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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
20
Fri
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.

MEMBERS ONLY.

Sep
21
Sat
SILENCE: Light @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Discover SILENCE, a new concert series presenting music and performance unconstrained by genre, at specific sites within Descanso’s “living collection” of horticulture. On Sept. 21, we explore the theme Light with artist Suzanne Ciani. Mia Barcia-Colombo, Yuri Inoo, Cristina Montes Mateo, Vicki Ray, and Diana Wade perform Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air.

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

Suzanne Ciani | Mia Barcia-Colombo | Yuri Inoo | Cristina Montes Mateo | Vicki Ray | Diana Wade | Anna Thorvaldsdottir, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA SPONSOR

Sep
28
Sat
SILENCE: Listening @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

SILENCE, a new concert series unconstrained by genre within the Gardens, concludes on Sept. 28 with an exploration of the theme: Listening. L’Rain and Julia Holter perform their own works; Lisa E. Harris performs her pieces alongside the participatory deep listening pieces of Pauline Oliveros; and Gloria Cheng performs selected John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. 

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 – Listening (Sept. 7)Light (Sept. 21), and Ritual (Sept. 28) – bringing unbounded sounds to the special outdoor space at Descanso Gardens.


ARTISTS

Gloria Cheng | Lisa E. Harris | Julia Holter | L’Rain | John Cage, composer | Pauline Oliveros, composer


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA SPONSOR

Oct
6
Sun
{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.

 

Oct
19
Sat
Carved: View Pumpkin Artists at Work @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get a sneak peek of master carvers working on pumpkins big and small for Carved. Join us in Van de Kamp Hall from October 19–23, 10am–4pm.

 

 

Oct
20
Sun
Carved: View Pumpkin Artists at Work @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get a sneak peek of master carvers working on pumpkins big and small for Carved. Join us in Van de Kamp Hall from October 19–23, 10am–4pm.

 

 

Oct
21
Mon
Carved: View Pumpkin Artists at Work @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get a sneak peek of master carvers working on pumpkins big and small for Carved. Join us in Van de Kamp Hall from October 19–23, 10am–4pm.