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The Hollywood Bowl

Music Venue, Performing Arts Venue, and Theater
2301 N Highland Ave (at Hollywood Bowl Rd.), Los Angeles, CA 90068, United States
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  • Today
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 4:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
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Based on 1,611 votes

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    Lucy R.
    "My favorite venu in LA! Shuttles are the way to go here."(28 Tips)
    Gene C.
    "Cheapest venue in LA - you can bring your own grub and booze!"(7 Tips)
    "... save on parking by parking at Hollywood & Highland & getting validation for 4 hrs..."(6 Tips)
    "Save yourself 1-2 hours from the horrendous stacked parking."(8 Tips)
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  • Kiana L.

    Legendary venue for a reason other than its past artists. Beautiful. Con: I'm sure it's due for a fire code violation or 12. Holds 17k people with one exit, one shit show away from a stampede.

    Kiana Lynn · September 28, 2015
  • Jason H.

    Amazing outdoor concert experience. See pretty much any performer and have a great time. Arrive early and bring or order dinner before the show. One of the best things to do in LA.

    Jason H. · August 23, 2015
  • LAist

    This outdoor amphitheater is a gem in our city. What other venue can you sit outside and bring your own picnic basket and bottle(s) of wine? Plus, it sits right underneath the Hollywood sign Read more

    LAist · August 1, 2014
  • Dahlia

    Amazing venue with unique amphitheatre view. Arrive 2hrs before the show, bring your own food, wine and cushion. You'll be thankful for all tips, trust me and enjoy!!

    Dahlia · August 31, 2014
  • Biola University

    One of the best concert venues in the area, the historic Hollywood Bowl is a great venue throughout the summer and fall. Bring a picnic meal, park at one of the satellite locations & enjoy the music!

    Biola University · September 14, 2011
  • Melissa P.

    Iconic venue in the greater Los Angeles area. Make sure to arrive extra early for parking, walking, and navigating through the vicinity. I'd highly recommend seeing established acts and/festivals.

    Melissa Polinar · September 26, 2015

    A MUST music venue in LA if you have time - cheap seats on the back lawn and you can bring your own food & drink. Greats who have played here: The Beatles, Arcade Fire, Elton John and Kylie Minogue.

    RCRD LBL · April 13, 2011
  • Ellen DeGeneres

    I love Hollywood, & I love bowls, so this is 1 of my favorite places to see a concert. Make sure to bring something to keep you warm, 'cause it gets cold! Portia brought a blanket. I brought tequila.

    Ellen DeGeneres · October 19, 2011
  • Christian L.

    Park at the Hollywood/Highland complex or take the shuttle from the Grove. Bring your $6 Trader Joe's Malbec, some cheeses and meats. Forget the $30+ tix, the real fun is in the nosebleeds @ $10 a pop

    Christian La Mont · June 21, 2010
  • Ilusha Z.

    Byo...just about anything: beer, wine, hard stuff, glass is fine (just about every night) double check with the super friendly box office. Also try to get first row seats: to get a makeshift table.

    Ilusha Zaritskiy · August 30, 2014
  • James L.

    Motorcycles/scooters - discnt pkng(currently $9) drive up the hill to Reserved parking and you'll be directed towards an area 100 ft from the entr. Drive on the RT curb ln on S Highland to get in qk!

    James Lui · September 2, 2011
  • laurie h.

    LOVE going to anything here! You can bring food and picnic on the grounds. Some shows allow you to bring food into the bowl. Great date place! Recommend taking advantage of shuttles and subway!

    laurie hickey · August 2, 2013
  • Hillary N.

    One of the few auditorium style concert venues that I enjoy. I saw 9 inch nails and Soundgarden here and had the best time. It goes without saying that the food and drinks are overpriced.

    Hillary Noelle · April 13, 2015
  • Thomas W.

    This is my favorite concert venue in the world! I've seen rock, jazz, country, musicals and more. It's totally an LA experience that everyone should do at least once...or 50 times like me!

    Thomas Wingham · September 10, 2011
  • David B.

    Acoustics were great even sitting in the middle section. Consider padding for sitting. Great view of Hollywood sign from middle seats. Parking easier than expected.

    David Bradshaw · June 16, 2014
  • Lauren :.

    The best outdoor venue in the area. Highly recommend. I also recommend taking a shuttle instead of parking at the venue. I took one from the LA Zoo. Bring your food and beverages too!

    Lauren :D · October 22, 2015
  • Katie S.

    Enjoy the music during a warm summer (aug) night over dinner/wine, it just might be the best way to take in a concert! ever. Tip: no outside glass allowed, so pack wine in a water bottle.

    Katie S · August 30, 2012
  • Steve K.

    they don't have events here that often that I go to see, but this is a historic landmark and the sound is always incredible. make sure you are per peer for an hour worth of traffic.

    Steve Kushnir · April 27, 2015
  • People

    Catch your favorite band, bring a picnic and enjoy the view of the Hollywood Hills at this iconic amphitheater, which is *the* summer spot to rock out alongside stars like Drew Barrymore.

    People · May 31, 2011
  • e*starLA

    People generally save on parking by parking at Hollywood & Highland & getting validation for 4 hrs from one of the businesses. The uphill walk is good for you-downhill after the show even better!

    e*starLA · June 16, 2012
  • Holly W.

    This place is a beautiful outdoor venue where you can see the Hollywood sign. Even with cheap backrow tickets, you still get a decent view. Might want to consider bus instead of bad parking out front

    Holly W. · December 29, 2012
  • Calysta

    Saw Matt & Kim, My Chemical Romance, and Blink-182 here tonight!! Absolutely amazing! A great place to see bands! Just watch out for the head of security who will tell you to stop recording!

    Calysta · October 9, 2011
  • AskMen

    June 12 & 13 the 32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival is on, so gather your pals and gals, bring your fancy wine and cheese, and revel in your youth. Just keep an eye out for bunnies. Read more

    AskMen · June 11, 2010
  • Cilt & Co.

    If you like concerts and you like the outdoors, this is it. If you don't mind the walk, park at the Kodak center instead and take a stroll from there. And don't forget the picnic basket!

    Cilt & Co. · August 22, 2011
  • Matt T.

    If you coming from the Cerritos / Lakewood area, be sure to take the shuttle from the Lakewood mall. It's sooo much easier than driving there yourself, trying to find parking, walking to the Bowl, et

    Matt Trinca · July 19, 2010
  • Samantha S.

    Any seat in this venue is awesome! You're allowed to bring food and wine to the event (make sure to check each event's policy), so load up a picnic basket and enjoy your show.

    Samantha Stewart · August 17, 2011
  • Roger V.

    they only have a few shows a year that I would actually go to, it's usually the LA Philharmonic or something but it is a classic venue one of those places you need to see once

    Roger Vadocz · May 1, 2015
  • Leanne

    Another option is to take the Metro red line to the Hollywood & Highland station. From there, either walk (less than a mile) or hop a bus. Cheap, and you'll get out faster. Stack parking sucks.

    Leanne · June 17, 2013
  • Melanie

    The plastic water bottles they sell in the gift shop can hold a bottle of wine. Get one if you're at a leased event that doesn't allow wine bottles to sneak in your beverage of choice.

    Melanie · May 28, 2014
  • g o.

    The Rooftop Grill has Soju cocktails this season. A delightful alternative to vodka Soju is distilled from barley malt and is neutral in flavor. At 35% ETOH it is 70 proof.

    g oconnor · August 13, 2015

    Anywhere is A great seat @Hollywoodbowl the ambiance is surreal sound quality is magnificent 5☆'s for this Los Angeles GEM I've seen ZAP MAMA , D 'ANGELO & ERYKAH BADU here to name A few #GreatVibes !

    HOTTAMAN ESCADAMAN · September 1, 2015
  • James G.

    Park at Hollywood & Highland and take the shuttle up the hill; much easier way to transport your munchies. I would advise just walking back down though. The wait for the bus on the way back is brutal.

    James Gubera · October 28, 2012
  • PRO-Keds

    This is by far the best venue in California, if not the US. Nothing is better than coming here on a warm summer night with a basket of delicious treats and enjoying live music. If you haven't done s

    PRO-Keds · April 27, 2011
  • Francois J.

    You can always buy a last minute seat for $8 or $12. After the concert starts, you can move to empty seats in the more expensive rows and enjoy a very nice concert for a very affordable price. Bring y

    Francois Jolles · July 30, 2010
  • Kim H.

    If you must get the cheap seats, try to get the very last row. You can stand on the seats and lean against the wall for a great view of the whole Bowl. Acoustics are good, too!

    Kim Horn · September 6, 2009
  • Joseph Q.

    Loved the Bowl, we could bring our own food and drinks in and even have inns and outs to meet the musicians. Very awesome experience.

    Joseph Quintana · July 17, 2013
  • Suma K.

    Park at Hollywood & Highland and take the bus. Fastest and easiest way in and out. Plus you get random perks if you do so (I got 2 for 1 tickets to the Grammy Museum).

    Suma Kashi · October 15, 2012

    Opened in 1922, the all-time record for attendance was set in 1936 when 26,410 people crowded into the Bowl to hear opera singer Lily Pons. Current seating capacity is 17,376.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
  • Y-Lan N.

    Lovely way to spend a summer evening. Feel free to bring wine and a picnic basket. Save yourself from the venue's awful stacked parking though by taking a shuttle.

    Y-Lan Nguyen · August 25, 2015
  • Billboard

    The perfect spot for a warm summer night concert! Bring a picnic and bottle of wine to avoid both extravagant costs and to maximize the romance of your date!

    Billboard · August 16, 2013
  • Samantha I.

    It isn't summer in LA without at least one concert here! Make sure though what the rules are on a given night on alchol, most nights you can bring in your own wine!

    Samantha Ilyce · September 6, 2011
  • Brittany W.

    If you have any sense of self-preservation, you will park at the Hollywood and Highland center. Bowl parking will strip your life of at LEAST 45 minutes. Avoid it; cannot stress enough.

    Brittany Wilson · October 7, 2010
  • Christopher

    If your camera has a removable lense make sure you hide the camera deep inside your bag. Otherwise, they'll make you check it in with Operations. Annoying and kind of a hassle.

    Christopher · July 17, 2011
  • David Y.

    Don't drive here expecting to find parking right before the show starts. Plan ahead. I take the redline and walk up the hill. Other people take shuttles from remote lots.

    David Yenoki · September 27, 2011
  • Erika B.

    Amazing venue in the LA area. Don't feel like spending tons of $$ on food and drinks? You don't have to.. just bring your own food and even wine (just bring plastic glasses)!!!!

    Erika Benites · August 31, 2011
  • VH1

    This is my favorite venue in the country. Be sure to bring your own food and get a seat by the soundbooth, where you can see the show, the crowd, everything! – Kelly Rowland

    VH1 · July 22, 2010
  • Green is Universal

    Enjoy a show at this renowned venue. Afterwards, cruise over to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook at 7036 Mullhulland Dr. for some of the best views LA has to offer, preserved as a park for all to enjoy!

    Green is Universal · November 18, 2011
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    Grab some cheese, wine (no glass allowed!) and blankets then snuggle up with your date in the cool night air. Make sure to come back for the famous "Sound of Music" Sing-a-long! #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • Katrina Z.

    At least once in your life, you should enjoy a concert here. Outdoor, clear sky, bring your own food & wine and just listen to the great artists on stage. Best place in LA for a concert! <3

    Katrina Zai · January 27, 2015
  • James B.

    Great place to see the greatest musicians in concert! Compares to Red Rocks Amphitheater in the foothills of Denver... Spectacular place to perform!

    James Bustamante · January 5

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