The Hollywood Bowl has something going on almost every Tuesday through Sunday night until Sept. 19. The Los Angeles Philharmonic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, jazz on Wednesdays, eclectic musical programs and fireworks on the weekends. And ticket prices start at only $1.
Parking near the Bowl is limited and expensive. But you can park for free in a special Bowl lot on Ventura Boulevard or at the L. A. Zoo and catch a shuttle to the Bowl for only $2.50 round-trip. Shuttles run every 10 minutes from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Or you could catch the bus at one of its two special Park & Ride stops in the Valley: the parking lot of the Sunkist Building, 14130 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, or the Chatsworth Metrolink station, 21510 Devonshire St. The Sherman Oaks bus departs at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Chatsworth bus departs at 6:05, 6:10, 6:30, 6:45, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Parking is free and the ride is $2.50 each way.
If you like fireworks, the Bowl is the place for you. Fourth of July fireworks at the Bowl started in 1973. Due to popular demand, the Bowl had two fireworks shows by 1988 and three by 1990. These days, fireworks are featured almost every weekend. If you don't like gunpowder, circle July 23-24, Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 3-4, when the only fireworks will be musical.
Unless you're independently wealthy or very lucky, a box seat is probably out of the question. But the Bowl did replace some benches last year with a number of the more comfortable "SuperSeats." Concerts usually start at 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. Picnic areas surrounding the Bowl open about four hours before each concert, and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Call (323) 850-2000 or visit the Web site www.hollywoodbowl.org.