Another Summer Season of Music, Art and Performance is Gearing Up at Historic Peter Strauss Ranch

Audience at one of the Tiny Porch Concerts
Peter Strauss Ranch features Tiny Porch Concerts every summer

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News Release Date: May 29, 2018

Contact: Ana Beatriz Cholo, 805-370-2385

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The days are getting longer and hotter, which means the National Park Service will again play host to an exciting summer season of free music and performance events at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Just think of this historic and unique venue as a much smaller version of the Hollywood Bowl, but more rustic and with no parking or traffic hassles.

The ever-popular Tiny Porch Concerts is set among the giant oak trees in Agoura Hills. The free concerts run monthly from May through September and feature double-bill performances of folk, rock, gospel and country musical acts. The concerts will be held on June 3, July 1, August 8 and September 8.

To complement the Tiny Porch Concerts, there will be several artist walks, immersive art and sound experiences to engage the public in this years outdoor installation exhibit. The artist events will be held on June 3, July 1, July 22 and July 27. The public can visit the outdoor installations until September 8.

The full listing of these summer events, which are all free, can be found online here. Some events, however, do have reservations due to capacity restrictions or, in the case of Tiny Porch Concerts, a paid option for reserved seating (proceeds support park programming).

The former ranch was donated to the public by its namesake, actor Peter Strauss. It was called Lake Enchanto during the 1940s and ‘50s. People from Los Angeles and beyond would come out to this early form of a theme park to picnic, watch theatre, visit a Fairytale Land, swim in a pool, and listen and dance to music, among other activities.

Peter Strauss Ranch is located at 30000 Mulholland Highway, Cornell, CA, 91301, near Agoura Hills.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, the recreation area preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

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Last updated: June 5, 2018

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