First-Timers

Welcome! We want to make sure the time you take to buy tickets, visit Ojai, and attend the Festival will be as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This page will hopefully answer most of your questions, but please feel free to call us at 805-646-2053; our office hours are 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.

What is the Ojai Music Festival?
Do I need to know about classical music?
Tell me more about Ojai!
How do I buy tickets?
What are your prices?
Where should I sit?
Where should I stay?
What if I’m late?
When do I clap?
What should I wear?

 

 

 

What is the Ojai Music Festival?
Great question! Founded in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival is a singular experience unlike any other in the world of the arts. Taking place over four days each June, the Festival’s signature is the substantial artistic freedom given to each annual music director who is guided by the Festival’s artistic director.

Do I need to know about classical music? 
No, you do not need any prior knowledge, only an open and curious mind. People come here from all kinds of backgrounds and levels of understanding, and all are equally astonished. For context, ticket buyers are encouraged to attend our free Concert Insights before each concert in the Libbey Park tennis courts. Our resident musicologist Christopher Hailey interviews featured artists to discuss the repertoire. Mr. Hailey also writes our program notes, which are inclusive, informative, and fun to read! We post them online before the Festival to get you prepared before you enter the Libbey Bowl.

Tell me more about Ojai!
Place is a key ingredient.  Nestled in the oak and citrus-cloaked Ojai Valley of California, the Festival “seduces creative purpose.  Soft hills rise up from the town.  Huge eucalyptus trees surround Libbey Bowl. Jasmine is in the air. An old oak bends over the stage.” -the New York Times.  Ojai’s spirit includes its people, who welcome musicians and audience members alike:  as hosts to visiting artists, as shopkeepers, as restaurateurs, and as dedicated volunteers.  Visitors frequently remark on the friendliness of Ojai residents.

Our patrons who visit from all over the world comment on the beautiful mountain views, our historic small town, and the famous Pink Moment – when the setting sun causes the mountains to emit pink light every evening. 

Please visit this page for more information on lodging, dining, and activities to do in Ojai. 

How do I buy tickets?
You can select your seats to individual concerts online. We also offer a First-Timer Package, which includes 2 concerts of your choice at a 10% discount, plus a day pass in our Festival lounge. Please call 805-646-2053 for more information on this package. 

What are your prices? 

Prices for reserved seats range from $45 to $150. The lawn area is $20. We also have student discounts. For information call our box office at 805 646 2053

Where should I sit?
Virtually all of the seats are relatively close to the stage with good sight lines. Lawn seats are also available for those who prefer to spread out a bit. 

Where should I stay?
Our Explore Ojai page gives some details on lodging in Ojai. For personal assistance, please contact our Festival concierge, Sheila Cohn: 805-869-1154 | scohn@sbtravel.com

What if I’m late for a concert?
Most of our concerts will allow for late seating, with the exception of Bye Bye Beethoven on Friday, June 8 and Dies Irae on Saturday, June 9. 

When do I clap?
This is one of the great questions of our time. Like all great questions, there are no clear answers here. These days, a conventional classical music audience will not clap until a piece is finished. This means that there is often silence between different movements. If it is any consolation, we do not consider the Ojai Music Festival to be a conventional classical music festival. We believe that rules are made to be broken – particularly ones that inhibit an audience member’s ability to respond. So clap when the heavenly muses demand it!

What should I wear?
Comfortable casual wear is entirely appropriate. Keep in mind, this is an outdoor venue and the weather is often very warm, so we recommend a hat or visor and some sunscreen. A heavy wrap, sweater or jacket may be desired for the evening concerts.