Annual Signature Events

Pasadena Annual Signature Events Whether it’s a major sporting event, an exhibit, or a home tour, be sure to catch a quintessential Pasadena occasion.

All Events

There are 36 events in the calendar

Rose Parade®

01 January 2015
Witness the famous 5½-mile parade.
Tournament of Roses® - 877-793-9911 -

Rose Bowl Game®
01 January 2015

Cheer as two championship teams battle it out at the Rose Bowl Stadium in “The Granddaddy of Them All®.”
Tournament of Roses® - 877-793-9911 -

Post-Parade Float Viewing

01-02 January 2015
Marvel at the floral masterpieces of the Rose Parade®, exhibited along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards.
Tournament of Roses® - 877-793-9911 -

Annual Camellia Show

08-09 February 2014
Participants from around the southland display their prize-winning blooms. Demonstrations and a wide selection of plants will be available for purchase.
The Huntington Library,Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
626-405-2100 -

Black History Parade & Festival

15 February 2014
Join in this celebration featuring food and merchandise booths, a children’s play area, and a Black Inventions museum.
Jackie Robinson Center - 626-791-7983

Pasadena ArtNight

14 March 2014
Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles. | 626-744-7547

Spring Home Tour

30 March 2014
Tour architectural gems of the early 20th century that exemplify quintessential California style.
Pasadena Heritage
626-441-6333 -

Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

27 April 2014
Tour select homes built from 1900 to the 1930s in Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena’s first Landmark District.
Bungalow Neighborhood Association
626-585-2172 -

Pasadena Showcase House of Design

13 April 2014 - 11 May 2014
Explore the Pasadena showcase house for the Arts. A local estate is exquisitely transformed by top designers using donated goods.
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
626-578-8500 -

Doo Dah Parade

26 April 2014
Behold these wacky, unusual, and entertaining pageant participants as they traveldown Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Boulevards.
Light Bringer Project - 626-540-1134 -

Museums of the Arroyo Day

18 May 2014
Take advantage of the 21st consecutive year that six museums featuring art, architecture, and history open their doors along the Arroyo Seco in Los Angeles and Pasadena, free of charge for one day from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. A free shuttle between museums is available.
213-740-TOUR -

Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series

15 June 2014 – 23 August 2014
Free outdoor concerts under the stars on the lawn at Memorial Park’s restored band shell featuring a variety of musical genres. Wednesday is children’s night.
626-683-3230 –

Make Music Pasadena

7 June 2014
A free musical celebration throughout Downtown Pasadena. Downtown Pasadena is transformed into a musical playground where every conceivable genre of music is played.

Pasadena Chalk Festival

14-15 June 2014
View hundreds of colorful chalk murals at your feet amid live music, fantastic food, shopping, and children’s activities at Paseo Colorado, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Light Bringer Project - 626-795-9100 -

At Home for the Holidays at the Castle Green Tour

June 2013
Stroll through private residences of designers, musicians, artists, collectors, and others in old Pasadena’s Castle Green. Get a rare glimpse of the original interior of this historic city landmark built in 1898 as an annex to the hotel Green.
626-577-6765 -

04 July 2013

Independence day All-day fun, food, and entertainment for the whole family, concluding in a spectacular fireworks show.
626-577-3100 -

Pasadena Greek Festival

20 - 22 September 2014
Experience authentic Greek music and entertainers, Greek dancing and the best delicacies that Greece has to offer! World famous dishes include gyros, souvlakia, moussaka to pastistio, dolmathes, spanikopita, tiropites, baklava and loukoumathes. Held at the gardens at the Santa Anita Racetrack.

Pasadena ArtNight

10 October 2014 (6p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Pasadena’s arts organizations unite to provide free access to art. Free shuttles.

Pasadena Art Weekend

11-13 October 2014
Three days filled with a colorful palette of events including ArtNight, ArtWalk in the Playhouse District, Taste of South Lake, a world festival at Paseo Colorado, and the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival.
800-397-7977 -

Annual Craftsman Weekend

17-19 October 2014
Join in the largest, most comprehensive salute to Arts and Crafts-style architecture in the western U.S. at this weekend of events, including bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods and visits to distinctive Craftsman-era homes.
Pasadena Heritage - 626-441-6333 -

Breeders’ Cup World Championships

31 October 2014 - 1 November 2014
Experience the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The best horses, fashion and parties are coming to town for two incredible days you don't want to miss. The Best is Yet to Come.

One Colorado Tree-lighting Ceremony

28 November 2014
Watch Pasadena’s biggest tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus in the courtyard at One Colorado.
626-564-1066 -

Holiday Look-In Home Tour

6-7 December 2014
Visit four area homes decorated for the holidays by professional florists.
Pasadena Symphony - 626-793-7172, ext. 11 -

Float Construction Viewing & Decorating

December 2014
Decorate or preview rose Parade® masterpieces as they are readied for New Year’s Day.
Tournament of Roses® - 877-793-9911 -

Pasadena Heritage Presents it's Pasadena Architectural Legacy Tour
30 December 2014

Pasadena Heritage invites you and your holiday guests to take a tour featuring Pasadena's Architectural Legacy. Expert guides will highlight Pasadena's extraordinary historic architecture and local history. Pasadena Heritage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in and around Pasadena, California. The organization advocates on behalf of historic resources, educates the public about local history and the benefits of preservation, and demonstrates appropriate restoration through its programs and projects.
Pasadena Heritage - 626-441-6333 -

Pasadena City College Flea Market

First Sunday
Peruse the wares of 500 vendors specializing in antiques and vintage collectibles. Free.
626-585-7906 -

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Second Sunday
Shop from among more than a million objects for sale in “America’s Marketplace of Unusual Items.”
626-577-3100 -

UCLA Bruins Football Season

September – November
Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl Stadium, home of the team since 1982.
626-577-3100 -

Thoroughbred Racing

December – April
Witness live races from Thursday – Sunday.
Santa Anita Park - 626-574-RACE -