Advertisements

Culture

Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Summer Concerts in L.A. [2022]

June 15, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Sunset Concerts at Skirball Cultural Center. Photo by Lindsey Best

In last week’s Checklist of Free Summer To-Dos in L.A., my #1 item was free concerts and dance parties. Why first? Because there are so many freakin’ options. In fact, it turns out there’s at least 100 individual free summer concerts happening in Los Angeles over the next three months with everything from world music groups and hip-hop artists to indie rock bands, classical performances, tribute acts, Salsa, and more. How do you get your arms around all of that?

Well, below is a calendar (I call it a cheatsheet) of dates and links to each of the county’s biggest series that you can easily scan to find the time and location that will work best for your live music interest. Just remember, even though all events listed are free there will be some associated parking costs at a few of the venues (hello Getty Center and Skirball). And although the information is current as of the publication of this post, it’s ALWAYS best to double-check details at the source sites before you plan your outings. Caveats aside, I hope you enjoy.

Advertisements

June 2022

June 17 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Salsa with Instructor Leslie Ferreira and DJ Aragon. Starts at 7 p.m.

June 18 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – LACMA Latin Sounds and La Banda Elastica Present – El Gran Silencio, Buyepongo, Las Chikas, La Banda Elástica Dj’s. Starts at 5 p.m.

June 18 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band + KG Superstar. Starts at 2 p.m.

June 18 (Saturday) Off the 405 at The Getty presents Bartees Strange. Starts at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

June 18 (Saturday) One Colorado Summer Concerts in Old Pasadena – Robert DeLong. Starts at 8 p.m.

June 19 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Marikel International Presents – Caribbean Kaleidoscope Ft. Upstream, Prince Bernard, Hummingbird Village, Chacombo, Jonkonnu Performers, Dj Adé Neff. Starts at 4 p.m.

June 19 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – R&B Emerging Artists Terrell Edwards and Brittney Crush, featuring Balafo. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

June 24 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Stage of the Arts Inc and Generation Hip-Hop Global Present – 39th Annual Radiotron Ft. Toddy Tee, Las Brujas Brew, Mc Lelann, Host Toquon Tha Mc, Bgirl Deya Deyis, Bboy Ali, Bboy Wilpower, Tha Union Station, Dj Phantom G, Reo Del Tempo, Popper Nikko, Mix Master D. Starts at 6 p.m.

June 24 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Live music and dancing from SWING OUT! Starts at 8:30 p.m.

June 25 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Nance Arte Productions Presents – Boogaloo Assassins, Bobby Soul. Starts at 7 p.m.

June 25 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Boleros De Noche: A Tribute to Agustín Lara. Starts at 6 p.m.

June 25 (Saturday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Live music and dancing from SWING OUT! Starts at 8:30 p.m.

June 26 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – The Music Center Presents – INCA, The Peruvian Ensemble, TAIKOPROJECT plus Yola At HOLA, HOLA Music Studio. Starts at 4 p.m.

June 26 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Jumping Jack Flash – A Tribute to The Rolling Stones. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

June 26 (Sunday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Live music and dancing from SWING OUT! Starts at 6 p.m.

July 2022

July 2 (Saturday) One Colorado Summer Concerts in Old Pasadena – DJ Sophenom. Starts at 6 p.m.

July 3 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – The Satin Dollz. Starts at 5 p.m.

July 7 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Hammer Museum with Ambar Lucid + KCRW DJs Wyldeflower & Nassir Nassirzade. Runs 6:30 to 11 p.m.

July 8 (Friday) La Plaza de Cultura y Artes – Summer of Salsa concert featuring Echo Park Project with DJ Robinho. Starts at 6 p.m.

July 8 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Nance Arte Productions and Sistah Q Present – Alika, Quinto Sol, Sistah Q. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 8 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Hip Hop with Instructor Brandon Juezan and DJ Monalisa. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 8 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Latin music with Dos Habana. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 9 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Southern Soul Spinners Presents – Joe Bataan, Westside Crew, Nahko, Ruben Molina. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 9 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Scary Pockets and Rozzi Crane. Starts at 6 p.m.

July 9 (Saturday) Off the 405 at The Getty presents Los Retros. Starts at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

July 10 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Centro Cultural Techantit Presents – De Musica Ancestral, Tradicional Y Folklórica Salvadoreña Ft. Will Echegoyen, Jose Ortiz, Luis López, Gustavo Pineda, Patricia Obando, Margarita Guillen, Ana Patricia Silva Orellana, Gustavo Eduardo Pineda Nolasco. Starts at 4 p.m.

July 10 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – DSB (Don’t Stop Believing) – A Tribute to Journey. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

July 10 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Doo-Wah Riders. Starts at 5 p.m.

July 14 (Thursday) Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series – Classical Thursdays. Lineup TBA. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 14 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Hammer Museum with Pachyman + KCRW DJs Jeremy Sole & Tyler Boudreaux. Runs 6:30 to 11 p.m.

July 15 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Adee Roberson Presents – Les Filles De Illighadad, Adee Roberson. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 15 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Bollywood with Instructor Achinta McDaniel. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 15 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Armenian/Middle Eastern Music with String Harmonies. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 16 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Boombox Presents – Peanut Butter Wolf, Dj Nu-Mark, Inka One, Ben Diggin, Dj Analog. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 16 (Saturday) Grand Performances – World Stage presents Black Nile and Linafornia. Starts at 6 p.m.

July 16 (Saturday) Summer Nights at Chinatown KCRW DJs: Travis Holcombe & Jason Bentley

July 17 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Sunset Ecléctico and General Consulate of Guatemala in Los Angeles Present – Guateama Ft. Ishto Jueves, El Gordo and more. Starts at 4 p.m.

July 17 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Led Zepagain – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

July 17 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Hollywood Stones. Starts at 5 p.m.

July 21 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – Mamak Khadem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

July 21 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Hammer Museum with Thee Sinseers + KCRW DJs José Galván & Jason Kramer. Runs 6:30 to 11 p.m.

July 22 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Lethal Amounts Presents – Lethal Amounts Summer Showcase Starts at 7 p.m.

July 22 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Colombian Cumbia with Instructor Fransini Giraldo and DJ Pachanga. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 22 (Friday) Summer Nights at California African American Museum with KCRW DJs: Novena Carmel & Francesca Harding

July 22 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Reggae Music with Jahgun & Justifyah. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 23 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – La Junta L.A. Presents – Grupo Soñador, Los Malditos, La Junta Dj’s. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 23 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Pakistan Arts Council presents Ali Sethi. Starts at 6 p.m.

July 23 (Saturday) Off the 405 at The Getty presents Hand Habits. Starts at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

July 23 (Saturday) One Colorado Summer Concerts in Old Pasadena – Juicy Pear. Starts at 8 p.m.

July 24 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Bangladesh Unity Federation of Los Angeles Presents – Bangladeshi Night Ft. Mohammed Zaman, Upama Saha, Rehana Mollick, Asif Islam, Shahnag Bulbul, Ronny Chowdhury, Shahid Mithu, Roshny Alam, Uttoron Cultural Organization, Nisha. Starts at 4 p.m.

July 24 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Oh What a Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

July 24 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Latch Key Kid. Starts at 5 p.m.

July 28 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – Rocky Dawuni. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

July 28 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Hammer Museum with Hana Vu + KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox & Valida. Runs 6:30 to 11 p.m.

July 29 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – The Latin Alternative 88.5fm HD3 Presents – Dante Elephante, Yungatita, Byron Gonzalez. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 29 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Argentine Tango with Instructor Ilona Glinarsky. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 30 (Saturday) Summer Nights at Grand Performances with Sly5thAve + KCRW DJ: SiLVA

July 30 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – 123 Con Andres from 11 a.m. to noon; Red Bull Batalla Regiónal Los Angeles from 6 to 10 p.m.

July 30 (Saturday) Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series – Pop Saturdays. Lineup TBA. Starts at 7 p.m.

July 31 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Footlong Development and Keistar Productions Present – Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute To The Music Of Stevie Wonder Ft. Dj’s Spinna, Monalisa, Cognito. Starts at 4 p.m.

July 31 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – 24K Magic – A Tribute to Bruno Mars. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

July 31 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Dietz Brothers Band. Starts at 5 p.m.

August 2022

August 4 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – Nefesh Mountain. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

August 4 (Thursday) Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series – Classical Thursdays. Lineup TBA. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 5 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Voguing with Instructor Jamari Balmain. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 5 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Latin Music with Tres Souls. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 6 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Melissa Polinar. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 6 (Saturday) One Colorado Summer Concerts in Old Pasadena – De Lux. Starts at 8 p.m.

August 7 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – The Tribe’s “One-Hit Wonders!” Starts at 5:30 p.m.

August 7 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Midnight Ride. Starts at 5 p.m.

August 11 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – Booker T. Jones. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

August 12 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and Subsuelo Present – Meridian Brothers, Tropa Magica, Subsuelo Dj’s. Starts at 7 p.m.

Advertisements

August 12 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – K-pop with Instructor Chuck Maa and DJ Boba Bear. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 12 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Folk/Americana Music with Z Lupetin’s Patio Club. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 13 (Saturday) Summer Nights at Descanso Gardens KCRW DJs: Anthony Valadez & Jeremy Sole

August 13 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – The Puppet Master 213 Presents – Thee Sacred Souls, Los Yesterdays, The Puppet Master, El Triste. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 13 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Extra Ancestral. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 13 (Saturday) Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series – Pop Saturdays. Lineup TBA. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 14 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Mundo Maya Foundation Present – 5th Annual Mundo Maya Day Ft. Marimba Tropical, Jorge Gamboa & Trio Lazaro Milagros, Juan Mendoza “El Tariacuri”, La Flor De Yucatan, Jose Armando Ruiz, Jorge Gamboa & Trio Lazaro Milagros, California Ajupeme Mesoamerican Ball Game, Kalpulli Teotlalli Tepeyollotl, Hermano José Ajpu Muñoz, Tata Guillermo Hernández, Abuela Sara Z Mijares. Starts at 4 p.m.

August 14 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Billy Nation – A Tribute to Billy Joel. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

August 14 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – U.S. 99. Starts at 5 p.m.

August 18 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – ADG7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

August 19 (Friday) La Plaza de Cultura y Artes – Summer of Salsa concert featuring La Obsesión with DJ Jimmy Rumba. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 19  (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Late Night Laggers Presents – Ms Nina, Andrekza, Late Night Laggers Dj’s. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 19 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Disco with Instructor Andy Vaca and DJ Dirty Dave. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 20 (Saturday) Summer Nights in Chinatown KCRW DJs: Novena Carmel & Raul Campos

August 20 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – AAX Media Presents – AAX Fest Day 1. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 20 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Farhang Foundation. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 20 (Saturday) One Colorado Summer Concerts in Old Pasadena – Special Guest TBA. Starts at 8 p.m.

August 21 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – AAX Media Presents – AAX Fest Day 2. Starts at 4 p.m.

August 21 (Sunday) Grand Performances (special West Hollywood event) – M&M Afro-Persian Experience. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 21 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

August 21 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Psychedelic Summer. Starts at 5 p.m.

August 25 (Thursday) – Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts – Son Rompe Pera. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Reservation required.

August 26 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Evoekore Media Presents – Evoekore Media Night Ft. La Resistencia. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 26 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Bachata with Instructor Leslie Ferreira. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 26 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Jazz/Swing Music with Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 27 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Levitt National Tour Presents – The New Respects. Starts at 7 p.m.

August 27 (Saturday) Grand Performances – dublab presents Alice Coltrane: An Expansive Spirit. Starts at 6 p.m.

August 27 (Saturday) Off the 405 at The Getty presents Standing on the Corner. Starts at 6 p.m. RSVP required.

August 28 (Sunday) Summer Nights at the Bowers Museum with KCRW DJs José Galván & Francesca Harding

August 28 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Miriam Estrada Productions Presents – Fiesta Pinolera Ft. Armando Vásquez Orquestra Guatao, Juan Solórzano, Rommel Ocampo. Starts at 4 p.m.

August 28 (Sunday) – Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts at Warner Park – Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Advertisements

August 28 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – The Lucky Ones. Starts at 5 p.m.

September 2022

September 2 (Friday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – United American Indian Involvement Inc., Presents – Digging Roots, Tia Wood. Starts at 7 p.m.

September 2 (Friday) The Music Center’s Dance DTLA – Samba with Instructor Fransini Giraldo and DJ Yukicito. Starts at 7 p.m.

September 3 (Saturday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – FilAm Arts Presents – Festival of Philippine Arts And Culture Ft. Ruby Ibarra, Jayr, Kiana V, Mica Javier, Filosophy, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, Rondalla Club Of Los Angeles, Kayamanan Ng Lahi, Malaya Dance Company, Dj Joel Quizon, Dj Les. Starts at 4 p.m.

September 3 (Saturday) Grand Performances – KCRW Summer Nights. More details TBA. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 4 (Sunday) Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Councilmember Gil Cedillo Presents – La Sonora Dinamita. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 4 (Sunday) Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park – Blue Breeze Band. Starts at 5 p.m.

September 9 (Friday) – La Plaza de Cultura y Artes – Summer of Salsa concert featuring La Verdad with DJ Robby. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 9 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Pop Music with Eva and the Vagabond Tales. Starts at 7 p.m.

September 10 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Citizen: An American Lyric. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 10 (Saturday) Summer Nights at One Colorado with Tolliver with KCRW DJ: Travis Holcombe

September 11 (Sunday) Summer Nights at One Colorado with Mark de Clive-Lowe + KCRW DJ: LeRoy Downs

September 16 (Friday) Brand Library & Art Center Summer Concert Series – Brazilian Music with Os Zagueiros. Starts at 7 p.m.

September 17 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Cumbiatón. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 22 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA & JANM with KCRW DJs: Valida & Scott Dallavo

September 24 (Saturday) Grand Performances – Renee Goust. Starts at 6 p.m.

September 29 (Thursday) Summer Nights at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA & JANM with KCRW DJs: Anthony Valadez & SiLVA


Want to get the best things to do in L.A. sent straight to your inbox? Join over 60,000 Angelenos who subscriber to our twice weekly email newsletter!

Sign-Up for We Like L.A.’s Emails

* indicates required
Additional Newsletter Options
By subscribing, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy and consent to receive emails from We Like L.A. about news, events, offers, and partner promotions.
Advertisements