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 golden sunlight melt into the ocean, it brings a serene and comforting closure to the day. Every year, in May and September, the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach host a FREE Sunset Serenades concert series in the Heisler Park Amphitheatre where you can see, feel and virtually hear that magical Laguna sunset. This event was voted as the 'best arts program' by Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts in 2015.
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 the perfect way to experience the "small town" charm of Laguna Beach.
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.
9/9: Denmantau (German Pop/Rock)
9/16: Anna Gliadkovskya (Classical Piano)
9/23: John Lester (Singer/Songwriter/Solo Bassist)
9/30: Alexandra Jack (Singer/Songwriter)
Where: HEISLER PARK - look for the 16' Breaching Whale public art sculpture. 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 it using the #MyLagunaBeach hashtag and tag us @VisitLaguna, we’d love to see it. (FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM)
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, beer and wine. SLAPFISH is the perfect dining option if you are craving gourmet seafood and want something that's quick to take with you. Make your meal complete by getting a bottle of wine from LAGUNA WINE, COFFEE AND SPECIALTY FOODS at 381 Forest Avenue. They have an extensive collection of imported and domestic wines.
Now you’re all set for a relaxing evening watching the sun cast its rays of golden light over Laguna Beach.