Guide to the Top Music Festivals in Los Angeles
Summer Festivals in Los Angeles
Southern California, and especially Los Angeles, can offer so much culture that it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Fortunately for you, we’ve taken the time to compile all the summer music festivals in the LA region. Already missed out on a few? Don’t worry – read on to get the full scoop on the remaining summer festivals. Click here for a guide to all summer concerts and music festivals!
Top Los Angeles Festivals
KCRW World Festival
June 23 – September 22
The annual KCRW World Festival will begin it’s 15th season this summer. The shows are the product of a collaboration between local radio station KCRW and the LA Philharmonic. The series will feature an amazing lineup of artists every few Sundays, ranging in genres from reggae to pop to classical. Although several shows have already passed, there are a few Sundays left enjoy the series at the Hollywood Bowl.
Hard Summer Music Festival
The legendary festival staple Hard Summer is happening once again in August with a lineup sure to bring back electronic music fans from all over Southern California. This year’s headliners are too numerous to list here, but from the looks of the artists queued up for Saturday and Sunday, Hard Summer 2013 will certainly be one for the history books. Single-day tickets begin at $85, and weekend passes at $159.
A summer Hollywood Bowl classic. Check out Waterloo, one of the best ABBA tribute bands in the world, at a great venue for a fun Sunday night. Ticket prices vary, but you can score some good seats at low prices if you catch a good deal. Check back here to find the latest, best tickets.
H20 Music Festival
A festival for the best in English and Latin-American music. Although it only debuted last year in Dallas and LA, it’s returned in a big way. With big names like Pitbull and A Tribe Called Quest and several others headlining, the LA State Historical Park will be the place to be on August 17. General admission tickets start at $45 and VIP passes at $105.
Fun fact: the original name for this festival was the ‘F*** Yeah Festival’. After seeing the plan for this year’s show, it’s easy to understand why. The indie showcase will feature the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT, Deerhunter and many more talented artists this year. The gates open at 2pm each day and close at midnight, and general admission weekend passes start at $99.
Echo Park Rising
Presented by 98.7 FM, this alternative festival is a weekend-long music and art showcase along Sunset Blvd and around Echo Park. Although you can buy ‘VIP’ passes for Saturday, Sunday or the weekend for around $20, the entire event is free (after all, it’s on the street). This is it’s third year and it looks like it’s growing. With a great lineup and plenty to do in the area, this will be a tough one to miss.
Full List of Los Angeles Summer Festivals
|Festival Name||City||Date Range|
|Part Time Punks||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/05 – 09-01|
|Frequency Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/11 – 08-17|
|Duke Ellington Orchestra||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/17 – 05-19|
|OvertureCon||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/18 – 05-19|
|Metal Gods Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/24|
|California Dreaming Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/05/26|
|Make Music Pasadena||Pasadena, CA||2013/06/01|
|FIGat7th Downtown Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/06/03 – 08/02|
|Playboy Jazz Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/06/15 – 06/16|
|Kjazz Summer Benefit Concert||Los Angeles, CA||2013/06/22|
|San Marino Dance Academy 33rd Dance Concert||Los Angeles, CA||2013/06/22|
|Mariachi USA Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/06/29 – 09/14|
|Destroy LA Fest||Los Angeles, CA||2013/07/12|
|West Coast Fest||Los Angeles, CA||2013/07/13|
|Twilight Concert Series||Santa Monica, CA||2013/07/18 – 08/22|
|Go Country 105 Summer Under The Stars Concert||Los Angeles, CA||2013/07/19|
|Reventon Super Estrella||Los Angeles, CA||2013/07/20|
|Tenor By Night James Chiao Concert||Los Angeles, CA||2013/07/27|
|Hard Summer Music Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/08/03 – 08/04|
|KCRW World Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/08/04|
|H2O Music Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/08/17|
|Echo Park Rising||Los Angeles, CA||2013/08/17|
|FYF Festival||Los Angeles, CA||2013/08/24 – 08/25|
|POPS Summer Series||Los Angeles, CA||2013/09/07|
|ABBA Fest||Los Angeles, CA||2013/09/08|