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Los Angeles Outdoor Concert Guide

August 27, 2010 12:43 PM

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The Greek Theatre (credit:  www.greektheatrela.com)

The Greek Theatre (credit: http://www.greektheatrela.com)

There is nothing like listening to music under the stars, and given our fabulous climate here in Southern California, we have the opportunity to do so most of the year. What follows is a list of Los Angeles’ outdoor concert halls.

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The Hollywood Bowl (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Hollywood Bowl

2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
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Of course, when you’re talking about outdoor concerts, you’ve got to start with the premier venue, the Hollywood Bowl, the outdoor home of the LA Philharmonic. The world-famous bandshell has played host to the greatest names in the music industry since the 1920′s, and there are concerts scheduled here all year long. Please check with the Box office for ticket prices. There are dining options on site provided by the Patina restaurant group, or of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic fare. There is stacked parking on site, and also many options to park off site and either walk or take public transportation the rest of the way.

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The Greek Theatre (credit: http://www.greektheatrela.com)

The Greek Theatre

2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-5857
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Nestled in the hills within Griffith Park, The Greek Theater is a wonderful place for a concert and a picnic, surrounded by trees in the foothills of LA. The Greek, as it is commonly referred to, was built in the 1920′s and plays host to contemporary artists throughout the year. Ticket prices vary by artist, so check with the Box Office. There are packaged picnic boxes available to order online, or of course, you can bring your own. There is ample stacked parking available on site for $15, or you can pay $20 for limited, “non-stack” parking, if you like.

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Jazz at LACMA (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
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Every Friday evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., April – November, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers Jazz at LACMA free concerts are held on the LA Times Central Court plaza of the museum. The concerts are how many Angelenos start their weekends, since the museum restaurants remain open late those evenings for either light refreshments or full dinners. There are many options for parking nearby, either in parking lots or on the street, just don’t forget to read posted signs.

Grand Performances (credit:  www.grandperformances.org)

Grand Performances

California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles
300-350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 687-2159 or (213) 687-2190
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Grand Performances hosts free outdoor concerts all summer long at the Watercourt at California Plaza. The rest of the year, Friday Night Sessions hosts a free Indie concert series on the 2nd Friday of every month and Saturdays. California Plaza puts on free outdoor concerts – you guessed it – on Saturdays at the California Plaza. Just FYI, the Downtown Music Project (http://downtownmusicproject.com/), hosts a free concert crawl on the last Friday of every month, although not all of those concerts are outdoors. There is free street parking nearby at night and several underground structures as well.

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Saturdays Off the 405 at The Getty (credit: http://www.getty.edu)

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049–1679
(310) 440-7300
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The Getty Center offers its concert series, Saturdays Off the 405, an antidote to the rat race of the commute, outdoors in the museum courtyard from 6pm – 9pm. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and admission to the Getty is always free. Parking at the Getty costs $15, except after 5pm, when it is also free.

- Sarah Auerswald publishes the blog Mar Vista Mom.

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