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Family festivals offer a day of celebration and discovery inspired by exhibitions at the Getty Center. Each unique festival features performances by local dance and music groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities.

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Family Festival Celebrating the Getty Center's 20th Anniversary

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free; no ticket required.

As the Getty Center turns 20, we're celebrating with an unforgettable birthday bash. Enjoy an engaging, immersive and fun day with some of the city's best musicians and dancers. Have your picture taken at the photo booth, make a wearable accessory inspired by the museum's iconic tram, get up and dance with Versa-Style, or try your hand at our birthday games (Getty style!).

*Locations may change depending on weather.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected with Versa-Style! Participants of all skill levels are invited to release their inner artist and get up on the dance floor. Get inspired by the acrobatic breakdance and energetic hip-hop and learn some fun and easy dance moves.


Keali'i O Nalani
12:45–1:45 p.m. &
4:00–5:00 p.m.

The Halau Keali'i O Nalani Dancers, under the direction of Kumu Hula Keali'i Ceballos, bring the spirit of Hawaii to the Getty. Keali'i is respected nationally and internationally for his deep knowledge of ancient Hawaiian hula, his creativity in choreographing hula in new styles, and his personal power in performance. Please join the dancers as they transport you to crystal blue waters and a silky, sandy beach paradise with traditional hula.

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
with last seating at 5:30 p.m.

Tram-Tastic: Tram Inspired Wearables with Nate Larson
Museum Entrance Hall

The Getty tram experience doesn't have to stop at the top of the hill! Create your own wearable Getty tram and populate the cars with the museum's cast of characters!

Piñata Workshop with Marianne Sadowski
Studios A & B, Museum Lower Level

The pinnacle of a celebration is undeniably the piñata – the ultimate birthday party game. Join us and take your own personal twist on a traditional favorite when making this festive container with papier-mâché, balloons, and cardboard to bring a birthday spirit to the Getty.

Gilded Frame Workshop
Research Institute Lecture Hall

Meticulously detailed or beautifully simple, frames have the ability to completely transform the art they hold. Decorate a dazzling gold picture frame using mixed-media materials including paper, twine, and sequins to display your favorite postcard-sized art piece from the Getty collection. You can use inspiration from frames you've seen in the museum!


Eros Biox
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (with breaks)

An actor, clown, stilt-walker, fire performer, and puppeteer, Eros Biox is the founding father of L.A.'s Stilt Circus and one of the ambassadors of the French art of zigrolling. Eros was one of the principle characters in Cirque du Soleil's DELIRIUM and you may recognize him from television, film, and commercials. Combining stunts and performances that need to be seen to be believed, this high-energy party starter is second to none. Enjoy the spectacle and splendor of this graceful and buoyant entertainer as he roams the Getty on stilts.

Alphorn Quartet–Terrain Music Directed by Chris Kallmyer
12:10–12:32 p.m. & 2:00–2:22 p.m.
Upper Arrival Plaza

The Getty Center is built upon two naturally occurring ridges in a mildly mountainous terrain. The alphorn is a long, wooden instrument used in mountain regions in Switzerland for means of communication. A quartet of musicians will musically reach across the Getty's grounds playing songs from one balcony to another–bridging the distance between with sound.


Snap Yourself
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Upper Arrival Plaza

Hold the memory of the Getty close to you for 20 more years by taking a classic birthday party picture in a photo booth–props and backdrop to boot!

Chill Zone
10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Research Institute Lecture Hall

Enjoy big chess and other classic games in our Getty Chill Zone!

The Family Festival is produced for the J. Paul Getty Museum by Community Arts Resources.

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