Fall has finally arrived! Join us on October 22 in celebrating the season with the South Pasadena Arts Crawl. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this neighborhood night-on-the-town! This free event offers gallery openings, art activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales throughout the business district.
Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with festivities for the event.
Fun Halloween Activities:
Join the Mask-querade, a free interactive art activity at the South Pasadena City Hall courtyard (1414 Mission St.), where event-goers can create their own one-of-kind Halloween masks, then head over to the Meridian Ironworks Museum (913 Meridian St.) for treats, and to see a family friendly movie presented by the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.
Head over to De Milo Design (1401 Mission St., entrance on Fremont) where they are launching their new Poetry Post. The antique presses will be up and running and you can make your own print of a spooky spider poem.
Kidd’s Jewelry Heist (1510 Mission St., rear of Dinosaur Farm) offers $5 bracelets 5 – 9 p.m. and a Free Halloween Craft for kids 5 – 7 p.m.
Hotbox Vintage (906 Meridian Ave.) offers a free candy table and pumpkin carving & painting party. Bring your own pumpkin or decorate a mini version they will provide. And more pumpkin-themed activities are in store as Mi Casa Del Arte (921 Meridian) offers ceramic pumpkin painting from 5 – 8 p.m. (ceramic pumpkins can be purchased on site for $12.99).
Sugar Mynt Gallery (810 Meridian Ave.) features Hocus Pocus storyboard illustrations by Giacomo Ghiazza and photographs from the cult classic, John Carpenter’s Halloween. And they will screen two family fun spooky movies, Ghostbusters and Young Frankenstein.
Other Event Highlights:
Head to the Walking Man statue, near the Metro Gold Line South Pasadena station (Meridian/Mission St.), where the Artisans Alley offers jewelry by Christine Yelich Roberts, Anita Finnegan, and Nina Ehlig. Plus photography by Anna McNaught, sculpture created by Don Bloom, art by Liz Espinsoza and Sonali Kolhatkar, mulberry silk pillowcases from SlumberBabi and an eclectic boutique of unique items curated by designer Jeanie Joe.
Nearby, the South Pasadena Public Library (1100 Oxley St.) hosts an Author/Cartoonist Night with Dan Piraro, renowned, nationally syndicated “Bizarro” cartoonist, in the Library Community Room at 7 p.m. Piraro’s cartoons have been compiled into more than 15 books – his latest is the “Bizarro Land Coloring Book” from Dover Publications that will be available for purchase at the signing table. Presented by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library.
Vave Studios (950 Mission St.) features a discounted succulent-planting bar, music, drinks and face painting for $5.
There will be lots of great art to view around town. The SPARC Gallery (1121 Mission St.) showcases the work of artist Victor Raphael. SOPA Studios (1025 Hope Street) hosts art exhibits of its members and live music. Mix n’ Munch (1005 Mission St.) presents student artwork from the art studio Art/Work/Place. Local artist Yuki Toy has an exhibit at Old Focals (1110 Mission St.) and Kaldi Coffee & Tea (1019 El Centro) presents the art of CG.
The Laurie Hendricks Gallery (1504 Mission St.) showcases California artists from the 1860s until present day with the show, Women Artists: Past and Present. Camille de Pedrini (1512 Mission St.) presents the abstract art of Sue Tuemmler, and offers a 15% off sale. Ellen’s Silkscreening exhibits the work of children with autism, and presents a vegan cheesecake tasting with a preview of Prism of Threads, a new retail business at 1506 Mission Street.
There will also be numerous live performances through out the evening.
Young Stars Theater, at the Fremont Center Theatre (1000 Fremont Ave.), presents a free preview of scenes and songs from the upcoming Aladdin Jr. at 5 and 5:30 p.m. with a ticketed performance that evening of the current show Bye Bye Birdie at 7 p.m. Two Kids Coffee (1504 Mission St.) hosts a sidewalk performance by local musician Zach Marsh, and a few doors down, the Dinosaur Farm (1510 Mission St.) features the Mission Street Music Club from 8 – 9 p.m. and a 10% off sale. Stroll across the street to hear a varied live music line up from the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory (1509 Mission St.). Check out Good Citizen Media Group (1016 Mission St.) featuring music provided by The Bungalow. Moo on Mission (1006 Mission St.) presents a performance by Tisa Adamson and her band, while singer Deb Cornwall brings her pop-up performance to the streets.
Other businesses offering specials and sales during the event are:
Rosebuds and Rosestuds (1012b Mission St.) celebrates its 3rd anniversary with a storewide 20% off sale. Duncan Taylor (1020 Mission St.) offers discounts on art and furniture including a “Buy One, Get One 50% off” sale. Rue de Mimo (1514 Mission St.), and Marz (1512 Mission St.) offer 15% off on their regularly priced merchandise.
Local restaurants will be dishing out some tasty specials for the event:
Mission Wines (1114 Mission Street) celebrates Oktoberfest, with a pre-party German Beer Tasting from 1 – 5 p.m. for $10. Resident beer experts will be on hand, plus fresh-baked pretzels, additional snacks and wines by the glass available.
Canoe House (805 Fair Oaks Ave.) offers a free Crispy Truffled Brussels Sprouts appetizer with purchase of entree.
La Fiesta Grande (1107 Mission St.) throws in an extra shot for your margarita for a dollar, and an Appetizer Special.
My Sweet Cupcake (954 Mission St.) celebrates fall flavors and Great Pumpkin/Switch Witch Approved Halloween-themed gift baskets.
Crossings (1010 Mission St.) offers a fall cocktail special at both their restaurant bars.
More options for Foodies abound with food trucks like Surfer Taco, Gastrobus, Gourmet Genie and Burnt to a Crisp, which are spread throughout the event. Plus Farm Fresh to You, a CSA (community supported agriculture) company that sustains CA based farms through produce delivery service, offers advice about healthy eating, and samples of farm produce.
So, wear your Halloween costume or don a mask, and come on down for a cool fall celebration. Most of the galleries and businesses in the Arts Crawl are on easily walkable Mission Street, with others on Fair Oaks, Fremont Avenue, Oxley, and Meridian.
Patrons can park in the Meridian Village Parking, just north of Mission on Meridian or the SPUSD Administration parking lot, between Fairview and Diamond, and walk to the more than 25 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.”