Watch a movie under the stars
Drive-ins may be a thing of the past, but Eat | See | Hear is your modern-day update. Taking over parks, empty lots, and public spaces across LA County, the traveling outdoor film series brings food trucks, live music, and special screenings to the Rose Bowl every summer. One of the better Eat | See | Hear locations, Pasadena doesn't require chairs and is dog-friendly to boot. Bring a posse and have a night under the stars.
Tailgate a Bruins game
It's nearly impossible to get a ticket to the infamous New Year's Day Rose Bowl game, but luckily, the UCLA football team uses the same stadium for regular-season play, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game or, at the very least, sit in the lot and tailgate beforehand. Tailgating at the Rose Bowl is a time-honored tradition -- one that involves lots and lots of beer and grilled meat, of course.