As you know, Grand Performances’ shows on Cal Plaza are 100% absolutely FREE to attend; no tickets or reservations* required (ever!), so all you really need to bring are two things:
- your enthusiasm for an amazing evening of performing arts
- all your friends, family, and neighbors ready to experience a GRAND night out!
VENUES & CAPACITY
California Plaza has two primary venues: the WaterCourt Stage, and the Marina Pavilion Amphitheater.
For WaterCourt shows, we set up about 800 chairs on the lower plaza, and there are also benches on the upper level of Cal Plaza.
The smaller Marina Pavilion seats about 350 people comfortably, and we often set up overflow seating across the plaza.
If you don’t plan on getting here super early, feel free to bring your own folding chairs. Guests can also bring blankets on the upper plaza. Please don’t block any areas designated for walking, dancing, or wheelchairs (our Disabled Seating seats are located on the lower plaza, house right).
Grand Performances believes in equal access and accessibility to seats, so seating is open, begins two hours prior to performance, and is filled on a first-come first-served basis. (As standard policy, Grand Performances does not hold group or individual seats for the general public*)
Individuals are allowed to reserve up to 6 six seats – they just have to be present the entire time (i.e. please don’t leave any items or bags unattended – they will be confiscated).
Regardless of where you sit, please bring whatever makes you comfortable for a 2+ hour show – be it blankets, pillows, cushions, jackets or even snuggies (we won’t judge). After sunset, Southern California nights can vacillate between stifling hot and teeth-chatteringly chilly, so check the evening’s forecast and come prepared!
FOOD AND DRINKS
We want you to have a great night with us, and grub and grog only help that, so we heartily encourage you to bring as much food and drink as you’re willing to carry. Many GP veterans come early with picnic baskets to stake out seats, and pass time with friends over some good food and good drink. Yes, that kind of drink! But please consume responsibly, and refer to posted signs on the plaza for restrictions. For the safety of those around you, please leave glass cups at home.
If you bring an impressive spread, you may even make it on our blog. If you don’t have the time or inclination to prepare a meal at home, please support the California Plaza vendors that often stay open during our events – Starbucks, Panda Express, Johnny’s Pizza, and Famima!! There’s also a California Pizza Kitchen across Grand Ave. at the Wells Fargo Center. On Saturday evenings, you can get Picnics to Go from our down-the-hill neighbors, Grand Central Market.
NO PETS ON CALIFORNIA PLAZA
GP Staff loves our pets as much as the next person, but we ask that you leave your furry friends at home for our performances. Service dogs are always welcome on the plaza. (What’s a service dog?)
LOST AND FOUND
Misplaced items often find their way to either the Information cart or to a security guard during shows. After a show, any unclaimed Lost and Found item gets turned over to security. They can be reached Monday-Friday at 213.625.3525
*However, we do hold a small amount of preferred seating for artists, event supporters, and our own GP Jewels. It’s only a tiny fraction of the entire house (5-10%, depending on the show), and it’s our small way of thanking those who make our performances possible!