The Twilight Concert Series - a Santa Monica summer tradition for more than 30 years - featured live music under the stars at the Santa Monica Pier beginning at sunset (around 7 p.m.) Thursdays and concluding around 10 p.m..
But starting in 2018, the Twilight Concert Series will be a fall event, in an effort to reduce the ever-growing crowds that the event draws.
The 34the annual installment of the wildly popular Santa Monica Pier Concerts feature a re-imagined, cultural-oriented series of no more than six events - a reduction from 2017's eight shows
Controlling crowds has been a challenge for event organizers. The Santa Monica Pier has a capacity of less than 4,500 people, but many times that amount showed up for the concerts, and when the Pier reached capacity, the overflow spilled over to the beach below.
As a result, the Santa Monica City Council agreed that the series attracted large audiences that compromised public safety, impacted residents and businesses adjacent to the pier, and strained city resources, costing in excess of $1 million. Check back here in the months ahead for a full listing of th 2018 Fall Concert Series lineup and details.
The City of Santa Monica provides free bike valets on the sand just south of the Santa Monica Pier. You can also rent Breeze Bike Share Bikes.
The Expo Line connects downtown L.A. to the Pier every 6 minutes until 7 p.m. Roundtrip fare is $3.50.
Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 7, Rapid 7, 9 and 18 all stop near the Pier. Route 8 stops right in from of the Pier. Roundtrip is $2.50
To keep Colorado/Ocean Ave. clear, the primary rideshare (Uber and Lyft) pickup location is at the intersection of Olympic Drive and Main Street.
If driving, expect gridlock of up to an hour. Parking rates vary from $5 to $25; get a parking app here.
Santa Monica Pier concerts don't stop with the Twilight Concert series. Check out the summer 2017 HUSHconcerts at the Santa Monica Pier.
Get more information on Santa Monica Events here.