The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter.
The sun is shining brighter and the weather is starting to heat up.
Summer is here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
School is out and finals are done, which means students and parents alike can let out a big sigh of relief and relax now that the hard work for this semester is done.
Free time is now in abundance, and the impending stress of school is a thing of the past.
A few days go by of laying out by the pool, drink in hand, and then the feeling of boredom and restlessness starts to slowly creep in and take over the mind and body as the realization that there are many empty days like this to come.
But what is a person to do in the Santa Clarita Valley?
“There is nothing to do here,” said College of the Canyons student Jonathan Hurtado. “Santa Clarita is known for being boring.”
Jonathan’s peers shared that same sentiment and agreed with him.
“I’m happy that summer is here, but now my days are so empty that I usually just pick up a summer job to kill time,’ says Lili Ojeda, another COC student
Well, as the saying goes, “you’re only bored if you are boring.”
The city has plenty of fun summer activities to do with your friends and family. Most of these activates are free or fairly cheap, so summertime is the perfect time to get outside and try something new.
Old Town Newhall has free evening events on Thursdays on Main Street. The official website, thursdaysatnewhall.com describes the series of events by stating, “Old Town Newhall transforms from a bustling retail and dining destination by day, to a thriving arts and entertainment district by night.”
There will be different types events held on the first, second, third and fourth Thursday of each month.
The first Thursday of the month hosts JAM Sessions from 7-9 pm and a 10-by-10 Variety Night.
JAM Sessions are held at the Newhall Library patio area, and has live band performances while professionals give instructional dance classes.
10- By -10 Variety night is an imaginative night full of magicians, improv, comedy, music, and more. The audience gets to enjoy 10 selected performers for a 10-minute performance.
All types of art forms are encouraged and accepted, and anyone is welcome to enter as a performer or to simply enjoy the show.
The second Thursday of the month is Variety night. Either an Art Walk, Game Night, Movies on Main, or Revved Up will steal the show.
An art walk features art by local Santa Clarita residents displayed down Main Street. Adults of age may sip on beer or wine while admiring the art and to take a peek into some local shops.
Game nights consist of many tailgate and tabletop games made for family, friends, and/or dates.
Movies on Main plays classic movies and has the best food trucks the city has to offer. Grab a blanket, get some food, and cozy up while watching a movie and enjoy a relaxing night.
Revved Up is for the local Santa Clarita car scene. If you are a car fanatic, this is the event for you, as it is a local car meet up for all types of vehicles from sports to classic cars.
Note by Note is also another event on the second Thursday of the month, and features live music from Blues to Contemporary to Jazz.
Senses and the Art Reception take the stage on the third Thursday of the month.
Senses is a very popular block party that has it all; live music, food trucks, alcoholic beverages and fun activities.
The Art Reception is held in the lobby of The MAIN. A single, individual artist is chosen each month and an exhibit of their art pieces will be displayed for all to see from 1-5 pm.
The ARTree Speaker Series and New Heights are both on the last Thursday of the month.
The ARTree Speaker Series brings in influential artists in their respective industries to come and speak and lead discussions to inspire creativity from the audience.
New Heights are free workshops, panel discussions, and lectures to help people become more creative and to improve their craft, whether they are beginners or advanced.
“These community events are a great way for people to come out and spent time with each other, the community while supporting local businesses and having a great time,” says Arts and Events Coordinator Kyle Schnurr.
The Thursday Night series of events are being held until October.
There are also other fun events going on in Santa Clarita on other days of the week.
Free weekly concerts at Central Park are starting from July 8 to August August 26. This series of events are called Concerts in the Park and is rock-n-roll themed. It will be held for 8 consecutive Saturdays.
Kevin Strauss, Communications Specialist for the City of Santa Clarita revealed that there will now be a Summer Beach Bus operated by Santa Clarita bus transit. The bus takes riders to Santa Monica and back on Saturdays and Sundays from June 2 to September 2.
Tickets are just $3 each way, and has multiple pick up locations throughout the city. Pick up and drop off locations and bus schedules are posted on santaclaritatransit.com.
Strauss went on share that the “Old Town Trolley” takes visitors from local hotels in the city down to Old Town Newhall from Thursdays to Sundays. Old Town Newhall also has 372 new parking spaces in the newly opened parking structure.
Strauss also stated that, “the City offers some of the best hiking spots and trails you’ll find in the region, many of which have also been seen in a variety of television shows and movies”
There are over 10 beautiful trails to choose from to get a good workout in and clear the mind while having a peaceful walk. All these trails are listed on hikesantaclarita.com.
One of these trails is East Walker Ranch on Placerita Canyon, which will be hosting Pedalfest every Thursday.
Pedalfest are bike races and anyone from all ages is welcome to join no matter what level you are starting at. More information on the bike races can be found on their website at racepedalfest.com.
These are just a few of the many great events and activities that Santa Clarita has to offer its residents or any visitors. The people here are very kind, friendly, and welcoming so there is no need to be shy about attending any event.
For more events, please check out the calendar for daily happenings on santaclaritaguide.com.