Last Al Fresco Day of Year Saturday | Start Your Holiday Shopping in South Pasadena

Plan to enjoy Al Fresco Day September 18

The temperature may read “hot,” but your shopping list can still read “holidays are coming” when you visit the businesses of South Pasadena on Saturday, Sept. 18 — the city’s last Al Fresco Day of the year.

Preparations are beginning – the lot at Fremont and Mission soon will be transformed into a pumpkin patch, followed by the annual Christmas tree lot.

Sponsored by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the September Al Fresco Day will see stores displaying their goods and services on the sidewalk, while others will have their doors wide open to welcome customers. Many restaurants will be serving food al fresco in addition to indoor dining and takeout orders.

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“Our monthly Al Fresco Days have been very popular among South Pasadena residents and also our neighbors from surrounding communities, and we urge everyone to get a jump on their holiday shopping this month, shopping early and shopping local,” said Chamber of Commerce CEO Laurie Wheeler.

“This would be a great time to bring a friend for breakfast, lunch or dinner in South Pasadena and do some shopping at the same time,” Wheeler added. “If you start counting down from our Sept. 18 Al Fresco Day, there are only 105 days ‘til Christmas, and shopping early can minimize your stress and also allow you more time to enjoy holiday festivities with family and friends.”

In preparation for shopping and dining in town, the Chamber’s new Guide to South Pasadena is a user-friendly resource to all kinds of businesses that are members of the Chamber. The guide can be found online at

The Chamber’s Al Fresco Days have occurred on the third Saturday of each month to welcome patrons into the city’s small businesses. Hours may vary, so customers are encouraged to check in advance with the stores and eateries they may visit.

Masks are required indoors, in compliance with health mandates; other protocols may be in place at individual businesses.