The Best Free Summer Concerts in Los Angeles for 2018 — Indie, Hip Hop, World & more

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros at Sound and Focus at Annenberg Space

Free outdoor summer concerts in Los Angeles are brewing, and everyone’s asking the golden question: where can I find free summer concerts in Los Angeles? Well, the problem here is not finding the plethora of free summer concerts LA has to offer, it’s choosing which ones to attend. Beware, you might have to clone yourself or learn how to astral project to another plane if you want to fully take advantage off all the free live music popping off in Los Angeles this summer!

Without further adieu, here’s our selections for best free summer concerts in Los Angeles.


Do you feel that? That’s the sound of free summer concerts in Los Angeles calling your name! Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles has announced its 2018 Summer Concert Series Lineup! Packed with almost 150 acts, the 2018 Levitt Pavilion summer concerts will kick off its highly anticipated 2018 summer concert season on Saturday, June 9! The concert season will run all the way through September 2!

Dates: June 9 – Sept. 2
Fishbone, Alice Bag, Celso Piña
Location: MacArthur Park, East Los Angeles
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Back for its 22nd year, the Skirball Cultural Center will kick off its Sunset Concerts Series on July 26 with Goapele! There’s a reason why Skirball’s Sunset Concerts Series is one of the best free summer concert series in Los Angeles; the location is gorgeous, tasty food and drink selections, there’s always a very cool art exhibit to visit, and last but certainly not least — THE MUSIC! Skirball Cultural Center always delivers a bangin’ Sunset Concerts Series lineup full of impressive acts spanning the globe.

Dates: July 26 – August 30
Goapele, The Marias, Kishi Bashi
Location: Skirball Cultural Center, West Los Angeles
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The late and great Charles Bradley at Twilight Concerts at Santa Monica Pier — Photo: Farah Sosa


Shine on this summer with Grand Performances sweet selection of free summer concerts in Los Angeles! Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Grand Performances takes place at the outdoor California Plaza. This year you can look forward to a unique variety of acts spanning global genres.

Dates: June 1 – August 18
Bootsy Collins, HanHan & Gingee, Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé
Location: California Plaza, Downtown LA
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In partnership with the Hammer Museum, KCRW is back with three nights of live music and DJ sets as part of KCRW’s Summer Nights series! This segment of free summer concerts in LA takes place Thursdays, July 12, 19, and 26. Only bummer about this one, is it’s only three nights! Best not to miss out!

Dates: July, 12, 19, 26 (Thursdays)
 Cut Chemist, Kauf, Still Woozy
Location: Hammer Museum, Westwood (West LA)
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Kicking off a summer of free concerts in Los Angeles, Downtown LA’s premier shopping destination, FIGat7th comes in sizzling hot with a variety of performances this summer. With FIGat7th, you get more than just one free summer concerts series, you get two, and then some! Catch Wavves close up Friday nights at Fig Fest, or get your South American rhythms on with Quitapenas. Plenty of live music to be seen and heard at Figat7th and running all summer long!

Dates: June 1 – October 10
 Wavves, Lion Babe, Quitapenas
Location: FIGat7th Shopping Center, Downtown LA
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The gorgeous Getty is back with its annual free summer concerts series, Saturdays off the 405. While this series focuses more on indie acts, as opposed to global music (unlike Levitt, Skirball, etc.), it’s still one of our favorites; especially if you love discovering lesser-known independent bands and singers. Pair the lineup with the stunning architecture, gardens and exhibits of the Getty Center, and you have yourself a must-attend series!

Dates: June 23 – September 15
 Feels, Combo Chimbita, Vagabon, Lola Kirke
Location: Getty Cetner, Museum Courtyard, West LA
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Free Summer Concerts in Los Angeles feat. Sound and Focus


Location, location, location! Right up there with The Getty, Skirball and Twilight Concerts — LACMA’s free summer concerts in Los Angeles offer a most beautiful location. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a live band in front of LACMA’a iconic Urban Light(s). Featuring classical, jazz, Latin and new music — summer concerts at LACMA are free if you’re savy. Become a member to access free entry or arrive After 3 pm, Mon-Fri (LA County residents only). As always, most shows are free to those 17 and under.

Dates: June 15 – July 29
Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts, INCA and more TBA
Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Central LAish)
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The Marina del Rey free summer concert series offers more than just music, you also get that cool California coastal breeze! Set in Burton Chace Park, the stage is surrounded on three sides by the water. The Marina Del Rey summer concert series features pop, alt-rock, indie, folk, classical and opera.

Dates: July 12 – Sept. 1
Recommended: Cat Power, X, La Santa Cecilia
Location: Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey (West LA)
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SOLD OUT — Don’t even bother attending. Even with all the MANY no-shows, they don’t allow people in to fill those spots. But what do you expect from a city-run venue? NOPE.

Celebrating a decade of free summer concerts in Los Angeles, the Pershing Square Downtown Stage is another favorite of ours. This year’s summer concerts series will kick off July 11 and run all the way through August 18. Bonus! It’s more than just the Downtown Stage — from the Mobile Youth Summer Splash Day to the Salsa Festival, Friday Night Movies, LA Goes Country, Vegan Festival, I Love LA Fest, Junity, and Wednesday’s Farmers Market — it’s no surprise Pershing Square is i our top 5 when it comes to free summer concerts in LA.

Dates: July 11 – August 18
Location: Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
Recommended: The Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge, Pat Benatar & Neil Girardo
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Bleached at Echoplex -- Photo: Andrew Gomez

Bleached at Echoplex — Photo: Andrew Gomez


Los Angeles is a gold mine for free concerts. Check out the venues below for free shows every week, and not just during the summer!

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