Pasadena, California

Things to Do

Whether you're a foodie, culture vulture, nature lover, music chaser, movie fanatic, fine art aficionado, or history buff, there's more than enough in Pasadena to keep you busy. Here are the best things to do, from shopping boutiques and breathtaking museums to trendy restaurant bars and lush outdoor adventure.

In Pasadena, California's history and heritage is met with palm-lined streets, ornate architecture, national landmarks, popular art & cultural institutions, shopping boutiques, and ethnically diverse food. 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 home to over 30 nationally registered historic districts, including the thriving downtown neighborhoods that offer shops, bars and restaurants in well-preserved turn-of-the-century buildings.

Performing Arts

Parson's Nose Theater

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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...

Landmarks

Pasadena City Hall

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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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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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Campus-style Convention Center. The Pasadena Convention Center is located near City Hall, Central Library, Police Department and other civic buildings that...

Pasadena Croquet Club

"The Pasadena Croquet Club shares clubhouse facilities with the Pasadena Lawn Bowling Club (hyperlink business listing), located in Pasadena's Central Park....

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Pasadena's Historic Downtown Pasadena's original downtown is known in the present day as Old Pasadena and was founded in the late 1800s during the latter-half...

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The Pasadena Lawn Bowling club is located at the clubhouse at Central Park. Established in 1921, the club is older than the Rose Bowl Stadium and was built...

Performing Arts

Pasadena Playhouse

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

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The City of Pasadena has memorialized Jackie and Mack Robinson in two monumental bronze portrait heads sited across from City Hall in Pasadena, reflecting the...