Garden Party

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the start of summer with the Norton Simon Museum’s annual Garden Party. Held in the Museum’s beloved Sculpture Garden, the event features live jazz, art-making activities for all ages and abilities, and a special food and wine menu for sale in the Garden Café.

Free with Museum admission. 


Things to Know:
  • Limited free parking is available at the Museum and at the Elks Lodge parking lot, located across the street from the Museum at 400 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105. Parking at the Elks Lodge parking lot is available from 3:30–7:30 p.m. Ridesharing or public transportation is encouraged. Transportation details can be found here.
  • No outside food or drink permitted. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase in our Museum Café
  • Tables, chairs and benches are limited; we recommend bringing blankets to sit on the grass. Personal chairs and stools are not allowed (unless for people with disabilities).
Questions? Contact [email protected]

Art-Making Activity: Pot Decorating

Design your own compostable pot using paint sticks, stickers and other materials. Then, take home a packet of seeds to plant on your own.

Art-Making Activity: Plein Air Sketching

Choose from an assortment of drawing materials and supplies, then find your favorite spot in the garden or galleries to sketch.

Art-Making Activity: Tea Blending

Join herbalist and naturalist Emily Han to mix your own unique tea blend

Art-Making Activity: Botanical Suncatchers

Select dried flowers, plant material and contact paper to create an intricately patterned suncatcher to hang in your home or garden.

Art-Making Activity: Watercolor Bookmarks

Use watercolor pencils to sketch your own peaceful garden scene onto a bookmark, inspired by the plant life found in the Sculpture Garden.

Jazz in the Garden

Enjoy the sounds of a jazz trio in the Garden Café.

Garden Café

Enjoy food and drinks for purchase from the Garden Café, including sandwiches, salads and snacks, as well as beer, wine, sodas, tea, coffee and more.