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Your Complete Guide to the Hollywood Bowl

by Mommy Frog on January 30, 2024
Los Angeles

Today, we're rolling out the red carpet all the way to the Hollywood Bowl, where music meets magic under the stars! Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, CA, the Hollywood Bowl isn't just any ordinary venue – it's a cultural icon hosting audiences for nearly a century. Known worldwide for its stunning outdoor amphitheater and amplified acoustics, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with timeless star performances from The Beatles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Adele and Gwen Stefani. Here's everything you need to know about the Hollywood Bowl!

Hollywood Bowl - view of stage

"Hollywood Bowl" by acaben is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Overview of Hollywood Bowl

Stepping back in time to 1922, the Hollywood Bowl emerged as a beacon of artistic expression in the budding entertainment capital of the world. Originally conceived as a humble wooden platform amidst the picturesque Hollywood Hills, the venue quickly captured the hearts of performers and patrons alike.

Over the decades, the Hollywood Bowl has undergone several transformations, evolving from its modest beginnings to become the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States. From the introduction of its iconic shell-shaped stage in the 1920s to the modern-day enhancements, the Hollywood Bowl has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing a world-class entertainment experience.

This iconic spot has served as the backdrop for a myriad of events, including movie premieres, charity galas and even the occasional sporting event.

Location of Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA. To get to the Bowl from Downtown Los Angeles, take the US-101 N freeway and exit on Highland Ave. If you're coming from Santa Monica, take the I-10 E freeway to the US-101 N freeway, then exit at Highland Ave. Take the I-105 E freeway from LAX Airport to the I-110 N freeway, then merge onto the US-101 N freeway. Exit on Highland Ave and follow signs for the Hollywood Bowl.

To alleviate traffic congestion during busy concert nights, street closures may occur at Milner and Camrose. These closures typically start about two and a half hours before the scheduled show time and last until approximately one hour after the show ends.

Hotels Near the Hollywood Bowl

We have a few recommendations for hotels near the Hollywood Bowl (which you can book through Undercover Tourist!):

Parking at the Hollywood Bowl

Finding parking at the Hollywood Bowl can prove tricky due to limited spaces that tend to sell out quickly. Once you park, remember that the parking is stacked, which means early exit isn't an option.

The lots typically open three hours before the start of each event and there are four main lots available for pre-purchase: Lot A (Blue), Lot B (Yellow), Lot C (Red) and Lot D (Green). However, all parking options may sell out before the event, so it's wise to secure your spot ahead of time. Parking prices typically range from $20 to $24, depending on the lot and event. Accessible parking is also available but limited, so be sure to purchase in advance. You can conveniently purchase advanced parking through ParkWhiz.

Alternatively, the Bowl is easily accessible via public transit. You can take the Metro to the Ovation LA or Universal City and follow signs for the shuttle or walk approximately one mile to the venue. The Park & Ride and Bowl Shuttles are great options to use as well.

For rideshare drop-off and pick-up, head to Lot B (Yellow). Direct your rideshare to 2149 N. Highland Ave. for convenient access.

Seating at Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl - stage and fireworks "Hollywood Bowl 2010" by MargaretNapier is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Three main seating options are available: Box Seats offer an intimate setup with canvas-covered collapsible chairs grouped within wooden partitions, while Super Seats provide stadium-style seating with built-in cup holders situated at the theater's center. For a more laid-back experience, Bench Seats stretch from the Terrace boxes to the venue's top. Additionally, large video screens on both sides of the stage provide visibility from every angle. And if you need a little extra comfort, seat cushion rentals are available for just a dollar.

You can score fantastic deals and savings on sports and concerts by purchasing your tickets through Undercover Tourist. With over 20 years of trust and reliability, Undercover Tourist is your go-to ticket seller, offering a 100% buyer guarantee for peace of mind.

What to Know Before You Go

Before you go, here's a few things you need to know:

  • For LA Phil-presented events, outside wine and beer are allowed.
  • Lease Events marked with "Special House Rules Apply" prohibit outside alcohol but offer wine and beer for purchase inside the Bowl.
  • Factory-sealed plastic bottles of nonalcoholic beverages up to one liter are permitted.
  • No glass or aluminum cans are allowed, regardless of content.
  • Reusable liquid containers, like Nalgene bottles, are permitted if empty. Three water stations are available.
  • Outside food is welcome, but containers, picnic baskets and coolers must fit under your seat or within your box.
  • Containers, picnic baskets and coolers over 15 in. wide, 15 in. high or 22 in. long are not allowed.
  • Bags do not need to be clear but must fit under your seat and measure no more than 15 in. wide, 15 in. high or 22 in. long.

Upcoming Events at the Bowl

Check out these highly anticipated events coming up at the Hollywood Bowl this year:

Have you been to the Hollywood Bowl? Do you plan on attending an event there in the future? Let us know in the comments!

Related: 11 Best Concert Venues in the U.S.

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