Happy Birthday Pasadena

Each June, Happy Birthday Pasadena celebrates Pasadena’s history and diverse community with fun for all ages.

Yahoo! Happy Birthday Pasadena

Howdy, pardner! Dust off yer boots and pony on over to YAHOO!! Happy Birthday Pasadena! Our frontier town is celebratin’ 133 years of cityhood and we’re havin’ the Official Party fer the whole community. Come on by for a rip-roaring time at this shindig with a free exhibition, foot-stompin’ entertainment, and delicious birthday cake, plus crafts and special activities for the small fry.

special thanks to Signature Cake Sponsor, Baja Ranch Supermarket


The Festivities

1:00 to 4:00 pm

ROPIN’ & STOMPIN’ FUN!  High tail it over to the Entertainment Corral for trick ropin’, line dancing’, and rousing Western tunes.

HIT PAY DIRT!  Make hay while the sun shines and visit the Event Partner Outposts and Finnish Folk Art Museum fer fun and fascinatin’ interactive experiences sure to delight young ‘uns and cowpokes of all ages. Punch yer Pony Express Passport at all 10 Outposts!

HAVE A STAGECOACH ADVENTURE! Yer invited to come explore an authentic reproduction of an 1860s Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach, one of America’s most legendary vehicles. Come 'n' have a look at the stagecoach and imagine what it was like to travel coast to coast with other adventurers, mail, and goods.

CHECK OUT THE FANCY PONIES & WILD CRITTERS!  Whoa! Those are some right smart ponies on display in the Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins exhibit. Carousel horses and toy critters look mighty purdy sittin’ there on display. Yer gonna love it!

CREATE!  Top off yer Sunday best with a genuine cowboy hat custom made by yer very own hands under the expert guidance of  Art 2 Go’s “Miss Helen, the Fastest Crafter in the West.”

2:00 pm

SING PURDY!  CHOW DOWN!  Mayor Terry Tornek, will lead all of us townsfolk in a birthday serenade to our City. Have a look-see at the splendiferous Birthday Cake baked up special for this occasion by Baja Ranch Supermarket before the ceremony, then chow down on the sweet goodness. We won’t stop servin’ ‘til all buckaroos have their fill! (2:30 to 4:00)!

Italian rocking horse

Pasadena Independent at HBP 2018

happy birthday cake

Sponsors & Event Partners


Yahoo!! Happy Birthday Pasadena! is presented by Pasadena Museum of History and the City of Pasadena, and supported through the generosity of numerous Event Sponsors, Partners, and Volunteers.

City of Pasadena logo

Birthday Cake Sponsor

Baja Ranch logo

Program Sponsor

Pasadena Independent logo

Outreach Sponsors


Foothill Transit

Macaroni Kid Pasadena

My Gym Pasadena

Pasadena Now

Pasadena Weekly

Stagecoach Sponsor

Wells Fargo logo

Silver Sponsors

Karen & Robert Loschke

Councilmember Steve Madison

Bronze Sponsors


Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer

Lorenzen & Noll CPAs, Inc.

M & R Professional Services

Joyce McGilvray

National Charity League, Inc. – San Marino Area Chapter

Andrew Stevenson

West Pasadena Residents' Association

Tin Sponsors

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

Bradford Macneil

Community Sponsor

Pasadena Heritage

Gifts received as of 6.10.19

Event Partners

Art 2 Go

Baja Ranch Supermarket

Carmen McDonald – Makeup Artist

City of Pasadena Youth Ambassadors

Crown City Chorus

Daughters of the American Revolution – Martin Severance Chapter

Finlandia Foundation – Los Angeles Chapter

Lewis Events

Macaroni Kid Pasadena

National Charity League, Inc. – San Marino Area Chapter

Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Independent

Pasadena Jaycees

Pasadena Public Library

Pump and Splash

Shakespeare Club of Pasadena

Wells Fargo

Photos from last year's festivities can be viewed on the Museum's Facebook page.