May 5, 2022 — For Southern Californians looking for summer events and local staycation opportunities, the college town of Claremont beckons. Located just 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont offers eclectic, international dining choices; local beers and spirits; unique boutiques featuring owner-curated merchandise; and walkable trails through the San Gabriel Mountains.
Summer attractions include the 86-acre California Botanic Garden, the Folk Music Center and Museum, the Claremont Museum of Art at the Claremont Depot, the new Benton Museum at Pomona College, and public art installations on The Claremont Colleges campuses. Find specials at information at DiscoverClaremont.com.
Following are selected upcoming visitor events in Claremont:
May 20–September 25 – Claremont Collects: Art, Creativity, Community at Claremont Museum of Art
Since the 1930s Claremont has been both magnet and haven for artists. Millard Sheets, Jean Ames, Phil Dike and their contemporaries cultivated a tight-knit community of artists, centered around The Claremont Colleges, that promoted collaboration, innovation, and experimentation. The inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded Claremont Lewis Museum of Art in the historic train depot celebrates Claremont’s rich artistic legacy, vibrant creative community, and robust support for the arts, featuring highlights from the Museum’s permanent collection. More details at clmoa.org.
May 21 – Robbie Fulks at Folk Music Center
The Grammy-nominated artist (Best Folk Album, “Upland Stories”) performs as part of the Folk Music Center Concert Series. More details at folkmusiccenter.com.
July 4 – “Red White & Blue in 2022”
A fireworks spectacular and concert at Pomona College’s Strehle Track highlights this full day of hometown-style public activities.
July 14-24 – 9th Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, Presented by Ophelia’s Jump
Presented by Ophelia’s Jump Productions, in co-production with Pomona College, this year’s show features MEASURE FOR MEASURE, Thursdays to Sundays, at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m. The beautiful lawns surrounding the Sontag Theatre are perfect for BYOB picnicking; local restaurants will offer picnic specials in town to order and bring to the show. A “Green Show” featuring local musicians and performers begins at 7:00 p.m. each night. More details at opheliasjump.org.