E. Manchester Boddy, founder of Descanso Gardens, had a legendary reputation for throwing big parties at his La Cañada estate during the 1930s and 40s. Descanso continues the tradition every Labor Day at Boddy's Big Backyard which brings together families, food, music and a car show worthy of its effervescent founder.
Festivities take place on Monday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Model A Car Show - Members of the Santa Anita A's present a collection of original automobiles from a bygone era. Owners will be on hand to talk about their specific car and the overall history of Henry Ford's revolutionary creation.
Louie Cruz Beltran Ensemble - Latin Jazz Under the Oaks 1-3 p.m.
Snap into the rhythm when one of SoCal's finest Latin jazz artists, the Louie Cruz Beltran Ensemble, hits the stage with their blending of high energy salsa with jazz, R&B and pop.
Picnic on the Lawn
Pack a basket of goodies or purchase a casual picnic lunch from Patina Catering which operates barbecue stations from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Limited tables and chairs are available; bring blankets and folding chairs (not normally allowed).
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada. Free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, $3 children. (818) 949-4200, www.descansogardens.org.