Shrine Circus There’s nothing quite like the over-the-top spectacle of an old-fashioned circus, which is just what you’ll get when the Shrine Circus comes to town. Acrobats, clowns, lions and elephants will vie for your attention alongside a host of sweet treats and lots of song and dance. Shrine Auditorium, 655 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. $20-$100. (213) 748-5116. www .shrineauditorium.com.
International Gem & Jewelry Show All that glitters is sold at the International Gem & Jewelry Show, a traveling expo featuring nearly 250 exhibitors from around the world. Wares on display include gemstones, jewelry, beads, crystals, minerals and more. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. $8 (good for all three days). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (301) 294-1640. www.intergem.com.
2010 Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrate the art and culture of Japan at Little Tokyo’s 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be children’s activities, martial arts demonstrations, contemporary and traditional dance performances. 1st Street and Central Avenue, L.A. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. (626) 683-8243. www.cherryblossom festivalsocal.org.
Spring Open House Friends of Ballona Wetlands docents lead tours of the salt marsh and dunes that make up our local urban oasis on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month and will host a Spring Open House at the state-owned reserve. Tour at 10 a.m. Saturday. Ballona Wetlands, Jefferson at Lincoln boulevards, Playa del Rey. Open house at 1 p.m. at access point near 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Free; reservations requested. (310) 306-5994.