Southern California is home to many outdoor summer festivals, but it is hard to find one quite as unique as Once Upon A Canyon Night. This performance series offers interesting shows, a lovely setting and a great cause.
The Great Cause: The series serves as a fundraiser for TreePeople. It’s a low-key affair, with no proselytizing and no one going through the crowd asking for extra donations. All of the shows’ proceeds benefit Coldwater Canyon Park and TreePeople, the local organization dedicated to improving our environment through Citizen Forester-style programs.
The Lovely Setting: The shows take place at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre at Coldwater Canyon Park. With around 300 seats, the amphitheater is a cozy little bucolic paradise removed from our daily bustle and din. You also can bring along food and enjoy some alfresco dining before the show.
The Interesting Shows: This summer’s 11 events include an eclectic lineup of acts. The main family-oriented evening is a screening of “Zootopia” on Aug. 27. The wilds of Coldwater Canyon Park are a natural location to enjoy this recent Disney hit film. Other shows include the eclectic comedy night Wild Tales on Aug. 20 and comedian Paula Poundstone on Aug. 28.
Ticket prices range from $35 for the Poundstone show to free for the singer/songwriter night (although donations are welcome for that concert), and reservations are recommended. You can learn more about the Once Upon A Canyon Night shows and TreePeople by visiting www.treepeople.org.