Happy Birthday Pasadena

Each June, Happy Birthday Pasadena celebrates Pasadena’s history and diverse community with fun for all ages.

Yahoo! Happy Birthday Pasadena

Howdy, pardner! Our frontier town celebrated 133 years of cityhood and we  had the Official Party fer the whole community. Townsfolk enjoyed a rip-roaring time at this shindig with a free exhibition, foot-stompin’ entertainment, and delicious birthday cake, plus crafts and special activities for the small fry.

special thanks to Signature Cake Sponsor, Baja Ranch Supermarket


The Festivities

1:00 to 4:00 pm

ROPIN’ & STOMPIN’ FUN!  The Entertainment Corral featured trick ropin’, line dancing’, and rousing Western tunes.

HIT PAY DIRT!  The Event Partner Outposts and Finnish Folk Art Museum offered fun and fascinatin’ interactive experiences to delight young ‘uns and cowpokes of all ages. Visitors punched their Pony Express Passport at all 10 Outposts!

HAVE A STAGECOACH ADVENTURE! Townsfolk explored an authentic reproduction of an 1860s Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach, one of America’s most legendary vehicles. They could have a look at the stagecoach and imagine what it was like to travel coast to coast with other adventurers, mail, and goods.

CHECK OUT THE FANCY PONIES & WILD CRITTERS!  Whoa! Those are some right smart ponies on display in the Giddy Up: Children Take the Reins exhibit. Carousel horses and toy critters look mighty purdy sittin’ there on display.

CREATE! Younguns topped off their Sunday best with a genuine cowboy hat custom made by their very own hands under the expert guidance of  Art 2 Go’s “Miss Helen, the Fastest Crafter in the West.”

2:00 pm

SING PURDY!  CHOW DOWN!  Mayor Terry Tornek, led all of us townsfolk in a birthday serenade to our City. Have a look-see at the splendiferous Birthday Cake baked up special for this occasion by Baja Ranch Supermarket before the ceremony, then we chowed down on the sweet goodness.

Wells Fargo stage coach at Happy Birthday Pasadena

Mayor Tornek and Birthday Cake at Happy Birthday Pasadena

Gold panning at Happy Birthday Pasadena

More photos from the festivities can be viewed on the Museum's Facebook page.

Sponsors & Event Partners


Yahoo!! Happy Birthday Pasadena! was presented by Pasadena Museum of History and the City of Pasadena, and supported through the generosity of numerous Event Sponsors, Partners, and Volunteers.

City of Pasadena logo

Birthday Cake Sponsor

Baja Ranch logo

Program Sponsor

Pasadena Independent logo

Outreach Sponsors


Foothill Transit

Macaroni Kid Pasadena

My Gym Pasadena

Pasadena Now

Pasadena Weekly

Stagecoach Sponsor

Wells Fargo logo

Silver Sponsors

Karen & Robert Loschke

Councilmember Steve Madison

Bronze Sponsors


Athens Services

Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer

Lorenzen & Noll CPAs, Inc.

M & R Professional Services

Joyce McGilvray

National Charity League, Inc. – San Marino Area Chapter

Andrew Stevenson

West Pasadena Residents' Association

Tin Sponsors

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

Bradford Macneil

Community Sponsor

Pasadena Heritage

Gifts received as of 6.10.19