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What’s Out There Weekend

Highlighting the nation’s rich and diverse landscape heritage through a series of free interpretive tours led by expert guides.

Hosted in different cities every year, What’s Out There®Weekend brings to light the unique landscape legacy and local character of each city, defined by its publicly accessible parks, gardens, plazas, cemeteries, memorials, and neighborhoods. An extension of the What’s Out There database, What’s Out There Weekend draws people out into their communities to experience first-hand the landscapes that they see every day but often overlook.

2016 Events

Houston | March 12-13
Connected to TCLF's Leading with Landscape conference on March 11, expert-led tours of Houston's remarkable collection of diverse landscapes will help you discover why this city is at the forefront of landscape architecture. 


Lawrence Halprin | July 
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of this pioneering figure in Modernist landscape architecture, attend free tours that will explore Halprin's lasting legacy across the country.


2015 Events

WOTW Newport

Newport County 
From the vernacular Cliff Walk to Gilded Age Mansions, Aquidneck Island's diverse landscape legacy comprises some of the oldest in the country.


WOTW- Toronto

TCLF's first-ever Weekend outside of the USA was integrated with a symposium and the local Doors Open event; tours ranged from ravines to urban parks. 

WOTW - Denver

Spanning 150 years of design excellence expressed in a diverse open space network, explore Denver's parks, botanical gardens, civic spaces, and suburbs.

WOTW LA - Austin


Tours of the Lone Star State's capital city illustrate why Austin's unique landscape legacy is unrivaled. 


2014 Events

WOTW Philadelphia

Explore the lush tropical landscapes of Miami, from Palm Beach’s Beaux Arts gems to Modernist landmarks in Miami Beach and elsewhere.


WOTW- Richmond

Visit antebellum plantations, Colonial Revival gardens, post-industrial parkland integrated with the James River, and significant Modernist plazas and public spaces.

WOTW LA - Ralph Cornell

Los Angeles – The Public Landscapes of Ralph Cornell 
Southern California's "dean of landscape architecture" Ralph Cornell helped shape the face of an evolving metropolis.


2013 Events

WOTW Philadelphia

From its Colonial heritage to its strong tradition of civic horticulture, Philadelphia’s history is written in its public spaces. Explore national treasures, innovative urban thinking, and hidden gems across the city.


WOTW Berkshires

Berkshires, MA
Cultural landscapes abound in the Massachusetts Berkshires, with significant African American heritage sites celebrated alongside the exemplary gardens of Naumkeag and the Mount. And play a round of golf at several legacy courses in the area!


WOTW-Los Angeles

Los Angeles
What’s Out There Weekend sheds new light on the city’s design history, from its Spanish Colonial heritage to its unique Postmodernist legacy. Explore the rich landscapes of Los Angeles, L.A. County, Pasadena, and nearby.

2012 Events


Washington, DC
The Italian influence on Washington, DC’s parks, gardens and public spaces ranges from Meridian Hill Park’s majestic cascade to the grottoes of the Franciscan Monastery. Experience Bella Italia in the nation’s capital.


New York City
What’s Out There Weekend NYC will hit the five boroughs, from the rolling hills and notable monuments of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to Manhattan’s midtown Modernist gems.

2011 Events


Chicago, IL
From the City's signature Prairie style landscapes to Modern gems like Dan Kiley's South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago, What's Out There Weekend will highlight Chicago's remarkable and important landscape legacy.


Levi Plaza

San Francisco, CA
The "Mostly Modern" weekend in San Francisco will highlight parks, plazas, and a diverse range of landscape projects designed by some of the nation's great Modern masters.

2010 Events

Dumbarton Oaks

Washington, DC
On Sept 25-26, 2010, the first What's Out There Weekend provided residents and visitors an opportunity to discover and explore 25 free, publicly accessible sites in the nation's capital.