Hollywood Bowl

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Hollywood Bowl

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
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Address: 2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Box office: Tue-Sun noon-6pm
Price: Tickets $1-$150; parking $17-$35.
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Devi
tastemaker

The Hollywood Bowl allows you to bring food and drink in there. I’m not sure how discreet you have to be, depending on the event; but when I went, people were having full-on picnics with food they brought from home (I saw sandwiches, even chocolate covered strawberries… whaa) 

The seating is all benches, running across the ampitheatre structure. It kind of adds to the whole picnic vibe since you’re sharing the bench with others. I haven’t done this yet, but it would be cozy to bring a blanket too, depending on whose performing, of course.

Parking is expensive ($22), food is as well, but it looks pretty decent. They definitely offer gourmet-looking options, not just standard concert/stadium/sports event food.

It’s especially awesome during the summer months when the evenings are the perfect temperature. 

Jakob N. Layman
moderator

I live in LA for three years before I finally made it to the Hollywood Bowl, and boy was I blown away. The venue is simply stunning and the experience of seeing a show there is beyond anything you could possibly get anywhere else. 

Tanaya's Table
tastemaker

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!

Seth Kelley

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.

Erick R

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.

Michael J
moderator

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.

Cezara P
moderatortastemaker

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!

Taylor B

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!