Lila Downs

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Lila Downs

Summer Series
Adult dancing on stage

Date & Time

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Open Air Theatre


Reserved Seating: $35-$65

Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium Members, and Innovators: $30-$60

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission. Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

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Our Summer Performance Series showcases the beauty of the performing arts in the beauty of our Gardens.

Evening Dining

The Café

Open until 9:00 pm Thursdays–Saturdays only


Dining Hours 4:00-7:30 pm Thursdays–Saturdays only

1906 reservations are required and can be made via OpenTable up to 90 days in advance.

With her music often focusing on social justice, immigration, and women’s issues, Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular voices. Downs grew up in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico; her mother is from the Mixtec indigenous group and her father was Scottish-American. She sings in Spanish, English, and various Native American languages such as Zapotec, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Maya, and Purepecha. 

Downs has recorded duets with artists as diverse as Mercedes Sosa, Caetano Veloso, Juanes, Norah Jones,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Juan Gabriel, Carla Morrison, Natalia LaFourcade, Santana, The Chieftains, Nina Pastori, Soledad, Diego La Cigala, Aida Cuevas, Toto La Momposina, and Bunbury. Chavela Vargas “named” Downs her “successor.” 

She has sung with symphonies such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the UNAM symphony in Mexico, as well as with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has given concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Hollywood Bowl, Auditorio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. She was invited by Barack Obama to sing at the White House, and has performed at the Oscars for her participation in the film Frida.

Downs has recorded nine studio albums.  She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and has won six.