• Saturday, June 09, 2018
  • 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Centennial Celebration

    The Playhouse Block Party is a free family-friendly celebration of 100 years of California’s official State Theater, The Pasadena Playhouse. The Pasadena Playhouse is celebrating its Centennial in partnership with the Playhouse District Association on Saturday, June 9, 2018 on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Blvd. The Playhouse Block Party event features music, food, libations, guided tours, a kids’ zone, and more.

    What to Expect

    • There will be a Kids’ Zone centered around a stage created in the Playhouse Courtyard
    • Live music and bands, food, and drinks.
    • Special guided tours of the Playhouse District.
    • Get backstage access of the Pasadena Playhouse Theater rarely seen by the public.
    • Throughout the day, guests can experience interactive and immersive activity booths created by community partners and local art organizations.

    Performances By

    Culture Clash | The nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio. Culture Clash will also be presenting Bordertown Now at the Playhouse May 30 through June 24.

    Ice House Comedy Club | Since opening in 1960, many well known comedians have graced the Ice House Comedy Club stage and is still one of the top five comedy clubs in America.

    Bob Baker Marionettes | Provides unique theatrical experiences; to educate, celebrate and rejuvenate puppetry and the allied arts.

    Nine O’Clock Players | Producing plays since 1929 it is the oldest children’s theater in Southern California.

    Pasadena Civic Ballet | Is a not-for-profit organization of pre-professional and professional dancers.

    Makoto Taiko (drumming) | Centers its performance around traditional Japanese taiko drums.

    PCDA (Professional Child Development Associates) Youth Choir| Is a non-profit organization that offers services for children with disabilities from birth through 21 years of age, and their families.

    School of Rock Pasadena | Is the leader in performance-based music education. They teach guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals to children and adults.

    Main Stage Line Up
    Kid Stage Line Up
    Full List of Activities

    Location and entry

    The Playhouse Block Party is located at El Molino Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Use 39 S. El Molino Ave. in Pasadena for directions.


    The Playhouse District has many public and private parking options conveniently located near the Playhouse Block Party.

    Public Transportation

    Metro Gold Line

    Go Metro to Playhouse Block Party! Take the Metro Gold Line to Lake Station and walk or bike to the event on El Molino and Colorado. For your best route, fare information, or more info, visit the  Metro Trip Planner or call 323/GO.METRO (323/466.3876).


    The City of Pasadena’s bus system, Pasadena Transit Route 10 travels throughout the downtown area. The Foothill Transit and Metro buses also operate throughout the city. Visit their sites for specific route information.


    The Pasadena Playhouse has a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1917 when an itinerant acting troupe by the name of the Gilmor Brown Players settled in Pasadena – at the time a sleepy little town of farmers and wealthy vacationers. The town fell in love with the Players and before they had spent ten years here, locals donated the money to move the company out of the derelict old burlesque house they had been renting and into the newly constructed Pasadena Playhouse in 1924, originally known as the Pasadena Community Playhouse. At the time, The Playhouse was the largest and most technically advanced venue on this side of the Mississippi. Its community theatre beginnings and the tremendous amount of local support led George Bernard Shaw to dub Pasadena “the Athens of the West,” likening the enterprise to the ancient Festival Dionysia.

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