On the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl Stadium houses one of the world’s most famous markets: The Rose Bowl Flea Market. Just outside of Los Angeles, in the neighboring city of Pasadena, CA, every month the flea market features over 2,500 vendors and tens of thousands buyers.
Even if you have been to flea markets before, this one may be a whole new experience. Not only is it huge, but you can find anything you may -or not- be looking for. From posters and LPs to decorations to furniture to clothes (new and vintage), there’s a good chance one -or a few- vendors will have it. There are hidden treasures everywhere and for everyone. No matter what your style is, you can be sure that you’ll find something that will appeal to you. Are you into new, original, hipster t-shirts? Or maybe into vintage furniture you can restore and paint? Do you like quirky objects or eclectic artifacts? You will find it there!
“Regular admission to the Flea Market starts at 9:00 a.m. for the general public at $8.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult”, according to their website. There are earlier admission times (starting as early as 5:00 a.m.), going up in price the earlier it is; also, it is important to note that not all vendors are set up until 9:00 a.m. However, whenever you may decide to arrive, just make sure to give yourself enough time to browse and look for those great finds. The box office is open until 3:00 p.m. and at this time, some vendors may be already packing up, but you may stay until the very last minute at 4:30 p.m.
General parking is free, but make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes because it may be a long walk before you get to the actual entrance of the market (5-20 minutes, depending on where you parked), or you may decide to pay for the VIP Preferred parking which is close to the entrance. No matter where you park, there is a 10-minutes loading zone in case you need to bring your car closer to load-in your bigger buys.