Not every city takes time to celebrate art. Thankfully, Pasadena isn’t one of those cities. Starting on Friday at 6pm, enjoy Artnight, where 18 of Pasadena’s museums, cultural centers, and colleges will be hosting exhibits on everything from contemporary artists to the world of hip-hop. Many of the locations also feature hands on learning, such as The Imagination Workshop’s “Knitting Installation”, where you are encouraged to participate in building the installation. Got little ones who want in on the fun? Try Pasadena Central Library, where the whole family can get in on arts and crafts. Fashion more your thing? Take the free shuttle over to the Pasadena Museum of History’s “I do! I do!” exhibit, featuring new and vintage wedding gowns from Vera Wang, Alexander McQueen, and Oscar de la Renta. Download Art Night’s full PDF see all your options.
On Saturday, spend your morning celebrating culinary art at The Taste of South Lake’s “Art of Food”. Watch live cooking demos, tour the food tents, and spend some time in the beer and wine garden while you listen to a variety of music from noon to 4pm.
Or, split your day with the Playhouse District’s “Art Walk”– where, from 11-5, thousands of people stroll down Colorado Blvd. (at El Molino) to see original art from jewelry makers, sculptors, painters, and photographers. Whether you’re looking to browse or buy, there will be entertainment and hands on activities for everyone.
Wrap your weekend of culture up on Sunday, with Paseo Colorado’s “Art Rhythm” in the Garfield Promenade. Soak up some soulful jazz with The Rob Kobayashi Trio and the Chris Barber Quartet from 3-6pm. During this time, artist in residence Tom Matousek will be creating his latest massive mural, and he wants you to get in on the fun.
Do yourself (or your family) a weekend of good. Learn something new. Create something collaborative. Listen to music you’ve never heard before. Try a local restaurant. The entire weekend is sure to be one to remember.