In 2017 Kelly Kidd, owner of Kidd’s Jewelry Heist, opened with his band for David Plenn and the Mission Street All-Stars during a nighttime concert to celebrate the Fall Arts Crawl. Photo by Harry Yadav

The streets of South Pasadena will come alive with the vibrant sights and sounds of artists, musicians and merchants to celebrate the fall season with the South Pasadena Arts Crawl. It all happens from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as the Arts Crawl highlights another “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town.”

The heart of the fete resides along Mission Street and will cover adjacent blocks as well. Event-goers will enjoy a smorgasbord of entertaining options to choose from including art exhibitions and activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales all across the business district, according to organizers of the event.

In a strong volunteer effort to further connect the community, the event-sponsor South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work preparing for the big night alongside producer SPACE, reaching out to more than 30 shops and boutiques who will be sharing their wares. Laurie Wheeler, president and CEO of the chamber, said that people are at the soul of the event.

“The streets are packed with people,” said Wheeler of the Arts Crawl. “There are people walking up and down Mission Street, shopping, eating, and having fun. It’s a great all-around community event.”

Hope Perello, director at the non-profit organization SPACE, said the event is special in its feature of new artists and businesses coming together in ways to interact with the community.

“It really is about trying to inspire everyday creativity because that’s what it has become,” said Perello.

Attendees can hear live music from the Mission Street Music Club, the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory, and the Pascale Institute. The So Pas High School Art Club will provide a family art activity of puppet crafting with a Halloween theme.

For those with a literary interest, the South Pasadena Library hosts “Frankenstein Meets Little Women – A Monster Mash,” a celebratory exhibition of two literary classics – the 200th anniversary of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and the 150th anniversary of “Little Women” by Luisa May Alcott.

The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation and The D.U.D.E.S. will present “Oktoberfest,” a beer garden fundraiser for local non-profits in the park next to the South Pasadena Historical Museum. Hotbox Vintage will be offering free pumpkin decorating and a Tattoo Tearoom by InkSpa. Sugarmynt Gallery will host a “Hocus Pocus” event with fall sets and cosplayers. The Munch Company and other restaurants will be offering food and drink specials. Food trucks will be on site to provide on-the-go options.

Wheeler noted that the Arts Crawl is often one of the “best nights of the year” for many merchants and it’s a great option for residents looking to have a fun Saturday evening where they can stay close to home and enjoy the local community.

“Everybody’s excited about it,” said Wheeler. “The town just comes alive.”

Patrons are invited to park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian). The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put attendees right in the center of the 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, Oct. 19.

More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or on the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena.” 

Skye Hannah, Senior Reporter
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Skye Hannah is a senior reporter for the South Pasadena Review and the San Marino Tribune, covering education, features and civic issues. Skye previously served as an award-winning senior staff photojournalist and staff writer covering education, business, crime, sports, features and civic issues for the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, Georgia. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is an avid cyclist, enthusiastic outdoorswoman, and has been known to drop “y’all” in conversation.

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