It’s almost here. This year’s Met Gala takes place on May 6, and all your favorite stars are set to be there. So, how does one go about watching this shindig, anyway? Sadly, as it turns out, us regular folks can’t see all of the Met Gala festivities. But there is a way to catch some of the action and to see arguably the most important part of the event — the fashion.
When Is the Met Gala On?
The event always falls on the first Monday of May. For 2019, it will take place on May 6, 2019. Red carpet coverage of all the ~lewks~ will begin at 7 p.m., although there will be pre-show coverage on channels like E! as well, according to Marie Claire.
How Do I Watch the Met Gala?
So, this is where things get tricky. The Met Gala isn’t actually fully televised. That’s right — to get in on all the drama and high fashion action, you’ve gotta be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Since most people are not invited, that’s not exactly an easy feat.
However, if you’re just dying to see how the stars interpret this year’s theme — “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which promises to be an absolute treat — you’re in luck.
In 2018, E! hosted livestreams showing the red carpet arrivals at the Met Gala on Facebook Live, E! Online, the E! mobile app, Apple News, and YouTube starting at 6:30 p.m. There’s a very good chance they’ll do the same thing this year. You could also check out either YouTube TV or Hulu with Live TV free trials to enjoy the event if you want to go that route. Cosmopolitan also reported that Vogue, which cohosts with the Met, has plans to stream the carpet from its Facebook page.
Speaking of social media, in 2015, Page Six reported that all the Met gala guests received this warning: “The use of phones for photography and social media will not be permitted inside the gala.” That means stars won’t be sneaking pics and videos and posting them to Twitter inside the event, although a few bathroom selfies might pop up.
After some of the biggest celebrities in the world walk that iconic carpet, they go inside to partake in a private cocktail party and go through the exhibit before enjoying dinner and performances. The rest of us don’t get to see all of that, but we’ll be plenty busy talking about the red carpet fashion for hours after anyway.