Festivals in South Pasadena

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New Wave LA is a multi-date, multi-venue event that encompasses four original works. Pick up a ticket to each of the performances to experience the whole kit and caboodle. The tickets will be in the D-level seating area of each venue and will be issued in e-ticket fashion prior to the show. The Los Angeles Ballet is a group of two dozen gazelle-esque dancers who fling themselves across genres and around the stage like marionettes controlled by heartstrings. See this renowned company move to the body music of the latest, greatest, and most unexpected choreography from LA's own Josie Walsh, plus Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, and Mandy Moore of So You Think You Can Dance fame.

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach,
CA
US

Sandy Raulston and Ted Birbilis have lived in the world of art and antiques together for almost three decades. They've sold pieces in old farmhouses and and participated in The Los Angeles Modernism Show. They're particularly skilled with antiques, classifying and valuing entire collections in one easy sweep, and they now preside over the LA Living: Modern to Classic Antiques Show.

At that show, a range of aesthetic movements are represented, from industrialism to folk art. The designers themselves are just as varied, ranging from pop artists to Native American craftsmen. Oil paintings, of colorful landscapes and sepia country churches, hang above a tangle of art in every medium imaginable. There are carved canes, colorful instruments, vases, and furniture, glossy wooden masks and vintage-looking lamps, all curated by Sandy and Ted.

1107 Fair Oaks Ave #454
South Pasadena,
CA
US

As mid-October approaches, the first-annual Couscous Festival is preparing to flood the earth with delicious fares from North Africa and the Mediterranean, spotlighting the fluffy spheres of steamed wheat known as couscous. Skilled chefs, including Farid Zadi and Susan Park, will offer food talks and cooking demonstrations to teach attendees how to release their inner Berber and craft fine foreign fares. On Saturday, Feast from the Mideast author Faye Levy will divulge the secret behind cooking up tasty North African–Jewish cuisine. Sunday promises guests the opportunity to hear cookbook author and culinary commentator Clifford Wright speak about the history of couscous, which began with an exhilarating, primordial escape from a wild field of semolina wheat.

45 North San Gabriel Boulevard
Pasadena,
CA
US

The Tea Lovers Festival returns for its celebration of all things steeped on May 5 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Town Pasadena. At the event, the Tea Lovers marketplace showcases unique products from exhibitors such as Art of Tea, Numi, and Bird Pick Tea & Herb. As visitors stop by merchant booths, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and green teas steep, filling the air with their subtle flavors while festivalgoers seek out new favorite brews. On the interactive side, tea studies target both novices and connoisseurs, and tea labs teach brewers the finer scientific points of brewing, such as how tea ware affects taste. A popular series from the 2011 festival called Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Were Afraid to Ask also returns with new topics, covering teas from across the globe and how to read messages in tea leaves, such as “This water was too hot.”

145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena,
CA
US

At Seattle Chocolate Salon, chocoholics eagerly bounce from tables loaded up with gourmet chocolate bars and truffles to ones holding cocoa drinks and chocolate fountains. They're fueled by caffeine and the rush of endorphins that comes from tasting so many chocolates, watching chocolate-crafting demonstrations, and listening to talks given by chefs and confection experts.

Of course, chocolate isn't nearly as fun on its own as it is paired with wine, so the event also includes wine tastings. Those who haven't rubbed chocolate all over their wrists at this point can swing by the Artisan Fragrance Salon to spritz niche fragrances. Entry to the fragrance salon is included with admission to the chocolate salon.

300 E Green St
Pasadena,
CA
US

Built in 1929 as one of the first four original structures on UCLA’s campus in Westwood, the two towers of Royce Hall are now the defining image of the school. Named for California-born philosopher Josiah Royce, the looming brick building is modeled after Milan’s San Ambrogio Church. In the many decades since its introduction, the popular events space has undergone seismic retrofitting, and now boasts some 1,800 seats, nearly all with perfect sightlines to the deep stage. The annual events calendar features a variety of fine art performances with world-class talent ranging from speakers to dance to contemporary and classical music. Entertainers use the stage to tell stories and jokes, radio personalities bring their live shows through Royce Hall, and students have the opportunity to witness never-before-seen productions throughout the year. Patrons can customize their own subscription packages, and students receive discounts to every event.

340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles,
CA
US