Enjoying the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival in California

Church Arroyo Seco

One of the most anticipated events of the California summer will take place on the weekend of June 24 and 25 at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Pasadena. It is important to note that Arroyo Seco is not taking place at the Rose Bowl this year; it is actually within the country club adjacent to the stadium.

As usual, music will be the main attraction at Arroyo Seco. Organizers have set up three stages on a green area next to the golf course. The Saturday bands include the legendary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from Florida; other headliners on that day include The Meters and Alabama Shakes. Sunday is an even bigger concert session with Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Shins, Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, and Broken Social Scene.

Music lovers who like their performances to be funky and energetic should make it a point to catch the Nikhil Korula Band, an independent act that specializes in extremely tight fusion that gets everyone moving.

In terms of culinary delights, this is Southern California, which means that even concert food happens to be on the gourmet side. The best deal for Arroyo Seco revelers is to purchase a picnic basket for about $100, which will have plenty of snacks and goodies from about a dozen local eateries. A basket is good for two people, but a few gourmet food trucks will park at the event.

As far as drinks, reusable water bottles will sell for $2 each, but a more interesting option is the Draughtman's Project, which features six local craft breweries along with their latest offerings.

Arroyo Seco Weekend is for the entire family, and thus baby strollers are welcome. Families are encouraged to rent a locker for the day, although they tend to be booked very quickly and thus it is better to get there early. The organizers will set up smartphone charging stations, which will be located near the bicycle parking area.

The festival is sponsored by Califa Farms, JetBlue, KTLA, and Visit Pasadena. The best way to get there is by taking the Los Angeles Metro Gold line to Pasadena, exiting at the Memorial Park Station and walking to the Parsons Parking Area where shuttles will run starting at 10:30 in the morning. For those who are planning to drive, parking spots will run $15 on each day of the festival. Recreational vehicles will not be allowed.