Pasadena weekend: What to do May 2-4

Sustainably speaking, the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival dominates this weekend, but the calendar shows a couple of other events, too.

Butterflies. On Saturday and Sunday Kidspace Children's Museum will release more than 1,000 butterflies into its gardens. The Grand Butterfly Release marks the highpoint of Kidspace's annual butterfly adoption program for children.

Walking tour. The Old Pasadena Walking Tour & Illustrated Talk on Saturday begins with the story of how Old Pasadena was saved from the wrecking ball and ends with a 30-minute, docent-led walk through the district.

Clean-up time. On Saturday and Sunday, the Arroyo Food Co-op will be cleaning up its store to get it ready for the City's health inspection. Volunteers are needed to help.

The Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival kicks off on Friday evening with the showing of the documentary Symphony of the Soil at the Armory (for details see this earlier Pasastainable post.) Events at Memorial Park and the Armory on Saturday include a sustainable beer garden, kid's art workshops, live music and an eco-marketplace with treats from local restaurants as well as presentations on efficient irrigation and electric vehicles. Repair Café Pasadena will be there to fix your broken electronics, appliances, bikes and clothing items. For the event, it promises to be off the grid and use solar energy to power its sewing machine and soldering irons.

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Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Pasadena. For specific times, addresses and other details please see the calendar page of Pasastainable, CA or the event owner's webpage.

Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously listed the days for the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival as Friday thru Sunday.