The South Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl is back, with local artists, musicians and businesses joining creative forces to put together the city’s popular “Neighborhood Night on the Town.”
The free event takes place Saturday, July 20, from 5 to 9 p.m., and participating local businesses on Mission Street and adjacent blocks will stay open late to host open houses, live music, special sales and more for an evening of summer fun.
Now in its ninth year, the Arts Crawl was founded to give local artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork, as well as to support and nurture the creativity found throughout South Pasadena.
The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by the South Pasadena Arts Center (SPACE).
There are four Art Crawls held every year — summer, fall, winter, and the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk.
Among the highlights for this year’s Summer Arts Crawl are an opening reception and textiles show presented by the SPARC Gallery at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; wind-chime-making lessons provided by local artist Maddie Saunders at Heritage Plaza; a South Pasadena-themed chalk mural by artist Ronny Johnson at Larry’s Union Service; and the Artisans’ Alley outdoor marketplace, featuring handmade goods and jewelry.
Musical entertainment will include the “TeaMorrow Concert” at TeaMorrow Tea House Restaurant, which will highlight five local singers and songwriters. Also, SPARC will showcase a string trio in the courtyard of City Hall, a solo cello performer at Handle, as well as an evening of live music by performers under the age of 21 at The Dinosaur Farm.
There will also be an array of culinary treats and specials available for those who want to grab a bite or drink during the festivities.
Among them: Mission Wines will offer $5 beer on tap and wine by the glass at its Arts Crawl pre-party from 1 to 5 p.m.; Radhika Modern Indian will offer a 15 percent discount off all food and drink; and ARO Latin is creating a surprise Arts Crawl cocktail.
“What I love about the Arts Crawl is that it gives everyone in the community a chance to shop and hang out together on a Saturday night,” said Laurie Wheeler, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
“It gives people the opportunity to visit various stores and restaurants that they can’t get to during the work week, and it’s a chance for friends and neighbors to spend time together while supporting local businesses.”