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
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' 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
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
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
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
Metro: Gold Line to Memorial Park
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Levitt Pavilion Macarthur Park
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
Metro: Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
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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
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
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)
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Twilight Dance and Music at the Santa Monica Pier
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
Parking: 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot for a fee, no parking on the Pier
Info: (310) 458-8900, santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/
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Summer Sessions Outdoor Music and Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty Center
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
Parking: $15, free after 5 pm, tram to museum
Info: www.getty.edu, (310) 440-7300
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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
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S.A.M. Summer and Music in Long Beach
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
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Farmers Market Friday Nights
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
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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
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Pasadena POPS Music Series at LA County Arboretum
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
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
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Long Beach Municipal Band and Concert in the Parks Series
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
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
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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
Parking: Free on site
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Summer Jazz Nights at Hollywood & Highland
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
Metro: Red Line to Hollywood & Highland
More: Hollywood & Highland Visitor Guide
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Kids Koncerts at 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
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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
Parking: Pay structure at 100 W. Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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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
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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
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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
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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
Parking: Free parking in the City Hall parking structure.
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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
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Summer Happenings at 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