PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — All roads will seemingly lead to Pasadena this weekend, with a series of major events expected to draw thousands of people to the city, crowding streets and making it particularly difficult to get around.

City officials warned residents and visitors alike to plan ahead, arrive early and be prepared to deal with crowds.

“All motorists are advised to use extra care, follow the directions of on-scene public safety officials and electronic message signs and take heed of all temporary and permanent no-parking zones because illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez said.

Highlighting the weekend’s events are a pair of sold-out U2 concerts at the Rose Bowl, on Saturday and Sunday. Add to that the final leg of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race, which will end in Pasadena Saturday afternoon, along with the annually crowd-attracting two-day open house at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The city will also play host to smaller events, including the LitFest literary festival, and free-admission day Sunday at Museums of the Arroyo.

To accommodate the Amgen race, the Arroyo Boulevard off-ramps from the Foothill (210) Freeway will be closed for about 30 minutes beginning at 1:20 p.m.

KCAL 9’s Jennifer Kastner reported from the Rose Bowl Saturday evening and people she spoke to said traffic was heavy and getting to the venue was slow going. Of course, they still wouldn’t have missed the packed show for anything.

She also spoke to several people who took Uber or Lyft to the venue for convenience. They didn’t contemplate what it would be like to get out of the area.

U2 is on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the iconic Joshua Tree album.

City officials urged visitors to take advantage of public transit as much as possible. They also noted that temperatures are expected to be hot all weekend, so people were encouraged to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Comments (2)
  1. We attended the Sunday U2 Concert. It was an amazing show! Unfortunately we were part of the crazy hour and a half exodus once the concert ended. The Rose Bowl will hopefully come up with a better plan soon. What we witnessed was pure chaos as we were herded through a maze of fencing trying to reach the shuttle buses. The security was horrible, untrained and not engaged in doing their job!

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