Arroyo Seco Weekend reveals food lineup, installations + more!

Following a hugely successful, sold out inaugural year in 2017, Goldenvoice’s Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival has revealed more details on this year’s festival. Arroyo Seco Weekend is a world class cultural affair, with a stellar music line up that includes Saturday headliners Neil Young + The Promise Of The Real and Jack White with Sunday headliners Kings Of Leon and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, as well as a food lovers’ paradise. Festival goers can find an array of sought-after dishes and award-winning restaurants from Los Angeles and Pasadena’s impressive culinary communities. The selection offers a wide range of cuisine, from classic Italian dishes; authentic Mexican; Korean BBQ; to gluten-free and vegan options celebrating Los Angeles’ melting pot of a food scene. Newest additions to the food and beverage program include Los Angeles staples Wexler’s Deli and Barrel & Ashes, along with the beloved Burritos La Palma, and the new and exciting Chilola’s Fine Filipino Tacos by Chef Michael Hung, and Chef Michael Mina’s Cal Mare, and more.

Pasadena’s acclaimed Kidspace Museum returns to the festival with a tent of activities to keep children entertained. This year make your own box guitar, jam with the interactive drum circle lead by Rhythm Child, add to the collaborative art project and create your own crafts and concert buttons at the Kidspace Family Jam. And, for the first time, Arroyo Seco Weekend welcomes Pasadena’s The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens with an interactive installation of plant and flower biology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be on site with an exclusive Intergalactic Travel Lounge. This year also sees the return of Vroman’s Bookstore-curated Little Libraries, scattered around the festival site. Attendees will be able to peruse books relating to Pasadena’s long history as a cultural center. Children 10 and under are free with a ticketed adult.

The festival will include performances by (in ABC order by day):


Belle & Sebastian

Dwight Twilley


Hurray for the Riff Raff

Jack White

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Kamasi Washington

Margo Price

Maxim Ludwig

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

North Mississippi Allstars

Pharoah Sanders


Seu Jorge

Shakey Graves

The Milk Carton Kids

The Specials



Aaron Neville

Alanis Morrissette

Allen Stone

Capital Cities


Fantastic Negrito

Gary Clark Jr.

Irma Thomas

Kings Of Leon

Los Lobos

Margaret Glaspy

Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters

The Bangles

The Revolution

Third Eye Blind

Tracksuit Wedding

Trampled By Turtles

Violent Femmes



Jon & Vinny’s

Donna Jean


The Ponte

Bourbon Steak

Hatchet Hall

La Esquina

House of Machines

Playa Provisions

Burritos La Palma

Ms Chi

Wexler’s Deli

Fritzi Coop

Cena Vegan


Sage Plant Based Bistro

Cassell’s Hamburgers

Hanjip Korean BBQ

Top Round

The Spare Room

Block Party

Cal Mare

Chilola’s Fine Filipino Tacos


Barrel & Ashes

Pass Prices

Single day GA: $149 + fees

Weekend GA: $249 + fees

Single day VIP: $349 + fees

Weekend VIP: $449 + fees

Weekend Clubhouse VIP: $999 + fees

Weekend Preferred parking: $65

Free day parking will be available at the festival, plus easy access from surrounding areas by Metro Gold Line, or rideshare/taxi to a pick-up and drop-off lot. Festival venue is accessible to pedestrians, and a Bike Valet will be offered. Festival amenities include plenty of shade, water filling stations, lockers, bicycle parking and phone charging stations.

Arroyo Seco Weekend is truly Pasadena taking its name from The Arroyo Seco stream, meaning “dry stream” in Spanish, that passes through Brookside Golf Course and Pasadena from the San Gabriel Mountains.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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