parade: This free family event features Ecuadorian cuisine, crafts, and music in Downtown LA.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Jazz on the Lawn: If your Little is a jazz enthusiast, head over to Santa Monica’s Gandara Park for an evening of dancing and food trucks!

Monday, August 6

Echo Park Journalism Workshop: Fledgling journalists will jump at the opportunity to write, edit, and publish a story in 826LA’s quarterly newspaper.

Tuesday, August 7

Hike Into Fryman Canyon: Explore the wilderness of Wilacre and Coldwater Parks during this 5 1/2 mile, moderately paced hike to a hidden eucalyptus grove and seasonal creek.

Free Bfit Zumba Class: Join a free fitness class at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw every Tuesday evening!

Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Experience a free, outdoor, beach-side screening of Mary Poppins at Granada Beach.

Wednesday, August 8

Beginner’s Bird Walk: Join the Conejo Valley Audobon for a bird walk at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa. Beginners will be introduced to the best techniques on how to find and identify oak woodlands birds.

Sweet Rose Creamery Movie Nights: Sweet Rose Creamery’s Studio City location is screening The Goonies! Enjoy ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and games on their back patio.

KCon West: The Hammer Museum presents a special free concert in the courtyard with 3 contemporary Korean musicians, as a sneak peek to KCON, the world’s largest Korean culture and music festival.

Thursday, August 9

Morning Hike: Join the Sierra Club for a moderately paced, 5-8 mi hike in northern Topanga State Park.

Screen on the Green: Malibu’s Trancas Country Market is hosting an evening screening every Thursday! Join them this week for The Incredibles.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bfit Cardio Kick Class: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosts a free, energetic fitness class every Thursday.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball: Hit up the Skirball for a free evening concert!

Free Summer Movie Night: Catch a screening of Space Jam at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, including live music, food trucks, and games.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Experience a free, outdoor, beach-side screening of The Lion King at Alamitos Beach.

Friday, August 10

SMPL at the Beach: Join the folks from the Santa Monica Library to combine your Little’s love of reading and the beach! The day features storytime, nautical crafts, and a ukelele lesson.

Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits: The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are open from 5-8 pm on Fridays with free general admission, plus exciting add-on activities offered only during late nights!

626 Night Market: Santa Anita Park plays host to SoCal’s most delicious lineup of food, games, art, and performances!

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Saturday, August 11

Freshwater Marsh Tour at Ballona Creek: Get in touch with nature during this tour from 10-11:30 am.

Family Movie: Wonder: Catch a free screening of Wonder at the South Whittier Library.

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: The streets of Little Tokyo come alive with the food, culture, arts, and entertainment of Japan during this free festival of fun and festivities.

626 Night Market: Santa Anita Park plays host to SoCal’s most delicious lineup of food, games, art, and performances!

Free Bfit Yoga Class: Sign up for a free yoga class every Saturday morning at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.

Portrero Creek Restoration Project: Join the Mountains Restoration Trust and the National Park Service to restore native habitat in Newbury Park.

Movies on the Green: Check out a free outdoor screening of Coco, hosted by the Valley Cultural Center.

Malibu Country Mart Summer Block Party: Enjoy one of Malibu’s favorite events of the year, featuring a petting zoo, henna tattoos, hair braiding, spin art, and more!

Frau Fiber’s Sewing Rebellion and Monthly Craft Lounge: The free craft lounge in Santa Monica is open to all looking to engage in craft projects in the company of others, with an ocean view. Sewing machines, supplies, and other tools are available for use.

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch: This ranger-led walk around the infamous movie town will open your Little’s eyes to the beauty of stargazing.

Marina Movie Nights: Enjoy an evening of swing dancing, plus a screening of Grease at Burton Chace Park. Dance jam session starts at 6 pm, and the movie starts at 8 pm.

Breakfast in the Garden: Join this potluck-style gathering at the Main St. Community Garden in Santa Monica, and take a peek at what’s growing.

Crayfish Removal Volunteering: The Mountains Restoration Trust leads volunteers in trapping and removing invasive crayfish from creeks and streams along Medea Creek Trail.

KCRW Summer Nights’ Backyard Party: Check out a free, live performance by Jim James at KCRW HQ.

Family Splash Day: Bring a picnic and enjoy fun-filled activities at the Santa Monica swim center.

Coyote Scat ID Party: If your Little is a budding biologist, they might enjoy the opportunity to work alongside biologists with the Santa Monica National Park Service to dissect sterilized coyote scat collected in Thousand Oaks!

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sunday, August 12

Saltwater Marsh & Dunes Tour at Ballona Creek: Get in touch with nature during this tour from 1-3 pm.

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Dance Sundays: Experience an intro, all-ages hip hop dance class at The Wallis in Beverly Hills.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: The streets of Little Tokyo come alive with the food, culture, arts, and entertainment of Japan during this free festival of fun and festivities.

626 Night Market: Santa Anita Park plays host to SoCal’s most delicious lineup of food, games, art, and performances!

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Family Flicks Film Series: Visit The Hammer for a screening of Old Yeller, a Disney classic.

Interactive Western Town Tour: Visit Paramount Ranch for a free tour of the Western Town at Paramount Ranch, including fun activities!

Jazz on the Lawn: If your Little is a jazz enthusiast, head over to Santa Monica’s Gandara Park for an evening of dancing and food trucks!

Monday, August 13

Echo Park Journalism Workshop: Fledgling journalists will jump at the opportunity to write, edit, and publish a story in 826LA’s quarterly newspaper.

Tuesday, August 14

Malibu Variety Walk: Join the Sierra Club for a morning walk of Malibu’s many parks on a 4 mi, no gain walk.

Free Bfit Zumba Class: Join a free fitness class at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw every Tuesday evening!

Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Experience a free, outdoor, beach-side screening of Weird Science at Granada Beach.

Downbeat 720: High school students are welcome to this free, positive performance lab. Try out new material and gain confidence while performing in front of peers.

Wednesday, August 15

Back to School Day: The Santa Monica Police Activities League youth center hosts a back-to-school day, including school supply giveaways, dental and vision screenings, activities, and more.

Sweet Rose Creamery Movie Nights: Sweet Rose Creamery’s Studio City location is screening Dirty Dancing! Enjoy ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and games on their back patio.

Dog Days of Summer Screening: Visit The Hammer for a free screening of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.

Thursday, August 16

Hike to Parker Mesa Overlook: The Sierra Club hosts a moderately-paced, 6 mi morning hike in western Topanga State Park.

Echo Park Rising: LA’s favorite free, all-ages music festival is back, featuring activities and multiple stages of entertainment and music.

Screen on the Green: Malibu’s Trancas Country Market is hosting an evening screening every Thursday! Join them this week for What About Bob?.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball: Hit up the Skirball for a free evening concert!

Bfit Cardio Kick Class: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosts a free, energetic fitness class every Thursday.

JazzPOP: Enjoy the eclectic sounds of Tiptons Sax Quartet, a group of 4 female saxophonist/vocalist/composers, plus a rotating male drummer.

Friday, August 17

Friday Habitat Restoration at Ballona Creek: This afternoon creek restoration session is open to ages 7 and up, and equipment is included.

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Indulge in all-you-can-eat ribs, take a free souvenir e-photo, vote for your favorite barbecue at this family-friendly event. Kids 12 and under have free admission!

Echo Park Rising: LA’s favorite free, all-ages music festival is back, featuring activities and multiple stages of entertainment and music.

Ballona Creek Sunset Nature Hike: Only happening in the summer, take a hike along the saltwater marsh from 6:30 to sunset.

Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits: The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are open from 5-8 pm on Fridays with free general admission, plus exciting add-on activities offered only during late nights!

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Saturday, August 18

Beginner Birding & Creek Cleanup: This morning volunteer engagement takes place at Ballona Creek’s saltwater marsh for ages 7 and up. Equipment and binoculars are provided.

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Wings Over Camarillo: Check out air shows, live entertainment, and classic cars at this weekend festival.

Echo Park Rising: LA’s favorite free, all-ages music festival is back, featuring activities and multiple stages of entertainment and music.

KCRW Summer Nights’ Backyard Party: Check out a free, live performance by Henry Rollins at KCRW HQ.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: The streets of Little Tokyo come alive with the food, culture, arts, and entertainment of Japan during this free festival of fun and festivities.

Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series: Check out a free concert by X in Marina del Rey.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Rooftop Cinema Night: Enjoy a free evening screening of Jurassic Park on the rooftop of Pasadena Towers.

LA Taco Festival: Head over to Grand Park to support homeless youth and dig into some tacos! This free event features music, and of course, tacos!

Indian Classical Dance: Learn basic movements of Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance form. No prior experience- only $5!

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Indulge in all-you-can-eat ribs, take a free souvenir e-photo, vote for your favorite barbecue at this family-friendly event. Kids 12 and under have free admission!

Park After Dark: Sunset Tarantula Hike: If you and your Little don’t mind a few creepy-crawlies, join hike rangers in the Santa Monica Mountains to learn more about traveling tarantulas and local spiders.

Free Bfit Yoga Class: Sign up for a free yoga class every Saturday morning at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.

Movies on the Green: Check out a free outdoor screening of Black Panther, hosted by the Valley Cultural Center.

Smart Gardening Workshop: Learn the basics of organic gardening, drought-tolerant landscaping, and integrated pest management at Virginia Avenue Park.

Natsumatsuri Family Festival: The Japanese American National Museum hosts a celebration including Japanese treats, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and photo booth.

Pickle Me SillyVisit the Fairview Branch Library to learn how to turn cucumbers into tasty pickles. Kids ages 6-10 can make pickles and take them home- reserve your jar today!

Free Summer Campfires in the Park: Learn about LA’s wildlife, ecosystems, stars, and more at Vista Hermosa Natural Park with Community Nature Connection. Marshmallows provided!

Movie in the Park: Rancho Palos Verdes’ Eastview Park hosts a screening of Peter Rabbit!

Sunday, August 19

Jazz on the Lawn: If your Little is a jazz enthusiast, head over to Santa Monica’s Gandara Park for an evening of dancing and food trucks!

Wings Over Camarillo: Check out air shows, live entertainment, and classic cars at this weekend festival.

Echo Park Rising: LA’s favorite free, all-ages music festival is back, featuring activities and multiple stages of entertainment and music.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Long Beach BBQ Festival: Indulge in all-you-can-eat ribs, take a free souvenir e-photo, vote for your favorite barbecue at this family-friendly event. Kids 12 and under have free admission!

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: The streets of Little Tokyo come alive with the food, culture, arts, and entertainment of Japan during this free festival of fun and festivities.

Monday, August 20

Echo Park Journalism Workshop: Fledgling journalists will jump at the opportunity to write, edit, and publish a story in 826LA’s quarterly newspaper.

Tuesday, August 21

Hike in Franklin Canyon: The Sierra Club hosts a morning, moderately-paced 5 mi walk up and down a chaparral canyon.

Free Bfit Zumba Class: Join a free fitness class at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw every Tuesday evening!

Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Experience a free, outdoor, beach-side screening of the original The Karate Kid at Granada Beach.

Wednesday, August 22

Sweet Rose Creamery Movie Nights: Sweet Rose Creamery’s Studio City location is screening Stand by Me! Enjoy ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and games on their back patio.

Thursday, August 23

Bfit Cardio Kick Class: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosts a free, energetic fitness class every Thursday.

Screen on the Green: Malibu’s Trancas Country Market is hosting an evening screening every Thursday! Join them this week for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball: Hit up the Skirball for a free evening concert!

Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series: Join the Marina del Rey Symphony for a fully staged production of South Pacific.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Friday, August 24

Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits: The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are open from 5-8 pm on Fridays with free general admission, plus exciting add-on activities offered only during late nights!

Fiesta La Ballona: Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food trucks, and artisan wares in Veterans Park all weekend!

DTLA Proud: This alcohol-free, all-ages event in Pershing Square celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, featuring live music, food vendors, artists, and a pop-up water park. Tickets are free and required for entry.

Saturday, August 25

Freshwater Marsh Tour at Ballona Creek: Get in touch with nature during this tour from 10-11:30 am.

Fiesta La Ballona: Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food trucks, and artisan wares in Veterans Park all weekend!

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Brick Fest Live: Don’t miss the #1 Lego event in the US, featuring Lego models, robotics, and a brick sandbox!

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series: Join the Marina del Rey Symphony for a fully staged production of South Pacific.

Rooftop Cinema Night: Enjoy a free evening screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the rooftop of Pasadena Towers.

Bollywood Dance: Learn basic movements of Bollywood dance. No prior experience- only $5!

Free Bfit Yoga Class: Sign up for a free yoga class every Saturday morning at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta: Build your own cardboard yacht and test its sea-worthiness in a race across the Annenberg Beach House pool.

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch: This ranger-led walk around the infamous movie town will open your Little’s eyes to the beauty of stargazing.

Free Summer Campfires in the Park: Learn about LA’s wildlife, ecosystems, stars, and more at Lewis McAdams Riverfront Park with Community Nature Connection. Marshmallows provided!

Leimert Park Book Fair: Explore this year’s book fair theme, “Celebrating Our Southern Roots,” held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Matcha LA Fest: Little matcha mavens will love the photobooths, vendors, and merch at LA’s first matcha festival.

City Birthday Celebration: Celebrate LA’s birthday! Featuring historic re-enactments and free birthday cake at El Pueblo.

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteering: Help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon. Gloves and training provided!

SMPL at the Beach: Join the folks from the Santa Monica Library to combine your Little’s love of reading and the beach! The day features storytime, nautical crafts, Brazilian dance, and steel drumming.

Native American Dance Demonstration: Learn about traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and Shawl dancing at the Satwiwa Cultural Center.

Venice Beach Fest: This free, outdoor music and arts festival takes place at Venice Beach’s famous boardwalk, featuring an art show, attractions, and more! Bring canned foods to help support Westside Food Bank.

Ballona Creek Habitat Restoration: Help restore the coastal wetlands from 9:30 – 12 pm.

Sunday, August 26

Transit to Trails: Pacoima to Topanga State Beach: Join Community Nature Connection on a trip from Pacoima to Topanga State Beach

Much Ado About Avengers: The Actors Gang presents an Avengers-themed adaptation of the Shakespeare classic in Culver City every weekend.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy a live, outdoor performance of one of this month’s shows- Haiti, The Chalk Garden, The Crucible, Coriolanus, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set to Screen: How do you turn a dusty set into a realistic town? Learn with the National Park Service at Paramount Ranch

Matcha LA Fest: Little matcha mavens will love the photobooths, vendors, and merch at LA’s first matcha festival.

Brick Fest Live: Don’t miss the #1 Lego event in the US, featuring Lego models, robotics, and a brick sandbox!

Fiesta La Ballona: Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food trucks, and artisan wares in Veterans Park all weekend!

Jazz on the Lawn: If your Little is a jazz enthusiast, head over to Santa Monica’s Gandara Park for an evening of dancing and food trucks!

Poetry on Location: Join 826LA at The Hammer to write poems about your life using your location in the world. Open to ages 8-14.

Full Moon Hike: Community Nature Connection hosts a hike under the stars from 7 – 9:30 at Franklin Canyon Park.

Monday, August 27

Echo Park Journalism Workshop: Fledgling journalists will jump at the opportunity to write, edit, and publish a story in 826LA’s quarterly newspaper.

Tuesday, August 28

Hike in Topanga State Park: The Sierra Club hosts a morning, moderately-paced 5 mi hike along the Backbone Trail in Topanga State Park.

Free Bfit Zumba Class: Join a free fitness class at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw every Tuesday evening!

Downbeat 720: High school students are welcome to this free, positive performance lab. Try out new material and gain confidence while performing in front of peers.

Wednesday, August 29

Free Painting Session: Learn about abstraction and freedom during this painting session at Camera Obscura.

Sweet Rose Creamery Movie Nights: Sweet Rose Creamery’s Studio City location is screening Up! Enjoy ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and games on their back patio.

Thursday, August 30

Hike to Buzzard’s Roost: Join the Sierra Club on a morning, moderately-paced 8 mi hike to Buzzard’s Roost.

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball: Hit up the Skirball for a free evening concert!

Bfit Cardio Kick Class: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosts a free, energetic fitness class every Thursday.

Screen on the Green: Malibu’s Trancas Country Market is hosting an evening screening every Thursday! Join them this week for Ghostbusters.

Indian Classical Dance: Learn basic movements of Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance form. No prior experience- only $5!

Friday, August 31

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Enjoy an evening of improv comedy under the oaks! Tickets are $12 and open to the whole family.

LA County Fair: Friday is the opening day of the LA County Fair! Open through September 23rd, the fair features fair food, attractions, and entertainment. You can get discount, single-day tickets at participating vendors.

Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits: The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are open from 5-8 pm on Fridays with free general admission, plus exciting add-on activities offered only during late nights!

LA Fleet Week: This 4-day festival honors the US Sea Services with live music and fireworks, plus aerial demonstrations and tours of the ships.

626 Night Market: Santa Anita Park plays host to SoCal’s most delicious lineup of food, games, art, and performances!

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