Get ready for the beginning of holiday fun thanks to these weekend events! Grab one-of-a-kind gifts at the much-anticipated Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair, swing over to The Grove for their Christmas tree lighting, watch family-favorite Elf, on the big screen and witness the ridiculous at Pasadena’s famous Doo Dah Parade. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks.
photo: Descanso Gardens via Facebook
Barnsdall Art and Craft Fair
This fair showcases diverse work from the Art Center students and faculty — catering to a range of tastes and budgets — including handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, cards, prints, paintings, drawings and photography. Guests can browse work from local artisans and find the perfect Holiday gift from the next statement piece for their collection to the ideal coffee mug. Located next to the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House, and a stone’s throw from the prestigious Los Angeles County Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center is home to a variety of fabulous artisans and craftspeople. Sun. Event details.
It’s the traditional Hollywood Christmas Celebration at The Grove – the annual tree lighting of one of the biggest trees in the country! We recommend coming early if you have little ones, exploring the decor, and then snagging a table to watch the festivities from afar – it gets awfully crowded and loud for kids. But the magic of the spectacle makes it all worthwhile. This year the hour-long show is hosted by Seth MacFarlane, featuring a star-studded musical spectacular, the season’s first snowfall, the lighting of the Christmas tree, the arrival of Santa Claus and finally a fireworks finale. Sun. Event details.
Watch the holiday favorite, Elf, on the big screen! Gates open at 4 p.m. for sledding, kids activities, tree lighting and more! The movie starts at 8 p.m. Some activities may have an additional cost. Patrons encouraged to dress for the weather. Sat. Event details.
Investigating Griffith Park
What makes Griffith Park special to you? For many Angelinos, the name evokes a panorama of memories—from picnics, hikes, horses, and softball games to the zoo, observatory, trains, and, of course, the Autry. But how much do you really know about Griffith Park? How did it come to be, and what are its best-kept secrets? Join us as we explore stories about Griffith Park, a landscape that we honor as Tongva/Gabrielino land and a public park for Los Angeles. We welcome your feedback as we transform one of the Autry’s core galleries into an experimental, hands-on space to prototype ideas for a future exhibition. Through Investigating Griffith Park, we are gathering input from hundreds of visitors and experts to reveal some of the many stories from the park’s 4,000-plus acres. Sat. Event details.
Disney’s BEAUTY and the BEAST Musical
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri.-Sat. Event details.
Community Volunteering Event
Midland is partnering with FEED for a volunteer day at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Join us to receive a FEED tee, an opportunity to shop around the FEED pop-up, and free one-way transportation to help fight hunger locally! It is a free event open to the public! Fri. Event details.
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!
Known as the twisted sister of the conventional Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. The parade which has spawned numerous off-beat replicants across the country was named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and was recently featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die! So go! Bring the kids and be ready to laugh it up. Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive
A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and other themes create the mesmerizing experience of Moonlight Forest. Enjoy a delightful evening with family, friends or a date. If you’re looking for illuminating entertainment for your holiday guests, bring them to Moonlight Forest! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Enchanted: Forest of Light
An interactive, nighttime experience with a one-mile walk through 10 distinct lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. The skies light up, the trees light up, and your family can walk and wonder. It’s the first time this experience has been offered, so be sure to get your tickets before they’re gone. The walk is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and mobility assistance devices. Timed tickets must be booked in advance, and you can pair it with dinner at Maple or dinner with Santa. Sun. Event details.
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