Visit our historic main street, Mission Street-home to an eclectic mix of merchants. And Fair Oaks Ave. is part of the original Route 66. Here you'll find a nostalgic soda fountain right alongside trendy cafés, shops and stops. Several times each year the business district hosts festivals, like the Cruz' for Roases Car show and the Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk. On Independence Day, it's pancakes, fireworks and a parade!
South Pasadena's streets are lined with numerous species of native California trees. These include redwood, sequoia, ash, walnut, and sycamore. Some non-native trees, such as sweetgum, are also seen. Because there are very few stucco-clad Spanish Colonial houses and virtually no palm trees in some parts of the city, South Pasadena is a popular stand-in for Midwestern and Northeastern towns in motion picture and television productions. South Pasadena sits less than 10 miles (16 km) from Downtown Los Angeles; substantial numbers of residents work either in Bunker Hill or as professors and staff at the University of Southern California.