With five major events and some roadwork going on this weekend, the city of Pasadena could very well basically be a cluster of cars this weekend.
Here’s the rundown of events and how you can schedule your drive time around them.
There will be traffic, with or without you: None other than Bono himself will bring a slew of cars to the Rose Bowl for two sold out U2 shows on Saturday and Sunday. Both shows start at 6:30, but parking lots open at 2:30. So if you’re planning on attending, get there early and do a little tailgate before the big show.
Don’t space out on the JPL open house: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will be hosting an open house on Saturday and Sunday. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., so not too much traffic should interfere with the U2 show. However, 18,000 tickets were sold for each day. So there will be a lot of people nonetheless. Be sure to plan your commute accordingly.
Bikes can cause traffic, too: The Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling race, will finish from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on Green Street at The Paseo and in front of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. There may be spectators and people riding along on W. Woodbury Road near the 210, then south along Los Robles Avenue to Green, so be cautious of cyclists and pedestrians while driving around the area.
Be well read on Playhouse District traffic: Another event, Litfest, will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, too. There will be events at multiple venues, including Vroman’s Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard and the Pasadena Playhouse on El Molino Avenue, both of which are in the Pasadena Playhouse District. This event will last all day, both days, from 11:15 a.m. To 6 p.m.
Traffic nightmare at the museums: One more event, the Museums of the Arroyo Day, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Pasadena Museum of History and The Gamble House will have free admission. Other Los Angeles museums participating include Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis House and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum.
On top of that, there’s ongoing pavement work on the 210 Freeway. However, Caltrans was kind enough to re-open the four on- and off-ramps during the weekend. The right lane from Ocean View Boulevard to Lincoln Avenue will remain closed, however.
So, if you are attending one of these events, be aware that there may be a ton of traffic. Pack a snack, pick a podcast. It’ll be OK.
And if you planned on taking a day trip to Pasadena this weekend, or just wanted to hang out in town, you might want to save that for another time.