During the five years I spent living in the Los Angeles, I went to my fair share of outdoor concerts. There’s nothing quite like experiencing world-class musicians from a seat in an outdoor arena, watching the sun set and the stars emerge overhead.
Here are my top five picks for outdoor music venues in Southern California.
Hollywood Bowl – 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles
The Hollywood bowl opened in 1922, under the name the Bowl at Bolton Canyon. Since then, the venue has seen a staggering array of international talent, and consistently filled its 18,000 seats. The Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic.
2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Located adjacent to the eclectic Los Feliz neighborhood, the Greek Theatre is one of the best small outdoor concert amphitheaters in the country. “The Greek” is in a beautiful, wooded area of the expansive Griffith Park. The theater’s 5,801 seats fill quickly thanks to the big name music acts that perform here throughout the year.
2580 Cahuenga Blvd E., Los Angeles
This intimate, 1,241-seat outdoor venue opened in 1920. It is named after the former Los Angeles County supervisor John Anson Ford, a major supporter of the arts in L.A. The Ford has been renovated several times, and this state-of-the-art venue is definitely a favorite amongst local concertgoers.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8800 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine
Given the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater’s size (16,085 seats) and prestige, it’s no surprise that this impressive venue draws huge names in music. The Verizon Amphitheater is also home to the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly Street, Pasedena
This charmig, historic band shell in Old Pasedena hosts a variety of free concerts throughout the summer months. It is the perfect place for a family outing, especially for the Wednesday “Children’s Night” free concert series.
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