The Guide to the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena

Everything you need to know about "America's New Year Celebration"

Tournament of Roses 2020 Grand Marshals Laurie Hernandez, Rita Moreno and Gina Torres

2020 Grand Marshals: Laurie Hernandez, Rita Moreno and Gina Torres (L to R) | Photo: Tournament of Roses


Founded in 1890, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry. From the pre-bowl game feasting at Lawry’s Beef Bowl to the spectacular Rose Parade and the legendary Rose Bowl Game, the Tournament of Roses is a Southern California tradition that is unequaled anywhere in the world.

For tickets and more info, visit the Tournament of Roses official website.

Tournament of Roses Decorating Places at Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena

Tournament of Roses Decorating Places at Rosemont Pavilion | Photo: Rose Parade, Facebook

Decorating Places (Dec. 28-31, 2019)

Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the 2020 Rose Parade. During the final stages of preparation, a variety of seeds, bark, fruits and vegetables, grasses and of course, flowers are being applied to the floats by experienced professionals as well as hard working volunteers. If you simply want to watch the floats come to life, stop by one of the Decorating Places from December 28-31. (Dec. 31 is advance ticket only.) Float viewing will take place at Rosemont Pavilion, located at 700 Seco St. in Pasadena.

Washington Huskies dining at the Lawry's Beef Bowl in December 2018

A delicious prime rib "hand-off" at Lawry's the Prime Rib | Photo: Lawry's Beef Bowl, Facebook

Lawry's Beef Bowl (Dec. 28-29, 2019)

Since its inception prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game, the Lawry’s Beef Bowl has become one of college football’s most enduring pre-bowl game traditions, one of the highlights of the week leading up to “The Granddaddy of Them All.” The Beef Bowl is a pair of private dinner events hosted annually by Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, honoring the players and coaches of each Rose Bowl-bound team. Attendees include Tournament of Roses officials, the Rose Queen, Royal Court, and media. For the first several years, Lawry’s catered the meal on the practice field for the Big Ten teams and fed the Pac-12 champions in the Beverly Hills restaurant. Since 1965, both teams have dined in the restaurant on separate evenings prior to the Rose Bowl Game.

Historically, odds favored the team that ate the most prime rib to win the Rose Bowl Game. The team record for most prime rib eaten in one Beef Bowl is held by the Purdue Boilermakers, with 734 pounds devoured in December 2000. The player record was set in 1978 by former Michigan Wolverine Ed Muransky, who consumed eight plates of prime rib, mashed potatoes, corn and Yorkshire pudding - a belt-busting eight pounds of beef. Today, the Beef Bowl is no longer considered a competition and Lawry’s limits the amount of prime rib it serves each player to a 16-ounce cut followed by a 12-ounce second helping.

SIP & SAVOR (Dec. 28-30, 2019)

Eat, drink and celebrate at the 2nd Annual Tournament of Roses SIP & SAVOR! Celebrate the end of the year at this open air three-day festival in Lot I at Rose Bowl Stadium, in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. 

Experience dozens of Southern California’s favorite eateries, sample an impressive array of savory and sweet menu items, along with notable West Coast wineries and distinctive local and national craft breweries. View the full list of exhibitors here.

Entertainment includes Crimson Apple (K-pop), DJ Wendy, Holy Crow Jazz Band, Johnny Ace Palmer (Magic Castle Best Close-Up Magician), Mariachi Divas, Suburban Legends (ska), Tomasina (classic rock) and more.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the SIP & SAVOR website.

Tournament of Roses Equestfest at the LA Equestrian Center

Equestfest | Photo: Tournament of Roses

Equestfest (Dec. 29, 2019)

Get up close and personal with the 2020 Rose Parade equestrian units at Equestfest, taking place on Sunday, December 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances, and demonstrate trick riding and roping. Attendees can stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds. Browse the vendor court and enjoy displays, great music, food, and drinks.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The two-hour show starts at “High Noon” and the vendor activities will run till 3pm. Advance tickets are available for $20 general admission (children 5 and under are free) or $45 for VIP reserved seating packages. Parking is available at the venue for $15 per vehicle.

LAUSD All District High School Honor Band at  the 2018 Tournament of Roses Bandfest

LAUSD All District High School Honor Band at Bandfest | Photo: Rose Parade, Facebook

Bandfest (Dec. 29-30, 2019)

Bandfest features the outstanding bands selected to participate in the 2020 Rose Parade. Each band, along with its auxiliary performers, will present the field show that has led to its success. Three Bandfest events will take place at Pasadena City College over two days: Bandfest I starts at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 29; Bandfest II is at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 30; and Bandfest III is at 2 p.m. on December 30. 

Advance tickets are available for $15 (children 5 and under are free). Tickets may also be purchased at the venue beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance time, pending availability.

The Bloc 2018 Rose Bowl Bash with the Georgia Bulldogs

Rose Bowl Bash at The Bloc | Photo: The Bloc

Rose Bowl Bash (Dec. 31, 2019)

The Rose Bowl Bash is a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates college football and the excitement of the Rose Bowl Game. The one-day event will take place at The Bloc plaza (Hope and 7th Street) in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

The Rose Bowl Bash is free to the public and includes a beer garden, games, exclusive Rose Bowl Game merchandise, photo activations that include the Rose Bowl Game trophy, and entertainment—including a DJ booth and participation from team bands and cheer squads. Other local merchants will also be available to attendees.

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Eddie Casey, Cornelius Greene, Matt Leinart, Jacque Robinson (L to R) | Photo: Tournament of Roses

Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Dec. 31, 2019)

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game family who have contributed to the history and excitement of the Rose Bowl Game. The 2019 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Lot K Tent outside Rose Bowl Stadium on Tuesday, December 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

At the ceremony, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2019: Harvard graduate and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Casey, former Ohio State quarterback and three-time Rose Bowl Game starter Cornelius Greene, former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy-winner Matt Leinart and former University of Washington running back and Rose Bowl MVP Jacque Robinson will be inducted into the. 

Tickets for the ceremony are on sale at Sharp Seating Company and include reserved seating with a plated lunch and a moderated Q&A with the new inductees.

Tournament of Roses 2020 Grand Marshals Laurie Hernandez, Rita Moreno and Gina Torres

2020 Grand Marshals: Laurie Hernandez, Rita Moreno and Gina Torres (L to R) | Photo: Tournament of Roses

131st Rose Parade (Jan. 1, 2020)

The 131st Rose Parade is taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring spectacular floral floats, marching bands from across the country, and high-stepping equestrian units. The 2020 theme, “The Power of Hope,” celebrates the influence of optimism and hope. Legendary entertainer Rita Moreno, actress Gina Torres, and Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez are the 2020 Grand Marshals

For detailed information on tickets, locations and schedules, visit the Rose Parade website.

Rose Parade 2019 Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats | Photo: Rose Parade, Facebook

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats (Jan. 1-2, 2020)

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats is a unique opportunity for the public to see the majestic beauty and splendor of the Rose Parade floats in close detail. Following the parade, the floral and animated masterpieces are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards and exhibited for visitors to walk within a few feet and appreciate their design and workmanship. Viewing times are 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 2. Last entry is at 4 p.m. on both days. Senior citizens and visitors with disabilities are welcome 7-9 a.m. on Jan. 2.

Advance tickets to the Post Parade are $20. Tickets may also be purchased on-site until 3 p.m. each day of the event. General admission is free for children 5 and under. 

Comfortable shoes are recommended - viewing all the floats requires walking about 2.5 miles and will take at least two hours. This event is rain or shine. No pets or bikes allowed.

B-2 Stealth flyover at the 105th Rose Bowl Game

B-2 Stealth flyover at the 105th Rose Bowl Game | Photo: Mark Holtzman Photography - Rose Bowl Stadium, Facebook

106th Rose Bowl Game (Jan. 1, 2020)

The 106th Rose Bowl Game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Rose Bowl Stadium will host a traditional match-up between the Big Ten Conference runner-ups, No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers and the Pac-12 Conference champion, No. 6 Oregon Ducks. The game will be a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl, which Oregon won 45-38.

Known as the “The Granddaddy of Them All” for being the oldest bowl game, the Rose Bowl Game was first played in 1902, and has been played annually since 1916. Come early and enjoy pregame activities including tailgates, Rose Queen and Royal Court appearances, and more.

Tickets are available online or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000. VIP packages are also available. Rose Bowl Stadium parking lots open at 4:00 a.m and stadium gates open at 11:30 a.m. Pregame activities begin at 1:00 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION
Rose Bowl Game Shuttle:
Free shuttle buses will be available at Parsons Parking Lot, at the corner of Union Street and De Lacey Avenue in Pasadena. The shuttle runs continuously from 10:00 AM until approximately two hours after the end of the game.

Metro Gold Line: Go Metro and take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. Follow the signs for two blocks to the Rose Bowl Game pick-up location at Parsons Parking Lot. This shuttle will take you directly to Rose Bowl Stadium. After the game, simply reverse your route. For help planning your MTA trip, call (323) 466-3876 or visit metro.net.

Drop-off/Rideshare/Taxi Zone: The designated area for drop-off, pick-up, and taxi zone is on Holly Street between Fair Oaks Avenue and Arroyo Parkway. Passengers may take the free Rose Bowl Game Shuttle to the stadium.

NOTE: There are no provisions for drop-offs and pick-ups at the stadium. All taxis or passenger cars entering the Rose Bowl Stadium area will be required to pay the appropriate parking fee.