A Night Out at Sunset Concerts

These two found a nice spot to dance behind the stage. Photo by Mitch Maher.

These two found a nice spot to dance behind the stage. Photo by Mitch Maher.

Look at these happy people. Smiling, dancing, grooving… enjoying music under the stars. That could be you. Bring a date, or meet someone here—either way, Sunset Concerts at the Skirball is a great night out. The 2012 season kicks off this Thursday night, when Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga take the stage.

And have we mentioned that the concerts are free? And that our galleries (except Noah’s Ark at the Skirball) are also free and open until 10:00 p.m.?

If you like to plan ahead, here are tips on how to attend Sunset Concerts like a pro and how to do it on your budget, from cheapest options to best ways to splurge. Feel free to mix and match!

Find a nice grassy patch to picnic with friends. Photo by John Elder.

Picnic with friends. Photo by John Elder.

THE SUPER SAVER NIGHT WITH FRIENDS
Round up your buddies and get on the bus!
Transportation: Plan your trip with metro.net and go to and from the Skirball for $1.50 each way. Plus no parking fees. Metro Rapic 761 drops off right in front of our main entrance. Just remember to bring your Metro passes. You’ll have to show them to get your tickets into the venue.
Food: Bring a delicious dinner with you from home! You may bring in food, but outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. For some good ideas on how to jazz up your menu, this oldie but goodie from Mark Bittman is our go-to guide. There is a grassy area on the balcony above the stage that is perfect for picnicking.
Drinks: Cash bar available on site, or bring nonalcoholic drinks from home.
Concert tickets: Admission to the concert is free!

THE CHEAP DOUBLE-DATE NIGHT
No need for an awkward first date when you can bring friends.
Transportation: Carpool and split gas and parking costs. On-site parking is $10 cash per car. Street parking is not permitted (you’ll get towed!). Remember to bring your Skirball parking stub. You’ll have to show it to get your tickets into the venue.
Food: Purchase grab-and-go food from the Skirball’s food cart. Choices include yummy sandwiches, salads, hot dogs with all the fixins, fresh fruit, and cookies. Prices vary, but plan on spending $10 per person. What a deal!
Drinks: Grab a glass of wine. Cash bar available on site. Remember: no outside alcohol.
Concert tickets: Admission to the concert is free!

So romantic! Photo by Bonnie Perkinson.

So romantic! Photo by Bonnie Perkinson.

THE BIG SPENDER DATE NIGHT
Take your honey out on the perfect date night.
Transportation: Pick up some flowers, pick up your date, and drive over to the Skirball. On-site parking is $10 cash per car. Street parking is not permitted (seriously, you’ll get towed). Remember to keep your Skirball parking stub with you.
Food: Reserve your spot at the Zeidler’s Café pre-concert buffet. Check out a sample menu here. Deee-lish! Buffet is $27.95 per person.
Drinks: Enjoy wine during dinner and then grab our signature Sunset Concerts cocktail, the Ginger Sunset, during the show. Remember: no outside alcohol.
Concert tickets: Admission to the concert is free! And, with your Zeidler’s reservation, you also get priority reserved seating at the concert.

Download more handy tips here.

We love the Sunset Concerts, and we never miss a show. The stage is up. Only 48 hours left to go. See you on Thursday!

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About Mia Cariño

Mia Cariño is Vice President, Communications and Marketing, at the Skirball, which generally means she thinks about words, pictures, the stories they convey, the people to whom to tell them, and what it takes to tell them well. Her daughter, Astrid, is named after Astrid Kirchherr, Astrid Lindgren, and Astrud Gilberto: not a bad trio of women. Mia has lived in Manila, New York, Toronto, Manila, Bryn Mawr, and Philadelphia, and has now lived in Los Angeles longer than she's ever lived anywhere. It's home.

About Lisa Delgin

Lisa Delgin is Marketing and Social Media Manager at the Skirball. She is mostly a native Californian, having moved to California from Long Island, NY, when she was just five years old. She is a big fan of documentary film, running on the beach, and other people’s gardens. She would like to grow her own food in a garden, but she is terrible with plants.

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