Your Weekend: The Best Family Events-July 13

Our roundup of the best family events on O‘ahu.


Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation

After sunset at a Midsummer Night’s Gleam at Foster Botanical Garden.

Midsummer Nightʻs Gleam

Break out the glow sticks and light sabers for the annual free event at Foster Botanical Garden. The theme for this year is “Night of a Thousand Stars” with Star-Wars-themed crafts, light saber academy and a “Path to Endor.” Even kids not into the galactic series will enjoy painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts and exploring nature in the city. Dress as your favorite jedi (or dark lord, we won’t tell), arrive early to find parking and stay late to see the garden glow with the light of thousands of illuminaries. See our seven tips to navigating the event in our Inside Look on honolulufamily.com.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 15, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Foster Botanical Garden, 180 N. Vineyard Blvd.
  • honolulu.gov/parks

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Hawai‘i State Farm Fair

Find a chick, chick here and a pig and goat there. With our apologies to “Old MacDonald,” the Farm Fair means an opportunity to discover local livestock and experience life in agriculture. Keiki can milk a replica of a life-size cow, see how bees make honey, ride on a mini tractor or eat all the watermelon they can for a prize. Pick up a Kualoa Ranch grass-fed beef burger, venison chili, pick up some farm-fresh produce and take a spin on kiddie rides. We have an Inside Look at why you may want to bring a change of clothes and skip lunchtime on honolulufamily.com.

  • All ages
  • $5 for adults, kids and students with a valid ID are free.
  • Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe.
  • hawaiistatefarmfair.org

70th Annual Book Sale

Dig for bargain reads at the biggest library book sale of the year. Stop in the kids’ section first (those titles go quickly) and don’t forget to check out the children’s CDs and DVDs. Stop by the information desk to find out more about the daily deals that start on Monday, with certain categories of books going for an additional 25 percent off in the Overstock Tent. If you can wait, all books will be 50 cents on closing day, July 23.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sale continues through July 23.
  • McKinley High School Cafeteria, 1039 S. King St.
  • friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org

Prince Lot Hula Festival

The largest non-competitive hula exhibition in the state has moved to town. This year, 20 hālau will perform on the historic grounds of ‘Iolani Palace. Along with the dancing, families can listen to live music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, shop from Hawaiian-themed crafters and see demonstrations of practitioners making kapa, feather lei, ‘ukulele and more. As a bonus, Sunday is kama‘āina Sunday, meaning residents and military are free.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • ‘Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St.
  • moanaluagardensfoundation.org

Hale‘iwa Arts Festival

Keiki can get their hands into sand art, scratchboards, wax-paper stained glass and more at the annual event on the North Shore. Start off at the interactive keiki tent, then browse the T-shirts, totes, prints, jewelry and more created by more than 100 local artists. Live entertainment will provide music throughout the day and more than 10 food vendors, including Olayʻs Thai Food, Da Taco Man and Waimānalo Country Farms. 

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hale‘iwa Beach Park,
  • haleiwaartsfestival.org

Looking for more events for adults? Check out HONOLULU Magazine’s Weekend Picks on honolulumagazine.com.