Friday & Saturday evenings, December 9-10 and 16-17, 6-9 pm.
Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.
Tickets may be purchased online here. Tickets are available at the door, but this event does sell out.
PLEASE NOTE our cancellation information: In the event of event cancellation due to inclement weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: one admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2016 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date). There are no refunds on sales of Luminaria Nights tickets. If weather is questionable, please check back on Twitter (@rsabg) or THIS page on the event date for status updates.
RSABG Members: $7 adults, $5 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)
Public: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)
Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.
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
5:30 until 9 p.m.
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 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 World Famous Spider Show -In this very entertaining comedic show, children of all ages learn about spider webs, spiders and how they capture their prey.
Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong - Human and canine ambassadors of Project Wildsong dispel myths and misinformation about wolves and their behaviors by providing interpretation and education about the important role of wolves in the ecosystem.
FRIDAY NIGHT: The Grilled Cheese Truck
SATURDAY NIGHT: Crepes Bonaparte
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.