Category Archives: Upcoming events

FREE GAS for you on Memorial Day!!

Helpful Honda Guy pumping free gas for you in Pasadena.

Helpful Honda Guy pumping free gas for you in Pasadena.

As gas prices continue to rise, the SoCal Honda Dealers want to reward Honda drivers in Southern California during this coming Memorial Day (5/27) by giving them free tanks of gas. The Helpful Honda Guys in their iconic blue shirts will be out at gas stations all over SoCal giving away free tanks of gas, pumping the gas, and washing windows- just one more way SoCal Honda is being helpful.

To find out where the helpful Honda guys will be pumping their free gas in Pasadena and around SoCal, stay tuned via Twitter @Mr_Pasadena and the following Facebook page:

Helpful Honda Girls are out there too!

Helpful Honda Girls are out there too!

 Also just to make things fun the first 5 people that Tweet me and say @Mr_Pasadena I read your blog post on #freegas  @HelpfulHonda thx for the heads up!” gets their choice of a Dodger Travel Mug, an LA GALAXY Jersey or a helpful Honda Guy Blue polo.

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2nd Annual Cheeseburger Week January 13th -18th


Come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl as Cheeseburger Week Celebrates America’s Favorite Food

The second annual Cheeseburger Week celebration in Pasadena is January 13-18, 2013. Everyone is invited to Pasadena to celebrate the birthplace of America’s favorite food as we honor Lionel Sternberger for the invention of the cheeseburger at Pasadena’s Rite Spot in 1924.

This year, for the first time, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is providing suggested routes for Cheeseburger Crawls. “Last year, one of the phenomena of Cheeseburger Week was people who organized cheeseburger crawls,” said Chamber CEO Paul Little. “They got three or more of their friends together and went from restaurant to restaurant sampling burgers. People would order a burger and split it four ways, enjoy drinks and then go on to the next place and do it again. That way, in the course of an evening, everyone had a chance to taste the culinary excellence of four or more restaurants.”

Suggested Cheeseburger Crawls can be found at the Cheeseburger Week website at .  The Cheeseburger Crawls are suggested routes. Cheeseburger Week celebrants are encouraged to create their own, as well. Some suggested routes include a Traditional Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl, an Old Pasadena White Table Cloth Cheeseburger Crawl, an East Pasadena Cheeseburger Crawl, an Alternative Cheeseburger Crawl, a South Lake Avenue Cheeseburger Crawl, a Beer and Burgers Cheeseburger Crawl and a Sliders Cheeseburger Crawl.

Cheeseburger Week celebrates the invention of America’s favorite food in its birthplace, Pasadena. From January 13-18, 2013, Pasadena salutes Lionel Sternberger for his mastery, insight, innovation and daring in placing a piece of cheese atop a hamburger for the first time in recorded culinary history at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

Restaurants, burger stands, bars and lounges will celebrate Cheeseburger Week with special offerings, creative interpretations of the cheeseburger and cheeseburger alternatives. From lunch counters to white table cloth restaurants, the cheeseburger rules in Pasadena from January 13th to 18th.  Come to Pasadena for a Cheeseburger Crawl, take the Cheeseburger Challenge and celebrate Pasadena’s culinary legacy in the city where the cheeseburger was invented. For more information visit

Restaurants taking part in Cheeseburger Week from January 13 to 18, 2013 are:

Special menus, deals and discoveries, along with cheeseburger crawls can be found online at



Advance Preview of the 2013 Rose Parade floats


Phoenix Decorating Company has this amazing event/fundraiser they put on every December for the Pasadena PALS (Police Activities Leagues). The Pasadena PALS provides after-school and summer programs for Pasadena kids in middle school and high school. The program is educational, athletic, and recreational and is intended to develop and maintain a positive bond between police officers and the youth of our community. The Pasadena PAL staff of officers, youth advisors and volunteers help divert kids from boredom, apathy, loneliness and the countless problems of growing up today.

This Phoenix event gives you an exclusive look at the 2013 Rose Parade floats before the general public will see them. Not only are you treated to beer, wine and some small bites, but you are given a VIP tour of the facility by the Phoenix float docents. These docents have been a part of the Phoenix family for years and are able to answer just about any question you may have about Phoenix floats (both present and past). Without a doubt this is a great event for the whole family. Both young and old will marvel at the enormity of these great floats and be able to take as many pictures as you would like.
I encourage you to attend this event (possibly one of Pasadena’s best kept secret events). Because there is nothing like it in Pasadena or anywhere else in Los Angeles and now you are invited. So make plans to bring the family, take a few co-workers or just come and make some new friends because you don’t want to miss this event.

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DATE: DECEMBER 27th –Thursday TIME: 3-7pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Decorating Company 835 S. Raymond Ave.
Cost: Adults $25 – Kids $10 (15 and under) Purchase tickets online @

The 5th Annual Snow Days, Dec. 26-30

SnowDaysArt_200pIt’s going to be a winter wonderland at Kidspace Children Museum in Pasadena as 60 tons of snow is trucked in for the 5th Annual Snow Days winter celebration.  Snow Days at Kidspace takes place from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

SnowGirl_200pThough the sun may be shining on the rest of Pasadena and Los Angeles, the real snow at Kidspace will offer some cool winter fun for kids and families.  In addition to making snowmen, snow angels and snowballs, some of the many other activities scheduled for Snow Days are:

  •      Writing special holiday wishes to hang on the “wish-teria” vine
  • Interactive shows about the water cycle and the possibility of snow in Los Angeles
  • Learn about seedling trees and bring one home to plant in your own yard.
  • Cookie decorating
  • Learning how snow is formed and why we need snow to survive.
  • Winter Arts & Crafts
  • Holiday Story Readings
  • Ice Fishing
  • Dry Ice Experiments
  • Live Performances at 1pm Daily

–          Wednesday December 26: Enjoy a Glass Harp musical performance with Brien Engel.

–          Thursday, December 27:  Get your body moving at the rocking dance party with DJ Joey.

–          Friday, December 28:  Discover the mystery of Frosty’s Magic Hat with Franklin Haynes Marionettes.

–          Saturday, December 29:  Combine music and puppets for a funny wacky show with Groovy David and Friends.

–          Sunday, December 30:  Enjoy the art of dance with a performance from Ballet Folklorica Nuhuatzen.

Mr. Pasadena says ” There is nothing like having a winter wonderland in Pasadena. So if you are looking for something to do with the kids (because they are still on X-mas break) this is the place to be”

Holiday Shopping For A Cause

Mr Pasadena says-” I think it’s important that we all give back to the community and those charities that we know and love.  I think Jacob Maarse is on to something here and I fully support their efforts”


Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival

The Youngest Members of the Shining Star Dance Academy from the 2011 Dance Fest.

Old Pasadena hosts Southern California’s largest free dance festival, the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival, Sunday, October 14, from 1pm to 6pm at De Lacey Ave. and the Lineage Performing Arts Center.  The free, family-friendly celebration of culture, music and movement will feature over a dozen award-winning dance companies performing vibrant dances from around the world.

The all-day, explosive festival will feature dance from Spain, India, China, Mexico, Africa, Argentina, Tahiti, Russia, New Zealand, and many more.  The celebration begins with a special performance from Mojacar Flamenco showcasing their traditional flamenco dance accompanied by vibrant Spanish guitar performed live.   Other exciting performances include Indian classical and folk dances from acclaimed choreographer Ramya Harishankar, traditional Chinese dance performed by the local Shining Star Dance Academy, Mexican Folklorico complete with a twenty five piece band from the award-winning Regional Organization of Oaxaca, and Hawaiian, Tahitian, and New Zealand dance performed by the acclaimed Le Polynesia.  Audience favorite, Ensemble Barynya is returning again this year, performing their acrobatic Russian, Ukranian and Gypsy dances.  The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance & Food Festival culminates with a very special performance from the musical collective Salt Petal, whose unique blend of Argentinian folk, Brazilian tropical, cumbia and indie pop has been attracting fans globally. 

The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival is one of the few dance festivals in the world where the audience is encouraged to participate. Following each performance at the main stage on De Lacey, the dancers will teach movements from that culture, so audience members can get moving too!

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Lineage Performing Arts Center for free dance classes and mini performances throughout the day.  All-ages and levels are welcome to take part in learning Bollywood, African groove, Salsa, tap and hip hop dances in this amazing indoor performing arts space.

The festival will feature an eclectic mix of Old Pasadena restaurants serving unique cuisine from around the world including Tibetan, Japanese, Ukrainian and Indian, among others.  Each ethnic eatery will offer small plates for sale so event attendees can sample a myriad of cuisines. 

Complete Schedule at De Lacey Main Stage, 35 N. De Lacey Ave., 1:00pm-6:00pm

1:00pm Mojacar Flamenco Mojacar Flamenco is a unique voice in flamenco, blending traditional forms with contemporary dance, jazz and Latin rhythms. Based in Southern California, the group consists of a collaborative partnership of Katerina Tomas and Stephen Dick. Both artists have studied in Spain with some of flamenco’s leading artists, and have received recognition for their work.

1:40pm Le Polynesia For over 50 years, Le Polynesia has been an important and integral part of the Polynesian community in Southern California, and began in 1961 under the direction of Junius and Ilima Montgomery.  Known for outstanding music, drumming, and dance, Le Polynesia has graced some of the biggest stages with some of the most esteemed names in Polynesian entertainment.  Le Polynesia has made a name for itself in the Polynesian dance competition circuit, winning numerous 1st places, and overall awards at some of the most prestigious dance competitions. 

2:20pm Shining Star Dance Academy  Shining Star Dance Academy exists under an umbrella of the El Monte Education, a nonprofit organization since 1993. El Monte Education Center provides after school programs including Chinese language and culture classes on Saturdays.  Cultural awareness is taught through educational activities. The Shining Star Dance Academy offers a variety of performance arts classes such as, Chinese Classical and Folk dance. 

3:00pm Ensemble Barynya   The Russian music, dance, and song ensemble Barynya, established in 1991 in New York City, is a world renowned group that is regarded as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian-Gypsy traditional dancing.

3:40pm Regional Organization of Oaxaca featuring Folkloric group Princesa Donaji and the Banda Alma del Valle  The Regional Organization of Oaxaca was founded in 1988 by Oaxacan immigrants living in Los Angeles.  The main purpose of the organization is to preserve and promote indigenous Oaxacan culture.  The Regional Organization of Oaxaca’s presentation for the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival will feature the twenty- plus folkloric dance group Princesa Donaji and the twenty-five person brass band Alma del Valle.

4:20pm Ramya Harishankar’s Arpana Dance Co.  Ramya Harishankar has been perfecting the classical Indian dance Bharata Natyam for more than two decades.  She has studied under the best gurus in the world and has received numerous awards including “Outstanding Artist of the Year” by Arts OC.  Her dance group has been invited to perform for of the Maharani and the Royal Family. 

5:00pm Salt Petal   Salt Petal’s unique blend of Argentinian folk, Brazilian Tropicalia, cumbia and up tempo indie pop captivates audiences globally.  The band’s sound is one of the freshest to come out of Los Angeles in years, showcasing deep South American rhythms and vibrant indie pop harmonies and textures.  The band has established a name for themselves playing key city festivals such as SXSW, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Make Music Pasadena.

Class and Performance Schedule at Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 South Fair Oaks Ave. 1:00pm-6:00pm

1:00pm Tap with Melinda Sullivan Melinda Sullivan is an actress, musician, and award-winning dancer.  She recently appeared as one of the top finalists on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.  Melinda held a recurring role as the mysterious Zoe Finn on CBS’s “As the World Turns” and toured as an original cast member of the onstage of the Disney’s High School Musical and High School Musical Two.  Melinda is a recipient of the coveted Los Angeles Music Center “Spotlight Award” in the non-classical dance category for her solo tap dance performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  

2:00pm African Groove with Leanne Nettles  Enjoy a beginning class of African Groove with acclaimed dancer Leanne Nettles.  Burn calories while dancing to traditional African dance mixed with cutting edge modern. 

3:00pm Bollywood with Sangita Shresthova   Join award-winning dancer and media artist Sangita Shresthova as she takes you on an exciting, accessible journey through the world of Bollywood dance.

4:00pm Mini Performance TBA

4:15pm Hip Hop with Angie Vaughn

Explore intense rhythm through upbeat movement to enhance fitness, coordination, and timing with acclaimed dancer Angie Vaughn.

5:00pm Salsa  Learn the styles of Salsa, and dance to upbeat Latin music at this fun introductory class.

The Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival is the grand finale to Pasadena ArtWeekend, a three-day event that also includes ArtNight, ArtWalk, Art of Food, and ArtRhythm.  Pasadena ArtWeekend is a joint venture with the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and Arts & Culture Commission, Pasadena Convention Center & Visitors Bureau, Playhouse District Association, Old Pasadena Management District, South Lake Business Association, Paseo Colorado and Pasadena CultureNet. For detailed event listings,  visit


Every Thursday in the months of September and October, Old Pasadena merchants will offer special discounts and promotions to Pasadena residents as well as those who work in Pasadena during Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays.  Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursdays draws thousands of Pasadena residents and workers to Old Pasadena to enjoy a wide range of in-store giveaways and promotions including massive exclusive sales.

Restaurants; stores; coffee, tea and dessert shops; and spas and beauty salons throughout Old Pasadena will offer special giveaways and exclusive savings. Old Pasadena’s finest merchants including Forever 21, The Body Shop, Eileen Fisher, Intelligentsia, The Luggage Room Pizzeria, Vertical Wine Bistro, Lather, The Loved One, Blick Art Materials, Sushi Roku, and many more are offering thousands of dollars in savings, and many are offering free gifts to customers.

Residents can show their driver’s license or electricity bill to receive the discounts and promotions every Thursday throughout the months of September and October.  Pasadena workers need to present a business card showing a Pasadena address to their workplace to also receive the special deals.

Mr. Pasadena says: ” This a great time for great deals for Pasadena workers and residence. Take FULL advantage of this opportunity to flash the driver’s licence or business card. The more you take advantage of this locals only time better the chance it will be back next year.”

For more information including all participating merchants and restaurants as well as a download of all the exclusive special offers, giveaways and promotions please visit


The Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) is a non-profit business organization that creatively plans, manages and develops Old Pasadena as a unique, authentic and vibrant downtown experience. The OPMD currently contracts with the City of Pasadena to manage the Old Pasadena Business Improvement District (BID). The BID enhances the basic City services by funding district-wide security, marketing, and maintenance programs to provide a clean, safe vibrant downtown experience.