Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival
The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival story began in 1923 with the founding of the Redlands Community Music Association (RCMA) by a woman with a vision - Grace Stewart Mullen. Mrs. Mullen's vision was that "music is for everyone," and should be accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay for admission. Her dream of bringing professional quality, classically oriented, music-based performing arts to her community has prospered for over 86 years. The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous music festival in the United States at which no admission is charged. Since its inception in 1923, an estimated eight million people have attended an evening of entertainment under the stars at the Redlands Bowl.
Anytime you can see a concert or show at the Redlands Bowl, take advantage of it! You want to get there at least an hour early to get a good seat on the benches or on the grass. Picnic on the grass is the best way to enjoy the evening. Pro tip: Be sure to use the toilet facilities before the show and not at intermission... You've been warned.
Just grab any parking spot you find on the way and plan to walk a little bit. Bug spray is a good idea, along with your seat cushion or lawn chair. Picnics, snacks, nosh, beverages are encouraged; bring your own favorites or enjoy the hotdogs and ice cream on offer. There are no gates or tickets, but you can show your appreciation with a donation during intermission. Oh, and the performances are good too!
Get here early, say an hour before the event, to ensure you get a good spot or not if you aren't picky. The lawn seats tend to fill up faster than the benches. Bring lots of picnic food or cash for concessions. Bring a blanket and or beach chairs for the lawn seats. Prepare to be amazed.
Such a wonderful experience! Everyone should take the time to bring friends and family. Sit out under the stars and enjoy great music and entertainment.
Love this venue. Perfect for a mid summer night entertainment. Quality shows. Nicely organized. Friendly volunteers. Beautiful neighborhood.