Summer Concert Series Around Los Angeles in 2018

Outdoor concerts are a wonderful way to enjoy summer in Los Angeles. Here are some of the best extended music series over the summer. For single weekend music festivals consult the Los Angeles Music Festivals Guide.

Some of these are ticketed venues, but many of them are free. Look for more Free Things to Do in Los Angeles.

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    Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl

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    The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic and other performers are scheduled throughout the summer at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
    When: June through September (lease concerts continue into October)
    Where: 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
    Cost: Varies, check Goldstar for discount tickets.
    Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com
    More: Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide

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    Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season

    Ford Amphitheatre
    ••• Ford Amphitheatre. Ford Amphitheatre

    The Ford Amphitheatre presents jazz, world music, dance, classical music, theatre, film, and dance shows in an outdoor amphitheater. Food and beverages available for purchase.
    When: May–October​
    Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
    Cost: Prices vary.
    Info: www.fordamphitheater.org

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    Summer Music at LACMA

    Latin Sounds Concert at LACMA
    ••• Latin Sounds Concert at LACMA. Kayte Deioma

    Summer outdoor music at the LA County Museum of Art includes Jazz at LACMA on Friday evenings, Latin Sounds late Saturday afternoons and Sundays Live chamber music series.
    When: Fridays April through November; Saturdays May through September and Sundays all year​
    Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Cost: Free (no museum admission included)
    Info: lacma.org/programs/music

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    Sizzling Summer Nights

    LA's top Latin bands perform at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. There are salsa lessons during intermission and a children's dance floor.
    When: 6 Thursdays in July and August
    Where: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles​
    Cost: regular museum admission applies; free for members
    Info: www.autrynationalcenter.org

    More on Visiting the Autry

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    Music at Descanso Gardens

    Descanso Gardens
    ••• Descanso Gardens. Photo by something.from.nancy via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Eight weeks of live jazz, world music and DJs in the beautiful Descanso Gardens. The Camelia lounge is open for cocktails and appetizers and picnic areas are available. Check the website for performers.
    When: World Rhythms Tuesdays, DJ Wednesdays, Jazz Thursdays, late June through mid-August​
    Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
    Cost: Free with garden admission
    Parking: Free on site
    Info: www.descansogardens.org

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    KCRW Summer Nights

    LA public radio station KCRW sponsors a series of summer concerts on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer at multiple locations such as the Hammer Museum, Chinatown, Union Station, One Colorado in Pasadena, the California African American Museum, and more. 
    When: June–mid-September
    Where: Various locations
    Cost: Free
    Info: events.kcrw.com/events/category/summer-nights/

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    Annual International Laureates Music Festival

    The acclaimed I Palpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates from 20 countries is featured in solo, chamber, and orchestra concerts.
    When: 2 weeks in July, various times
    Where: Various locations
    Info: www.ipalpiti.org

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    Levitt Pavilion Macarthur Park

    Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena
    ••• Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Levitt Pavilion hosts free concerts during the summer at Macarthur Park, Thursdays through Sundays. The free concerts are in a variety of musical genres.​
    When: June through the first weekend in September
    Where: Levitt Pavilion, northwest corner of Macarthur Park, near West 6th Street and South Park View Street 
    Cost: Free​​​
    Metro: Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
    Info: http://concerts.levittlosangeles.org/

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  • 09 of 10

    Twilight Dance and Music at the Santa Monica Pier

    Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier
    ••• Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. Kayte Deioma

    The Annual Thursday Twilight Music and Dance Series at Santa Monica Pier features some of LA's favorite hometown and visiting bands.
    When: Thursdays, July through the first week of September
    Where: Santa Monica Pier
    Cost: Free
    Parking: 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot for a fee, no parking on the Pier
    Info: santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/
    More: Things to Do in Santa Monica

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    Long Beach Municipal Band and Concert in the Parks Series

    Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Concerts in Long Beach
    ••• During the summer months Rancho Los Cerritos hosts outdoor concerts. Kayte Deioma

    The Long Beach Municipal Band is the longest surviving, municipally supported band in the country. It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. Bring your picnic basket, blankets, and lawn chairs.
    Long Beach also hosts a concert series with guest bands in various parks and at Rancho Los Cerritos.
    When: Late June through early August, various days and times
    Where: Various locations
    Cost: Free
    Info: Municipal Band, Concerts in the Parks, more summer events at 100daysofsummer.org
    More: Things to Do in Long Beach