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.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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. 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.
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.