Calabasas, California derives its name from the Spanish ‘calabaza’ meaning pumpkin. In honor of its namesake, the city of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hold an annual Pumpkin Festival in October offering live bands, dj dance zone, marketplace vendors and of course, pumpkin food, pumpkin beer, pumpkin painting and pumpkin carving!
Located in Los Angeles County, just west of the San Fernando Valley and only 20-30 minutes from Malibu, Calabasas is known as the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in northern Los Angeles County which offers a myriad of horseback riding, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking trails, camping, bird watching, etc. The official flag of the city of Calabasas proudly displays a Red-Tailed Hawk soaring high above the local mountains signifying the town’s steadfast dedication to maintaining the area’s natural beauty and and semi-rural quality of life.
Calabasas public schools are part of the award-winning Las Virgenes Unified School District. Within the city of Calabasas, there are four elementary (Bay Laurel Elementary, Lupin Hill Elementary, Round Meadow Elementary and Chaparral Elementary), two middle schools (Alice C. Stelle Middle School and Arthur E. Wright Middle School), one high School – Calabasas High School and seven private schools.
Calabasas has a rich history and is home to the Leonis Adobe. Built in 1844, it is one of the oldest surviving private residences in Los Angeles County and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the San Fernando Valley. The museum is open to the public and is a favorite field trip destination for local elementary schools.
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