Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Pasadena.

GET SIPPIN’ HERE - Fancy a fabulous cocktail? Dive into SIP-tember, a craft cocktail celebration and competition that began August 15 and culminates at the Taste of Pasadena on October 10 at the Rose Bowl. Mixologists from local restaurants and lounges in the greater Pasadena area will enter their forward-thinking interpretations of traditional drinks and vie to be in the running—and patrons can cast a vote for their favorite drink. 

CATCH A MOVIE HERE - If you haven’t enjoyed an open-air movie yet this summer, here’s your chance—on Sunday, September 7, The Langham Huntington Summer Movie Series will screen Back to the Future in the hotel’s iconic Horseshoe Garden. This film (like all of those in this series) is chosen for its connection to Pasadena—parts of this movie were filmed in the city. Check in at 7:30pm to get a good spot and picnic before the film starts at 8:30pm. Under a starry sky, don personal headsets and enjoy popcorn, hot dogs and cotton candy.

FILM AND TV BUFFS, BOOK THIS - On Saturday, September 7 from 11am to 2pm, Pasadena TV and Film Driving Tour will host a special three-hour driving tour of Pasadena’s most popular TV and film locations, highlighting iconic filming spots like Doc Brown’s house in Back To The Future and the Peach Pit from the original Beverly Hills 90210. Be sure to snap pics, this stuff is perfect for the ‘Gram.

CHOCOHOLICS, STOP HERE - On Sunday, September 13, the annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon will come to the Pasadena Convention Center with dozens of examples of handcrafted, gourmet and premium chocolate as well as chef talks and wine tasting sessions. From 10am to 3:30pm, stroll through and sample some of the latest chocolate flavor combinations and ingredients. Your palette will leave totally delighted. 

HAVE A SPOT OF TEA HERE - Let the kids appreciate a touch of high culture at The Langham, which hosts Speciality Tea Programs for children. This month, the Etiquette Tea on Sunday, September 15 focuses on essential skills of a proper Afternoon Tea, hosted by a certified etiquette expert. Attendees will get an interactive booklet and (of course) be served tea.