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THE L ANGHAM H UNTINGTON, P ASADENA is the perfect place to escape from it all and relax in luxury as you enjoy world-class dining and the award-winning Chuan Spa.

CHUAN SPA 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.

THE ROYCE | WOOD-FIRED STEAKHOUSE 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.

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

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

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Norton Simon Museum 411 West Colorado Boulevard Pasadena, California 91105 626.449.6840 general information 626.844.6980 group tours

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Timeless yet progressive, authentic and alluring, Pasadena is your home away from home, no matter where you come from, and we invite you to explore the iconic, California city any time of year.


Whether you prefer a modernist motor hotel or a grand resort, Pasadena offers a wide range of lodging options.


Anthony Bourdain famously said: ì Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in oneís life.î Pasadena shares that exact sentiment.


After the sun sets, the after hours scene becomes vibrant, offering a full spectrum of inspiring venues.


If art is a window to the soul, then Pasadena is a glass town. Sunset Magazine named Pasadena ì Best Arts Townî in 2015.


Pasadena gets a gold star for its modern family friendly infrastructure, where multi generational groups explore a treasure trove of activities.


From sprawling parks to landscaped gardens, waterfalls to thriving festivals, thereís no shortage of sun drenched moments.


130 years strong, the Tournament of Roses made parades cool even before floats were motorized and it gave birth to bowl games.


Visitors can expect dozens of exciting festivities throughout the year, from intimate, sophisticated gatherings to full blown, action packed productions.


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asadena is a California oasis that captures the best of the Golden State. Both a vibrant metropolis and a tucked-away retreat, Los Angeles County’s ninth largest city inspires all kinds of travelers, from history buffs and culture vultures to design aficionados and serious foodies. Business travelers and vacation seekers alike stumble upon places and happenings unique to Pasadena, all experienced with 300 days of that famous, Southern California sunshine. Conveniently located just minutes from Downtown LA, Pasadena is a trip for all senses. Visitors admire well preserved architecture; hear the sound of live jazz from cafes; savor exceptional farm-to-table cuisine; take in the fresh scent of ubiquitous roses; and feel the palpable energy of the creative locals. Framed by the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is picture-perfect with nostalgifying, small-town streets lined with native oak trees and historic Craftsmanstyle mansions. Old Pasadena’s understated brick-and-wood buildings amplify the allure, and cobblestone-paths lead to artisanal shops of all kinds. Make room on your camera for stunning landscapes and historic California architecture. Pasadena itself is a lens into unique, old-meets-new aesthetics. Many attractions are a true testament to Pasadena’s glory, like the famed Rose Bowl stadium and even lesser known gems like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (the tours are captivating). With three main shopping and entertainment districts, world-class museums, a distinguished historic city


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center, 500 restaurants and charming nightlife, there’s never a dull moment. A wonderful surprise waits on every corner, and even unsuspecting gems like city hall—one of the most visited attractions—is awe-inspiring (trust us; it’s striking). Immortalized in song, legendary for sports and famous for concerts, Pasadena is world renowned, and it constantly evolves, exceeding expectations for visitors and raising the bar for new experiences. The dynamic dining scene is attracting gourmands from all over the country (restaurants constantly make cameos on television and film); historic hotels have revealed gorgeous restorations; and the art and culture scene rivals any major city in the state. While the wonderful tourism infrastructure makes visitors feel effortlessly welcomed, Pasadena is notable for its friendly, close-knit and proud community that ultimately creates the perfect city. For almost 125 years, plenty of well-known faces have called Pasadena home, including baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Playhouse District neighborhood


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The Blacker House designed by Architects Greene & Greene

internationally recognized chef Julia Child, Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and novelist Upton Sinclair. While die-hard fans visit their favorite haunts, they may bump into a few celebrity residents like Oscar de la Hoya and John C. Reilly along the way. Timeless yet progressive, authentic and alluring, Pasadena is your home away from home, no matter where you come from, and we invite you to explore the iconic, California city any time of year. Old Pasadena 626-356-9725 Playhouse District 626-744-0340 South Lake Avenue 626-792-1259 One Colorado 626-564-1066 Paseo Colorado 626-795-9100 Old Pasadena neighborhood VISITPASADENA.COM

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otels are a traveler’s first impression when visiting a destination, and a great hotel will truly define the destination. Our outstanding properties flaunt heaps of personality and reflect Pasadena’s vibrant culture, proud sensibilities and exceptional service. There are almost a dozen notable hotels— from five-star resorts to quirky motels—that pack a lot of punch in an intimate hotel landscape. Guests appreciate Pasadena’s trademark hospitality where wonderful staff are eager to get you acquainted with the city. From luxury-drenched institutions to two-star hideaways, all our hotels tip the scale of excellence, and it takes little effort to feel at home. For luxury seekers, the red carpet is rolled out at The Langham Huntington, an iconic, landmark resort at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Discerning guests have checked into this five-star property for more than a century—and with good reason. Sprawling 23 acres, the posh hotel captures the timeless elegance of Southern California in a lush, perfectly landscaped oasis with high-end luxuries truly fit for royalty. A perennial favorite, The Langham Huntington is the ultimate sanctuary for families, honeymooners and weekenders, and even solo travelers stay here to get properly spoiled. There’s plenty to discover, starting with well-designed suites and cottages, world-class dining, a renovated and expanded Chuan Spa and


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beautifully manicured lawns (perfect for pets!). The aweinspiring backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and Japanese garden with streams is like nothing else you’ll find in Los Angeles. Saga Motor Hotel

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Near all the action on Colorado Boulevard, The Westin Pasadena offers California coastal cuisine and a central location in downtown. A favorite among business travelers, The Westin is a half-mile walk (8 km) to the Pasadena Convention Center. The four-star hotel’s amenities are impressive, though visitors famously swoon over the priceless views— and we’re talking panoramas from unassuming places like the fitness center framing mountains with floorto-ceiling windows and the pool deck with stellar views of City Hall.

Pasadena’s budget hotels and motels leave you feeling impressed. A highlight is budget-friendly Saga Motor Hotel on East Colorado Boulevard. It is a mid-century time warp that was designed to attract people during their westward migration along Route 66. The motel (portmanteau for motor hotel) opened in 1959, it is well regarded for its modernist architecture, and a chic, Moorishinspired neon sign. Its courtyard (heated) pool under swaying palms is a perfectly chilled-out gathering place for hipsters and young families alike. If you are traveling with others you may find their family room interesting, it features a king bed and two doubles.


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dusitD2 Hotel Constance dusitD2 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. Dining options include Constance Perry’s offering Cal Asian cuisine with a lounge 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 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 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 Old Pasadena Courtyard by Marriott 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. 180 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-403-7600 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 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 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 Wi-Fi, as well as many other amenities. Walking distance to historic Old Pasadena and many area attractions. 21 W. Walnut St. 626-204-9220 The Westin Pasadena With 350 guestrooms and 26,000 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

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Comfort Inn 2462 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-405-0811 Green Tree Pasadena Inn 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy. 626-795-8401 Hotel Le Reve Pasadena 3321 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-796-9291

Rodeway Inn & Suites 2860 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-792-3700 Saga Motor Hotel 1663 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-795-0431 Super 8 Motel 2863 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-449-3020

Vagabond Inn Executive Pasadena 1203 E. Colorado Blvd. Features 54 guestrooms, including business-friendly rooms and pet rooms. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary deluxe breakfast, swimming pool heated yearround and free parking. AAA three-diamond rating. 626-449-3170

Howard Johnson Pasadena 1599 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-304-9678 Pasadena Travelodge 2131 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-796-3121 Ramada Inn 2156 E. Colorado Blvd. 626-793-9339 Features 75 guestrooms, elevator, pool/spa, refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, fitness center, and business center. Complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi.


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nthony Bourdain famously said: “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” Pasadena shares that exact sentiment. The culinary scene is an inspiring paradise for palettes. It’s a breeding ground for emerging young chefs and the stomping ground for seasoned veterans. Restaurants in Pasadena are so original, foodies drive in from the furthest bounds


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of coastal regions. With more than 500 restaurants, there’s everything you can imagine here. 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 new upscale Mexican restaurant has been the talk of the town, it is called Maestro and it opened in Old Pasadena

earlier this year. The chef, Daniel Godinez is a native of Acapulco, Mexico, his menu—inspired by a backpacking trip to all of Mexico’s 31 states— pays homage to the various regional cuisines of Mexico. Godinez’s specialty, chilaquiles, is on the brunch menu featuring layers of crispy tortilla chips, omeletstyle eggs, seven pepper red sauce, cotija cheese, sour cream, avocado mousse and fresh pico de gallo. Maestro’s interior design


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blends Modernist and Art Deco elements of Los Angeles with a rustic color palette and materials of Mexico. The same attention to detail is reflected in their craft cocktail program with inventive concoctions that highlight mezcal, a spirit made of agave (similar to tequila) that tends to be smokier.



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A real standout that helped spearhead Pasadena’s contemporary dining revolution is Union. Helmed by James Beardnominated Bruce Kalman, Union has instantly become a leading restaurant with one of the most famous faces behind the kitchen (Bruce appears on food shows like Chopped). An intimate, yet casual, 50-seat restaurant, Union dishes out imaginative Northern Italian cuisine with a California twist, focusing on farm fresh ingredients.


Equally decadent, Ración brings the Basque region of Spain (once home to the world’s best restaurant, El Bulli) to Pasadena, where diners can indulge in exotic dishes like housemade squid-ink pasta or beer braised octopus with dandelion salsa verde.


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Lost at Sea is a newcomer to Pasadena’s culinary scene, it is the result of a former fishmonger and a former sommelier coming together. While the ambiance at Lost at Sea feels much more chic than a Chart House, Chef Tim Carey’s approach is decidedly classic and French rather than rustic. The restaurant’s wine selection carries just as much weight as the food, Santos Uy—who was Silver Lake Wine’s first employee and served as sommelier at AOC—assembled small production and natural wines.

Lost at Sea

An oldie but goody is 1960s institution Pie ’n Burger, a fun little diner with wood paneled walls and long, laminate lunch counter with colonial revival counter stools. People come from afar for their award-winning hamburger with cheese. Make sure to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards.

Pie ‘n Burger

Should you want to tap into your inner hipster, Lincoln, in a previously abandoned, warehouse-ish building, perfected delicious things in a bowl (from eggy breakfast bowls to colorful shrimp bowls), with some of the best pastries (freshbaked cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls) this side of the Arroyo Seco. It’s the type of place where young millennials Instagram their meals all day long. We don’t blame them. Lincoln is #nomnom.

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fter the sun sets, the after-hours scene becomes vibrant, offering a full spectrum of inspiring venues— from cafes with live jazz to legendary comedy club—known for down-to-earth, laid-back vibes, though you can also let your hair down at wild nightclubs.

Lucky Baldwin’s

Beer enthusiasts have plenty of beer halls, pubs and even breweries to choose from. Most beer lovers start their bar hopping adventures at local haunt Lucky Baldwin’s, a British-themed pub that has served up thousands of beers (63 beers on tap) in Old Pasadena for 20 years.

As for whiskey lovers, there’s plenty of impressive digs to get you sorted. The Blind Donkey in Old Pasadena is a Cheerslike, saloon-style, neighborhood gastropub with exposed brick walls, open beams and a handsome, backlit bar. The selection of whiskey and Scotch is hard to pass up, though The Blind Donkey offers a slew of ice-cold, draft beers on tap. While not blind nor a donkey, The White Horse is a stylish spot with sultry design (think sexy red lamps, elaborate light fixtures), and the bartenders are always dressed in dapper garb. The bar features 15 craft brews (mostly Californiabased) on tap, though the specialty craft cocktails are perfect for nightcaps.

Bartenders at The Speakeasy are experts at concocting delicious, creative and Instagram-ready craft cocktails. The celebrated, upscale speakeasy bar (with hidden entrance and a secret password) is well worth the hype with an outstanding cocktail menu, and you’ll find the who’s who of local socialites ordering inventive libations and mingling with other patrons.

Bar Celona’s Red & White Sangria

Also taking center stage in Pasadena is the number of excellent live-music venues, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that doesn’t deliver good vibes all around. Spanish-themed Bar Celona (smash the words together for Spain’s liveliest city) is also a big hit for young and old alike, where live music and flamenco dancers amp up the ambience for a truly original night out. If you thought Pasadena’s nightlife revolved around historic beer bars and swank lounges, well...the joke’s on you. The Ice House Comedy Club was the place back in the 1960s, and not much has changed. An essential after-hours spot, the comedy club is busy almost every night of the week, and legendary comedians (from Robin Williams to Jay Leno) have performed live sets here. Sit back with a drink and laugh the night away.


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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 all within comfortable walking distance. Art is life, and life is good in Pasadena. 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). This worldclass museum is home to one of the finest British art collections outside the United Kingdom, where 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, outof-print 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 can’t miss popinspired Kosmic Krylon Garage by LA-born Kenny Scharf, who ran in the same circle as NYC artists like Keith Haring in the 1980s. The


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Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figure Paintings by Joseph Kleitsch, which celebrates the work of the acclaimed artist, takes art to a new level of greatness, and it runs until August. Norton Simon Museum, known

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

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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 it’s the most impressive for 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

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 well-preserved with incredibly detailed design work inspired by Moorish architecrure. Visitors are transported to another era (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.


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California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 1200 E. California Blvd. 626-395-4654 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 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 This exquisite 1927 landmark exhibits Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences with its red tile roof, ornate fountain, and lush garden courtyard. El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill) 1120 Old Mill Rd., San Marino 626-449-5458 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. The Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Pl. 626-793-3334 Built in 1908 during the American Arts and Crafts movement, this masterpiece is the best preserved example of work 24

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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. Historic San Gabriel Mission District 428 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel 626-457-3035 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. 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 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.


Armory Center for the Arts 145 N. Raymond Ave. 626-792-5101 Exhibitions, performances, and art workshops are available for children and adults. The Huntington 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 626-405-2100 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 Kidspace offers more than 25 indoor and outdoor 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. The first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is free Family Night. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd. 626-449-6840 PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE 2017

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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 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) 490 E. Union St. 626-568-3665 The Pasadena Museum of California Art (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 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St. 626-577-1660 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.


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USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-449-2742 USC Pacific Asia Museum features artwork from Asia and the Pacific Islands spanning 5,000 years with innovative exhibitions and dynamic programming. [ GARDENS ]

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada 818-949-4200 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. The Huntington 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 626-405-2100 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 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. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Dr. 626-399-1721 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. Docent tours available for 15 or more. Wrigley Gardens 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. 626-449-4100 The Centennial Rose Garden at the Tournament House features more than 1,500 varieties of roses, camellias, and annuals.


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ArcLight Pasadena 300 E. Colorado Blvd. The Paseo 626-568-9651 iPic Theaters 42 Miller Alley One Colorado 626-639-2260 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 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.

stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored 1930s band shell, featuring a variety of musical genres. June–September, Wednesday–Sunday.

was dedicated in 1932 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to a variety of concerts, and other entertainment year-round.

Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave. 626-844-7008 This contemporary dance company presents performances, classes, and workshops throughout the year as well as an annual dance festival.

Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave. 626-356-7529 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.

MUSE/IQUE 300 E. Green St., Floor 3 626-539-7085 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 This renowned 3,000-seat theater

Pasadena Symphony and POPS 2 N. Lake Ave., #1080 626-793-7172 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.

Beckman & Ramo Auditoriums 332 S. Michigan Ave. 626-395-4652 Performances, lectures, storytelling, films, and concerts in the historic venues of the California Institute of Technology. Boston Court Performing Arts Center 70 N. Mentor Ave. 626-683-6883 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 Memorial Park 626-683-3230 Free outdoor concerts under the USC Pacific Asia Museum


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Pasadena Convention Center 300 E. Green St. (626) 793-2122 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 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.

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Art Center 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.

Mount Wilson Observatory Mt. Wilson 626-440-9016 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 April-November. Special guided tours are available year-round for a fee.

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.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 4800 Oak Grove Dr. 818-354-9314 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.

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ome parents are opting for quality family time with enlightening, cultural discoveries that go beyond theme parks, crowded beaches and mass tourism. Thanks to baby booming, Gen-X and even millennial family members seeking culture-driven experiences for gratifying memories, the world of family travel has become big on enrichment. Pasadena gets a gold star for its modern family-

friendly infrastructure, where multi-generational groups explore a treasure trove of activities. Pasadena is family central, truly special for all ages, and brimming to city limits with bonding adventures, from fun museums to wonderful parks. Families go gangbusters at Kidspace Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, one of the top attractions for young explorers in the making. The imaginative space is

designed specifically for little ones (from ages 2 to 9) who go hands on with more than forty exciting interactive exhibits. The experiences range from ball bounce stations to climbing structures and even a Digging Deeper Gallery for all things bugs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to inspire and educate kids with science, nature and animals. Teenagers go wild for Rose Bowl Flea Market, where they can find

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plenty of visually stimulating merchandise to keep them busy while parent shop for antiques and vintage accessories. The flea market is essential one-stop-shop for adults and children alike. A more obscure outing is the world’s only Bunny Museum, an extraordinary world of all things bunny. In fact, the privately owned museum is home to 33,000 bunny items—a world record—so there’s lots to love. It’s even equipped with cute, live bunnies for petting-zoo realness. With so many adventures, kids can work up an appetite. Pasadena is home to an array of family-friendly restaurants like Dog Haus Biergarten, which has the most popular hot dogs in town with toppings like bacon, fried eggs and hot pastrami. It’s not only their dogs people are crazy for, Dog Haus won the title of “Best Cheeseburger” at the annual Cheeseburger Week. La Grande Orange Cafe is a 30

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whimsical, Zagat-rated, colorful restaurant in a repurposed train station. Southwestern American cuisine (burgers, surf and turf tacos and beautiful salads) is served in a fun environment with blue vinyl booths. Naturally, a family visit isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete without stopping in at Afters Ice Cream, housed in a vintage gas station.

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ome to 300 days of sunshine, Pasadena simply glows with perfect, oh-soCalifornia weather, and visitors effortlessly adapt to the exciting, outdoor lifestyle. From sprawling parks to landscaped gardens, waterfalls to thriving festivals, there’s no shortage of sundrenched moments, especially in the summer months when the days are longer. Anchoring Pasadena’s scene, the Rose Bowl is mecca for active folks. Erected in 1922, Rose Bowl is a masterful stadium built for hundreds of thousands of spectators. 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. More than 100,000 fans pack the stadium for sporting events like UCLA college football, and the Rose Bowl is

home to rock concerts of epic proportions, where legends like U2 took the stage this year. 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. Visitors who like more dramatic views head to Mount Wilson Observatory, a 5,700foot astronomical observatory residing in the San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors 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 threestory house museum is a blast from the past, a visual treat for architecture junkies and nostalgia seekers. Tours are offered every day of the week, on Tuesdays the museum opens the beautifully landscaped rear lawn and terrace for visitors to pack a lunch and picnic. 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. Eaton Canyon Falls


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Brookside Golf Course 1133 Rosemont Ave. 626-585-3594 Two 18-hole championship courses, clubhouse, golf shop, restaurant, putting greens, and driving range. [ GUIDED TOURS ]

Melting Pot Food Tours 424-247-5190 Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena while feasting on delights from neighborhood eateries.

Old Pasadena Walking Tour 626-441-6333 Explore a National Register Historic District and one of the best examples of downtown revitalization in the country. Pasadena Tour Company 300 E. Green St. (starting point of tour) 626-318-9492 Learn about local movie locations, architecture, grand estates, cultural landmarks, and famous residents. Private, group and custom tours available.

Rose Bowl Tours 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. 626-437-8558 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 ]

Eaton Canyon Nature Center 1750 N. Altadena Dr. 626-398-5420 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 SKATING ]

Pasadena Ice Skating Center 300 E. Green St. 626-578-0800 Year-round indoor skating, figure skating classes, pickup hockey, stick time, and in-house hockey leagues.

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UCLA Bruins Rose Bowl Stadium 310-825-2101 College season runs September through December. [ SWIMMING ]

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. 626-564-0330 Year-round facility with competitive teams in swimming, diving, and water polo. Housing two 50-meter pools, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open 6 to the public and offers water aerobics, swimming, diving lessons, and therapy pools. [ THOROUGHBRED RACING ]

Santa Anita Park 285 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia 626-574-7223 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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alifornia is breeding ground for larger-than-life annual events, Coachella in Palm Springs; The Oscars in Hollywood; and the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. Close to a million visitors trek to Greater Los Angeles for the bucket-list affair that’s sensational, theatrical, thrilling and even life changing. 130 years strong, the Tournament of Roses made parades cool even before floats were motorized, and it gave birth to bowl games (post-season college football games). Visitors may never quite experience a mid-winter festival the same way again, and the Tournament of Roses takes full blame for exceeding expectations. Sorry (not sorry).

The Rose Parade has inspired and enlightened visitors for more than a century, and families have made it a tradition for generations. Right along Colorado Boulevard, and flanked by VIP grandstand seating for the best views (hint: reserve these early), the mid-winter festival has celebrated the best of Pasadena, where whimsical, floralcovered floats, massive marching bands, decked-out horses and other ornate participants parade for five and a half miles, led by a grand marshal (like George Lucas or Mickey Mouse). There’s a theme every year (“Our Good Nature” and “It’s Magic”), so imagine over-the-top, mindblowing floats in a visual storyline that reflects Pasadena’s flair for pageantry.

The Rose Bowl game is the Grandaddy of them all—it is oldest of bowls having debuted in 1902—in its 104th year, the Rose Bowl game takes place on Monday, January 1, 2018. The Rose Bowl immediately follows the Rose Parade, the two events occur each New Year. While the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game are the most familiar events, in the week leading up to New Year’s Day and in the days immediately following, the Tournament of Roses produces several ancillary events like Bandfest, Equestfest, float decorating and float viewing. Comprehensive spectator guides are published each year at with details and tips to best experience the Tournament of Roses, we invite you to visit the site and download the guides.


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Brookside Park 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 Fairplex KOA 2200 N. White Ave. Pomona 888-562-4230 909-593-8915


From December 29–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 Visitor Center 300 E. Green St. 626-795-9311 800-307-7977 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 Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. 626-577-3100 Sharp Seating Company Official Tournament of Roses® grandstand seating company 1737 E. Colorado Blvd. (enter in back) 626-795-4171 Tournament of Roses® 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. 626-449-4100


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asadena has established itself as a destination for quintessentially-Californian annual events. Visitors can expect dozens of exciting festivities throughout the year, from intimate, sophisticated gatherings to full-blown, action-packed productions. Outdoor music festivals have resonated with several generations, from those seeking Woodstock nostalgia to Burners, and the hottest new ticket in town is Arroyo Seco Weekend. This new music festival 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 producing iconic festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Weezer and Alabama Shakes performed to thousands of fans, making history as the headliners for the inaugural festival. They were accompanied by outstanding food by notable restaurants (like Republique, Broken Spanish, and Union) and plenty of craft cocktails, beer and wine. Arroyo Seco Weekend

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For a more intimate affair, Levitt Pavilion Pasadena has been producing 50 free concerts across several music genres (jazz, blues, Americana, Latin) with the goal to celebrate the diversity of music and make it accessible to everyone. More than a million music enthusiasts congregate at Memorial Park to kick back, relax and take in a whole day of good times and good vibes.


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Pasadenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong commitment to music keeps the festival spirit alive, experienced at several annual events like AmericaFest at Rose Bowl Stadiumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this Fourth of July, the all-day festival with outdoor entertainment andfireworks show marks the 91st year.

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.


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View hundreds of colorful chalk murals at your feet amid live music, fantastic food, shopping, and children’s activities at The Paseo 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 626-795-9100 Pasadena POPS Summer Concert Series JUNE 17 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

626-793-7172 Where the stars come out to play at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Arroyo Seco Weekend JUNE 24 – 25, 2017

A new music and arts festival will take place for the first time this summer in the area surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium, which is located in the lower Arroyo Seco, the festival’s namesake. MUSE/IQUE Summer Concert Series JUNE 24 – AUGUST 26, 2017

Motown/Miracle is a three-part series featuring a full orchestra and enriched repertoire at Caltech. 626-539-7085


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Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series JUNE 29–SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

Free outdoor concerts under the stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored band shell featuring a variety of musical genres. Wed. is children’s night. 626-683-3230 Americafest JULY 4, 2017

Independence Day All-day fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, concluding in a spectacular fireworks show. 626-577-3100 Rooftop Cinema Series on South Lake Avenue JULY 15 AND AUGUST 12, 2017

Enjoy a free rooftop movie of Fast and Furious 6 on July 15 and Top Gun on August 12. CONCACAF Gold Cup JULY 23, 2017

The Rose Bowl Stadium will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup – semifinal match. Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and

the Caribbean. 626-577-3100 Metallica at Rose Bowl Stadium JULY 29, 2017

Metallica will be at the Rose Bowl Stadium this summer as part of their WorldWired 2017 North America Tour. The tour is in support of their new album Hardwired. 626-577-3100 Politicon JULY 29-30, 2017

An unconventional political convention with panels, debates, TV and movie screenings, comedy shows, book readings, meet & greets, art exhibitions and musical performances. Justin Bieber at Rose Bowl Stadium AUGUST 5, 2017

Justin Bieber will embark on his first-ever stadium tour across North America, as part of his PURPOSE WORLD TOUR. 626-577-3100 CatCon AUGUST 12-13, 2017

Pop culture and cat culture come together along with top catcentric merchandise and one of the biggest cat adoption lounges anywhere. PASADENA VISITORS GUIDE 2017

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BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena AUGUST 12, 2017

A one-day, event that showcases bold, imaginative, and temporary public-space and site-specific art installations designed by local artists.

Coldplay at Rose Bowl Stadium Coldplay is heading back to Pasadena for a third show in their incredibly successful A Head Full of Dreams Tour. 626-577-3100

events, including bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods and visits to distinctive Craftsman-era homes. 626-441-6333

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Spazmatics Party on the Plaza AUGUST 25, 2017

The Spazmatics return once again for the annual summer concert series on the plaza of Pasadena’s Civic Auditorium. Flashback to all the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980's decade. 626-795-9311 Green Day at Rose Bowl Stadium SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Green Day will close out their tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The concert is part of the Revolution Radio summer North American tour. 626-577-3100

Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles. 626-744-7887 Pasadena ARTWalk OCTOBER 14, 2017

Pasadena’s largest urban art fair highlights some of the best local artists showcasing their work from paintings to photography to jewelry and more. ARTWalk is free and all ages are welcome. 626-744-0340 Annual Craftsman Weekend

Contemporary Crafts Market The Contemporary Crafts Market brings together two hundred and fifty artists for three days to the Pasadena Convention Center. Modern-day masters and artisans will have jewelry, ceramics, decorative and wearable art, blown glass and fine furnishings.  310-285-3655 Pasadena Symphony OCTOBER 14, 2017 – MAY 5, 2018

Enjoy the Pasadena Symphony classic series at The Ambassador Auditorium. 626-793-7172

OCTOBER 27–29, 2017

Join in the largest, most comprehensive salute to Arts and Crafts-style architecture in the western U.S. at this weekend of

DesignerCon NOVEMBER 11-12, 2017

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention celebrating all

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From small meetings to large banquets, the Pasadena Convention Center s seasoned staff is ready to help you plan your next event. For more info. visit or call (626) 795 9311.

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

Behold these wacky, unusual, and entertaining pageant participants as they travel through East Pasadena down Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards. 626-590-7596 Holiday Look-In Home Tour DECEMBER 2–3, 2017

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Join Castle Green as the spirit of Dickens comes to life! 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

Decorate or preview Rose Parade® masterpieces as they are readied for New Year’s festivities. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose at the Civic Auditorium DECEMBER 15-24, 2017

An updated version of the classic tale presented in the traditional British panto style and featuring magic with a comedic twist and contemporary music.

Live on Green DECEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 31, 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.


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Pasadena Heritage Architectural Legacy Tour DECEMBER 30, 2017

Expert guides highlight extraordinary architecture and local history. Presented by Pasadena Heritage, a nonprofit organization for historic preservation. 626-441-6333

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Participants from around the southland display their prizewinning blooms. Demonstrations and a wide selection of camellia plants will be available for purchase. 626-405-2100

Tour select homes built from 1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District. 626-585-2172

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Witness the famous 5½-mile parade. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911

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

Rose Bowl Game®

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MARCH 9, 2018

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” ®. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911

Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles. 626-744-7887 Spring Home Tour MARCH 2018

Post-Parade Float Viewing JANUARY 1–2, 2018

Marvel at the floral masterpieces of the Rose Parade®, exhibited along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards. Tournament of Roses® 877-793-9911 Pasadena Cheeseburger Week JANUARY 7 – 12, 2018

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. 626-795-3355


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Tour architectural gems of the early 20th century that exemplify quintessential California style. 626-441-6333 Pasadena Restaurant Week APRIL 15 – 20, 2018

Restaurant Week features many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments and local favorites. Participating restaurants will offer at lunch and dinner specials. 626-795-3355 Pasadena Showcase House of Design APRIL 2018

Explore the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. A local estate is exquisitely transformed by top designers using donated goods. 626-578-8500

Take advantage of the 28th 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. [ MONTHLY ]

Pasadena City College Flea Market (FIRST SUNDAY)

Peruse the wares of 500 vendors specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. Free. 626-585-7906 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 [ SEASONALLY ]


Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Stadium, home to the team since 1982. 310-825-2101 Thoroughbred Racing DECEMBER–JUNE

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


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estled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena is more accessible than you would believe. The city sits pretty just 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 ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. Pasadena is serviced by many airports, LAX and Hollywood Burbank Airport being the most convenient. The newest way to arrive in style is via the Metro Gold Line, a 31mile (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. Many new rail lines are underway and will soon connect Pasadena to other parts of LA that have historically been harder to reach. The beauty of Southern California is not lost on Metro Rail, with the exception of the Red and Purple subway lines, our light rail trains travel mostly above ground. As for the two subway lines, those are


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adorned with incredible public art installations that are featured in docent-led tours of Metro’s public art program. Taking a cab from LAX to Pasadena can cost upwards of $80 USD, this might be a perfectly suitable solution for those traveling with friends and 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 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. 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 Burbank Airport.

You’ll need a smartphone, preferably one that is connected to a data plan so you aren’t stranded somewhere without wifi. Download Uber or Lyft (or both) and create your account, make sure to enter your credit card information because these services do not accept cash—we recommend doing this step in advance of your trip. Now that you have the apps and an account, you’ll be able to use the app to get rides throughout Pasadena and Greater LA. Both apps offer a range of services, the most inexpensive option is to carpool with other people going in the same direction, the driver will stop along the way and pick up other riders. You can choose a level higher so that you are the only passenger, choose this option if you are in a hurry. There’s an SUV option if you are traveling in a pack, and a luxury vehicle options if you want to arrive in style.

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GETTING AROUND SuperShuttle 800-258-3826 Xpress by Execucar 800-410-4444 [ CITY TRANSPORTATION ]

Metro Gold Line

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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. Cost is $1.75 one way. 323-466-3876 [ TO AIRPORTS ]

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) 16 miles 25.75 kilometers 818-840-8840 Long Beach Airport (LGB) 38 miles 45 kilometers 562-570-2600

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 29 miles 46.67 kilometers 855-463-5252 Ontario International Airport (ONT) 37 miles 59.55 kilometers 909-937-2700 [ AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION ]

LAX Flyaway 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. 714-507-1170 Prime Time Shuttle 310-536-7922

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. 626-744-4055, option #2 Foothill Transit Authority These buses serve the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys. Base fare is $1.25. 800-743-3463 Metro Rail/Metro Bus 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 service runs throughout Los Angeles County. Base fare is $1.75. 323-466-3876 [ TAXIS ]

City Cab 626-584-1000 888-248-9222 United Taxi 626-768-4999 800-822-8294

CELEBRATE FINE CRAFT & MEET MODERN DAY MASTERS Shop for hand-crafted, one-of- a-kind works of decorative, functional and wearable art: ceramics, furnishings, glass, textiles, jewelry, metalwork and more! OCTOBER 27 – 29, PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER, EXHIBIT HALL

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Pasadena’s Pasadena’s Pasadena’s Boutique Hotel Boutique BoutiqueHotel Hotel Where a traveler’s distinctive excursion begins, dusitD2 Hotel Where a traveler’s distinctive excursion begins, dusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena promisesexcursion to deliver begins, an experience thatHotel enlivens Where a traveler’s distinctive dusitD2 Constance Pasadena promises to deliver an experience that enlivens the individual Pasadena spirit no matter what the experience that enlivens Constance promises to deliver the individual spirit no matter what the journey.

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A lifestyle boutique hotel, dusitD2 Hotel Constance is located on historic Route 66 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 A lifestyle boutique Tournament hotel, dusitD2 Hotel Parade Constance onofhistoric Route 66 and world-renowned of Roses routeisinlocated the heart Pasadena’s business and theater district, within walking distance of shopping, dining, cultural business and theater district, within walking distance shopping, and world-renowned Tournament of Roses Paradeofroute in thedining, heart cultural of Pasadena’s and entertainment options. and entertainment options. business and theater district, within walking distance of shopping, dining, cultural

and entertainment options. 928 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 928 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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Pasadena Official Visitors Guide 2017  
Pasadena Official Visitors Guide 2017