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Autry 35th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Autry in Griffith Park

Special 35th Anniversary Admission Prices
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Join us for a day full of fun celebrating the Autry's 35th anniversary, with family-friendly activities museum-wide! 

  • Special 35th-anniversary ticket prices that are the same amount as they were when we first opened in 1988!
  • Trunk Show featuring local artist Laila Asgari
  • Wild Horse Singers and Dancers 
  • Native Voices performance
  • Presentations from Karla Buhlman and Rob Word 
  • Docent-led tours and trick ropers
  • Carnival on the Lawn with games, a Petting Zoo, Bouncy Houses, a mechanical bull, and a Ferris Wheel
  • Market Vendors and Community Partner booths on the Lawn 
  • Live Music, Photo Booth, Game lounge (corn-hole, Jenga, shuffleboard, giant Connect Fours)
  • PBS SoCal Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet downstairs in the garden
  • Family Play Space with educational activities for kids and families 
  • Food trucks and Fry bread!

…and so much more!

See below for the schedule and location of performances and activities! (Times and locations will be updated daily - stay tuned for updates!)


10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. | Federico Jewelry |  In Front of Museum Store

Federico Jimenez is a world-renowned authority on Mexican silver and Meso-American jewelry. His passion for antiquities was ignited when he and his father discovered a pre-Columbian Mixtec pectoral chest plate buried under their house. Since then, he has been on a quest to uncover more treasures, traveling from village to village. In addition to jewelry, Federico also collects Meso-American Indian costumes, with his collection totaling over 200 jewelry pieces and 190 traditional costumes. He has organized exhibitions and contributed to institutions like the UCLA Museum of Cultural History and the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. Federico's designs are highly sought after by the entertainment crowd, with celebrities like Christie Brinkley, Elle McPherson, and Ali McGraw wearing his jewelry. 

10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. | Trunk Show with Laila Asgari |  Museum Store

Laila Asgari, a local artist raised in southern California, took an interest in the Western lifestyle at an early age, learning how to ride at the age of five years.  As a youngster, Laila coupled her interest in art with her love for horses, experimenting with oil, pencil, and charcoal.  As an adult she discovered glass, and using the glass fusing technique she has been able to transfer her passion for the West into functional art, creating pictures with glass. Each glass piece is handmade and kiln-fired creating unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Her collection includes wall hangings, wall tiles, plates, picture frames, and coasters. Many of the pieces are created from personal experiences, which led Laila to name her business “Serendipity Blue”.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.| Focus Tours and General Highlights with Autry Docents | Museum Galleries 
Learn more about the Autry's collections in an engaging way! Our docents will lead you through an exploration of stories found within the Autry's vast exhibitions. Each tour offers new themes, topics, and stories.

  • Focus Tour: Firearms at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
    Explore the Autry's historic collection of firearms from across the American West, featuring stories about some of the finest specimens of the gun maker's art by iconic manufacturers such as Remington, Colt, Smith & Wesson, and Winchester.
  • Focus Tour: Go West With Art at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    The American West is a place of incredible beauty. Explore that beauty through the Autry's breathtaking collection of paintings, sculptures, weavings, baskets, ceramics, and other works of art.
  • Focus Tour: Reel or Real Cowboys? at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Are movie cowboys different from real life cowboys? Who are the great cowboys of the American West, real and imagined? On this focus tour, visitors will hear wild and true tales of the first cowboys and how their lives were glamorized by cowboys of the silver screen. Saddle up!
  • General Highlights Tour at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Join us for a museum tour led by our knowledgeable docents to gain insights into our exhibitions.
  • Focus Tour: Transportation Across the West at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    From Native communities who travel over land and water, to the great cattle drives, to planes, trains, and automobiles, the West has been, is, and will continue to be a place of travel and movement. On this focus tour, visitors will explore historical and contemporary methods of travel and why they matter.
  • General Highlights Tour at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Join us for a museum tour led by our knowledgeable docents to gain insights into our exhibitions.

10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Scavenger Hunt |  Museum Lobby

Visit the front desk and pick up a music-themed scavenger hunt to learn about the Autry Museum and win a fun prize!

10:30 a.m. | Wildhorse Singers and Dancers | Plaza   

Since 1989, Wildhorse Native American Association has been assisting urban Native American children and adolescents with cultural preservation. Gather around the drum with these talented youths as they demonstrate traditional powwow dance styles and traditional songs.  

11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Photo Booth | In Front of Sprague Gallery

Strike a pose, capture unforgettable memories, and have a blast with your friends and family. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to take some amazing photos of your time celebrating the Autry’s 35th Anniversary!

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m| Native Voices Performance | Wells Fargo Theater  

Native Voices, America’s Leading Native American Theatre Company, presents the Rolling World Premiere of Where the Summit Meets the Stars by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit)

When a near-death experience derails her flight through Southeast Alaska, Rose awakens to find herself in the care of the kind man who pulled her to safety. But who is this mysterious stranger? And how is it possible that she survived? As they journey by boat through the darkness and fog, Rose untangles the mysteries of her past, questions the world around her, and comes to an inescapable crossroads. Where the Summit Meets the Stars is an ethereal Alaska Native story driven by music, dance, and the culture of the Tlingit people.

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12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. | Phil Van Tee El Ropo |  Plaza

Prepare yourself for laughter, fun, and amazement with Phil Van Tee, also known as El Ropo! You’ll be mesmerized by Phils’s close-up magic and sleight of hand. It’s going to be pure magic!

12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. | Carnival and Petting Zoo |  Autry Lawn

Get ready for a day full of games and prizes, delicious food, and adorable animals to play with and feed! From the Ferris Wheel to the mechanical bull and the bouncy houses, it's going to be a day of fun and excitement that you don't want to miss. And don't forget to visit the Autry's Community Partners booths which will have tons of activities for the entire family to enjoy!

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.| Karla Buhlman Presentation | Museum Lobby 

Karla Buhlman takes the stage to deliver a presentation on the life and history of the legendary Gene Autry!

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. | Trick Ropers | Lobby & Plaza

Join the Union of Charros Associations of the State of California as they showcase impressive rope tricks and stunts in the Autry lobby and plaza. 

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 the Autry Lobby
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Autry Plaza

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (half hour visits)| Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet | Ethnobotanical Garden

Join the Autry and PBS to meet Daniel Tiger from “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”  The Meet and Greet will take place inside the Autry Museum starting at 1:00 p.m., educational activities will also be available.

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. | Rob Word Presentation | Museum Lobby

Rob Word presents "The State of the Western in 1988."


2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.| Live Music and DJ's | Plaza and Lobby

Friends in Low Places Djs in the Autry Plaza and Lobby

Angel City Bluegrass in the Autry Plaza from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

I See Hawks in LA in the Autry Plaza from 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Victoria Bailey in the Autry Plaza from 3:45 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Sweet Nothin's in the Autry Plaza from 5:00 p.m. - 5:45


Bison Burger · Aloha Friday's · Beachy's · Birrieria El Patron 818 · Tropic Truck


Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet · artworxLA · Burbank Public Library · Children's Burn Foundation ·
Citizens of the World Silver Lake · City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs · Great Big Family Play Day · Independent Shakespeare Co · LA Opera Connects · North Hollywood High School Zoo Magnet · PBS SoCal · So’oh Shinali Sister Project · Street Food Cinema 

Event Sponsors:

Jackie Autry - The Autry Foundation · Annenberg Foundation · Amy Green and Stephen Aron · Bank of America · Bel Air Investment Advisors · David W. Cartwright · Marian and Ted Craver · Rebecca K. Dutka and Steve Dutka · Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross · HUB International Insurance Services Inc. · John and Hilda Arnold Foundation · Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture · Chrystina and James Parks · Keith Renken · Lois Rice · Karen & Gary Schneider · Stanley B. Schneider 

The Autry’s 35th Anniversary Celebration is supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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