Best Things To Do Around Pasadena This Month

Venice: Real and Imagined

Explore the history of Italy’s floating city, featuring watercolors, etchings, lithographs, and photographs of the early days of La Serenissima. $13-$25, The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-405-2100,

Annual Benefit for Kidspace Children’s Museum

Get dressed in your finest country costume for a cocktail hour, dinner, raffles, a live auction, and dancing ’til the cows come home—all for a good cause. $275, Santa Anita Park, 285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, 626-449-9144,


The great American musical returns to LA, at the iconic Pasadena Playhouse. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th Century in pursuit of the American dream.  The award-winning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with the hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
Tickets $29-$95, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626-689-2319,


A Noise Within breathes new life into this Shakespeare masterpiece. $25-$70, A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626-356-3100,

Olga Kern

Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The Pasadena Symphony’s renowned music director, David Lockington, conducts this all-Tchaikovsky Spectacular with his Symphony No. 5 and his grandiose Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Russian American Pianist Olga Kern—a Van Cliburn winner with direct ancestral links to Tchaikovsky himself. Tickets $35-$123, Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena, 626-793-7172,


Join the Norton Simon in an exploration of famed French artist Henri Matisse. The exhibition features a small selection of works exploring the theme of the odalisque in European art in the 19th and 20th centuries. Adult admission $15, Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840,

Jefferson Starship

Hailing from the golden age of psychedelic rock, Jefferson Starship made an impression on an entire generation. $44-$64, The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena, 888-645-5006,

Retro Gaming Expo

This fun blast from the past will please both curious kids and nostalgic adults. $15-$30, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., 626-793-2122,

Camellia Festival

Head to this all-ages event affectionately known as the “Rose Parade of Temple City.” Free, Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Drive, Temple City, CA, 626-285-2171,

Twelfth Night

Filled with memorable characters, delightful songs, and madcap folly, this hilarious production is perfect for the whole family. Free, La Cañada Playhouse, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818-395-1339,

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