Hollywood Bowl

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Hollywood Bowl
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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 (and boozy picnics) and it’s hosted everyone from the Beatles to the Muppets; as long as there’s no performance, it also doubles as a public park.

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Venue name: Hollywood Bowl
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Address: 2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles
90068
Opening hours: Box office: Tue–Sun noon–6pm
Price: Tickets $1–$150; parking $22–$60
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  • Punk and metal Thursday October 11 2018
  • Rock and indie Tuesday October 16 2018
  • Performances Friday October 26 2018 - Sunday October 28 2018

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tastemaker

Do you really need another review to tell you how amazing the Hollywood Bowl is? From orchestras and philharmonics w/ fireworks to world music to huge rock bands, there are countless amazing shows to catch each year. The sound is great and watching talented performers from this beautiful venue outside is always a blast. Beware of the insane traffic and parking, definitely consider extra time for arrival or parking in hollywood and taking a 10-15 minute walk to the bowl.

tastemaker

Amazing concert venue that always has a great line up of summer events. The Hollywood Bowl is the best place to see a concert in LA. They have the parking down to a science plus tons of bus/park-and-ride options and a metro stop nearby. For most of the shows you can bring your own picnic (including wine!) just double check the calendar to be sure it is not a lease event before packing your basket. 


Beautiful, massive venue located in the Hollywood Hills. The event we saw allowed food so we stocked up on snacks, brought blankets for the chilly night and enjoyed the show. The production value (audio, the screens) is amazing and the way the fireworks light up the bowl is really beautiful. Try your best to arrive early and plan your transportation situation!!! The crowds before and after the show are insane and surge prices for ride shares are ridiculous. Regardless, going to the Hollywood Bowl is something everyone in LA has to do at least once. 

tastemaker

Nothing says summer like a picnic and a show at the Hollywood Bowl. It's definitely my favorite concert venue in LA (though I have yet to visit it's little sister, The Greek theater). There's something about being outdoors, surrounded by good food, music and friends that gets me every time. The food inside the venue is pretty solid, but depending on the show (check out the event details) you can bring in your own food/drinks. If you have the opportunity to see a show here, do it.

tastemaker

Cool venue and adding more and more options every season. Went to see nightmare before Christmas. The acoustics are fabulous, the screens and positioned well, and the benches are pretty roomy. They could use either more bathrooms or better flow patterns for all of the food lines so they don't block all the walkways to the bathrooms. Maybe both. The event was great though and I'd certainly go back. Partnering with Uber or Lyft to make a specific pick-up point after the show would also be a great idea

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. 

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. 


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!


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.


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.

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.

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!


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!