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
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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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Sounds & Spaces: “Made in America” Concert


Sunday, June 14 - 7-9 p.m. 

The beautiful inner courtyard of Long Beach’s historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe is the setting for our Sounds & Spaces season finale. Join the Long Beach Symphony Principal Winds, Heather Clark flute, Rong-Huey Lui oboe, Gary Bovyer clainet, Julie Feves bassoon and Joe Meyer French horn for a program of music for woodwind quintet.

Few places speak to the American experience like Rancho los Cerritos and it becomes the perfect setting for a program of music by a diverse cast of American composers. Samuel Barber, the dean of American composition leads the way with his evocative “Summer Music.” Composer Jennifer Higdon, on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music demonstrates why she was the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music with her compelling piece “Autumn Music.”

Jeff Scott, an African American composer and the French Hornist of the Grammy nominated chamber group Imani Winds, brings a stunning hybrid of jazz and contemporary classical compositional styles together in his “Homage to Duke.” While Mexican born, American raised composer Arturo Marquez, who studied at CalArts and is now on the faculty of the National University of Mexico, Superior School of Music charms us and wins us over with his work, 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.

Gene Dermody IS the Reverend George W. Hathaway


Saturday, June 20 - 10-11:30 a.m. 

The Reverend George W. Hathaway moved to California in 1877 to be with his daughters, three of whom were married to Bixby men. Actor Gene Dermody will reminisce about Hathaway’s abolitionist activities, service in the Civil War as a Union Army Chaplain, and his assessment of Abraham Lincoln in this entertaining living history performance. For 35 years, Dermody taught United States and California history at Cerritos College, and created courses in African American and Women’s history. He’s an author, playwright, and an actor in the RLC Players.

Tickets are $7, and $5 for students with current school-issued identification. Reservations are not required, but encouraged. Call 562-206-2040.

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Back to the 50's with The Smokin' Cobras!


Sunday, June 28 - 5:30-8 p.m. 

To commemorate the Rancho’s transfer from the Bixby family to the City of Long Beach in 1955, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Back To The 50’s, a celebration of American Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, and Country Music. The series takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month between June and August, and is completely free. Guests are welcome to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking on the beautiful backyard lawn. Music begins at 5:30 and continues until 7 p.m.

The series begins on Sunday, June 28, with a performance by the Smokin’ Cobras, a high energy sextet that’s performed at festivals up and down the California coast, and throughout Southern California. They have a vast repertoire of songs that span decades but, for this performance, they will stay focused primarily on the Rock n’ Roll explosion of the ‘50’s.

Guests are welcome to bring blankets and low beach-style chairs. Pets, and smoking, are not allowed anywhere on the site. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is limited handicapped parking on site, and additional parking is available in an adjacent lot, and on the street.

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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.
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

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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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