Summertime in the Santa Clarita Valley is the time to get out and enjoy family activities. Here’s a few ideas of fun outings to put on your family activity calendar. Rip out this calendar and post on your refrigerator!
Saturdays and Sundays
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic
Paddle your way around Castaic Lake in a rented kayak. See nature up-close and personal. Rentals are available weekends from noon to 4 p.m.
Valencia Jazz & Blues Summer Concert Series
Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd, Valencia
If you haven’t attended this annual dance party in the street, you’ve got a couple more chances to enjoy jazz and blues in Valencia. For the 20th year, live jazz and blues bands fill Town Center Drive in Valencia on Friday evenings, 7-9:30 p.m. through Aug. 2. It’s a family friendly, quaint street party setting, offering activities for adults and children. Food and beverages, including wine and beer for the adults. Free.
July 26: Kelly’s Lot
Aug. 2: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Concerts in the Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
One of the most popular family-friendly events held in the SCV. 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The annual Concerts in the Park line up for the remainder of summer includes:
July 27: Queen Nation (Queen Tribute Band)
Aug. 3: Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
Aug. 10: Grateful Shred (Grateful Dead Tribute Band)
Aug. 17: The Replicas (Party Band). They have 500+ songs in their repertoire, from Frank Sinatra to the Foo Fighters and everything in between. Get ready to dance.
Aug. 24: Erotic City (Prince Tribute Band)
San Andreas Fault Tours
Devil’s Punchbowl Park, 28000 Devil’s Punchbowl Road, Valyermo
1 p.m. weekly. After all the recent shaking, why not pay a visit to the San Andreas Fault and learn more about the fractured ground beneath our feet? Free tours.
Community Drum Circle
Remo Music Center, 28101 Industry Drive, Valencia
7:30 p.m. Free community drum circle for all ages. The Community Drumming Experience is an hour of fun, entry-level experiential music making with drums and percussion that is accessible to anyone who wants to participate. It is designed to be a family-friendly environment in which a facilitator creates fun and exciting rhythmic interplay between participants with an emphasis on dynamics, listening skills and rhythmic conversation.
All levels of ability are welcome, and no prior musical experience is necessary. Drums and percussion instruments provided at no extra cost and reservations are not required.
July 20-Aug. 11
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, told entirely through song. Canyon Theatre Guild production. Tickets: $10-$29.
Fridays, July 26, Aug. 16, Aug. 30
William S. Hart Park Summer Movies in the Park
William S. Hart Park 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall
Free family-friendly movies at the Hart Picnic Grounds area. Admission is free. Starting at dusk.
July 26 “Spiderman Into the Spider Verse”
Aug. 16 “Mary Poppins Returns”
Aug. 30 “Captain Marvel”
Saturday, July 27
Vasquez Rocks, 10700 W Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce
The Local Group Astronomy Club will host a free, public Star Party. You do not need a telescope. The club will have lots of telescopes set up viewing planets, nebulae, star clusters and distant galaxies. Sundown is at 8 p.m. A telescope workshop will be held at 4 p.m. Bring out that old telescope you have in the closet, or that new one you just purchased, and they will help you get it up and running. Make sure to bring all the parts and necessary batteries. Enter the park via the main gate, turn left at the ranger station and continue to the end of the road past the large rocks.
For more information about events around the SCV, review to our calendar inside the magazine and our online event calendar at https://signalscv.com/calendar/.