Summer Concert Series Around Los Angeles 2017

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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    ••• Kevin Winter / Staff/Getty Images

    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: (323) 850-2000, www.hollywoodbowl.com
    More: Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide

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    Grand Performances Summer Festival

    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

    Grand Performances' summer series at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles presents world-class, world-renowned artists along with some of the finest homegrown talent. Food and beverages available for purchase.
    When: June through September
    Where: California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles
    Cost: FREE
    Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square
    Info: 213-687-2159, www.grandperformances.org
    More: Profile of Grand Performances

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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, choral events, and family shows in an outdoor amphitheatre. Food and beverages available for purchase.
    When: May - October,
    Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
    Cost: Prices vary.
    Info: 323-461-3673, www.fordamphitheater.org

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    Levitt Pavillion Free Music Under the Stars in Pasadena

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

    The Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena hosts free concerts during the summer at the historic band shell at Memorial Park in Old Pasadena. The free concerts are in a variety of musical genres, with Wednesdays reserved for special children's performances.
    When: End of June through the first weekend in September
    Where: Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St, Pasadena, CA
    Cost:: Free
    Metro: Gold Line to Memorial Park
    Info: www.levittpavilionpasadena.org

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    Levitt Pavilion Macarthur Park

    Levitt Pavilion at Macarthur Park in Los Angeles
    ••• Levitt Pavilion at Macarthur Park in Los Angeles. Corbis via Getty Images / Getty Images

    The Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, just west of Downtown LA, hosts free concerts during the summer. The free concerts are in a variety of musical genres.
    When: Mid-June through Mid-September 
    Where: Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park, W. 6th Street & S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
    Cost:: Free
    Metro: Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
    Info: levittlosangeles.org

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    Pershing Square Summer Concert Series

    Six weeks of free outdoor evening and lunchtime concerts  on Pershing Square featuring a variety of musical genres and performers. Concerts are free with lawn seating. They also have movie nights on Fridays.
    When: July through August, Wednesdays 12:30-2; Jazz Thursdays 6-7:30 pm; and Saturdays 8-11, lawn opens an hour before the show.
    Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St. Downtown Los Angeles
    Metro: Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square
    Cost: FREE
    Info: 1-888-527-2757, www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/
    More: Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles

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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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    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: (310) 458-8900, santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/
    More: Things to Do in Santa Monica

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    Summer Sessions Outdoor Music and Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty Center

    Family Festival at the Getty Center
    ••• Family Festival at the Getty Center. Kayte Deioma

    The Getty Center offers its Saturdays Off the 405 concert series this year just once a month in May, June and August. The museum also presents Garden Concerts for Kids and periodic family festivals. Food and beverages are available on site.
    When: May - August
    Where: The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Cost: Free
    Parking: $15, free after 5 pm, tram to museum
    Info: www.getty.edu, (310) 440-7300

    Getty Center Visitors Guide

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    Sizzling Summer Nights

    LA's top Latin bands perform at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park starting at 6:30 pm; There are salsa lessons during intermission; children's dance floor
    When: 6 Thursdays in July and August, 6:00 pm
    Where: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
    Cost: regular museum admission applies; Free for members
    Info: 323-667-2000, www.autrynationalcenter.org

    More on Visiting the Autry

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    Information was accurate at the time of publication, please check with the venues for up to date information, or contact the Los Angeles Travel Expert with changes.

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    LA County's Free Concerts in Public Places

    LA County's Free Concerts in Public Places is a diverse schedule of free public concerts in community venues in all the districts of Los Angeles County.
    When: May through October, (click on each month on the website)
    Where: Various locations throughout LA County
    Cost: FREE
    Info: http://lacountyarts.org/free.html

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    S.A.M. Summer and Music in Long Beach

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

    A compilation of festivals and musical events in Long Beach over the summer including Twisted at the Pike, Busker Fest and more. Check the website for current events.
    When: June through August
    Where: Various venues in Downtown Long Beach
    Cost: Mostly Free
    Metro: Blue Line to 1st Street Station
    Info: www.summerandmusic.com

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    Farmers Market Friday Nights

    Los Angeles Farmers Market
    ••• Los Angeles Farmers Market. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Friday night concert series at the LA Farmers Market in the Fairfax District.
    When: Fridays, End of May through August, 7-9 pm
    Where: 6333 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.farmersmarketla.com/events/​

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    Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series

    Free Sunday jazz series on the lawn at City Hall in Santa Monica in August.
    When: Sundays in August,  5-7 pm (2017 TBA)
    Where: City Hall lawn, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Cost: Free
    Info: calendar.smgov.net/city/eventcalendar.asp

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    Pasadena POPS Music Series at LA County Arboretum

    LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
    ••• LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Photo by Noldentity via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Afternoon Pasadena Symphony POPS concerts on the Bauer Lawn at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. There is table or lawn seating for your picnicking pleasure before the concert. Catering is available for pre-order. Food trucks will also be on site, or you can bring a picnic (no alcohol).
    When: June - Sept 3:30 pm, gates open at 2 for picnicking
    Where: LA County Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA 91107
    Cost: $25 and up for adults, $10 and up for kids
    Parking: $10 on site. Free parking at the northwest corner of Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center with free shuttle. Parking info.
    Info: (626)792-7677, www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org

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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 Rhythm Tuesdays, DJ Wednesdays, Jazz Thursdays, late June through mid-August 6 - 7:30 pm
    Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
    Cost: Free with Garden admission - $9 General. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4. Descanso members and Children under 5 free
    Parking: Free on site
    Info: (818) 949-4200, www.descansogardens.org

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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 located throughout the city
    Cost: FREE
    Info: 562-570-3524, Municipal Band, Concerts in the Parks, more summer events at 100daysofsummer.org
    More: Things to Do in Long Beach

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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 live music and DJ at multiple locations like the Hammer Museum, Annenberg Space for Photography, Grand Park, Chinatown, Union Station, One Colorado in Pasadena, the Santa Monica Pier and more. 
    When: June - mid-Sept
    Where: Various locations
    Cost: Free
    Info: events.kcrw.com/events/category/summer-nights/

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    Sunset Concerts Series at the Skirball Cultural Center

    Celebrate musical traditions from around the globe. Kick back and groove or get up and dance to a diverse line-up of leading musicians who represent the best in world music. In addition, view all the Skirball galleries for free, dine at Zeidler's buffet before the concert, pick up grab-and-go light fare from Zeidler's Cart, or bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy during the concert.
    When: Thursdays, End of July to End of August, 8:00 pm. (doors open at 7:00 pm.)
    Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Cost: Free (Concertgoers must show a date-of-concert Skirball parking stub, Metro pass, or taxi receipt for concert admission)
    Parking: $10 per car (cash only), carpooling encouraged, or take Metro Rapid 761, street parking strictly prohibited
    Info: 310-440-4500 www.skirball.org

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    Marina del Rey Free Concert Series

    Free waterfront, outdoor concerts at Burton W. Chace Park in Marina Del Rey for Symphonic Thursdays and Pop Saturdays. Lawn seating. Bring blankets and low back chairs. Also check the Marina del Rey calendar for weekend Fisherman's Village concerts starting in May and Community Jazz Band concerts.
    When: Thursdays and Saturdays, July and August, 7 - 9 pm
    Where: Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
    Cost: Free
    Parking: Free on site
    Info: www.visitmarinadelrey.com

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    Summer Jazz Nights at Hollywood & Highland

    Live Music at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, CA
    ••• Live Music at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, CA. Kayte Deioma

    At Tuesday Summer Jazz Nights in the Babylon Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland the music is free if your'e standing. Donations for seats and bar sales benefit Project Angel Food. 
    When: Mid July through the first week in August, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
    Where: Babylon Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland Center, corner of Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90028
    Cost:: Free
    Metro: Red Line to Hollywood & Highland
    Info: www.hollywoodandhighland.com
    More: Hollywood & Highland Visitor Guide

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    Kids Koncerts at Theatricum Botanicum

    Concert at Theatricum Botanicum
    ••• Concert at Theatricum Botanicum. Ian Flanders Courtesy of Theatricum Botanicum

    Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in a the woods of Topanga Canyon is known for their summer outdoor theatre, but they also host Peter Alsop's Kids Koncerts with top children's musicians alternating with Family Fundays interactive theatre on Sunday Mornings.
    When: Kids Koncerts Sundays mid July through September, Family Fundays, select Sundays April through October
    Where: Theatricum Botanicum
    Cost: Free
    Info: theatricum.com/family-fundays/schedule/

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    Redondo Beach Concert Series

    Free concerts on the Redondo Beach Pier. Bring your beach chair.
    When: Thursdays and Saturdays, July through Labor Day weekend, 6-8 pm
    Where: Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach, CA
    Cost: Free
    Parking: Pay structure at 100 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Info: www.redondopier.com

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    Sundays on the Beach in Hermosa Beach

    When: Sundays in August, noon - 8 pm
    Where: South side of Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach, CA
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.southbayevents.com/events/concerts.asp

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    Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts In The Park

    When: Sundays, 5-7 pm, first week in July through Labor Day weekend
    Where: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    Cost: Free
    Info: http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us

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    El Segundo Summer Concerts In The Park

    When: Select Sundays, 4 pm, mid-June - early August (2017 TBA)
    Where: Library Park on Main Street in El Segundo, CA
    Cost: Free
    Info: www.southbayevents.com/events/concerts.asp

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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 with a Grand Finale at the Disney Hall.
    When: 2 weeks in July or August, various times
    Where: Various locations in Beverly Hills and LA
    Cost: Free - $250
    Info: 310-205-0511, www.ipalpiti.org

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    Summer Sunset Music Festival in Culver City

    Featuring artists from around the world, this 4-week concert series brings a variety of musical genres to the courtyard at the Culver City Civic Center.
    When: July - August, Thursdays at 7 pm
    Where: City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Blvd. at Duquesne, Culver City, CA 90232
    Cost: Free
    Parking: Free parking in the City Hall parking structure.
    Info: (310) 253-5715, boulevardmusic.com

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    Hammer Summer of Soul and JazzPop

    The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents a free summer jazz series on Thursday evenings in August.
    When: Thursdays in August
    Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024
    Cost: Free
    Info: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events

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    Summer Happenings at the Broad

    Summer Happenings at the Broad
    ••• Summer Happenings at the Broad. The Broad

    Summer Happenings at the Broad are nighttime events that feature music and other performance art related to contemporary art.
    When: The last Saturday of June through August and 4th Saturday in September
    Where: The Broad, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Cost: $25 advance, $30 at the door, series pass $75
    Info: thebroad.org/programs 
    Note: 21+