Pasadena Heritage offers their popular in-person Old Pasadena Walking Tour on first Saturdays in 2023 beginning on February 4, and continuing every other month. Old Pasadena Management District is a proud sponsor of these educational and enjoyable tours of our historic district.
Saturday, June 3 - Old Pasadena Walking Tour South
June’s tour will include historic Dayton Street and some of our first Black-owned businesses, the first fire station, and Friendship Baptist Church. It also includes Mills Place, the location of what the LA Times would call “The Night of Terror.” Learn the story of how the burning of a Chinese laundry began the expulsion from Pasadena’s first commercial district of our Chinese population.
This tour features the ruins of Pasadena’s second library, a historic theatre that is now readapted as condominiums, and perhaps one of the most controversial preservation stories regarding an entire block that was saved.
Old Pasadena has had many transformations over its many years as our first commercial center. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been destroyed! Now it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalization in the country. Let one of their trained docents lead you through the historic neighborhood and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details, old alleyways, and historic signs. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours with a walking distance of approximately 1 mile.
Saturdays bi-monthly in 2023:
Old Pasadena Walking Tour - South
February 4, June 3, and October 7
Old Pasadena Walking Tour - North
April 1, August 5, and December 2
Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Non-members
Reservations are required, so purchase your tickets beforehand. Please note that the tours are exterior only.