Local Events Happening In & Around
Pasadena, CA this November 2023
Pasadena, a city renowned for its vibrant culture and community events, is buzzing with excitement as it gears up for a series of spectacular happenings. From the enchanting world of anime to the dazzling Lightscape, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic city. Let’s dive into what Pasadena has in store for us!
Anime Pasadena: A Cosplayer's Paradise
Anime Pasadena, set in the heart of the city at the Pasadena Convention Center, is a must-visit for anime enthusiasts and cosplayers. Scheduled to be a family-friendly convention, it’s the perfect place to showcase your cosplay skills, representing your favorite characters from movies, comics, or video games. The event boasts over 200 vendors, an anime lounge, video premieres, and a cosplay fashion show. Add to that cosplay contests, live music, photo meet-ups, and insightful panels on anime and cosplay, not to mention the exciting giveaways! This convention is a dream come true for anime fans.
Lightscape: A Journey of Light and Nature
Returning by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape promises an immersive experience at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Presented by US Bank, this after-dark event features a one-mile illuminated trail adorned with artistic installations that blend color, light, and sound. Wander through the mysterious forest path, marvel at the Fire Garden, Arch of Light, Feast of Light, and the Dancing Palms. The Winter Cathedral, a fan favorite, makes a comeback too! With food trucks and a full bar, and even a visit from Santa on select nights, Lightscape is a magical holiday experience not to be missed.
Pasadena Symphony: A Musical Extravaganza
The Pasadena Symphony presents a breathtaking performance featuring the multiple award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski, known for her mastery in Rachmaninoff’s works. The concert includes Patrick Harlin’s “Earthrise,” inspired by the iconic lunar photograph and part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music. This event, conducted by Ward Stare, is set to be a memorable musical journey. For more details and tickets, visit Pasadena Symphony.
Doo Dah Parade: Eccentricity and Fun
Mark your calendars for November 19th, 2023, for the Doo Dah Parade, Pasadena’s quirky answer to the traditional Rose Parade. Starting at 11:00 am, this event, known for its satirical and unconventional spirit, promises a day filled with laughter and surprises. Celebrated as “America’s Best Parade” by Reader’s Digest, it’s a unique spectacle that embodies Pasadena’s creative and fun-loving spirit.
Rose Bowl Turkey Trot: A Thanksgiving Tradition
Kickstart your Thanksgiving Day with the Rose Bowl Turkey Trot on November 23rd, 2023. This family-friendly 5K run around the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium is more than just a race; it’s a Pasadena tradition. Whether you’re running, walking, or just enjoying the festive atmosphere, the Turkey Trot is a fantastic way to bond with the community and indulge in some healthy fun before the Thanksgiving feast.
Pasadena’s lineup of events showcases the city’s diverse cultural landscape, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of anime, enchanted by light art, a music enthusiast, love quirky parades, or looking to start your Thanksgiving with a fun run, Pasadena is the place to be. These events not only highlight the city’s rich cultural tapestry but also its commitment to bringing people together in celebration of art, music, and community spirit. Don’t miss out on these incredible experiences; mark your calendars and be part of Pasadena’s vibrant community events!