Best Free Summer Concerts in LA
If you are looking for fun things to do in Los Angeles, check out this lineup of free outdoor summer concerts!
When it comes to outdoor summertime concerts, LA doesn’t skimp. Great venues from parks to shopping centers are setting up the stages and bringing you some fantastic free concerts all over the city.
Here is a roundup of some of the best free concerts in LA this summer. They are not presented in any particular order of which concert series we think is best. Most are ongoing through the summer. When it is just one day, the date is marked at the beginning of that entry.
1. Concerts on the Green At Valley Cultural Center, Woodland Hills
June 10 – Aug 19. The 41 Annual Free Concerts on the Green are held at the Lou Bradlow Pavilion in Warner Park in Woodland Hills. Most concerts are held on Sunday afternoons 5:30 – 8:00 PM. For more info visit the Woodland Hills Concerts on the Green Website
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
2. West Hollywood Summer Sounds Concert Series
WEHO’s 2018 Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series takes place on Sundays at Plummer Park and King’s Road Park in West Hollywood. All concerts are free and start at 5:00 PM.
Kings Road Park 1000 N Kings Road
Plummer Park: 7377 Santa Monica Blvd
More info: West Hollywood Summer Sounds Concert Series
3. 2018 Summer Concert Series in the South Bay
This concert series is a combined effort of the cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo. All of the beach cities are offering a full music schedule.
Visit the Summer Concerts in the South Bay Website for schedules and links to the each of the town’s respective concert schedules.
4. Sunset Concerts at the Skirball
The Skirball is presenting its 22 season of Sunset Concerts. Concerts are free and begin at 8:00 PM but visitors are encouraged to come early and enjoy dining and drinks at Zeidler’s Cart and check out the exhibitions.
Street parking is prohibited. Parking in the lot is $10.00, cash only.
More info at the Skirball Cultural Center website
2701 N Sepulveda Bl
5. Pershing Square Summer Concert Series
From July 14 – August 19 Pershing Square is presenting a series of lunch time concerts on Wednesdays, rock concerts and Thursday and Saturday nights and films on Friday nights.
Check website for schedule
532 Olive St
6. NoHo Summer Nights
NoHo Summer Nights is an 8 week concert series held at North Hollywood Park on the corner of Magnolia and Tujunga.
Admission is free. Parking is available at the recreation centers lots, areas around the park and the North Hollywood Metro Station.
All concerts begin at 7:00 PM.
For more info visit the NoHo Summer Nights website
7. Jazz at LACMA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting Jazz at LACMA, a celebration of LA’s finest jazz musicians.
For more info visit Jazz at LACMA http://www.lacma.org/programs/music
8. MOCA Music
This concert series is held at both MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. There will be food trucks, drinks and regular museum programming.
For more info visit the MOCA Music website.
9. Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park
The Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series couldn’t be at a better location. At the 10 acre Burton Chace Park you are surrounded by water, yachts and sailboats on three sides.
On alternating Thursdays there are classical and opera permances. On alternating Saturdays there are pop music groups including alt-rock, indie an folk.
For more info visit the Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park website.
10. Happy Sundays Festival in Long Beach
Sunday August 26th
This is a free music festival taking place along a 1.5 mile stretch of Anaheim Street and encompassing 8 venues with Big Red Bus Shuttles to get you around.
No admission fees, the music starts at noon.
For the full lineup visit happysundayslbc.com.
11. KCRW Summer Nights
The KCRW Summer Nights concerts are all ages free outdoor concerts all summer long that are held at various venues. For the full listing of concerts and venues visit the KCRW Summer Nights website.
12. Levitt Pavillion at MacArthur Park Concerts
Each summer 50 outdoor summer concerts are presented at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park. That’s a lot of music folks!
Get the full concert schedule here: https://levittlosangeles.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LPLA_season_calendar_2018.pdf
13. Pasadena Pavilion Summer Concert Series
The annual concert series is presented under the stars at the historic Memorial Park bank shell in the heart of Old Pasadena.
For more info visit https://www.oldpasadena.org/visit/events/signature-events/pasadena-pavilion/
85 E Holly Street
14. The Grove Summer Concert Series
The Grove’s summer concerts begin on July 25 usually in the evening. Head on out to The Grove for shopping and dining, then take in a free concert before heading home!
For the concert schedule visit The Grove Summer Concert Series website.
15. Grand Performances at California Plaza
Enjoy live music at one of the most stunning locations in downtown Los Angeles. Live music is on most Fri, Sat and/or Sunday nights. The venue also features a number of other type events during the summer months as well. Make it a fun old time experience by taking the Angels Flight Railway up to the Plaza.
For more information and concert/event schedule visit Grand Performances at California Plaza website.
16. Concerts at Grand Park
Grand Park is another totally awesome place in downtown LA. It has a full calendar of summer events including music. You can also have some fun by kicking off your shoes and running through the splash pad at the fountain on the west end.
See their event calendar for more info https://grandparkla.org/calendar/cat_ids~47/
17. Off the 405 at the Getty Concerts
This is the Getty Center’s annual outdoor summer concert series.
For concert schedule, directions and more info visit the Off the 405 at the Getty website.
18. FIGat7th Sunday Funday Grooves
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday 11 AM – 3:00 PM
See event calendar for more info and schedule on the FIGat7th Sunday Funday Grooves website
19. Eagle Rock Music Festival
Saturday October 6th, 2018.
Not a lot of information on this yet including times. Watch the Eagle Rock Music Festival Website for updated info Eagle Rock Music Festival website.
20. Abbot Kinney Festival
September 30th, 10 am – 6 pm
For the 34th year in a row Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice is hosting the “coolest block party in America.” There are 4 music stages, 300 vendors, kids rides and games, beer gardens and more. And admission is free!
For more info visit Abbot Kinney Festival website.
21. Chinatown Summer Nights
July 28th and August 25th at Mandarin Plaza
Music, dancing, culinary stage, workshops and so much more.
For more info visit Chinatown Summer Nights website.
978 N Broadway
22. Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival
September 15th 3 – 10 pm
No info other than date and time is available yet. Visit the festival website for updated information
23. Tarfest at La Brea Tar Pits
Sept 16th 2 – 6 pm
Live music kids activities, workshops and a light show.
For more info visit Tarfest at La Brea Tar Pits website.