Pasadena is a city of arts and finding great performances is no problem. With the advantage of being located right by Los Angeles, big names are always in the area and if Pasadena itself is not offering what you are looking for, a quick jaunt to the city of angels definitely should take up the slack. Check with TripAdvisor's Los Angeles recommendations for extended options.

Pasadena boasts California's official state theatre: Pasadena Playhouse. Since 1917, the Pasadena Playhouse has been committed to the development and presentation of a diverse variety of theatrical productions at the highest level of artistry.

For classical and contemporary state-of-the-art live theatre and intimate, world class live music, nothing beats Boston Court Performing Arts Complex.

The Pasadena Civic Ballet Company is a renowned school in the area that began in 1980; they offer regular performances so check with their website for schedules.

Music lovers will want to check out the Pasadena Symphony. Their beautiful performances take place at the Ambassdor Auditorium. Pasadena is perhaps best known for the Tournament of Roses. The New Year's Day Festival is a grand celebration of music and art. The Rose Parade features some of the most beautiful and creative parade floats in the country. The Rose Bowl football game that follows, please even those with no football interest as the century-old tradition has become a lively event for locals and tourists nationwide.