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Photos: Tom Petty, Weezer, And L.A. Eats At The Arroyo Seco Weekend Music Festival

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Certainly, L.A. hosts a number of music festivals (and also shuttles vast numbers of people to Coachella every April), but none of them focus on curating a family-friendly summer weekend. Enter: Arroyo Seco Weekend.

The first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival has just wrapped up in Pasadena, and it was a joyous, sunny weekend of delicious food, art, open space, and, of course, music. The offering of dad rock and/or contemporary folk music helped turn it into a premier location for families from all across Los Angeles.

This year featured headliners Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Mumford & Sons, as well as artists like Alabama Shakes, The Shins, Weezer, and more. Weezer took a playful turn at the festival; Brian Bell and Rivers Cuomo dressed as Slash and Axl Rose for their set. Most festival-goers took a laid back approach to watching the sets, with large numbers of picnic blankets and chairs set up in front of the different stages.

And, besides offering dishes from some of L.A.'s best restaurants, the festival focused on providing a unique drinking experience. From Kombucha stands to craft sodas to cold brew, Arroyo Seco Weekend made sure to provide every possible drink that an attendee could hope for.

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The festival brought in about 25,000 attendees, a far cry from Coachella's 100,000+, according to the L.A. Times. The smaller size added to the ambiance of a relaxed, backyard, neighborhood music festival (albeit a neighborhood with thousands of people and world-famous bands).

The festival is another Goldenvoice property—you might speculate that the organizers had recognized where Coachella may alienate possible festival-goers, and created Arroyo Seco to fill that void. A 2018 follow-up to the inaugural festival has yet to be confirmed.