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!!

We Celebrated Pasadena’s 132nd Birthday

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Pasadena celebrated 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 took its cue from the Museum’s popular exhibition, Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Pasadena. Party-goers were welcome to dress as their favorite science fiction characters, or come as you are.

special thanks to Signature Cake Sponsor, Baja Ranch Supermarket


The festivities

  • Cake!
  • The Dreaming the Universe exhibition & the Finnish Folk Art Museum
  • Hobnobbing with the Mayor and other City dignitaries
  • Watching science fiction monsters come to life in the Makeup Demo studio
  • Enjoying performances by Gypsy Jambo!

  • Performances by Gypsy Jambo!
  • Creating robots in Art 2 Go’s crafts workshop
  • Face Painting station
  • Mind-Blowing Balloons
  • Stormtroopers photo op
  • Special activities with Event Partners

Happy Birthday exhibit

happy Birthday balloons

happy birthday music

happy birthday cake

Sponsors & Event Partners

Happy Birthday Pasadena: Wish Upon a Star!! was 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

Joyce McGilvray

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

View photos from the event on the Museum's Facebook page.