things to do

Things to Do

Explore and experience Pasadena including over 600 restaurants, nightlife activities, hotels, museums, education and more.

Located 10 miles from Los Angeles, Pasadena welcomes visitors with 300 days of sunshine, tree-lined streets filled with historic architecture, national landmarks, popular art & cultural institutions, eye-catching retail and a diverse selection of restaurants. Explore the “Crown of the Valley” solo or as a group to discover what makes the city one of Los Angeles’ unique hidden gems.

Pasadena is divided into four major districts. Old Pasadena, Civic Center District, Playhouse Village, and South Lake Avenue District each hold a unique charm that sets it apart from their companion Pasadena neighborhoods.

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Historic Building

Maxwell House

The Maxwell House is the perfect setting for a wedding, small meeting/conference, special event or filming. Located at 55 South Grand Avenue in the Arroyo...

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Performing Arts

MUSE/IQUE

Masterful musicians & unexpected mash-ups. Inspired venues & passionate players. Magical evenings & adventures in sound. MUSE/IQUE is a professional,...

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Art Museums

Norton Simon Museum

Renowned Art Collection. Known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled, industrialist Norton Simon spent over 30...

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Movie Theaters

One Colorado

Historic Courtyard Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Destination. Nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena and comprising a full city block, One Colorado is...

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Performing Arts

Parson’s Nose Theater

Classic Theater. Parson's Nose Theater is a classical comedic theater company that established a new permanent home in Pasadena, California. Parson's Nose is...

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Architecture

Pasadena Central Library

Pasadena's Historic Library. Opened in 1927, is the historic Pasadena Central Library. This historic library is a Mediterranean-style building designed by the...

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Architecture

Pasadena City Hall

City Beautiful Movement. The exquisite 1927 landmark exhibits Italian Renaissance and Spanish influences with its red tile roof, ornate fountain, and lush...

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Architecture

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Historic Venue. This 3,000-seat theater was dedicated in 1932, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Civic—as it is colloquially...

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Active Life and Sports

Pasadena Ice Skating Center

The Pasadena Ice Skating Center facility features an NHL regulation size rink with 4 team rooms, skate rental, party room, vending machines, pro shop, and...

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Historic Building

Pasadena Masonic Temple

The Pasadena Masonic Temple stands today as a beacon where the greatness of Masonry may be found. Completed in 1927, it holds an envious position for it was...

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Art Museums

Pasadena Museum of History

Preserving Pasadena's Legacy. Pasadena Museum of History is the only museum and research library dedicated solely to preserving and sharing the history, art,...

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Architecture

Pasadena Playhouse

State Theatre of California. The Pasadena Playhouse was established in 1917 and is the official State Theatre of California. In recent years, The Playhouse...