100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Summer Concerts

Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at Jazz at LACMA

Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at Jazz at LACMA | Photo: LACMA

In Los Angeles, summer means that free outdoor concerts are in full force, beckoning visitors to get outside and enjoy L.A.’s thriving music scene. From blowout shows to Sunday afternoons in the park, the following free events in Los Angeles will keep you tapping your feet. So get out there, enjoy the weather and tune into the music.

Grand Performances at California Plaza

Taking place in the heart of Downtown L.A., Grand Performances presents an incredible schedule of free performing arts events on weekend nights — music, dance and theater performances that are as diverse as their audience, giving rising stars a chance to shine alongside legendary artists. 

Pershing Square Downtown Stage

From July to August, Pershing Square offers eight weeks of free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. Pershing Square encourages guests to enjoy the summer by visiting the “Square” and all that Downtown L.A. has to offer, including museums, restaurants, and an exciting night life. The concert audience is welcome to bring lawn chairs, or blankets to relax with family and friends, and enjoy free entertainment under the city lights and stars. Easy access and check-in will be located on the corner of 6th and Olive.

Ford Theatres JAM Sessions

This interactive series invites participants of all ages and skill levels to sing, dance and play along with professional artists. JAM Sessions at the Ford invites participants of all skill levels to release their inner artist with samba, hip-hop, drumming, Mexican folklorico, ukulele and much more. These free events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome!

The Original Farmers Market

Taking place at the landmark Original Farmers Market from May to September, this annual summer music series combines great food with an eclectic lineup at the West Patio on Friday nights.

Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at Jazz at LACMA

Anthony Wilson Nonet performs at Jazz at LACMA | Photo: LACMA

Jazz at LACMA

A celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians, Jazz at LACMA features the art of jazz as practiced by leading Southern California artists. Celebrating more than twenty years at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the program continues to be one of the museum’s most popular offerings. Jazz at LACMA takes place at 6 p.m. every Friday at the central BP Pavilion, near Chris Burden's iconic Urban Light. Admission is free, there are no reservations for seating. For the full lineup of performers, visit the LACMA website.

La Luz performs at Off the 405 at the Getty Center | Photo: @cooltite, Instagram

La Luz performs at Off the 405 at the Getty Center | Photo: @cooltite, Instagram

Off the 405 at the Getty Center

The Getty Center's annual outdoor summer series, Off the 405 features performances by acclaimed up-and-coming bands, along with DJ sets to open and close the night. All performances take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Museum Courtyard, with a cash bar offering local beer, agua fresca cocktails, and bites. Arrive early to enjoy the Getty Center’s spectacular views and explore the world-class art collection and exhibits.

The Marias performing at Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts in 2018

The Marias performing at Sunset Concerts | Photo: Lindsey Best - Skirball Cultural Center, Facebook

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball

Located in Brentwood, the Skirball Cultural Center presents the annual Sunset Concerts series of free summertime concerts. The lineup of boundary-pushing global artists ranges from contemporary American folk musicians to Afro-Cuban jazz, bluesy Caribbean roots, Anglo-Nigerian electropop, and Afro-Venezuelan singers, drummers, and dancers.

Twilight on the Pier

One of L.A.’s favorite summer traditions, the Twilight on the Pier series takes place at the landmark Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday nights. Twilight on the Pier offers a wide-ranging lineup that showcases a different music genre every week, including reggae, rock, Americana, Latin and indie rock.

Levitt Pavilion Summer Music Festival

This family-friendly concert series takes place throughout the summer at the Levitt Pavilion in the heart of Pasadena. The 50 concerts range from Americana and jazz to World Music, Latin and Children's music.