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LA’s Most Rockin’ Outdoor Concert Venues

July 29, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin

Angelenos love music. But what Angelenos love even more is listening to music outdoors. With summer in full swing, there are countless venues to experience some of the world’s best live acts. Below is our definitive guide to LA’s best outdoor concert venues. See you under the stars!

Hollywood Bowl

This summer you’ll have the chance to see everyone from Erykah Badu and St. Vincent to Grace Jones and ABBA high up in the hills. Plus, this season sbe has partnered with Dine & Ride on the ultimate Hollywood Bowl package, which includes valet parking, a prix-fixe dinner from Cleo, and shuttle service to and from the concert. Check out more info.

Sound in Focus Series

All ages and all free sounds perfect to us. At this summer concert series, put on by KCRW & the Annenberg Foundation, you’ll get to see Cold War Kids, De La Soul and more.

20150725 KCRW Presents TV on the Radio at Sound in Focus by Jeremiah Garcia_45
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Catch indie acts here like Modest Mouse, Lianna La Havas, and what sounds pretty amazing: Xiu Xiu playing the music of Twin Peaks—in a cemetery no less.

Twilight Series at Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is one of the most beautiful locations in Southern California to spend a day. Grab a bite from one of the area’s local food vendors and check out one of the free Thursday night performances by Ariel Pink, Jefferson Starship and more.

Twilight Series at Santa Monica Pier
The Greek Theater

Wilco, Hot Chip, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill—the list of amazing live acts you can see at this open-air theater goes on. Considered one of LA’s greatest live venues, it seats nearly 6,000 people, and even has “Greek Picnic” options.

greek theater
Jazz at LACMA

For over 20 years now, this series has played host to some of the world’s leading jazz groups every Friday night through November. Bring a blanket and something to eat and drink, and sit among one of LA’s coolest landmarks listening to live music for free.