Get revved up for events close to home this weekend

Race pedal carts at the very active Inflatable Run and Festival, which features a one-mile inflatable obstacle course on March 23 in South El Monte.
(Jamie Leibert)

Inflatable obstacle courses, art at an airport and free Bach concerts are all on close to home on the weekend.

Around the Southland

Thousands of musicians around the world will perform classical music in public in honor of composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s 334th birthday. They will be participating in the Bach in the Subways movement, which began in 2010 in New York City. Catch Los Angeles-area performances in Glendale, Claremont and more.

When: March 21-24. Check website for performance dates and times.

Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Dogs OK.


Los Angeles

Even if you’re not running the Los Angeles Marathon, you can stop by the Health and Fitness Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center to shop running gear and other products from 120 sports, fitness and nutrition vendors.

When: 10 a.m. March 22, 9 a.m. March 23

Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Only service dogs permitted. (213) 542-3009,

South El Monte

Bounce, roll and slide your way through a one-mile inflatable obstacle course at the Inflatable Run and Festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Do the course three times, and you’ll have finished a 5K. The day’s fun also includes wet sponge battles, human hamster ball races, magic shows and a shirt-signing party.


When: 8 a.m. March 23

Cost, info: $1 for those 12 and younger; $14.99 for those 13 and older. Family friendly. Only service dogs permitted.

San Juan Capistrano

Celebrate the migratory swallows’ return to Mission San Juan Capistrano at the Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire. More than 340 horses, 30 wagons and seven marching bands will stroll through downtown San Juan Capistrano during the non-motorized parade. The street fair at Historic Town Center Park boasts live country music, a kids’ play zone and lots of western apparel and décor.

When: 9 a.m. March 23

Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Dogs OK at parade; only service dogs permitted at street fair. (949) 493-1976,

Santa Monica

Artist Regina Herod will lead an "upcycled paper clip chain" workshop at the 2019 Santa Monica Airport Artwalk on March 23.
(Annie Dimas)

Meet the artists keeping shop inside airport hangars at the 13th Santa Monica Airport Artwalk. Learn ceramics techniques from Santa Monica College students, attend a watercolor workshop and listen to an all-female mariachi group. Kids can embark on a stamp hunt and help create a collaborative sculpture, and those feeling hungry can buy food-truck bites.

When: Noon, March 23


Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Not recommended for dogs.

Los Angeles

Burgers, burritos, soul food and cupcakes are all plant-based at the Vegan Street Fair on Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood. Sample treats from Monk’s Meats, Lettuce Feast and 200 others, and drink margaritas and other libations at the beer garden. You can burn it all off while dancing to DJs and playing on inflatable rides.

When: 11 a.m. March 23 and 24

Cost, info: Free entry; food for purchase $4 to $15. Family friendly. No dogs. (347) 508-3343,

Note: Always check before you go because weather or other factors can affect events. Children should always be accompanied by an adult. Assume dogs must be on a leash. To suggest an event that’s cool and close to home, email at least four weeks before the event.