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The best concerts in L.A. this July

Check out our calendar of concerts in L.A. to find out which of your favorite bands are performing here this month

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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July in Los Angeles means the middle of summer, and along with it a season of outdoor concerts. Whether you’re looking for local bands or arena-caliber acts, these are the best concerts in L.A. this July.

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Concerts in L.A. in July

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  • Latin and world
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  • Downtown

See a free salsa concert every second Friday of the summer during this series at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. This year’s lineup includes Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loka, TROMBOR, Echo Park Project, La Obsesión and La Verdad.

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  • Westside

Hilltop sunset views and rising bands combine to make this Getty tradition a worthy destination for Angelenos on both sides of the 405. Back for the first time since 2019, this year’s lineup of free Saturday night shows includes Zsela (May 21), Bartees Strange (June 18), Los Retros (July 9), Hand Habits (July 23) and Standing on the Corner (Aug 27). Tip: Avoid the traffic and the crowds and arrive early. You’ll get to visit the exhibits (which stay open until 8pm starting in June) and beat the dinner rush.

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  • Music
  • Classical and opera
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  • Angeles National Forest

Listen to classical and jazz in a dome more than a mile above L.A. during this mountaintop concert series. The Mount Wilson Observatory is hosting monthly concerts this summer (after an abbreviated version of its season last year) inside the dome of its 100-inch Hooker telescope, which was the largest telescope in the world for much of the first half of the 20th century. The schedule includes Beethoven and Mozart on May 22, chamber music on June 19, jazz on July 17, a brass quintet on August 7, more jazz on September 4 and Bach on October 2. In all cases, you’ll find shows at 3 and 5pm. Tickets cost $50 (that also includes access to the exhibit at the observatory) and it’s highly recommended that you buy them in advance since seating is limited. You’ll need to be able to climb 53 steps to reach the dome, and children under 12 aren’t permitted. 

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  • Downtown

This epic (and free) outdoor concert series features live performances by artists from around the world at the totally overhauled California Plaza stage in DTLA, where the shallow water separating the stage from the audience has been replaced by a proper event lawn. Don’t miss a diverse and highly intriguing mix of bands, DJ sets and dance parties.

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  • Westlake

You know it’s summer in L.A. when the live outdoor music starts swelling all over the city, including at MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion. The Westlake concert series returns this summer with free shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Expect a genre-spanning mix of local acts that range from cumbia to ska to EDM. Check out the full season lineup below. Courtesy Levitt Pavilion

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  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
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  • USC/Exposition Park

The krautrock and electronic pioneers sent museumgoers into a frenzy over their intimate shows in New York and London institutions. While the Shrine can hold a few more people than an art gallery, tickets to this (delayed) 50th anniversary career-spanning show should still go quickly. The quartet appears here under its “Kraftwerk 3-D” moniker—a projection and animation-filled spectacle that brings the proto-techno group into the 21st century.

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  • Dance and electronic
  • Chinatown

German EDM superstar Zedd (given name: Anton Zaslavski) has graduated from the festival circuit to his very own mini fest. Once again, Zedd in the Park will find the wunderkind headlining an evening at L.A. State Historic Park that also includes sets from Loud Luxury, Wolfgang Gartner, Regard, So Tuff So Cute and GOJ!RA b2b Fernet (Brownies & Lemonade).

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  • Folk, country and blues
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  • Pasadena

Kind of over trekking into the desert for music festivals? Thankfully the genre-focused fests keep getting better and better closer to home. The latest: An alt-country event from the team behind Stagecoach. Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson & Family, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Orville Peck will headline Palomino Festival, scheduled to take over Brookside at the Rose Bowl on July 9. Tickets for the Pasadena fest go on sale April at noon and start at $179 plus fees, $399 for VIP and $699 for a “High Life” pass, which includes all sorts of premium viewing, transit and food add-ons. Check out the rest of the lineup, including Turnpike Troubadours, Old Crow Medicine Show, Langhorne Slim and more below. Courtesy Goldenvoice

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