Happy Walktober 2019!

A Celebration of Walking in Pasadena

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Walktober is an annual event to get people walking in Pasadena! Walking is a deeply human activity, and we're excited to offer a full slate of events that reflect a wide range of reasons and ways to enjoy walking. Whether you walk for physical health, mental health, to meet people, to see new things, or simply to get things done (maybe all of the above!), we recognize and celebrate that as an excellent thing.

Press Release - Sept. 27, 2019 (Grief) Press Release - Oct. 1, 2019 Press Release - Oct. 17, 2019 (New CM Walks) City of Pasadena Walktober Proclamation

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UPDATE 10/19: We've just added final details for Walktoberfest on 10/25 (be sure to get your FREE tickets) and Councilmember Hampton's walk on 10/26.

Councilmember Kennedy's walk is being rescheduled (tentative date: 11/2).

Thursday, October 24
Thu
Oct 24

Caltech Campus History and Architectural Tour

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

FREE (Advance registration requested)

Athenaeum Entrance (551 S Hill Ave) (Map)

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Why are pea plants and crabs carved along the outer facades of Caltech's lab buildings? Join this tour and find out... ()

This montly docent-led architectural tour of Caltech, hosted by the Caltech Women's Club (CWC), offers an insider's view of Caltech's history, as recorded among and told by the buildings and labs throughout the university. The tour starts at the Athenaneum faculty club (completed in 1931 and famous for hosting Einstein), and continues through the rest of campus, where participants will experience the guiding vision of Bertram Goodhue, who sought to design a campus of great beauty so that scientists and engineers would become more aware of the aesthetic values of life.

Please note that to attend this walk, you must register at https://cats.caltech.edu/reservations. The total distance is approximately 1⅓ miles and includes flights of steps. Tours last from 1½ to 2 hours. Low-heeled shoes are advised. This walk is not suitable for people with strollers, walkers or children. For information on special needs call (626) 395-4654.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Caltech Women's Club.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
Caltech is serviced by Metro Lines 177 and 267, and Pasadena Transit Line 10.

Biking:
Bike parking is available outside of the Athenauem near the tennis courts and outside of neighboring Ricketts Hovse.

Carpooling:
Valet parking is available at the Athenaeum. Paid lot parking is available in the structure on Holliston and San Pasqual.

Friday, October 25
Fri
Oct 25

Walkoberfest

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

FREE (bring money for food and drinks)

Total Wine Tasting Room on Colorado Bl (Map)

Facebook Event Page | Order Tickets

What better way to celebrate the end of Walktober? ()

Find out what's on tap! Join our Walktoberfest celebration as we come to the close of Walktober!

Enjoy a free beer tasting at Total Wine & More (https://www.totalwine.com/), followed by a jaunt to T. Boyle's (https://www.facebook.com/TBoylesPubPasadena/) with a special discount on drinks and refreshments, then finally a nightcap at The Ice House (https://icehousecomedy.com/).

NOTE: This is an exclusive event, limited to 20 participants 21+ only. Eventbrite tickets are FREE but required for attendance! Please Drink and Walk responsibly.

Hosted by Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
Gold Line at Lake Station, Pasadena Transit 10, Metro 180, 181, 256 and 686.

Biking:
Look for bike racks along Colorado in front of Vroman's and Laemmle or the racks in Target's entrance adjacent to their parking structure.

Carpooling:
Street parking available (please bring a designated driver).

Friday, October 25
Fri
Oct 25

Day of the Dead Celebration

FREE (bring money for food and drinks)

Old Pasadena (Map)

Facebook Event Page | Event Page

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a stroll through Old Pasadena's alleyways... ()

Old Pasadena celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the reverent yet vibrant Mexican holiday that honors loved ones who have passed before us. The celebration includes Community Altars, a Salsa dance party with live music and calavera face painting, and more pop-up fun and activities.

All events are open to the public and are free and open to the public (Friday, Oct 25 through Saturday, Oct 26). This is a no-host walk -- enjoy Old Pasadena at your leisure.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Old Pasadena Management District.

Saturday, October 26
Sat
Oct 26

East Arroyo Pocket Parks: A City Hike with CM Tyron Hampton

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

FREE

Ruby McKnight Williams Pocket Park (Westgate St and N Arroyo Blvd) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

A walk and talk with the leader of District 1 among the pocket parks of the East Arroyo... ()

One of the hallmarks of every world-class city (besides an awesome transit system and walkable streets) is the way that city manages to weave nature within the concrete and asphalt. These interactions with nature remind us that we're part of a larger pattern, and help to keep us grounded. While we may not be ready to go full Cheonggyecheon (hello, Seoul!), what we do have right now in Pasadena are pocket parks - tiny (less than 1 acre) parks hidden along sidewalks and within triangular intersections, offering an oasis for plants, animals, and humans alike.

Join District 1 Councilmember Tyron Hampton for a loop walk in the East Arroyo to explore three favorite District 1 pocket parks. We'll start at Ruby McKnight Williams Pocket Park, make our way to the Daughters of the American Revolution Pocket Park, and then explore the Gateway Pocket Park before returning to our origin. A representative from the Dept. of Public Works will give us insight about each park, along with an overview of how the Department is working to enhance the green, nature-affirming details of our aspirational garden city.

Hosted by Councilmember Tyron Hampton and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
The closest bus stops at Seco St. and Lincoln Ave. are serviced by Pasadena Transit Lines 51 and 52, and Metro Line 267.

Biking:
Bicycles can be brought along the walk.

Carpooling:
Parking is available on surrounding streets.

Saturday, October 26
Sat
Oct 26

People, Plants, and Water: A Water-Wise Walking Tour through Historic Northwest Pasadena

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

FREE

La Pintoresca Park (45 E Washington Blvd) (Map)

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An exploration of how water connects us to the natural beauty around us, the history of our city, and ourselves... ()

Did you know water carries nutrients to cells, and hydrates skins and joints*, or that plants are comprised of about 90% water**? Water is essential to the health of plants and people. Join the Pasadena Public Health Department’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NPA) on a water-wise walking tour through historic Northwest Pasadena.

Start at the brand new hydration station in front of La Pintoresca Library, and learn about the health benefits of water and physical activity from NPA staff. Our walk leaders, along with local learning naturalist and water harvesting expert Levi Brewster (of Beautiful Bioswales and the New Horizon School Pasadena), will delight us with interesting facts about the area as they lead us from La Pintoresca library to Washington Elementary, where we will hear from the Pasadena Audubon Society about their drought-tolerant garden. We will then continue to Washington Park, where volunteers from Friends of Washington Park will guide us through the native plants and butterfly garden, and finally return to the library.

The walking tour is approximately 2 miles roundtrip. All participants will receive a gift bag at the end of the tour. Sources: *USDA (www.CaChampionsForChange.net) **http://scienceline.ucsb.edu

Hosted by City of Pasadena Public Health Dept. and Pasadena Audubon Society.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
La Pintoresca Park is serviced by Metro Lines 260 and 268, and Pasadena Transit Lines 20, 31, and 32.

Biking:
Racks are located in front of the library.

Carpooling:
Lot and street parking are available.

Saturday, October 26
Sat
Oct 26

Walktober Foraging Tour in the East Washington Village

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

FREE (RSVPs preferred)

Culture Club (1392 E Washington Blvd) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

A walk and talk with the leader of District 2... ()

Put on your walking shoes, grab your grocery bag & wallet and come with us to explore Pasadena’s hidden gem, the East Washington Village. Bakeries, small markets, a nut house and a real butcher are on the day’s menu.

RSVP to mlmorales@cityofpasadena.net.

Hosted by Councilmember Margaret McAustin and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
The closest bus stops are serviced by Metro Line 256 and 268 and Pasadena Transit Line 31/32.

Biking:
Racks located on Washington Blvd.

Carpooling:
Street parking available.

Sunday, October 27
Sun
Oct 27

Walk to End Alzheimer’s - San Gabriel Valley

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

FREE

Pasadena City College (1570 E Colorado Blvd) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | Event Website

A benefit walkathon to support people with Alzheimer's... ()

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease!

While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. Join us and lead the way to Alzheimer's first survivor. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease!

For more details and to register, visit act.alz.org/sgv19

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Alzheimer's Association.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
PCC is serviced by Metro Lines 267, 181, 686, Foothill Transit Line 187, and Pasadena Transit Line 10. The closest Gold Line station is Allen.

Biking:
Racks are available throughout campus.

Carpooling:
Lot parking is $2.

Sunday, October 27
Sun
Oct 27

A Walk Through Pasadena's WILD Lower Arroyo

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

FREE

Desiderio Park (10 N Arroyo Blvd) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

A walk through time and space in one of Pasadena's best-kept urban secrets... ()

Join us for a walking exploration of the Lower Arroyo, which holds some of Pasadena’s greatest natural and historic assets. Our 4 mile round trip will take us past La Casita del Arroyo, the archery range, the casting pond, remnants of the original Busch gardens, and the San Pasqual horse stables in South Pasadena as we take in the sights and scents of the abundant California native plants in the beautiful microclimate of the Lower Arroyo Seco. Our walk leader, Pilar, led one of our most beloved walks last year (From Angels to the Arroyo). She loves to walk all over the area and share her appreciation of its history and beauty with friends old and new.

Fall is when seeds of California native plants start to set, so we ask that you stay on the paths. The terrain is uneven and rocky, so please wear appropriate shoes. Bring water and a hat. As we will be moving at a moderate pace, please do not bring children under the age of 12.

Hosted by Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
The closest bus stops at Orange Grove Blvd/Colorado Blvd are serviced by Metro Lines 256, 180/181, and 780. The meeting location can be accessed by walking down Holly St. to Arroyo Blvd (approx. 10 min).

Biking:
Look at or near the park for street furniture to lock to.

Carpooling:
Limited lot parking is available at the newly opened Desiderio park. Street parking may be found along the east side of Arroyo Blvd.

Saturday, November 2
Sat
Nov 2

[Tentative] Art Walk with John Kennedy: Our Diversity Reflected

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

FREE

City Hall, Garfield Steps (100 Garfield Ave) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

Look deeply within...without setting foot in a museum. ()

Discover Pasadena's public art as a reflection of our diversity as a community and as a source of identity and pride. Join us for a free docent-led public art tour, viewing the work of renowned local and national artists that has garnered national acclaim for the City’s collection. As diverse as the artists that create it, Pasadena’s public art ranges from a children’s playground modeled on the Arroyo Seco and art glass mirrors that tell the story of the City’s firefighters to a much larger-than-life memorial to Pasadena heroes Mack and Jackie Robinson.

This tour will be led by Amy Ruvalcaba from Side Street Projects (https://www.sidestreet.org/), a community-centered project that promotes socially engaged artists, youth education, and artist workshops with the goal of facilitating dialogue and creative problem solving through collaboration and hands-on artmaking.

Meet at the Garfield Steps of Pasadena City Hall on Sunday. Bring walking shoes, a hat and water.

Hosted by Councilmember John Kennedy, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and Side Street Projects.


ACCESS INFORMATION:

Walking/Transit:
City Hall is serviced by the Gold Line (Memorial Park), Metro Lines 180, 181, and 267, Foothill Transit Line 187, and Pasadena Transit Lines 10 and 40.

Biking:
Racks can be found in the City Hall stairwells.

Carpooling:
Street parking is available on Garfield, Walnut, and Euclid.

Additional October Walking Tours in Pasadena

Want more walks? Check out these walking tours hosted by some of our partners:

Every Wednesday and Saturday
Wed & Sat

Pasadena: City of Roses Walking Tour

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

20-May

Steps of Pasadena City Hall (100 Garfield Avenue) (Map)

Tour Website

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Pasadena has its roots as an agricultural citrus-growing community, and is now famous worldwide as the home of some of the best-known New Year's Day celebrations. Beyond the festivals, flowers, and tree-lined streets, prepare to learn more about the Crown City at the base of the foothills, fascinating every day of the year.

These 2 hr tours by Pasadena Walking Tours are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. However, this depends on bookings and guide availability, so we advise potential guests to check the website or contact us for confirmation that a tour will occur.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Pasadena Walking Tours.

Every Saturday and Sunday
Sat & Sun

Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tours

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

65-79

Raymond Ave and Holly St (Map)

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Experience the history, architecture, and folklore of Old Pasadena with Melting Pot Food Tours. Colorful alleys and secret thru-ways spice up the walk as you seek out spectacular ethnic eateries and sweet stuff havens in historic Old Pasadena. Enjoy all the fascinating stories behind the foods when you explore this historic district, once just a sunny haven of colorful orange groves. Whenever possible, you'll be met and hosted by these special merchants who proudly share their incredible offerings.

For more information, please check the tour website (don't miss the discount code)!

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Old Pasadena Management District and Melting Pot Tours.

Saturday, October 25
Sat
Oct 25

Haunted Pasadena Walking Tour

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

20-May

By "The Performer" status outside The Stand (36 S El Molino Ave) (Map)

Tour Website | Order Tickets

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Have you ever heard an unexplained whisper behind you? Or seen someone out of the corner of your eye but when you turned to look, they were gone?

Come stroll with us on the dark side of the streets of Pasadena, and meet the phantoms who haunt its alleys, underground tunnels, corridors, and back rooms. Unexplained mysteries and dirty dealings pepper Pasadena's past, but we'll expose them on a nighttime wander through the Playhouse District and Old Pasadena!

For more information, please check the tour website.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Pasadena Walking Tours and Old Pasadena Management District.

Saturday, October 26
Sat
Oct 26

Old Pasadena Pub Crawl

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

20-45

Old Pasadena (revealed after ticket purchase) (Map)

Tour Website | Order Tickets

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October's Historic Pub Crawl, hosted by Pasadena Heritage, visits new historic stops, including the newly re-opened Dog Haus Biergarten, Der Wolfskopf, and the Rathskeller, as well as nearby Congregation Ale House. Enjoy some of Pasadena's best libations and food while learning about Electric Alley and the Pacific Electric's Red Car, the rise of Pasadena's resort era and its relation to the city's railways, and the role of the historic Santa Fe Depot. Your ticket entitles you to a commemorative tasting glass and a flight of beer and tasty snacks at each spot!

For more information, please check the tour website.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Old Pasadena Management District and Pasadena Heritage.

Past Events

These events have already passed, but may make a reappearance next year! ()

Thursday, October 3
Thu
Oct 3

GirlTrek: Thursday Trek "Walktober" (#1)

7:45 AM to 9:15 AM

FREE

Victory Park (2575 Paloma St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | GirlTrek Walk Listing

Take some time in the middle of the week to get active with GirlTrek... ()

In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekday's walk near Victory Park.

Please be sure to wear your GirlTrek Blue or a Blue shirt. Bring comfortable shoes, water, positive vibes, and a friend or two. This will be an easy 2 mile walk around the park and surrounding areas. Meet in the main parking lot. Please arrive on time.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Girl Trek.


Saturday, October 5
Sat
Oct 5

GirlTrek: Arlington Gardens

7:45 AM to 9:15 AM

FREE

Arlington Gardens (275 Arlington Dr) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | GirlTrek Walk Listing

Join GirlTrek for a healing walk through one of our favorite gardens... ()

In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekend's walk for healing in and around Pasadena's beautiful Arlington Gardens.

Please be sure to wear your GirlTrek Blue or a Blue shirt. Bring comfortable shoes, water, positive vibes, and a friend or two. This will be an easy 2-3 mile walk on flat ground. Please arrive at least 7 mins early for chat and stretches. See you on the Trek!

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Girl Trek.


Saturday, October 5
Sat
Oct 5

Power Walking 101: A Glenarm Power Plant Tour (Tour #1 - SOLD OUT)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FREE (Advance registration required)

Glenarm Power Plant Gate 9 (43 E State St)

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An exclusive, behind the scenes tour of a crucial utility plant... ()

The Glenarm Power Plant has been keeping the lights on in Pasadena since 1907, starting with the streetlights lining Glenarm and expanding to meet the City’s growing needs. A major repowering in 2016 is helping reduce the city’s fuel consumption and emissions, lower its carbon footprint, increase efficiency, and better integrate renewable energy into its grid by backstopping it with a reliable alternative when needed. The facility is an essential component of the City’s reliable supply of electricity while serving as a step toward meeting its sustainability goals.

This tour is a rare opportunity to explore the new state-of-the-art power plant and get a glimpse into the history of the City’s power generation. NOTE: This event is limited to 15 participants. Eventbrite tickets are FREE but required for attendance!

Participants should observe the following:

  • The plant is an industrial facility. Industrial hazards exist at the plant, and participants are required to sign a waiver.
  • Closed-toe flat shoes and long pants are REQUIRED.
  • Because the tour includes steep stairs and grated walkways, we apologize that this tour is not accessible to wheeled mobility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers.

Hosted by Pasadena Water and Power and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.

Wednesday, October 9
Wed
Oct 9

Jefferson Elementary Walk To School Day - Bike it, Scoot it, Walk it

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

FREE

Jefferson Rec Center (1501 E Villa St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

Jefferson Elementary school students and parents get active this morning... ()

Pasadena Unified School District's Jefferson Elementary joins thousands of schools around the country in Walk To School Day, an annual event to celebrate the joy, independence, and health benefits of walking to school.

This event is being co-organized by Jefferson Elementary and the lovely folks at Day One for students and their families. For more information and to volunteer for setup/cleanup or to be a walking bus "driver", please contact Day One through the below link.

Hosted by Day One, Jefferson Elementary, and Pasadena Unified School District.


Thursday, October 10
Thu
Oct 10

Longfellow Elementary Walk To School Day - Bike it, Scoot it, Walk it

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

FREE

McDonald Park (1000 E Mountain St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

School starts with a walking treat for Longfellow Elementary school students and their parents... ()

Pasadena Unified School District's Longfellow Elementary joins thousands of schools around the country in Walk To School Day, an annual event to celebrate the joy, independence, and health benefits of walking to school.

This event is being co-organized by Longfellow Elementary and the lovely folks at Day One for students and their families. For more information and to volunteer for setup/cleanup or to be a walking bus "driver", please contact Day One through the below link.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Day One, Longfellow Elementary, and Pasadena Unified School District.


Thursday, October 10
Thu
Oct 10

GirlTrek: Thursday Trek "Walktober"(#2)

7:45 AM to 9:15 AM

FREE

Victory Park (2575 Paloma St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | GirlTrek Walk Listing

Take some time in the middle of the week to get active with GirlTrek... ()

In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekend's walk near Victory Park.

Please be sure to wear your GirlTrek Blue or a Blue shirt. Bring comfortable shoes, water, positive vibes, and a friend or two. This will be an easy 2 mile walk around the park and surrounding areas. Meet in the main parking lot. Please arrive on time.

Hosted by Girl Trek.


Friday, October 11
Fri
Oct 11

Art Night

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

FREE

various locations (Map)

Facebook Event Page | Event Website

Celebrate Friday with an art museum crawl at your leisure... ()

Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. Ride the free shuttles between the museums and art institutions of your choice...or breathe the crisp night air as you walk from site to site.

ArtNight is an ongoing partnership among many cultural institutions and the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Pasadena. Check out the list of participating institutions on their site and plan your own adventure.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission.


Saturday, October 12
Sat
Oct 12

GirlTrek: SuperHero Trek

7:45 AM to 9:15 AM

FREE

Memorial Park (85 E Holly St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | GirlTrek Walk Listing

Join GirlTrek for a powerful walk through Old Pasadena... ()

In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekend's walk throughout Old Pasadena.

For this Trek, we’re asking you wear something with your favorite Superhero. Bring comfortable shoes, water, positive vibes, and a friend or two. Come out out and have a good time - we’re going to walk 3 miles on flat ground! Please arrive at least 7 mins early for chat and stretches. See you on the Trek!

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Girl Trek.


Saturday, October 12
Sat
Oct 12

Power Walking 101: A Glenarm Power Plant Tour (Tour #2 - SOLD OUT)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FREE (Advance registration required)

Glenarm Power Plant Gate 9 (43 E State St)

Facebook Event Page | Order Tickets

An exclusive, behind the scenes tour of a crucial utility plant... ()

The Glenarm Power Plant has been keeping the lights on in Pasadena since 1907, starting with the streetlights lining Glenarm and expanding to meet the City’s growing needs. A major repowering in 2016 is helping reduce the city’s fuel consumption and emissions, lower its carbon footprint, increase efficiency, and better integrate renewable energy into its grid by backstopping it with a reliable alternative when needed. The facility is an essential component of the City’s reliable supply of electricity while serving as a step toward meeting its sustainability goals.

This tour is a rare opportunity to explore the new state-of-the-art power plant and get a glimpse into the history of the City’s power generation. NOTE: This event is limited to 15 participants. Eventbrite tickets are FREE but required for attendance!

Participants should observe the following:

  • The plant is an industrial facility. Industrial hazards exist at the plant, and participants are required to sign a waiver.
  • Closed-toe flat shoes and long pants are REQUIRED.
  • Because the tour includes steep stairs and grated walkways, we apologize that this tour is not accessible to wheeled mobility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers.

Hosted by Pasadena Water and Power and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.

Saturday, October 12
Sat
Oct 12

Pasadena ARTWalk

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

FREE

Playhouse District (Green St at Madison Ave) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | Event Website

The Playhouse District's art show will take your stroll to the next level... ()

The 14th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk celebrates the Playhouse District with a FREE juried art show and sale from a wide variety of local artists while also offering the opportunity to experience all of the amazing art the District has to offer. Set in the cultural heart of Pasadena with art, music, and activities, Green Street will provide the perfect shaded canopy for this unique, all-ages art event.

In addition to the art show, ARTWalk features free and reduced museum admission, hands-on activities, dining specials, and live music. As with last year, Pasadena Walking Tours is collaborating with the Pasadena Playhouse District Association to offer a guided Walking Tour (Details TBA). For the latest updates and details, visit https://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/ .

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Pasadena ArtWalk and Pasadena Playhouse District Association.


Sunday, October 13
Sun
Oct 13

"Bridges": An Arroyo Music Walk

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

FREE

In front of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center (360 N Arroyo Blvd) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

When's the last time you walked in a concert? ()

Take a musical journey beneath the bridges of the middle Arroyo with Pasadena composer Cary Belling. At this unique event, we'll be walking and listening to his orchestral composition, "Bridges: An Ecological Tone Poem." Cary will also discuss his musical inspiration for the piece in the context of various issues and developments surrounding the Arroyo and its many amazing bridges.

Distance: 1.5 mi. We'll meet in front of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center at 12:30 pm and leave sharply at 1:00 pm. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat or visor, and bug repellent.

A recorded performance of "Bridges” can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RgySAShbsY.

Hosted by Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


Friday, October 18
Fri
Oct 18

Mayor's Tour (of City Hall)

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

FREE

City Hall, Garfield Steps (100 Garfield Ave) (Map)

Facebook Event Page

Get an insider's view of City Hall along with your steps for the day... ()

Join the Mayor and the Pasadena Department of Transportation to see how the City works from the inside! We will tour the City's Traffic Control Center, and then join Ann Scheid, Architectural Historian, to explore the historic nature of the Civic Center area.

Hosted by Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Pasadena Department of Transportation, and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

GirlTrek: Breast Cancer Stroll

7:45 AM to 9:15 AM

FREE

McDonald Park (1000 E Mountain St) (Map)

Facebook Event Page | GirlTrek Walk Listing

Join GirlTrek to support and celebrate breast cancer fighters and SURVIVORS, and to remember those who've passed away... ()

In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekend's walk near McDonald Park.

GirlTrek’s color is Blue, but this Saturday we are going to think PINK..... We will Trek for our Breast Cancer fighters, SURVIVORS, and for the memory of those passed away. Please wear PINK and make it fun, because today we celebrate our bodies. Bring comfortable shoes, water, positive vibes, and a friend or two. See you on the Trek!

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Girl Trek.


Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

[UPDATED] Caltech: A Stroll Through Time with Coffee, Pie, and Councilmember Andy Wilson

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

FREE

The Athenaeum at Caltech (551 S Hill Ave) (Map)

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[UPDATED 10/15 to add ticketing information] A voyage through the past, present, and future of science at Caltech...plus coffee and pie. ()

If Saturdays are your day to glean comfort and inspiration from unexpected places, look no further than this insider's tour of Caltech. Join District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson for a walk through the history, science, and architecture of one of his favorite places in Pasadena. In keeping with Andy's tradition of “constituent coffee” hours, we'll be starting with coffee al fresco at the venerated Athenaeum, where we'll hear stories of Einstein and other scientists who have rested, pondered, and dreamed within those walls. At 9 AM, guided by a knowledgeable docent through Caltech's serene morning campus, we'll continue to the astonishing, futuristic Cahill Center, Caltech’s center of astronomy and astrophysics research.

We’ll continue our time-warp walk to the celestially adorned, Spanish Revival-style Linde+Robinson Laboratory, once home to astronomers and astrophysicists who searched for our origins, and now home to interdisciplinary researchers who look into our future at the Linde Center for Global Environmental Science. Finally, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Richard Feynman and countless Techers down to the Pie n’ Burger, where we’ll enjoy a comforting slice of warm pie while owner Mike Osborn regales us with stories of this other beloved Pasadena institution.

Due to limited capacity (30 people) and strong interest in this walk, we're doing a partially-ticketed system: 20 tickets will be available to guarantee a spot, and the remaining spots will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be released on Wednesday, October 16, at noon, on EventBrite (see Ticket link above). Thanks for your understanding!

Hosted by Councilmember Andy Wilson and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

Power Walking 101: A Glenarm Power Plant Tour (Tour #3 - SOLD OUT)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FREE (Advance registration required)

Glenarm Power Plant Gate 9 (43 E State St)

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An exclusive, behind the scenes tour of a crucial utility plant... ()

The Glenarm Power Plant has been keeping the lights on in Pasadena since 1907, starting with the streetlights lining Glenarm and expanding to meet the City’s growing needs. A major repowering in 2016 is helping reduce the city’s fuel consumption and emissions, lower its carbon footprint, increase efficiency, and better integrate renewable energy into its grid by backstopping it with a reliable alternative when needed. The facility is an essential component of the City’s reliable supply of electricity while serving as a step toward meeting its sustainability goals.

This tour is a rare opportunity to explore the new state-of-the-art power plant and get a glimpse into the history of the City’s power generation. NOTE: This event is limited to 15 participants. Eventbrite tickets are FREE but required for attendance!

Participants should observe the following:

  • The plant is an industrial facility. Industrial hazards exist at the plant, and participants are required to sign a waiver.
  • Closed-toe flat shoes and long pants are REQUIRED.
  • Because the tour includes steep stairs and grated walkways, we apologize that this tour is not accessible to wheeled mobility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers.

Hosted by Pasadena Water and Power and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.

Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

South Grand Neighborhood Walking Tour (Architecture+History)

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FREE

485 S Grand Ave (Map)

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Discover the architectural grandeur of an earlier era... ()

Join us for a walking tour along South Grand Avenue, led by the knowledgable docents of Pasadena Heritage! We'll learn about the history and architecture of this iconic neighborhood.

The gracious and comfortable homes along the east bank of the Arroyo Seco contribute to one of the most beautiful and historic locations in Pasadena. Part of the original Indiana Colony land, this was the first area to be developed in the city. During the late 1880s and early 1890s many large, luxurious, Victorian-era homes were built along Grand Avenue, Orange Grove Boulevard, and the connecting side streets. Later, two Greene & Greene-designed homes were added to this prestigious street.

At the conclusion of the tour, we'll share some sweet refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Hosted by Pasadena Heritage and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

Together Is Better Walk

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

FREE; $15 for optional t-shirt

Central Park (275 S Raymond Ave) (Map)

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A benefit walkathon to support people with Down's Syndrome... ()

Club 21 Learning and Resource Center provides the educational tools and resources that enable individuals with Down Syndrome to be fully included. Please support Club 21 at their largest fundraising event, the annual Together Is Better Walk-athon! Invite your friends, family, and coworkers to join Club 21 in Old Pasadena's Central Park and celebrate the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.

The walk is free! Participants have the option to purchase t-shirts ($15 for ages 13 and up, and $10 for under 13), but are not obligated to purchase a shirt. T-shirts must be ordered in advance by registering online.

All details are available at https://www.ds-stride.org/club21walk

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Club 21.


Saturday, October 19
Sat
Oct 19

Fika and Ficuses: An East Colorado Walk with Councilmember Gene Masuda

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

FREE

Rosebud Coffee (2302 E Colorado Blvd) (Map)

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(RESCHEDULED from October 26) A walk and talk with the leader of District 4... ()

Model trains! Electric bikes! Hidden courtyards! Colorful murals and tiles! Join us to explore the old and the new along a beautiful, shady part of Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena. Starting with Rosebud Coffee, a unique coffeeshop devoted to crafting coffee, community, and cause, we'll continue beneath the iconic canopy of East Colorado Blvd's ficus trees as we visit and meet with a collection of local small businesses and institutions working to build their dreams while strengthening this gorgeous and underappreciated section of Pasadena's Route 66.

A light lunch will be served. RSVP requested to nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net by October 17th.

Hosted by Councilmember Gene Masuda and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.


Sunday, October 20
Sun
Oct 20

Pasadena Audubon Society - Eaton Canyon Walk

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

FREE

Eaton Canyon Nature Center (1750 N Altadena Dr) (Map)

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The fleeting sight and call of a bird can add mystery and magic to any walk. Learn to find that everyday magic here... ()

This monthly walk at Eaton Canyon is co-sponsored and hosted by the Pasadena Audubon Society and Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The walks are led by Hill Penfold, who has been leading them at ECNC for many years. Hill is wonderful with birders of all levels (including complete beginners), and Eaton Canyon is one of the best locations to learn the birds of the Pasadena area.

This walk will start at the flagpole outside of the ECNC. Bring water, binoculars, and hats, but no dogs. Due to the nature of this walk (unpaved trails), the event is not stroller or ADA accessible.

This is a partner event, so please see our partner's event page for the most up-to-date information.

Hosted by Pasadena Audubon Society.


Pasadena CSC

Walktober 2019 is a labor of love by the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, in partnership with:

Day One
GirlTrek Trailblazers
Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter
Art Walk / Playhouse District Association
Art Night / Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission
Caltech Women's Club
Club 21
Mayor Terry Tornek and City Councilmembers Tyron Hampton (District 1), Margaret McAustin, (District 2), John Kennedy (District 3), Gene Masuda (District 4), and Andy Wilson (District 7)
Old Pasadena Management District
Pasadena Audubon Society
Pasadena Heritage
City of Pasadena Public Health Department
Pasadena Department of Transportation
Pasadena Unified School District
Pasadena Department of Public Works
Pasadena Walking Tours
Pasadena Water and Power
Side Street Projects

Day One GirlTrek Trailblazers
Pasadena ArtWalk Club 21 Old Pasadena Management District Pasadena Audubon Society Pasadena Heritage Pasadena Public Health Pasadena Walking Tours

About the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

Hi! We're a community advocacy group of folks who share a simple vision: a city where people can comfortably walk, bike, skate, and scoot, with cleaner air and safe, stress-free streets for everybody.

We advocate for Complete Streets, a state-of-the-art approach to transportation and street design that recognizes that people and communities benefit when streets are designed to be safe and accessible for all kinds of people, rather than being designed for speed.

We think that walking is best when it's safe and fun, and we work on events, policies, and projects that embrace just that!

Learn more about us at our website, www.pasadenacsc.org

Complete Streets has been widely embraced by over 1,300 communities and agencies nationwide. Learn more at the Federal Department of Transportation's Complete Streets website.

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