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Five Free Pasadena Art Parties

Dance, art, food, and more are part of the city's mondo ArtWeekend.

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    Five Free Pasadena Art Parties
    Ron Meyer
    Pasadena ArtWeekend spotlights ArtWalk and a number of other free events. The weekend's happening from Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14, while ArtWalk strolls on Oct. 13.

    Crown City is highly art-forward pretty much every day of the year, what with its Norton Simon Museum and its Pasadena Playhouse and its Armory Center for the Arts and its gallery-centered happenings.

    But come October, that all gets maximized. And the fee to enjoy it? Totally waived. We're talking about Pasadena's popular ArtWeekend, which gathers a quintet of cultural to-dos, makes sure they're free, and schedules 'em across a handy three-day stretch.

    That next stretch'll be Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14, and what you do and where and when will take a bit of dialoguing with your companions. ArtNight is up first on Friday, Oct. 12. If you're guessing that's where a bunch of Pasadena institutions like the Norton Simon and Kidspace and Art Center stay open late while forgoing all admission fees, you'd be correct. Foodtrucks'll be around, too, to help the some 14,000 people who showed at the last go-around power through the four-hour event.

    For those who want to fill some hours on Saturday or Sunday, the goings-on are even more plentiful. There's a food thing going down around South Lake on Oct. 13 -- getting in is free, but the eats'll cost, of course -- and an ArtWalk in the Playhouse District.

    Dancing, performance, and tunes round out the weekend, and more places around the city, like Paseo Colorado, will be in the mix.

    In short? Art weekends rarely come larger, with more locations, or freer. Pasadena, you really know our number.

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