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Hosting an event in Pasadena, Los Angeles

Pasadena in Los Angeles is an ideal neighborhood and city to host a corporate event due to its unique charm and vibrant cultural scene. With its tree-lined streets, historic architecture, and a thriving arts community, Pasadena offers a refreshing departure from the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles.\n\nThe city vibe of Pasadena is laid-back and sophisticated, with a strong emphasis on community and creativity. As the home of the renowned Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena is steeped in tradition and is famous for its commitment to the arts. This rich cultural heritage is reflected in the numerous galleries, theaters, and museums that dot the city.\n\nOne notable landmark in Pasadena is the iconic Colorado Street Bridge, a picturesque architectural marvel that offers breathtaking views of the city. A visit to the Norton Simon Museum is a must for art enthusiasts, featuring an impressive collection spanning from European masters to contemporary artists. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is another gem, offering a serene oasis with stunning gardens, rare books, and art collections.\n\nFor attendees seeking leisure activities, Pasadena offers a host of options. Old Town Pasadena is a bustling shopping and dining district, filled with trendy boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and charming cafes. The Pasadena Playhouse, a historic theater, showcases world-class productions, while the annual Pasadena Chalk Festival transforms the streets into vibrant works of art.\n\nIn conclusion, Pasadena's unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty make it an outstanding choice to host a corporate event. Its vibrant atmosphere, notable landmarks, and array of activities ensure that attendees will have plenty to enjoy and remember.

Most recommended venues in Pasadena, Los Angeles

The Ice House

Bar / Club

The Ice House Pasadena is the only club in America to have been running for 61 years and counting! In fact, it’s the oldest comedy club in the country. Over the years the Ice House became the sole place for all up and coming comics to try out their work. Notable comics that have performed at the club includes: Bob Newhart, George Carlin, Robin Williams, David Letterman, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Howie Mandel, Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rosie O’Donnell amongst so many others. The Ice House became a venue that people from all across the country wanted to both perform in and visit. The Ice House is indeed LEGENDARY!

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The Rose Bowl Stadium

Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium has hosted the annual New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game - “The Granddaddy of Them All” - for almost 100 years, and is home to the UCLA Bruins. The stadium has hosted world class sports and entertainment events such as five NFL Super Bowl Games Olympic Soccer matches, Men’s and Women’s World Cup games, the BCS National College Football Championship game, and a wide range of concerts and community events. The Rose Bowl Stadium reflects Pasadena’s commitment to heritage, architecture, environment, and community. As one of America’s few National Historic Landmarks, it is beloved not only by athletes and football fans, but by the thousands of people who enjoy a variety of recreational activities in and around the stadium all year long

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Pasadena Conference Center

Convention Center

Pasadena offers small town charm steeped in history and creativity. Planning a meeting in Pasadena means you’re in good hands. The 130,000 square foot Pasadena Convention Center is GBAC Star Accredited and is centrally located, 1,200+ hotel rooms within walking distance and another 1,300 rooms a short drive away. Our walkable entertainment districts, memorable destination experiences, and compelling off-site venues provide a picture-perfect canvas to curate meetings and conventions that leave a lasting impression.

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The Langham Huntington Hotel

Hotel

The Langham, London, with over 150 years of history discover the years of legendary heritage, including famous guests and innovations from Europe's first 'Grand Hotel'. The Langham continues to captivate today and is truly a London icon, with 6 bedroom Sterling Suite and an extravagant Langham Club Lounge.Prepare to be amazed and whisked away by The Langham, London as you enter through the doors and walk into over 150 years.

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Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery

Restaurant

Agnes is a restaurant & cheesery in Pasadena, CA from chef/owners Vanessa & Thomas Tilaka Kalb, inspired by the timeless tradition of gathering around a table with loved ones to share good food, good drinks, and of course, excellent cheese. Rooted in classic American regional cooking, the menu takes an honest and elevated approach to nostalgia and comfort. The cheesery showcases cut-to-order cheeses, an array of related provisions, takeaway wines by the bottle and mid-day sandwich/salad offerings. Named after Kalb’s maternal grandmother, Agnes has lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Located in the historic district of tree-lined Green Street, the restaurant is housed in the former horse stable of the Fire Department with indoor/outdoor seating.

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Bar Chelou

Restaurant

Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro, a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of Chef Doug Rankin's broad gastronomic interests and a deeply personal expression of his individualistic style. 'Chelou' (French slang for ‘strange’ or ‘unexpected’) is both the name and unifying theme of the restaurant, which draws from a range of culinary traditions and service styles to create something personal, novel and fun.Drawing inspiration from the eclectic, boundary-eschewing bistronomie movement in Paris (and beyond), Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first true neo-bistro. Conceived by Chef/Owner Douglas. Rankin, Bar Chelou is a casual, convivial space that is both a distillation of his broad gastronomic interests and a fully-realized expression of his highly-individualistic style.

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Whimsy Pasadena

Event Space

The idea all started with a simple question - ‘where should I have my party?’When asked that question the answer was not so simple. There was an obvious hole in the local party scene - something nearby, cute and affordable where you can put your own stamp on your celebration. Lots of vision, love, and thought went into finding Whimsy Pasadena. A place to celebrate an occasion outside of your home, in the most personal way possible. We hope you love it as much as we do.When we’re not busy booking events - we love spending time with our families, discovering new restaurants, and exploring our beautiful city of Pasadena.<3, Joanna & Kathy

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Imperial Palace Banquet Hall

Event Space

Want to engage your audience with your next corporate event? Imperial offers a versatile open floor plan that allows our clients to completely customize an event to match the theme or style. Whether it’s a fundraiser gala, an important meeting, a product launch, or an awards banquet, our corporate event venue in Los Angeles can help you make the perfect impression with your guests and reach your event’s goals. Our staff has the experience and attention to detail to help coordinate your event and to help it run as smoothly as possible.

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The Maxwell House

Event Space

By booking The Maxwell House, you are assisting valuable programs that empower people to strengthen their communities. WJC does this by growing the conflict resolution skills and capacity of youth, educators, schools, and community partners.

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Neighborhood guide to Pasadena, Los Angeles


What is the best way to get around Pasadena, Los Angeles?

The best way to get around Pasadena is by utilizing the Pasadena Transit bus system and the Metro Gold Line subway. The Pasadena Transit buses provide convenient transportation within the city, with numerous routes covering key areas. If you need to travel to neighboring areas in Los Angeles, the Metro Gold Line subway is a great option. It connects Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and beyond, making it easy to explore other parts of the city. Additionally, public transportation options like ride-sharing services and taxis are readily available throughout Pasadena. These various modes of transportation offer flexibility and accessibility for corporate event planners and their guests, ensuring convenient travel throughout the area.


What are the top venues to host an event in Pasadena?

If you are looking to host a corporate event in Pasadena, there are several top places that can provide the perfect setting. One option is The Langham Huntington, a luxurious hotel with multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, including a ballroom and gardens. Another great choice is the Pasadena Convention Center, a state-of-the-art facility with flexible meeting and exhibition spaces. For a unique experience, you can consider the Norton Simon Museum, which offers event spaces surrounded by exceptional art collections. Alternatively, the University Club of Pasadena provides a sophisticated atmosphere with stunning views of the California landscape. Lastly, the historic Castle Green offers a charming and elegant setting with its beautiful gardens and architecture.


What is the vibe of Pasadena?

Pasadena has a charming and sophisticated vibe. It is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets, historic architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. The neighborhood boasts iconic landmarks such as the Pasadena City Hall and the Norton Simon Museum, which offer unique venues for corporate events. The Old Town Pasadena area is a popular destination with its mix of upscale shops, trendy restaurants, and lively entertainment options. The Pasadena Convention Center is also a major draw, offering state-of-the-art facilities for conferences and conventions. With its mix of old-world charm and modern amenities, Pasadena is an ideal neighborhood to host a corporate event, providing a unique and memorable experience for attendees.


What are fun things to do in Pasadena?

Pasadena, nestled in the San Gabriel Valley, offers a plethora of engaging activities and sights. Begin your adventure by strolling through the historic Old Pasadena district, teeming with charming shops and restaurants. Be sure to check out the Norton Simon Museum, boasting an exceptional collection of European art, and the Gamble House, an exquisite example of Craftsman architecture. Nature lovers won't want to miss the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, featuring stunning botanical displays and beautiful art. Additionally, explore the renowned Rose Bowl Stadium, an iconic sports and entertainment venue that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Lastly, immerse yourself in Pasadena's vibrant food scene, with options ranging from trendy gastropubs to Michelin-starred fine dining establishments.


What is the history of Pasadena?

Pasadena is a charming neighborhood located northeast of downtown Los Angeles. Originally settled by the Hahamogna Native Americans, it was later explored by the Spanish in the late 18th century. In the late 19th century, Pasadena experienced a boom in population and became a popular resort destination due to its mild climate. The construction of the famed Colorado Street Bridge in 1912 brought increased accessibility to the area. Pasadena is perhaps most famous for hosting the annual Tournament of Roses Parade since 1890 and the Rose Bowl football game since 1902. Today, Pasadena is known for its beautiful architecture, cultural institutions, and the prestigious California Institute of Technology.