Mostly Free Outdoor Summer Concerts for LA Families

Los Angeles and Orange County Summer Concert Series
Levitt LA Concert Series in MacArthur Park. Photo courtesy of Levitt Foundation

They say music soothes the savage breast, but it's also pretty good at entertaining the easily bored child. Free (or almost free) concert series fill Los Angeles and Orange County open spaces all summer long, so odds are you won't have to travel far to find an under-the-stars event. Throw down a blanket, spread out the snacks, uncork the wine, and watch the kids boogie the evening away as you sway to breezy melodies.

This year offers many returning favorites, plus a few changes. La Habra's Let Move and Canoga Park's Children's Performance Series are in new locations; Arcadia Summer Concerts and Summer Movies are joining for a combined event. La Mirada's summer concerts add a night market to the mix. The Downtown Stage concerts in Pershing Square are now offering reserved tickets online; but don't worry, they're still free! Santa Monica's Twilight Dance Series is moving to the fall—perhaps a result of its overwhelming popularity—and of course there are plenty of free outdoor movies all summer as well.

Click through for complete details, including dates and bands. And check back often, because we continue adding concerts throughout the season!