Best of August: Family Festivals, CicLAvia, and More Top Things To Do in Los Angeles With Kids

The Ventura County Fair is a hot ticket by day and lights up the night. Photo by Kevin Wilt
The Ventura County Fair is a hot ticket by day and lights up the night. Photo by Kevin Wilt

Summer is not over yet, and there are so many things to do in Los Angeles in August! It's a great time to enjoy outdoor movies & concerts, summer festivals, and the best beach days.

August is that crazy time of year when the height of heat and summer fun collides with back-to-school, and parents need to turn the dial up on the end-of-summer fun. Luckily, the events and outings in Los Angeles this month do not disappoint, and there are loads of amazing activities to do before the school bell rings—many of them free. This August sees the return of several favorites we haven't seen in years, including the Getty Center's Garden Concerts for Kids, the Actors' Gang's wildly creative Shakespeare in the Park for kids, and the Japanese American National Museum's annual summer celebration, the Natsumatsuri Family Festival.

These are just a few of our favorite things to do in August—there's so much more! When the heat is too much to grin and bear, we've got 75 Places to Beat the Heat in LA. When your credit card says to take it easy, we've got 61 Free Things To Do In Los Angeles This Summer with Kids. And don't forget to check back weekly for our picks for the best things to do in Los Angeles each weekend.

Find even more great happenings this August on our event calendar and Summer Fun Guide for Los Angeles Families.

Places featured in this article:


Various Beach locations

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Griffith Park - Dell Performance Area

Multiple Hubs from West Hollywood to East Hollywood,

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
RAZ Summer Camp with Art for Kids
Robertson Art Zone, Beverly Hills - 9:30 AM
Sneakers and Beats Camp
Design Hive - 9:30 AM
Bella Terra Kids Club
Bella Terra - 10:00 AM
Ventura County Fair
Ventura County Fairgrounds - 11:00 AM
KIND Frozen Summer Tour
Santa Monica, two locations, including Santa Monica Place - 12:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides