Mercadito Monarca & Playhouse Village continue the cultural tradition of a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, bringing the community in Pasadena together to honor and celebrate those who have passed away, with day of free, family-friendly programs:
See Arcade Lane transform into a beautiful Mexican Zócalo where you can hear music and see live performances featuring ballet folklorico, Aztec dance, mariachi, DJ set by La Junta and more. Families can also enjoy arts & crafts activities, tour an altars exhibit in the neighborhood, shop at our artisan market, see chalk artists at work, play fun games, and more.
Achinta S. McDaniel, the talented Artistic Director/Choreographer for Blue13 Dance Company, offers this addictive playlist featuring some of the best in Bollywood music.
Experience the joy of the holidays with a variety of events at the South Coast Botanic Garden. There will be new seasonal plantings from the moment you walk through the Garden’s gates and can’t-miss photo opportunities, including our twist on iconic pine trees. Shop for the holidays, or for yourself, at our kiosk in Palm Circle, which will have a whole new look and merchandise for the season. Merry + Bright will be sprinkled through all of the Garden’s offerings…
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Aquarium Holidays features festive décor, shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, and appearances by Santa Diver. Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium for its animals, including the sea lions and fish. On weekends December 3 through 18 the Aquarium will have photo opportunities with Santa. Also during Aquarium Holidays, the Aquarium will host a Kwanzaa celebration and Hanukkah storytelling.
Around 900 years ago, a Maya scribe made the Códice Maya de México, a sacred book that tracked and predicted movements of the planet Venus. Today it is the oldest book of the Americas, one of only four surviving Maya manuscripts that predate the arrival of Europeans. A remarkable testament to the complexity of Indigenous astronomy, the Codice on display in the US for the first time in 50 years.
Situated amid the Downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers, the rink will be open for ice skating daily, including holidays. There will also be a variety of free activities, including live concerts, youth programs, and special events.