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Rose Bowl Stadium

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Rose Bowl Stadium
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Ted Eytan
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Built on top of the Arroyo Seco dry riverbed, this 90,000-seat stadium has been used for World Cup finals, auditions of American Idol, a yearly fireworks show every Fourth of July and massive summer tours like U2, BTS and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. It is also, of course, home to the UCLA Bruins football team and the annual New Year’s Day NCAA Tournament of Roses game, which is preceded by the spectacular Tournament of Roses parade. On the second Sunday of each month, the bowl is home to the world’s largest flea market.

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Palomino Festival

  • Folk, country and blues

Kind of over trekking into the desert for music festivals? Thankfully the genre-focused fests keep getting better and better closer to home. The latest: An alt-country event from the team behind Stagecoach. Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson & Family, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Orville Peck will headline Palomino Festival, scheduled to take over Brookside at the Rose Bowl on July 9. Tickets for the Pasadena fest go on sale April at noon and start at $179 plus fees, $399 for VIP and $699 for a “High Life” pass, which includes all sorts of premium viewing, transit and food add-ons. Check out the rest of the lineup, including Turnpike Troubadours, Old Crow Medicine Show, Langhorne Slim and more below. Courtesy Goldenvoice

Head in the Clouds

  • Music festivals

It’s been at L.A. State Historic Park and Coachella, but pan-Asian music and media collective 88rising’s music fest has seemed to settle on the grounds outside the Rose Bowl for its summertime home. For the 2022 edition on August 20 and 21, the Head in the Clouds lineup includes Jackson Wang, NIKI, Rich Brian, Yebi Labs (Joji DJ Set), BIBI, Jay Park, CHUNG HA and more, plus a food fest from 626 Night Market. Tickets cost $249 and go on sale Thursday, May 26 at noon. Courtesy 88rising

This Ain’t No Picnic

  • Music festivals

Feeling like you’ve outgrown Coachella and sleepaway camp vibes? Then how about something closer to home with the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and a reunited Le Tigre? This Ain’t No Picnic takes its name from one of promoter Goldenvoice’s first festivals, held in Irvine in 1999, but for a more recent comparison, the lineup has very strong FYF vibes. Like that now-defunct fest, you’ll find a genre-spanning mix of on-the-horizon acts and familiar names, including Beach House, Phoebe Bridgers, Earl Sweatshirt, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Four Tet and Floating Points, some longtime local faves like the Descendents and Sparks, and ASMR trailblazers the Ying Yang Twins. The fest is set for the pleasant grounds of Brookside at the Rose Bowl on August 27 and 28, a not-quite-as-pleasant period in Pasadena’s often blistering summertime. Presale starts Thursday, December 9 at 10am, with any remaining tickets available later that day at 2pm. Courtesy Goldenvoice

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