Hansel and Gretel by the Pacific Opera Project @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Sung in English, this hour-long adaptation of an opera based on the Brothers Grimm tale is ideal for audiences of all ages and is free with admission to Descanso.

POP’s production of Hansel and Gretel has been praised by Opera News as “fresh, imaginative, witty, and imbued with a keen sense of both rhyme and rhythm.”

Free with admission, no reservations required. No assigned seating, seats are first come, first served.


Friday–Sunday, August 4–6 | Amphitheater | 5:30–6:30pm

Sunday, August 6 | Amphitheater | Additional show at 3:00-4:00pm


Cultivate: Mindfulness in the Garden @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required. Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Cultivate: Mindfulness in the Garden

Guided Nature Meditations

  • Enjoy mini meditations with Mariko Tu. These nature meditations will introduce you to the value of nature and wellness
  • Times: 4:45–5pm | 5:30–5:45pm | 6:15–6:30pm

Ecotherapy and Nature Mandala

  • Come collaborate with two certified ecotherapists on an earth mandala using found nature objects throughout the garden. Experience the benefits of ecotherapy as a way to deepen your connection to the natural world
  • Time: 4:30–7:30pm

Craft Activity

  • Decorate an aromatherapy sachet by flower pounding
  • Time: 4:30–7:30pm

Flashdance DJs

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rose Garden


Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am

Come join our monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!

Keep your bird count tallied on the updated and now downloadable Descanso Bird Checklist.

No reservations required.


“What You Will” by Ensemble Shakespeare Theater @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tickets will be released on Aug. 15 at 10am

When was the last time you went to a Shakespeare show and didn’t know what to expect? Or were genuinely surprised by the ending? Or came out seeing life from a new perspective?

What You Will by Ensemble Shakespeare Theater is coming to Descanso Gardens to bring you a totally new and surprising experience of live theater.

$20 for members, $25 for non-members. Advance tickets required, tickets will be released on Aug. 15 at 10am.


Sept 7–10: 5:30–7pm

About What You Will

In turns funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, satirical, profound, silly, literal, figurative, and above all honest, What You Will is a passionate and moving dose of humanity through Shakespeare.

This Shakespearean “un-play” is the result of the Ensemble’s favorite professional actors, writers, and improvisors creating mini-plays through the lens of their individual and diverse backgrounds, responding to and recontextualizing Shakespeare’s stories and words. The company breaks down the mystique of Shakespeare’s language and creates pieces for all audiences to enjoy.