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istoric, cosmopolitan and distinct, Pasadena is a vibrant city nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The “Crown of the Valley” is known for decades-long traditions, yet remains one of Los Angeles’ most forward-thinking cities. History buffs, culture vultures, design aficionados and leisure travelers alike find plenty to do, whether exploring the famous grand mansions and museums, world-class shopping and dining or attending iconic, year-round events and festivals.

Pictured above: Pasadena City Hall

Described as “a shiny jewel of Southern California” by the New York Times, Pasadena thrives with four distinct neighborhoods. Pasadena’s 19th century origins remain reflected in what was once the city’s original marketplace and oldest commercial area, Old Pasadena. 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 restored examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. V I S I T PA SA D E N A . C O M

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WELCOME TO PASADENA The tree-lined and bohemiancentric Playhouse District is home to the Pasadena Playhouse, the official State Theatre of California. With festivals like Pasadena ARTWalk, as well as local crafts and specialty shops, the entire neighborhood is practically an open-air museum, thanks to a large number of public art installations like utility box art, street art, spun chairs and painted crosswalk designs. The visually engaging neighborhood is a feast for the eyes.

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South Lake Avenue is a wide, tree lined boulevard flanked by shops and restaurants.

On the eastern edge of downtown Pasadena, near Caltech, South Lake Avenue has taken on the motto “Shop. Dine. Live.” and with good reason. It’s a shopping and dining district that flaunts a stylish, lifestyle approach to happy living. The charming, 10-block area with mid-century and European flair is home to designer shops, artisanal boutiques, outdoor bistros and spas.

The Civic Center District, between Old Pasadena and Playhouse District, is home to beautifully designed buildings reflecting Beaux-Arts and Mediterranean Revival architecture. History still resonates here with landmark buildings including the Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and City Hall. The Civic Center District is also home to The Paseo, a visually striking

retail and shopping promenade featuring contemporary dining, ArcLight Cinema, specialty shops and national retailers.

Pictured above: Lavender & Honey

For a more local experience, visitors can get off the beaten path and explore East Washington Boulevard for a perfect cup of coffee and ice cream in seasonal flavors; South Fair Oaks Avenue for vintage finds; and Lincoln Avenue for brunch. It’s also where you can find locally brewed artisanal beer at Craftsman Brewing Company.

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here’s no better place to stay than Pasadena when visiting the Los Angeles area. From luxurious retreats to budget-friendly hideaways, Pasadena hotels tip the scale in excellence, helping guests feel right at home with high-quality accommodations. Pasadena’s comfortable hotels offer picturesque mountain views and are just a short stroll away from the city’s renowned shopping districts, world-class museums, top-rated theaters and restaurants. Many of the city’s intimate inns are located along the signature Rose Parade route. To continue enhancing Pasadena’s hospitality, 2017 has seen an increase in multimillion dollar renovations from several distinctive properties. Among the changes in store are a $20 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby and meeting spaces at Sheraton Pasadena, a $25 million renovation of guest rooms, lobby, bar and meeting spaces at Hilton Pasadena, a recently completed $11 million guest room beautification at Westin Pasadena, construction of a rooftop pool, meeting space, fitness center and 25 new rooms at DusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena, and a new 186-room upscale Hyatt Place hotel in Pasadena’s most popular retail and entertainment center, The Paseo. The downtown sixstory hotel, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

King Balcony Room at The Westin Pasadena.

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DUSITD2 HOTEL CONSTANCE 928 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 898-7900 hotelconstance.com dusitD2 Hotel Constance offers a boutique hotel experience paired with traditional warm hospitality and ultra-fast Wi-Fi. Guest rooms feature custom designed beds, pillows and linens. Dining options include Constance Perry’s daily farm-to-table buffet and craft cocktails paired with nightly music in the bluRoom Lounge. Shopping, restaurants, and museums are a Tuk Tuk ride away in an open-air, electric-powered vehicle. In 2018, guests will experience poolside relaxation, all-new workout facility, modern club suites and state-ofthe-art meeting spaces.

OLD PASADENA COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT 180 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 403-7600 marriott.com/laxot A prime Pasadena location, this upscale full-service hotel in the heart of Old Pasadena features 314 expertly appointed guestrooms and an updated modern lobby, bar, and restaurant. On-site fitness center, pool, and Jacuzzi. Complimentary Wi-Fi. 12

THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON, PASADENA 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. (626) 568-3900 pasadena.langhamhotels.com 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 awardwinning spa offering treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, combined with cuttingedge skin care technology. Features 377 guestrooms, including private cottages.

HILTON PASADENA 168 S. Los Robles Ave. (626) 577-1000 pasadena.hilton.com 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. A full service hotel with a new $25 million renovation completed in November 2017, boasts luxurious rooms, modern amenities, the new Corner Craft Kitchen + Bar, Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness and complimentary shuttle service within 2 miles. SHERATON PASADENA 303 Cordova St. (626) 449-4000 sheraton.com/pasadena The newly revitalized 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 Pasadena. Features 311 newly renovated oversized guestrooms, Restaurant Soleil, Charlie’s Bar, Sheraton Club, outdoor swimming pool and fitness Center. Complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service within 3 miles radius.

THE WESTIN PASADENA 191 N. Los Robles Ave. (626) 792-2727 westin.com/pasadena With 350 guestrooms, 18 suites and 26,000 square feet of meeting space, The Westin Pasadena just completed an $11 million dollar guest room renovation. The Westin offers exceptional service, upscale amenities, and elements of comfort. Rejuvenate in a state-ofthe-art workout facility, relax by the outdoor pool, or decompress in a Heavenly Bed®. Located in the heart of downtown.

RESIDENCE INN PASADENA 21 W. Walnut St. (626) 204-9220 residenceinnpasadena.com The all-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in the heart of Pasadena offers a comfortable, stylish retreat featuring 144 spacious suites, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as many other amenities. Walking distance to historic Old Pasadena and many area attractions.

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Pasadena’s Boutique Hotel Where a traveler’s distinctive excursion begins, dusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena promises to deliver an experience that enlivens the individual spirit no matter what the journey. A lifestyle boutique hotel, dusitD2 Hotel Constance is located on historic Route 66 and world-renowned Tournament of Roses Parade route in the heart of Pasadena’s business and theater district, within walking distance of shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment options.

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COMFORT INN 2462 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 405-0811 choicehotels.com GREEN TREE PASADENA INN 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy. (626) 795-8401 greentreepasadenainn.com HOTEL LE REVE PASADENA 3321 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-9291 hotellerevepasadena.com

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RODEWAY INN & SUITES 2860 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-3700 choicehotels.com RAMADA INN 2156 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 793-9339 ramada.com Features 75 guestrooms, elevator, pool/spa, refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, fitness center, and business center. Complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

EVENTS | CATERING 30,000 SQ. FT. OF NEW VENUE SPACE PASADENA.HILTON.COM | 626-577-1000 168 SOUTH LOS ROBLES AVENUE, PASADENA, CA 91101

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VAGABOND INN EXECUTIVE PASADENA 1203 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3170 vagabondinn.com Features 54 guestrooms, including business-friendly rooms and pet rooms. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary deluxe breakfast, swimming pool heated year-round and free parking. AAA three-diamond rating. HOWARD JOHNSON PASADENA 1599 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 304-9678 hojo.com ASTRO 2818 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3370 astropasadena.com

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PASADENA TRAVELODGE 2131 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-3121 travelodge.com

BEST WESTERN 3570 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-9100 bestwestern.com

SAGA MOTOR HOTEL 1663 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 795-0431 thesagamotorhotel.com

LA CASA INN 2800 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-1122 lacasainnpasadenacalifornia.com

SUPER 8 MOTEL 2863 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-3020 super8pasadena.com

LINCOLN MOTEL 1559 Lincoln Ave. (626) 794-1355 lincolnmotelpasadena.com

AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN 3800 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-4743

PASADENA ROSE INN 2097 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 796-3122

ACE MOTEL 2870 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 792-2051 acemotelca.com

WONDER INN 2855 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 229-9640

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spired by local flavors, the coastal California region and authentic global fare, Pasadena’s dining scene is exceptional. Emerging chefs and seasoned veterans alike, dish out cuisine that make Pasadena among the best dining destinations in California. With more than 500 restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Fine dining. Festive brunches. Authentic Mexican. Creative sandwich shops. Food trucks. Vegan joints. Hipster hot spots. Juice bars. Bustling cafes. Historic mainstays. Undiscovered gems. A dining institution since 1984, Parkway Grill has long served as one of the most revered fine-dining restaurants in Greater Pasadena. The elegant atmosphere, exceptional service and regional, market-driven menu attracts gourmands and food enthusiasts alike, and the restaurant is a go-to for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays. Actor Danny Trejo (“Machete”) opened Trejo’s Cantina this past summer next to Pasadena Playhouse. A Mexican-inspired cantina that serves up delicious and elevated, fast-casual food, has already cultivated a hip scene with locals. Designed with beautiful textiles and colorful fabrics, the stunning interior has been getting as much attention as the cuisine.

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Tucked away from downtown Pasadena, visitors can find a wealth of top-notch dining spots, from ethnic cuisine to creative hipster joints, all of which further create a lively and eclectic restaurant scene worth checking out.

A sunny cafe in an industrial-chic space, Lincoln Pasadena is the stomping ground for early birds. The busy breakfast and brunch spot serves up fresh-baked breads and pastries, and has also become known for its fresh and healthy salad bowls.

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The tiny Su Beoreg Factory and Bakery is a magnet for foodies who like to indulge in homemade Armenian food. The family-run business only has a handful of tables (it’s more about the take out), which adds to its modest atmosphere. Order one of the signature dishes like su beoreg and sini-monta (open-faced beef

dumplings), rich and flavorful dishes that have been passed down for generations. A contemporary bistro in Northeast Pasadena, AltaEats was one of the original restaurant pioneers in the area. Opened in 2013, AltaEats is a true gem, serving seasonal bites in an

assortment of shareable plates. From bacon-wrapped dates to chicken and waffles, the eclectic menu is innovative and delicious. It’s only open for dinner, and reservations are strongly recommended.

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fter the sun sets, the afterhours scene becomes vibrant, offering a full spectrum of inspiring venues— from cafes with live jazz to a legendary comedy club—known for its down-to-earth and laidback vibes. The dynamic live music scene put Pasadena on the map with plenty of unique venues offering a range of entertainment. Any night of the week, visitors can head to notable bars, restaurants and lounges to gather with friends, order a cocktail and hear live music.

A popular local haunt, King’s Row Gastropub—inside a historic, landmark building—serves up New American comfort food, 24 beers on tap, craft cocktails and an exciting happy hour for the after-work crowd. Tapping into the live music scene, King’s Row also features local musicians and bands that take center stage with live performances for the perfect feel-good vibes. The trendy Maestro may be a hip Mexican restaurant but its fostered a strong bar scene thanks to the exceptional craft cocktail menu, and huge magnet

for Mezcal lovers. Hitting all the right spots, innovative, Mezcaland tequila-heavy libations are just as pretty as they are delicious. The nation’s most celebrated performers rock out at The Rose, Pasadena’s most famous venue for live concerts. Some of the biggest names in rock, pop and country have performed here for crowds up to 1,500 people. The venue offers table service with a complete dinner menu to make it a full experience. The Speakeasy, a true speakeasy bar with hidden entrance and a secret password, is well worth the hype. The hip, modern cocktail lounge is inspired by the old glory days of the 1920s, with live jazz music on the weekends. Der Wolfskopf, a German beer hall is a beautiful location with shiny, polished wood floors and vintage inspired décor, as well as signature beers on tap and German sausage. It’s the perfect spot to catch the game or knock back an ale in the outdoor courtyard. Best of all? There’s another secret, speakeasy bar on the lower level! Live jazz is also the main attraction on Thursdays at The Tap Room inside the five-star Langham Huntington Pasadena hotel. The swanky, indoor/outdoor lounge is an upscale affair fostering a social atmosphere, and live music.

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f art is a window to the soul, then Pasadena is a glass town. With its fascinating art history, fine-art museums and cultural institutions, Pasadena is home to inspiring, engaging and important art, with the majority of attractions within walking distance. Here, the world seems to stand still as visitors admire paintings, sculptures and exhibits that are both striking and moving, from permanent collections to rare exhibits (whether centuries old or contemporary). Pasadena is also proud to feature a distinguished, American Craftsman architectural scene, one of the most prominent in the world. The Huntington Library is chockfull of compelling artwork, focused on British portraiture (though you’ll also have to stroll the 120-acres of landscaped gardens). Home to one of the finest British art collections outside the United Kingdom, art lovers get up close and personal with notable paintings like Thomas Gainsborough’s “The Blue Boy” and Thomas Lawrence’s “Pinkie.” The library is equally exceptional, boasting a collection of rare, out-ofprint books, manuscripts and historical letters. Inspiring with art closer to home, Pasadena Museum of California Art features rotating, modern art exhibits that embody all things California. You cannot miss pop inspired “Kosmic Krylon Garage” by Los Angeles-born Kenny

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Scharf, who ran in the same circle as New York City artists like Keith Haring in the 1980s. Norton Simon Museum, known for its Old Masters collections— particularly pieces by notable, 17th-century Dutch painters like Rembrandt and Brueghel and French impressionists like Monet and Renoir—is one of the most influential museums in the country, and is the most impressive of Pasadena’s contemporary art scene. The collection also includes works by Picasso and Van Gogh, and was featured in the YouTube documentary “The Cool School.” Built in the 1920s, the storied Pasadena Playhouse is legendary for stage productions. History resonates within the walls of the 686-seat theater, where notable playwrights like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams premiered plays on this very stage, and a slew of notable actors still perform here today (like Angela Bassett and Al Pacino). The Spanish Colonial courtyard is often used for community events like the Zona Rosa Thursday Night Music Series. Feel the magic at Castle Green, a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark from the Victorian Era, originally built as a hotel in 1898, Castle Green is wellpreserved with incredibly detailed design work inspired by Moorish architecture. Visitors are transported to another era

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(expect arched walkways and glorious verandas), reliving history in one the most unique attractions in Pasadena. With its old world allure, Castle Green has served as the set for many Hollywood movies. This year, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a regional celebration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, is welcomed at Pasadena museums for themed exhibits. Four exhibitions in association with PST LA/LA will take place in Pasadena (Pasadena Museum of California Art, Armory Center for the Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and The Huntington). Art is life, and life is good in Pasadena.

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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.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) 1200 E. California Blvd. (626) 395-4654 cats.caltech.edu 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 124-acre campus are conducted most months. Tours depart from the Athenaeum at 551 S. Hill. Please call for tour schedule and reservations.

CITY HALL 100 N. Garfield Ave. (626) 744-7311 cityofpasadena.net This exquisite 1927 landmark exhibits Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences with its red tile roof, ornate fountain, and lush garden courtyard. HISTORIC SAN GABRIEL MISSION 428 S. Mission Dr. (San Gabriel) (626) 457-3035 sangabrielcity.com 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. EL MOLINO VIEJO 1120 Old Mill Rd. (San Marino) (626) 449-5458 old-mill.org Completed in 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, the brick and adobe structure is a testament to Southern California history. 26

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.

NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS 125 S. Grand Ave. (626) 229-7251 visitpasadena.com/businesses/ vista-del-arroyo-hotel 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.

THE HUNTINGTON 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.” The Huntington is free on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org Kidspace is a unique children’s museum on almost 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments that feature more than 40 hands-on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events. Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART (PMCA) 490 E. Union St. (626) 568-3665 pmcaonline.org The PMCA is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media. Admission is free on the first Friday of every month from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and the third Thursday of every month from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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.

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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. Admission is free on the third Tuesday 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. [ M O V I E T H E AT E R S ]

ARCLIGHT PASADENA 300 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 568-9651 arclightcinemas.com

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 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 pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu USC Pacific Asia Museum features artwork from Asia and the Pacific Islands spanning 5,000 years with innovative exhibitions and dynamic programming. 28

THE HUNTINGTON 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. The Huntington is free on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets. 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. Admission is free on the third Tuesday of every month.

IPIC THEATERS 42 Miller Alley (626) 639-2260 ipictheaters.com LAEMMLE’S PLAYHOUSE 7 673 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 844-6500 laemmle.com [PERFORMING ARTS]

A NOISE WITHIN 3352 E. Foothill Blvd. (626) 356-3100 anoisewithin.org One of a 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 tickets.caltech.edu Performances, lectures, films, and concerts at Caltech.

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BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 70 N. Mentor Ave. (626) 683-6801 bostoncourt.com Two state-of-the-art theaters—an intimate 99-seat venue and a 60seat performance space—are the stages for diverse programming from concerts to world premieres or a twist on one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. LEVITT PAVILION PASADENA 5555 E. Colorado Blvd. (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. LINEAGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave. (626) 844-7008 lineagepac.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. PASADENA CIVIC AUDITORIUM 300 E. Green St. (626) 793-2122 thepasadenacivic.com This renowned 3,000-seat theater was dedicated in 1932 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to 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.

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PASADENA SYMPHONY & 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]

ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN 1700 Lida St. (626) 396-2446 artcenter.edu 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.

MOUNT WILSON OBSERVATORY (626) 440-9016 mtwilson.edu Located high atop the Angeles National Forest, this world-class 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 AprilNovember. Special guided tours are available year-round 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.

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY 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. “Explore JPL” is a popular ticketed event that celebrates JPL’s accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the laboratory’s ongoing research and space exploration.

PUBLIC ART WALKING TOURS visitpasadena.com/businesses/ public-art-walking-tour 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. 29


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rom wonderful parks to fun kid museums, Pasadena is a playground for the entire family. Kids of all ages get engaged and inspired here, and there’s never a dull moment thanks to plenty of exciting attractions and activities. Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the top attractions for young explorers. The imaginative space features more than forty exciting interactive exhibits for kids to discover and engage in adventures. During the holiday season, there’s fun for the whole family with snow days and the annual Noon Year’s Eve party.

Pictured: Arroyo Adventure at Kidspace Children’s Museum.

Pasadena is an outdoor wonderland, and families explore several trails and parks to connect with nature. Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190acre zoological, botanical and geological nature preserve with picnic areas, native plants and hiking trails. Be sure to take your kids to Junior Nature Trail, less than a quarter mile, which is scenic with a pond, California sagebrush and animals like birds and rabbits. At 61-acres, Brookside Park offers an eclectic recreation program that includes swimming, tennis courts and playgrounds for youngsters. Victory Park is the perfect place for children with a dedicated area, and it also includes a baseball diamond, lift field, volleyball court and plenty of picnic spots.

Pasadena Ice Skating Center is the coolest place in Pasadena. Young ones bundle up and put on skates for family-fun skating around the rink. The center offers skate classes and private lessons for first timers, and is a popular location to host birthday parties. Offering a full Fall Family Festival program with activities for all, the Norton Simon Museum knows how to create memories. The themed family activities take place on the weekends, like Stories in the Afternoon on Sundays, and Family Day on Saturdays. There are also plenty of activities for young adults, including programs like Middle School ArtsLab and Teen Arts Academy, which helps teens continue to explore their creative minds while school is in session.

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ome to 300 days of sunshine, Pasadena simply glows with perfect, oh-soCalifornia weather even in the winter months, and visitors effortlessly adapt to the exciting, outdoor lifestyle. From sprawling parks to landscaped gardens, waterfalls to thriving festivals, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Eaton Canyon Nature Preserve is

essential for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with hiking trails, equestrian trails, towering canyons, excellent lookout points, wonderful wildlife and a seasonal stream fed by a cascading waterfall. A visit here is a sure-fire way to completely immerse in unspoiled, natural beauty. Mount Lowe is one of the most recognized peaks in Pasadena,

popular with outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and history buffs thanks to its immense beauty and history. There are several trails (like the commonly used Sam Merrill Trail off Loma Alta Drive), many of which have been hiked for more than a century. All visitors will behold deep canyon views, pine forests and plenty of wildflower along the way.

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THE OUTDOORS Visitors who like more dramatic views, head to Mount Wilson Observatory, a 5,700-foot astronomical observatory residing in the San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can roam the beautiful grounds, dazzled by a simple—yet powerful—scene of endless, clear blue sky. Warning: sunsets are addictive. Outdoor activities can also be experienced at the Gamble House, one of Pasadena’s most iconic attractions. A California and National Historic Landmark,

the Gamble House blends within immaculate craftsman homes along the Arroyo Terrace Neighborhood—though this 1908 standout has major star appeal. It was the on-screen home of Dr. Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, and it is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Don Hahn whose previous work includes “The Lion King” and “Beauty & the Beast.” The three story house museum is a blast from the past, a visual treat for architecture junkies and nostalgia seekers. On

Tuesdays the museum opens the beautifully landscaped rear lawn and terrace for visitors to pack a lunch and picnic. Regular tours are offered Thursday – Sunday. The “outdoors” isn’t limited to nature, and it’s easily experienced with a stroll through Old Pasadena. From shopping to dining to a wonderful farmer’s market, this historic center is the heart and soul of Pasadena, best explored on foot.

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BROOKSIDE GOLF COURSE 1133 ROSEMONT AVE. (626) 585-3594 brooksidegc.com Two 18-hole championship courses, clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, putting greens, and driving range. [GUIDED TOURS]

MELTING POT FOOD TOURS (424) 247-5190 meltingpottours.com Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena while feasting on delights from neighborhood eateries.

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EATON CANYON 1750 N. ALTADENA DR. (626) 398-5420 brooksidegc.com 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.

ROSE BOWL AQUATICS CENTER 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. (626) 564-0330 rosebowlaquatics.com Year-round facility with competitive teams in swimming, diving, and water polo. Housing two 50-meter pools, it’s open to the public and offers water aerobics, swimming, diving lessons, and therapy pools.

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OLD PASADENA WALKING TOUR (626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks, and famous residents. Private, group and custom tours available by appointment only. PASADENA TOUR COMPANY 300 E. Green St. (meeting point) (626) 318-9492 pasadenatourcompany.com Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks, and famous residents. Private, group and custom tours available by appointment only. 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. V I S I T PA SA D E N A . C O M

PASADENA ICE SKATING CENTER 300 E. GREEN ST. (626) 578-0800 skatepasadena.com Year-round indoor skating, figure skating classes, pickup hockey, stick time, and in-house hockey leagues. [ C O L L E G I AT E S P O R T S ]

UCLA BRUINS Rose Bowl Stadium (310) 825-2946 uclabruins.com College football season runs from September through December.

SANTA ANITA PARK 285 W. Huntington Dr. (Arcadia) (626) 574-7223 santaanita.com Santa Anita Park is known for the best in Thoroughbred racing. Free guided tram tours through the stable areas are available.

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he Rose Parade has inspired and enlightened visitors for more than a century, and families have made it a tradition for generations to watch. Located along Colorado Boulevard, and flanked by VIP grandstand seating for the best views (hint: reserve these early), the mid-winter festival celebrates the best of Pasadena, where whimsical, floral covered floats, massive marching bands, decked-out horses and other ornate participants parade for five and a half miles, led by a grand marshal (Gary Sinise). This year’s parade theme, “Making a Difference”, honors and

celebrates all people who act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. While the event is free to the public along the curbside, reserved grandstand seating is available for spectators who want unobstructed views.

2018 Royal Court, celebrating its 100th year. The Rose Queen and Royal Court participate by riding on a float as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses.

Over the years, the annual festival of flowers, history, music, pageantry and sports have harmoniously merged for one the world’s most thrilling affairs where the streets come alive with larger-than-life, decorated floats, spirited marching bands and equestrian teams. Fans can also see the grand finale of the

The Rose Bowl Game is “The Grandaddy of Them All” – it is oldest of all the bowls having debuted in 1902. In its 104th year, the Rose Bowl Game, presented by Northwestern Mutual, will take place on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. PST. This year is a college football semifinal game where the top ranked team from both the Big Ten and the Pac 12 will go head-to-head at the Rose Bowl Stadium

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At Decorating Places, spectators have the chance to view the final stages of the magnificent parade floats. A variety of seeds, bark, fruits, grasses and flowers will be added to the floats by professionals and volunteers. Visitors can see the floats in all their glory before parading down Colorado Boulevard. The event takes place at Rosemont Pavilion (December 28-31) and Rose Float Plaza South (December 28-30). Be sure to get a ticket in advance.

Saddle up at the The Los Angeles Equestrian Center on Friday, December 29 as Wells Fargo presents Equestfest. This event features the gorgeous horses and talented riders that serve as the premiere equestrian units for the 2018 Rose Parade. Watch as they perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various breeds while enjoying music, food and drinks and themed displays.

From Monday, January 1 at 1 PM to January 2 until 4 PM, visitors can get an up-close view of the elaborate floral floats that are on display along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevard. A Showcase of Floats: Post Parade presented by Miracle-Gro proves just how much workmanship, effort and design was put into their creations, and is an intimate way to view the floats for visitors who did not get a good seat at the actual parade. Shuttle service is available from Park & Ride locations in Pasadena.

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From Friday, December 29 to Saturday, December 30, Bandfest presented by Remo will be a live music event featuring the exceptional bands selected to participate in the 2018 Rose Parade. More than 20 bands from across the United States and around the world will perform in three events over the course of two days, presenting the field show that will take place during the parade.

The 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda promptly beings at 8 AM on January 1, 2018. Almost a million spectators line up along the five and a half mile route down Colorado Boulevard, experiencing the sensational signature event while also celebrating New Year’s Day. Needless to say, there is a lot to cheer about.

The journey doesn’t end with the Tournament of Roses. Most visitors spend a few extra days exploring Pasadena once the crowds are gone. Whether it’s sightseeing through Old Pasadena, shopping at South Lake District, hiking through Mount Lowe, visiting the number of excellent museums or checking out the emerging dining scene in burgeoning new neighborhoods, Pasadena offers plenty to discover.

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[ VISITOR HOTLINE]

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BROOKSIDE PARK 360 N. ARROYO BLVD. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com

From December 29 through January 1, 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.

PASADENA MUSEUM OF HISTORY 470 W. Walnut St. (626) 577-1660 pasadenahistory.org Official Year-Round Tournament of Roses® merchandise.

EAST SHORE RV PARK 1440 Camper View Rd. (S. Dimas) (909) 599-8355 eastshorervpark.com FAIRPLEX KOA 2200 N. White Ave. (Pomona) (888) 562-4230, (909) 593-8915 koa.com

VISITORS CENTER 300 E. Green St. (626) 795-9311, (800) 307-7977 visitpasadena.com Monday–Friday, 8 AM–5 PM

ROSE BOWL STADIUM 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. (626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com SHARP SEATING COMPANY 1737 E. Colorado Blvd. (enter in back) (626) 795-4171 sharpseating.com Official Tournament of Roses® grandstand seating company. TOURNAMENT OF ROSES ASSOCIATION 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. (626) 449-4100 tournamentofroses.com

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asadena has established itself as a destination for quintessential California events. Visitors can expect dozens of exciting festivities throughout the year, from intimate, sophisticated gatherings to full-blown, actionpacked productions. Pasadena comes alive at ArtNight, a biannual event where thousands come to explore museum and gallery open houses and the performing arts. Old Pasadena hosts an art takeover featuring installations by local artists throughout its historic alleyways. In addition, every January, restaurants and locals pay homage to the invention of theCheeseburger with the annual weeklong Cheeseburger Week.

town is Arroyo Seco Weekend, the new music festival that takes place each summer in the natural area surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium. Destined to become legendary, the festival is produced by Goldenvoice, the organization known for its iconic festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach. The annual, two-day Pasadena Chalk Festival brings more than 600 skilled chalk artists from all corners of the globe congregate for the unique art form. Bringing

sidewalks to life, the artists transform the city into canvas, accompanied by hands-on activities and live performances. In 2018, Pasadena will celebrate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) with activities to inspire our audiences to discover the world of space exploration and the intersection of art and science. Activities will include special exhibitions at museums and special features during signature events like Live on Green and ArtNight.

Anchoring Pasadena’s scene, the Rose Bowl Stadium is a mecca for active folks. Erected in 1922, the masterful stadium was built for hundreds of thousands of spectators to enjoying sporting events like UCLA college football and concerts of epic proportions where U2 and Coldplay recently took the stage. The Rose Bowl Flea Market, held every second Sunday, is a magnet to bargain and vintage treasure seekers, thanks to 2,500 vendors that set up rows of specialty products, antiques, vintage clothing and accessories. Outdoor music festivals have resonated with several generations, from those seeking Woodstock nostalgia to Burners, and the hottest new ticket in Pictured: Chris Martin of Coldplay peforming at the Rose Bowl Stadium. V I S I T PA SA D E N A . C O M

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ROYALS OF PASADENA: ROSE QUEEN AND ROYAL COURT

September 2, 2017–February 11, 2018

(626) 577-1660 pasadenahistory.org In honor of the inauguration of the 100th Rose Queen® in 2018, PMH presents an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Royal Court. This unique exhibition explores the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Coronation and Rose Parade. PASADENA SYMPHONY

October 14, 2017–May 5, 2018

(626) 793-7172 pasadenasymphony-pops.org Enjoy the Pasadena Symphony classic series at The Ambassador Auditorium. DESIGNERCON

November 11–12, 2017

(626) 793-7172 designercon.com Designer Con is an annual art and design convention celebrating all aspects of the world of design. The convention brings together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. DOO DAH PARADE November 19, 2017

(626) 590-7596 pasadenadoodahparade.info Behold these wacky, unusual, and entertaining pageant participants as they travel through East Pasadena down Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards. ENCHANTED: FOREST OF LIGHT November 19–January 9, 2018

(818) 949-4200 descansogardens.org Each year during the holidays, Descanso Gardens transforms it grounds into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting displays and interactive exhibitions. HOLIDAY LOOK-IN HOME TOUR December 2–3, 2017

(626) 793-0359 castlegreen.com/tour Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas transforms the Castle Green into a Victorian wonderland. Come enjoy and explore the castle’s splendor, caroling, culinary Christmas samplings, and holiday traditions inspired by Dickens’ colorful tales. 42

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A CHRISTMAS ROSE December 15–24, 2017

(626) 449-7360 americanpanto.com An updated version of the classic tale presented in the traditional British panto style and featuring magic with a comedic twist and contemporary music. It takes place at the magestic Pasadena Civic Auditorium. SNOW DAYS AT KIDSPACE December 26–30, 2017

(626) 449-7360 kidspacemuseum.org Play in real snow, build your own snowman, perfect your snowball making skills, and make snow angels, the fun takes place at Kidspace Children’s Museum. FLOAT DECORATING & VIEWING December 28–31, 2017

(877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com Decorate or preview Rose Parade® masterpieces as they are readied for New Year’s festivities. Tournament of Roses® LIVE ON GREEN

December 29–December 31, 2017

(877) 793-9911 liveongreenpasadena.com 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.

January 1, 2018

(877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com Witness the famous 5½-mile parade. ROSE BOWL GAME® January 1, 2018

(877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Stadium presented by Northwestern Mutual. POST-PARADE FLOAT VIEWING January 1–2, 2018

(877) 793-9911 tournamentofroses.com Marvel at the floral masterpieces of the Rose Parade®, exhibited along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. PASADENA CHEESEBURGER WEEK

PASADENA HERITAGE ARCHITECTURAL LEGACY WALKING TOUR

January 7–12, 2018

December 30, 2017

(626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org Expert guides highlight extraordinary architecture and local history. NOON YEAR’S EVE AT KIDSPACE December 31, 2017

ROSE PARADE®

(626) 449-9144 kidspacemuseum.org Celebrate the new year early with Kidspace Children’s Museum and ring in the (almost) new year with a balloon drop, music and noise makers.

(626) 795-3355 pasadena-chamber.org Legend has it that Lionel Sternberger invented the cheeseburger in 1924 in Pasadena, while working at his father’s roadside stand called Rite Spot. Each year, restaurants and locals pay homage to Lionel’s achievement with a week-long celebration called Cheeseburger Week. PASADENA HALF MARATHON & 5K January 21, 2018

pasadenahalf.com Second annual half marathon and 5k at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Course includes Colorado Street Bridge, Old Pasadena and Caltech. Week.

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(626) 744-7887 artnightpasadena.org Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles.

arroyosecoweekend.com A new music and arts festival will take place for the second time this summer with three stages of live music set within the parkland and shady oaks of Brookside.

March 9, 2018

PASADENA RESTAURANT WEEK April 15–20, 2018

(626) 795-3355 pasadena-chamber.org Restaurant Week features many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments and local favorites. Participating restaurants will offer at lunch and dinner specials. PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN April 2018

GOLDEN STATE TATTOO EXPO January 26–28, 2018

goldenstatetattooexpo.com The Golden State Tattoo Expo 2018 brings together some of the world’s top tattoo artists, whose exceptional work clouds the line between fine art and tattoos. CAMELLIA SHOW

February 10–11, 2018

(626) 405-2100 huntington.org Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 46th annual Camellia Show. Shop for camellia plants to grow at home, and get some expert tips on care and cultivation. BLACK HISTORY PARADE & FESTIVAL February 17, 2018

(626) 791-7983 pasadenahistory.org Join in this celebration featuring food and merchandise booths, a children’s play area, and more at the Jackie Robinson Center. AMERICA’S GOT TALENT March 2018

(626) 791-7983 on-camera-audiences.com See NBC’s hit show live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with a colorful array of singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and more. SPRING HOME TOUR March 2018

(626) 441-6333 pasadenaheritage.org Tour architectural gems of the early 20th century that exemplify quintessential California style.

(626) 578-8500 pasadenashowcase.org Explore the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. A local estate is exquisitely transformed by top designers using donated goods. BUNGALOW HEAVEN HOME TOUR April 29, 2018

(626) 578-8500 bungalowheaven.org Tour select homes built from 1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District. MUSEUMS OF THE ARROYO DAY

June 23–24, 2018

LEVITT PAVILION’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES June 2018–September 2018

(626) 683-3230 levittpavilionpasadena.org Free outdoor concerts under the stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored band shell featuring a variety of musical genres. AMERICAFEST July 4, 2018

(626) 577-3100 rosebowlstadium.com All-day fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, concluding in a spectacular fireworks show. [ M O N T H LY E V E N T S ]

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE FLEA MARKET (FIRST SUNDAY) (626) 585-7906 pasadena.edu/fleamarket The first Sunday of each month, peruse the wares of 500 vendors specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. Free.

May 2018

ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET (626) 560-7469 rgcshows.com Shop from among more than a million objects for sale in “America’s Marketplace of Unusual Items.”

PASADENA CHALK FESTIVAL

[SEASONAL EVENTS]

(626) 795-9100 pasadenachalkfestival.com View hundreds of colorful chalk murals at your feet amid live music, fantastic food, shopping, and children’s activities at The Paseo.

UCLA BRUINS FOOTBALL SEASON

(626) 791-7983 museumsofthearroyo.com Take advantage of six museums featuring art, architecture, and history along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Free of charge for one day. June 16–17, 2018

September–November

(310) 825-2946 uclabruins.com Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Stadium, home to the team since 1982.

PASADENA POPS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

THOROUGHBRED RACING

(626) 793-7172 pasadenasymphony-pops.org Where the stars come out to play at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

(626) 574-7223 santaanita.com Witness live races from Thursday– Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

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estled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is more accessible than you would believe. The city sits ten miles (16 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles, connected to Southern California by the 210, 134 and 110 freeways. When in town, the pedestrian-friendly city allows you to explore on foot, though shopping bag-toting visitors can experience a streamlined public transit system, shuttles, clean buses and convenient rideshare services like Lyft and Uber. Pasadena is serviced by many airports, LAX and Hollywood Burbank Airport being the most convenient. Metro Rapid Bus on the Colorado Street Bridge.

[RAIL]

Arrive in style via the Metro Gold Line, a 31-mile (50 km) light rail system that connects Pasadena to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, where you will find connections to other LA rail lines, Amtrak and Metrolink. In a recent development, Metro completed new light rail extensions to the Gold and Expo lines that have linked Santa Monica Beach and Pasadena, people no longer have to step foot in a car and brave traffic to go the beach. Trains operate daily and include six stops in Pasadena. Purchase tickets from self-service ticket vending machines at Metro Rail stations. Cost is $1.75 one way. (323) 466-3876, metro.net Metro Gold Line Train at Del Mar Station. V I S I T PA SA D E N A . C O M

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Hollywood Burbank Airport is a major life hack for travelers flying in from cities along the West Coast, the Southwest, and New York City. The airport is much smaller and deals with a fraction of the traffic that goes through LAX daily, making it an easier alternative. This airport is 15 miles (24 km) from Pasadena, it takes about half an hour to get there, a taxi will run you about $45 and a ride share app without surge pricing will run you about $15. This is a major hub for Southwest Airlines. Alaska, Delta, United, American and JetBlue all offer service to Hollywood Burank Airport. splitting the fare or for business travelers expensing their trip. A more economical alternative is to take the LAX Flyaway to Union Station which costs $9.75, the luxury charter busses pickup at 16 miles, 26 kilometers (818) 840-8840 hollywoodburbankairport.com [LOS ANGELES I N T E R N AT I O N A L AIRPORT LAX ]

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each terminal (arrivals), stopping at each terminal in the famous LAX loop before going directly to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. At Union Station, continue on to Pasadena by connecting to the Metro Gold Line or by using a ride share app.

Regular fare: $0.75

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LAX FLYAWAY lawa.org/flyaway, (714) 507-1170 PRIME TIME SHUTTLE primetimeshuttle.com, (800) 733-8267 SUPERSHUTTLE supershuttle.com, (800) 258-3826 [ C I T Y T R A N S P O R TAT I O N ]

LOS ANGELES METRO The Metro Gold Line services Pasadena to Union Station in downtown L.A. with connections to other lines. Base fare is $1.75. Metro bus and trains service Los Angeles County.

(323) 466-3876 metro.net

UNITED TAXI 37 miles, 60 kilometers (626) 768-4999, (800) 822-8294 PASADENA TRANSIT Pasadena Transit is a local bus system of six routes that travel throughout Pasadena.

29 miles, 47 kilometers (855) 463-5252 lawa.org

Regular fare: $1.75

CITY CAB 37 miles, 60 kilometers (626) 584-1000, (888) 248-9222

(626) 744-4055 (option #2) pasadenatransit.net FOOTHILL TRANSIT These buses serve the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. Base fare is Regular fare: $1.25 (800) 743-3463 foothilltransit.org [BIKE SHARE]

This year, Pasadena was proud to launch Metro Bike Share, a public bike- comprising 375 bicycles at 30+ stations throughout the city. The extensive network of stations includes Old Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, Paseo Colorado and Pasadena Convention Center. bikeshare.metro.net

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ROSE BOWL S TA D I U M ST CO SE

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ART CENTER CO L L EG E O F DESIGN

JACKIE ROBINSON CENTER G A R F I E L D AV E

world-class dining and the award-winning Chuan Spa.

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is the perfect place to escape from it all and relax in luxury as you enjoy

JET PROPULSION L A B O R AT O R Y

R AY M O N D AV E

THE L ANGHAM H UNTINGTON, P ASADENA

HAMMOND

BROOKSIDE GOLF L I N CO L N M OT E L CO U R S E

CORSON ST

GAMBLE HOUSE

PA S A D E N A AV E

D AV E GRAN

FILMORE

HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL H O S P I TA L

R O D E WAY LA CASA INN AND INN SUITES

A M E R I C A’ S B E S T VA L U E I N N BEST WESTERN PA S A D E N A I N N

ROSE PARADE ROUTE

SAN PASQUAL ST

HOTELS

PASADENA TRANSIT BUS ROUTE

T H E L A N G H A M H U N T I N GTO N H OT E L

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C A L I F O R N I A B LV D LOMBARDY H U N T I N GTO N LIBRARY A RT CO L L ECT I O N S & B O TA N I C A L GARDENS

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ROSE PARADE FLOAT VIEWING

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SINGER PARK

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BECKMAN & R A M O AU D I TO R I U M S

W I L S O N AV E

SOUTH LAKE AVENUE DISTRICT

H U D S O N AV E

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E L M O L I N O AV E

M A D I S O N AV E

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M A R E N G O AV E PLEASANT ST

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C O R D OVA

C ATA L I N A AV E

To make a dining or spa reservation, please dial (626) 568 3900

GREEN TREE PA S A D E N A I N N

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE

GR AN T PA R K

E U C L I D AV E

PALMETTO DR

ARROYO PKWY

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H OT E L LE REVE

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CENTRAL PARK

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DUSITD2 H OT E L C O N S TA N C E

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PA S A D E N A P L AY H O U S E

SAGA M OTO R H OT E L

VA G A B O N D I N N

M I C H I G A N AV E

CIVIC AU D I TO R I U M

H O WA R D JOHNSON

ICE HOUSE C O M E DY C L U B

D E L M A R B LV D

Serving handmade cocktails, premium artisanal beers on tap and upscale bar bites nightly. Live music Thursday – Saturday evenings.

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 USA T (626) 568 3900 F (626) 568 3700 langhamhotels.com/pasadena

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D E L M A R B LV D

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THE TAP ROOM

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AMBASSADOR AU D I TO R I U M S T J O H N AV E

Featuring the finest selection of USDA Prime Cuts, Australian Wagyu and Authentic Kobe Japanese Beef, expertly prepared over a wood-fired grill to sear in maximum flavor and juiciness. Menu includes fresh, seasonal seafood and comforting side dishes. Enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks in the red wine room, find a spot at the Chef’s Table for the best steak experience in town.

PA S A D E N A MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART

CO N V E N T I O N CENTER

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THE ROYCE | WOOD-FIRED STEAKHOUSE

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OLD PASADENA

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B O S TO N CO U RT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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B O N N I E AV E

ROBINSON MEMORIAL

CITY HALL

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PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT

C H E S T E R AV E

ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

N O RTO N S I M O N MUSEUM

A NOISE WITHIN

F U L L E R T H E O LO G I C A L SEMINARY

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Uniting today’s cutting-edge facial technologies with treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chuan Spa offers luxurious services such as massages, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and hair services. It also features two couple’s suites, one of which is a completely private VIP Suite delivering the ultimate feeling of exclusivity, for ideal relaxation.

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CHUAN SPA

CIVIC CENTER DISTRICT

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LOCUST ST CENTRAL LIBRARY

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BR OOKSIDE PAR K

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Pasadena visitors guide winter 2017 11012017  
Pasadena visitors guide winter 2017 11012017