Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier Reviews

breezejen breezejen
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Bring a picnic to the beach and listen to music Aug 22, 2009
The Twilight Dance Series is a series of free concerts provided by the city of Santa Monica at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. The performances are on the stage at the pier, but the fun part is on the beach just south of the pier. Bring a blanket, some candles and a picnic basket full of your favorite munchies and your favorite drinks. You can drink on the beach if you're discreet about it and don't get sloppy. It's all about having fun, being with your friends and not disturbing the peace.

The Twilight Series plays all summer long on Thursday nights from about 7-10 pm. But you can stay at the beach longer if you want. There's parking at the Santa Monica Place and parking along Ocean Blvd. which are both free. Also. there's parking at the promenade for a flat rate after 6 pm (don't now how much but for some reason $6 stands out in my head.) Parking at the lot at the pier will cost you about $10. At the south end of the pier there is an area reserved for just bikes and have a couple of "security" guards who watch them.

The acts are not huge name superstars, although once in a while you do get a popular surprise guest. The music is decent but the sound system's not all that, but it's just enough to hear in the background while you and your friends have a bite, have good conversation and drink a little wine. If you want to dance, the area by the stage is a huge dance area where people stand and watch or if they feel inclined will also dance.

Get there early as the good spots close to the pier fill fast. But, honestly, there's no bad seat in the house and you get what you pay for. So with the multicolored ferris wheel in the background, you can enjoy the music and view of a typical southern california sunset. What's the best part is that it's absolutely free. As soon as the summer ends, these concerts end too. To see who's playing and when, go to this website:

Hope to see you there!
View of the pier at our place in t…
Ferris wheel and roller coaster on…
Looking at the stage from the beac…
world-traveller123 says:
Wow, neat
Posted on: Aug 22, 2009
travelman727 says:
Sound like fun! I'll have to make sure to catch a Thursday night concert on my next summer trip to SoCal :-D
Posted on: Jul 30, 2009
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martinikitty13 martinik…
61 reviews
Wonderful Summer Activity Jul 11, 2008
Every summer, starting late June until August, the City of Santa Monica offers free Thursday night concerts on the SM Pier. It's a wonderful way to enjoy the balmy summer evenings at the beach with an eclectic (but friendly) group of people - ranging from romantic couples to families with children (and everyone in between). The music also varies greatly - from latin, hawaiian, rock, etc. The schedule is posted online.

Usually my friends and I don't even go onto the pier; instead we bring a picnic and stake out a spot on the sand near the pier. It's a wonderful way to spend the evening and feel a part of the community (which is a tad difficult in a city like Los Angeles) and it's FREE! :)

(7.10.08) On this evening, Jen, Sheila and I had some drinks and food at Nikki (in Venice) and then got to the SM Pier for the last leg of the salsa concert. We then finished the evening at Chloe - a teeny lounge/bar - cool ambience.
The salsa band's last song.
Me and Sheila.
Me and Jen - hanging at Chloe.
mellemel8 says:
i have always wanted to come here, next time. glad you guys had a blast :)
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
sybil says:
glad you guys had fun
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
sybil sybil
115 reviews
May 12, 2007
Every Thursday in the Summer, there is this FREE concert series at the Santa Monica Pier. They have some good bands come in to play and they vary every year. In past years, I have seen the Knack of "My Sharona" fame perform, for example. The Indigo Girls, Poncho Sanchez, etc. have also performed for free here. The concert starts at dusk and into the evening. There are usually 2 bands playing.

The key is to not hang out at the pier to watch the bands -- sure, you can do that but it gets really crowded. The fun of going is to actually picnic on the beach right off the pier. You can still hear the bands play (although you don't see them) while enjoying a nice meal (that you prepare or buy). Some people get very elaborate with their picnics but it is really up to you. I have seen people "mark" their picnic area by surrounding it with tea light candles. Some have set up a whole bunch of beach chairs. Some, only had picnic blankets. Whatever floats your boat. Alcohol is supposedly not permitted but I have seen people consume beer and wine during the picnic. So long as no one is too belligerent or flaunting it, no one will bother you. The crowd is very friendly and it is not uncommon to mingle with other groups.

I have seen people picnic with a large or small group of friends. I have also seen people on dates. Either way, it is a fun place to spend a Thursday night. Beware, it does get chilly at night (even though it is Summer), so make sure to bring a light jacket or sweater.
Some people bring a disco ball to …
The pier at night.
Our picnic.

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