This September, the twilight concert series of free outdoor concerts return to Santa Monica with a new vision and a new name: introducing Twilight on the Pier!

Santa Monica Pier concerts - the outdoor music festival that's almost as iconic as the Pier itself - is back For the 34th year beginning Sept. 5, and concluding on Oct. 7.

The 2018 series will feel different in a lot of ways from past years, but the spirit stays the same; with the spotlight on the best and brightest SoCal has to offer and unique artists from around the world - a truly Local-Meets-Global experience.

Each night of the Santa Monica concerts series will be a Pier-wide festival, complete with immersive art, food offerings, a beer and spirits garden, games and interactive activations all along the Pier promenade. 

2018 Twilight Concert Series Line-Up

There are now 3 concert stages; on the Pier Deck, in Pacific Park, and the West End. 

However, unlike in past years, the public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be available as viewing or picnic-ing as in years past. Instead, concert-goers will enjoy a Pier-wide concert experience featuring two new stages.

September 5: Latin Waves

  • Main stage: Orquesta Akokan; Jarina De Marco
  • West End stage:  Quitapenas
  • Pacific Park stage: Sister Mantos

Sept. 12: Australia Rocks the Pier

  • Main stage: Betty Who; Touch Sensitive
  • West End stage: Announcing soon
  • Pacific Park stage: Announcing soon

Sept. 19: Island Vibes

  • Main stage: Judy Mowatt; Bokante
  • West End stage: Twilight Steel Drums
  • Pacific Park Stage: DJ Dan Holloway

Sept. 26: Eclectic Indie

  • Main stage: Brazilian Girls; Sudan Archives
  • West End stage: Capyac
  • Pacific Park stage: Yoya

Oct. 3: Afro-Beat and R&B

  • Main stage: Fela! The Concert; Tiffany Gouche
  • West End stage: Twilight Drum Circle
  • Pacific Park stage: DJ Nnamdi

Oct. 7: South Asian Sounds

  • Main Stage: Red Baraat; Vidya Vox
  • West End stage: DJ Rekha
  • Pacific Park stage: Discostan

Getting to Santa Monica Pier Concerts

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.

Twilight Concerts at the Pier Details

  • Tickets No tickets necessary. This is pure, free fun (remember that?) all thanks to the Santa Monica Pier's partners and sponsors.
  • Time 6:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m., but those in the know stake out a good spot early.

Get a Santa Monica Pier map and directory 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.


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