Summer in SoCal means lots of outdoor activities, but the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. These seven concert series have something to appeal to everyone – and best of all, they’re free.
Twilight Dance and Music at the Santa Monica Pier
The hugely popular Thursday night concerts feature music from Hawaii, Jamaica, England, Argentina and Africa in rock, pop, jazz, blues and dance genres.
When: Late July through late August on Thursdays, 7 pm
Where: Santa Monica Pier, Colorado and Ocean Avenues, Santa Monica
Info: (310) 458-8900
Grand Performances Summer Festival
Over 40 free performing arts events, including music, dance and theater, converge on downtown’s historic Bunker Hill.
When: Mid-June through mid-October, 8 pm
Where: California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles
Info: (213) 687-2159
Pershing Square Summer Concert Series
Five weeks of entertainment on the grass at Pershing Square. See national touring acts, local bands, DJs and outdoor movies, four nights a week.
When: Late June through late August; Wed, Thu, Sat concerts 8-10; Friday movies at dusk
Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Downtown Los Angeles
Info: (213) 847-4970
Live Music at Hollywood & Highland
Enjoy performances by top jazz artists in the heart of Hollywood. Wine tastings benefit Project Angel Food.
When: June through August, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Where: Babylon Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland Center, at Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood
Info: (323) 817-0200
Summer Sunset Music Festival in Culver City
Bringing artists from around the world, this 13-week concert series features jazz, samba, swing, bluegrass and classic rock.
When: July 10 to August 28, Thursdays at 7 pm
Where: City Hall Courtyard, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City
Info: (310) 2535762
Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Center
Check out indie-rock stars at the museum’s courtyard while taking in amazing nighttime views of L.A. Top it off with a gallery tour and cocktails under the stars.
When: May to September, 6 pm
Where: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles
Info: (310) 440-7300
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena
Pick from 50 free concerts throughout the summer at this classic band shell in the heart of Old Pasadena. Picnic on the grass while enjoying Latin, Americana, jazz, classic rock and pop.
When: June 22 through August 28, 7 pm
Where: Levitt Pavilion at Memorial Park, 85 East Holly St., Pasadena
Info: (626) 683-3230