The gentle and venerable rites of autumn can often be out-glimmered by the jack o'lanterns and spooky doings of Halloween. But observing the subtle changes in nature, and how the flowers and trees are transforming, is a time-honored part of October. If you're craving that peaceful moment, and music, and traditions that stretch back through the centuries, consider a visit to Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15, where the annual Japanese Garden Festival will bloom.
Do keep in mind, like some of Descanso's other major festivals, that an advance reservation is required. You can find more information at www.descansogardens.com.