Circus Vargas comes to town with the new animal-free, retro-futuristic production “Steam Cirque,” as children of all ages marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in a science fiction-inspired circus odyssey, starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, continuing through Nov. 13. Show times vary. Tickets are $17 to $72. Call (877) 468-3861 or visit circusvargas.com.
The Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, hosts its annual art festival, opening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday with refreshments and live music. The festival features the work of than 60 artists, including Pete Morris, the “Metro da Vinci,” continuing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call (626) 355-8350 or visit creativeartsgroup.org.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, closes its Fall Music Series with “wild Up: Work,” featuring the wild Up Collective experimental, classical ensemble, including a performance by percussionist Matt Cook. A pre-concert talk starts at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for students. Call (626) 683-6801 or visit bostoncourt.com.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles hosts the Walk to End Epilepsy, featuring a non-competitive 5K run/walk, a one-mile stroll, family-friendly activities, arts and craft booths, epilepsy information booths, musical performances, a marketplace and food vendors from 8 a.m. to noon at Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Registration is $25 per person, at walktoendepilepsy.org.
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, at 7 p.m. presents Alex Prud’homme discussing and signing “France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child,” chronicling Julia Child and her photographer husband Paul’s journeys through France, which led to Julia’s breakthrough book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
Barry “Big B” Brenner plays his signature style of acoustic Delta blues, starting at 7 p.m. at Edwin Mills by Equator, 22 Mills Place, Pasadena. No cover. Visit bigbbrenner.com.
The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, presents “King Charles III” by Mike Bartlett at 8 p.m. and continuing at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 3. Bartlett uses both blank verse and prose, as did Shakespeare, in a speculation of what happens when England’s current queen is dead, when, after a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends to the throne. Michael Michetti directs. Tickets are $25 to $96. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.
Just in time for the holidays, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, presents succulent wreath classes with Rebecca Tufenkian from 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 and 16. Cost is $45 for each class. Call (626) 821-4623 to register and visit arboretum.org for information.