Register for programs at the Visitor Center or phone (818) 949-7980 unless noted. Some classes require advance registration. Find details on classes at descansogardens.org.
Weekend Walks, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.: See what’s happening in the gardens on these docent-guided walks that highlight points of seasonal interest. Walks begin at the Center Circle. Subject to weather and availability; please call ahead at (818) 949-4200. Free with admission.
Little Owls Reading Nest, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Bring your little owlets 2 and older for enchanting nature-themed story time at the giant nest in Nature’s Table! Free with admission.
Summer Nights at Descanso
Chill out at Descanso on hot summer nights! The Gardens are open late Tuesdays through Thursdays, June 7 to July 28, for two concert series, DJ music, food and fun! Entertainment is free with admission.
• Midweek extended summer hours, Tuesdays through Thursdays, June 7 to July 28, 5 to 8 p.m.: A summer tradition, Descanso keeps its gates open late! Enjoy concerts, deejay music and more. The Gift Shop stays open until 8 p.m., and Patina will have food and beverages available for purchase. Descanso members enter free; regular admission for nonmembers. No reciprocal gardens admissions.
• World Rhythms, 8 Tuesdays, June 7 to July 26, 6 to 7 p.m.: This series of world music and dance performances celebrates humankind’s connection to nature and gardens. Bring a picnic or purchase Patina grill favorites for a family-friendly evening of fun! Lawn chairs allowed. Lawn seating is first-come, first served. Performers subject to change.
• Lakeside Lounge, 8 Wednesdays, June 8 to July 27, 5 to 8 p.m.: Enjoy a cool beer, relax to the sounds of The Flashdance DJ spinning vinyl, and wander through the Rose Garden and Oak Woodland as the sun sets behind the San Rafael Hills. A changing menu of craft beers will be available for purchase, along with gourmet hot dogs and picnic fare from Patina.
• Music on the Main, 8 Thursdays, June 9 to July 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Enjoy live music presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland. This season features both bright newcomers and fan favorites from seasons past. Bring a picnic or purchase Patina tostadas and enjoy a wonderful evening under the Descanso oaks with friends. Lawn seating is first-come, first served. Performers subject to change.
About Descanso Gardens
Founded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Descanso Gardens is open daily (closed Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.
Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or descansogardens.org.