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Free concerts in LA

Free concerts in LA aren't hard to find. Check out our picks for the best live music and performances in the city.

Photograph: Courtesy Twilight Concerts
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Looking for free concerts in LA? Well, you're in luck—music (aside from film, possibly) is the city's most abundant form of entertainment. Whether you get your kicks dancing, at the club or along the Sunset Strip, there's always tons of live music options—and surprisingly enough, not all of them will cost you. Free shows are everywhere, especially during the summer months. Read on for our top picks for free concerts in LA.

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Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

Critics' pick

The Skirball puts on its seventeenth season of free Summer concerts, highlighting indie, folk and world music from LA and beyond. Guests can arrive early and visit the museum's galleries, dine under the stars and grab a seat for the show in the beautiful courtyard. Attendees are encouraged to sing along, dance in the aisles and gather at the foot of the stage to celebrate with the performers.

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Skirball Cultural Center Thursday August 6 2015 - Thursday August 27 2015 Free

Saturdays Off the 405

Enjoy free outdoor music and evening views of the city on select Saturdays at the Getty throughout summer. Performances by your soon-to-be favorite bands (the past few years saw shows by Cold Cave, Dum Dum Girls, Lord Huron, Avi Buffalo and Best Coast, just to name a few) are sandwiched between DJ sets to open and close the night. Tip: Avoid the traffic and the crowds and arrive early. You'll get to visit the exhibits, watch the sunset and snag a seat at the restaurant before the dinner rush.

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Getty Center Saturday August 22 2015 - Saturday September 19 2015 Free

Monday night residencies at the Echo

It's free music every Monday when up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.

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Echo Monday August 3 2015 - Monday December 17 2018 Free

Jazz at LACMA

Critics' pick

One of LA's best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable programs. It's a celebration of LA’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the LACMA program annually from April through November, making it a true LA rite of passage.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Friday August 7 2015 - Friday September 25 2015 Free

Twilight Concerts

Every Thursday, head to the Santa Monica Pier for free bands on the beach during their Twilight Concert series. Pack a picnic (and arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers) to enjoy as the local talent plays sunset sets with crashing waves in the distance—it's a quintessential LA music experience.

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Santa Monica Pier Thursday August 6 2015 - Thursday September 10 2015 Free

Farmers Market Friday Night Music

The Farmers Market at the Grove is host to plenty of fun, family-friendly outdoor events, and its summer music series are some of its best. Take a load off at the end of the work week and stop by the West Patio from 7-9pm to hear live music during or after your shopping trip or dinner alfresco.

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Farmers Market Friday August 7 2015 - Friday August 28 2015 Free

Grand Ole Echo

Critics' pick

Stop in at the Echo for a (free!) grand ole time. The weekly event rolls in classic Americana and country/roots tunes with lineups including performances by The Americans, Sutter Zachary, Phoebe Bridges, as well as Whispering Pines, Triple Chicken Foot, and other old timey local favorites. The musicians change every week, and often one band will play inside and another out on the patio, so you'll never get bored. Relax on the back porch and listen to some acoustic music or a DJ on the record player. Dance, mingle, drink and grab a slice of Two Boots pizza or some homemade BBQ. Doors open at 5:30pm and shut at 9pm, so you can get back home in time to wash your face and say your prayers.

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Echo Free

Monday night residencies at the Satellite

Silver Lake's legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night... for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who's on the bill each month. Acts often have a rotating cast of openers, so you can see different bands each week while watching the main act work on material, become more comfortable onstage and find their rhythm as the month goes on. Then a few years from now, you can say "I saw them when...."

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The Satellite Monday August 3 2015 - Monday December 17 2018 Free

Blue Whale Outdoor Evening Music Series

Jazz staple Blue Whale offers up an all-ages jazz soiree every Saturday from 5 to 6:30pm in the courtyard of the Wellercourt (the first floor of the building where the Whale is located). Head over for free tunes all summer long, kicking off with the Fabiano Do Nascimento Brazilian Quartet.

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Blue Whale Free

Monday night residencies at the Echo

It's free music every Monday when sponsored, up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.

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The Echo Monday August 3 2015 - Monday December 17 2018 Free

Lunchtime Concerts in Grand Park

Feed your soul during lunchtime with free live music and lots of food trucks in DTLA's Grand Park. The "performance lawn" has soft green grass and hot pink lawn chairs where you can spread out a picnic and enjoy local talent during your lunch hour on sporadic Tuesdays throughout the year. Check the Park's calendar to see when the next show is coming up.

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Grand Park Free

Monday night residencies at the Bootleg

Head to Echo Park on Mondays for free residencies at one of the best venues on the Eastside, the Bootleg. Theater shows happen in the Gallery, and music in the Theater (in back) and the Bar (in front). Residencies take place in the bar, with high tables and stools in the back, a bar with great craft brews and a high, exposed beam roof with great acoustics. Check the Bootleg's calendar to see who's on the bill month to month.

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Bootleg Theater Monday August 3 2015 - Monday December 17 2018 Free

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Claudia M
Claudia M

Molly Hanmer and the Midnight Tokers will be playing at The Kibitz Room on Sunday 7/19/15 at 1030pm. Free admission. It's on Fairfax (next to Canter's). We hope to see you there.

David Rudabaugh
David Rudabaugh

SINGER-SONGWRITER JERRY STRULL FREE & All Ages Aug. 3, 2013 @ 7:00 PM IT'S A GRIND - Castaic 29641 The Old Road Castaic, CA 661 702-9636 For a romantic evening of music in a cozy setting (fireplace, overstuffed arm chairs) and FREE come Saturday, Aug. 3. Also FREE- Aug. 24 @Kulak's Woodshed at 7:00 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood 818 766-9913 ALL AGES