You can eat tamales, see intricate chalk art and be a cowboy for a day at this weekend’s close-to-home events.
When: 9 a.m. April 12, 10 a.m. April 13 and 14
Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. Only service dogs permitted. (714) 708-1500, ocfair.com/imaginology
When: 8:30 p.m. April 12 and 13, 6:30 p.m. April 14
Cost, info: $15-$55. Recommended for 6 and older. No dogs. (323) 343-6600, ladancefest.org
When: 9 a.m. April 13
Cost, info: Free to watch. Family friendly. No dogs. (626) 384-5340, bit.ly/covinachalkfest
Tour a water reclamation plant and material recovery facility, create eco-friendly crafts and learn about composting and drought-tolerant gardening at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County’s annual Earth Day event, held at the Sanitation Districts’ joint administration office. Bring old shoes to donate to Soles4Souls.
When: 10 a.m. April 13
Cost, info: Free. Family friendly. No dogs. (562) 908-4288 ext. 2300, bit.ly/LACSDearthday
The Riverside Tamale Festival at White Park, presented by the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, is a chance to brush up on Riverside’s Hispanic history as you watch mariachi bands, folklórico dancers and lucha libre shows. Sweet and savory tamales are available to buy for regular ticket holders, while VIP ticket holders get free tamales and drinks in a separate tasting room. The kids’ zone includes crafts and storytelling.
When: 11 a.m. April 13
Cost, info: $10 to $50. Family friendly. Only service dogs permitted. (951) 235-3586, rivtamalefest.com
When: 10 a.m. April 13 and 14
Cost, info: Free admission, but some events incur fees. Family friendly. Only service dogs permitted. (661) 250-3735, cowboyfestival.org