Valentine’s Day weekend is here. We’ve rounded up a few options in our own neighborhood to treat yourself and someone special this festive weekend.
- Descanso Gardens
Walk hand in hand at Descanso Gardens while taking in the beauty of over 160 acres of nature. In the scenic surroundings, actors will wax poetic sweet nothings while performing Shakespeare’s greatest love scenes. A photo booth will be on hand to capture memories with your Romeo. To cap off the romance-filled day, be sure to reserve your spot at Patina, Descanso Garden’s restaurant, where the chefs will create a delicious dinner and delectable dessert.
February 14, 2015. Garden visitor hours 9a.m.-5p.m; Dinner seatings at 5:30p.m. and 7p.m. Tickets $4-$9; Dinner $75-$84 per person. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 91011. descansogardens.org
- Pasadena Film Festival
If dinner and a movie sounds more like an average date night than a Valentine’s Day romantic rendezvous, kick it up a notch. Sweep your date off their feet and take the Bogart to your Becall to the Pasadena Film Festival. In addition to documentaries, shorts, and web series represented from over 20 countries, the festival features exciting events including a Great Gatbsy Gala, Q&A panels of festival favorites, and a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals.
February 11-15, 2015. Times and locations vary. Tickets $20-$80. pasadenafilmfestival.org
- Lunar New Year: Year of the Ram
For a post-Valentine’s outing couples, families, and friends will enjoy, check out Westfield Santa Anita’s Lunar New year celebration. Hosted in the recently renovated shopping center, guests can learn how to paint Chinese-style calligraphy, create zodiac masks, enjoy traditional Chinese music, and take in the lively and exotic dance performances. Special guest, Hello Kitty, will make an appearance and pose for photos with fans.
February 15, 2015. 12p.m.-4p.m. Free. Westfield Santa Anita, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007 westfield.com/santaanita
- A Night in Focus: Manet
Join the Norton Simon for an exhibit and gallery talk on famed French painter, Édouard Manet. Take a guided tour of the Norton Simon’s extensive collection to learn more about Manet and his contemporaries or relax in the cafe as live music plays, with a glass (or two!) off the curated wine list. Throughout the evening, artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to create their own one-of-a-kind original artwork.
February 14, 2015. 5p.m.-8p.m. Tickets $0-$12. Norton Simon Museum of Art, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 nortonsimon.org
- Pasadena Symphony and Pops will give an energetic performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, a rhythmically constructed piece Beethoven himself called “one of my best works.” Musical duo, violinist Dylana Jenson and conductor David Lockington, are expected to bring the crowd to their feet with an encore performance of their spellbinding rendition. With performances in both afternoon and evening, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to either begin the evening or wind it down.
February 14, 2015. 2p.m. and 8p.m. Tickets $35-$110. Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 pasadenasymphony-pops.org