California Native Food Symposium - November 14-15

Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. andchia candy
Sunday, November 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See the symposium website for speakers, schedule, and registration information. 

Symposium Registration Pricing: Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015: Member: $45 / Public: $60

Purchase tickets online here

Prices increase on November 2 to $60 for RSABG Members and $75 for the public

Registration includes: access to all presentations and scheduled events on Saturday, November 14, as well as free admission on Sunday, November 15 to enjoy native food preparations, tastings and the annual Acorn Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets are non-refundable but transferable up to 24 hours before the symposium. We regret that we cannot offer free registration.


Acorn Festival - Nov 15

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California, as acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important major food source. In honor of this, Native American dancers and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. (Dancers will demonstrate various dances intermittently throughout the day.) There will also be an artisans' marketplace. 

The Acorn Festival takes place rain or shine!

This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.

This year's Acorn Festival will be in conjunction with the first California Native Food Symposium, offering tastings, recipes, and demonstrations of edible California native plants.



Luminaria Nights - December 11, 12, 18, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDecember 11, 12, 18, 19, and 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

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.

Click here for advance purchase online tickets. Tickets are avaialble 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 2015 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.


Ticket Information

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.

Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 23 and 24

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Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015
5:30 until 9 p.m.

Purchase Tickets for Friday, October 23 Night Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 24 Here

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:

Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! 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.

Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, and a new puppy ambassador.

Food truck on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - The Lobos Truck

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.

Ticket Pricing

Adults: $7
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID) and Children (ages 3-12): $5
Children under 3 are Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID), and Children (ages 3-12): $6
Children under 3 are Free