Listen to a great children's story at the festival. Photo courtesy of LA Times Festival of Books
Listen to a great children's story at the festival. Photo courtesy of LA Times Festival of Books

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fair, Earth Day, and Cowboys

Look, I can vamp for three paragraphs about all the amazing stuff going on this weekend, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s all Book Fair, all the time. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has favorite authors showing up for meet and greets, readings on the free stages, ticketed panels if you can spare two bucks, books books books, and then some more books. It's one of the few times when my kid says, “Mommy may I buy that?” and I say “Why not get two?!”

The Book Fair is mostly in the daytime hours, so if you want to attend a movie or see a show, your nighttime is totes clear. And I suppose there are a few other happenings that are worthy of your attention, such as the rootin', tootin-est Cowboy fest this side of the Mississippi, egg hunts at Kidspace, Pershing Square, and the Point Fermin Lighthousea Whale of a day, and a tribute to first responder heroes, a tribute to the Great Spirit and Torrance's sister city, a Jamboree, multiple egg-stravaganzas, an arty open house, and celebrations of spring time and mother Earth.

Oh, and it’s also like a day before your taxes are due so, if you haven’t done them: yikes, and er, get on it? Maybe you can find a book on taxes at the Book Fair (if you're looking for something to do).

Book it to the rest of this post to check out our book-marked events....

University of Southern California
Exposition Blvd and S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Hwy @ Malibu Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

Old Town Newhall, Multiple Venues
William S. Hart Park
Santa Clarita, CA 91321

480 N. Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ken Miller Recreation Center
3341 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Cesar Chavez Park
3311 W. 5th St. between Harbor & Fairview
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Whittier Narrows Park
1600 Rosemead Blvd.
South El Monte, CA 91733

Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Dr W
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Cal Lutheran University
60 W Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sanitation Districts Parking Lot
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Irvine Ranch Historic Park
13042 Old Myford Road
Irvine, CA 92602

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main St
Santa Ana , CA 92706

Target - Participating Locations
7100 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 201
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 W Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731

Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Leonis Adobe Museum
23537 Calabasas Road
Calabasas, CA 91302

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 West Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90503

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

American Jewish University's Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA 90077

USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Ave
Pasadena , CA 91101

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Central Library
630 W. 5th Street Mark Taper Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 90071

San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
320 S. Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School
600 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington
Arcadia, CA 91007

Smothers Theatre
24255 Pacific Coast Highway Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA 90263
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
Strawberry Festival
Linvilla Orchards - 10:00 AM Pick
Peekskill Cherry Blossom Festival
Riverfront Green Park - 10:00 AM Pick
UP: Summer Weekend Drive-In at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market - 6:30 PM Pick
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