Pasadena does not shrink to the shadows in deference to its neighboring Hollywood community. Pasadena has it’s own claim to fame. People from around the world identify the city as the host of the annual Rose Bowl Parade and Rose Bowl Football Game, performed and played each New Year’s Day. 2013 will mark the 124th time the city has hosted the Tournament of Roses and the 99th time the Rose Bowl will be played at Rose Bowl Stadium. The two events may be the most famous, but they are not the only ‘game’ in town. There is a lot more to Pasadena during the rest of the year.
Pasadena is a cultural center that is teeming with art museums, botanical gardens, and restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, it should be remembered that Pasadena was the birthplace of one of the most endearing chefs of our time. Pasadena produced Julia Child. Child was born in Pasadena and as is fitting to her glorious memory, the city has also birthed 500 diverse and epicurean restaurants.
Visitors to Pasadena may dine at the California School of Culinary Arts, which is one of the few Le Cordon Blue schools in the United States or may take a seat at the Pie ‘n Burger, historically a Pasadena landmark that has been in business for nearly fifty years.
Tourists that visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden can take a gander at Gainsborough’s magnificent ‘Blue Boy’ masterpiece and of course where “The Blue Boy” is there “Pinkie” is also. The museum has many works by a variety of artists that feature American and British history and literature. A prize exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden is an original Gutenberg Bible and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Pasadena is also adorned by the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Armory Center for the Arts, the Kidspace Children’s, Norton Simon, and the Pacific Asia Museums.
Pasadena supports the Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena POPS. Aside from what one would expect from a Symphony Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony Association presents a Musical Circus. The circus is a family program and community event that introduces children to the joys of symphony music. The event is free.
The Pasadena Symphony Orchestra also plays at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, where attendees are invited to bring a picnic lunch or may also order meals from onsite vendors. This is a ticketed event.