This gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre has been hosting concerts since the LA Philharmonic first played here in 1922. Nestled in an aesthetically blessed fold in the Hollywood Hills, the 18,000-seat venue can bring out the romantic in the terminally cynical. It's the summer home of the LA Phil, but it's hosted everyone from the Beatles to Big Bird, and today mixes classical concerts with all manner of rock and pop.
|Venue name:||Hollywood Bowl||Contact:|
2301 N Highland Ave
|Opening hours:||Box office: Tue-Sun noon-6pm|
|Price:||Tickets $1-$150; parking $17-$35.|
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When you listen to Paul Simon’s latest albums you’re quickly reminded: Wait a minute—this guy is a pop star. That is to say, not just a prescient urban-folk bard and boomer hero but an actual hit maker. His songs are often wildly infectious, effortless-seeming...Pop Wednesday June 1 2016Read more
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The Little Mermaid in Concert
Life is de bubbles at this live performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl. As the 1989 animated film screens in the background, a 71-piece orchestra, 12-person choir and an all-star cast will take over the singing duties, including...Performances Friday June 3 2016 - Monday June 6 2016Read more
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Playboy Jazz Festival
Keen to see jazz greats past and present? Get ready for mellow harmonies and earthy grooves at the annual Playboy Jazz Festival this summer. Audiences can also expect a light, jovial affair as comedian George Lopez will be hosting for the fourth year...Festivals Saturday June 11 2016 - Sunday June 12 2016Read more
Despite the insistence of Seth Rogen's character in Knocked Up that "Steely Dan gargles [his] balls," and though the band hasn't released a new album in more than a decade, the Dan's stock has continued to rise in recent years. Hell, Donald Fagen, Walter...Jazz Saturday June 18 2016Read more
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Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Watch the nuns-and-Nazis musical and yodel along to the subtitles at the Hollywood Bowl's song-along celebration of the Julie Andrews classic. Lederhosen and wimples are optional, but they will get you in the mood for the Technicolor film, as will the...Film events Friday June 24 2016Read more
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A Prairie Home Companion
Let Garrison Keillor’s voice instantly lower your stress levels at a live broadcast of this long-running radio show. Before he hands over hosting duties to Chris Thile, Keillor is embarking on a farewell tour of the show he's hosted since 1974. Special...Performances Friday July 1 2016Read more
Chicago, heroes of the ’70s, hits town: Expect plenty of key changes and golden oldies from its horn-heavy, soul pop-gone-soft rock back catalog, including “If You Leave Me Now” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Oh, and expect fireworks: They're performaing...Pop Saturday July 2 2016 - Monday July 4 2016Read more
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert
Experience the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone like never before during this special one-night concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Watch the first film in this beloved series on a giant screen while the LA Phil performs every note from the movie's...Performances Wednesday July 6 2016Read more
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Star Trek in Concert
There's no better way to experience J.J. Abram's relaunch of the Star Trek series than while sitting under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. Relive the interstellar adventure as the LA Phil performs Michael Giacchino’s incredible film score; David Newman...Film events Friday July 8 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016Read more
Brian Wilson performs 'Pet Sounds' + M. Ward
Brian Wilson may not have the rights to the Beach Boys name—a legal mess not worth wading into—but any pop music follower knows that Wilson is the Beach Boys. Alongside founding member Al Jardine and later addition Blondie Chaplin, Wilson will play through...Pop Sunday July 10 2016Read more
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I've grown up coming to this incredible venue, and each time it never ceases to amaze me. The design, the massive scale, the location, the theatrics... all if it truly makes for a memorable experience. The only thing I'd say is that I wish the jumbo screens were even bigger, or that the put some farther in the back. I've sat close, and I've sat far, for different concerts... and when I've been farther back, even the jumbotrons aren't enough to truly see the detail of what's going on down there. However, it's still an amazing experience that makes you feel part of something greater, with everyone enjoying the same experience in the same awesome place. Definitely a must-do on your LA list!
When I lived in Chicago, my LA-native friend once chided me for not knowing about the Hollywood Bowl. “You of all people should know,” she said. And seeing as I play music and generally enjoy going to concerts, she was right. I should have known. The Bowl is an absolute blast, and absolutely one of LA’s treasures. I’ll never forget bursting into tears from the first note of Audra McDonald’s show tunes set. Whether your favorite artist is performing, or you’re just looking for a great night of entertainment in the open air, the Hollywood Bowl is one of the first places you should go to fall in love with the city.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of those experiences that you can only get in Los Angeles. Watching a concert or show in the Bowl instantly transports you into another environment that feels miles outside of any city yet it's comfortably nestled between Hollywood and The Valley. If you traveling to LA or your a resident, you have to make it to a show here. Do it. Pick a show. Any show.
Seeing a show at the Hollywood Bowl is an essential LA bucket list activity. The location is just perfect, and it feels like you've stepped into a magical place; the walkways a twinkly and tree-lined, escalators zip patrons up and down the hill, there are picnic areas everywhere. It's so enchanting that you'd never know you're around the corner from one of the city's busiest intersections. As for the amphitheater itself, it's an enchanting place to see a show. Some summers are better than others, but there's always something exciting to see in the season schedule.
The Hollywood Bowl always offers amazing shows and it's a must do in the Summer time in LA! This year they have a lot of new food vendors so I am super excited to order the picnic baskets the next time I go to the bowl. To avoid parking I would suggest taking an uber/lyft/taxi, it makes it much easier!
I always enjoy concerts here because its not too big so every seat has a good view. To avoid parking hassle, reserve a parking spot in advance here to guarantee your parking spot in advance. http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/hollywood-bowl
This is great, but for anyone checking this out there's TONS more shows on the Bowl website: Dudamel Conducts..., Pink Martini, Blue Man Group, etc. See you @ the Bowl!