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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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.
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.
Stay out late on a school night with this series of free Monday night concerts in Bardot's sumptuous courtyard lounge. Though the sets are short, the price is certainly right, as is the lineup curated by resident DJ and KCRW tastemaker Chris Douridas; expect a mix of local bands and touring acts like Miguel, Eleanor Friedberger, Odesza and Father John Misty.
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 every other Thursday.
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.
Rebel Rebel presents a mix of female artists and KCRW DJs for outdoor, all-ages concerts on the Hammer grounds. The concerts are free and open to the public without tickets or reservations, so you’ll want to arrive early to be sure to get a spot. A cash bar will offer drinks and light snacks starting at 6:30 and the music starts at 7pm. The museum will stay open until 9pm so you can check out the galleries in between sets.
Off the 405
Enjoy evening views of the city on select Saturdays at the Getty.