Listening to classical music by candlelight in a beautiful setting sounds like the peaceful haven we all need.
Calm your mind and experience classical music in a new light with these sensational concerts in some of San Diego’s most magical locations. This concert series, known simply as “Candlelight,” invites everyone to relive the greatest music, from jazz to the works of today’s biggest stars, in an intimate atmosphere.
After having enormous success around the world—in cities like Paris, Barcelona, and New York—the experience finally makes its way to San Diego! Buy tickets for San Diego Candlelight concerts here.
The intimate atmosphere of Candlelight concerts and the talented musicians will guarantee this will be a night to remember. With countless flickering candles illuminating each unique space, the San Diego Candlelight concerts will present a collection of classical music over the course of 65 mesmerizing minutes.
The San Diego Museum of Natural History is another enchanting Candlelight venue. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the concerts at the museum, during which time you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the fossil and dinosaur exhibits available! Exciting new programs like Rock Classics featuring Bowie, Stones, Zeppelin & More match the grandeur of this venue! If you’re a fan of Japanese animated films, you’ve probably heard the amazing music of the legendary composer Joe Hisaishi. Well, get ready for a Candlelight show paying tribute to Joe Hisaishi. He regularly works with Studio Ghibli and you can now hear some of your favorite pieces at this musical event.
A Tribute to Queen will make you relive the magic of this timeless and revolutionary band. Audiences will be treated to iconic hits such as “Under Pressure (ft. David Bowie),” “We Will Rock You,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Other wonderful shows include A Tribute to Coldplay where you can hear beautiful editions of hits like “Clocks”, “Paradise,” and “The Scientist.” If you are a die-hard Swiftie, do we have great news for you! You can still get tickets for A Tribute to Taylor Swift and enjoy “Shake It Off,” “Lover,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” like never before.
The San Diego Central Library is also another mesmerizing Candlelight venue. The San Diego Central Library is a beautiful downtown landmark. The 9-story structure was designed by San Diego architect Rob Quigley. Its iconic steel-and-mesh lattice dome sits over a two-story rare-book reading room! The performances will be held in the stunning Neil Morgan Auditorium. An amazing concert you can catch there is A Tribute to Adele. The talented musicians will play their beautiful takes on hits like “Rumour Has It”, “Someone Like You”, “Skyfall”, “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Easy On Me.” If you’re a fan of K-pop you’re in luck because you can catch Candlelight K-pop: A Tribute to BTS. Some of the songs you will hear include “Boy with Luv (feat. Halsey)”, “Fake Love”, “My Universe (feat. Coldplay)” and so much more!
Another epic venue is the one-and-only Abbey On Fifth. The Abbey is a historic San Diego landmark that was built back in 1910 and is the only Classic Revival structure left in San Diego. Its spectacular stained-glass dome skylights bathes the whole space in a romantic golden hue. This beautiful landmark was once an iconic church. The Abbey is the ideal venue for romantic and beautiful candlelit concerts such as A Tribute to Juan Gabriel where you can hear some of his iconic hits such as “Otra vez me enamore,” “Amor eterno” and “Fue un placer conocerte,” among other hits.
Fans of ranchera music better mark their calendars for August 19 because a candlelight experience will pay tribute to the music of the king himself, Vicente Fernández. A talented Tejano band will be performing hits like “Volver, Volver”, “El Rey”,“De Qué Manera Te Olvido“and “Mujeres Divinas”.
In June 9 get ready for Candlight’s tribute to the one and only Selena. This unforgettable artist gifted us so many hits such as “I Could Fall in Love”, “La Lamada” and “Cómo la Flor.” There are two shows that day, one which starts at 6:30 pm and another at 8:45 pm.
Note: For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.
Since San Diego is renowned for its fantastic weather it’s easy to see why hosting outdoor events would be such a perfect fit! Don’t miss the Tribute to Coldplay at Mt Helix. Mt. Helix is an ideal outdoor setting for a magical outdoor musical experience! The amazing songs from the legendary band will come to life like never before and serenade you by candlelight. Some of the iconic Coldplay songs you can expect include “Clocks”, “Shiver” and “Paradise.” If you love the classics then this Vivaldi’s Four Seasons And More will be right up your alley! What better way of celebrating the spooky season than at a starlit concert on October 28? Candlelight Open Air: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics has a range of thrilling songs that will get you in the Halloween mood such as Thriller by Michael Jackson, Beetlejuice by Danny Elfman, The Addams Family by Vic Mizzy, and Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr. The Mt Helix shows will last an hour and a half and there will only be one session which will last from 8-9:30 pm, so be sure you get your tickets before they run out! You’ll be transported to and from the performance via a charming trolley, so all you’ll need to focus on is the amazing music and enchanting atmosphere of the event.
All aboard for a spectacular concert this summer with Candlelight’s: From Bach to the Beatles Aboard the USS Midway. This dreamy show will be made up of a talented string quartet performing classical pieces from Bach to the Beatles. The show’s intimate ambiance and stunning venue bathed in candlelight will make this a night to remember. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Aircraft and Military exhibits available in the Hangar of the USS Midway. Some of the amazing songs included in the tentative program include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro”, “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude” and the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Another show you can enjoy at the same venue during summer is Candlelight: Favorite Superhero Themes featuring songs from your favorite childhood heroes, including Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Black Panther, and more.
The newest edition to the outstanding Candlelight venues The Greek Theatre is one of SoCal’s most majestic buildings. Located on the California Western University campus, the history of the building dates back to 1897. In 1897, Madame Katherine Tingley purchased a sanitarium from Dr. Lauren Wood. Madame Tingley had the goal of founding “an Athens of the West” at Point Loma. This historic and epic Theatre is the ideal spot for a grand candlelight concert like From Bach to the Beatles. You’ll get carried away by the grandeur of Bach’s best and the iconic Beatles hits in an outdoor musical event that takes you away for an hour and a half!
A stunning venue is The Chapel, once a place of worship for sailors back in the 20s, which is now a renovated space by Liberty Station Park. A fantastic show we’re sure you’ll love is A Tribute to BTS. There you’ll listen to renditions of your favorite songs like “Life Goes On” and “DNA.” Oh, and who could forget about the queen herself, Adele! Candlelight’s tribute to Adele is a gorgeous show where talented musicians will perform some of the songstress’s biggest hits, such as “Skyfall”, “Rolling in the Deep”, “Hello” and many more!
The concerts have been met by countless 5-star reviews, and guests have called it “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience” and that “the performers were fantastic!”
Candlelight is an experience unlike any other, and you won’t want to miss out.