Now the Fireworks Are Over, What Is There To Do in Pasadena This Weekend?

Published : Friday, July 5, 2019 | 4:48 AM

After the excitement of Fourth of July celebrations, what is there to do in Pasadena this weekend?

Pasadena Now’s extensive Event’s Calendar, the biggest Pasadena events listing in the San Gabriel Valley,  just may hold the answers to your after-the-bang blues.

Pasadena has no shortage of things to do this holiday weekend, even after a major event.

Here are just some of the exciting events you can do this weekend after the big 4th of July celebration.

On Friday, July 5, Bring your toddlers to Villa Parke Branch Library at 363 E. Villa Street, between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon, to play with toys, listen to music, interact with other children and color. This is a free activity for ages 1 to 4.

If you want, Southern California Children’s Museum, at 459 E. Colorado Blvd., is offering “Fun Foodie Friday at SCCM,” starting at 11: 30 a.m. You and the kids can make edible art using fruits and other foods donated by Pasadena’s local Trader Joe’s, or create a tasty masterpiece that looks and tastes good! The activity is free with admission, sign-up required. Call (626) 657-0357 or sign up at the front desk! For ages 2 and above.

Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch Conversation happens at Pasadena Village Office, at 236 W. Mountain Street, Suite 104 in Pasadena, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. This is a new opportunity for socializing and conversation. Bring your lunch and join a conversation about balance by village Member Sally Asmundson. Although the list has been filled, you may want to call (626) 765-6037 just to be sure.

Still on Friday, Pasadena Senior Center at 85 E. Holly Street brings you “The Lion King” (1994) for Friday Movie Matinee, starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 and $8. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit for more information.

In Altadena, Altadena Library District brings you Mac to the Max, where Macbooks and an experienced Mac user will be standing by in the Main Library’s FabLab to assist new Mac users as they learn how to navigate this popular operating system. If you are already an experienced Mac user, come try your skills on apps like Final Cut Pro (video editing) and Photoshop. This is a free event that starts at 1 p.m.

Later at 3:30 p.m., Lego Club begins at the Altadena Library, where you and the kids can create, build, and maybe destroy your Lego structure, if that’s your thing. Legos will be provided, and Duplos will be available for children under 4. For children aged 3-12. If you have any questions or require special accommodation, call (626) 798-0833.   The Altadena Library District is at 600 E. Mariposa Street.

At 4 p.m., 626 Night Market opens at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive in Arcadia. Whether you spent your childhood at night markets in Asia, met your true love at one of these events in California or decided to have FWBs (Food With Benefits) forever, bring on the memories and create new ones with 626 Night Market’s 8th season. Call (626) 244-7432 for details.

Check the events calendar on for many more Friday activities and events.

On Saturday, July 6, Mt. WIlson Observatory sponsors a Weekend Public Tour of the facility, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The morning, docent-lead public tour of the Observatory, which includes entry into the 150-foot Solar Tower Telescope (the largest solar telescope in the world from 1912 to 1962), the 60-inch Telescope (the ancestor of all large, modern reflecting telescopes and the biggest in the world from 1908 to 1917), and the 100-inch Telescope (used by Hubble to discover the expanding Universe and the biggest telescope in the world from 1917 to 1949.) The walking tour leaves from the Pavilion where the Cosmic Café is located. It is about two hours long and involves walking about a third of a mile with some stairs to climb in the telescope domes.

The tour costs $15. For more information, call (626) 304-0269.

From 1 to 2 p.m., Norton Simon Museum opens French Landscape from Barbizon to Van Gogh. Discover the development of Barbizon painters at Fontainebleau and their impact on Van Gogh and other late 19th-century landscapists. A featured speaker leads the discussion. The event is free with admission. Call (626) 449-6840 for more information.

Kidspace Children’s Museum opens 40 Days of Fun: Random Acts of FUN, celebrating the museum’s 40 years. Parents can relive childhood memories of summer with spontaneous play alongside their children. Don’t be afraid to get messy! Enjoy all the festive themes from slime to bubbles and be on the lookout for random acts of fun. Pop into Stone Hollow Amphitheater for the daily exploration and take the scavenger hunt challenge for a special prize. Random Acts of Fun runs through August 16. For details, call (626) 449-9144 or visit

Puppy Social Session is on again on Saturday, July 6, at the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. This is a drop-in social hour for puppies between the ages of 2 to 6 months, the perfect opportunity to get your puppy socialized with other puppies in a safe and structured environment. Play interactions are managed and supervised by Pasadena Humane Society trainers to ensure all puppies leave with a new positive experience. Cost is $10. For more information, call (626) 792-7151 or visit

The Gamble House, at 4 Westmoreland Place in Pasadena, opens a “Tour: Behind the Velvet Ropes” this Saturday, 9 a.m. On this tour, you are invited behind-the-scenes to visit parts of the House not available on the regular one-hour tour. Walk inside the rooms and, with flashlight in hand, examine at close quarters exquisite craftsman details. Your docent, wearing gloves, will open doors and drawers to reveal gems that can only be seen close up. You have time to appreciate the ambience of this National Historic Landmark, and enjoy some light refreshments in the gallery. These longer tours, lasting up to 2.5 hours, allow them to share with you their own excitement and knowledge and show you details that can only be seen from a distance on regular tours.

Tickets are $45. To purchase tickets, go to

For nature lovers, Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park and Nature Center leads a Family Nature Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Step outside into nature and join fellow walkers in the outdoors for a guided walk in Eaton Canyon Natural Area. This walk is geared to families, including small children, and everyone is welcome. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a hat are recommended. The walk is free to the public. Meet in front of the building. Co-sponsored by Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Family Nature Walk is free. For more information, call (626) 398-5420 or visit

And for more of Pasadena’s historic heritage, PAsadena Heritage sponsors an Old Pasadena Historic District Walking Tour, 9 to 11:15 a.m. The tour costs $18 to $20. For more information, call (626) 441-6333 or visit

The weekend after 4th of July offers many more attractions and fun activities for all ages in Pasadena. To browse through the offerings online, visit, click on a date on the calendar on the page, or do a search through the Events Search bar near the top of the page.

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