Visiting the Getty Center doesn’t have to stop just because the sun goes down. While the museum exhibits may be closed, the Getty Center offers a number of after-hours activities for visitors to explore, beyond observing the stunning L.A. skyline. From interesting lectures and live music to films and art performances, events on the Getty Center calendar offer evening enticements year-round. Here are a few great recurring events:
Off the 405
This annual Saturday summer music series brings in both popular and emerging musical artists in a wide range of styles and genres. Past events have featured Moses Sumney, jennylee, and Chicano Batman. Off the 405 takes place in the Getty Center’s Museum Courtyard and is free to the public. Shows run from 6–9 p.m. and include a cash bar of local beers, cocktails, and small bites.
Held one Friday a month during the summer, Friday Flights is a series of interdisciplinary performances that invites local Los Angeles–based artists, musicians, and performers to create unique connections to the Getty Center’s architecture and art collection through music, performance, film, and other creative interventions.
Listen to both local and world-renowned experts—like architectural historian Kurt W. Forster and architect Frank Gehry—on topics ranging from “Photography and the Post-Industrial City” and “Drinking in the Past: Medieval Microbrews” to “What Does Blue Mean?” Most lectures are free but require an advanced ticket. Check the Getty calendar for upcoming talks.
Tasting on the terrace
On Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer, come to this happy hour with artisanal wine tastings on the outdoor terrace of The Restaurant from 4–8 p.m. Try a flight of four rosés for just $18, or add on the small-bite pairings for $30. Sunset views are on the house.