The Dinner Party Download Live: Launch Party for Look Up and Listen!

A special evening of food, drinks, and radio under the dark of a new moon...

Brendan and Rico will host a listening party and unveil an original treat for the ears, playing an hour of audio that celebrates the wonder of the night skies and how nature has the ability to restore our creativity.

The evening will include live appearances from our intrepid hosts, an al fresco meal, and an audio program including conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes and more TBA.

Check here to see if tickets have become available.

What: Dinner, drinks and a listening party at an incredible National Park.

When: Saturday, June 24th

3:30 pm – Take a nature walk with some of the DPD crew!
    Park/meet at Sulphur Works (one mile from the visitor center). It’s a two-hour walk along the park road– which is currently closed to traffic– passing an active hydrothermal area and offering views of Brokeoff Mountain and Lassen Peak. (Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfy walking shoes. Due to steep grades, this is intermediate difficulty. We’ll go at a leisurely pace.)

6:30-8:00 pm – Dinner and drinks served
    Your ticket includes a meal for the evening; beer and wine will be available for purchase.
    See the full menu here.

8:00 pm — Live music from the band MaMuse

8:30 pm – “Look Up and Listen!” program starts

10:00 pm – Join us for a stargazing party lead by a Lassen Volcanic Park Ranger next to the Visitor Center

Note: these times are estimates. Please arrive by 8pm to make sure that you keep your seat and reservation.

Where: Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center + Amphitheater
    Directions, maps and details about visiting the park can be found here.


What does my ticket cover?

Your ticket guarantees you dinner and a seat at the “Look Up and Listen!” live program. It does not include admission to Lassen Volcanic National Park, nor does it include alcohol at the event.

There is always a $20 admission fee to Lassen Volcanic National Park per car (exact pricing for cars, motorcycles, and foot traffic can be found here).

Beer and wine will be sold by the Lassen Volcanic National Park concessioner. Please make sure to bring an ID if you plan to imbibe.

I’m from out of town. Can I do this as a day trip?

Depending on how far you’re traveling, this can certainly be a day trip. But because the program ends late in the evening, and it would be a long drive home late at night, it’s probably a good idea to find somewhere to spend at least Saturday night.

Lodging in the cities around Lassen Volcanic National Park is limited, so if you are traveling in for the event, we suggest you book your stay soon. Here are the lodging suggestions from the Park.

There are also a number of walk-up campsites available at Lassen itself. You can find more information about Lassen camping here, and the closest walk-up sites to the event here.

What should I be prepared for?

We’ll be at a higher elevation, and the mountains in the dark can get cold. We recommend you wear layers so you can bundle up as the sun sets. We’ll also be seated in an amphitheater, which means benches. It might be a good idea to bring a blanket or pillow to soften your seat, or even bring your own camp chair!

Please note the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and Amphitheater is located about 30 minutes from Mineral, CA, via the Southwest entrance on Highway 89. Weather and road construction may cause traffic delays around and in the park.

   Avoiding Highway 36 from Red Bluff into the park is recommended.
   Additional road closure information can be found here.

It sounds so fun but I don’t live in California. Are you planning any other events like this?

Can’t make it? We’ll be sharing a blueprint for throwing your own dinner party soon! Check back.


Italian charcuterie sandwich featuring pit ham, capicola, sopressata, fresh mozzarella and balsamic onions


A grilled vegetable sandwich with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, fresh spinach and provolone on a Bavarian pretzel roll

Greek salad and your choice of tomato balsamic or champagne mustard vinaigrette

Chips and a slice of watermelon



This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit