One of my favorite summer delights is the Huntington Library and Gardens Summer Evenings. Gardens open for members only 5:30 to 8:00. Bring your own picnic or order one of theirs. Lay your blanket out on the great lawn to enjoy a free concert. The kids dance spontaneously on the lawn, the paths, and any open spot. Cuteness overload.
Alternatively, find a quiet corner elsewhere and enjoy the balmy, but comfortable temperatures of summertime in Pasadena. We like to hike over to the Chinese gardens and sit on the deck overlooking the water.
We can usually find an open table. Sometimes, groups have to share tables (and exchange home-made picnic fare). It's all fun and friendly.
Kids run around the lake. Koi cruise up, hoping for some food. Dusk at the lake with the mountains in the background is magical. Iris and I bring sketchbooks and watercolor pencils and attempt to capture the scenery.
Just bring the bug repellant and you will have a great time.
The remaining Summer Evenings for 2013 are Aug 4 and Aug 19. Reserve your parking pass ASAP.
Membership levels begin at $120/year. It's worth it if, like me, you enjoy watching gardens change with the seasons. I take out of town visitors there often and their jaws drop when they see and experience it. The art collection is impressive. We love the history of science hall.