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The Tournament of Roses
The Tournament of Roses is an event held at the end of the year and the first days of the New Year. One of the major events is the Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. The parade is held every Jan. 1, unless it is a Sunday, when the parade is moved to Jan. 2. For more information, refer to this article on TripAdvisor: How to "do" the Rose Parade.
Other major events include the Rose Bowl football game, also on January 1 usually, events to watch the floats for the parade being built and events involving the invited bands and football teams. Full details can be found on the The Tournament of Roses webpage.
Pasadena Chalk Festival
Held annually over Father's Day weekend (mid Juine), you can watch artist create chalk master pieces. Website
Pasadena International Film Festival
Mid February. Check the website for venues, films and all other festival information.
Make Music Pasadena
Pasadena hosts a city-wide music festival, Make Music Pasadena, on a Saturday in the month of June. Featuring free events in a variety of venues, the all-day festival showcases a wide selection of artists and genres . This event was inspired by the French festival known as Fete de la Musique, a country-wide music festival held on the Summer Solstice. For specifics on this year's Make Music Pasadena, check the website for more information.
Doo Dah Parade