Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College
Picnics. Parties. Puns.
The beautiful lawns surrounding the Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College are perfect for picnicking. Doors open at 6:30 on Thurs, Fri. and Sunday and at 5:30 on Saturdays for picnicking and relaxing before the performance. Picnic Blankets are recommended. The seating at the Sontag consists of concave stone benches most of which do not have a back. Comfy backed stadium seats will be available for rental or purchase or you can bring your own. Beach chairs are not allowed except in areas where they cannot block anyone’s view.
On Saturdays, community vendors, artisans, and organizations set up booths and games. Stop at the photo booth, enjoy a Bert & Rocky’s frozen lemonade, or pick up a one-of-a-kind cigar box guitar. Activities are family friendly and support Ophelia’s Jump’s non-profit mission as well as other local non-profits and educational organizations. Parents are always surprised at how much their children enjoy the Shakespeare Festival. But we’re not. Shakespeare is fun, exciting, and awesome!
A “Green Show” is an opening act. Every night at 7:00pm Midsummer Festival audiences gets a special treat before the main performance. Local artists perform from 7-7:45. Past acts include musicians, improvisors, singers, and dancers. All different, but all great. Make sure you get to the theatre early so you don’t miss out on the nightly Green Show!
Dinner as You Like It
Several Claremont Restaurants are preparing delicious boxed dinners that you can pick up and take to the Sontag for a hassle-free and yummy picnic. Call the restaurants below to order and for menu information.
Nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains and situated only 34 miles from the heart of Los Angeles, Claremont is the perfect weekend getaway. Enjoy the picturesque downtown “Village” full of one of a kind stores such as the Folk Music Store, artisan restaurants, and scenic college campuses. There are lots ways to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Visit the Santa Ana Botanic Gardins or hike the Claremont Loop. Save by buying a Festival ticket to both shows and spend your evenings enjoying great theatre under the stars.
Discover Claremont “Room and Bard” Package
Discover Claremont is partnering with the annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival to offer a “Room and Bard” package for visitors that includes festival tickets and a specially made picnic-to-go for a memorable evening under the stars in Claremont.
The package, available at participating Claremont hotels, includes a comfortable guest room, 2 tickets to one night’s performance at the Sontag Greek Theater at Pomona College, a picnic-for-two including a bottle of wine to take to the event, and 2 rental chairs at the event.
Reservations must be made by phoning the participating properties directly and requesting the “Room and Bard” package. The package is subject to availability at the following Claremont hotels:
DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont (909-626-2411)
Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272)
Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654)
Knights Inn Claremont (909-626-2431)
Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831)