Los Angeles is one of the best cities for a summer vacation, especially for music lovers. Robust with a variety of free shows and summer concert series, L.A. is thee summer travel destination for music. Sure, a lot of concerts and music festivals can come with a hefty price tag, but summers in Los Angeles are all about the free music. And these free shows aren’t just tribute bands and bar bands, they’re live performances from some of the best acts out there. Whether across the globe or emerging bands from our great city of Angels, this year’s free Los Angeles summer concerts season is looking spectacular. Dance, chill, bob your head to acs such as Nas, Psychedelic Furs, Diane Coffee, M.A.K.U. Sound system, Peanut Butter Wolf, and more.
Check out Grimy Goods’ top 5 free Los Angeles summer concert series below. We’ve also noted some worthy honorable mentions.
1. Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier
Who: Psychedelic Furs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mayer Hawthorne, Børns, and more.
When: Thursdays — July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 8 — 7-10PM
Where: Beachside of the Santa Monica Pier
Why: Ambiance, ambiance, ambiance! Who doesn’t love seeing incredible bands while overlooking the beautiful blue pacific?! Hands down, our favorite Los Angeles free summer concerts series.
2. Sound in Focus
Who: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Nas, Wild Belle, Imarhan and more
When: Saturdays — July 9, July 16, July 23 — 7-10PM
Where: Outdoor courtyard at the Annenberg Space for Photography
Why: Presented by KCRW, there’s lot of big name headliners at this year’s Sound in Focus. When else can you see Edward Sharpe and Nas for free?
3. Saturdays Off the 405
Who: Moses Sumney, Kevin Morby, Diane Coffee, The Garden/The Muffs and more.
When: Saturdays — June 18, July 9, July 23, August 27 — 6-9PM
Where: Outdoor museum courtyard at the Getty Center
Why: From budding local Los Angeles acts such as Mose Sumney to 90s Nostalgia with The Muffs, Saturday’s Off the 405 always bring variety and a damn good time in a beautiful setting. Oh, and we LOVE Diane Coffee.
4. Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts
Who: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Songhoy Blues and more
When: Thursdays — July 21, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Aug. 25 — 7-10PM
Where: Outdoor Plaza at the Skirball Cultural Center
Why: Known for its beautiful hillside location, the Skirball is also a win win because of its selections of live music that span the globe. From indie to West African desert blues, the Skirball’s going off!
5. Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A.
Who: Poolside, Peanut Butter Wolf, Ceci Bastida, TOKiMONSTA and more.
When: Thursdays — July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 — 6:30-9PM
Where: Outdoor courtyard at the Hammer Museum
Why: It looks like the Hammer wants you to dance this year. Presented by KCRW, and with performances by the Stones Throw crew, TOKiMONSTA and Ceci, get ready to burn those calories from happy hour.
- City Beats at FIGat7TH
- Pershing Square Downtown Stage (Saturday Night Concerts &Lunchbox Concerts)
- Grand Performances at California Plaza
- Marina del Rey Summer Concerts
- Levitt Pavilion’s Free Summer Concerts (MacArthur Park and Pasadena)
- Culver City’s Boulevard Music Summer Festival