One of the most anticipated rites of Summer in Los Angeles is enjoying the exceptional season of free concerts that are performed in the area that kick into high gear following July 4th. The biggest happen at the Levitt Pavilion in LA which promises 50+ local, national and international acts. Meanwhile, the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park has consistently managed to draw top Pop and Symphony acts for many years (this summer we get Rickie Lee Jones, Kronos Quartet and Jon Batiste--all acts that command top dollar usually).  KCRW Summer Nights has also been a longstanding source of great free entertainment and offers outdoor performances throughout the Summer at multiple locations in LA and Orange Counties.

We housesellers have long been aware that the museums in LA have been some of the best places to catch great free live music, and this Summer that holds as true as ever. Sunset Concerts at the SkirballOff the 405 at the Getty, and Music at LACMA offer up excellent free shows. Of course, DTLA has become in recent years a year-round source of entertainment and Grand Park in the Summer really steps up its game with free events ranging from yoga sessions in the park to food truck festivals during work hours and Sunday dance parties in the afternoon/early evening featuring surprise guest performances.

Descanso Gardens is one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful settings, making it a perfect venue for free light summer music, and picnics are allowed (and while the concerts are free, some require an admission fee to the venue and/or advanced tickets so always make sure to check on that, as well as that the show is not sold out). The Summer 2019 Concert Series in the South Bay has free shows being staged at well over a dozen venues throughout the Beach Cities. Culver City's eclectic Summer Musical Festival starts July 11, and Beverly Hills also has an array of great acts that perform at the Concerts on Canon series. For those looking to extend Summer past August, the famed Santa Monica Twilight on the Pier presents major acts until the end of September.