The Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier returns for 2019 with six consecutive Wednesday nights filled with live entertainment on the beach Aug. 21 through Sept. 25.

The events take over the entire pier, with three stages and various areas and activities to explore. There are three concert stages; on the Pier Deck, in Pacific Park, and the West End.  There is a main stage for live music, a second space with dance-oriented acts, and the third area for comedy (the comedy area is for 21+, the rest of the spaces are open to all ages.)

Now in its 35th consecutive year, Twilight continues the long-standing tradition of celebrating emerging and established artists and sounds from around the world. Whether you’re a casual concert-goer or a culture-seeker, the 2019 Twilight Concert Series has something for everyone.

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.

Twilight Concert Series Line-Up

August 21: Twilight Concert Series on the Pier Kick-off:  Rostam, Dijon, Jen Awad

August 28:  Latin Wave:  Helado Negro, San Cha, Bandas Las Angelinas

September 4: Middle East Beats:  A-Wa, Disco Shrine, Los Angeles Arabs Orchestra

September 11:  Island Tides:  Hollie Cook, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, Upstream

September 18:  Aussie Splash:  Methyl Ethel, APRA Contest Winners

Spetember 25:  Japanese Vibes:  Cornelius, starRo, Taiko Project

The Santa Monica Pier welcomes more than 9 million visitors annually from all over the globe, and the Twilight Concert Series showcases performers that reflect both the diverse audience and the many cultures throughout Southern California that influence the art and music we enjoy here every day. 

The "Local Meets Global" theme celebrates different cultural soundscapes, mixing classical world music with pop jams and indie folk.

Highlighting artists who live and create in different countries, as well as artists who draw inspiration from those countries but live in LA, to provide the audience with a deeper understanding of what world music has to offer, and how it influences artists right here at home. 

Getting to Twilight Concerts

Biking to the Twilight Concert Series

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.

Taking the expo line to the Twilight Concert Series

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

Driving  to the Twilight Concert Series

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 Details

Where:  200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The Pier is located in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, just off Ocean Avenue & Colorado ave.

WHEN:  7 - 10 P.M.

DO I NEED TO RSVP? This is pure free-and-open-to-the-public fun, so no tickets or RSVP necessary, but if you want to rally your friends and show them how cool your Wednesday nights will be, RSVP on Facebook and share with the world.

WILL THERE BE BOOZE? Yes, the Beer & Spirits Garden features delicious cocktails and refreshing beer for adults 21+.

CAN I BRING ANYTHING IN? Please leave your cigarettes, weapons, alcohol, bikes, and scooters at home. You will be permitted to bring purses & backpacks, recyclable water bottles, chairs & blankets, friends & family and all the good vibes.

There will be bag checks at all three entrances, so plan accordingly. All attendees are subject to search upon entry.

WHO CAN COME TO THE EVENT? This is an all-ages event, so bring your kids, parents, grandparents and yes, even pets (on a leash).

Get more information on Santa Monica Events here.

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