OH, THOSE SUMMER NIGHTS: Top 10 FREE L.A. Outdoor Summer Concerts

Call it an embarrassment of riches.

But from outdoor movies to concerts to street parties, the sheer amount of stellar events in L.A. this summer can leave you spinning with a bad case of FOMO.

Luckily, we’ve got the cure. We’ve scoured every guide, website and blog for a comprehensive round-up of the best events this summer (that just so happen to be free).

Here’s our list of the TOP TEN FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS this summer (Stay tuned…Free Events and Free Outdoor Movie Posts coming soon).

Take a look, share with a friend, grab some wine and a blanket and soak up the amazing SoCal weather with some tunes under the stars.

1. Twilight Concert Series at the Pier

twilight concerts santa monica

(Photo credit: Carl Pocket, courtesy of Spaceland Presents)

Thursday Nights, Santa Monica Pier, 7-10pm, Starting July 9
www.santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts
Free, beachside and with musical options ranging from Classis Rock (Jefferson Starship, anyone?) to Latin to New Orleans Brass to Reggae, it doesn’t get better than this quintessential LA summer tradition. (Check out the website so that parking doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth).

2. Grand Performances

grand performances

(Photo credit: Grand Performances blog)

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, California Plaza DTLA, Varied Times, Next one June 26
www.grandperformances.org
The vibrant Grand Performances series is a must for all the DTLA-dwellers…and anyone who just wants to be one for the night. The concert series showcases a mix of eclectic musical performances on the picturesque California Plaza. Bonus: Get your daytime groove on with their noon concerts.

3. Getty Concert Series (Saturdays off the 405)

getty saturdays off the 405

(Photo credit: LA Weekly Music)

Some Saturday nights The Getty Museum, 6 – 9pm, Starting July 11
www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/saturdays_405
City views, live music and a chance to check out the summer exhibitions. DJ sets start and close the event. (Enough said.)

4. Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts

Marina Del Rey Summer Concerts

(Photo: CulverCitySymphony.org)

Thursday and Saturday Nights, Burton Chace Park, 7pm, starting July 2
file.lacounty.gov/dbh/docs/cms1_179392.pdf
New or Classic? Take your pick. Thursday nights feature the music of the Marina Del Rey Symphony, while the weekend gives way for “Pop Saturdays” featuring, among others, KC and the Sunshine Band and Los Lonely Boys.

5. Concerts on the Green

Concerts on the Green Warner Center

(Photo credit: Greg Farrar)

Saturday nights, Warner Park (Woodland Hills), 6pm, next one June 28
www.valleycultural.org/concerts-programs/concert-schedule-2015
For Valley folk who don’t want to shlep over the hill, this concert series features tribute bands galore from a Beatles night to a double-header of Hollywood U2 and Queen.

6. Levitt Concert Series

Levitt Shell Summer Concert

(Photo credit: Brian Anderson)

Varied nights and times, Macarthur Park, Next one June 25th
www.levittla.org
This prolific community-driven concert series in the heart of Macarthur Park promises fifty free concerts each summer (per venue – there’s also one in Pasadena). With so many dates and bands (Jazz, Blues, Latin, Kids), there’s something for everyone here.

7. Hollywood Wine & Jazz Nights

Tuesday Night Wine & Jazz Concert Series

(Photo credit: BHcourier)

Tuesdays, 7pm, Hollywood and Highland, Starts June 30th
www.jazzandblues.org/features/2014/06/HHjazz14
We know only tourists are supposed to hang out at Hollywood and Highland, but this summer jazz series, curated by KJAZZ, is a fabulous weeknight treat for even the most jaded L.A. resident. All concerts are free, but for $10 you can add a sampling of wine and appetizer box with all proceeds benefitting Project Angel Food.

8. West Hollywood Summer Sounds

weho summer summer sounds

(Photo credit: WeHo.org)

Sundays, 4pm, Plummer and Kings Road Parks, Starts July 12th
www.weho.org/residents/arts-and-culture/about/projects-by-year/2015-projects/2015-summer-sounds
These intimate concerts held at both Plummer Park and Kings Road Park showcase eclectic bands like Paris Chansons, “L.A.’s number one French band with a Russian twist”. Some limited seating is avail, but you’re better off with your trusty blanket. The perfect end to a lazy Sunday.

9. Pershing Square Concerts

Pershing Square Concerts

(Photo credit: Gary Leonard via DTNews)

Saturday Nights, 8pm, Pershing Square DTLA, Starts July 11th
www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/SummerConcertSeries
In the midst of the twinkling DTLA lights, this granddaddy of outdoor music concerts presents free outdoor events 4 days a week at the Pershing Square Downtown Stage. Their biggest is the Saturday Concert Series which features prominent headline bands (that you usually need to pay to see) and a beer/wine garden. Other offerings include Thursdays Salsa Sunsets (doors open at 7pm) and Wednesday Lunch time Concerts (12:30pm – 2pm).

10. Jazz at LACMA

Jazz at LACMA

(Photo credit: Trippyfood.com)

Friday nights, LACMA, 6pm, next one June 26
www.lacma.org/programs/music/jazz-at-lacma
Friday Night Jazz at the LACMA is practically an institution at this point, and for good reason. Great vibes, top-notch jazz and food trucks abound for a perfect L.A. summer night.