Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (June 16-17)

By Christina Elston

It’s Father’s Day weekend! Let’s celebrate with some fun free events. On tap is a free kid concert, a family movie pajama party, a fun chalk festival, a swanky car show and a chance to make a cute gift for Dad.

Let’s start with a chance to rock out with kid favorite Twinkle Time during Saturday’s Kids Club at Sherman Oaks Galleria from 11 a.m.-noon. The fun happens in the Plaza area, and there is shaded seating and free all-day parking validation as well.

For nighttime fun, check out Cinemalibu’s Family Pajama Party from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Malibu City Hall. The evening includes food trucks, crafts, games, special guests and a screening of “Despicable Me.” The film will start at 6 p.m. Wear your favorite pair of jammies, and don’t forget your blankie!

All weekend, you can visit the Pasadena Chalk Festival happening from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. both days at the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center. Nearly 600 street painters will be making their (chalk) marks and kids can express their creativity at the Kid’s Chalkland (noon-5 p.m.). Other highlights include the “Animation Alley” and the “Chalk of Fame,” the end-of-the-festival awards ceremony, and a scientifically accurate solar system mural. The fest coincides with the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday), the unique The Otter Pops Beach Bungalow, and live musical performances.

Dads can get swanky on Sunday at the Concours d’Elegance Fathers Day Car Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. To salute its silver anniversary, this elegant auto show will exhibit more than 100 of the world’s most exceptional automobiles – each painted silver. These include a rare 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, a 1994 Bugatti EB110 SS, and 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. There will also be food and entertainment – and maybe some celebrities.

Round out your Sunday with a fun workshop at the California African American Museum, where kids can make Fathers Day Button Badges from 1-3 p.m. Combine beautiful paper with a little drawing and create a handmade button badge that celebrates your special someone on Father’s Day. Hope yours is happy!

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