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Out and About (May 18, 2012)

Posted: May 18, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 6:00 a.m.

Here are some editor-selected events you can enjoy within a two-hour drive of the Santa Clarita Valley.

California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033
(888) 288-9242
May 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Arts and crafts, kid's activities, live concerts and all sorts of tasty strawberry delights.

Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
Paramount Moive Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
May 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Southern California's favorite bluegrass, old-time and folk music event

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 517-9000
May 26 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.: A full weekend of nonstop , award-winning entertainment, food and children's activities.

History Lit
Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (818) 242-7910 before 5 p.m.
May 18, 19 and 20, 8 p.m.: From the creators of Wicked Lit, this is an immersive theater event featuring three short plays based on the work of great women authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Follow actors through the Fenyes Estate and enjoy fresh adaptations of short stories that reflect history in creative ways.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA 91706
(626) 969-4750
Saturdays and Sundays through May 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Twenty acres of pure fun. Thirteen stages offer variety entertainment all day long. Plus jousting, the Queen and her glittering court, amazing arts and crafts, delicious food, fine spirits, music, dance, parades, rides and games. Adults $23, children 5-12 $13.

Gibson Amphitheatre
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 622-4440  
The Gibson offers a variety of musical styles this season, with an emphasis on Latin music, mixed with radio station-sponsored events and well known indie artists.
June 30 and July 1, Foster the People

The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-3215
When the weather is mild, the Greek is the place to be. And this season, as usual, there are huge names on tap.
May 22, Sugarland
May 26, War

Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000  
While the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performs often this season at the Bowl, there is a great mix of other concerts.
June 2, Beach Boys

Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
(800) 745-3000  
While the Honda Center fills most of its year with big sports events, there are also some big concerts coming up, including:
June 12, Van Halen

Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7340  
Of course the Staples Center fills most of its evenings with sporting events, but there are several huge musical acts this year as well.
June 1 and 9, Van Halen


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