Embrace All Things New At These Spring Events
April is an amazing month in Los Angeles, the brutal summer heat hasn’t yet kicked in and event planners know this. Beat the heat (and the throngs of summer tourists) at some of these great cultural events.
Remember, spring is about all things new, I encourage you to seek discomfort and try something new. If you are landlocked in suburban Pasadena, pop down to Downtown LA, if you are married to Netflix, go see a live show. Break it up already, you may just discover something new to love.
Night Garden at Descanso May 18th
City living is amazing but the price we pay is our removal from nature. Take in the wonder of the outdoors without the lug of camping at the Night Garden event at Descanso Gardens. Music, drinks, flowers, tress and a little bit of science is sure to make this an interesting evening out for just about everyone. Tickets $15 LINK
LebowskiFest Los Angeles, Man
The Dude and all his merry men will be in full effect at the annual LA version that celebrates the cult film The Big Lebowski. White Russians, rugs that really tie a room together and some serious fan boys will all be in costumed attendance for this party that will include live musical performances by The Dude himself. If you’re a fan of the flick, this is your gig. LINK
Easter Egg Hunts
Egg Bowl April 20th 11am -3pm
Our beloved Rose Bowl plays host to the annual Egg Bowl. 80,000 eggs are laid out for this Egg-A-Palooza. Face painting and photo opps with a giant bunny are guaranteed, the $22 adult brunch is optional (you will need to buy tickets in advance for the brunch). Hopefully includes a mimosa or three. LINK
Kidspace Egg Hunt. April 20th. Various Times
Rose Bowl adjacent Kidspace Children’s Museum will also host an Egg Hunt with an interactive spin. Kids can learn the bunny hop, make a pair of ears and learn about bunny rescue via Bunny World. Note, there will Not be live bunnies on site for adoption, but the odds of you being asked 100 times to adopt one is highly likely. Pre-Registration is required and will likely sell out. LINK
First Friday’s With Dinosaurs May 3rd
LA is home to a world-class collection of museums but most of us only go when we have guests in town. Well the KCRW series First Friday’s at the NHM is a great excuse for you, your friends or the whole family to get a little nightlife, music and museum time in. There is something about being in the museum at night that just feels like you are breaking the rules. The May 3rd event will have a natural disaster theme, food trucks and a line up or KCRW acclaimed DJ’s. LINK
Remember the amazing weather is now. Get out and catch a classic film favorite with a few hundred of your closest neighbors. This is a popular type of event with several options in all parts of town all playing a bunch of classics you love. Outside of the movie you love, there is usually live music and food trucks galore. Here are the highlights of what is coming up:
Cinespia-Hollywood Forever Cemetery (not the scary part):
The Matrix May 18th LINK
Legally Blonde May 25th LINK
Full Cinespia Schedule: LINK
Street Food Cinema- Various Locations
500 Days of Summer Apr 27th LINK
A Star is Born -May 4th LINK
Dirty Dancing -May 11th LINK
Full Street Food Cinema Schedule LINK
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off -May 4th LINK
Coming to America -May 25th LINK
Eat.See.Hear Full Schedule LINK
A Dog Gone Good Time
Most of us are dog loving households, and if you know me, you know how much Axel means to me. Dog lovers or the dog curious, can learn the science of dogs at the new California Science Center exhibit: Dogs: A Science Tail. Hands on exhibits for all ages and special appearances by some rescue dogs. Buy tickets in advance ($17 adult, and $13 child) to reserve your time to avoid lines on weekends. Note: You can’t bring yours. LINK
Milk Farm Beer and Cheese Tasting April 29th
Sitting quietly for the past five years on Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock, cheese specialty shop Milk Farm has been cheese mongering for those in the know. Lesser known are the special events that this amazing little shop throws. Next up is a special beer and cheese pairing event at Downtown LA’s Mumford Brewing. Beer and Cheese makers will break down the process, the history and the highlights of two of the most delectable food categories ever known. Tickets are $45. LINK
Freakonomics at The Ace May 18th
Podcast Freakonomics is ranked a Top 100 (#63) podcast of all Podcasts on the Apple charts. While anything economics related may make you shake in the horror of college classes with the same name, this podcast is far from it. The topics are always based on things you thought you new (but don’t really) or things you never thought you wanted to know.
On May 18th, host Steven Dubner will do a live show at the historic Ace Hotel Theater (Charlie Chaplin’s old theater and the original home of United Artists). The show will be a lot more than a guy speaking into the mic. These shows are interactive, highly entertaining and occasionally ridiculous. Great event for the thinkers out there. LINK
Golden Streets Community Bike Ride May 19th
Shutting down the streets to vehicle traffic is a growing theme in major cities. While sure it may cut on pollution, the main benefit is the possibility of community interaction and encouraged outdoor experiences for all. In fact, I just witnessed Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, the city’s main thouroughfare, shut down like it always does every Sunday for several hours.
Community event CicLAvia started is back in 2010 and they continue to hold events in LA county, but the newcomer to the trend is 626 Golden Streets. Their second event will take place in May and have streets blocked to vehicle traffic and open to walkers, runners, strollers, bicycles and skaters from the historic San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel to Mission Street in South Pasadena. There will be inflatables for the kids, food trucks and live music for the adults. Do the whole 10-mile round trip or just do a section, it is completely up to you. LINK
Historic Home Tours
Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley has a lock on amazing home tours and our amazing collection of Pre-War residential architecture is a big reason for it. Gracious homeowners open their doors to let hundreds of random strangers wander around their private homes. You get to see the architecture, learn the history and see how people live in these historic gems.
There are many associations that put on tours; Pasadena Heritage sets the high bar with Spring Home Tour and Craftsman Weekend in the fall and many neighborhood associations do them as well. Here are the notable ones coming up:
Bungalow Heaven Home Tour April 28th
Bungalow Heaven is a specific neighborhood in Pasadena that is comprised of 1,000 Pre-War homes, a large percentage of them have been preserved and all of them are thankfully protected. Here you will find a stunning collection of Craftsman’s and Spanish casitas. Their annual Home Tour is an amazing peek into the past and the present. Tickets are only $25 and go to the continued preservation efforts of the neighborhood.
Yours truly will again be a docent for the tour, come say hi. LINK
Monrovia Home Tour May 5th
Monrovia is the hidden gem in SGV historic properties and their home tour is a great introduction into the area. The 37th annual Monrovia Historic Preservation Group’s annual Home Tour will feature six of Monrovia’s “First Houses” all built before 1887 and mostly grand Victorians. Vintage Ford Model T’s and complimentary snacks will be provided.
I will personally be a docent at the impressive Victoria at 224 West Olive, come say hi. Tickets are $20 available online. LINK
Altadena Guild Home Tour May 5th
Altadena Guild will have a competing home tour on May 5th. This one is limited to homes on just one street. Tickets are $40. LINK
Yamashiro Night Market
Since 2010, the legendary sushi restaurant Yamashiro in Hollywood has been playing host to an incredible evening food festival. Stellar views serve backdrop to an interesting array of vendors, if you like the local farmer’s market, then this event is for you. Local boutiques, live music, street food and more vendors set up each week. Event is free and happens every Thursday night starting May 2nd from 5pm to 10pm. LINK
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Michael leverages his personal passion for historic architecture to provide his clients the unknown insight on the pros and cons of older homes. Michael, a California native, grew up in an older Bungalow home and has spent 23 years in Southern California admiring the unique architecture of the region. He often writes on homeownership strategy, historic residential architecture and related topics which can be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram under the common profile name of his blog; BungalowAgent or at www.BunaglowAgent.com/blog.
Michael is a committee member and frequent volunteer for the preservation efforts of Pasadena Heritage as well as a supporter of the Five Acres center for children.