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Fall Events & Activities in Pasadena

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Fall is in the air in Pasadena. I always enjoy this time of year in Southern California, when the Santa Ana winds are blowing. Just make sure to practice good fire safety cleanup around your property if you live in the foothills!

It’s exciting to see so many exciting events and activities happening in Pasadena over the next few months. Here are few that caught my eye.

Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is always a hub of activity, especially once UCLA football season starts up. With the team ranked high this season, it should be an exciting year. Then, there are other events happening there in October and November:

  • Rose Bowl Flea Market – October 10 & November 14
  • Craftoberfest – October 16
  • UCLA Football – October 23, November 13 & November 27

Of Aether and Earthe • Through December 12

This art exhibit by Alison Saar is currently open at the Armory Center for the Arts and The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. This is the largest collection of her work ever and spans two different venues. Learn more.

The Franchise Expo • October 8-9

If you are a prospective business owner looking for franchise opportunities, you’ll want to sign up for this special conference at the Pasadena Convention Center. Learn more.

Carved at Descanso Gardens • October 11-31

This is a wonderful family-friendly event. You will walk a 1-mile path through the Camellia Forest that is lined with thousands of carved pumpkins. What a great way to get into the Halloween spirit! Learn more.

MUSE/IQUE • October 13-14

This is a unique collection of live musical performances at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The final performance of the year will be “Etta at Last,” celebrating the timeless sounds of Etta James. Learn more.

Pasadena Symphony and POPS • October 16 & November 13

Join the Pasadena Symphony and POPS on October 13 for this classics session headlined by a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and featuring Randall Goosby on violin. Learn more. Then, November’s performance will feature Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue with Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner as the soloist. Learn more.

Brick Fest Live • November 6-7

This unique event will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center and will feature hands-on attractions and jaw-dropping displays from LEGO sculpture artists. Learn more.

Enchanted Forest of Light • November 21 – January 20

Visitors can once again experience the breathtaking Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens. Learn more.