Shows in LA

Live Entertainment in Los Angeles

Seeing a show is a big part of many trips to Los Angeles and there are many different kinds of shows you can see in LA from big name concerts and up and coming bands to Broadway shows touring spectacles like the circus. Here is a break downs of different kinds of performances, where to see them, and how to get regular and discount show tickets.

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    Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the Disney Entertainment Center in Hollywood
    ••• Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the Disney Entertainment Center in Hollywood. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Many of the most popular sitcoms, reality shows and game shows on TV today are taped in Los Angeles in front of a live studio audience. It takes a good chunk of time, but it's a great way to see celebrities up close, and it's free. Read about how to get tickets and what to expect when attending a TV show taping in my guide to getting TV Show Tickets.

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    Big Name Concerts in Los Angeles

    Concert at The Forum in Los Angeles
    ••• Concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are dozens of concert venues in Los Angeles and Orange Counties that host big name performers from pop to country to hip hop to punk. During the summer months, the Greek Theatre, the Hollywood Bowl, Irvine Meadows Verizon Amphitheatre and Pacific Amphitheatre host major outdoor concerts. The Nokia Theatre and the Wiltern as well as various sports arenas are popular indoor venues.

    More on the Top LA Live Music Venues
    Summer Concert Series in LA
    Most big name artist concert tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For hard to find tickets, check out TicketsNow.com.

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    Small Concerts in Los Angeles

    Concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles
    ••• Concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo by Clay Lancaster CC BY-SA 4.0

    Los Angeles is a springboard for many up and coming bands, and there are dozens of small and medium sized venues where you can hear live music shows of every genre of music in LA.

    Check what's playing where on the LA Weekly Music Calendar

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    Classical Music Shows in LA

    LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
    ••• LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic

    The major classical music and dance performances including Philharmonic concerts, opera and ballet take place at the Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County with occasional events at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, La Mirada Performing Arts Center and a few other community arts centers.

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    Pantages Theatre Interior
    ••• Pantages Theatre Interior. Photo courtesy of Broadway LA

    There are a dozen or so major theatres in Los Angeles hosting touring Broadway shows and world premiere productions including the Pantages Theatre and the Ahmanson Theatre , and many dozens of medium to small theatres performing everything from the classics to experimental theatre. Read more about Los Angeles Theatre.

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    Westside Comedy Theater
    ••• Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. Courtesy of Westside Comedy Theater

    Los Angeles is comedy central and there are endless opportunities to see live comedy from stand up to improv. There are big name comedy clubs with major name headliners and comedy nights at coffee houses and bars. Check out my guide to LA's Top Comedy Clubs and the winner of the LA Travel Readers' Choice Award for Best LA Comedy Club.

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    Magicopolis
    ••• Magician Steve Spill at Magicopolis. Photo courtesy of Magicopolis

    There aren't very many permanent shows in Los Angeles. We don't have a resident Blue Man Group or Las Vegas-style concert divas. However, we do have a variety of long running Magic Shows.

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    Vibrato Jazz Grill
    ••• Vibrato Jazz Grill in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA. Photo © 2017 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are a number of clubs in the Los Angeles area dedicated exclusively to jazz and other live music venues that have jazz on particular nights of the week. Check out my guide to the Top Los Angeles Jazz Clubs for the best places to hear jazz around LA.

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    Buskerfest Music Festival in Long Beach, CA
    ••• Buskerfest Music Festival in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    For a panoply of performances on a single day, weekend or week, a music festival is a great way to bliss out to your favorite music. Los Angeles has festivals dedicated to all types of music as well as events that encompass many genres at the same festival. See my guide to Los Angeles Music Festivals to see if there is one scheduled when you're in town, or plan a visit for the music fest of your choice.

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    Grand Performances Concert at California Plaza in Los Angeles
    ••• Grand Performances Concert at California Plaza in Los Angeles. Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are great shows in Los Angeles all year long, but during summer, there are outdoor shows in every corner of Los Angeles. Many of the summer concerts are even free. See my Guide to LA Summer Concert Series to see what's coming up this summer.

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    Getting Discount Show Tickets

    If you can afford to support the arts by paying full price for show tickets, then please do, but if you're on budget, you can find discounted tickets for theatre, comedy, magic, concerts, festivals and more on these websites.

    For full price show tickets and to see what's playing, check out: