Happy Birthday Pasadena

On June 22, 2014, all were invited to the grounds of Pasadena Museum of History to celebrate the City’s 128th birthday along with more than 100 of Pasadena’s businesses, institutions, and organizations that are celebrating significant anniversaries in 2014. Mayor Bogaard was on hand to cut the Birthday Cake, courtesy Vons. Visitors enjoyed nonstop live music, entertainment, and activities that explore all aspects of our community.  Fun for all ages!

Click here to see photos from Happy Birthday Pasadena 2014 on the Museum’s Facebook Page.

Free Admission! Free Parking and Shuttles from the Rose Bowl, Lots F & K!



Birthday Cake Sponsor



Diamond Sponsors

Beacon Media, Inc.

Foothill Transit

Jones Coffee Roasters

Pasadena Weekly

Supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation

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Gold Sponsors

Barbara Davis Design

California Linen Services

The Craig Family

Dolphin Event Services

John Barrett Health Insurance Brokers

Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP

Pasadena Federal Credit Union

Andrew Stevenson

West Pasadena Residents Association

Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division

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Ruby Sponsors

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

Bill & Claire Bogaard

M & R Professional Services

Mr. & Mrs. Bradford Macneil

Joyce McGilvray

Pasadena Mexican American History Association


Pearl Sponsors

Anderson Business Technology

Athens Services


This list reflects gifts received by June 22, 2014.

Event PartnersCarnegie Observatories

Finlandia Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter

Mount Wilson Observatory

Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra

Pasadena Pro Musica

Pasadena Red Cross

Shumei Arts Council


Raffle Donors

18|8 Fine Men’s Salons

Brookside Golf Club

City of Pasadena

Color Me Mine

El Portal Restaurant

John Wells Golf Shop at Brookside Golf Club

Jones Coffee Roasters

Laemmle Theaters Playhouse 7

Los Angeles Dodgers

Lucky Baldwins Pubs

Massage Envy Spa

Mi Piace Italian Kitchen & Bakery

Pasadena Museum of History

University Club of Pasadena

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

This list reflects gifts received by June 22, 2014.


The Cake & Refreshments

The official cake cutting is scheduled for 1:30 pm; further details about this year’s cake is being kept tightly under wraps! The cakes – all courtesy of Vons, which also operates Pavilions stores – will reflect the themes highlighted at this year’s Happy Birthday Pasadena event.

In addition, Jones Coffee Roasters will be providing complimentary samples of iced coffee, the Duarte Lemonade Brigade will once again be selling their popular thirst-quenching beverages, and ice cream sandwiches will be available for purchase from C.K. Farnsworth’s Soda Fountain.


The Schedule

Don’t be late!  New this year: Free parking and shuttle buses will transport party-goers to and from Lots F & K at the Rose Bowl. The shuttles will run continuously between 12:00 and 4:30 pm.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

12:00 Noon – Shuttles begin from Rose Bowl; PMH Exhibition Galleries and Museum Store open to the public

1:00 pm – Entertainment begins throughout the Museum grounds.

1:30 pm – Official Cake Cutting Ceremony followed by continuous entertainment/activities until 4:00 pm.

4:30 pm – Last shuttle to Rose Bowl parking lot.


Activities – Entertainment – Exhibition

Nonstop entertainment and activities throughout the afternoon will offer party guests the chance to explore our community’s longtime institutions and organizations.

The music starts at 1:00 pm with the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra from 30th anniversary celebrant Pasadena Conservatory of Music.  This group of 13 young musicians will be making their final local appearance before heading to Stuttgart, Germany for rehearsals and performances with a group of German guitarists as part of a cultural exchange program PCM introduced this year.

Pasadena Pro Musica (Stephen Grimm, Artistic Director), the acclaimed choral group celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will perform throughout the grounds following the cake cutting ceremony until 4:00 pm.

Enjoy special, for-Happy-Birthday-Pasadena-only presentations by Mount Wilson Observatory/Carnegie Observatories, the Shumei Arts Council, and Pasadena Red Cross.

Crafts workshops presented by the Shumei Arts Council and Art 2 Go will keep younger party guests busy with origami designs and creating a mini Rose Parade Float! In addition, brush painting artist Nan Rae will offer instruction in this ancientart to both children and adults.

View the exhibition Crown City Jubliee, which features the Pasadena Unified School District (140 years), Pasadena Public Library (130), Pasadena Tournament of Roses® (125), Vroman’s Bookstore (120), Mount Wilson Observatory (110), American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chaper (100), The Langham Huntington, Pasadena(100), Rose Bowl Game® (100), Westridge School (100), Pasadena City College (90), and Pasadena Museum of History itself, which celebrates 90 years since its founding in 1924.

Visit the Finnish Folk Art Museum’s open house, hosted by the Finlandia Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter

Join the Treasure Hunt to enter a special drawing.  One lucky winner will take home real treasure!

Don’t forget to say hello to Dot the Clown and visit our face painter and balloon artist.

Feeling lucky?  Enter our raffle for spectacular baskets filled to the brim with desirable goods and services.