Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2018
All hail the Hollywood Bowl 2018 schedule! Before the season even officially starts, we’ve got some A+ lease events including Paul Simon, James Taylor (not together), Beauty and the Beast in Concert and of course perennial favorite the Playboy Jazz Festival. Hollywood Bowl opening night 2018 features the supreme Diana Ross (see what we did there?). The 4th of July Spectacular stars The Go-Gos, and closing night stars Harry Connick Jr, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves! In between there is plenty to love including Andrea Bocelli, Seal, Charlie Wilson, Michael McDonald and YOU KNOW Jennifer Hudson is singing with the whole orchestra! Classical music lovers have the usual dazzling array to choose from including nights devoted to Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and of course the Tchaikovsky Spectacular that is so incredibly, inexplicably popular every year. And if you love the movies, you are in for a real treat this year! The Bowl has really stepped up their cinematic game with tons of nights showing favorite films with the Bowl orchestra providing the soundtrack. We’ve got Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jaws, just to name a few! The summer singalong is Grease, which is sure to be interesting in this #metoo era. Peruse our Hollywood Bowl 2018 Schedule, then don’t delay- tickets are on sale now!
I don't know what we did before we discovered Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride. The bus fare is reasonable, and they leave everywhere from Chatsworth to Torrance to Arcadia. Not to mention, they let you kick back and drink wine with abandon once you get to the show. It's a pretty smooth operation, but you can still benefit from our hard-learned Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride tips. Buying your park and ride ticket online is worth it. Where You Sit on the Bus Matters Where You Sit at the Bowl Matters Prepare to be Confused the First Time
Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride Tips
Let a Bus Take You to the Bowl
You may feel silly because you only save like $1.50 once Ticketmaster fees are added on, but buying your ticket ahead of time allows you to skip the line for the bus. Very nice!
Try to avoid the back, where it is bouncy and the smell of exhaust is overwhelming.
You officially have twenty minutes to get to your bus after the concert ends. In reality, you have a little more time than that, as they fill the buses one at a time and there are most likely many buses going to your destination. But you still don't have a ton of time, especially if you are in the cheap seats and have a long way down. The Bowl is a notorious cluster-you-know-what to exit, with bottleneck upon bottleneck. It can easily take you twenty minutes to get to the street. That is why my number one Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride Tip is to avoid getting Bowl seats on the left (if you are looking at the stage). Avoid the K sections and U and X. E is probably fine, since you are so far down. We sat in U once and despite getting up the second the encore was over, we almost missed our last bus because it took so long to travel the length AND full width of the Bowl. My favorite Park and Ride sections that are fairly easy to exit and still not too terribly off center are F1, L1 and Q1.
When your bus arrives at the Bowl, a person in a green shirt will get on and yell instructions on how to find your bus when the show is over. What green shirt says appears to make perfect sense until the show is actually over and you are looking for your bus. That "middle row" she talked about is now six middle rows. That number she promised would be on the windshield is not there. That tunnel she said to take has two exits- which one is yours? I know I just said "prepare to be confused the first time" but the fact of the matter is, it is like this every time. You'll just be less panicky after the first time. When you make it to the buses, if you don't see your bus immediately, don't bother searching rows and squinting at signs. Just (figuratively) grab the first green shirt or reflective vest person you see and ask. I promise you will be very glad you did.
Other Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride Tips
The buses are mostly city buses and don't have seat belts.
The drivers range from competent and friendly to surly and lost. Like literally, had-to-ask-for-directions lost.
Most Park and Ride trips are moderately pleasant and uneventful. If you find yourself in gridlock traffic stuck in the bouncy, exhaust filled back surrounded by loud drunk people screaming out song lyrics and political opinions, remind yourself that it is still better than drinking and driving.
I don't know what we did before we discovered Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride. The bus fare is reasonable, and they leave everywhere from Chatsworth to Torrance to Arcadia. Not to mention, they let you kick back and drink wine with abandon once you get to the show. It's a pretty smooth operation, but you can still benefit from our hard-learned Hollywood Bowl Park and Ride tips.
Buying your park and ride ticket online is worth it.
Where You Sit on the Bus Matters
Where You Sit at the Bowl Matters
Prepare to be Confused the First Time
Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2017
The Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2017 is here, and let’s just say we will be spending A LOT of money on concert tickets this summer! Weekend Spectaculars include Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Kool and the Gang and of course the annual Tchaikovsky Fireworks Spectacular. The Hollywood Bowl 4th of July 2017 featured artists? Pentatonix! Cinephiles will be delighted to see all the movies accompanied by live orchestra on the schedule, including Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Singin’ In The Rain and TWO Harry Potter flicks! Classical music fans will thrill to a whole lot of Dudamel, along with several nights featuring one composer only. What about Jazz, you say? What about Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty, we say! Lease events (AKA you cannot bring your own booze events) include Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Queen with Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz, Zac Brown Band and Chance The Rapper. What are we most excited about? The Moody Blues on Hollywood Bowl Opening Night 2017, and The Muppets for the Fireworks Finale! brb, gotta go drain our bank account. What are YOU most excited for on the Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2017?
Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2016
The Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2016 is just about finalized, and it looks like a doozy! Weekend Spectaculars include Diana Ross, Weird Al Yankovic and Culture Club. Classical nights include Mozart, Beethoven and the ever-popular Tchaikovsky fireworks. KCRW’s got a bunch of World bands we are not nearly cool enough to have heard of. And there are a load of great looking Lease Events on the calendar! One night each of Andrea Bocelli, Black Sabbath, Janet Jackson and Dixie Chicks, two nights of Sting and Peter Gabriel (on the same bill!) and David Gilmour, three nights of The Cure. Does the Hollywood Bowl really need THREE nights of The Cure? Apparently so! Of course you can count on the July 4th Spectacular to be something special. 2016 features Chicago! Stay tuned for the rest of the Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2016 as events are announced!
Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2015
The Hollywood Bowl schedule 2015 is already shaping up, and it is looking great! Perennial favorites like the Playboy Jazz Festival and the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular are back. New traditions such as the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long return as well. If you just can’t wait until the 2015 Hollywood Bowl Opening Night on June 20, you can get your fix ahead of time with Lease Events including Lana Del Rey, Neil Diamond and the highly anticipated Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett tour. Did we mention that Smokey Robinson is the July 4th 2015 special guest performer? Ooh, baby baby!
Hollywood Bowl Schedule 2014
As usual, the Hollywood Bowl Upcoming Events for 2014 are an eclectic mix, sure to please every palate. Dig dance music? Check out Robyn and Royksopp. Jonesing for some Jazz? Get your fix from Eliane Elias or Gregory Porter. If you are all about star power, you can’t get much bigger than John Legend or Gladys Knight. Classical music fans will be pleased to see that besides the usual Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi greatest hits, some Mozart deep cuts will be performed by the estimable LA Phil. Of course, we’ve always been partial to the Hollywood Bowl Weekend Spectaculars. No matter which of the Hollywood Bowl Upcoming Events you choose, whether you go to see Hair, Elvis Costello, John Williams or the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Beatles at the Bowl, prepare to leave your chosen Hollywood Bowl concert with a big ol’ smile on your face.