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COOLEST PL ACE in Pasadena
Pasadena Ice Skating Center is open every day, offering public skating, group classes, private lessons, hockey sessions and parties. For more information visit skatepasadena.com
Within Pasadena the city recognizes three distinct shopping and entertainment districts. These historic neighborhoods provide opportunities to eat, shop and play in a context reflective of each neighborhood’s unique origins.
Pasadena lodging options are diverse enough for all budgets and tastes. From grand, historic one of a kind classics, to well known national brands your stay in Pasadena will be comfortable and convenient.
No matter your desire, when it comes to food, Pasadena has what you are looking for. Pasadena is home to famous local favorites that have served generations, as well as a plethora of recently opened confection shops with sweet treats of all kinds.
Looking for fun after dark? Whatever your desire - Live music, comedy, dancing, fine wine or expert mixology – you’ll find it after dark in Pasadena.
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Pasadena is the “Arts & Culture City” with an abundance of world class cultural institutions for a city of its size.
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Pasadena is only a few minutes from Downtown LA by public transportation, but the wealth of outdoor activities from nature hikes, to sporting events of national interest, will make you forget the big city to the west.
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“ The Granddaddy of Them All” and Pasadena’s defining New Year’s event for over
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The iconic events of Pasadena are truly unique to the city. From the largest free music festival on the west coast, Make Music Pasadena, to the Breeders’ Cup, one of horse racings most prestigious events, to the annual Craftsman Weekend, celebrating the area’s singular architectural style, there is something exciting going on all year round.
In the heart of the Southland, with access to numerous freeways, 6 Metro Gold Line stops, taxi and bus service, Pasadena provides convenient inter-city transportation and easy connections to neighboring cities and beyond.
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With two magical Theme Parks, three world-class Resort Hotels and all the incredible entertainment, dining and shopping steps away in the Downtown Disney® District, the Disneyland® Resort is truly a vacationer’s paradise. There’s so much to see and do here, you’ll need extra time to take it all in—and to make even more
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ust 12 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles by light Metro Rail, Pasadena enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With three main shopping and entertainment districts, Old Pasadena, Playhouse District, and South Lake Avenue, you’ll find numerous opportunities to eat, shop, and play reflecting each district’s unique personality.
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OLD PASADENA BRICK ALLEYWAYS
OLD PASADENA Pasadena’s 19th century origins remain reflected in what was once the city’s original marketplace and oldest commercial area. A model of historic preservation and civic revitalization, the 21 blocks of Old Pasadena were designated a National Register Historic District in 1983 and contain lovingly restored examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. GREEN STREET
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KINGS ROW GASTROPUB
With an eclectic mix of over 200 boutiques, specialty stores, and national retailers Old Pasadena provides an unparalleled assortment of shopping opportunities. Cruise Colorado Boulevard for the well known, from J. Crew to Tiffany & Co. and explore unique local shops like cosmetic store Lather, galleries like The Flower Pepper Gallery, and boutiques such as Elisa B. and Finn & Willow.
The outdoor Levitt Pavilion offers a casual June through September slate of eclectic musicians, from jazz to Blues, to Latin and World beats, including 50 free concerts. For the young and young at heart visit the Neon Retro Arcade featuring over 50 classic pinball and video games. Take a stroll through
the Armory Center for the Arts, a converted and expanded National Guard building now home to a wealth of modern art, and for a truly top-shelf movie experience take in a show at the iPic Theater and enjoy gourmet food service and premium wine, along with your movie.
Over 100 restaurants are located throughout this easily walkable and public transit accessible historic area. Try Basque tapas and Spanish wine from Raciรณn, or gastropub fare from Edwin Mills, with drink specials every day. For something casual yet entirely authentic, check out the central Mexican offerings from Frida Tacos.
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PASADENA PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT
PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT The tree-lined streets and historic architecture house a treasure trove of boutiques, local crafts, and specialty shops along with iconic cultural institutions like the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the historic Pasadena Playhouse with tours available year-round, and a performance season that runs September through June. PASADENA PLAYHOUSE
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With many retailers echoing the district’s decidedly artsy vibe, from bookstores like the 100-year-old Vroman’s to chic couture resale boutiques, to the unique flower arrangements of Twigzz Florists, you can find things here you won’t find anywhere else.
With nearly 50 restaurants throughout this walkable district you can find something for every taste and budget. Whether it’s the FrenchJapanese fusion of Maison Akira, new twists on southern comfort food at Braise & Crumble, or the daily made pastries, charcuterie boards, fine wine, and artisanal coffee of Le Muse Coffee & Wine Bar, The Playhouse District has an option for you.
From September through June, the Pasadena Playhouse pursues its mission as a premier showcase for the best theatrical entertainment in the state, and as a forum for launching exciting new work. Before the play take time out to walk the serene tree-lined streets, and enjoy the grand historic architecture embodied in such structures as the Church of Christian Science and the Fuller Theological Seminary. Visit the Pasadena Museum of California Art, highlighting the art and design of California from the late 1800s to the present. For a night of laughter catch a show at the Ice House Comedy Club where famous comedians from George Carlin, to Robin Williams, to Jerry Seinfeld have all entertained.
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SOUTH LAKE Experience the mid-century charm of Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue district, the city’s premier shopping district. South Lake’s 10 tree-lined blocks are home to a diverse collection of national stores, unique boutiques, delicious restaurants, salons, and other services reflecting the historic ambiance of the area’s 1940s origins.
Home to the half mile long shoppers lane, and anchored by the recently remodeled Macy’s with it’s iconic midcentury design by renowned
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The South Lake Avenue district is home to some of Pasadena’s most exciting events such as October’s Taste of South Lake featuring mouthwatering local samples and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs. September’s Rooftop Cinema Series offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy outdoor screenings of the days most popular movies along with thousands of other visitors in a festive rooftop atmosphere. Try a tasting or pick up a bottle at Vinotera Wine, or simply take a walk throughout the quiet charming residential neighborhood that borders Lake Avenue and contains Caltech, truly one of Pasadena’s architectural and educational gems.
architect Welton Becket, the South Lake district is home to many retailers of all types from the traditional Japanese clothing of Kimono No Kobeya to the unique jewelry and accessories of Tiny Universe.
South Lake’s many restaurants are the rival of any in Pasadena. A prime example of the area’s architectural charm, Bistro 45 is an art deco FrenchAmerican fusion experience. For a quick gourmet sweet and a pick-me-up try Contessa Chocolates. From multi-course elegance to a burger and a slice at the iconic Pie ‘n Burger, the South Lake district can satisfy any hungry shopper.
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Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena, One Colorado is a creative square where 19thcentury architecture meets superlative shopping, alfresco dining, and free outdoor film festivals, live music, and art events. The array of vendors includes national retailers like Anthropologie and Nike, as well as unique boutiques and cafes. Shop at Mohawk General Store, Kate Spade, Joie, Vince, The Soap Kitchen, Gold Bug and Sugarfina. Enjoy patio dining at Sushi Roku and AKA American Bistro.
Located in the Civic Center along historic Colorado Boulevard, Paseo Colorado is an open-air marketplace featuring shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and trendy lofts. New releases play on 14 screens at ArcLight Pasadena Cinemas, and specialty retailers include West Elm, BCBGMAXAZRIA, and Tommy Bahama. Landscaped promenades lead to a courtyard where water fountains and café tables provide for rest and people watching. Indulge at Cold Stone Creamery, El Cholo, Yard House, Tokyo Wako, or Bodega Wine Bar.
One Colorado 626-564-1066 onecolorado.com
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Paseo Colorado 626-795-8891 paseocolorado.com
WHERE TO STAY
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
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hen planning a stay in Pasadena you will find lodging for all tastes and styles. If you are looking for fine dining and on site spa services the glamorous Langham Huntington, Pasadena provides it all in historic elegance. Closer to the city action, try the newly restored dusitD2 Hotel Constance in the South Lake Avenue District. For authenticity the Bissel House and the Arroyo Vista Inn provide a charming B&B experience, and for the seasoned, regular traveler looking for points and a trusted brand, options include Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott, Sheraton, and the Westin.
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dusitD2 Hotel Constance dustD2 Hotel Constance offers a boutique hotel experience with traditional warm hospitality and the latest in technology. Guest rooms feature custom designed beds, pillows and linens by sleep experts Parker & Morgan. Dining options include Perryâ€™s offering Cal Asian cuisine and the bluRoom for craft cocktails. Local shopping, restaurants and museums are a Tuk Tuk ride away in an open air electric powered vehicle. 928 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-898-7900 hotelconstance.com
Hilton Pasadena Perfectly situated in the heart of Pasadena means you are minutes from L.A. and two blocks from the Pasadena Convention Center and Old Pasadena. This boutique hotel and renowned brand boast luxurious rooms, modern amenities, two delectable restaurants, Wi-Fi, 24-hour
fitness, and complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles. 168 S. Los Robles Ave. 626-577-1000 pasadena.hilton.com
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena A Pasadena landmark for more than 100 years, the hotel captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. Located on 23 acres with grand historic ballrooms and gardens, the hotel features world-class dining and an award-winning spa offering treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, combined with cutting-edge skin care technology. Features 380 guestrooms, including private cottages. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. 626-568-3900 pasadena.langhamhotels.com
Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott A prime Pasadena location, this upscale full-service hotel in the heart of Old Pasadena features 314 newly renovated
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guestrooms and an updated modern lobby, bar, and restaurant. On-site fitness center, pool, and Jacuzzi. Complimentary Wi-Fi. 180 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-7600 marriott.com/laxot
Residence Inn Pasadena The all-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in the heart of Pasadena offers a comfortable, stylish retreat featuring 144 spacious suites, complimentary breakfast and WiFi, as well as many other amenities. Walking distance to historic Old Pasadena and many area attractions. 21 W. Walnut St. 626-204-9220 residenceinnpasadena.com
Sheraton Pasadena Effortless travel, the Sheraton Pasadena is the only hotel adjacent to Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Pasadena Convention Center. Perfectly situated across the street from Paseo Colorado and around the corner from Old
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Pasadena’s Boutique Hotel A Prou d M em b e r o f P r e fe r re d Ho t e ls & R e sor t s
HOTELS fitness center, and business center. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi. 2156 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-9339 ramada.com
Rodeway Inn & Suites 626-792-3700 choicehotels.com
Saga Motor Hotel 1663 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-795-0431 thesagamotorhotel.com
Super 8 Motel LANGHAM HUNTINGTON, PASADENA
Pasadena. Features 311 oversized guestrooms with Sweet Sleeper™ beds, Restaurant Soleil, Charlie’s Bar, Sheraton Club, outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. Complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service within 3 mile radius. 303 Cordova St. 626-449-4000
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The Westin Pasadena With 350 guestrooms and 29,000 square feet of meeting space, The Westin Pasadena offers exceptional service, upscale amenities, and elements of comfort. Rejuvenate in a state-of-the-art workout facility, relax by the outdoor pool, or decompress in a Heavenly Bed®. Located in the heart of downtown. 191 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-792-2727
1599 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-304-9678 hojo.com
Pasadena Inn 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy. 626-795-8401 oldpasadenainn.com
2131 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-796-3121 travelodge.com
Ramada Inn Features 75 guestrooms, elevator, pool/spa, refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screen TVs,
2863 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-449-3020 super8pasadena.com
Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena Features 54 guestrooms, including business-friendly rooms and pet rooms. Free Wi-Fi and hard-wired Internet, 42-inch flat-screen HDTV, and cable. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, swimming pool heated yearround, and free parking. AAA three-diamond rating. 1203 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-449-3170 vagabondinn.com
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Comfort Inn 2462 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-405-0811
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here are over 500 restaurants in Pasadena providing something for everyone. From gastropub fare at old favorites like Kings Row to fine steaks at Alexander’s, alfresco Italian at Mi Piace, cup of roasted coffee at Jones Coffee, authentic Mexican from El Portal, or the signature “Trust Me” option at SugarFish sushi, the challenge around Pasadena, is choosing where to eat. Additional restaurant listings can be found at visitpasadena.com.
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RESTAURANTS | LOCAL FAVORITES
LOCAL FAVORITES Pasadena is rich in one of a kind culinary experiences found only in Pasadena. The city’s numerous local favorites represent both new trendsetters and venerable institutions that have stood the test of time.
With a seasonal approach featuring farm-fresh ingredients, a diversity of influences, and flawless French technique, a meal at Parkway Grill is a true dining experience. The flagship of the Smith Bros. restaurant group, Parkway Grill, named “One of America’s best tables” by gourmet magazine, is the go to spot in Pasadena for special occasions. The dark wood interior, numerous cozy nooks and corners, and soft
From freshly baked duck and Gruyere croissants, pretzel cheese melts, and sausage fennel scones, to scrumptious morning buns and almond-crumbled cakes, Christine Moore and Pam Perkins are serving a satisfyingly eclectic variety of sweet and savory creations. Named Lincoln, the spacious café situated on Lincoln Avenue in Northern Pasadena, occupies a modernized warehouse of lofty
piano music coming from the lounge area, lend the restaurant a distinct supper club vibe. The bar, an authentic piece of 1920’s Chicago, specializes in classic cocktails expertly made, and offers a wide selection of wines by glass, and an award winning wine cellar of some 3,000 bottles. Highlighting uber-fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s own vegetable and herb garden the menu includes such classics as whole ginger fried
catfish with yuzu ponzu, braised short ribs, and pan roasted Scottish salmon with French green beans. A truly decadent lava cake is an appropriate finale to a memorable meal. 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy. 626-795-1001 theparkwaygrill.com
wood ceilings, exposed brick walls, ample seating, and a cornucopia of salted caramels, crispy marshmallow rice treats, Fudgie Wudgies and festive lollipops.
like the refreshing Yuzu chicken salad of mixed greens, cabbage, mint and cilantro, or the grilled salmon sandwich with jicama slaw and brioche.
With breakfast served all day, guests can feast upon a range of dishes including the café’s most sought-after item, the breakfast bowl –a medley of white beans, fennel, sausage, a poached egg and greens. But that’s not to say you can’t indulge in other tasteful fare
1992 Lincoln Ave. 626-765-6746 lincolnpasadena.com
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LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ
With the extreme rise in kale’s popularity, it is safe to say it’s a menu staple, especially considering Southern California’s health craze. However, not every restaurant can find a way to make it as delicious as it tastes when featured in the shredded kale and quinoa salad on the menu at La Grande Orange Café. If you’re craving something more substantial, we recommend the tender short ribs. 260 S. Raymond Ave. 626-356-4444 lgostationcafe.com
This intimate, elegant cafe boasts a delicious menu specializing in classic seafood, pizza, and “mezes” or small dishes. Café Santorini is one of Pasadena’s hidden gems, perfect for any occasion such as a business lunch, festive celebration, or romantic night out. The Mediterraneaninspired menu offers classic dishes like stuffed grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and juicy kebobs, as well as a selection of wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas, and risottos that are sure to satisfy your cravings. 64 W. Union St. 626-564-4200 cafesantorini.com
Bacchus’ Kitchen features an openkitchen style eatery where a new theme is presented to guests once a month. Brought to you by Claud & Co., creators of The Eatery, the upscale, rustic space on Washington Boulevard offers locals a singular dining experience based on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to produce quality flavors and fare. Notable items include the BCs home-style chicken posole, pan seared tandori barramundi and chicken piccata. 1384 E. Washington Blvd. 626-594-6377 bacchuskitchen.com
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RESTAURANTS dried in-house, or hand-cut to order wagyu steaks, as well as a variety of delicious pairings, such as buttery, truffle-fried potatoes, delicious udon mac and cheese and flash-fried blue lake beans. For those looking for a taste of everything, the restaurant offers a chef’s tasting, from the creative mind of highly acclaimed executive chef, Matt Bata. With eight courses, diners will experience a journey of flavors, making pit stops to enjoy dishes such as the sought-after Hamachi shot, melt in your mouth braised short ribs and a delectable wagyu steak, finished off with a chocolate tasting.
Blending together traces of Japanese influence and visions of a classic American steakhouse,
Partner an award winning chef and an experienced hospitality and restaurant professional who share a personal vision for a true neighborhood eatery, and you get Union, the Pasadena restaurant from Chef Bruce Kalman and his partner Marie Petulla. In true farm to table fashion Union features charcuterie prepared on
Alexander’s Steakhouse brings innovative new flavors and steaks of exceptional quality to the Pasadena dining scene.
111 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-486-1111 alexanderssteakhouse.com
Alexander’s gives diners the choice of 28-day aged steaks,
site, home-made pasta and nose to tail butchering. A seasoned Chef, Kalman’s experience includes Park Ave Café in New York City, and Spiaggia, in Chicago among others. He’s also the winner of TV chef competitions Chopped and Knife Fight. The 50 seat establishment is clean and uncluttered, with wooden tables and chairs, exposed brick, and a concrete bar.
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37 E. Union St. 626-795-5841 unionpasadena.com
A modern American steakhouse infused with innovative techniques and elegant global inspiration. THE EXPERIENCE Chef Matt Bata sources only the highest-quality ingredients from purveyors across the state and around the globe. Chef's Tasting Menu will send you on a culinary voyage through some of the best elements of our menu. This ecclectic eight course offering, combined with an optional beverage pairing, assures a truly memorable indulgence.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS Alexander's Steakhouse Pasadena offers multiple private dining options to create the perfect setting for your special event. With our ideal city-center location, gracious hospitality, exquisite cuisine and world-class wine selection, Alexander's Steakhouse ensures an extraordinary event for you and your guests.
LIBATIONS Meet old friends and make new ones at our bar during Social Hour from 5:00-6:30pm Monday-Friday. Craft beer, wine, signature cocktails and an opulent small bites menu are the perfect way to end your workday or start your night out!
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RESTAURANTS | ASIAN
ASIAN The San Gabriel Valley is a mecca for asian cuisine and Pasadena restaurants are at the forefront.
LITTLE SHEEP MONGOLIAN HOT POT
Located in the eclectic neighborhood of Old Pasadena amidst numerous authentic ethnic eateries, Little Sheep Mongolian hot pot offers its own old world dining experience. Little Sheep takes particular pride in its plentiful use of lamb, a crowd-pleasing favorite and the most popular protein on the menu.
You can make your way to the sauce bar where Little Sheep offers mouthwatering sauces to spice up your meal or create your own unique bowl of goodness with chopped chives, garlic oil, parsley, and red pepper flakes. When the food arrives, delicate slices of meat are beautifully arranged in large platters while the produce is placed in woven baskets or black ceramic
Upon entry as you are lead to your own gas-fueled tabletop, you can smell the heat of Mala chili oil and taste the spice of Tien Tsin peppers in the communal pots around you. A server approaches the table briefly, offering a five-step menu of Ă la carte meats in the raw such as free range chicken, Kobe beef, Kurobuta pork shoulder, and lamb. The more adventurous can savor geese intestines, pork blood or beef tendon. A selection of seafood is also available including Hokkigai clams, Tiger shrimp or scallops. A range of noteworthy noodles and Taro vermicelli knots, along with crisp vegetables like sugar pea sprouts, baby bok choy, Enoki mushrooms and watercress round out the available additions.
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bowls. Then itâ€™s up to you to create your own secret recipe or stick to the traditional ways of boiling, simmering and tastefully slurping your bowl of soup. 45 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-229-0888 littlesheephotpot.com
At Abricott customers return for its inventive fusion food—which ironically doesn't feature the joint’s namesake fruit—and the artsy living room decor. The menu is filled with dishes that have Thai, Korean, American, Vietnamese, French, and Japanese influences. Breakfasts range from Vietnamese-style eggs to croquemonsieurs (and madames!).
SPINFISH POKE HOUSE Situated in Old Pasadena’s Mills Place alley, Spinfish Poke House is the brainchild of poke aficionados Andy Saedan and Katrina Fargas, best friends who enjoyed eating poke in Hawaii and always craved the dish when they returned to L.A. “We wanted to take a fresh approach to poke,” says Saedan, who noted some of the flavor profiles are inspired by his and
Lunchtime offers healthy eats like the vegetarian kabocha sandwich made with caramelized Japanese pumpkin. Among the most popular dishes is trout amandine, served with mash potatoes and hollandaise-covered asparagus. There’s also a modernized recipe for mussels Provencal, excellent black mussels served in creamy tomato sauce. With a visible kitchen that suggests quality, and novels donated from the local Book
Alley lining the walls, patrons can sit back, chit-chat, and fill their bellies with foods of the world.
Fargas’s travels—incorporating furikake, coconut flakes, lemon zest and crispy onion into the poke combinations.
and savory sauces including sesame shoyu, Sriracha aioli and sweet chili.
Spinfish offers signature bowls like the more conventional Aloha 808 as well as unique alternatives that throw a spin on the classic poke. Choosing from white rice, brown rice, mixed greens or noodles as a base, diners may then select ahi tuna, salmon or hamachi as the main ingredient and top it off with sweet
238 S. Lake Ave. 626-796-1613 abricott.com
Only time will tell if the poke bowl craze will continue to evolve, but for now, Pasadenians are relishing in poke paradise. “The more the merrier,” says Saedan about the many poke eateries in town. “It can only help poke as a dish and not just an appetizer.” 36 W. Colorado Blvd., Ste.7 626-585-0988 spinfishla.com
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RESTAURANTS | SWEET SHOPS
SWEET SHOPS Pasadena is home to a number of innovative storefronts pedaling a wealth of enticing sweets. If you come to Pasadena with a sweet tooth, you’re in luck. You’ll find unique and decadent treats to entice you all across town.
AMARA CHOCOLATE & COFFEE
This cozy chocolate and coffee café is situated on busy Raymond Avenue, but once you set foot inside the shop, you’ll feel worlds away from Pasadena. Many flock to the café for a daily dose of caffeine, or for a caloric splurge, Amara’s churros—made fresh to order, slightly crunchy with soft, doughy insides and lightly coated with sugar. And don’t leave without ordering a hot chocolate for a special, world-class treat. Amara’s Venezuelan sipping hot chocolate blend was chosen as a winner at the International Chocolate Awards, making it one of the best hot chocolates in the world. 55 S. Raymond Ave. 626-744-1765 amarachocolate.com
There’s nothing like the taste of freshly baked bread. But for most of us, our version of “fresh bread” is limited to what we pick up at the grocery store. However, once you make a trip to this mom and pop local business, Seed Bakery’s dedication to baking the best bread outside of Europe will change your taste buds forever. Discover Seed Bakery’s freshly milled bread, made with whole grains and natural, organic ingredients to create rustic country, rye, olive, wheat, and faro loaves fresh from the oven. The European style pastries and tarts are perfect for a sweet treat. For those craving something more sustaining, try one of Seed’s delicious fresh hearty breakfast choices like brioche French toast, quiche, or avocado toast. 942 E. Washington Blvd. 626-486-2115 seedbakerypasadena.com 32 | PASADENA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU | VISITPASADENA.COM
CARMELA ICE CREAM
Blending organic dairy, local farmers market produce and the purest ingredients, Carmela Ice Cream is a garden-inspired parlor that will satisfy your craving for a sweet summer-time treat. Carmela Ice Cream makes their own chocolate and caramel sauces, hot chocolate mixes and almond fleur de sel toffee—maintaining the purest and simplest baking standards as possible. Each recipe is crafted individually and infused with flavor to eliminate the use of extracts, colorings, flavorings and purees for the freshest flavor. 2495 E. Washington Blvd. 626-797-1405 carmelaicecream.com
AFTERS ICE CREAM
In addition to their delicious ice creams, Afters is also known for their “milky bun”. The milky buns (pillowy soft pastries akin to a donut) are baked to perfection and served warm while the ice cream miraculously stays cold inside the bun. Be sure to sample Afters’ unique flavors like strawberry cookie crunch, churro, jasmine milk tea, cookie butter, Vietnamese coffee, and Madagascar vanilla. If you can’t make up your mind, we suggest the popular “Cookie Monster”—bright blue ice cream with generous chunks of chocolate chip and Oreo cookies. 1265 E. Green St. aftersicecream.com
This quaint soda shop and café is situated in the picturesque Burlington Arcade off Lake Avenue. Float specializes in gourmet sodas and classic sandwiches made fresh to order. For dessert, we highly recommend one of their namesake floats. Try a traditional root beer float made with the artisanal root beer of your choosing and the San Gabriel Valley’s own Fosselman’s ice cream or try the “Build-a-Float” option by mixing and matching ice cream with your favorite craft soda from Float’s opulent selection. 380 S. Lake Ave., Ste. 106 626-844-3488 floatpasadena.com
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hen it comes to having fun at night in Pasadena you’ll find music and laughter all over town. Be sure and check out Der Wolfskopf, Pasadena’s authentic Bavarian Bierhaus, or Kings Row Gastropub if you like craft beers and lively evening vibe. If you’re typically more fond of wine, stop by Everson Royce or Monopole Wine for tastings from their extensive international selections. For classic cocktails, along with crafty new concoctions, try The Magnolia House, tucked away in a 100 year old masterpiece of Craftsman architecture, or The Speakeasy which offers a 1920s vibe complete with secret entrance and password.
THE TAP ROOM AT THE LANGHAM
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NIGHTLIFE The Old Towne Pub (Bar/Live Music) 22 E. Holly St. 626-577-6583
POP Champagne & Dessert Bar (Bar) 33 E. Union St. 626-795-1295
Rocco’s Tavern (Bar/Pub/ Lounge)
[ OLD PASADENA ]
Barney’s Beanery (Sports Bar/ Karaoke) 99 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-405-9777
Blind Donkey (Bar) 53 E. Union St. 626-792-1833
Club 54 (DJ/Dancing) 54 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-0608
Der Wolfskoph (Bar) 72 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-219-6054
102 S. Lake Ave. 626-396-9234
The Speakeasy (Bar/Pub/ Lounge)
25 N. Raymond Ave. 626-676-1205
Vertical Wine Bistro (Wine Bar) 70 N. Raymond Ave. 626-795-3999
White Horse Lounge 41 S. De Lacey Ave. 626-583-9013
Edwin Mills By Equator (Bar) 22 Mills Pl. 626-564-8656
260 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-4300
Everson Royce (Wine Bar)
Wine and Canvas (Painting Classes with Cocktails) 300 E. Colorado Blvd., STE 215 310-903-3425
119 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-304-1000
Kings Row Gastropub (Live music)
695 E. Green St. 626-795-8553
Lucky Baldwin’s Pub 17 S. Raymond Ave. 626-795-0652
Magnolia House (Lounge)
46 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-405-1000
Bodega Wine Bar (Lounge)
115 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-6544
928 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-898-7900
Vinotera Wine (Wine Bar)
Live MIXX Lounge (DJ)
bluRoom Cocktail Lounge
Sorriso-Bar Celona (DJ)
175 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-440-1422
20 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-3010
[SOUTH LAKE AVENUE]
492 S. Lake Ave. 626-584-1126
33 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-578-1818
IX Tapa Cantina (DJ)
37 E. El Molino Ave. 626-792-4441
44 W. Green St. 626-765-6810
Eden Garden Bar & Grill (Jazz Band)
155 N. Raymond Ave. 626-765-0334
redwhite+bluezz (Jazz Band)
El Portal (Mariachi/Guitarist)
Ice House Comedy Club (Comedy Club) 24 N. Mentor Ave. 626-577-1894
Monopole Wine (Wine Bar) 21 W. El Molino Ave. 626-577-9463
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Arroyo Chop House (Pianist) 536 S. Arroyo Pkwy. 626-577-7463
Bowlmor Lanes 3545 E. Foothill Blvd. 626-351-8858
Parkway Grill (Pianist) 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy. 626-795-1001
Stone Company Store (Brewery) 220 S. Raymond Ave., STE 103 626-440-7243
The Boulevard (LGBT) 3199 E. Foothill Blvd. 626-356-9304
The Langham Huntington Pasadena (The Tap Room) 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. 626-585-6457
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ARTS & CULTURE
ARTS & CULTURE
asadenaâ€™s concentrated art scene offers a variety of museums within just a few miles of each other. Plan for a day of museum hopping to experience notable works at the Norton Simon by Picasso, Matisse and Van Gogh as well as California-influenced art at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and take in the art of Asia and the Pacific Rim on display at the nearby USC Pacific Asia Museum. The American Craftsman architectural movement is alive and thriving in Pasadena. The most famous example is the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark that is considered the best-preserved work of the architects Charles and Henry Greene. Take a tour to discover these wonderfully unique examples of American architecture.
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For those looking for world-class music, Pasadena’s orchestras, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS and MUSE/IQUE, perform throughout the year with both upbeat and classical tunes. Take advantage of Pasadena’s consistently sunny weather to enjoy the area’s amazing botanical gardens. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is home to 12 gardens, with over 15,000 plant varieties spread over 60 lush acres. Descanso Garden's world renowned horticultural displays include a 5 acre rose garden with over 3,000 roses and the newly opened Ancient Garden with flora originating in the prehistoric past. HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
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ARTS & CULTURE [ ARCHITECTURE ]
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 1200 E. California Blvd. 626-395-4654
El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) 1120 Old Mill Rd. San Marino 626-449-5458
Historic San Gabriel Mission District 428 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel 626-457-3035
Completed in 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, the two-story-oven- baked brick and adobe structure is a testament to Southern California history.
Step into history in the San Gabriel Mission District, the fourth of California’s 21 missions. Come tour the Old Mission, take the historic walk, and enjoy entertainment, retail, and dining opportunities. Mission is open daily.
City Hall 100 N. Garfield Ave. 626-744-7311
The Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Pl. 626-793-3334 gamblehouse.org Built in 1908 during the American Arts and Crafts movement, this masterpiece is the best preserved example of work from internationally recognized architects Charles and Henry Greene. The home was built for David and Mary Gamble of Procter & Gamble and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tour the historic halls of one of the world’s most widely recognized institutions for the study of science and engineering. Architectural tours of the 124acre campus are conducted on the fourth Thursday of most months. Tours depart from the Athenaeum at 551 S. Hill. Please call for tour schedule and reservations.
This exquisite 1927 landmark exhibits Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences with its red tile roof, ornate fountain, and lush garden courtyard.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 125 S. Grand Ave. 626-229-7251 The Court is now housed in the original Vista del Arroyo Hotel, built in 1903. The building was restored and reopened by the federal government in 1985. Tours by appointment only. Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. 626-449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
This ornate mansion, once owned by chewing gum mogul William Wrigley, Jr., was built between 1908 and 1914. Today it serves as the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Association. Tours are offered on Thursdays from February-August.
[ ART MUSEUMS ]
Armory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave. 626-792-5101 armoryarts.org
Exhibitions, performances, and art workshops are available for children and adults.
USC PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino 626-405-2100 huntington.org
The library holds works from British and American history and literature, including an original Gutenberg Bible and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Three art galleries showcase 18th- and 19th century British and French masterpieces, including “The Blue Boy” and “Pinkie.”
Kidspace Children’s Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. 626-449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org
Kidspace offers more than 25 indoor hands-on exhibits, in addition to outdoor spaces, programs, and activities, which are designed to encourage a child’s growth and development through exploration of the environment, investigation in science, and artistic expression.
Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd. 626-449-6840 nortonsimon.org
View seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Fragonard. The museum also features an extensive collection of South Asian sculpture and a sculpture garden with works of Rodin.
Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) 490 E. Union St. 626-568-3665 pmcaonline.org
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present.
Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St. 626-577-1660 pasadenahistory.org
The Pasadena Museum of History includes the Finnish Folk Art Museum, History Center Galleries, and the newly renovated 18-room Fenyes Mansion, circa 1906, which contains its original furnishings and paintings. USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-449-2742
ARTCENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
[ GARDENS ]
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr. La Cañada 818-949-4200 descansogardens.org
Located on 160 acres, Descanso Gardens features forests, streams, a lake, and a bird sanctuary highlighted by 80 acres of colorful flowers, including camellias, lilacs, and roses. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino 626-405-2100 huntington.org
The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture set amid 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. More than a dozen gardens feature 14,000 species of plants.
USC Pacific Asia Museum features artwork from Asia and the Pacific Islands spanning 5,000 years with innovative exhibitions and dynamic programming.
FREE ADA COMPLIANT KID-FRIENDLY TOURS
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ARTS & CULTURE Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Arcadia 626-821-3222 arboretum.org
This 127-acre horticultural and botanical center features plants from around the world, native and migrating birds, wildlife, colorful peacocks, and historic buildings, including the Queen Anne Cottage made famous in Fantasy Island.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Dr. 626-399-1721 japanesegardenpasadena.com
This two-acre "hill and pond stroll garden" was designed and built in the late 1930s and has been completely restored to its original glory. It is open to the public every Thursday, and on the last Sunday of every month.
Wrigley Gardens 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. 626-449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
The Centennial Rose Garden at the Tournament House features more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals.
[ MOVIE THEATERS ]
ArcLight Pasadena 336 E. Colorado Blvd. Paseo Colorado 626-568-9651 arclightcinemas.com
iPic Theaters 42 Miller Alley One Colorado 626-639-2260 ipictheaters.com
Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. Playhouse District 626-844-6500
[ PERFORMING ARTS ]
A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. 626-356-3100 anoisewithin.org
One of few theaters in Southern California producing works of world drama in a rotating repertory with a company of professional, classically trained artists. Beckman & Ramo Auditoriums 332 S. Michigan Ave. 626-395-4652
Lineage Dance 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-844-7008 lineagedance.org
This contemporary dance company presents performances, classes, and workshops throughout the year as well as an annual dance festival. MUSE/IQUE 300 E. Green st. Floor 3 626-539-7085 muse-ique.com
Live music events with uninhibited connections between the orchestra, artists, and adventurous audiences in conventional and unconventional spaces.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center 70 N. Mentor Ave. 626-683-6883
Pasadena Civic Auditorium 300 E. Green St. 626-793-2122
Performances, lectures, storytelling, films, and concerts in the historic venues of the California Institute of Technology.
Two state-of-the-art theaters— an intimate 99-seat venue and a 60-seat performance space—are the stages for diverse programming from concerts to world premieres or a twist on one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. California Philharmonic Orchestra 626-304-0333 calphil.com
The Festival on the Green outdoor concert series is held June–August at Santa Anita Race Track.
This renowned 3,000-seat theater was dedicated in 1932 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to the Distinguished Speakers Series, a variety of concerts, and other entertainment year-round. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave. 626-356-7529 pasadenaplayhouse.org
Anchoring the Playhouse District and built in 1917, the Playhouse is the Official State Theatre of California and a National Historic Landmark, and features Tony and Pulitzer award-winning plays.
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Memorial Park 626-683-3230 levittpavilionpasadena.org
Free outdoor concerts under the stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored 1930s band shell, featuring a variety of musical genres. June–September, Wednesday–Sunday.
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM
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STRUCTURES BY DESIGN Explore the area’s rich architectural heritage on a self-guided walking tour. With 16 historical districts packed into 23 square miles, Pasadena has a wealth of incredible architecture to discover. Take a crash course in architectural style by visiting the city’s cultural and academic institutions—you’ll find everything from Beaux Arts to Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival to Tudor Revival, and Northern Chinese Imperialist to Modernist. When dining out or shopping, you’ll find yourself inside a noteworthy structure guaranteed to enhance your experience. Check out Greene & Greene’s “ultimate bungalow,” The Gamble House, circa 1908, which defines American Arts and Crafts style. Stop by the Visitor Center or download the popular Ten Tours brochure and visit some of the area’s best-kept neighborhoods to see visionaries’ remodeling ideas for your home. Tours range from 1.3 to 2 miles and are best enjoyed on foot or bicycle. VisitPasadena.com THE GAMBLE HOUSE
Pasadena Symphony and POPS 2 N. Lake Ave., #1080 626-793-7172 pasadenasymphony-pops.org
Pop, symphonic, and youth orchestra performances by the Pasadena Symphony are offered October–May at the Ambassador Auditorium and an outdoor summer series by the Pasadena POPS at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
[ MORE TO SEE ]
ArtCenter College of Design 1700 Lida St. 626-396-2446
Known worldwide as a leader in art and design curriculum, the Art Center presents works by established and emerging artists in three exhibits annually. While on campus, also explore the student gallery and indoor and outdoor sculptures. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 4800 Oak Grove Dr. 818.354.9314 jpl.nasa.gov
JPL is a world-renowned research, development, and flight center for the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). Tours of the facility are by appointment only and arrangements must be made a month in advance. Mount Wilson Observatory Mt. Wilson 626-440-9016 mtwilson.edu
Located high atop the Angeles National Forest, this worldclass astronomical research facility was founded in 1904. It is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope and the world’s most powerful optical telescope array. Open April–November. Special guided tours are available yearround for a fee. Pasadena Convention Center 300 E. Green St. 626-793-2122 pasadenacenter.com The convention center hosts a variety of entertainment ranging from concerts, antique shows, and art auctions to hobby and collectible shows.
Public Art Walking Tours
Eight self-guided tours feature jewels from Pasadena’s public art collection. Each takes 30 minutes to 1 hour and gives a good sampling. Visit the City of Pasadena’s website to download tour outlines and maps. Robinson Memorial 100 N. Garfield Ave. This memorial, located across from City Hall, honors the historic accomplishments of brothers Mack and Jackie Robinson with two 9-foot bronze portraiture sculptures.
FREE ADA COMPLIANT KID-FRIENDLY TOURS
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FIT & FUN
FIT & FUN
asadena's exceptional climate, ample green space, and quality facilities provide the ideal environment to get fit and have fun. Brookside Park is Pasadena's largest public park and home to the Rose Bowl Stadium, Brookside Golf Course, and the publicly accessible Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. Along with hundreds of joggers, there are facilities to accommodate tennis, badminton, handball, softball, horseshoes, archery, casting and lawn bowling. At the Pasadena Convention Center, the Pasadena Ice Skating Center offers a cool indoor alternative. Along with the world famous Rose Bowl Stadium, enjoy easy access to major college and professional sporting events at venues like the Staples Center and Dodger Stadium, or take in a day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park.
ROSE BOWL STADIUM
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FIT & FUN
UCLA FOOTBALL AT THE ROSE BOWL
Brookside Golf Course 1133 Rosemont Ave. 626-585-3598
Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena while feasting on delights from neighborhood eateries.
Two 18-hole championship courses, clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, putting greens, and driving range.
Old Pasadena Walking Tour 626-441-6333
Eaton Canyon Golf Course 1150 N. Sierra Madre Villa Ave. 626-794-6773
Explore a National Register Historic District and one of the best examples of downtown revitalization in the country.
[ GOLF ]
Pasadena Tour Company 300 E. Green St. (starting point of tour) 626-318-9492 pasadenatourcompany.com
Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks, and famous residents. Private, group and custom tours available.
A regulation nine-hole layout, clubhouse, restaurant, golf shop, cocktail lounge, putting greens, and driving range. Santa Anita Golf Course 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia 626-447-2331 santaanitagc.com
An 18-hole, 6,400-yard course, driving range, golf shop, putting greens, and coffee shop. [ GUIDED TOURS ]
Melting Pot Food Tours 424-247-9666 meltingpottours.com CHUAN SPA
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Rose Bowl Tours 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. 626-437-8558 rosebowlstadium.com
Rose Bowl Stadium offers public and group tours. This exclusive opportunity grants access to behind-the-scenes locations never before seen by the public, including the press box, locker room and field. [HIKING ]
Brookside Park & Lower Arroyo 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. 626-744-7275 Picnicking, hiking, biking, volleyball, softball, archery, casting, and more. Eaton Canyon Nature Center 1750 N. Altadena Dr. 626-398-5420 ecnca.org
An 84-acre natural park with 5 miles of trails. Other activities include campfire talks, picnicking, moonlight walks, bird watching, and guided hikes to the falls. [ICE SK ATING ]
Pasadena Ice Skating Center 300 E. Green St. 626-578-0800 skatepasadena.com
Year-round indoor public skating, figure skating classes, pickup hockey, stick time, and in-house hockey leagues.
Classic Kickboxing 91 E. Union St. 626-796-6387 classickickboxing.com
Olive & June 146 S. Lake Ave. 626-440-9700 olivejune.com
Year-round facility with competitive teams in swimming, diving, and water polo. Housing two 50-meter pools, itâ€™s open to the public and offers water aerobics, swimming, diving lessons, and therapy pools. [THOROUGHBRED RACING ]
Soul Cycle 140 S. Lake Ave. 626-408-3000
Santa Anita Park 285 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia 626-574-6677
Rose Bowl Aquatics Center 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. 626-564-0330 rosebowlaquatics.com
Santa Anita Park is known for the best in Thoroughbred racing. Free guided tram tours through the stable areas are available.
UCLA Bruins Football Rose Bowl Stadium 310-825-2101 uclabruins.com College season runs September through December. [SPAS AND WELLNESS ]
Bellacures 40 Mills Pl. 626-264-8616 bellacures.com
Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. 626-585-6414 chuanspa.com PASADENA ICE SKATING CENTER
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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
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or the 128th year, The Tournament of Roses® Parade will capture the imaginations of over 700,000 spectators. It’s a one of a kind experience for those who are fortunate enough to see it in person and many visitors return year after year to relive the excitement. In 2017, on January 2nd, starting at 8 a.m. the 5 1/2 mile parade makes it’s way along Pasadena’s stately, central boulevards with a procession of whimsical floral-covered floats, lively marching bands, regal equestrians, and prominent members of the community.
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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES®
PARADE SEATING & PARKING
UP CLOSE WITH THE FLOATS
Grandstand seating may be purchased from Feb. 1-Jan. 1 from the Sharp Seating Company, the official Tournament of Roses® grandstand seating company, at 626-795-4171 or sharpseating. com. Free curbside seating is also available at designated locations along the parade route. Advance reservations are highly recommended and available for parking of automobiles, buses, and recreational vehicles.
In the days leading up to the parade, floats are available for viewing at three different locations during the decorating process, and some float builders welcome visiting decorators. If you miss your chance to decorate a float or watch the parade, then visit Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards, where they’re parked for public viewing after the parade. Fees apply.
ROSE BOWL GAME
[ RV PARKS ]
360 N. Arroyo Blvd. 626-577-3100 No-hookup parking for holiday season only.
East Shore RV Park
1440 Camper View Rd. San Dimas 909-599-8355 eastshorervpark.com
2200 N. White Ave. Pomona 888-562-4230 909-593-8915 fairplex.com/koa
ROSE BOWL GAME Several hours after the parade reaches its final steps, the Rose Bowl Game—“The Grandaddy of Them All”—will match two of college football’s best teams from the 2016 season in the game’s 103rd edition, presented by Northwestern Mutual. Game attendance annually tops 90,000 fans, and the majority of game tickets are distributed through the participating teams and conferences. A limited number of tickets are available to the public and may be purchased through Ticketmaster at 213365-3675 or ticketmaster.com. Parking for the game is available to all vehicles for a fee at the Rose Bowl Stadium on a firstcome, first-served basis. Shuttles are available from Old Pasadena. For all questions about the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game, please see www.VisitPasadena.com.
[ VISITOR HOTLINE & KEY CONTACTS ]
From December 30–January 2, up-to-the-minute information is available from the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Hotline at 877-793-9911. A comprehensive FAQ is available year-round at VisitPasadena.com.
300 E. Green St. 626-795-9311 800-307-7977 VisitPasadena.com Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Pasadena Museum of History
Official Year-Round Tournament of Roses® merchandise 470 W. Walnut St. 626-577-1660 pasadenahistory.org
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Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. 626-577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com
Sharp Seating Company
Official Tournament of Roses® grandstand seating company 1737 E. Colorado Blvd. (enter in back) 626-795-4171 sharpseating.com
Tournament of Roses®
391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. 626-449-4100 tournamentofroses.com
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BOOK YOUR TOUR NOW | WBStudioTour.com | 877-4WB-TOUR
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cultural mecca, Pasadena is home to several prominent festivals and cultural celebrations. From the Pasadena Chalk Festival to ArtNight Pasadena, engaging demonstrations of the visual arts abound. The music festival, Make Music Pasadena, with 50,000 attendees and over 150 bands has become the largest free music festival on the west coast. From classic architecture tours, neighborhood food festivals, parades, dance performances and sporting events of all stripes something truly special is going on nearly every week of the year in Pasadena.
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SIGNATURE EVENTS band shell featuring a variety of musical genres. Wed. is children’s night. 626-683-3230 levittpavilionpasadena.org
Americafest JULY 4, 2016 INDEPENDENCE DAY
All-day fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, concluding in a spectacular fireworks show. 626-577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com
Summer Concert Series at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Plaza AUGUST 5 & AUGUST 26, 2016
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium Plaza plays host to the annual Party on the Plaza Summer Concert Series featuring tributes to popular bands from not-solong-ago. Spazmatics – August 5 and Kenny Metcalf as Elton: A tribute to Elton John – August 26 Jet Propulsion Laboratory “A Ticket to Explore JPL” JUNE 4–5, 2016
This popular event celebrates JPL’s accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the laboratory’s ongoing research and space exploration. This event is free, but tickets are required and the event is sold out. 818-354-1234 jpl.nasa.gov
Make Music Pasadena
CONCERT AT CITY HALL
music, fantastic food, shopping, and children’s activities at Paseo Colorado, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Light Bringer Project 626-795-9100 pasadenachalkfestival.com
Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series JUNE 26–SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Free outdoor concerts under the stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored
JUNE 11, 2016
Make Music Pasadena is a free musical celebration throughout Downtown Pasadena. From 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Downtown Pasadena is transformed into a musical playground where every conceivable genre of music is played. Alleys, courtyards, building lobbies, and other unconventional performance spaces become spontaneous musical stages and social gathering places. makemusicpasadena.org
Pasadena Chalk Festival JUNE 18–19, 2016
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Taste of South Lake OCTOBER 8, 2016
Sample food from South Lake Avenue restaurants, watch live cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, listen to live bands, and shop at the vendor village. 626-792-1259 southlakeavenue.org
Holiday Look-In Home Tour
OCTOBER 21, 2016
DECEMBER 3–4, 2016
Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles.
Visit four area homes decorated for the holidays by professional florists.
Pasadena Symphony 626-793-7172 pasadenaholidaylookin.org
Pasadena ARTWalk OCTOBER 22, 2016
Pasadena’s largest urban art fair highlights some of the best local artists showcasing their work from paintings to photograpy to jewelry and more. ARTWalk is free and allages are welcome.
Castle Green Holiday Tour DECEMBER 4, 2016
Join Castle Green as the spirit of Dickens comes to life!
Pasadena Heritage Architectural Legacy Tour DECEMBER 30, 2016
Expert guides highlight extraordinary architecture and local history. Presented by Pasadena Heritage, a nonprofit organization for historic preservation. Pasadena Heritage 626-441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org
Breeders’ Cup NOVEMBER 4 – 5, 2016
One of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events will take place at Santa Anita Park. Experience the best that this sport has to offer from racing to dining and hospitality. Santa Anita Park breederscup.com
25th Annual Craftsman Weekend NOVEMBER 11 – 13, 2016
Join in the largest, most comprehensive salute to Arts and Crafts-style architecture in the western U.S. at this weekend of events, including bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods and visits to distinctive Craftsman-era homes. Pasadena Heritage 626-441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org
Doo Dah Parade NOVEMBER 20, 2016
Behold these wacky, unusual, and entertaining pageant participants as they travel through East Pasadena down Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards. Light Bringer Project 626-590-7596 pasadenadoodahparade.info
THE BREEDERS’ CUP AT SANTA ANITA PARK
Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas transforms the Castle Green into a Victorian wonderland. Come enjoy and explore the castle’s splendor, decorations, caroling, culinary Christmas samplings, and many more Victorian holiday traditions inspired by Dickens’ colorful tales. 626-793-0359 castlegreen.com/tour
Float Decorating & Viewing DECEMBER 27-31, 2016 AND JANUARY 1, 2017
Decorate or preview Rose Parade® masterpieces as they are readied for New Year’s festivities. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
Live on Green DECEMBER 30, 2016 – JANUARY 1, 2017
Free family festival in the three days leading up to the Rose Parade. Live on Green will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center located on Green Street, which is the inspiration behind the name. Several pavilions will house different themed activities honoring the history of Pasadena and the Rose Parade. Huerta Quorum 818-243-6800 visitpasadena.com
Rose Parade® JANUARY 2, 2017
Witness the famous 51/2-mile parade. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
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PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART
Rose Bowl Game®
Black History Parade & Festival
JANUARY 2, 2017
Cheer as two of the nation’s best college football teams battle it out at the Rose Bowl Stadium in “The Granddaddy of Them All” ®.
Join in this celebration featuring food and merchandise booths, a children’s play area, and a Black Inventions Museum.
Jackie Robinson Center 626-791-7983
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 626-578-8500 pasadenashowcase.org
Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
Post-Parade Float Viewing JANUARY 2–3, 2017
Marvel at the floral masterpieces of the Rose Parade®, exhibited along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911 tournamentofroses.com
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week JANUARY 2017
Legend has it that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1924 in Pasadena, while working at his father’s roadside stand called Rite Spot. Cheeseburger Week pays homage to Lionel’s achievement.
Spring Home Tour MARCH 2017
Tour architectural gems of the early 20th century that exemplify quintessential California style. Pasadena Heritage 626-441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org
Pasadena Showcase House of Design Explore the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. A local estate is exquisitely transformed by top designers using donated goods.
Pasadena Restaurant Week APRIL 2017
Restaurant Week features many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments and local favorites. Participating restaurants will offer at lunch and dinner specials.
Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles.
Bungalow Heaven Home Tour
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APRIL 30, 2017
Tour select homes built from 1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District. Bungalow Neighborhood Association 626-585-2172 bungalowheaven.org
Museums of the Arroyo Day MAY 15, 2017
Take advantage of the 27th consecutive year that five museums featuring art, architecture, and history open their doors along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena free of charge for one day from noon–4 p.m. museumsofthearroyo.com
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Pasadena City College Flea Market (FIRST SUNDAY)
Peruse the wares of 500 vendors specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. Free. 626-585-7906 pasadena.edu/fleamarket
Rose Bowl Flea Market (SECOND SUNDAY)
Shop from among more than a million objects for sale in “America’s Marketplace of Unusual Items.” 323-560-7469 rgcshows.com [ SEASONALLY ]
UCLA Bruins Football Season SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER
Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Stadium, home to the team since 1982. 310-825-2101 uclabruins.com
Thoroughbred Racing DECEMBER–JUNE
Witness live races from Thursday–Sunday. Santa Anita Park 626-574-7223 santaanita.com
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estled at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is just 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, connected to greater Southern California by the 210, 134 and 110 freeways. The Metro Gold Line is a 31-mile light rail system within the Los Angelesarea Metro Rail network that connects Pasadena to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and to communities to the east. The Gold Line connects to other L.A. rail lines and Amtrak with six stops in Pasadena. Most of the city is invitingly walkable, but it also features a smart, streamlined public transit system, shuttles, busses and Uber cars that can take you anywhere in the city and to landmarks throughout the region. Four major airports service visitors to Pasadena every day.
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TRANSPORTATION [ METRO RAIL/METRO BUS ]
The Gold Line is a 31-mile light rail line within the Los Angeles-area Metro Rail network that transports passengers from Pasadena to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles or from Pasadena to Azusa. Take it to connect to other Los Angeles rail lines or Amtrak. Trains operate daily and include six stops in Pasadena. Purchase tickets from self-service ticket vending machines at Metro Rail stations. Metro bus service runs throughout Los Angeles County. Cost is $1.75 one way. 323-466-3876 metro.net [ AIRPORTS ]
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) 16 miles 25.75 kilometers 818-840-8840 bobhopeairport.com
Long Beach Airport (LGB) 38 miles 45 kilometers 562-570-2600 lgb.org
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 29 miles 46.67 kilometers 855-463-5252 lawa.org
Ontario International Airport
37 miles 59.55 kilometers 909-937-2700 lawa.org/welcomeont.aspx [ AIRPORT
Foothill Transit Authority
These buses serve the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. Base fare is $1.25. 800-743-3463 foothilltransit.org
This nonstop bus service goes to and from LAX via Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. From Union Station, passengers may ride the Gold Line light rail to Pasadena. Flyaway roundtrip fee: $18. 866-435-9529 lawa.org/flyaway
Prime Time Shuttle 800-733-8267 primetimeshuttle.com
[ TAXIS ]
626-768-4999 800-822-8294 [ OTHER SERVICES ]
Lyft, Uber Can be found on iTunes or Google Play
Xpress by Execucar 800-410-4444 execucarexpress.com
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Pasadena Transit Bus
Pasadena Transit is a local bus system of six routes that travel between Old Pasadena, South Lake Avenue, and the Playhouse District. Adult fare is $0.75. 626-398-8973
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