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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.

2014 Events

WOTW LA - Ralph Cornell

Los Angeles – The Public Landscapes of Ralph Cornell | November 8-9

Southern California's "dean of landscape architecture" Ralph Cornell helped shape the face of an evolving metropolis.


WOTW- Richmond

Richmond | October 25-26

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

WOTW Philadelphia

Miami | April 12-13

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

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.