Pacific Island Dance, SENSES Beach Party Head to Main Street
For SCV residents looking to get wild on a Thursday night, The City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, warms up in July with free events in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events on Thursdays throughout the year.
Fresh off after Independence Day, Pacific Island Dance takes over JAM Sessions on July 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join members of the Kalakeke Pacific Island Dance Company and sway to the beat of the drum, while dancing to traditional Tahitian music. Learn the fast-paced moves the Tahitian Dance, Ori Tahiti, and listen to live music from Jason Arimoto and Friends, as they play everything from Americana and Blues, to Hawaiian favorites. JAM Sessions is hosted in conjunction with the Ford Theatre Foundation, bringing dance and original live performances to the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main Street.
Also on June 5 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each to share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Performances this month include juggling and comedy from Ivan Pecel; comedy from Billy O’Connor and Rachel McDowell; storytelling by Suzanne Whang, Mary-Margaret Martinez and Suzanne Weerts; magic with Glenndalf; music by Yvette Nacer and the Los Angeles Fifes and Drums; and screenings of short films “Uh … Salted” and “One Night in Taipei.”
Game Night returns to Variety Night on July 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Whether you are feeling a bit competitive or just looking for some good old fun, grab a friend or two to join you on Main Street. The event will be filled with tailgate games, table-top games, life-size games and much more. Play for fun or go for the gold.
Also on July 12, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note at The MAIN, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase, delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. Featured performers in July include Blake Baldwin, Luke Morin, Severin Browne and Medicine Hat. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.
Stick your toes in the sand and relax with a drink in hand at the SENSES Beach Party on July 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Main Street will be turned into a beach paradise with 75 tons of sand, covering roughly half of the block. Ride a wave on the mechanical surfboard or build a sand castle, while you listen to some island tunes. Truly embrace the beach vibes with an umbrella-topped drink from the on-street bar, hosted this month by Newhall Refinery.
Starting Tuesday, July 17, the art gallery at The MAIN will simultaneously feature two exhibitions titled, “Don’t Listen to What They Say! Go See!” by artist Ryan Coursey, and “The Last Stand: Night Photography and Light Painting in the Mojave Desert,” by artist Ron Pinkerton. The community is invited to the free art reception on Thursday, July 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy light snacks, music and a chance to meet the artists.
Thursdays@Newhall wraps up the month on July 26, with the ARTree Speaker Series. The ARTree Speaker Series presents fascinating lectures and free-form discussions with influential artists and leaders who bring art, arts education, and exceptional projects to the diverse Santa Clarita Valley community. Speakers will inspire and motivate your appetite for creativity. Learn more about the speaker series by visiting ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/ARTree.
For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.