Calendar

Please note that Descanso Gardens is closed until further notice.

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Jul
20
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Urban Forager: Pasta @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please note that the Urban Forager: Pasta class is full.

Elisa Callow returns with the Urban Forager Cooking Class: Pasta Two Ways. Learn to make cut and filled pasta. Presented during tomato season, when fresh herbs are also abundant, the class will make a fresh tomato sauce to go with the pasta.

$40 members, $50 nonmembers. Reservations required.

Please note that this program is non-refundable.

 

Jul
23
Tue
{SOLD OUT} World Rhythms: Dance India @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out.

Our World Rhythms series ends its run with Dance India, which includes special performances by Sharanya Mukhopadhyay Sekhri and Joya Kazi UnlimitedAdvance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Not a member? Learn more or become a member here.

Bring a picnic or order a summer picnic box from Patina. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Jul
24
Wed
{SOLD OUT} Summer Songs @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please note that Summer Songs is sold out.

Relax in the beauty of the Rose Garden as the The Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets of tunes. Enjoy a cold beer and wander through Descanso as the sun sets. Advance tickets required. 

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Not a member? Learn more or become a member here.

Bring a picnic or order a summer picnic box from Patina. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jul
25
Thu
{SOLD OUT} Music on the Main: Dayren Santamaria @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out.

Our Music on the Main series concludes with Dayren Santamaria, an Afro-Cuban violinist performing high-energy Latin and Cuban music. Advance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Not a member? Learn more or become a member here.

Bring a picnic or order a summer picnic box from Patina. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aug
9
Fri
Drop-in Toddler Programs @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore, discover, and play at Descanso Gardens this summer on August 9 and 23. Join us for these grownup and child (ages 2–5) classes and connect with nature in a whole new way.

No registration required. Free with regular Gardens admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug
10
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Sketching with Color @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that this class is sold out.

Join artist Virginia Hein for a four-week series beginning August 10 that focuses on exploring color to sketch the summer landscapes of Descanso. Bring a spirit of play and experimentation while learning to work confidently with color.

$90 members, $120 nonmembers. Meets August 10, 17, 24 & 31.

Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Aug
23
Fri
Drop-in Toddler Programs @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore, discover, and play at Descanso Gardens this summer on August 9 and 23. Join us for these grownup and child (ages 2–5) classes and connect with nature in a whole new way.

No registration required. Free with regular Gardens admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Aug
28
Wed
{SOLD OUT} End of Summer Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please note that the End of Summer Celebration is sold out.

The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flashdance DJswander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight! Advance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Schedule:

  • The Flashdance DJs | 5:30–10pm
  • Crafting | 5:30–9:30pm
  • Barbecue and Drinks by Patina | 5:30–9pm
  • Live Music | 6–8pm
  • “Bark” performance by Carole Kim | 8–10pm
    • Descanso’s artist-in-residence is joined by Ursula Brookbank, Odeya Nina, and Laura Steenberge for a durational collaborative performance.
  • Stargazing | 8:30–9:30pm
    • See the night sky through a telescope with the help of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers.
Sep
7
Sat
SILENCE: Ritual @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm

On Sept. 7, Descanso welcomes SILENCE, a new concert series presenting music and performance unconstrained by genre, at specific sites within the Gardens. At SILENCE: Ritual, Zola Jesus, Low Leaf, and Miya Folick perform their own music, Saul Williams speaks, and artists Archie Carey, Jonah Levy, Odeya Nini, and Brian Walsh perform the spatial masterpiece Patangis Buwaya by Jonas Baes.

Tickets are $30 for Descanso Gardens members and $37 for non-members. Get your tickets here:


ABOUT SILENCE

Created by artistic directors Christopher Rountree, the conductor/composer who founded Wild Up, and Anna Bulbrook, the indie-rock musician and founder of GirlschoolSILENCE presents artists at the intersection of experimental popular music and classical new music. SILENCE explores three themes – Ritual (Sept. 7)Light (Sept. 21), and Listening (Sept. 28) – bringing unbounded sounds to the special outdoor space at Descanso Gardens.


ARTISTS

Archie Carey | Miya Folick | Jodie Landau | Low Leaf | Jonah Levy | Zola Jesus | Odeya Nini | Brian WalshSaul Williams | Jonas Baes, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
14
Sat
Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In Fall 2014, we opened the Oak Woodland, which transformed an uncultivated behind-the-scenes area into seven additional acres of native plant garden. Join us to learn more about the iconic trees that dot the landscape, and celebrate five years of this beautiful part of Descanso.

Entry to the Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration is included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission.

Oak Tree Talk with Emily Han | 10am
While sitting under a canopy of oaks, learn about these essential and majestic California trees from herbalist, educator and author, Emily Han.

Wildflower Seed Search | 10am–1pm
Fall is the best time to plant California wildflower seeds. Pick up a wildflower map at the Information Station that will guide you Seed Stations in the garden. Visit the Seed Stations and make your own wildflower seed packet to take home.

Foothill Municipal Water District Information Table | 10am–1pm
Learn about water-wise practices, local rebates for your home and more.

Oak Woodland Highlight Tour | 1pm
Take a guided walk of the Oak Woodland to learn about the different plants and animals that thrive here.