Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 17 @ 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 September 17 will be available at Tuesday, August 27 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” Artist Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join artist-in-residence Carole Kim in the Sturt Haaga Gallery as she discusses the method, inspiration and background behind the Shine a Light exhibition featuring her work.

Morning Yoga @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 20 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Eight-week morning yoga session starting Friday, September 20. Includes a 25-minute fitness walk and 60-minutes yoga practice. $116 for eight-week session. Advance registration and minimum enrollment required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-7980.


Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 22 @ 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.


wanderPLAY @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come connect with nature as you wander through the Rose Garden to breathtaking views at sunset. Musicians will be improvising mystical tones a long with other hidden interactive surprises. This is an opportunity for grown-ups to tap into their creative and playful side.
wanderPLAY explores human connection through meditation, dance, and movement. The only goal is to get lost — lost in time, in the moment, in your right brain and in your inner-child.
Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

{SOLD OUT} Urban Forager: Deconstructing Salsas @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Please note that this class is sold out.

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow and featured chef Mario Rodriguez as they demonstrate the remarkable variety of salsas using the traditional comal pan and incorporating fresh and dried chiles.

$40 members, $50 nonmembers. Advance reservation required.

Please note that this program is non-refundable.


Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 6 @ 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.


Wellness Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 8 @ 8:30 am

Join us once a month for a fun and relaxed guided walk along Descanso’s many beautiful paths and trails. Whether you are looking to improve your health, make new friends, or get to know the Gardens, an experienced guide will help you explore all that Descanso has to offer.

Free to members. No registration required.

Members only

Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 12 @ 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