Free Summer Concerts at the Pier

Free Summer Concerts at the Pier

Each summer, Snapchat hosts a series of concerts on the Santa Monica Pier each Thursday.  The best part? The event is completely free to all, and if you don’t make it early enough to enter the venue you can always hear it from the rest of the pier or the beach.  The first concert took place last week and the headliner was 19 year old newcomer Khalid.  Although I had to miss it, from the pictures and Snapchat stories I could tell it was a packed house.  If you too weren’t able to make it, don’t freak out because there are plenty more shows to come.  The series will run until August 17, and I recommend checking it out at least once.  Because of the size of the pier, you don’t have to feel smushed in a big crowd like at many other venues.  You can spread out, bring some food and pals, and enjoy the music.  Because the event has gotten so popular, it is wise to get there an hour or so early to ensure you can get in and get a good view of the performer. Want the lineup? I’lll save you a click:

Lineup: (Main, Opener)

  • June 29, Indie Pop: LeMaitre, Coast Modern
  • July 13, Reggae: Marcia Griffiths, Jah9
  • July 20, Rock: Eric Burdon & The Animals, Mr. Elevator, Rusty’s EAC
  • July 27, Aussie Dance: Miami Horror, Cleopold
  • August 3, Americana: Valerie June, Irma Thomas
  • August 10, Latin: Mon Laferte, Buscabulla
  • August 17, Indie Rock/Alt: Warpaint, TBA

An extra tip: park at the designated lots at the 3rd St. Promenade because the first 90 minutes are free and it isn’t steep after that.  It is just a five minute walk to the pier with lots of good food options along the way.


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