Coming to Pasadena May 20-21? Arrive Early, Drive Carefully, Have Fun!

Posted on May 16, 2017 in

PASADENA, Calif.—If you plan to be in Pasadena May 20 or May 21 for one of the many special events here this weekend, City officials remind the public to arrive early; drive carefully; bring money for food, parking & souvenirs; have fun but celebrate responsibly; take precautions from sun exposure, and don’t forget to have a lot of extra patience.

The upcoming weekend is packed with several special events that are guaranteed to attract tens of thousands of people to Pasadena on both days.  The plethora of exciting activities include two, sold-out U2 rock concerts at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium; the two-day annual ticketed–also completely booked–“Explore JPL” event at the world famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the final leg of the Amgen Tour of California with dozens of professional, road-rocket cyclists racing through Pasadena on Saturday to the Final Finish Line in front of the Pasadena Convention Center.

“Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to get here, park and enjoy your event,” urged Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez.  “All motorists are advised to use extra care; follow the directions of on-scene public safety officials and electronic message signs and take heed of all temporary and permanent No Parking zones because illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing.”

Online links to event information, maps, road conditions and other details are provided below per event.  Pasadena Fire Department and Public Health officials remind attendees to wear hats and layered clothing; use sunscreen; drink plenty of water or nourishing fluids; seek shade as necessary and smoke only in designated smoking areas.  Always celebrate responsibly; designate a driver and/or consider using public transit—cheaper than a DUI; better for the environment and less stress.

To help keep us all safe, public safety officials also remind everyone that “If You See Something, Say Something” by calling (626) 744-4241 for suspicious, non-emergency situations and/or to contact the nearest uniformed officer on scene.  For immediate, life-threatening instances, always call 9-1-1.  When calling, remain calm, speak clearly, identify your location and the nature of the call.

Caltrans reminds the public that active construction projects, lane realignments and temporary barriers are on the I-210 Freeway.  For the JPL and Rose Bowl Stadium areas, Caltrans estimates the (currently closed) eastbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramps will reopen by 5 a.m., Saturday, May 20 and remain open through May 21.  Due to the Amgen race route, however, the east and westbound I-210 off-ramps for Arroyo Boulevard will temporarily close for about 30 minutes, from about 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., as cyclists pass through the area on Saturday.  This may impact arrival times at JPL.

Best advice: check Caltrans’ online “Quick Map” for freeway conditions before you hit to road.  There’s also a link to the Caltrans’ smart phone app that you can use too.  Remember that some smart phone apps or GPS navigation systems may not have up-to-date info on temporary road closures, barricades or other local street management plans.  Pay attention to your surroundings; follow instructions via temporary message signs and from on-scene personnel.

For public transit options, Metro Gold Line info is at, while Pasadena Transit is at and Foothill Transit at for local bus service info to your destinations.  See info link below for U2 regarding special shuttle service to/from the concert.

Plan your trip to take full advantage of the wonderful shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses in Old Pasadena, Paseo Colorado, the Playhouse District or the South Lake Avenue District.  Visit; and @VisitPasadena #Pasadena for all of the options available to make your visit memorable.

Amgen Event Info & Links   (local route and street closure maps)  (event & Lifestyle Festival info)  (overall event info and all social media links) ( @AmgenTOC ) #AmgenTOC

NBC Sports to air live coverage of the race.  Viewing info at

Towed Vehicles & Parking Enforcement Update for Amgen Tour of California

Traffic and parking enforcement begins on the route at 11 a.m., May 20.  Vehicles in violation will be cited and a tow request made.  Tow trucks will take vehicles to 450 N. Lake Avenue.  Vehicles claimed before 5 p.m., May 20 will be released to the owner without tow fees.  Vehicles not picked up by 5 p.m. will be stored in the normal manner.  For inquiries about towed vehicles prior to 2 p.m. on event day, call (626) 795-9311.  For inquiries about towed vehicles after 2 p.m., call (626) 744-4241.

U2 at the Rose Bowl Stadium, May 20 & 21

Expect full houses both nights.  Parking lots open at 2:30 p.m.; pre-concert fun at 3 p.m.; “Parson’s Lot” shuttle starts 3:30 p.m.; stadium doors open at 5 p.m. and opening act The Lumineers take the stage at 6:30 p.m.  Allow plenty of time for security clearance.  Parking, directions, event information, clear bag policy and other rules of conduct,,  ( @RoseBowlStadium ) #U2TheJoshuaTree2017

Explore JPL

Explore JPL, the annual, ticketed event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20-21.  All tickets are booked.  Only people with tickets will be admitted, no exceptions. Get there early, wear comfortable walking shoes and have plenty of patience for parking!  Tips: bring cash for food and souvenir purchases.  Maps and other info at  ( @NASAJPL ) #NASAJPL

Other Weekend Events

For the sixth year, “LitFest” celebrates the written word and all things literature with a weekend of free events, authors’ panels and discussions on both days, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for wide variety of topics and genres.  The stores, restaurants, unique corridors and cool gathering spots within the lovely Pasadena Playhouse District serves as the focal point for LitFest 2017.  ( @LitFestPasadena )  #LitFestPasadena  or

Museums of the Arroyo (MOTA) open their doors for free, one-day admission Sunday, May 21, noon to 5 p.m. (last admission is at 4 p.m.), including the Gamble House and the Pasadena Museum of History  or  ( @MuseumsofArroyo )  #MOTADay2017

Potential Olympic hopefuls compete in fast-paced pugilistic matches by male and female amateur boxers, all weights and classes, at the City’s Spring 2017 Boxing Exhibition, 1-6 p.m., May 20, Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., $10 admission fee, (626) 744-6531.

Pasadena Motorcycle Club 110th Anniversary Celebration, 2-6 p.m., May 20, in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., with street closures.  (781) 696-3164.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena!  Visit us at; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, #Pasadena and Instagram @PasadenaGov,; on Facebook at; and subscribe to our YouTube channel at  Or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.

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