Outdoor concerts are a wonderful way to enjoy the summer weather in Los Angeles. Best of all, there is almost something for every musical taste from classical, jazz, rock, Latin and more.
While some of these are ticketed venues, many of them are free. For single weekend music festivals, consult the Los Angeles Music Festivals Guide.
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic and other performers are scheduled throughout the summer at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
When: June through September (concerts continue into October)
Where: 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Cost: Varies, check Goldstar for discount tickets.
Info: The Hollywood Bowl
The Ford Amphitheatre presents jazz, world music, dance, classical music, theatre, film, and dance shows in an outdoor amphitheater. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Cost: Prices vary.
Info: The Ford Ford Amphitheatre
Summer Music at LACMA
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
Cost: Free. Museum admission is not included.
Info: LACMA Music
At the Autry, musicians and cowboy poets perform songs and spoken word tributes to the glory days of the Old West.
When: Third Sunday of every Month.
Where: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Cost: Regular museum admission applies; free for members
Info: Autry National Center
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
Cost: Free with garden admission. Advance reservations required.
Parking: Free on site
Info: Descanso Gardens
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 and include performers like Amara La Negra and Ruby Ibarra.
When: June 1st through September 1st.
Where: Levitt Pavilion, northwest corner of Macarthur Park, near West 6th Street and South Park View Street
Metro: Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
Info: Levitt Pavilion
The Annual Thursday Twilight Music and Dance Series at Santa Monica Pier featuring some of LA's favorite hometown and visiting bands. Grab a beach blanket and enjoy the surf and song.
When: Thursdays, July through the first week of September
Where: Santa Monica Pier
Parking: 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot for a fee, no parking on the Pier
Info: Santa Monica Pier
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
Info: Municipal Band, Concerts in the Parks, more summer events at 100daysofsummer.org