Santa Clarita Events and Things To Do

From lap swimming and and water exercise to free swimming and Dive-In Movies, the city’s offers a variety of ways to stay cool this summer.

The City of Santa Clarita offers much to its residents. Now that summer is here once again, the city’s aquatics program offers great ways to stay in shape and have fun.Santa Clarita Aquatic Center

Lap Swimming

For those looking for an excellent cardio workout along with upper and lower body strength and endurance training, try lap swimming in a 50 meter pool. From June 2 through August 29th, lap swimming is available between 10AM-2PM, and again from 6PM-8PM Monday through Friday. Early morning lap swimming from 5:30AM-7AM is also available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Admission is $4.00 per visit, $3.00 for seniors over 55.

Water Exercise

Looking for a unique way to stay cool and in shape? Water exercise might just be  the thing for you. Dive pool classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11:30AM, and 50 meter pool classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7PM-8PM. Classes run from June 2 through August 29. Admission is $5:00 per visit, $4.00 for seniors over 55. Continue reading

Santa Clarita plays host to one of America’s most popular bicycle races.

For many, bicycling is a hobby that ranges from a light, lazy ride along the streets of your neighborhood to perhaps spending a day on longer treks with friends andAMGEN Tour returns to Santa Claritafamily. For others, it’s a way of life.

The AMGEN Tour of California hosts an annual race that takes riders along some of the most scenic sites in our state. This year once again, the race takes a tour through Santa Clarita. Known as America’s most successful cycling race, this is one of California is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. for eight days, this  bicycling road race combines professional teams and athletes from around the world. Now in its ninth year, AMGEN once again takes center stage in the SCV for the sixth time.

This year’s race will feature 16 world class cycling teams riding across more than 720 miles in California. Stages 6 and 7 will take place beginning Friday, May 16th and continue through Saturday. Stage 6 will begin in Old Town Newhall, initiating a 94 mile to Mountain High, ending at 11,700 feet. Stage 7 will commence Saturday at the Westfield Valencia Town Center for an 88 mile trek that winds its way to its final destination in Pasadena.  Continue reading

Now in their 26th year, this annual fundraising event brings food and beverage vendors together for a great cause.

It’s an annual event in Santa Clarita that brings out the “foodie” in all of us!Santa Clarita Taste of the Town event raises funds for the Child and Family Center

The 26th Annual Taste of the Town event will take place in Santa Clarita once again this Sunday, May 4th, from 1PM-5PM.

The event brings together over fifty of Santa Clarita’s best food and beverage vendors with residents for an afternoon of fun, food and drink tasting, and to raise funds for The Child and Family Center. More than 50 local vendors will participate in this event, including: Continue reading

Santa Clarita embraces its rich western heritage in yearly event guaranteed to entertain young and old alike.

The Santa Clarita Valley is rich with history and western folklore. From Heritage Junction at William S. Hart Park to Santa Clarita Cowboy Festivalthe Western Walk of Fame along Main Street in Old Town Newhall, the SCV has been seen as a center of western culture.

In keeping with these traditions, the City of Santa Clarita launched the inaugural “Cowboy Poetry Festival” back in 1994. Since then, the festival has grown…and changed…to be known simply as the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.

An Iconic Location For An Iconic Event

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival once again will be held at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio. First opened in 1915, this studio is still home to some of the best known television shows and motion pictures of all time including the hit Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained.” Continue reading

Thursdays At Newhall picks up a new season with a Roaring Twenties-Themed Block PartySenses on Main Old Town Newhall

As if Santa Clarita doesn’t have enough fun things to do for the whole family, the City of Santa Clarita will launch its new “Senses On Main” block party season with a throwback to the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Located in Old Town Newhall on Main Street, Senses On Main features theme based block parties that take place the 3rd Thursday of every month between March and October. Each month features a different theme, along with live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and plenty of things to do for SCV residents of all ages.

March 20th marks the return of Senses with a “Roaring Twenties” theme that will feature all of the above plus art deco themes, interactive contests, and live entertainment from Vaud and the Villains; a 19 piece New Orleans style jazz orchestra and cabaret show. Continue reading

Low crime and a healthy and creative lifestyle help to make Santa Clarita one of the best places to live in California.

In a study conducted by Safewise.com, Santa Clarita was ranked 37th out of the top 50 safest cities in California.

Criteria was based on many factors, with the minimum requirements for consideration was for the city to have had at least a population of 20,000 as of 2011. California has

Old Town Newhall

Old Town Newhall sparkles with lights this time of year.

296 cities that meet this criteria.

The City of Santa Clarita comprises just over 47 square miles with a population (as of 2012) of 179,013. Its diversity in business, housing, and entertainment make it one of the best places to live within commuting distance of metropolitan Los Angeles.

Low Crime and Creativity Key

Santa Clarita’s relatively low crime rate played a big role in its designation by Safewise. Public safety and law enforcement is contracted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Santa Clarita Division promotes regular interaction with community policing, family-friendly events, and Nixle updates that inform the community of their activities and efforts. Another factor included the city’s effort to promote a healthy and creative lifestyle for its residents that includes bike trails, parks, open spaces, hiking trails, and plenty of city-sponsored events that are open to all ages. The renovation of Old Town Newhall has given the city an opportunity to promote its ArtSLAM and Senses on Main eventsContinue reading

Historic Park in Newhall To Receive Much Needed Upgrades and Renovations

William S. Hart Mansion

William S. Hart Mansion

Planned renovations began on November 12th on the grounds of the William S. Hart Park in Newhall as construction began that will include brand new pavement in the parking lot, security lighting, and an automated irrigation system.

While parking will be limited to the main lot during these renovations, improvements will make this historic Santa Clarita landmark even more enjoyable for those wishing for a day outdoors.

William S. Hart Park: Hiking, Picnicking, Mansion Tours…BUFFALO?

The William S. Hart park is named after the silent film star who made over 65 movies in 11 years, most notably in western and adventure dramas. He had begun his acting career in his 20’s and was a successful Shakespearean actor before making his transition to motion pictures at what would now be considered an unseemingly age of 49. Hart retired after filming his last motion picture, Tumbleweeds, in 1925. He moved to the Santa Clarita Valley and built his home which he named La Loma de los Vientos (The Hill of the Winds), a 10,000 Continue reading

Central Park offers Santa Clarita residents a chance to flex their “green” thumb.

On October 28th, the Santa Clarita city council held a ribbon cutting ceremony which celebrated the expansion of a community garden in the community of Saugus in Santa Santa Clarita Community GardenClarita.

Located at Central Park off of Bouquet Canyon Road, the community garden offers 80 garden sites with plot sizes of either 10′ x 10′, or 10′ x 20′. Gardeners who wish to explore their “green” side have a chance to grow fresh, pesticide-free vegetables by employing organic gardening practices.

Since its initial launch in 2011, the Santa Clarita Community Garden has been a hit with locals. The recent expansion added 51 new garden plots to the area, which officials hope will reduce the wait list that is currently in place for eager gardeners.

Mayor Bob Kellar compares the community garden to a  “sanctuary where residents enjoy planting and tending to their own fruits and vegetables.” The opportunity to not only grow your own organic vegetables, but to network with other gardeners are only a few great reasons to participate. Homeowners and apartment dwellers alike come to share their knowledge and to be able to enjoy the outdoors in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Continue reading

Improvements to the recently acquired Rivendale Park and Open Space to move to the next phase.

Santa Clarita open spaces and hiking trails

Santa Clarita open spaces and hiking trails

In an unanimous move, the Santa Clarita City Council approved a conceptual master plan for improvements to the the Rivendale Park and Open Space, located at the entrance of Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon in Newhall.

The conceptual plan, reviewed by the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission in June, calls for improvements on 14 acres of the 60 acre park. These improvements include nearly tripling the size of parking (From the current 107 spaces to 311), 2 and a half miles of trails, improved trailheads, a cultural/educational area, and an amphitheater with approximately 300 fixed seats plus grass seating, as well as the addition of three small restrooms.

Since the City of Santa Clarita acquired the Rivendale property in 1995, its use has been limited primarily as an entry point to the already established trail heads located within Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon. The site is made up of three parcels which were annexed into the City of Santa Clarita in 2003.  Continue reading

Santa Clarita’s Open Space Preservation District has helped establish many great hiking trails right in our community.

With its incorporation as a city in 1987, Santa Clarita has taken great strides to insure residents of our valley maintain a quality of life that includes not only great housing, Hike Santa Claritajob opportunities, and great schools, the city also works hard to preserve open space in an effort to provide protection to natural resources and habitat as well as the green space surrounding the SCV.

With that, the city has also established a program called “Hike Santa Clarita.” Hike Santa Clarita provides SCV residents and visitors with detailed information about the valley’s various hiking trails provided as part of the Open Space Preservation District.

What is the Open Space Preservation District?

In 2007, the City of Santa Clarita established the Open Space Preservation District, voted on by Santa Clarita city property owners whose assessments paid assist the city in purchasing land in and around the Valley that would otherwise be developed. In preserving open land, protection and retention of wildlife corridors, as well as the restoration of endangered species in the area may continue and flourish. Continue reading

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