laguna beach sunset serenades

Sunset Serenades in Laguna Beach

There are countless things to love about Laguna Beach, and the sunsets are at the top of the list.

With the fall months upon us,  there's no better way to take in the glorious sunsets melting in the Pacific than enjoying outdoor live music in the heart of Laguna Beach. Every year, in May and September, the lodging establishments of Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach fund the FREE Sunset Serenades concert series in the HEISLER PARK AMPHITHEATRE where you can see, feel and virtually hear that magical Laguna sunset. This event has been voted as the 'best arts program' by the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts.

The amphitheater 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: Friday evenings in September at 5:30pm. Hint: get there early to secure a spot as this tends to be a popular event.

9/3: Bassett Bros (guitar duo)
9/10: West Coast Woodwind Quintet (chamber music)
9/17: Ron Kobayashi (Jazz)                                                                                                                              
9/24: Acoustic Asylum (eclectic acoustic jazz/folk group with accordion)

Where: HEISLER PARK AMPHITHEATER (near the corner of Cliff Drive and Jasmine Street) - 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, for a chance to be featured on one of our pages. (FACEBOOKTWITTER or INSTAGRAM

Hot Tip: Why not grab food to go and enjoy a picnic dinner under the stars? 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. For more tasty grab and go options read our story HERE

Now you’re all set for a relaxing evening watching the sun cast its rays of golden light over Laguna Beach. 

Whether you come to Sunset Serenades or visit us for another reason, be sure to share your experiences with us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM by tagging us @VisitLaguna and utilizing our citywide hashtag, #MyLagunaBeach.  

About the Author

Ashley Johnson

After graduating from The University of Arizona with a Journalism degree, Ashley moved back to her Orange County home and joined the Visit Laguna Beach team. Over the past 11 years, Ashley has led the DMO's marketing and public relations efforts, and most recently, was promoted to oversee Visit Laguna Beach's operations. You can find Ashley in search for one of her two favorite dishes -- bone marrow or fish tacos. The self-proclaimed wine snob is also a huge sports fan (Go Wildcats & Raiders!), loves searching for antiques, and is an HGTV/DIY junkie. Ashley currently resides in Mission Viejo with her husband and French bulldog.