There are countless things to love about Laguna Beach, and the sunsets are at the top of the list. When you feel the air turn cool and watch the last rays of sunlight melt into the ocean, it brings a serene and comforting closure to the day. Every September, the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach host a FREE (!) Sunset Serenade concert series in the Heisler Park Amphitheatre where you can see, feel and virtually hear that magical Laguna sunset.

The amphitheatre is tucked into the hillside of the shore giving sweeping views from Rockpile Beach down the southern coast. The tiered, outdoor grassy theater makes for the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a casual picnic dinner, listen to music and watch the sunset slowly set over the ocean. Sunset Serenades is a great way to experience the "small town" charm of Laguna.

Need to Know

When: Every Friday in September. The concerts begin at 5:30pm and run until sunset. Hint: get there early to secure a spot as this tends to be a popular event.

9/5: The Screaming Furniture Jazz Outlet (Jazz)

9/12: Gayle Skidmore (Singer/Songwriter)

9/19: The Kalama Bros. (Island Soul)

9/26: Miss Erika Davies (Jazz Singer)

Where: Heisler Park. Make sure to bring quarters or your credit card for metered parking in and around Heisler Park.

Bring: A blanket and/or a low chair for comfortable concert viewing and your camera to grab a shot of the sunset. If you do snap a pic, share (Facebook & Instagram) it with us, we'd love to see it!

Hot Tip: Why not grab food to go and make it a sunset dinner? Zeytoon Café is within walking distance and offers a variety of sandwiches, beers and wines. SlapFish is the perfect dining option if you are craving gourmet seafood and want something that's quick to take with you. Or have your meal delivered to you at Heisler Park by Subway when you order using their official Subway app. Finally, make your meal complete by getting a bottle of wine from Laguna Coffee and Wine at 381 Forest Avenue. They have an extensive collection of imported and domestic wines.