Newly formed, a committee on Art in Public Places will begin to coordinate with several groups in Arcadia to promote art in the city. Especially in the forefront is the soon to be built Gold Line Station. This group is working to promote art in and around the proposed downtown stop, and even beyond to the business areas.
Every summer for about eight Saturday nights, Cal Philharmonic presents a live music evening at the Arboretum. These beautiful events bring thousands to the Arboretum for music under the stars. Bring your own picnic basket or buy food and beverages, buy a seat, a table or just a place on the lawn to eat, drink and listen to great music. Also known as Festival on the Green, the brainchild of Music Director Victor Vener created this treasured cultural event that Arcadia looks forward to every summer.
As the sun sets and concerts begin, the smell of blossoms hang in the air. Peacocks, that wander the grounds by day, fly into the trees at night and make their eerie, screeching sounds during pauses in the music. Such “fowlish” enthusiasm often brings on a hearty laugh from audiences. Summer evenings in southern California are usually rainless with temperatures of around 72 degrees. Just in case, a light wrap is recommended for evening outings at the Arboretum.
Cal Phil/Festival on the Green runs June to September at the LA County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007.
Arcadia City Hall produces and is the venue for Free Summer Concerts every other Thursday night in Arcadia. Residents are encouraged to bring camp chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to relax and enjoy a variety of music under the stars in the early evenings. The summer edition of the city newsletter publishes the time, date, name and type of music to be featured on any given date. There is no charge; dogs and children are welcome.
Every September, the Chamber of Commerce along with a very competent committee, local restaurants, wineries, breweries and various food purveyors present Taste of Arcadia. This very popular evening of indulgence under the stars has hit sell-out capacity of nearly 1,500 persons every year. Tastings from local restaurants include BBQ beef sandwiches, ribs, polenta, pastas, fresh salads, tangy Mexican dishes, delicious bread pudding, fresh baked cookies, pizza, grilled shrimp, Dim Sum dumplings, martinis, wine, beer, ale and various coffees. Live music and door prizes keep the event exciting. Slated for Monday, September 19, 2011, tickets go on sale every July 1. A sell-out is expected.
Arcadia is the home of the Arcadia Band Review, which is scheduled on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year. This is the most prestigious high school band review in California and has been held for nearly half a century. The Arcadia High School Band is held in very high esteem, has won many awards and marched in the 2004 Presidential Inauguration in Washington. This huge parade marches down Baldwin Avenue past the judging stands for nearly four hours every year. It was recently announced that the AHS marching band is slated to march in the 2012 Rose Parade. i