Summer concerts in L.A.

Scope out the best summer concerts of 2018, plus the best free summer music series across Los Angeles

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Get out your calendars: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2018 has arrived. Here, our picks for the best warm-weather gigs, including summer concert series, free showssummer music festivals and more. Make sure to check out our monthly concert calendars, too, for shows in outdoor venues, clubs and theaters.

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Free summer concert series in L.A.

KCRW Summer Nights
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KCRW Summer Nights

Everyone's favorite local radio station sets up free concerts all across town.

Off the 405

Off the 405

Enjoy evening views of the city on select Saturdays at the Getty.

Grand Performances

Grand Performances

A diverse mix of entertainment comes to a water-encompassed Downtown stage on Thursdays through Sundays.

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts
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Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts

The Skirball puts on its annual series of free summer concerts, highlighting indie, folk and world music from L.A. and beyond. Guests can arrive early and visit the museum’s galleries for free, dine under the stars and grab a seat for the show in the beautiful central courtyard. Mosey around the Jim Henson and Leonard Bernstein retrospectives, which will stay open late and also for free. Attendees are encouraged to sing along, dance in the aisles and gather at the foot of the stage to celebrate with the performers. The concert is free, but parking is $10 cash only.

Jazz at LACMA
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Jazz at LACMA

This long-running jazz series is a true L.A. rite of passage.

Farmers Market Friday Night Music
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Farmers Market Friday Night Music

Take a load off at this family-friendly Friday night series.

Twilight on the Pier
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Twilight on the Pier

It has a new name, a new schedule and refocused curation, but the former Twilight Concert Series is returning to the Santa Monica Pier.

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Summer concert calendars by month

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Summer music festivals

Summer music festivals in and near L.A.
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Summer music festivals in and near L.A.

The best music festivals in the U.S.
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The best music festivals in the U.S.