The Playhouse Village is an eclectic neighborhood that spawned around the Pasadena Playhouse in the 1920s by many of the creative people involved with the theater. Today, the Playhouse Village is the entertainment hub of Pasadena with a noticeable concentration of public art, street art, and niche independent businesses like a bookstore from 1894; an arthouse movie theater; a coffee shop, art galleries; a vinyl record store; a wine tasting bar and a boutique hotel.
Things to Do
Pasadena Playhouse: The neighborhood's namesake is a Spanish Colonial Revival theatre featuring an ornate auditorium and a large courtyard. Free theatre tours are offered with advanced reservations. More
Boston Court Performing Arts Center: Performing arts center featuring two stages where visitors can experience theatre, music, dance and spoken word. This is the kind of performing arts space that thrives on presenting bold content. Details
Rose Parade: One of the highlights during Pasadena's grand midwinter festival is the Rose Parade, where highly conceptual floats parade across the city, accompanied by enormous marching bands ad equestrian troupes. A good portion of the parade route runs through the Playhouse Village. Details
LitFest: A free literary festival where books and authors are celebrated. More
ArtNight Pasadena: Most of Pasadena's museums and cultural institutions host free events during one night in March and again in October. Free shuttles help get art lovers throughout the festival. Details
Thursday Night Music: Live music is performed in the alleyway just outside Zona Rosa Caffe every Thursday from April through mid-November, and food trucks are parked right in front of the coffee shop. Details
Sushi of Naples: A casual yet sophisticated traditional sushi restaurant and bar, frequented by locals.
Roy's: A Hawaiian fusion restaurant with a bar area and patio.
Zona Rosa Caffe: An independent coffee shop inspired by Mexico City's eclectic neighborhood of the same name. Find organic, fair trade coffee from Latin regions of the world.
Urth Caffe: A popular Los Angeles coffeehouse and cafe featuring organic food, coffee, and lots of vegetarian options.
The Playhouse Village is a walkable neighborhood serviced by several public transportation agencies, the best route can easily be found by using Google Maps
Metro Gold Line
LA's growing light rail system runs through Pasadena — Memorial Park Station and Lake Station are the best stops to get you to the Playhouse Village. Details
Metro Bus Routes
Bus routes 10 and 20 service the Playhouse Village. Details