Southern California events for March 16-18

From Spanish flamenco to French films to children from around the world, next weekend has an international vibe.

Los Angeles/North Hollywood

Dancers, singers, guitarists and percussionists from Spain will perform different programs on two nights during the Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival. The first evening at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre focuses on “Andalusian Voices” and “Tempo de Luz”; the second performance at El Portal Theatre concentrates on “Del Fuego y La Memoria.”


When: 8 p.m., March 15 in Los Angeles and March 16 in North Hollywood

Cost, info: from $25 on March 15, from $37 on March 16. Family-friendly. No dogs. (800) 595-4849,


Go back two centuries at Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purísima Mission State Historic Park. Docents and staff members in period costume will demonstrate typical activities of that time, including spinning, weaving, candle-making, soap-making, tortilla-making, carpentry and blacksmithing.

When: 11 a.m. March 17

Cost, info: Adults $6 per car, seniors (63 and older) $5 per car. Family-friendly. Dogs on leash with owners who clean up after them are welcome. (805) 733-3713 (Tuesdays-Thursdays),

Long Beach

Take the kids to the 13th Children’s Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Children perform dances from countries around the world, and visitors can listen to an international children’s choir, watch martial arts demonstrations, make origami, create Native American crafts, play traditional Pacific-Island children’s games, and drum in a percussion circle.

When: March 17 and 18

Cost, info: Adults $29.95, seniors (62 and older) $26.95, children (ages 3-11) $17.95, children younger than 3 free. Only service animals permitted. (562) 590-3100,

Big Bear

Are you missing the Winter Olympics? Come to the Supergirl Snow Pro at Bear Mountain Resort. The all-women’s pro-am snowboarding contest features Olympic medalists Lindsey Jacobellis and Hannah Teter as co-hosts. Any female snowboarder can enter to compete. The festival includes workshops, four live music concerts, yoga and fitness classes and more.

When: March 17 and 18

Cost, info: Free. Family-friendly. Dogs on leash OK. (321) 722-9300,


Normally wine and chili aren’t a pair, but you can sample them together or separately at the Wine and Chili Festival at the Flying Flags RV Resort. More than 20 cooks prepare their secret recipes for the chili and salsa cook-offs, and more than 25 wineries pour libations. Live tunes too.

When: Noon March 18.


Cost, info: Adults $55, teenagers (13-20) $25, children (12 and younger) $15. Dogs on leash OK. (805) 688-7829,

Los Angeles

Practice your French (or read the subtitles) at the ninth Week of French-Language Films at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz. Films from Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Quebec and Belgium will screen on various nights.

When: 7 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. film, March 18-23.

Cost, info: Adults from $5. Children are permitted, but most of the films are suitable for ages 13 and older. No dogs. (310) 286-0553,