Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Back in 1993, the city of Pasadena came together to host a small event in front of the city hall. The first annual Chalk Festival gave regional artists a unique medium that resonated well with visitors. Since then, the Pasadena Chalk Festival has become a highly anticipated event within the art community, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. There are more than 600 contributing artists, a huge leap from the simple neighborhood event that began it all. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the Pasadena Museum of History is hosting an ongoing exhibit that details the evolution of the festival and its major milestones. This in-depth look at the medium also includes highlighted works from some of the festivals most influential contributors.
Visit The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Nestled near the San Gabriel Mountains, the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens functions as a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of its immediate surroundings. This 127-acre California treasure is home to some incredibly diverse plant life including gardens that are brimming with plants specific to South American, Mediterranean, South African, Australian and Asiatic-North American regions. The Arboretum is also steeped in California lore, as its commonly known that the historic buildings on site like Queen Anne’s Cottage are said to be haunted. Ghosts aside, the Arboretum consistently plays host to special events. From concerts to featured presenters to hands-on activities that reinforce the idea of conversation, there is always plenty to see and do.
Rumble On The Water
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Queen Mary will launch it’s first ever Rumble On the Water event this weekend as the first event in a series of three set for the summer months. Pitting prime prospects and rising stars in the world of mixed martial arts, the fight series is a modernized version of the boxing matches that were historically linked to the bog boats on the water. Guests will get the chance to be up close for all the action while enjoying the ships best food, drinks, and amenities. In between matches, the ship offers some spectacular views of where the cityscape meets the water.
CicLAvia: Glendale Meets Atwater Village
Glenhurst Ave. & Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The misconception of CicLAvia is that the event has any relation to a race. As one of the biggest open street events in the country, there is zero competition here. The aim of closing down a major portion of the L.A. metropolis is simply to allow participants to enjoy the streets without the traffic. Guests are encouraged to walk, run, bike, and skate and dismiss the idea of a finish line. For this installment of CicLAvia, a section from Glendale to Atwater Village will be closed of for the area visitors to enjoy. For those that are familiar with the event, cruising the streets without a car affords a new perspective and appreciation the place we call home.
Los Angeles Taste of the Nation
9091 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
The grounds at Media Park will be busy with guests hustling from corner to corner looking to get their hands on delicious dishes from over 40 of the city’s best dining destinations. Pooling some of the industry’s leading chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, Taste of the Nation is food event that aims to showcase the culinary diversity that is specific to Los Angeles. With 100% of the proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry, the end game is to help ensure that children have access to healthy food. In fact, the 2016 installment of Taste of the Nation raised enough funds to produce 1,500,000 healthy meals for deserving children. For those lucky enough to attend this year, offerings from Fig Santa Monica, Union Pasadena, and Simone LA are among the dozens of delectables that will leave you drooling.