• Friday, March 09, 2018
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Free Museums

    ArtNight Pasadena occurs twice per year (March and October), where the city’s most prominent museums and cultural institutions open their doors for free and offer special programming. Attendance reaches 28,000. Complimentary shuttles are brought in to transport visitors around to different venues, begin your evening at any one of the venues on the shuttle route and make your way around until your back at your starting point.

    What to See

    Armory Center for the Arts→

    Diane Christensen and Jeanne Dunning: Birth Death Breath An opera “performed” by inflatable lawn decorations in various stages of inflation and deflation, prompting existential questions about life, death, purpose and meaning. More→

    ArtCenter College of Design→
    Hillside Campus, Williamson Gallery

    Explore modern and contemporary non-iPhone images of the self, in this LACMA/ArtCenter collaboration, This is Not A Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection. More→

    Pasadena City Hall→

    Metro Art will talk about free art tours and offer a woodworking workshop with Side Street Projects. At City Hall, you can enjoy a snack, listen to live music, and catch a free shuttle to one of the many cultural venues open for the night.

    Kidspace Children’s Museum→

    Art is visible, even in the dark. Explore luminescent artistry at Kidspace. Create captivating rainbow images, make a glowing diorama, and interact with the hula hoop glow field. Visit the interactive Glow Gallery where Kidspace artists showcase their work.

    Lineage Performing Arts Center→

    Local performing artists will alternate between live dance and live music.


    MUSE/IQUE creates street-rocking rhythms and jaw-dropping dance moves at Paseo Colorado Garfield Promenade. This free party features live music and family-friendly art activities.

    Norton Simon Museum→

    Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor, an exhibition that explores the improvisational nature of Edgar Degas’s artistic practice and considers the affinities between sculpting, painting and drawing in his oeuvre. More→

    Pasadena Museum of California Art→

    View artwork in current exhibitions Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo; The Feminine Sublime; and Ana Serrano: Homegrown. Enjoy an experimental performance in Kenny Scharf Kosmic Krylon Garage. More→

    Pasadena Museum of History→

    Blast through time and space in Dreaming the Universe to explore how artistry, scientific/technological advancements, and changing society shaped Southern California’s Science Fiction community (1930–1980). More→

    Pasadena Playhouse→

    Explore the collaborative and playful aspects of acting. Participants will learn group games and exercises, and then dive into scene work.

    USC Pacific Asia Museum→

    Explore the PST: LA/LA exhibition Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the 20th Century and create your own art in a hands-on printmaking workshop. More→

    ArtWorks Teen Center

    artWORKS teens display their talents through live performances and visual arts. Come for an interactive evening that includes hands-on printmaking and stamping, alongside musical entertainment. More→

    Jackie Robinson Community Center

    Enjoy artwork from Alkebu-lan Cultural Center; learn about the history of African American art and the legacy of Pasadena and world icons Jackie and Mack Robinson.

    Light Bringer Project @ Day One

    Down the Rabbit Hole An outdoor wonderland of art featuring site specific installations, Room 13 creations, dream-inducing music and other playful imaginings from the mirror world. More→

    Parson’s Nose Theater

    Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear with scintillating drama drawn from classic scripts from The Golden Age of Radio such as “Flash Gordon” and “The Shadow.” More→

    Pasadena City College

    See Kori Newkirk‘s solo show in the Boone Family Art Gallery (brochure essay by Travis Diehl), and Joshua Haycraft‘s (interactive video) solo show in the Gallery V-108.

    Pasadena Unified School District

    No Boundaries 13 showcases tthe artistic talents of PUSD students in the beautiful surroundings of First United Methodist Church. Hundreds of artworks are on view accompanied by student performances. Address→

    Shumei Arts Council

    Enjoy taiko drumming by Makoto Taiko at 6:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm and 9:15 pm, and Kimono Show by LA Kimono Club. Also, view inspiring drawings of children of indigenous people by artist Deborah Lomas. Address→

    ArtNight Shuttles

    Park at any one venue and take the free shuttles that will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue. For information on accessibility or to request written materials in alternative formats contact the City of Pasadena 626-744-7249.

    Transportation to Pasadena

    Metro Gold Line →

    Foothill Transit→

  • Cost: Free
  • Organizer Information

  • City of Pasadena, Cultural Affairs