The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Paintings from The Frick Collection features works by François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, and Jean-Baptiste Greuze that provide an intimate look at the lives and fashions of middle-class French women of the 1740s and ’50s. On view in the museum’s 18th-century Rococo gallery.
$15, Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840, nortonsimon.org
Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins
Visitors of all ages can see—and touch—an array of more than 35 small-scale carousel horses and exotic creatures. A selection of ride-on horses/animals that rock, bounce, and/or roll, along with a wide variety of animals and carousel-themed toys, are also on view.
$9, Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, 626-577-1660, pasadenahistory.org
Uncorked at The Langham
Escape to the vineyards of Napa Valley without ever leaving Pasadena via afternoon wine tastings at the Horseshoe Garden. Every Saturday through October offers a chance to learn about the featured varietals and savor a glass, flight, or bottle, along with specially paired bites from The Langham’s culinary team.
Pricing starts at $12 for a glass of wine and $15 for a wine flight, The Langham, Huntington, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585-6218, langhamhotels.com
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema Series
The largest free open-air film festival in California boasts 20 screenings at locations throughout the historic district of Old Pasadena, including Central Park and One Colorado. There will be some indoor showings as well.
Free, Old Pasadena, Multiple Locations, 626-356-9725, oldpasadena.org
APOLLO 11 SHOW
This “immersive, 360-degree adventure,” staged in a one-of-a-kind Lunar Dome, is a live theater production that follows the story of the 400,000 individuals it took to accomplish the historic moon landing, told through the eyes of a retired NASA aerospace engineer. The family-friendly celebration takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime.
$45-$215, Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 1-833-5-APOLLO, apollo11show.com
Summer of Brahms Chamber Music Festival
The New Hollywood Quartet performs all 25 of the instrumental chamber works of Johannes Brahms in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned chamber musicians in a series of concerts spanning eight consecutive days.
$40, South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena, 626-403-7340, newhollywoodstringquartet.com
7.7, 7.14, 7.21 & 7.28
DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea
The Langham presents a DreamWorks Trolls-inspired menu of colorful sweets and savory tea sandwiches. Children’s activities include a themed photo moment with a beloved DreamWorks Trolls character. Reservations are required.
$59-$75. The Langham, Huntington, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585-6218, langhamhotels.com
Kidspace 40th Anniversary
The museum celebrates its 40th birthday with a two-day bash. Put on your party clothes and join the festivities, including games, hat making, performances, and birthday treats!
$14, Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-9144, kidspacemuseum.org
7.14 & 8.11
R.G. Canning Flea Market
The legendary Rose Bowl Flea Market attracts more than 20,000 buyers, including celebrities and interior designers. Hunters of vintage treasures and bargain seekers alike can peruse antiques, clothing, local art, and specialty products from more than 2,500 vendors.
$9, Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, 323-560-7469, rgcshows.com
7.19 & 8.16
ROARING NIGHTS AT THE L.A. ZOO
The adults-only summer entertainment series returns! Guests 21 and older are invited on an exclusive after-hours adventure through the Los Angeles Zoo, with special animal encounters, feedings, and keeper talks, plus food trucks, cocktails, a glamping lounge with glowing “campfires,” backyard games, and dance areas with live music, a “silent disco,” and dueling DJs.
$21. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, 323-644-4200, lazoo.org
Shakespeare by the Sea
Pack a picnic, a blanket, and a beach chair, gather loved ones, and settle in under the stars to enjoy Shakespeare by the Sea’s performance of the Bard’s Henry V.
Free, Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave., South Pasadena, 310-217-7596, shakespearebythesea.org
7.26 & 8.30
Final Fridays: Food Truck Festival
Bring a blanket, a ball, the family, and an appetite to the beautiful grounds around the Rose Bowl Stadium for a feast of food truck favorites. Activities include foot golf, outdoor games, moon bounces, and photo opportunities.
Free, The Greens at The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626-577-3100, rosebowlstadium.com
EAT SEE HEAR: HOME ALONE
The outdoor event series is back with movies, food trucks, and live music. It’ll be Christmas in July at this screening of the holiday classic Home Alone. Bring blankets, pillows, cushions, or low chairs and enjoy this kid- and dog-friendly event. Indie musician Dylan Dunlap performs at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at 8:30.
$8-$21, Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, 213-267-4393, eatseehear.com
Jackalope Summer Nights
This curated shopping experience features more than 200 local, hand-selected artisans showcasing their trendsetting wares. Aspiring makers can take part in one of Jackalope’s DIY workshops.
Free, Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 323-989-2278, jackalopeartfair.com
Michael Feinstein Sings Cole Porter
The self-proclaimed Ambassador of the Great American Songbook delves into Porter’s naughty sense of wordplay with Night And Day, Begin the Beguine, Can Can, I Get a Kick Out Of You, and Just One of Those Things.
$10-$95, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626-793-7172, pasadenasymphony-pops.org
Lantern Street Festival
Join the community for a night of live music, food trucks, street performers, and thousands of lanterns. All attendees receive an 18-inch paper lantern to decorate and take home.
$19 (kids 11 and younger admitted free), Pasadena City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave., Pasadena, lanternstreet.com
Maestra Rachael Worby conducts this multidimensional musical event featuring daring piano duo Anderson and Roe, the legendary American Ballet Theatre, and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra.
$50-$130. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-539-7085, muse-ique.com
Pasadena Daydream Music Festival
The Cure headlines and curates this new one-day festival, which boasts an impressive lineup performing on multiple stages: Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses, The Joy Formidable, Chelsea Wolfe, The Twilight Sad, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Kælan Mikla.
$149-$299, Brookside at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, pasadenadaydream.com