Summers in Los Angeles heat up as the sun goes down with some of the best local entertainment all free for music lovers to enjoy. Sip on your cocktail as you listen to an up and coming band at one of these amazing free summer concert locations. We want to thank CBS Local for the following list.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
After spending the day enjoying the artwork and gardens of the Getty, linger longer as DJ sets and concerts wind down the sunset-laden Saturday evenings. Up-and-coming bands headline each event and food service is available until 8:30 p.m. nightly, with a cash bar on site during the show. Concerts run 6 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard and are free.
350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Your weekends in downtown are about to get better. Starting June 21 and running through Aug. 24, be sure to head to California Plaza to enjoy food, drinks, beautiful (working!) fountains, and a fantastic lineup of great music running the gamut of musical styles and themes. From Latin to dance, to classical to rock, and even sock puppetry, this free concert series is a must visit. Select events feature family-friendly lineups (start the fun by taking Angel’s Flight to the venue) and free bike valet to encourage sustainability.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Two summer-long performance series give both families and adults the chance to enjoy outdoor performances. Kids and their parents can dance and sing to world music concerts each Saturday and Sunday afternoon from June 22 through Sept. 1st; additional hands-on activities, including up-close encounters with wild animals, are included in the series (activities included with price of admission.) Thursday nights, July 25 through Aug. 29, be sure to check out the free Summer Concert series boasting bands with musical traditions from around the world, including music from America, Israel, Sierra Leone, Iran, and Brazil.
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The 29th installment of Twilight Concerts begins July 11 and continues every Thursday all the way through Sept. 12. The lineup features a little bit of everything from both classical and contemporary artists, and their motto, “Bands + Pier + Beach + Friends + Free = Awesome x5,” couldn’t be more right on.
The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
This all-ages dance party features the best salsa bands in LA cranking out their hits every Thursday evening starting July 11 through Aug. 15. Enjoy the drinks and taco bar, take in the museum,learn to dance with free salsa lessons, or take the kids for a spin around the kids-only dance floor. Members can party for free, while guests pay just $10 for entry to both the sizzling night and the museum.
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