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Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To join us on Free Tuesday, you will need advance tickets.

Descanso Gardens opens its gates for free the third Tuesday of every month, and the response has been great. So great, that in order to ensure a great experience for visitors, advance tickets are now required for all non–members on Free Tuesday.

Tickets for Free Tuesday on October 15 will be available on Tuesday, September 24 at 10am.

Please note:

  • Tickets are free and must be reserved online in advance, by phone at (818) 949-4200 or in person. No tickets will be available on-site at the Gardens on Free Tuesday.
  • Tickets are available three weeks before the date of Free Tuesday. There are two times available to enter: 9am and 1pm. Once you are in the Gardens, you man stay until Descanso Gardens closes at 5pm.
  • All visitors – including infants – need a ticket.
  • Descanso Gardens members do not need a ticket.
  • Members of other gardens that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program must reserve a free non-member ticket.
  • Tickets will be scanned for entry and can only be used for the date and time printed on them.
  • Tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated. Ticket purchaser must be present with entire party in order to enter the Garden. Descanso Gardens staff may request identification from the ticket purchaser.
  • Please read our garden etiquette guidelines to better understand the expectations of behavior when visiting Descanso.
  • Food and picnicking are not permitted in the Gardens; however, you are welcome to use the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. 
  • We cannot accommodate tour groups/buses on Free Tuesday. For group availability, contact or (818) 949-4202.
“Shine a Light” Closing Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the final week of Shine a Light featuring Descanso’s first artist-in-residence, Carole Kim. The closing celebration will include projections on the Oak Forest canopy and performance in the installation. Five artists will also perform and create “Humanity Carpet Mandala” using white powder stencils in front of the Gallery.

This is an outdoor, nighttime event. There will be a shuttle available, or bring a flashlight for your trip to the Boddy House. Tickets are free for Descanso Gardens members and $5 each for non-members. Reserve your tickets here.

Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow from 2:30–3:30pm on October 6 and November 3 in Van de Kamp Hall for a tasting and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.