As things are starting to open up we have worked to find activities both virtual and in-person. In Southern California and beyond.
June 2023 is Here! We have pulled together a collection of things to see and do this month
West Hollywood “WeHo” Pride Parade is now a weekend full of activities June 2nd-June 4th there is lots to see and do before the parade on Sunday. More information can be found at: https://www.weho.org/community/weho-pride
Los Angeles is having its own Pride celebration the following weekend June 9th- June 10th at the LA Historical Park with headliners Mariah Carey and Magen Thee Stallion. The Parade will take place through the streets of Los Angeles on Sunday, Jun 11th. https://www.proudout.com/po-event/los-angeles-pride/
June 14th is Flag Day! Yes in addition to Memorial Day and the Forth of July, there is another day you can rock your Red, White, and Blue! It was always a special day in my family because it was my grandmother’s birthday she loved being older than a national holiday!
June 19th known as Junetheen is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. I learn something new every day and found this list of ways to celebrate very insightful: https://www.thespruce.com/ways-to-celebrate-juneteenth.
May 2023 Things to See and Do
Happening from the 5th-29th of May is the Los Angeles County Spring Fair – with food, rides, concerts, and much more! Taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona more information can be found at: https://www.lacountyfair.com/
Cinco De Mayo – While the 5th of May is the traditional day to celebrate Venice California is having its Historical Cinco De Mayo Parade and Festival on May 6th. Why? Becasue it can. From 10am-6pm at Oakwood Park Recreation Center. More information can be found at https://patch.com/california/venice/calendar/event/20230506/2fbb7646-3874-4875-9d34-7f356102ebf4/historical-venice-cinco-de-mayo-parade-festival
Kentucky Derby – It is that time of year again when you can drink Mint Jelups and watch the houses run. Even if you are not at Churchill Downs there are parties and views in every state. Happening on May 6th at the location of your choice. Don’t forget to wear a special hat.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th 2023 brunches, dinners and special celebrations for the moms and mother-like-figures in your life are the typical way to celebrate but may we also suggest attending a Paint Party? No experience with a paintbrush is necessary and you are such to walk away with some memories and a new piece of art. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mothers-day-painting-party-tickets-576789742647?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Memorial Day this the 29th and the last weekend in May becomes a 3-day weekend for many. There are lots of opportunities to get out and explore as well as remember those who have died in service to our country.
25th Annual Tribute to Veterans & Military Families sponsored by Los Angeles County District 5 board Suporvior Kathryn Barger is taking place at Arcadia County park in Arcadia from 10am-2pm on Saturday the 27th. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/25th-annual-tribute-to-veterans-military-families-registration-532593470407?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&keep_tld=1
Forest Lawn is having events at the majority of its southern California locations to honor the fallen. Times and locations can be found here: https://forestlawn.com/events/memorial-day-2023/
April 2023 Things to See and Do
Celebrating the Green – Earth Day in the US which is celebrated on April 22th. Less than an event here are some ideas to celebrate the earth on the day of your choice:
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible
- Make some art out of your recyclables
- Go camping in your own backyard
- Host a yard sale
- Plant a seed and watch it grow
- Explore the great outdoors at a national park, local park, or urban safari
The Great San Marino Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 8 (Rain or Shine) from 9 AM – 12 PM “Bring your baskets and bunny ears and appetite! This fun-filled event includes crafts, games, pictures with the bunnies, and a giant egg hunt!” Pre-order your wristbands between March 20 – April at CityofSanMarino.org/Registration
Caltech Jazz Festival – Saturday, April 15 from 1-5pm We are told “The Caltech Jazz Band, under the direction of Barb Catlin, presents the annual Jazz Festival featuring three groups: The Caltech Jazz Band, the Tim Shaghoian Quartet, and the Night Blooming Jazzmen. This outdoor concert will be held on the Hameetman Patio. The festival is outside with limited seating. Please bring your folding chair or blankets and picnic items. Parking is free.” More information can be found at: https://www.caltech.edu/campus-life-events/calendar/chamber-music-concert-7
20th Anniversary Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour April 15&16 This choose-your-own-adventure garden tour offers the opportunity to tour over 30 gardens over 2 days. The 15th focuses on the Westside of the Los Angeles Metro and the 16th focuses on the Eastside. More information for this ticketed event can be found at: https://www.nativeplantgardentour.org/
After all the showers are you ready to see some spring flowers? Check out the Theodor Payne wildflower hotline to find out where the flowers are blooming before you hit the road. https://theodorepayne.org/learn/wildflower-hotline/
Want to check out Monrovia, California? A great time to visit is for the Friday night street Fair and Market. https://monroviastreetfairmarket.com/
Interested in a Flea Market? There are several held regularly in the City of Pasadena. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a once-monthly ticketed event: https://www.rgcshows.com/ Pasadena Community College also has a monthly market. This one is free: https://pasadena.edu/community/flea-market/
Live steam tours and experiences from all over the world with Heygo. I was just made aware of this website myself. Let me know what you think. heygo.com
Have you ever wanted to check out Machu Picchu? Here is your chance without the travel time, the hike at altitude, or the Inca toilets (it is a thing…happy to share my experience offline):https://www.youvisit.com/tour/machupicchu
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is now open in Los Angeles. The focus of the museum is on the art and history of movie-making. There will be permit exhibits and monthly programs. Check out their calendar to find out about all the current happenings: https://www.academymuseum.org/en/calendar
Fancy a trip to Greece? Here is an opportunity to check out the Benaki Museum located in Greece they have an impressive collection of European and Asian artwork dating back to prehistoric times. You can wander through the galleries on the free 360 degree tours. https://www.benaki.org/index.php?lang=en
Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City is known as the Casa Azul (The Blue House) is the home she lived in for many years and created many of her masterpieces there. This website lets you take a virtual tour of the house, learn more about the artist and her art. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/museo-frida-kahlo
I had the opportunity to travel to Italy in 2019. While I had an opportunity to see many amazing locations in person this view of the Sistine Chapel is one that you can get in-person on a normal visit because of the crowds and restrictions:
I love National Parks and when things open up more I have a few on the Southwest I am looking forward to checking out. In the meantime, the park service has put together this website to get more information about National Parks across the country to add to your list. Click here to check out the website
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