These Summer Activities Let Kids Hear Music – and Make Music

By Michael Berick

Summer Activities

Families can make music together in the Arroyo Seco June 21. PHOTO BY LEROY DOWNS

MakeMusicLA – taking place this year on Wednesday, June 21 – could be called a “people’s concert.” The area-wide event is part of an international day of music involving more than 100 countries.

Among the free musical events taking place that day across Southern California, a good number will be family oriented and invite public participation. A talent show will be staged in Silver Lake’s Triangle Plaza, the Long Beach Symphony is organizing an Instrument Petting Zoo at Long Beach’s Michelle Obama Library, and The El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument will host a lunchtime flamenco show. Events are scheduled from The Oaks in Thousand Oaks to San Pedro, and County/USC Medical Center plans to present music for the first time this year. Find a schedule at

The following weekend, Goldenvoice, the concert promotion titan that gave the world Coachella, has a new baby: the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival taking place June 24-25 at Pasadena’s Brookside Park.

The festival’s impressive list of musical acts includes Tom Petty, Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Dawes, Fitz and the Tantrums and Weezer at the top of the bill. However, Goldenvoice is also making a concerted effort to welcome families, partnering with the neighboring Kidspace Children’s Museum to curate an area where parents and children can have a festive time with craft projects and child-friendly entertainment.

Another positive for parents is the emphasis Arroyo Seco is putting on food. Many hip local restaurants are scheduled to participate, including Doghaus, Fritzi’s Coop and Sweetfin Poke, so there should be plenty of options to make parents and children happy. You can get more details at

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