Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to grab a group of friends, get outside, and embrace the warming weather. While many shows are confined to indoors, there are several great venues around LA that allow you to take in some music under the stars.

The Hollywood Bowl

Due to its intense traffic impact on the area, few people in Hollywood don’t know about the Hollywood Bowl. I myself have been caught in quite a few traffic jams on Highland Avenue whether I was attending a show or not, but traffic aside, it really is a fantastic venue with nearly 18,000 seats. Talented artists such as Josh Groban, Röyksopp, Norah Jones, and hundreds of others have graced its stage, and I particularly love The Hollywood Bowl because you can generally BYOB along with a picnic. For more information, check out the venue’s website.

The Greek Theatre

Generally considered one of the top outdoor venues in the world, The Greek Theatre is a prime destination for both locals and tourists alike. Situated up in Griffith Park, this theater does retain some of its cultural ties, feeling a bit like an ancient coliseum. For more info and upcoming shows, check out The Greek Theatre’s website.

The Santa Monica Pier

While this isn’t always a show venue, over the summer several pretty awesome music events happen on the pier in Santa Monica. I saw Jack Johnson there several years ago, and while they did charge for a specific portion of the performance, it was quite easy to listen in from the beach without snagging a ticket. On March 30th, Star 98.7 is putting on a show at which Poolside, Yacht, Baio, and Kisses will be performing, and tickets are a mere $18.


Concerts on the Green at Warner Center Park

Those of you living in the suburbs of LA known as the Valley are probably used to driving into central LA frequently for events, but the Valley Cultural Center puts on a fun event series with concerts and movies at the Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. With tribute bands, fireworks, and the low ticket price of free, this can be a fun, family-oriented outing for all. Be sure to bookmark their 2013 concert lineup once it’s revealed.

Concerts on the green

The California Plaza

Nestled right in the heart of Downtown, the California Plaza is a great little gem of a venue. This beautiful performance space is surrounded by water, and the audience gathers around at ground level or on an upper-level balcony. With an abundance of shops and vendors, it makes for a great night out with a group, and one of the venue’s biggest perks is that admission is generally free! I had the pleasure of seeing Flying Lotus there several years ago and had a wonderful time. While you’re there, be sure to ride Angels Flight, a fun tramway ride that only costs 50 cents. For more info and the event lineup, check out The California Plaza’s website.