Scheduled to open July 8 after renovations, the historic Ford Theatre is located between Hollywood and the Valley along the Cahuenga Pass. The current amphitheater, designed to look like the gates of Jerusalem, was constructed in 1931 after the original 1920 venue burned down. Between May and October, arts lovers can see music, dance, theater, and film showings in the 1,200-seat outdoor Ford Theatre.
The Greek Theatre features a 5,900-seat amphitheater, which opened to audiences in 1930. Rich with history, the Greek has hosted artists from Frank Sinatra to Sir Elton John to Lorde and Alabama Shakes, among many others. Located in sprawling Griffith Park, prepare to purchase your snacks and beverages (don’t forget the wine and beer) and enjoy the sunset while waiting for your summer concert to begin at this great outdoor theater.
An iconic Los Angeles destination, the Hollywood Bowl serves as both the summer home of the LA Phil and a must-play destination for the hottest artists. The venue holds 17,500 seats, and concert goers can enjoy a tasty selection of food and beverages, including alcohol. From its first ticketed performance in 1920 to the present, the Hollywood Bowl has attracted artists from the Beatles and Diana Ross to Katy Perry and Kanye. While you’re in the area, also check out the Hollywood Bowl Museum.
Located in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl may be known as a stadium first, but that doesn’t stop its double life as a sought-after outdoor concert spot. The Rose Bowl’s history dates back to the late 1800s, and it sports a seating capacity of nearly 100,000. Not only do college football and professional soccer games sell out the house, so do acts such as Beyoncé, Coldplay, and One Direction. They also host arts festivals and drum corps shows and offer tours of the historic arena.
The Getty Center
Up in the hills off the Pacific Coast Highway, The Getty Center serves as an art mecca, but its dedication to the arts doesn’t stop there. The Getty also hosts regular musical performances for all ages. Some acts demonstrate cultural and historical factions of the music world as well as classical music. In addition, the Getty hosts a summer concert series, Saturdays Off The 405, which highlights a variety of hip musical acts. Those looking for family friendly entertainment will want to catch Garden Concerts For Kids.