Artists, Musicians, and Merchants gear up to celebrate the fall season with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, October 20, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which offers art exhibition and activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be with lively with event activities.
Event-goers can hear live music hosted by Dave Plenn, musician and owner of the popular Dinosaur Farm toy store, who puts together a talented group of performers called the Mission Street Music Club. Across the street, the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory hosts a live music marathon while the Pascale Institute presents student performances of classical music during the event. SPACE partners with the South Pasadena High School Art Club to provide a family art activity of puppet making with a Halloween theme.
The South Pasadena Library hosts “Frankenstein Meets Little Women – A Monster Mash,” a celebration of the anniversaries of two literary classics – the 200th anniversary of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and the 150th anniversary of “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. In the Library’s Community Room there will be an opening reception for a one-of-a-kind exhibition expressing this theme, curated by Valerie Weich, and featuring eleven artists.
The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation and The Dudes present their second “Oktoberfest,” a beer garden fundraiser in the park next to the South Pasadena Historical Museum. For an entrance fee you can eat, drink, and support local non-profits. On your way there, stop by the Artisans’ Alley which showcases a variety of gifts and unique items including art, jewelry, toys, t-shirts, accessories, and more, all created by artisans and craftspeople.
Hotbox Vintage offers free pumpkin decorating, a Tattoo Tearoom by InkSpa, free drinks & live music. Merchants such as Marz, Rue de Mimo, Retreat, Videotheque and others present artists, vendors and music. Sugarmynt Gallery throws their annual “Hocus Pocus” event, an elaborate affair with fall sets, cosplayers, and lots of spooky fun. Admission at the door.
Mission Street Wines kicks off their own Oktoberfest event with a pre-Crawl specialty beer tasting, and the Munch Company and other restaurants will be offering food and drink specials. Food trucks will provide on-the-go options.
The Crawl’s producer, Hope Perello, says, “The Fall Arts Crawl is one of my favorites because it takes place near Halloween and also encompasses the fun of Oktoberfest celebrations. I’m also excited by the involvement, for the first time, of the South Pasadena High School’s Art club. It’s wonderful to have local students take part in this event.”
An event map with a complete list of activities, performers, business participants, and more will be printed in the South Pasadena Review on Friday, October 19, 2018. Until then visit the website southpasadena.net.
Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian), and walk to the more than 30 participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.
The quarterly Arts Crawls are presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and produced by SPACE, to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district.
More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.