Outdoor concerts are a wonderful way to enjoy summer in Los Angeles. Here are some of the best extended music series over the summer. For single weekend music festivals consult the Los Angeles Music Festivals Guide.Some of these are ticketed venues, but many of them are free. Look for more Free Things to Do in Los Angeles.
1. Summer Season at the Hollywood Bowl
Grand Performances' summer series at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles presents world-class, world-renowned artists along with some of the finest homegrown talent. Food and beverages available for purchase.
When: June through October
Where: California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square
Info: 213-687-2159, www.grandperformances.org
More: Profile of Grand Performances
When: May - October, See website for schedule.
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
Cost: Prices vary.
Info: 323-461-3673, www.fordamphitheater.org
More: Ford Amphitheatre Guide
4. Music Spotlight Series at Universal CityWalk
Live bands and DJ performances are scheduled Friday through Sunday at the "5 Towers" stage at Universal CityWalk throughout the summer.
When: Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, July through Labor Day Weekend
Where: 5 Towers Stage, Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Parking: $10 and up
Metro: Red Line to Universal City Station, free shuttle to CityWalk Info: www.CityWalkHollywood.com
5. Pershing Square Summer Concert Series
Six weeks of free outdoor evening and lunchtime concerts four days a week on Pershing Square featuring a variety of musical genres and performers. Concerts are free with lawn seating.
When: July through August, Thursday through Sunday
Where: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St. Downtown Los Angeles
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square
Info: 1-888-527-2757, www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/
More: Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles
6. Free Summer Folk Music at the Peter Strauss Ranch
The second Sunday of month from June through September, you can enjoy folk music concerts set in an old west movie set at the Peter Strauss Ranch near Agoura Hills. The free summer concerts are a project of the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival
When: June - Sept, 2nd Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm
Where: Peter Strauss Ranch, check the website for directions
Information was accurate at the time of publication, please check with the venues for up to date information, or contact the Los Angeles Travel Guide with changes.
7. Twilight Dance and Music at the Santa Monica Pier
The Annual Thursday Twilight Music and Dance Series at Santa Monica Pier features some of LA's favorite hometown and visiting bands.
When: Thursdays, End of June or beginning of July through August
Where: Santa Monica Pier
Parking: 1550 Pacific Coast Highway Lot for a fee, no parking on the Pier
Info: (310) 458-8900, santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/
More: Things to Do in Santa Monica
8. LA County's Free Concerts in Public Places
LA County's Free Concerts in Public Places is a diverse schedule of free public concerts in community venues in all the districts of Los Angeles County.
When: May through October, (click on each month on the website)
Where: Various locations throughout LA County
9. Live Music at Hollywood & Highland
At Tuesday Wine and Jazz evenings in the Babylon Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland the music is free and bar sales benefit Project Angel Food.
When: June through August, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Where: Babylon Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland Center, corner of Hollywood and Highland, Hollywood, CA 90028
Metro: Red Line to Hollywood & Highland
More: Hollywood & Highland Visitor Guide
10. Sizzling Summer Nights
LA's top Latin bands perform at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park starting at 6:30 pm; There are salsa lessons during intermission; children's dance floor
When: 6 Thursdays in July and August, 6:00 pm
Where: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Cost: regular museum admission applies; Free for members
Info: 323-667-2000, www.autrynationalcenter.org