Your Guide To Totally Free Outdoor Summer Concerts In Los Angeles

It's that time of year when the days are long and the outdoor concerts are free. Whether you're into indie rock, jazz, R&B or goofy cover bands, there's an outdoor concert around town that you will not have to pay for. Mark your calendars. Oh and do double-check the site before you head out—sometimes schedules change up. (We've update this document but we're still waiting on a few concert schedules!)

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Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier (Photo by Chris Goldberg via the Creative Commons on Flickr)

Twilight Concert Series @ Santa Monica Pier

Thurs., July 9 @ 7 p.m. — Morris Day @ The Time + Dam Funk
Thurs., July 16 @ 7 p.m. — Real Estate + Hippo Campus
Thurs., July 23 @ 7 p.m. — Cubanismo + TBA
Thurs., July 30 @ 7 p.m. — JD McPherson + Sarah Gayle Meech
Thurs., Aug. 6 @ 7 p.m. — Artists' TBA: Australia Rock The Pier
Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 7 p.m. — Sister Nancy + Jesse Royal
Thurs., Aug. 20 @ 7 p.m. — Ariel Pink + The Mynabirds
Thurs., Aug. 27 @ 7 p.m. — Jefferson Starship + Purple Mountain Majesties
Thurs., Sept. 3 @ 7 p.m. — Rebirth Brass Band + Miles Mosley And the Westcoast Get Down
Thurs., Sept. 10 @ 7 p.m. — Artists TBA

Santa Monica Pier is located at 200 Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica. More information about the concerts can be found here.

Make Music Pasadena

Make Music Pasadena is an all-ages festival that takes over Pasadena one day every year. This year it's going to be held Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This year's festival will feature five main stages and it will take over 20 blocks. Headliners are How To Dress Well, electronic pop artists Sir Sly, Icelandic indie folk group Kaleo and Kishi Bashi. For more details, visit the event's website.

KCRW Summer Nights @ One Colorado

Sat., June 6 @ 7:30 p.m. — De Lux + KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox
Sat., June 20 @ 7:30 p.m. — Cayucas + KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

One Colorado is located at 41 Hugus Alley in Pasadena. More information about the concerts can be found here.

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Grand Performances (Photo by CindiK. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Grand Performances @ California Plaza

Fri., June 19 @ 8 p.m. — The Gaslamp Killer Experience
Sat. June 20 @ 8 p.m. — Wattstax Revisited
Fri. June 26 @ 12 p.m. — Run River North
Fri. June 26 @ 8 p.m. — The Family Crest, Run River North
Fri. July 10 @ 8 p.m. — Watts50
Sat. July 11 @ 8 p.m. — Dumpstaphunk
Fri. July 17 @ 12 p.m. — Thalma de Freitas
Fri. July 17 @ 8 p.m. — The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical With The Roots Dice Raw
Sat. July 18 @ 8 p.m. — Ondatropica
Fri. July 24 @ 12 p.m. — Mexico 68
Sat. July 25 @ 8 p.m. — 65-92: The Rhythm Changes But The Struggle Remains
Sun. July 26 @ 7 p.m. — Los Master Plus, Puerto Cadelaria
Fri. July 31 @ 8 p.m. — Mare Imbrium (Sea Of Rain)
Sat. Aug. 1 @ 8 p.m. — Rocky Dawuni, Blitz the Ambassador
Sun. Aug. 2 @ 7 p.m. — Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band
Fri. Aug. 7 @ 12 p.m. — French Horn Massive
Fr. Aug. 7 @ 8 p.m. — Gaby Moreno, Jorge Drexler
Sat. Aug. 8 @ p.m. — Yuna, TBA
Fri. Aug. 14 @ 12 p.m. — Melrose Poetry Bureau Brown Bag Poetry
Fri. Aug. 14 @ 8 p.m. — Classical Remix Feat. Mark De Clive-Lowe
Sat. Aug. 22 @ 8 p.m. — Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
Sun. Aug. 23 @ 7 p.m. — Sahba Motellabi

California Plaza is located at 350 S. Grand Ave. in downtown. More information about the concerts can be found here.

Levitt Pavilion @ MacArthur Park

Sat., June 6 @ 8 p.m. — Salvador Santana
Sun., June 7 @ 6:30 p.m. — Bob Baker Marionettes
Thurs., June 11 @ 8 p.m. — Matamoska CD Release
Fri., June 12 @ 8 p.m. — Venice
Sat., June 13 @ 8 p.m. — Que Bajo
Sun., June 14 @ 6:30 p.m. — Birdie's Playhouse
Thurs., June 18 @ 8 p.m. — Fortunate Youth
Fri., June 19 @ 8 p.m. — Poncho Sanchez
Sat., June 20 @ 8 p.m. — Run River North
Sun., June 21 @ 6:30 p.m. — Funky Punks
Thurs., June 25 @ 8 p.m. — Afro Funke'
Fri., June 26 @ 8 p.m. — Black Violin
Sat., June 27 @ 8 p.m. — LA City Latin Jazz Festival
Sun., June 28 @ 6:30 p.m. — Rhythm Child
Thurs., July 9 @ 8 p.m. — Evoekore CD Release Ska Show
Fri., July 10 @ 8 p.m. — BMI Summer Nights with Mitre
Sat., July 11 @ 8 p.m. — Karsh Kale
Sun., July 12 @ 6:30 p.m. — Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
Thurs., July 16 @ 8 p.m. — Luminaries
Fri., July 17 @ 8 p.m. — Judy Collins
Sat., July 18 @ 8 p.m. — Katia Moraes
Sun., July 19 @ 6:30 p.m. — Youth Talent Show
Thurs., July 23 @ 8 p.m. — Dub Club Reggae Show
Fri., July 24 @ 8 p.m. — Stooges Brass Band
Sat., July 25 @ 8 p.m. — Bruce Cockburn
Sun., July 26 @ 6:30 p.m. — The Party Animals
Thurs., July 30 @ 8 p.m. — Johnnyswim
Fri., July 31 @ 8 p.m. — Sonora Santanera
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 8 p.m. — Los Chavos de la Cumbia
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 6:30 p.m. — Tierra Blanca Latin American Dance
Thurs., Aug. 6 @ 8 p.m. — Plena Libre
Fri., Aug. 7 @ 8 p.m. — BMI Summer Nights with SuenaTron
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 8 p.m. — Ali Baba
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 6:30 p.m. — Kiddle Karoo
Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 8 p.m. — Eyedentity
Fri., Aug. 14 @ 8 p.m. — Metalachi
Sat., Aug. 15 @ 8 p.m. — Best of Koreatown
Sun., Aug. 16 @ 6:30 p.m. — Silk Road Dance Company
Thurs., Aug. 20 @ 8 p.m. — Urban Renewal Project
Fri., Aug. 21 @ 8 p.m. — Whiskey Shivers
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 8 p.m. — La Misa Negra
Sun., Aug. 27 @ 8 p.m. — The Waifs
Thurs., Aug. 28 @ 8 p.m. — LA Opera
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 8 p.m. — Almalafa
Sun., Sept. 10 @ 8 p.m. — TBD
Fri. Sept. 11 @ 8 p.m. — El Vez
Sat., Sept. 12 @ 8 p.m. — B-Side Players
Sun., Sept. 17 @ 8 p.m. — La Resistencia CD Release
Fri. Sept. 18 @ 8 p.m. — Sinverguenza
Sat., Sept. 19 @ 8 p.m. — Los Lobos

Levitt Pavilion @ MacArthur Park is located at 2230 W 6th St. in Los Angeles. More information about the concerts can be found here.

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Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena (Photo by el_molino12 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Levitt Pavilion @ Pasadena

Sun., June 14 @ 8 p.m. — Pete Escovedo Orchestra Feat. Sheila E.
Thurs., June 18 @ 7 p.m. — CalArts Hands On'Semble
Fri., June 19 @ 8 p.m. — Griffin House
Sat., June 20 @ 8 p.m. — Element Band
Sun., June 21 @ 8 p.m. — Michael Haggins
Thurs., June 25 @ 7 p.m. — Birdie's Playhouse
Fri., June 26 @ 8 p.m. — Incendio
Sat., June 27 @ 8 p.m. — Black Violin (National Tour)
Sun., June 28 @ 8 p.m. — Barbara Morrison
Thurs., July 2 @ 7 p.m. — Rhythm Child
Fri., July 3 @ 8 p.m. — Area 51
Sat., July 4 @ 8 p.m. — Dustbowl Revival
Sun., July 5 @ 8 p.m. — Billy Mitchell & Friends
Thurs., July 9 @ 7 p.m. — Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
Fri., July 10 @ 8 p.m. — De Temps Antan
Sat., July 11 @ 8 p.m. — Frankie Avalon
Sun., July 12 @ 8 p.m. — Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz
Thurs., July 16 @ 7 p.m. — Funky Punks
Fri., July 17 @ 8 p.m. — Western Standard Time
Sat., July 18 @ 8 p.m. — Mariachi Divas
Sun., July 19 @ 8 p.m. — Open Hands
Thurs., July 23 @ 7 p.m. — The Party Animals
Fri., July 24 @ 8 p.m. — BMI Summer Nights w/Nina Diaz
July 25 @ 8 p.m. — Tien-Huicani
Sun., July 26 @ 8 p.m. — Donald Harrison
Thurs., July 30 @ 7 p.m. — Bob Baker Marionettes
Fri., July 31 @ p.m. — Caroline Aiken & Ike Stubblefield
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 8 p.m. — Vaud & the Villains
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 8 p.m. — Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
Thurs., Aug. 6 @ 7 p.m. — Lythgoe Family Productions
Fri., Aug. 7 @ 8 p.m. — Brightside
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 8 p.m. — Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 8 p.m. — Laith Al-Saadi feat. Jimmy Vivino
Fri., Aug. 14 @ 8 p.m. — California Feetwarmers
Sat., Aug. 15 @ 8 p.m. — Jimmy LaFave
Sun., Aug. 16 @ 8 p.m. — Lin Rountree Quartet
Fri., Aug. 21 @ 8 p.m. — BMI Summer Nights with Natalia Clavier
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 8 p.m. — Vieux Farka Toure
Sun., Aug. 23 @ 8 p.m. — Gonzalo Bergara
Fri., Aug. 28 @ 8 p.m. — Karla Bonoff
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 8 p.m. — Night Train Music Club
Sun., Aug. 30 @ 8 p.m. — Doug MacLeod
Fri., Sept. 4 @ 8 p.m. — Leftover Cuties
Sat., Sept. 5 @ 8 p.m. — Rita Coolidge
Sun., Sept. 6 @ 8 p.m. — Nobresil
Fri., Sept. 11 @ 8 p.m. — The Koles
Sat., Sept. 12 @ 8 p.m. — Quetzal
Sun., Sept. 13 @ 8 p.m. — Louie Cruz Beltran
Fri., Sept. 18 @ 8 p.m. — Wendy Waldman feat. Mietek Szcesniak
Sat., Sept. 19 @ 8 p.m. — Rocky Dawuni
Sun., Sept. 20 @ 8 p.m. — TBD Benefit Concert

Levitt Pavilion @ Memorial Park is located at 85 East Holly Street in Pasadena. More info about the concerts can be found here.

Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series @ Burton Chace Park

Thurs., July 2 @ 7 p.m. — Opera At The Shore
Sat., July 11 @ 7 p.m. — Ruben Studdard, Freddie Jackson and a special guest (TBA)
Thurs., July 16 @ 7 p.m. — Danza
Sat., July 25 @ 7 p.m. — KC & The Sunshine Band
Thurs., July 30 @ 7 p.m. — Vanessa Williams
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 7 p.m. — Meshell Ndegeocello
Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 7 p.m. — Pagliacci
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 7 p.m. — Los Lonely Boys

Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindando Way in Marina del Rey. More information about the concerts can be found here or here.

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Getty's gardens (Photo Jared Wilbanks via LAist's flickr pool)

Friday Flights @ The Getty Center

Fri., June 26 @ 6 p.m. — Lucky Dragons
Fri., July 24 @ 6 p.m. — Ducktails
Fri., Aug. 28 @ 6 p.m. — 5 Every Day

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Brentwood. More information about the concerts can be found here.

Saturdays Off The 405 @ The Getty Center

Sat., June 20 @ 6 p.m. — Shannon and the Clams
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 6 p.m. — Hundred Waters
Sat., Sept. @ 6 p.m. — Mac McCaughan + The Non-Believers

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Brentwood. More information about the concerts can be found here.

Latin Sounds @ LACMA

Sat., June 6 @ 5 p.m. — Conganas
Sat., June 13 @ 5 p.m. — Lucky 7 Mambo
Sat., June 20 @ 5 p.m. — Cecilia Noël
Sat., June 27 @ 5 p.m. — The Ciro Hurtado Band
Sat., July 4 @ 5 p.m. — Conjunto Oye!
Sat., July 11 @ 5 p.m. — Freddie Ravel
Sat., July 18 @ 5 p.m. — Oscar Hernandez Latin Jazz Quintet
Sat., July 25 @ 5 p.m. — Bobby Matos & his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 5 p.m. — Estaire Godinez
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 5 p.m. — West Coast Salsa Orchestra
Sat., Aug. 15 @ 5 p.m. — Kátia Moraes with Samba Society
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 5 p.m. — Buyepongo
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 5 p.m. — Brent Fischer + The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Group
Sat., Sept. 5 @ 5 p.m. — Johnny Polanco

Latin Sounds concerts are held at Hancock Park at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. in Miracle Mile. You can find out more here.

Jazz @ LACMA

Fri., June 5 @ 6 p.m. — The Phil Norman Tentet
Fri., June 12 @ 6 p.m. — Clayton Cameron Sextet
Fri., June 19 @ 6 p.m. — Otmaro Ruiz Quartet
Fri., June 26 @ 6 p.m. — Paulette McWilliams
Fri., July 3 @ 6 p.m. — Larry Nash & the Jazz Symphonics
Fri., July 10 @ 6 p.m. — Cannonball-Coltrane Project
Fri., July 17 @ 6 p.m. — Al Williams Jazz Society
Fri., July 24 @ 6 p.m. — L.A. 6
Fri., July 31 @ 6 p.m. — Dwight Trible
Fri., Aug. 7 @ 6 p.m. — MONK’estra
Fri., Aug. 14 @ 6 p.m. — Bobby Bradford and Tête-á-Tête
Fri., Aug. 21 @ 6 p.m. — Charles Owens Quintet
Fri., Aug. 28 @ 6 p.m. — Sweet Baby J’ai
Fri., Sept. 4 @ 6 p.m. — 7th Annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award—Kenny Burrell
Fri., Sept. 11 @ 6 p.m. — Tom Rizzo Quintet
Fri., Sept. 18 @ 6 p.m. — Greg Porée Group
Fri., Sept. 25 @ 6 p.m. — Angel City Jazz Festival

Jazz at LACMA concerts are held at the BP Grand Entrance at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile. For more information, visit their site here.

Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park @ Polliwog Park

Sun., July 5 @ 5 p.m. — Hot August Night
Sun., July 12 @ 5 p.m. — Bonne Musique Zydeco, Hyperion Outfall Serenaders
Sun., July 19 @ 5 p.m. — Blue Breeze Band
Sun., July 26 @ 5 p.m. — South Bay Country Band
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 5 p.m. — Scot Bruce
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 5 p.m. — Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
Sun., Aug. 16 @ 5 p.m. — DSB: An American Journey, Soul on Top, The Brown Bag Band
Sun., Aug. 23 @ 5 p.m. — LIFE
Sun., Aug. 30 @ 5 p.m. — The Wiseguys Big Band Machine
Sun., Sept. 6 @ 5 p.m. — Hard Days Night

Polliwog Park is located at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd and we recently named it one of our favorite spots to picnic. For more information about the concerts, visit Manhattan Beach's website.

Concerts at Cañon

Thurs., June 11 @ 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. — California Feetwarmers
Thurs., June 18 @ 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. — Dakota
Thurs., June 25 @ 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. — Gary Greene, Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers
More dates through Sept. TBA

Concerts at Cañon are held at Beverly Cañon Gardens, 241 N. Cañon Drive, which is between Montage Hotel and Bouchon. You can find more information here.

Concerts on the Green @ Warner Park

Sun., June 7 @ 6 p.m. — VCC World Music and Cultural Arts Festival
Sun., June 14 @ 6 p.m. — Led Zepagain-Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Sun., June 21 @ 6 p.m. — DSB - Tribute to Journey
Sun., June 28 @ 6 p.m. — Stayin’ Alive - The World’s No.1 Tribute to the Bee Gees
Sun., July 4 @ 6 p.m. — July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Sun., July 12 @ 6 p.m. — The Long Run - Experience the Eagles
Sun., July 19 @ 6 p.m. — Which One’s Pink? - Tribute to the Music of Pink Floyd
Sun., July 26 @ 6 p.m. — Ticket to Ride - Tribute to the Beatles
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 6 p.m. — The Modern Gentlemen, performing the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and more!
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 6 p.m. — Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute
Sun., Aug. 16 @ 6 p.m. — Hollywood U2 & Queen Nation - Tribute to U2 and Queen
Sun., Aug. 23 @ 6 p.m. — Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 6 p.m. — Rhythm & Joy Festival
Sun., Aug. 30 @ 6 p.m. — Mr. Speed - World’s No. 1 Tribute to Kiss

Concerts on the Green are held at Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park at 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., in Woodland Hills. For more information, visit their website.

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Chinatown (Photo by Neil Fitzpatrick via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Chinatown Summer Nights @ Chinatown's Central & West Plazas

Sat., June 27 @ 5 p.m. — Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos
Sat., July 25 @ 5 p.m. — Mario Cotto and Travis Holcombe
Sat., Aug. 22 @ 5 p.m. — Garth Trinidad and Jason Bentley

Chinatown's Central & West Plazas is located at 943 N. Broadway in Chinatown. More information about the concerts can be found here.

Summer of Soul @ Hammer Museum

Thurs., July 9 @ 6:30 p.m. — Breakestra + DJ set by Jeremy Sole
Thurs., July 16 @ 6:30 p.m. — Sam Sparro + The Rebirth + DJ sets by Aaron Byrd and Chris Douridas
Thurs., July 23 @ 6:30 p.m. — Dam-Funk + Martin Luther + DJ sets by Anthony Valadez and Raul Campos
Thurs., July 30 @ 6:30 p.m. — The Suffers + Jungle Fire + DJ Garth Trinidad

Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. More information on the concerts can be found here.

KCRW Summer Nights at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Sat., July 25 @ 5 p.m. — TV On The Radio + Boxed In + DJ set by Jason Bentley
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 5 p.m.— De La Soul + Quantic + DJ Set by Garth Trinidad
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 5 p.m. — Dwight Yoakam + X + DJ Set by Anne Litt
Sat., Aug. 15 @ 5 p.m. — Cold War Kids + Other Lives + DJ Set by Jason Bentley

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. More information on the concerts can be found here.

Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concerts

Thurs., July 23 @ 8 p.m. — La Chiva Gantiva
Thurs., July 30 @ 8 p.m. — Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
Thurs., Aug. 6 @ 8 p.m. — Hurray for the Riff Raff
Thurs., Aug. 13 @ 8 p.m. — Aurelio
Thurs., Aug. 20 @ 8 p.m. — Yuval Ron Ensemble
Thurs., Aug. 27 @ 8 p.m. — Novalima

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. For more information about the concerts, visit their site here.