DIGGS Favorite Community Events
Glendale Community Events are more than just a pleasant way to spend an evening or an afternoon. It is a way to plug into the fabric of the community. Some events, like the Montrose Harvest Festival, are a weekly celebration of family, friends and the chance to enjoy life in the neighborhood. Some, like Glendale Cruise Night, are a point of civic pride, attracting visitors from near and far. Each one, though provides a chance to meet your neighbors, share an experience and agree to do the same, next year.
Cruise Night – Southern California’s most popular car show is returning for its 22nd year on this summer in Downtown Glendale! Join the City of Glendale for the 2015 Cruise Night and stroll down Brand Blvd to see the over 350 classic pre-1979 cars. Display booths and activities for the kids will make this evening one of the best entertainment options of the summer. Glendale will also offer a Fireworks Spectacular for the first time at the end of the evening! More than 35,000 visitors are expected at Glendale Cruise Night 2015. More information on this free family friendly event is available on www.glendalecruisenight.com, or by calling 818.548.6464.
Taste of Glendale – Annual “Taste Of Downtown Glendale”, where you can stroll in and out of more than thirty of Glendale’s top restaurants, bistros and cafes. You will also enjoy live music in several locations on Brand. Bring your friends and help GHK ensure children have access to healthcare and health education in the greater Glendale and Crescenta Valley areas. Click here for more info.
Harvest Festival – The Montrose Harvest Market is a traditional farmers market, offering the best produce and flowers from certified Southern California growers and a variety of prepared foods. The Marketplace serves up a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, artisans and an interactive children’s area. Now, this is a more like a weekly neighborhood gathering. Music, food stalls, games, sundries… we come here to connect with our friends as much as to shop for fresh veggies!
Octoberfest – The Montrose Oktoberfest is the City of Glendale’s and the Foothills largest outdoor event as well as one of the few locations in southern California that celebrates this Bavarian tradition. Our annual Oktoberfest celebration has been a Montrose institution for 37 years and has become a local family tradition. There is more than just beer and brats. Local bands entertain on several stages. Carnival rides and games anchor one side of the festival and, of course, multiple beer booths are manned by every organization Glendale has to offer. Chances are, your beer is served by your next door neighbor! Click here for more info.
Montrose Christmas Parade – This is probably DIGGS very favorite community event. Everyone in town is either IN the parade or is watching because they are related to someone IN the parade. School marching bands (surprisingly very good, BTW) and club drill teams, twirling teams and gymnastics teams. You have never seen such a parade of stinkin’ cute toddlers, puppies and little kids giddy with their moment in the spotlight. It is the very best that small town life has to offer. If you do nothing else, come to the parade. montrosechristmasparade.com
Fiesta Days – Held each year over Memorial Day weekend, La Canada’s big community event is a doozy- spanning over the entire weekend. The top attractions include a Saturday morning community breakfast with French toast and strawberries, a vintage car show, a fireworks show at Memorial Park and the Memorial Day parade. There is also a 5k/Fun Run. There is no better place to connect with your fellow La Canadans than the Fiesta Days weekend.
Turkey Trot – Join us for our 21st Anniversary 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Kids’ Run, and Food Drive on Thanksgiving morning, November 27. The Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types for two decades. The race is professionally timed, and begins promptly at 8:30am at Memorial Park in La Cañada. Fun fact: I once ran the 5k race entirely by mistake. I thought I was doing the 1 mile fun run… well, I can attest to the fact that the 5k race course goes by some of the most beautiful homes known to mankind. Click here for more info.
Farmer’s Market – What small town would be complete without a weekly Farmers Market? Since Fall 2003, the Chamber has sponsored a European-style Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1300 Foothill Blvd., across the street from Memorial Park. This is more of a cook’s Farmer’s Market than Family Festival. The variety is a bit more interesting and upscale (as benefits a town like La Canada, and even the prepared foods have a more gourmet vibe. This is a place where you get your goods and leave rather than a place to linger. Click here for more info.
Unofficial Car Guys Gathering –There is something undeniably sexy about a great vintage car. The gleaming chrome, or the undulating sculpture of a front grill or soaring tail fin. The occasional car fest is not enough for the guys who live and breath these works of art. That is why they meet, unofficially, every Saturday morning in the parking lot at the UA La Canada Movie Theater. Dozens and dozens of Cadillacs, Model T, Corvettes and exotic cars rumble through Montrose into the parking lot by 7:00 AM. People park, get a cup of coffee at Starbucks, and talk car guy stuff and admire each other cars. It is the purest form of car love out there.Read: La Canada Underground Car Gathering
Crescenta Valley Fireworks Show –CV Fireworks Assn. brings high quality public fireworks display to our community and provide a safe, affordable and fun option for all the local residents. About 5,000 people from either close-by or faraway bring their blankets and lawn chairs to La Crescenta Elementary School to witness what most love to see on the Fourth of July – a fireworks show in celebration of America’s independence. The event is also an opportunity to honor military service personnel. Click here for more info.