Happy Birthday Pasadena

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

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Happy Birthday Pasadena: Wish upon a Star!!

Celebrate Pasadena’s 132nd Birthday

Sunday, June 3, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Pasadena celebrates its 132nd year with robots and Stormtroopers, music by Gypsy Jambo!, makeup and monsters, face painting, balloon art, activities stations galore, and – of course – birthday cake! The free, family-friendly party for the community takes its cue from the Museum’s popular exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Pasadena. Party-goers are welcome to dress as their favorite science fiction characters, or come as you are.

Festivities begin at 1:00 pm. The official cake cutting ceremony with Mayor Terry Tornek, City Council members, and other VIPs is scheduled for 2:00 pm.

special thanks to Signature Cake Sponsor, Baja Ranch Supermarket


Participate & Enjoy

  • Eat cake!
  • Visit the Dreaming the Universe exhibition & the Finnish Folk Art Museum
  • Hobnob with the Mayor and other City dignitaries
  • Watch science fiction monsters come to life in the Makeup Demo studio
  • Enjoy performances by Gypsy Jambo!

  • Create your own robot in Art 2 Go’s crafts workshop
  • Enhance your “look” at our Face Painting station
  • Marvel at the wizardry of Mind-Blowing Balloons while they make something special just for you
  • Get to know some Stormtroopers – don’t miss this photo op
  • Visit our Event Partners for special activities at each station

Happy Birthday exhibit

happy Birthday balloons

happy birthday music

happy birthday cake

Sponsors & Event Partners

Happy Birthday Pasadena: Wish Upon a Star!! is presented by Pasadena Museum of History and the City of Pasadena, and supported through the generosity of numerous Event Sponsors, Partners, and Volunteers.

Cake Sponsor

Baja Ranch Supermarket

Program Sponsor

Pasadena Independent

Media Sponsor

Macaroni Kid Pasadena

Celestial Sponsor

John F. Merrell Foundation

Galaxy Sponsor

Dolphin Event Services

Foothill Transit

Pasadena Weekly

Aurora Sponsors

M & R Professional Services

Andrew Stevenson

Supernova Sponsor

Bradford Macneil

Event Partners

Art 2 Go

Carmen McDonald - Makeup Artist

Carnegie Observatories

Daughters of the American Revolution – Martin Severance Chapter

Finlandia Foundation-Los Angeles Chapter

Gypsy Jambo!

Mind Blowing Balloons

National Charity League, Inc. – San Marino Area Chapter

Pasadena Police Department

Pasadena Public Library

Pasadena Jaycees

Pasadena Walking Tours

Shakespeare Club of Pasadena

Star Wars Rebel Legion & 501st Legion

Tickets: Admission & Parking are free