Sat Aug 4th - Free Shakespeare in the Park: Merry Wives of Windsor

Aug 4 2018 7:00 pm

The Los Encinos Docent Association and Los Encinos State Historic Park once again host Shakespeare by the Sea in a free performance in the park.

Saturday, August 4 at 7pm

Presenting The Merry Wives of Windsor – a rollicking comedy which tells of Falstaff’s folly: courting two very mischievous married women at the same time.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, bring the whole family and enjoy a free performance.

Picnic meals encouraged. Wine and Beer OK.

The story is told that Queen Elizabeth really loved the character of Sir John Fallstaff, who served as a ne'er-do-well comic foil to Prince Hal in Henry IV parts one and two. Sir John was killed off at the beginning of Henry V, which annoyed the Queen no end, and so to appease her, Shakespeare wrote a comedy in which he plays a central role.

It's not one of the Bard's more famous works, but it has a simplicity not often seen in his plays, and it is unique in being set entirely in a village in the English countryside, rather than Illyria, Venice, Bohemia, Ancient Rome or some such other exotic locale. A timeline with the other Fallstaff plays would logically put it in the time of Henry IV, more than a century earlier; but every element of the setting and the characters is straight out of the author's own time: the England of Queen Elizabeth I.

There is no public parking on the park grounds. Please park on the street and pay attention to all posted signs.

There is no ADA parking on-site. However, there will be a designated ADA drop-off at the Moorpark gate.

More about Shakespeare by the Sea:

Gelson's will deliver special picnics pre-ordered to the park for the show!

Siutcanga Brochure

This interesting brochure: Siutcanga (place of the live oak) Ancestral and Historical Village of the Fernandeño Tataviam is available in Visitor Center. Check it out.

Video - School Field Trips to Los Encinos

Los Encinos State Historic Park is a treasure trove of history from the days before California became a state. School field trips are encouraged and they are free.

See how it was in the early days... As it was then, it still is now.

This video explains our School Field Trip program.

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Visiting The Park

ImageThe Visitors' Center in the Garnier Building is open for self-guided tours during regular park hours.

The newly-refurbished De la Ossa Adobe is available for free guided tours by appointment only or during some special events. Thank you for your patience as we deal with reduced staff.

School tours are available, please contact us to set up a time.( )

The park is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and most state/national holidays.

You may enter the park via the Moorpark Street gate or the Ventura Boulevard gate. Both are open during regular park hours.

Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Duck food is provided at our coin-operated dispenser. You are strongly discouraged from bringing bread as the ducks and geese can't properly digest the highly refined grains that people eat.

We have no parking lot. Please park on the street and pay close attention to posted signs. The lot at the corner of Ventura and Balboa is for the businesses in that area.

"Encino Mom" Visits Los Encinos

Encino Mom TV visited Los Encinos State Historic Park on one of our living history days.

Here's the source: the original post on the "Encino Mom" blog.

Support Los Encinos State Historic Park

ImageThanks to the generosity of our supporters and our local community, the Los Encinos Docent Association is able to continue providing educational and community events at Los Encinos State Historic Park.

Your support helps us achieve what we are dedicated to -- the education about and preservation of Los Encinos State Historic Park.

To make a tax deductible donation, send your check payable to:
"Los Encinos Docent Association" to:
16756 Moorpark St.
Encino CA 91436-1068

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Restoration of the De La Ossa Adobe

A State Parks produced video about the restoration of the adobe after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake

Los Encinos Archive

Garnier bldg with MoundThis is a collection of documents and images in the possession of the Los Encinos Docent Association, a volunteer organization that supports the activities of Los Encinos State Historic Park.

Most of these materials come from generous donations by the families that lived at Los Encinos over the years. We are grateful to them for providing us with this invaluable link to our shared history.

These documents and images are free for research, education and other non-commercial use. If commercial use is to be made, please obtain the permission of the Docent Association.

In all cases where materials from the Los Encinos archive are used, please provide credit and, if possible, a link back to our website at "".

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