Marc Weingarten, in conversation with Jeff Gordinier, discusses and signs “Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water and the Real Chinatown” at 7 p.m.
The club at Arroyo Seco Golf Course presents the V.R. Smith Group at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $17 for table seating, available on the website.
Daniel Suarez discusses and signs “Delta-v” at 7 p.m.
More than 200 artisans offer their one-of-a-kind, handmade craft items, along with live music, DIY activities for guests, craft demonstrations, a photo booth, yoga classes and various activities for all ages. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
Antoinette Portis discusses and signs “Hey Water!” at 10:30 a.m.
A guided tour visits works reflecting the spread of Buddhism, from 1 to 2 p.m. A concert, “If These Walls Could Sing: Baroque Music and Romanelli’s Art” features members of the LA Opera exploring the baroque operatic repertoire, including selections from Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Both are included in Norton Simon admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for students, those 18 and under and members.
In a Neighborhood Science workshop, Astronomy for Kids, appropriate for the whole family, Planetary Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts and Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan present a fun exploration of the Southern California night sky, with telescopes available for sky viewing and a space trivia contest, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual festival, as numerous acts appear on a dozen stages throughout the festival area, featuring a diverse array of music, including rock, jazz, folk and other styles. This year’s headliner is Gin Blossoms. In addition, guests can visit local merchants, local artisan booths, a beer and wine garden, food from local restaurants and food trucks. A VIP Zone gives guests access to private, reserved areas with cocktail tables at the corner of Mission and Fairview streets. VIP guests also receive goodie bags with gift items and tickets for beer and wine. VIP tickets are $50. The festival runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
A financial literacy workshop offers tips on outsmarting investment fraud, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The organization hosts “PFAR Has Taste,” featuring food from local restaurants, drinks, drawings and live music, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50.
The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s season continues with a 7 p.m. concert. The program features works by Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Meilina Tsui, George Walker, Anna Pidgorna, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade and Brahms. Cost is on a pay-what-you-can basis.
An orchestral concert features LACO Music Director Designate Jaime Martín, in his only conducting appearance this season leading the orchestra in works including the West Coast premiere of Bruce Dessner’s “Voy a Dormir,” with mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, and Mozart’s “Requiem,” with the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. It starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28.
Guests can visit eight historic homes in Pasadena’s first Historic Landmark District, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food trucks and a silent auction are included. Tickets, informational brochures and maps will be available at McDonald Park, 1000 E. Mountain St. on the day of the tour. A cookbook, “At Home with Bungalow Heaven Cookies,” will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the tour. In addition, guests can purchase tickets for a docent-led trolley tour for $10 in advance, $15 the day of the tour. Locations are provided with purchase.
A guided tour visits the exhibition, “Temple Panels with Krishna” from 1 to 2 p.m. included in Norton Simon admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for students, those 18 and under and members.
The Arcadia Poetry Slam features poets in sixth through 12th grade competing before the Los Angeles Poet Society, in an event to raise awareness for the Foothill Unity Center, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for a grand prize of $500 and other awards. Admission is $10 for students, $20 for adults.
The concert series’ final show of the season features the Nick Mancini Collective, with guest vocalist Jamie Perez, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.
A contemplative worship service created by All Saints youth features beautiful music and readings, with a performance by the Youth Chamber Choir, directed by Jenny Tisi, starting at 5 p.m.
A youth mental health first aid workshop for teens offers tips on the risk factors and warning signs of a range of mental health challenges, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Email Jane Gov at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
A Carnegie Astronomy lecture features Allison L. Strom of the Carnegie Observatories discussing how astronomers are now using the world’s largest telescopes to determine the chemical DNA of distant galaxies, and how this information is answering key questions about how galaxies like ours formed and evolved, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but register at huntington.org/calendar. Call (626) 304-0250 for information about Carnegie Observatories.
As part of One Colorado Happy Hour Week, live music is by the band Neon West, performing original songs reminiscent of classics from the past, but with modern electronic elements, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free.