Jazz at LACMA

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Jazz at LACMA.
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Time Out says

One of L.A.’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 two decades at the museum, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable (and beloved) programs. It’s a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians, and more than 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November, making it a true L.A. rite of passage.


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Another wonderful spot to enjoy outdoor live music in Los Angeles. LACMA puts on a great series of events. Get there early cause space fills up and you'll need space to spread out with your picnic :)


Really nice way to enjoy some free entertainment, relax, and be a part of your LA community. Plenty of people come to this early and bring food and drinks to enjoy during the show. There are tons of seats, but folks also like to just grab a blanket or chairs and set up for themselves on some of the limited grassy area. If you want to take your experience up a notch, you can grab an outdoor table at Ray's & Stark Bar (LACMA Restaurant) before the show and enjoy the jazz with some food and drinks. Just be prepared though that the tables on the patio apparently now require a $100 minimum on Jazz & LACMA nights. 

Jazz at LACMA is a beautiful thing. The museum is free to SOCal residents after 3pm, so take the opportunity to peruse the old and new exhibits, and then end the evening with great music. Tables get taken quickly, but there's plenty of grass for groups looking to picnic and/or chill to the sounds of some very talented jazz musicians. There is also a small designated dancing area for those so inclined. Parking can be a pain, as one would expect in L.A., but don't let that stop you from enjoying one of the best free activities this city has to offer. Plus, the back drop of Urban Light makes for some stellar IG pics :)


Such a great way to spend a Friday evening outside! The music is always terrific and you can bring your own food and drinks to have a picnic. Perfect for a date night!