Six Reasons to Never Leave the Valley

Published: 07/14/2010 by Patrick Mucha

At the ripe old age of 29, I find myself increasingly more reluctant to ever visit any friends or patron any business that requires a jaunt over Laurel Canyon or good, long sit on the 101 or 405.

What’s the point?

Burbank offers everything I need without ever having to commute: cleaner air, bluer skies, friendlier neighborhoods, our own mini airport that takes all of 20 minutes to get to, check in, go through security, arrive at your gate, get a sandwich and board your plane…you get the idea!

The only counter my trendy West LA friends ever make is the cultural argument, insisting that fun outdoor events only occur places south on the 405, and that adequate nightlife only occurs in dingy buildings that require heathenistic Valleyites to wait behind velvet ropes for hours before entry.

Well no more!  Here are six special events Downtown Burbank has planned throughout the rest of the Summer, Fall and Winter of 2010 that even spill a bit into the Spring of 2011. They’re all outdoor festival atmospheres with drinks, food and live music to scratch Burbank’s itch for some after-work or weekend fun.

Downtown Burbank Event Calendar 2010:

Come out and Dance! Thursday Evenings from 6pm-9pm 
Every Thursday night throughout the rest of July and August will host a fabulous night of dancing and music on Downtown Burbank’s AMC Walkway. Each night at 6pm, free dance lessons are taught by locals Francisco and Stacey of the Dance Family Studio, then, you get to practice your new moves from 7-9pm at a free concert by some of the best swing and salsa ensembles on a large outdoor stage!

Taste of Downtown Burbank, October 7th, 2010
Join the rest of Downtown Burbank for a festival atmosphere on San Fernando Blvd where Burbank’s finest restaurants will be set up with tents serving samples of their delicious local fare and worldly beers and wines.  Live music sets the ambience for the annual affair that benefits the community’s YMCA scholarship fund.

Happy Howl-oween Kid Trick or Treat and Dog Parade, October 31st, 2010
Got a special young bunch excited for Halloween, but still a bit to small to be let loose in the neighborhood?  Downtown Burbank businesses will be offering free treats for the kids from 4-7pm on San Fernando Blvd between Magnolia and Angeleno.  Plus, bring your costumed pooch for the annual Downtown Dog parade on the AMC walkway at 6pm!

Downtown Burbank’s Fine Arts Festival, November 6th-7th, 2010, and Spring 2011
Twice a year, Downtown Burbank gets a dose of culture with an open air art fair.  Over 100 unique and celebrated artists will have their paintings, ceramics and sculptures on display throughout the streets. This is a great opportunity to pick up some unique décor for your home or just open yourself to a great cultural experience.  Happens again next Spring!

12 Days of Holiday Cheer, December 1-12, 2010
Forget New York City, Burbank has it’s own tree-lighting ceremony on the first of December, and for 12 nights total, festive events, free treats and the Christmas spirit will be flowing through the streets of Downtown Burbank. Fun for the whole family and shows off just how festive our city can be in the sunny California Winter!

Downtown Burbank Farmer’s Market, Every Saturday
Pick up the best in locally grown fruits and vegetables and other Socal delicacies at the Burbank Farmer’s Market, every Saturday from 8:30-12:30 behind City Hall.

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