Fiesta La Ballona, August 28-30, 6-10pm Friday, noon-10pm Saturday, noon-6pm Sunday, free, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Culver Blvd. and Overland Ave. CC, 310.253.6632.
Culver City celebrates the end of summer every year with this three-day outdoor festival of music and community exhibits. Friday evening features “Fiesta-Palooza” with teen bands. On Saturday, two stages will present non-stop musical entertainment. There’s also a Beer and Wine garden and carnival rides for the kids.
Patti Smith, September 3, 7:30pm, free, Twilight Dance Series, Santa Monica Pier, Twlightdanceseries.orgThis year’s Twilight Dance Series comes to a spectacular climax with an encore performance by Patti Smith and her band, who rocked the Pier two years ago and will presumably shake the timbers again.