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.
The Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
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.
The Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.
California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles
300-350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 687-2159 or (213) 687-2190
Grand Performances hosts free outdoor concerts all summer long at the Watercourt at California Plaza. Grand Performances hosts many concerts all summer which is full of fan favorites, new musical obsessions and evenings that will stand out. Every show is free so mark your calendars and visit California Plaza this summer for great musical acts!
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049–1679
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.