A couple of memory-making festivals (hello Arroyo Seco and Bayou Fest and Day of the Ancestors!) and a smattering of cultural must-sees will turn Jun. gloom into Jun. bloom. Take a moment to check out Passport to Success, a free or low-cost activity that will help keep those curious little minds engaged all summer long (and help prevent that summer slide). Ready for family fun? Scroll through for this weekend’s picks and hopefully, we’ll see you at one of these cool events!
Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival
Arroyo Seco Weekend is a world-class cultural affair, with a stellar music line up that includes Sat. headliners Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real and Jack White with Sun. headliners Kings Of Leon and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, as well as find an array of sought-after dishes and award-winning restaurants from Los Angeles and Pasadena’s impressive culinary communities. Kidspace and Pasadena’s The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens will be onsite with an interactive installation of plant and flower biology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will also be there with an exclusive Intergalactic Travel Lounge. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Baby and Me Tour
Join other moms, dads, and caregivers for an engaging docent-led tour of the museum! Tours start before public hours and babies (0-2 years) are welcome! Parking is provided for larger strollers. Fri. Event details.
Passport to Success & Fun This Summer
Welcome to the Passport to Success – Making Summer Learning Fun! This free and low-cost learning activity helps you to explore throughout the summer by providing families with a learning kit and online resources to explore libraries, museums, and cultural events. The learning kit includes a family resource guide (map) to help families explore the available sites and activities across the county, as well as a passport (stamp book) for tracking your visits. Families that register their summer learning kits through Families In Schools are eligible to receive prizes, participate in weekly scavenger hunts and receive learning tips online. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
BLOOM is Back!
BLOOM will host nearly a dozen large-scale installation art pieces, spread out over 100,000 square feet of lush grass in Griffith Park. With giant dandelions to wish under, a rolling field of pinwheel poppies and their signature “Bed of Roses,” BLOOM will have visitors playing in rose petals and weaving themselves into a sea of jacaranda. With a focus on handcrafted art, BLOOM aims to leave your spirit uplifted and your camera full of fun pictures. Edible flowers and delectable treats are provided by Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, allowing guests to truly explore all five of their senses. Play, snap a selfie (or 500), stick your toes in the soil, envelop yourself in the scent of wild jasmine, soak in a tub of fresh lavender and picnic under the flower teepees with a selection from one of our food trucks.Tickets are limited for this inaugural engagement and there will be timed entry to optimize your ability to interact with the installations. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks
This year’s festival is highlighting Brazil and its diasporic, artistic connections to Leimert Park. Brazil itself is a key node in African culture and is home to one of the world’s largest populations of Black people, second only to Nigeria. The vibrant spirit of this country will be on full display at the Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, including dynamic drumming and Samba. Sun. Event details.
Coasterthon Catastrophe: An Amusement Park Musical
A family-friendly musical comedy about two best friends, Brett and Griffin, who get stuck upside down on a roller coaster during a roller coaster marathon at famed theme park Fun World. The show is 45 minutes, fully accompanied on guitar, and speaks to heavier themes of economics and anxiety while teaching and entertaining kids and parents alike. Fun for the whole family! Fri. Event details.
Sunset Vestige Sky Art
A cloud of vibrant streamers greets visitors to Burton W. Chace Park through Jul. 1, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and local artist Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics. Shearn’s Sunset Vestige is a 5,000-square-foot Skynet piece consisting of more than 40,000 streamers that dance on the ocean breeze. The vibrant artwork emulates the glow of a California sunset, contrasting with the serene, coastal ambiance of Marina del Rey. You’ll find it at the far end of the park, along the Main Channel. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Magic Show: Edgemar Center for the Arts
Experience the excitement of magic and spellbinding illusions with master magician Ian Galloway. His amazing Magic Show uses pyrotechnics and performs with animals and elements. He will also read your minds. See the latest mind-blowing acts and unbelievable feats in an intimate setting that brings magic up close. Action-packed 90-minute show that is filled with unforgettable moments and memories. Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive:
Music with the Pasadena POPS
Hear the music from the Pasadena Pops played in the beautiful Arboretum. The kids will absorb the music as they play and snack and you get something resembling a date night without the sitter…The Pops plays a series of concerts ranging from Broadway tunes to swing to classic favorites. Check the website to see what tonight’s concert is! Food and drinks will be available for purchase or you can bring a picnic. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.
Long Beach Bayou Festival
The Long Beach Bayou Festival is back with its Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun and Creole food delicacies and top notch music in a new location this year! This popular festival tradition continues with a colorful costumed Mardi Gras parade led each day by the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band, and a delectable French Quarter marketplace with crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, and other Cajun delights — plus a variety of desserts. The popular crawfish and watermelon eating contests also return this year. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
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