Summer Fun Under the Moon, the Stars and the Sun

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get excited for the upcoming events all around Pasadena. From sampling culinary delights at Rose Bowl Final Friday Food Truck festival, to learning about tea etiquette at The Langham’s Children’s Tea Program, and enjoying Music Under the Stars at City Hall, there are fun fill activities for everyone.

 

Final Fridays Food Truck Festival at the Rose Bowl

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If you haven’t already ventured to the Rose Bowl on the last Friday of the month for their Food Truck Festive, be sure to check it out soon. The food truck lineup for this Friday’s event include: Border Grill, Rice Balls of Fire, Belly Bombz, Hungry Belly, The Chicken and Rice Guys, Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ, Triple Threat Truck, The Tropic Truck, Chicken Tenders, Pizza, Fish Tacos, Dreamy Creations, Auntie Anne’s, Kona Ice, and Gelato Vegan popsicles! Additional activities to include foot golf, outdoor games, moon bounces, photo opportunities, tours of the Rose Bowl Stadium, and live music from Dylan Dunlap, Flavia and Undecided Future. So bring a blanket, have a picnic, and enjoy the sunshine. The event will run from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Admission and parking is free. Entry to the event is through north Lot K. Click here for more info.

 

Summer Events at The Langham

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Starting in June, The Langham will be hosting a variety of summer events for everyone. For film enthusiasts, check out their Film Tour, where filming locations explorer Jared Cowan guides you on a walking tour of the grounds to reveal the many films and television shows that have incorporated the classic Pasadena landmark hotel into their productions. For wine connoisseur, check out their Summer Wine Series to experience afternoon wine tastings hosted by the winery partner of the month at the Horseshoe Garden. For family fun, check out their Children’s Speciality Tea Programs. From June 9th to September 15th, the Langham will have three special children’s tea programs – afternoon tea, imagine tea, and etiquette tea. Reservations are required. Click here for more information.

 

Music Under the Stars

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If music is your passion, check out these two upcoming outdoors music event, both happening on Saturday, June 1st. Enjoy live music from the Pasadena Symphony and POPS at the steps of City Hall. They will be playing hit songs from films such as My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, Gigi and other classic shows. While the event starts at 6:00pm, go early to check out the gourmet food trucks parked nearby. Closer to the shopping areas in Old Town, KCRW Summer Nights will also have live music in One Colorado with Harriet Brown and KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad. The events starts at 7:30pm but be sure to go early for a good seat, and grab a bite from one of the many One Colorado courtyard patio restaurants. Click here for more info on summer events in Pasadena.

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:02 am
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

Viewing Wildflowers in Southern California

Wildflowers are in full bloom in Southern California thanks to a very rainy winter. In some areas, wildflower are so abundant it renders the term superbloom, as multiple hillsides are blanketed with bright wildflowers. While of the phenomenon can be seem all over the internet through various social media channels, the experience is not the same as an in-person visit. Here is a list of few areas that you can still visit before the season is over.

 

1. Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore

Photo courtesy of Michael Juliano

The superbloom is in full force at Walker Canyon drawing many visitors from all over the world.  Bright orange poppies that densely line the rolling hills of the canyon gives it a natural glow. Visitors looking to visit during the weekend should take note that the trail is only accessible via a shuttle. Check out the city of Lake Elsinore’s website for more info.

 

2. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

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For this location, peak poppy season is usually between March and April. At the moment, there are many patches of poppies and other wildflowers in bloom in and around the surrounding areas of the park. Check the park’s website for the latest bloom status.

 

3. Malibu Creek State Park

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Despite the Woolsey Fire that devastated Malibu Creek State Park, the abundance of rainful this past winter has helped bring new life to the area. Recent hikers to the area are finding patches of greens sprouting and flowers blooming on the hillsides. Not to anyone looking to bring their dog along for the viewing, park regulations states that dogs are not allowed on the park trails, fire roads, or in the back country. Check out the park’s website for more info.

For more general information on Southern California wildflowers, check out the Desert USA website for their Southern CA – Wildflower Reports. Additionally, the Wild Flower Hotline provides a new report recording every Friday, call 818 768-1802, ext. 7, or visit their website here. Happy flower viewing!

Have you visited any of the sites mentioned above? Which was your favorite? How did you experience this year compare to previous superblooms?

 

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:37 am
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

September Events

Summer might be over, but there are no shortages of fun filled activities in this part of town.
Here are upcoming local events for September.


Vintage Vibe Festival Los Angeles

Santa Anita Park
285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
Saturday, September 15th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the VintageVibe Festival 2018 held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday the 15th. The festival will feature 13 bands on three different stages, a retro marketplace, interactive exhibits, food trucks and more. See below for specific opening data and time and address, click here for other details.


Mid-Autumn Festival
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
Sunday, September 23rd from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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If you are curious about the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, consider joining the market-style dining event at The Langham Huntington on Sunday the 23rd. Pasadena’s iconic landmark hotel will host the celebration with family friendly interactive food stations, live entertainment and a traditional Chinese dragon dance performance.  Don’t miss out, tickets are still available here. 10% of proceeds will benefit ChinaWeek, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of and access to China through an exciting event series held across Los Angeles


Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting
Memorial Park
1301 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Sunday, September. 30th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

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If gourmet dining is more to your tastes, check out the 16th Annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting on Sunday the 30th. This outdoor event will include live music, more than 18 restaurants, caterers, and food specialty shops, along with wines purveyors serving wines from around the world. Tickets are available here or at the gate on the day of the event. Click here for more information.

Have you previously been to any of the event mention above?  Which event are you most interested in joining?  What are some upcoming local event you’re looking forward to attending?

Posted on September 14, 2018 at 6:24 am
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

Fireworks Near You

Although the Fourth of July lands on a Wednesday this year, there’s no shortage of pyrotechnics in the celebration.  

 

Americafest

Photograph: Courtesy Rose Bowl Stadium

 

The Rose Bowl Stadium will be hosting the 92nd annual AmericaFest with their world-renown fireworks show.  The schedule is as follows:

12:00 PM – Parking Lots Open
2:00 PM – Family Fun Zone- Area H Opens
5:00PM – Field Viewing Experience Reception Doors Open
5:30 PM – Doors Open
7:00 PM – Performances Begin
9:00 PM – Fireworks Begin

Click here for more ticketing and parking info.

 

Dodger Stadium

Photograph: Jon SooHoo Friday Night Fireworks

 

If you’re looking forward to fireworks with some sports action, the Dodger will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dodger Stadium on the Fourth at 5:10pm.  So go for the game and stay for the fireworks after. Click here for more info and here for tickets.

 

4th of July Block Party at Grand Park

Photograph: Courtesy of Grand Park

 

And if a block party with food trucks and live music if your ideal way to celebrate, then check out the Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park in Downtown LA.  Doors open at 3pm, so pack a picnic and enjoy the live music under the sun. Stay to watch as Downtown light up with fireworks at 9pm. Click here for more details. 

Have a fun and safe Fourth everyone!

 

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

Summer Fun for Everyone

Start the summer with some fun filled events for everyone.  Here is what’s happening in Pasadena during the month of June. 


Playhouse Block Party
Saturday, June 9th, 12pm – 10pm
El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard

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In celebration of 100 years of California’s official State Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse will host a block party on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard this Saturday, June 9th, from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. The Playhouse Block Party will feature live music and bands, food, drinks, special guest tours of the Playhouse District, backstage access to the Pasadena Playhouse Theater, a Kids’ Zone and more.  For a list of their event lineup and a full list of activities, check out the official Playhouse Block Party Website here.

 

Pasadena Chalk Festival and Car Show
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 – 17th, 10am – 7pm
The Paseo, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

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The 26th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival  will be held during Father’s Day weekend, June 16th and 17th from 10:00am to 7:00:pm at the Paseo on 280 E. Colorado Boulevard. The Pasadena Chalk Festival originally began in 1993, and it has since grown to be the largest street painting festival as officially named by the Guinness World Record in 2010.

The two day festival will feature events such as Children’s Chalkland, Chalk of Fame, Animation Alley, the 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, an Art Gallery & Silent Auction, as well as a main stage area with live musical performances all day both days. More than 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk will be used by over 600 skilled chalk artists to showcase this unique art form by creating remarkable murals on the concrete of the shopping plaza.

Kids can make Father’s Day cards and get their face painted at the Children’s Chalkland area.  Animation Alley, located in the Lower Theatre Courts, will feature a wide array of animation art transformed by chalk on display.  Then take a stroll up to the Chalk of Fame area, located in the Upper Theatre near ArcLight Cinemas, to view a showcase of chalk painted movie posters and icon movie scenes.

For the car enthusiastic, check out the 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, which benefits the Pasadena PAL Program and The Pasadena Police Explorer Post, on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There will also be food booths, raffle prizes, and even a Police Helicopter Ride Auction. And lastly, stay for the award ceremony of the festival winners on Sunday evening at 7:00pm. For more information, check out the official Pasadena Chalk Festival website here.

 

Arroyo Seco Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 – 24th
Rose Bowl Stadium Area (lower Arroyo Seco)

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Arroyo Seco Weekend is back for a second year during the last weekend of June in Pasadena.  This two day event will feature live performances, local food, craft beers & natural wines and family friendly activities, all of which takes place in the area surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium (lower Arroyo Seco).  The
link to the Festival Map is available here.

The 2018 lineup includes Jack White, Pretenders, Kings of Leon, Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Irma Thomas, The Bangles, Aaron Neville, Third Eye Blind, and more.  Check out this link for their full lineup. Food at Arroyo Seco Weekend will include a fine sampling of Los Angeles’ eclectic food scene from local restaurants.  The full list of participating restaurants can be found here.  And for those who are interested in the activities and programs for the whole family, check out The Experience link here.  Various passes are available for the event, click here for more ticketing information.

Which of the events mentioned above are you most interested in attending?  What are your thoughts about the return of the Arroyo Seco Weekend celebration?

Posted on June 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

The Essence of Southern California Splendor

The 2018 Showcase House, called “The Overlook”, is a Mediterranean-style home designed by Pasadena based architect Reginald Davis Johnson. For this event, prominent interior designers renovated and transformed the architecturally significant house for viewers to get a glimpse at the “latest color trends, concepts, products and technology” in interior design.

Photograph courtesy of Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

This year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design marks the 54th annual fundraising event held by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA).  As a volunteer base organization, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation.  All proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design and donations go towards funding “three annual music programs, plus award gifts and grants to other nonprofit organizations that provide music programs including music therapy, music education, scholarships and the underwriting of concerts.”

The very first Pasadena Showcase House of Design was held in 1965.  At the time, admission tickets were $1.50, and with 7,500 visitors in attendance, the committee was able to raise over $11,000.  Fast forward to today, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design is “one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the United States.” Ticket prices now range from $35 to $60 each and approximately 30,000 visitors are expect from to come from local areas and far away location.

So if you are interested in supporting this great cause, and to get some new ideas for remodeling your home, check out the Pasadena Showcase House of Design before May 20th.  There is also a garden tour available, designed by a curator from the Los Angeles Arboretum.  For more information, click here.

Have you attended Pasadena Showcase House of Design event previously?  What are your thoughts of the latest trends in interior design?

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 2:52 am
Christine Navarro | Category: Events