The San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. What: Built in 1927, the theater blends Spanish, Mexican, and Native American influences, and offers a culturally diverse range of performances, from Chinese opera to mariachi music to local high school musicals. When: Tours by appointment; visit the website for a performance schedule. How much: Tours free, performance tickets from $15. Where: 320 S. Mission Dr.; www.sgcivic.org or 626/308-2865 ext. 226.
Open-air artists. What: Inspired by the surroundings, amateur and professional artists set up their easels in the historic district. Approach politely and most won't mind if you watch. When: Any nice day. Where: In Plaza Park, at the corner of Mission Rd. and S. Mission Dr.
Contact the City of San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce ( www.sangabrielcity.com or 626/308-2800).