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Sorrowful Soirée 96.11.7 John H. Temple funeral - casket carried to mausoleum, c. April 1926
Sunday, October 28, 12 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate life as you learn about death at our very first Sorrowful Soirée. People's relationship with death changed dramatically between the time that the Workman and Temple families lived at the Homestead. Come and learn more as you enjoy special tours and activities. We'll also celebrate some favorite seasonal traditions of the modern day that have rich histories of their own like trick-or-treating and making costumes.

Free; picnics are welcome.

 

The End of the Great War
Sunday, November 11, 2 to 5 p.m.

Spend Veterans' Day commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The program will include a staged reading of R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End, a moving play that follows a group of British officers on the front line in a dugout in the trenches in France.

Free; advance registration is recommended and begins September 28.

 

Christmas Calamities: A Living History Tour
Sunday, December 2; tours depart hourly at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m.

Sing, dance, decorate, or cheer on fellow visitors as you immerse yourself in a recreated 1920s Christmas pageant. Enjoy crafts and sweet treats before or after joining costumed characters inside the Temple family's festively decorated home. 

Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for seniors (55+)/students. Space is limited and sales begin October 19.
 

A Weekend of Holiday Merriment
Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 12 to 4 p.m. both days

How did Christmas in Los Angeles change from the days of the Mexican ranchos through the 1920s? See for yourself as you tour our decorated historic houses. Make crafts, enjoy music, visit with Santa Claus, and more!

Free; picnics are welcome.

 

Past Events

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours 

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• Tours depart both days at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.
• Free; tour sizes are limited and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis

What's in the basement you ask? This tour will show you! See basements and other areas that are seldom seen by the public.

Hour-long tours are free, but space on each tour is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The tour includes multiple staircases that cannot accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

 

Family Picnic Day Language of Flowers Activity_2.11.18

 Sunday, May 27, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Celebrate with yours at the Homestead! Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of the museum, play games, make crafts, and take a tour of our historic houses. Enjoy a special performance of Proposin', a one-act play, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m on the Workman House porch!
 

*Please note that food will not be for sale at this event. And please, no alcohol or pets.
 

Summer Picnic Summer Picnic Publicity Shot

Sunday, July 1, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Kick off the summer with a variety of games, crafts, and other activities on our beautiful grounds. Bring your own picnic and relax on the West Lawn next to La Casa Nueva, our 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion. 

*Please note that food will not be for sale at this event. And please, no alcohol or pets.