Your one stop shop for all events, workshops, lectures
and other fun happenings at Rancho Los Cerritos.

 Museum Public Hours:

 Wednesday - Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Phone: (562) 206-2040
Fax: (562)


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FREE Summer Concert:
The Band of the California Battalion


Sunday, May 24, 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

The Band of the California Battalion plays authentic instruments, primarily brass horns designed by Adolph Sax, and performs military and popular music from the American Civil War era. The band is led by Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, Dean of the School of Creative Arts and Applied Sciences at Long Beach City College.

Guests are invited to arrive at 4:30 for pre-concert picnicking. Blankets and low back chairs are welcome. Smoking and pets are not allowed.

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Creation Station: Rainbow Surprise!


Saturday, June 6 - 1-4 p.m. 

Join us on Saturday, June 6, for Creation Station, a free drop-in craft program for elementary-age children. June’s theme, Rainbow Surprise, will feature a variety of fun, age-appropriate, crafts and activities. This is a great opportunity for children to explore their creativity in a unique historical setting. Creation Station is offered rain or shine, 1-4 p.m., on the first Saturday of the month. No reservations required. Free house and garden tours are available throughout the afternoon. Creation Station stops for the summer, but will resume again in October

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Overview of 2015 Events

Creation Station

First Saturdays from 1-4 PM
A free drop-in program of seasonally themed craft activities
Themes are: April 4 (Cool Blues), May 2 (Sunny Yellow), June 6 (Rainbow Surprise), Oct 3 (Outrageous Orange), Nov 7 (Brilliant Brown), and Dec 5 (Gorgeous Green).

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Civil War Lecture Series

Third Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM through June
June 20: Gene Dermody, "Reverend George W. Hathaway: Remembrances of my abolitionist and Civil War service experiences"
$7 per person, $5 with current Student ID.
Reservations Required - Seating is Limited

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Sounds & Spaces: “Made in America” Concert

Presented by Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, June 14
7 PM
Free concert includes performances of Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Jennifer Higdon’s "Autumn Music" for Wind Quintet, Jeff Scott’s “Homage to Duke,” and Arturo Marquez’ Danza al Mediodía
Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 224 or email with your name, phone number, and the number of seats you are requesting.

Summer Concert Series

4th Sundays from May through August
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Free concerts in the Rancho’s beautiful backyard.
May 24: Band of the California Battalion - A Civil War Band
June 28: Smokin' Cobras - 50s Rock & Roll
July 26: Chet Getz Cool - A Celebration of West Coast Cool Jazz
August 23: The Walking Phoenixes - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Gate opens at 4:30 for pre-concert picknicing

Summer Adventure Day Camp

Kids ages 6-10 enjoy fun crafts, games and activities with just a bit of history thrown in.

July 13-16 - Vaquero Adventures
July 20-24 - Old Time Adventures
July 27-31 - Adobe Adventures

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New For 2015!

August 3-7 - Middle School Adventure Week! (Ages 11-13)

Developed specifically for preteens ages 11-13, the program will help young people develop team-building and interpersonal communication skills. They will also spend the week discovering a variety of historic activities, and explore Victorian era technology and entertainment.

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All sessions run from 10 AM – 2 PM
$100 per session, per child. Reservations Required

Mud Mania! A Celebration of Adobe

Sunday, August 16
12:30 – 4:30 PM
At the Rancho’s most popular event, kids of all ages are invited to explore the significance of mud in a festive atmosphere filled great music, and many muddy activities.
$7 for Adults. $5 for Children. Kids ages 3 and under are free.

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Victorian Magic Show

Saturday, October 24
Two Shows: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
In the Victorian era, popular stage magicians began to create illusions that seemed to blur the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds. Join us as Victor Ian Elan presents a spellbinding demonstration of prestidigitation, legerdemain, and mind reading. You may even assist him in a brave attempt to make contact with spirits.

Seating is extremely limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price $60 per person.

Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 8
10:30 a.m.
At our annual Holiday Tea, you will experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions, brought to life by our volunteer costumed docents. The tea includes scones, finger sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and may tour the home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms.

The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m.. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price TBA

Old Time Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 13
1 - 7 PM
The festival begins with music, storytellers, crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa, amidst the lavishly decorated adobe home. Once the sun goes down, the Rancho will be lit by candles and oil lamps, and costumed living history docents will share their memories of Victorian-era holidays at the Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations needed.
Admission is payable at the entrance.
Price TBA

Cocoa With Santa

Tuesday, December 15
4-5:30 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 15. At 4 p.m., children are invited to have Cocoa With Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and wee marshmallows, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, tour the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe house and learn how Victorian era kids celebrated the holidays. Then, they’ll get to meet Santa. Parents are welcome to take photos.

Admission is $8 per person. Seating on Santa’s lap is limited, so advance reservations are required. People interested in participating should call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Reservations Required


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