Thursday Evenings, July 7 - 28
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. (this is 30 minutes later than last year) for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with great music and good friends. You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert & Rocky's, and Last Name Brewing in the Courtyard the evening of each show. Gourmet Gourmet's menu includes a chicken taco plate, quesadillas, sandwiches, and hearty salads. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats (ice cream flavors vary weekly).
Individual event ticket pricing:
Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.
Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
The 2016 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.
Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars.
At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden.
Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free with standard admission or membership.
Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:
August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.
This year's highlights include:
Live Owls and other Raptors brought to us by Wild Wings of California. Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
The Parasitic Insects Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about parasitic insects.
Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong. These friendly canines to dispel myths and misinformation about wolves by providing interpretation and education about their important role in the ecosystem.
More details coming soon.
An activity passport will be issued as visitors check in, and can be stamped at each station.
- Please, no Halloween costumes. This is not a Halloween-themed event.
- Bring a flashlight. Nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited. Please don’t be one of the things that go bump in the night—bring a flashlight for each visitor and follow the designated event paths.
- Picnic dinners in the California Courtyard are welcomed.
- Restrooms and gift shop. The California Garden Gift Shop and restrooms will remain open throughout the evening.
- Gates will open from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The admission kiosk will be staffed until 9 p.m. Call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 for more information.