August GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Family Summer Events and Activities Los Angeles & Orange County

This month's GoList looks at a summer half over and sees it as half full! There's still time to catch some of the best of LA's summertime fun, including free summer concerts, free summer movies, camping, beaches galore, or just taking one more rollercoaster ride while the weather is blissfully warm. Read on for the best of August in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to plan ahead for these August favorites.

Ventura County Fair - Ventura
August 1-12, 2018
Ventura's biggest event of the summer promises concerts (including performances by Frankie Valli, Boyz II Men, Fifth Dimension, and Sublime with Rome), rodeo, carnival rides, a parade, livestock displays, and a youth expo.

National Night Out - Several communities
August 7, 2018
Communities all over the country join together for a safer America by sponsoring FREE block parties and other local celebrations to "take back the night." Some local events include Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Dana Point, the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Station, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, and West Hollywood.


Independent Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a kid pleaser in Griffith Park. Photo by Mike Ditz

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare - Griffith Park
through September 2, 2018
LA's own FREE Shakespeare in the park continues its season with Midsummer Night's Dream (family friendly) and Titus Andronicus (think Game of Thrones) in repertory every Wednesday through Sunday all month. We really enjoy these productions and look forward to returning with picnic blankets in August. Select dates have pre-show activities.

International Surf Festival - Hermosa, Redondo, & Manhattan Beach
August 3 - 5, 2018
The ultimate annual surf event hosts a full schedule from bodysurfing and paddleboarding to lifeguard dory races, with some beach runs, volleyball, and sand soccer thrown in for landlubbers. Watching the pros ride the waves is a great excuse for a beach day.


Sure, you can watch the pros, but there also plenty of kids' events at the International Surf Festival.

San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-in Nights - Van Nuys
August 3 - August 11, 2018
Get in your car and drive in old school style to see movies Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Selena, or Back to the Future II.

Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa
through August 12, 2018
Once you've seen the livestock and visited Heroes Hall, see live acts like Rick Springfield, Loverboy, and Tommy Tutone. Free parking and shuttle service available on Saturdays and Sundays, too.


Much Ado About Avengers Shakespeare mashup follows last year's Mighty Morphin Midsummer. Photo courtesy of The Actors’ Gang Theater

Much Ado About Avengers - Culver City
August 4 - 26, 2018
From Harry Potter Hamlet to Romeo & Juliet: Pokemon GO, The Actor's Gang is full of zany summer mashup surprises. This FREE one-hour family show is always one of the best things about summer in LA; you might even spot celeb artistic director Tim Robbins at the back of the crowd. Chairs and blankets are encouraged; arrive early for a spot in the shade. 

Friday Night Dodgers Games with Fireworks - Los Angeles
August 3, 24, and 31, 2018
What says summer better than a baseball game and a Dodger dog? August offers three chances for a home game with fireworks before the summer ends!


Learn Taiko drumming at The Natsumatsuri Family Festival. Photo courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum

Natsumatsuri Family Festival - Downtown
August 18, 2018
The Japanese American National Museum's annual summer celebration features a day of performances, crafts, and activities.

Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
August 18 - 19, 2018
The annual air show gives families a chance to check out vintage aircraft, and to watch them performing in-air stunts.


Vintage aircrafts take to the sky at Wings Over Camarillo.

Getty Garden Concerts for Kids - Brentwood
Through August 19, 2018
Grammy nominee Justin Roberts is one of the special children's musical artists featured in August's free outdoor concert series for kids and their families in the Getty Center's Central Garden.

Fiesta La Ballona - Culver City
August 24-26, 2018
Culver City's premiere community event treats families to outdoor concerts, oodles of carnival rides, a petting zoo, K-9 demonstrations, and pony rides all weekend long.


Enjoy rides, music, a petting zoo, and more at Fiesta La Balloona.

Los Angeles' Birthday Celebration - Downtown
August 25, 2018
A free party on Olvera Street celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles with music, birthday cake, and a historical reenactment of the arrival of the original pobladores (settlers) walking from San Gabriel mission to mark the occasion.

Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach
Through August 31, 2018
Laguna's signature annual event is the nightly climax of the summer-long Festival of Arts. Drive down for the day, take part in free art workshops, then enjoy a picnic dinner with live music before taking in the unique Pageant, in which costumed performers recreate tableaux of classic paintings accompanied by a live orchestra.

Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events

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