There is a bounty of arts and music to see around Los Angeles this weekend, from ArtNight in Pasadena, to the Affaire in the Gardens in Beverly Hills, to the beachside Blues Festival in Dana Point. For an especially sweet, springtime treat, head north to the fields of Oxnard for the California Strawberry Festival, where the family fun is edible and delicious!
ArtNight in Pasadena
Bring your tiny Van Gogh’s, pint-sized Mozarts, and little Warhols to ArtNight, where Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors for a free evening of art, music, and entertainment. Park at any venue and then hop on the free shuttle that will be looping throughout the evening to locations such as: the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center, One Colorado, and the Pasadena Museum of History, to name a few. Don’t worry about dinner, as gourmet food trucks will be on-hand to fuel those creative little minds and hungry tummies. Fri., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Pasadena, free. Event details.
Beverly Hills Spring Art Show
This biannual show is a favorite for Angelenos, for its quality of artwork and lovely setting. Called the Affaire in the Gardens, it spans four blocks of Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and showcases the talents of over 250 artists within a multitude of mediums. Follow the picket fences and umbrellas to the food area, where you can taste fine wines and ales and sit down to have a sandwich. Stroll the boulevard and listen to live music, see featured artist demonstrations, or even take a guided tour. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Beverly Hills, free. Event details.
This super-sized block party showcases over 50 bands, comedy and theatrical performances, literary readings, book signings, films, gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, street art, and a variety of craft vendors. The Eco and Children’s Village will feature community gardening, storytimes, field games, and a stage dedicated to children’s music. Enjoy the festival and all it has to offer from microbrews to hiakus and maybe a fake mustache or two. Sat. 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Silverlake, $5, children under 10 are free. Event details.
It’s always good when an event promises to burn energy for your little ones; it’s even better when it raises funds for breast cancer research! Register online in advance, and then lace up those running shoes and run or walk through the beautiful Huntington neighborhood of the Pacific Palisades. Finish the day with grub from local food trucks and a bevy of activities for kids. They might even fall asleep on the way home in the car… Sun., 9:00 am, Pacific Palisades, $35 adults, $100 for families, children under 4 are free. Event details.
Sukey Jump Music
Singer-songwriter-actress-teacher, Heidi Swedberg (pictured; you may recognize her as George’s fiance from Seinfeld), sings and encourages everyone to pick up a ukulele and play along at the locally famous, McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Her “Sukey Jump Music” comes from a term that originated in the early 19th century, for parties in slave quarters, and came to mean any song and dance party. Stick around afterwards, rent a new instrument, and sign up for a class. Sun., 11:00 am, Santa Monica, $8, children under 2 are free. Event details.
California Strawberry Festival
Talk about a festival jam-packed with delectable, edible, fun! Those gorgeous, jewel-like, red berries have the spotlight for the entire weekend in Oxnard, where there will be live music, recipe and pie-eating contests, arts and crafts, and a veritable bounty of homemade entertainment. The youngest seedlings of your family can meet everybody’s berry best friend, Strawberry Shortcake – she is the official Berryfest Princess of Strawberryland for Kids, a magical kingdom filled with children’s delights like the Berry-Go-Round, Strawberry Storytime, Grow Your Own Garden, and the family entertainment stage. Sweet tips: parking is $10 and can be difficult so it is advised to utilize the free shuttle from adjacent lots. Buy tickets online in advance to further avoid a wait. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Oxnard, $12 adults, $5 children 5-12, children under 4 are free. Event details.
WorldFest is a solar-powered celebration for the environment, animals, and humanity. Hear live music at the main stages or the more intimate Earth Lounge, learn something new at the EcoTent, see cooking and lifestyle demonstrations at the Healthy Hut, shop from over 100 vendors, and imbibe at the Oasis Beer and Wine Garden. Kids’ World will provide storytelling, face painting, and children’s entertainment. You can even bring the dog to BarkFest – a new off-leash dog park inside the festival. Sun., 10:30 am – 7:00 pm, Lake Balboa, $7 at the festival or $5 presale tickets, children under 12 are free. Event details.
Doheny Blues Festival
Do your weekends feel run-of-the-mill and have you singin’ the blues? Gather up the family and head to Doheny State Beach for their uber-popular Blues Festival, featuring acts like John Fogerty, Bug Head Todd, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The 62-acre state park features an entire mile of sandy beach and two main stages on a large grass field within 100 yards of the Pacific Ocean, plus 170 picnic tables, volleyball courts, and plenty of parking. The Kidz Ecofest offers a play-area replete with bounce houses, crafts, and children’s music on a special stage. Parents, you can relax and sip a little at the Micro-Brew and Wine Tasting areas. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Dana Point, $50 adults/day or $80 adults/2 days, $10 children. Event Details.