Lonely Planet review
Summers in LA just wouldn’t be the same without this chill spot for music under the stars, from symphonies to big-name acts such as Baaba Maal, Sigur Ros, Radiohead and Paul McCartney. A huge natural amphitheater, the Hollywood Bowl has been around since 1922 and has great sound.
Big projection screens give even the folks in the ‘nosebleed’ sections (tickets $1 to $14) close-ups of the performers. Come early to claim a table in the parklike grounds for a pre-show picnic (alcohol permitted). There are food stands if you don’t want to lug your own grub.
The bowl is the summer home of the LA Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Eavesdrop on free rehearsals usually held from 9am to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the season.
Parking is free during the day, but expensive and limited on performance nights. Save yourself the headache and take a shuttle, such as the one running from Hollywood & Highland , which costs $5 per person round-trip.