Experience the Playhouse District – the best of Pasadena with a cultural twist.


Getting to the Playhouse District

Getting to the Playhouse District is easy. Whether you are coming to explore the beautiful architecture of the area, meeting friends, or to watch a play, there is something for everyone.

The District is easily accessible south of the 210 freeway, off of the Lake Ave exit.


The Playhouse District has plentiful public parking spaces with two city-owned lots, several private parking lots/garages, and on-street parking year round.

Free Street Parking
1 hour free street parking

Parking Garages & Surface Parking Lots
There are several parking areas just north or south of Colorado Blvd. at reasonable rates with a maximum day rate of $4 and up to accommodate visits longer than 1 hour. These parking areas are withing an easy stroll to Playhouse District shopping, dining, and entertainment. Please see map for public parking areas.

Public Transportation

Options in Pasadena include the city-run Pasadena Transit, the Foothill Transit and the Metro Gold Line. The City of Pasadena’s bus system, Pasadena Transit travels throughout the downtown area. Route 10 and 20 run through the District. The Foothill Transit and Metro buses also operate throughout the city. Visit their sites for specific route information.

The Metro Gold Line
The Gold Line runs through Pasadena. The Memorial Park and Lake Avenue station stops will get you to the Playhouse District. Make sure to visit the METRO trip planner for more customized directions.

The Southern California climate makes it easy to bicycle in the city. Bicycling is a practical and easy mode of transportation that’s both economical and healthy. The City of Pasadena has designated bike routes and lanes.

ZipCar provides time-share car rentals on a per-use basis. Cars are located through downtown Pasadena and in many other cities. Rates start at $9 per hour plus application and administration fees. Visit zipcar.com for more information.