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    Free Summer Concerts

    by GracesTrips Updated Jun 2, 2008

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    At Memorial Park, the Levitt Pavilion located at 85 E. Holly Street in Old Town Pasadena holds free summer concerts each year. See the venue's website for schedule and artist performing.

    Beginning June 25, 2008 until August 31, 2008.
    On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings the concert is from 7pm - 10pm.
    On Friday and Saturday evenings the concerts start at 8pm.
    Bring your picnic blanket or low lawn chairs.

    Across the street from the park, on the west side of Raymond, is a wine store that has wine tasting available.

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    Norton Simon Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 27, 2008

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    A very big surprise for me! I had never heard of this place before but it has an impressive collection of European masters. It's all based upon the collection of a private collector, Norton Simon who bequeathed his collection to the city of Pasadena in 1974.

    Norton Simon Museum
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    Old Town Pasadena

    by Dabs Updated Nov 15, 2007

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    Like many old towns across the US, Pasadena's had fell into disrepair but fortunately this one was revitalized with many of the original facades still intact. The main stretch features a wide variety of shops such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Banana Republic, a couple of my favorites, a Lush bath products store and a Leonidas Belgian chocolate shop and many restaurants including Italian, Mexican and Spanish cuisine along with a Cheesecake Factory.

    You may have to drive around for a few minutes to find a parking spot but you should be able to find a spot on the street, bring some quarters to feed the meter. Or if you are staying for a short time, I found a garage on Raymond just south of Colorado that had the first 90 minutes free.

    There are some interesting facades along Colorado but the really interesting buildings are off the main street:

    Photo #1 City Hall, 100 N. Garfield, built in 1927, Italian Renaissance and Spanish influenced architecture

    Photo #2 Pasadena Library, 285 E. Walnut

    Photo #3 All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid

    City Hall Pasadena Main Library All Saints Church Colorado Blvd. Colorado Blvd.

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    Old Pasadena walking tour

    by Dabs Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Pasadena Heritage has a tour of Pasadena’s historic Old Pasadena quarter, a National Register Historic District, on the 1st Saturday of the month. Tours begin at 9:00 am and include a slide presentation and a 90-minute guided walk. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required, you can reserve tickets online.

    I'm not going to be there on the right weekend on this trip but this looked like something I would enjoy.

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    Listen to jazz & more at Summerfest (seasonal)

    by marinarena Written Jun 1, 2005

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    Memorial Day weekend (last weekend of May)is the unofficial start of the summer in the U.S. Here in Pasadena, people know that the sunny season has arrived when jazz musicians toot their horns, grills start sizzling meats and people pack at Summerfest.

    In 2005, Summerfest was held at the world-famous Rose Bowl for the first time, and finally, I attended the fun-in-the-sun event. It was a hot but not severely scorching 3-day party.

    More pics of the event to come!

    Also check out http://www.pasadenasummerfest.com/

    Pasadena Summerfest set-up, California
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    Old Pasadena, for shopping and eating

    by spgood301 Written May 29, 2005

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    Old Pasadena is a great place to spend a day, especially if you love to shop. Colorado Blvd, and the surrounding streets, abounds in all kinds of shops. Take a break and get a bite to eat or something to drink. There's plenty of restaurants, coffee houses, even places where you can buy chocolate. I had a milk shake at Ghiradellis-yummy.

    Colorado Blvd is also famous as the route of the Tournament of Roses Parade, held each New Years Day. It's the parade with all those beautiful floats-you've probably seen it on TV.

    It seems it's always sunny during the parade-doesn't it make you jealous? :-)

    Colorado Blvd-Pasadena
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    Norton Simon Museum of Art

    by TempNomad Written Feb 26, 2005

    This is one of the most beautiful collections we've seen. It's organized meticulously, and the collection is stunning.

    We spent a couple of very happy hours here, and we'll probably return if we come by the Pasadena way again.

    There are several rooms of magnificent paintings, lots of sculpture, and the downstairs has an awe inspiring collection of Asian statues, sculptures, and artwork.

    The collection has some well-known pieces, but what makes it interesting is the lesser known works by famous artists. A truly worthy experience.

    Check out my album to see some additional photos.

    Exquisite artwork  - not to be missed!
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    Old Pasadena

    by pedersdottir Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    For a traveller who enjoys taking a leisurely stroll, Old Pasadena will rank as a highlight.
    The area of approx. 5 blocks by 4 blocks has been designated as a National Register Historic District. Building facades reflect the gamut of California architectural styles: Spanish Colonial through Victorian and Art Deco. Shop, dine, people watch. Take in a nearby movie. This resurrected downtown district stands as a monument to what can be accomplished by a community that cares enough to save its inner city.

    City Hall by sunset
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    Olo Town Pasadena

    by pigletsmom Written Mar 6, 2005

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    Stroll Colorado Ave. for some colorful people watching, plus some attractive shops and restaurants. Park north of Colorado on Union for cheaper parking and restaurants.

    Charming old town Pasadena

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