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Make Music Pasadena Makes Beautiful Music!

Just like the famous Rose Parade, Make Music Pasadena is becoming a popular annual tradition in beautiful Pasadena. Billed as Southern California’s largest free music festival, Make Music Pasadena features an eclectic collection of over 100 artists playing shows throughout the city. Music stages are placed throughout the city and communities, from Old Town Pasadena to the PlayHouse District to Lake Avenue. On this day, Pasadena residents and visitors all join together for a day of fun, food, and music.

Some of the stalls at the Make Music Pasadena festival with great food and things-to-buy - Even Next Day Flyers had a stall!


Pasadena is a city that’s rich in art and history. It is located in the foothills of San Gabriel mountains. Pasadena is home to some of Southern California’s most famous events and landmarks including of Rose Bowl, Rose Parade, Huntington Gardens, Cal Tech, Art Center, and Norton Simon Museum. But for most folks, Pasadena is where you can experience shopping, great food, art, amazing architecture and live music all at one place, all in one day.

NextDayFlyers is a proud sponsor of Make Music Pasadena. NDF has a long history of supporting designers and musicians; we even had a booth in the Playhouse district across from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute.

I attended the festival on 16th June 2012. Here is my personal walk-a-round of the event to give you an idea of the fun day I had and the wonderful sights, sounds, and flavors of the festival:

When arriving at the Pasadena site, I found it so much fun to just walk around the festival and sample the fun and exotic drinks from the beverage sponsors. Mamma Chia Beverage Company showed me that chia seeds are used for more than making funny plant sculptures. Chia seeds are actually packed with nutrients and make great funky, delightful drinks! Thank you, Mamma Chia!

Playhouse District Stage - where the action was!


I then moved towards center stage where an honest and soulful voice drew a large crowd. I found out by looking at my program (which was, of course, printed by NextDayFlyers) that the owner of the beautiful voice was SoKo. I’m definitely going to look her up!

SoKo at the Make Music Pasadena Festival
People of all ages enjoying the music
The weird and wonderful people at the festival


Following the music two blocks west to Paseo Colorado where the 20th annual Pasadena Chalk festival merged with Make Music Pasadena, I saw music and art lovers gingerly walking through the paintings and appreciating the diverse art and artists.

I then discovered that the uniquely different vibe at Paseo Calorado. Located across from the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Paseo naturally atracts a lot of performing arts lovers. It’s a place where art meets commerce. The music here was peppier and definitely more crowd-pleasing.

Art at the Pasadena festival - Amazing chalk artist chalk-drawing Wonderwoman
Beautiful portrait drawing in chalk


Instead of moving further to the largest festival venue in Old Town Pasadena where there was a huge crowd, I retreated back to South Lake Ave. to check out the neighborhood stage and get a cup of coffee.

The Ivy Walls rock the Make Music Pasadena Festival


The main stage is set in a courtyard next to Lake Avenue Macy’s (another historic landmark in Pasadena) and Corner Bakery. I caught the end of The Ivy Walls and the beginning of Robotanists, two totally different styles, but both excellent bands. The diversity of music at Make Music Pasadena is one of the aspects that makes the experience so rich and full of surprises.

The scene at South Lake was totally laid back and comfortable. People were chilling on the steps of Macy’s or at the outdoor café. Music lovers and casual shoppers congregated here to appreciate a beautiful Saturday afternoon and some cool tunes.

People chilling out and cooling off on the steps at Macy's


People laughing, hugging, and having an awesome time!


Being a long time Pasadena resident, I love and appreciate what the city has to offer and the efforts this community and different organizations continue to put in to enrich our lives. I’m proud that NextDayFlyers continues to support art and cultural events. Thank you, NextDayFlyers for supporting my community!

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