To make a great first impression on a first date, let Grand Performances be your ace in the hole. These outdoor concerts and events at California Plaza in Downtown LA provide a magical environment that will put you in the best light with the object of your affection. Look carefully at the calendar of events to find the perfect show. A traditional Brazilian drum performance will have you both dancing from the first beat, but those looking for more low-key romance would do well to choose a jazz or acoustic set. As you take in views of the postcard-worthy lake and fountain-framed stage at the Water Court, your date may wonder just how much you spent on an evening this sublime— you don’t have to tell them that every Grand Performances event is free. Get there early for prime waterside seats, stock up on goodies from the on-site Famima market, and then settle in for an evening to remember. As the music begins and the sounds of romance infuse the evening sky, the sight of numerous couples in the crowd getting close will give you license to do the same.