Looks like the heat is here to stay for a while — so lather on that SPF and take advantage at an outdoor color festival, a kite-flying jamboree or a book fiesta in the park.
Though there will be small bites with deep discounts, the main event of the week will be the drinks (for those 21 and over). Head over any day of the week for extended food and drink promotions — perfect if you always miss early happy hours — from over 20 bars and lounges in the area including White Horse Lounge, Barney's Beanery and The Blind Donkey. Certain nights will be tailored to wine buffs, beer lovers and more.
WHEN: Now through Friday, March 17
WHERE: Various locations across South Pasadena
COST: Prices vary
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Also in the same area as Happy Hour Week is a one-night free art and entertainment event at several cultural institutions. Roam through the Armory Center for the Arts for some contemporary photography, Kidspace Children's Museum for the young ones and the Norton Simon Museum for classic masterpieces – and tons more. There'll be plenty of choices, but you get to decide.
WHEN: Friday, March 10
WHERE: Various locations across Pasadena
Book savants, here's your chance to emerge from the confines of your local library or coffee shop and mingle with the literary world. A sizable swath of downtown L.A. will be transformed into a written word wonderland for you to sink into. Activities include poetry writing (because who isn't a poet?), crafting handmade books, writing workshops and a Victorian-era photo booth — complete with appropriate props. Pop-up bookshops for all literary preferences will also be on site to fill your already stuffed bookshelves.
WHEN: Saturday, March 11, Noon-5 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Park, DTLA | MAP
This shindig brings a traditional Indian custom of Holi, which is meant to welcome spring with bursts of colored power, to the West Coast for a full day of stress-relieving nirvana. Expect to dance alongside fellow Angelenos and practice some light yoga under plumes of vibrant pink, cobalt and neon green powder. Attend with family or friends for unabashed hugs and soul-quenching merriment.
If you've been looking for an excuse to hit the beach, here it is: One of the longest-running kite festivals in Southern California is back. Lay back on the warm sand and soak in the salty breeze while you stare up at hundreds of colorful flying contraptions. Or, compete for best handmade kite, best ground display and more for your chance to win a prize. This time around, "go fly a kite" actually has a positive connotation.
WHEN: Sunday, March 12, Noon-5 p.m.
WHERE: Redondo Beach Pier | MAP
To welcome 3,000 newborn kittens to the world, take a tour of the nursery, enjoy cake and punch, play games and more — yup, just like a human baby shower. More importantly, take a donation of supplies from their registry to ensure the little fur balls grow big enough for you to eventually adopt! It's not exactly an extravagant event, but what's an hour out of your day?
WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Best Friends Pet Adoption Center, Mission Hills | MAP