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ABOUT

Cultural Festivals 

Cayton festivals celebrate the arts and cultural diversity of every season. 

Every season tells its own story, and Cayton Festivals revel in sharing their narrative from a wide range of cultures with special guests and performances, seasonal music, and immersive art. 

WINTER WONDER

Winter Wonder 

Celebration
Tradition
New beginnings

There’s snow winter celebration like the Cayton’s Winter Wonder Festival, and you’re invited to revel in the enchanting traditions and global customs of the most wondrous season!

 

Winter Wonder is a time for celebrating old traditions and new beginnings as we reflect on the year that’s happened and revel in the year to come. It may be cold outside, but between the cookies and the hot cocoa, the gift of our time with our loved ones also keeps us warm inside as we marvel at the infinite possibilities of a most wondrous season.

Joe Jacobson 

10AM-2PM

Award-winning robotics-installation artist Joe Jacobson will unveil his dazzling lantern exhibit for the Cayton before leading his mane event: crafting New Year Lion puppets.

Festival Highlights

European Lights Festival Room

Inspired by the brilliant Amsterdam and Berlin Light Festivals, everything is aglow in our European Lights Festival Room. Create luminous art using UV and neon markers, crayons, and pastels, manipulate glow-in-the-dark slime, or have a striking time while glow-in-the-dark bowling.


Winter Wonderland

Go walking in our Winter Wonderland and bring your whimsy to our snowflake mural, add your swirl to our snow globe, or make our Cayton tree frosty with snowflakes.


Snow Exploration

Frolic and play the Cayton way with snow much snow. From a flurry of stimulating sensory snow to a blizzard of art using frozen shaving cream, there’s snow much to explore!

ACA Lion Dance

2PM

The pageantry of the Lunar New Year roars into the Cayton with an exhilarating performance by UCLA’s Association of Chinese Americans (ACA) Lion Dance troupe.

Schedule

9:00–10:00AM Members early access

9:30–11:00AM Art Studio 1 OPEN

10:00AM–4:30PM Face painting

10:00AM–2:00PM Joe Jacobson


10:00AM–5:00PM Lights Festival room and Snow Exploration room OPEN

1:00–4:00PM Art Studio 1 OPEN

2:00–2:30PM UCLA ACA Lion Dance Group

3:00–3:30PM Music Circle

SPRING SPLENDOR
SUMMER SPLASH

Spring Splendor

Growth

Caring
Connecting with Nature

As winter frost thaws and the earth begins to re-awaken, growth and blooming is the hallmark of Spring Splendor. We nurture new beginnings from the tiniest seedlings to the smallest creatures as we bask in the longer days of sunshine showered with vivid vernal colors. 

Summer Splash

Play is essential
Exploration
Pride in ourselves and others

The hottest season with the longest days, summer is all about play and exploration. Unfettered from routine and buoyed by the freedom that comes with more hours of sunlight, Summer Splash encourages us to take pride in ourselves as we get to discover and celebrate who we truly are. 

AUTUMN AWE

Autumn Awe

Collaboration is vital
Reflection
Gratitude

During Autumn Awe, we are grateful for the bounty the year has given us. Our Autumn Awe Festival will feature fall fun programming worthy of the season that gifts us crisp apples, plump pumpkins, and the promise of friends and family gathering to celebrate the year’s end. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQ page HERE

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