Southern California’s largest, free art, music and cultural festival will be right outside your doorstep during Pasadena ArtWeekend. The celebration will kick off Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. with ArtNight Pasadena. Now in its 12th year, this popular event provides free admission to the best cultural hot spots in the community, with free shuttles throughout the evening. Venues include Alliance de Française de Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Lineage Dance, Norton Simon Museum, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Symphony and POPS at the Ambassador Auditorium, and Shumei Arts Council.
The Playhouse District will be transformed into an open-air marketplace for ArtWalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, with original paintings, photography, sculpture and new media. Little ones can take art classes and older children, teens and adults will enjoy dramatic readings, music, art demonstrations and a gallery walk.
Also on Oct. 9: The Latino Heritage Parade will wind its way to La Pintoresca Park at 11 a.m. for children’s crafts, music, folklorico dancers and booths until 5 p.m.; shops along South Lake Avenue will host the Art of Food outdoor festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Paseo Colorado will present ArtRhythm, an outdoor concert from 5 to 9 p.m.
ArtWeekend concludes Sunday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with ArtPerformance, an international dance festival at Old Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion featuring amateur and professional dancers of all ages, plus on-the-spot dance lessons.
For more information visit www.pasadenaartweekend.com or call (800) 307-7977.