You can experience "Magic Hour" from anywhere in the world.

By Andrea Romano
April 24, 2020
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Watching a beautiful sunset is a relaxing way to end the day, but not everyone has that luxury during the coronavirus outbreak (especially if they live in a tight, congested city).

But the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is bringing their California sunset straight to your computer by livestreaming the sunset from Venice Beach every day on its website and social media channels.

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The time the sun sets in Los Angeles is well known for being the inspiration behind the phrase “magic hour.” The magic hour is when the set gets to that perfect place on the horizon and casts warm, golden light everywhere the eye can see. It’s especially popular with photographers and filmmakers because this golden light basically makes everyone and everything look amazing.

And now, you can bring the magic hour into your home, no matter where you are.

“Collectively, we are on our couches, at our kitchen tables, peering out our windows and dreaming for the day we are on the other side of this pandemic. Whether a form of escapism or driving inspiration for a future trip, wanderlust is at an all-time high, and we want to bring a taste of Los Angeles to these dreamers while also providing the opportunity to learn something new,” stated Don Skeoch, chief marketing officer for Los Angeles Tourism. “So many of our museums, fitness studios, and chefs are developing incredible virtual content and we want to shine a light on their great work while also celebrating something so special in L.A. – Magic Hour.”

Every day, Los Angeles Tourism will livestream the sunset from Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach beginning at 6:45 p.m. PT. In addition, every week, Los Angeles Tourism’s social channels will encourage people watching the livestream to follow along to create special cocktails, recipes from local LA restaurants, listen to curated playlists, and other fun, engaging virtual activities.

Los Angeles Tourism will be inviting some of LA’s best photographers, artists, musicians, mixologists, chefs, and more to be part of this weekly interactive magic hour. On April 22, Los Angeles Tourism had locations scout Tristan Daoussis ("La La Land," "Blade Runner") as a guest. And there are even more fun interactive activities planned for the coming weeks, including magic lessons from magician and comedian Justin Willman, an interactive coloring session with artist George Townley, movie trivia with guides from Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, a history of winemaking from Angeleno Wine Co. and more.

If you’re looking for more Los Angeles-themed interactive activities, you can try a digital puzzle made from artist George Townley’s vibrant illustrations of Los Angeles icons, stream an LA-based movie, virtually tour some of LA’s best museums, or try a meditation class with an animal from The Gentle Barn.

To enjoy the Magic Hour livestream, visit the Los Angeles Tourism website or its social channels on Instagram and Facebook.