25 May FUN AT DESCANSO GARDENS!
GET READY TO ENJOY SUMMER NIGHTS FILLED WITH MUSIC, THEATER, AND FUN AT DESCANSO GARDENS!
Cultivate. 2nd Friday each month (6/9, 7/14, 8/11). 4:30–7pm
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.
• June 9 | The Five Senses
• July 14 | Wildlife Corridors
• August 11 | Mindfulness in the Garden
Tonalism Night. Saturday, July 1, 8pm–1am
Tonalism is an all-night ambient music happening inspired by La Monte Young’s Dream House as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, John Cage and Yoko Ono. The event features live DJ sets, visual elements, and the opportunity to be in the garden as night falls. Visitors are encouraged to bring pillows, cushions, and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. $30 members / $35 nonmembers
Summer Music Series. 3rd Thursday of the month (6/15, 7/20 & 8/17). 4–7pm. (2) 45 min sets
June 15th: Rose Garden, 4–4:45pm & 5:15–6pm
Nevenka Folk Ensemble is a women’s chorus performing traditional Eastern European music. Their repertoire includes songs from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, and from the Ladino Sephardic and Romani cultures.
June 15th: Under the Oaks, 5–5:45pm & 6:15–7pm
Taking influences from New Orleans’ second line, hip hop, Latin, pop, rock and everything in between, LA LA Brass’s music embodies the idea of collaboration and reinvents familiar genres and sounds. With their music, they hope to inspire others to express themselves with confidence and vulnerability.
July 20th: Rose Garden, 4–4:45pm & 5:15–6pm
MusiKaravan: When Covid-19 hit and all concert venues were forced to close their doors, violinists Etienne Gara and YuEun Kim decided to take to the road with their instruments and MusiKaravan was born for what became a half-year nomadic odyssey from the Mexican to the Canadian border.
July 20th: Under the Oaks, 5–5:45pm & 6:15–7pm
Hermanos Herrera is a family group consisting of five brothers and sisters. The group plays various styles of traditional Mexican music including Son Huasteco, Jarocho, and musica Norteña. They perform with an aggressive and energetic style that is both passionate and exhilarating.
August 17th: Rose Garden 4–4:45pm & 5:15–6pm
Amadou Fall is a native to Senegal, West Africa, who offers songs on the Kora, a plucked, double-bridged, 21 string gourd harp. Amadou has developed a beautiful repertoire that he hopes will bring people from all walks of life together in peace with music from Africa.
August 17th: Under the Oaks, 5–5:45pm & 6:15–7pm
Ethio Cali is a Los Angeles-based African Jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Todd Simon. The ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the golden age of Ethiopian music of the 1960s and 70s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles.
Camellia Lounge – Summer Music at the Japanese Garden. Fridays–Sundays, June 2–August 27, 4:45–6:30pm
Meander through the Japanese Gardens with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series. Music is free with admission. Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4–6, 11.
Pacific Opera Project: Hansel and Gretel. Friday-Sunday, August 4–6, 5:30–6:30pm, and Sunday, August 6 (additional show at 3:30–4:30pm).
Free in the Under the Oaks Amphitheatre with admission, no reservations required, no assigned seating/ first come first served.
KCRW Summer Nights. Friday, September 1, Main Lawn
“What You Will” by The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater Company. September 7–10, 5:30–7pm.
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 is coming to Descanso Gardens to bring you a totally new and surprising experience of live theater. Register in advance, $20 members/ $25 nonmembers.
Activities are free with admission, unless otherwise noted. Visitors can register online at descansogardens.org, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-4200.
About Descanso Gardens
Founded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Descanso Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $11 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.
Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and the National Register of Historic Places. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Descanso Gardens Information: (818) 949-4200 or descansogardens.org.