Saturday, May 1
- Doo Dah Parade
It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com
- South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
One town, six musical venues, many world-class musicians. A hometown music and arts festival for the ages, on Saturday the city of South Pasadena celebrates the arts with the second annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk. There will be live performances on the main stage by David Lindley, The Nervis Brothers, Double Naught Spy Car, Moira Smiley & VOCO and Wahid, at $20 per person for all-day admission at the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservancy. Two dozen additional artists will be playing free shows throughout the city. Galleries and studios will be open for an art walk, and local shops and cafes stay open late especially for the festival. Besides a wine and beer garden, The Sweets Truck, Dumpling Station and Dosatruck will represent for the mobile food contingency.
Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2
L.A. Garden Show
Gone gaga for gardening? The L.A. Garden Show at the Arboretum is the largest outdoor gardening event on the West Coast. It’s a huge affair for the whole gamut of gardeners, from back-yard beginners to landscaping pros. The focus is on environmentally-responsible gardening and innovative garden technology. SoCal gardeners will get easy how-tos for setting up and living out a green gardening lifestyle, including edible gardens, indigenous plants, composting and water-wise choices. A wide variety of unique and exotic plants will be for sale, hand-selected by Arboretum curators, with the best care tips by on-hand experts.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., $3-$8, free for Arboretum members, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, lagardenshow.com
Homestead Museum Victorian Fair
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the sights and sounds of the 1860s, ’70s, and ’80s, the Homestead Museum’s Victorian Fair is verily the only place to be this weekend. Listen to period music, learn how to dance a polka or waltz, try on period garments and learn about the popular styles of the era before attending the Academy of Genteel Behavior, where you’ll be whipped into a right proper gentleman or lady. In the meantime, let’s jump-start your Victorian fascination with a translation, courtesy of The Victorian Translator on Facebook:
Modern phrase: “Who let the dogs out? Who, who, who, who?”Victorian translation: “Who is he who hath these hounds beloosed? Who, I ask, and thrice more!” (Seriously, check this guy out; He’s awesome.)
Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Homestead Museum, 15415 East Don Julian Rd., Industry, free, bring spending money, homesteadmuseum.org