Weekday Picks: Orange International Street Fair, Malibu Chili Cook-Off, LA Fair

What most folks consider the last week of summer is upon us, as we head for Labor Day weekend. Outdoor movie screenings like the Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night and the CSUN Summer Movie Fest have their last hurrahs this week, as do Laguna's daily Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts—and September fairs roll in to take their place. Families can get a taste of the world at the Orange International Street Fair; the fair's Children's Street, devoted to kids, features crafts, games, and live entertainment. This week also brings the annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival & Fair, which runs into the weekend, with its live entertainment and carnival rides. Oh, and did we mention? Opening day of the Los Angeles County Fair is this week. The epic annual gathering in Pomona features animals, carnival rides, fair food (of the fried and non-fried variety), parades, and lots of entertainment.

Check out our favorites for the week below, or peruse all of the week's options on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar.

Monday, August 28

Magic MondaysSanta Monica
The season finale of Santa Monica Playhouse's annual summer series of magic shows promises to be a worthy send-off. A full program of magicians from Hollywood's Magic Castle magically appear, including strolling magicians before the show.

Studio Ghibli FestVarious Locations
GKIDS and Fathom Events present a series of Studio Ghibli animated classics, offering subtitled versions on Monday evenings and dubbed versions on Sundays at participating theaters. This Monday's subtitled feature is Castle in the Sky.

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Tuesday, August 29


The lights will be up, in case Goofy is afraid of the dark. "A Goofy Movie" still courtesy of Disney 

Tiny Tot Screenings at the El Capitan TheatreHollywood
A Goofy Movie is this week's special screening designed for the youngest fans at the venerable Hollywood Boulevard cinema.

Kids Club on the GreenGlendale
The Americana at Brand shopping center offers family-friendly concerts Tuesdays on the green. Kids can also enjoy a play area with climbing structure and sand, free rides on the trolley, and the Americana's dancing fountains.

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Wednesday, August 30


Turn your eyes to the sky this week at Garvey Ranch Observatory. Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Astronomical Society

Garvey Nights – Monterey Park
Keep that eclipse momentum going, as the Los Angeles Astronomical Society leads an evening of sky and star gazing at the Garvey Ranch Observatory.

Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night – Brentwood
Bring your own beach chairs, blankets, and refreshments, and catch Brentwood County Mart's last outdoor classic film screening of the summer, The Little Mermaid.

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Thursday, August 31


Summer's not over yet at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. Photo courtesy of Levitt Foundation

LevittLA Summer Concert Series in MacArthur ParkLos Angeles
LevittLA continues its series of 50 free summer concerts at MacArthur Park, with shows Thursday through Sunday evenings.

CSUN Summer Movie FestNorthridge
Cal State Northridge hosts its last free outdoor movie screening of the summer on the Oviatt Library lawn, featuring Doctor Strange.

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Friday, September 1


No one goes hungry at Orange International Street Fair. Photo courtesy of the event

Orange International Street Fair – Orange
Food from around the world is the draw of this popular annual event that occupies several city blocks around the Orange Circle.

Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival & FairMalibu
The 36th annual event features lots of rides, games, arts and crafts, entertainment, and, you guessed it, chili.

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Top photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Fair

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