Steampunk at Renaissance Fair, Wild West Day at LA Arboretum

Still looking for something to do this weekend? Here’s a couple fun events that you might consider. Seems to be a Western theme out there!

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Time Traveler Weekend

Yes, it’s time travel weekend at the Renaissance Faire at Santa Fe Recreation Area in Irwindale. It’s your chance dress up in your finest time-traveling attire, you know you want to!

No matter which century you portray, we’re looking forward to celebrating a leap back (or forward) in time! It is, after all, a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.

Steampunk Costume Contest – Sign up at the Guest Services booth at the top of the Food Court before 3:15 p.m. All contestants will gather and toast in the Food Court Area from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

While the contestants meet and greet, anonymous judging will occur. We’ll close our gathering with a group photo. The winners of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s Steampunk Costume Contest will be announced at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s Contest: Put the “punk” in Steampunk Costuming
Sunday’s Contest: Epic Accessories

Senior (62+) admission is $27, but discount tickets are available at Walgreens for $26.


Calling all cowboys and cowgirls, young and old, put on your hats and boots and step back in time to the late 1800s when Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin owned Rancho Santa Anita and turned it into a bountiful agricultural oasis on land that is now the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Come on over for Wild West Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arboretum celebrates the history of Lucky Baldwin’s ranch with stagecoach rides, an appearance by horses of the US Marshals Posse and live music by Shadow Mountain Band.

Kids can learn to make rope, pan for gold and write telegrams. There will also be a blacksmithing demonstration, Victorian fashion display and cowboy artifacts. The Queen Anne Cottage, the coach barn and Santa Anita Depot will be open for tours.

Come enjoy the music of old-time calliopes, as well as a good old-fashion BBQ and a root beer saloon.

Arboretum admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children age 5 to 12, free for children younger than 5. Additional fees for some activities, such as stagecoach rides for $5.




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