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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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Masters of Taste

  • Festivals

Luxury food fest Masters of Taste is back for another year at the Rose Bowl with some of L.A.’s finest bars, restaurants and dessert shops. Chefs Michael and Kwini Reed of Poppy + Rose host the 2023 event, with about 100 vendors to be announced. All proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services.

Egg Bowl

  • Festivals

Search for Easter eggs on one of the most iconic grass fields imaginable: the Rose Bowl. The Pasadena stadium hosts its annual Easter celebration with more than 80,000 eggs laid out on the field, plus a family festival just outside the field in Area H.

Just Like Heaven

  • Music festivals

The aughts indie nostalgia shows no signs of stopping, so its no surprise that Just Like Heaven—a music fest featuring basically every beloved 2000s indie band—is coming back for its third edition. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT (performing Oracular Spectacular), Future Islands, Empire of the Sun and M83 will headline the latest iteration of Just Like Heaven. The fest will take over the golf course next to the Rose Bowl on May 13, 2023 (though we wouldn’t be surprised to see a second date added after this one inevitably sells out). Presale starts Friday, January 20 at 10am. A general admission ticket costs $175 to $215 (including fees) depending on how soon you grab one, while VIP costs $399. Oh, we’re not done with the lineup, by the way—we just needed to take a breath before. Other performers include Hot Chip, Caribou, the Walkmen (who are embarking on their first tour in a decade), the Bravery, Fever Ray, Peaches, the Faint, Cults and more. Like we said: It’s literally everything from your old iPod. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Just Like Heaven Fest (@justlikeheavenfest)

Cruel World Festival

  • Rock and indie

Cake on the eyeliner, cry it off and then dance away the tears at the return of this 1980s goth, new wave and punk fest with Siouxsie, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Love and Rockets, and Echo & the Bunnymen. The one-day-only event (though if it’s like last year’s, there’s always a chance a second could be added) features dozens of ’80s alt obsessions on the golf course next to the Rose Bowl: Adam Ant, the Human League, Gary Numan, Modern English, Gang of Four and more.

Re:SET Los Angeles

  • Music festivals

Let’s be honest: Music festivals aren’t really an ideal way to see your favorite band. You wait hours to see them for what’ll probably be a protracted surrounded by people only half interested. So maybe Re:SET is onto something: The touring series (from Goldenvoice parent AEG Presents) is staging a very small lineup of acts across three nights, available either individually or as a three-day ticket. Here in L.A.—or rather Pasadena, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl—that means you can see Steve Lacy, Boygenius and LCD Soundsystem on separate nights, with a small-but-stellar list of acts supporting them. On Friday, June 2, you can see Steve Lacy, James Blake, Toro y Moi and Fousheé. On Saturday, June 3, the lineup includes Boygenius (that’s Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus), Clairo, Dijon and Bartees Strange. And on Sunday, June 4, you’ll find LCD Soundsystem, Jamie xx, Idles and Big Freedia—some some more DFA artists. Tickets start at $99.50 for an individual show ($275 for VIP), while a three-day pass starts at $250 (VIP $650). Presale begins Tuesday, February 7 at 10am.

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. There’s no lineup for the 2023 edition quite yet, but tickets—which start at $286—go on sale Friday, March 24 at 10am.

Coldplay

  • Pop

Chris Martin and his galaxy-conquering pop-rockers are back, with a new album Music of the Spheres. Whatever your thoughts on whether you ever want to hear “Yellow” ever again in your entire life (like, ever) Coldplay can always be counted on to put on a spectacular and impressively staged live show. H.E.R. and 070 Shake open during this show at the Rose Bowl.

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