Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 4 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles that will cost $25 or less.
Downtown Los Angeles is alive with the sound of music at The Music Center. If you’ve been curious about this performance complex but don’t want to or can’t fork out the cash to attend a show in one of the four theatres, you can still get a taste of its rare air during a free docent-led or self-guided tour. Who knows, maybe it’ll motivate you to open your wallet and take a chance on a delightful evening of inspiration.
The free 90-minute docent-led public tours will take you inside the public areas of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall and the interiors and gardens of the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Mark Taper Forum. You’ll learn about the history and architecture of these theatres and the four resident performing groups (Center Theatre Group, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, and LA Master Chorale), and view original artwork from around the world. Unfortunately, the actual auditorium of the Walt Disney Concert Hall is not part of the tour, due to rehearsal schedules and other activities. Bring your camera. They do allow photos in the interior public areas of the Walt Disney Music Hall and the exteriors of the other theatres. However, your camera must be handheld, as they don’t allow tripods. The tours are fully accessible for disabled visitors.
The docent-led tours last about an hour and are available on a first come, first served basis Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm for individuals and groups up to 14. They meet in the Grand Lobby of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles. Check the daily tour schedule for availability. If you’d rather not join the group, there are free 45-minute self-guided audio tours of the Walt Disney Concert Hall at noon and 1:00 pm. Daytime tours for groups of 15 or more cost $15 per person, and you must make reservations. Evening tours are also available. Call Guest Services at 213-972-7483 to schedule a group tour. You can book a tour no more than 2 months in advance. Visit The Music Center tours page for more information.
Discounted parking is available under the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Enter on Second Street (between Grand Avenue and Hope Street). You have to pay $20 (cash only) up front. The tour staff will validate your parking ticket. Present your validated ticket when you exit the garage, and you’ll get a refund of $11, so the cost of parking will ultimately be $9. There is also accessible parking. Check The Music Center parking page for details.