La Brea Tar Pits Announces Summer Programming that Celebrates Museum’s First Confirmed Fossil

Saber-Toothed Summer features opportunities to learn about new scientific discoveries, view live stage shows, and participate in special tours



WHAT Through Labor Day, visitors can enjoy special programming at La Brea Tar Pits that celebrates one of the Ice Age’s mightiest predators: the saber-toothed cat. This summer, visitors can experience fantastic tours and programs, witness the Ice Age coming to life in Ice Age Encounters performances, help scientists with their discoveries, and engage in specially guided tours.

As the first confirmed fossil found at La Brea Tar Pits, saber-toothed cats are iconic symbols of Ice Age Los Angeles and California as a whole. In 1974, the saber-toothed cat was officially designated as our state fossil. Just like L.A., saber-toothed cats have killer vibes. This powerful predator is captured perfectly in its scientific name, Smilodon fatalis, coming from the Greek smilodon for “blade” and “tooth”, and the Latin fatalis for “deadly.”

A self-guided scavenger hunt with La Brea Tar Pits’ Saber-tooth highlights is the purrfect starting place.

WHEN Summer 2022
Visit for tickets and museum hours

Excavator Tours
Daily at 10:30 am and 1 pm – Meet at the Fossil Lab

Saber-tooth Cat Chats
Daily at 3:00 p.m. – Meet at the Fossil Lab

WHERE La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036





Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival

Friday, July 22, 2022 / 8:30pm-9:30pm

Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival will feature a selection of videos submitted by the public, a screening of a new film about La Brea Tar Pits by our moderator and host Nic Cha Kim, and a discussion on LBTP’s significance in art and popular culture with the Natural History Museum’s Archivist Yolanda Bustos and artist in residence Mark Dion.