Another spring is coming around. To celebrate and understand this annual change, Southlanders have many opportunities, but here are five diverse and engaging chances to bring in the spring as never before. As nature renews itself, urbanites can do the same through art, creativity and just plain fun.
Bite Me Art Exhibition and Fair 2013
McGroarty Arts Center
7570 McGroarty Terrace
Tujunga, CA 91042
Dates: Art Fair – March 23; Exhibition – March 18-23
This art fair is the culmination of the McGroarty Arts Center’s 2013 exhibition, “Bite Me.” As spring signals a new growing season, the exhibition’s theme seeks to bring out the serious issue of what place food takes in our culture. Economics, politics and society impact our view of nutrition. For socializing, sustenance or personal comfort, the artists’ work will evoke a level of understanding not available in mainstream media. Food is a necessity of life, but this exposition looks beyond the obvious.
Domestic Integrities Part A03: Los Angeles
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dates: March 21-24
Fritz Haeg of Los Angeles brings in the spring with edible herbs fresh from his own garden at the Hammer. Many of his herbs to be shared are medicinal. The center of artistic expression is interactive crochet as art. Visitors and volunteers add to the Domestic Integrities rug that has traveled the world bringing out local attributes of landscape, ritual and seasonal change (www.domesticintegrities.org). Creativity in expression is a goal with this simple yet extraordinary experience. It’s an existential exercise for individuals to make sense of their world and share it with others.
Cherry Blossom Festival At Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Dates: March 23-24
Nothing says spring like its first weeks when nature flowers, and at the Descano Gardens, it is said with visions larger than life. The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japan’s cultural tradition with the most beautiful flowering tree in the world. Amid the incredible landscaping and cherry trees, dramatic enactments, guided garden walks and fine cuisine celebrate one of the world’s most interesting civilization’s respect for nature. It is time to welcome spring with reverence and awe.
Downtown Art Walk
Downtown Los Angeles
400 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Date: April 11
Downtown Los Angeles is being reborn through art, and spring brings new collections of every description. A fair weather evening stroll brings together art, niche restaurants, shops and bars. This monthly event showcases the best in art and photography. Downtown galleries extend their hours, welcoming in the public. Before, after or during the self-directed tour, eateries, bars and entertainment venues give respite at their unique one-of-a-kind locations.
La Habra Spring Citrus Fair
La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce
321 E. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
Dates: April 18-21
Thursday night, April 18, the La Habra Spring Citrus Fair kicks off with the Bubble Parade at 6 p.m. Then it’s two days and four nights of traditional street fair events fit for children and adults alike. Vendors line three blocks of the downtown, selling everything from specialty foods to souvenirs on East La Habra between Euclid and Cypress. More than 25 rides and several entertainments round out every day and evening.
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.