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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500
Puppet Festival


Puppet Festival

A Family Celebration of the Wonders of Puppet Theater

Sunday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Children over 12
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2

Advance tickets to the festival are now fully reserved.

Walk-up tickets will also be available at the door on festival day, subject to availability.


We are expecting a packed house, so carpooling and early arrival are highly recommended.

Due to scheduled I-405 freeway ramp and Sepulveda Blvd. closures, please use the following routes to the Skirball:

  • If driving southbound on the 405, be sure to exit the freeway no later than the Valley Vista exit and drive to the Skirball via Sepulveda Blvd. The Skirball Center Dr. exit will be closed.
  • If driving northbound, please note that Sepulveda Blvd. will be closed from Mountaingate to Skirball Ctr Dr. The best route is to take the 405 North and exit at Skirball Ctr Dr.

For detailed freeway updates, visit Metro's website.


Join us for the third annual Puppet Festival, bringing together some of Southern California’s most talented puppeteers and artists. Fun for visitors of all ages! 

Inspired by the fanciful puppets and kinetic animal sculptures that populate the Noah’s Ark galleries, this daylong festival features interactive performances, art making, and a diverse array of innovative puppets, including an interactive puppet display created by the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry. Full line-up listed below!

Download a full schedule of activities and campus map here!

Check out some highlights from last year’s Puppet Festival:



Family Plus Members and above—click here to learn about a special Puppet Festival performance staged especially for you! Reservations are still available. Contact Membership at (310) 440-4599 to book your reservation now!

Not yet a Member? Join or renew now at the Family Plus level or above in order to attend this delightful performance with your whole family!



The Adventures of Yvette
Haas 172
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (30 min.)

An original toy theater piece by Daniel Gill.

Amaterasu /The Witch’s Egg
Herscher Hall North
2:00 and 3:00 p.m. (20 min.)

Found-object marionette shows based on Slovakian and Japanese tales by Christine Papalexis.

Bob Baker’s Marionettes
Founders Courtyard
2:30 (Family Plus Members and above only) and 3:45 p.m. (30 min.)

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater brings a revue of Bob's favorite puppets.

Haas 172
2:30 and 3:30 p.m. (45 min.)

Puppet Theater on Wheels performs a Russian Pinocchio using hand puppets.

Carnival of the Animals
Magnin Auditorium
1:30 and 3:00 p.m. (30 min.)

Three classic fairy tales from The Fratello Marionettes.

Herscher Hall North
10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (40 min.)

Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater presents an interactive twist on this classic.

The Magical Garden of Illusion
Haas 173
2:00 and 3:00 p.m. (15 min.)

Bali & Beyond use shadow puppets and live music to tell this Indonesian tale.

The Pumpkin and the Six Suns
Resource Center
11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (30 min.)

A Chinese story told with a selection of bunraku puppets from Noah’s Ark.

A Real Elephant
Resource Center
2:00 and 3:30 p.m. (40 min.)

Yulya Dukhovny performs using a vintage suitcase as a toy theater.

René’s Marionettes
Magnin Auditorium
10:30 and 11:30 a.m. (30 min.)

Classic marionettes from this true puppet craftsman.

The Seal Maiden
Herscher Hall South
11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. (30 min.)

Strings & Things Puppet Theatre tell a Celtic folktale about mythical seal creatures.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Guerin Coatroom (Herscher Hall)
11:30 a.m., 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. (20 min.)

Alan Cook uses shadow puppets to tell this classic story.

Where the Wild Things Are*
Founders Courtyard
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (30 min.)

LILLYWOOD’s Kasperle presents a hand-puppet version of Maurice Sendak’s beloved book.

Who Said Meow?
Haas 173
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (30 min.)

Gina Pavlova performs her minimalist story about a puppy finding his way in the world.

Zen Shorts
Ahmanson Ballroom
10:30 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. (40 min.)

Using puppets and multimedia, Rogue Artist Ensemble tells versions of classic Zen stories based on Jon Muth's book Zen Shorts.

* Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. © 1963 by Maurice Sendak, copyright renewed 1991 by Maurice Sendak, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.

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  • Giant pageant puppets from Beth Peterson, Leslie K. Gray, Todd McClain, and Robin Walsh
  • Improvisational puppetry by Unstrung Heroes and The Puppet School
  • A puppet display by the L.A. Guild of Puppetry
  • Noah’s Ark animal puppets
  • Czech puppets rescued from WWII (Classroom 160)
  • Marionette making: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Ahmanson Foyer)
  • Puppetry workshop for tots with Johanna Smith: drop in 1:00–2:00 p.m. or 2:30–3:30 p.m. (Taper Classroom 161)


Apply your Puppet festival admission fee towards a Membership. While you're here, join or renew at the Family level or higher and get an extra month of Membership and a copy of the picture book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Visit the Membership table or locate a “Join Now. Ask Me How.” representative for details.

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