Useful Items

What useful items should I bring to the Hollywood Bowl? With the great Southern California weather it is almost impossible not to have a great time at the Hollywood Bowl.  There are some items however that will make your evening just that much better.

Easy to carry picnic baskets.  I’ve seen folks carrying the wicker versions but they struggle going up the steps to their seats.  Also there is not that much extra room between bench seats or in the box. Also do yourself a favor…bring non-glass wine glasses.  Nothing worst than breaking glass during a quiet classical performance.

    

At night the Souther California Hills can get pretty chilly…especially if the day was hot. I am not saying you need a Snuggie however it is always smart to pack a sweater and even a travel blanket just in case. Also if you have bench seats nothing goes all night like a seat cushion. If you get there early enough you can rent one but folks also bring their own.

    

Next up are coolers. I have tried many over the years. I needed to consider the event and number of people attending. There was the all-day Playboy Jazz Festival which required a larger cooler. Then there are the regular 4-person shows where I would being appetizers, dinner and dessert. Finally there are the shows where we have dinner delivered to the seats and just needed to keep our wine chilled.

I am a big fan of coolers from AO Coolers.  They are well made, keep things cold all day and come in a variety of sizes. My go-to cooler is the Carbon Soft line. I have a 24-Can and a 36-Can. For shows where we order our meal I use the AO Backpack Cooler. Lots of room and lots of pockets for corkscrew, napkins, etc. Finally for the all-day events I use a cooler on wheels. You have to make sure that the cooler meets the Hollywood Bowl size requirements. Also make sure your cooler has handles so you can lift it over obstacles. Great thing about the Columbia is it has an easy open hatch on the top. Great for getting beer, ice or a cold bottle of wine.

    

Last we will talk about table presence. It’s outdoor dining at its best. People enjoy making up their dining areas. The Los Angeles City Fire Department has granted permission to use candles that meet very specific fire safety requirements, in the Box Seat sections only. Then again why tempt the powers. Today there are many inexpensive LED-based candles that do a good job of fooling the critics. Flowers also make the grade in many boxes.

    

23 Responses to Useful Items

  1. Brenda says:

    Hello I’m attending regee nigth with damian marley am I correct that this is not a lease event?? Also can I bring beer instead of wine ?

    • admin says:

      You are correct Brenda. Reggae Night is part of KCRW’s World Festival series so beer and wine is allowed. Enjoy.

      • RAS says:

        Does the beer need to be in a bottle or a can?

        • admin says:

          RAS assuming that you are attending a LA Phil sponsored event then beer can be in a can or bottle. Kegs, pony kegs and party balls are not permitted. If it is a lease event then you may not bring alcohol in. You can purchase alcohol at the concessions. Hope this helps.

    • Brenda says:

      Thank u so much u …

  2. Tweezer says:

    Does anyone here have a Pool Circle or Garden Box for Phish they’d like to sell? Coming up from San Diego thanks in advance!

  3. Lyndy says:

    This will be my first time to the Hollywood Bowl. I have Terrace Box seats for July 4th. I understand that this is not a leased event so I can bring food and wine, correct? What time can we enter the gates to our seats? How big is the table that is in the box? and what type and size of candles can we bring? Thank you!!

    • admin says:

      Lyndy you may bring in your own food and alcohol. The gates usually open two and one-half hours before the performance. I encourage folks to get their early and enjoy dinner in their box. It’s classic Hollywood Bowl.

      Candles are permitted in the Box Seats sections only. The Los Angeles City Fire Department has granted permission to use candles that meet very specific fire safety requirements. Approved candles are sold at locations throughout the Bowl.

      Take a look at the Box Seat page for table dimensions. Have a great time!

      • Lyndy says:

        Thank you for the information! One last question, can you show me where my seats are as to location to the stage? My seats are Terrace 6 Row 1161. Thanks again!!

  4. Norma says:

    Hi there it’s my first time there n I have terrace box seats for the bjork concert on June 11 Tuesday . Can we bring our alcohol or wine with us n food to this event ?

    • admin says:

      Norma this concert is a LEASE EVENT and has different policies than LA Phil-produced events. No alcohol is permitted past the ticket turnstiles. You can purchase from the various concessions however it is a bit expensive. Glass (including drinking glasses) and aluminum cans, regardless of content are not allowed either. Click here for information on all Lease Event policies.

  5. Linda S says:

    I am attending the Andrea Bocelli Concert on June 8th at 8pm. I have never been there. Can I bring inside the bowl wine and beer in ice chest? Do ice chest need to be a certain size? I have a 38 liter capacity? Any helpful hints would be appreciate regarding parking and time of arrival? thank you Linda

    • admin says:

      Linda this concert is a LEASE EVENT and has different policies than LA Phil-produced events. No alcohol is permitted past the tick turnstiles. You can purchase from the various concessions however it is a bit expensive. Glass (including drinking glasses) and aluminum cans, regardless of content are not allowed either. Click here for information on all Lease Event policies.

  6. MC says:

    going to Fleetwood Mac this week. Can you bring wine to the Picnic areas? the picnic area don’t appear to be inside but it is not clear. I know for the leased events you cant bring wine to the seats but we hope you can in the picnic areas before you go into the venue.

    • admin says:

      MC great question. For lease events you can bring alcohol to any Hollywood Bowl picnic area as long as they are outside the turnstiles. Once you present your ticket no alcohol allowed. There are many picnic areas outside. Remember no glass or metal cans allowed inside regardless of content. Hope this helps.

      • MC says:

        What time do the parking areas open so you can access the picnic areas outside the turnstiles? Is one parking area better than another to shoot for if your are there early?

        • admin says:

          The Fleetwood Mac convert starts at 8PM. This means that the gates open at 5:30PM. You can start picnicking outside the gates any time. Parking prices for lease events are $22-$45. Arrive early to ensure availability. All parking lots are stack parked and there is no early exit. The earlier you arrive the better you will make out an probably relax while other are fighting traffic.

  7. admin says:

    Kate the show goes on rain or shine. I think poncho and warm cloths is the right call. Also bring a towel in case the seats are wet. You can wipe them before you site. I hope the rain holds off.

  8. Kate says:

    Hi,
    I’m going to the Mumford & Sons concert on Saturday and rain is predicted. I noticed that umbrellas are not allowed so what do people do to stay dry when it rains? My only thought is ponchos. If you have other ideas, I’m all ears 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Jan Cavanaugh says:

    I’m not sure if this is where I post an inquiry about attending the Hollywood Bowl…but here goes. Some time ago I purchased 2 tickets for Barbra Streisand, 11/9. The seats are in G2, row 5. My boyfriend has since injured his foot and has to use a knee scooter (this is not a wheelchair but is used while standing to propel one’s self from point A to point B). Is there a place where we can keep this near our seats? I so appreciate your terrific service!

    • admin says:

      Jan I think it best to give the Hollywood Bowl Box Office a call. They handle these kind of requests all the time. I would hate to give an answer that is not accurate and cause you trouble that night. Let us know how it goes. Here is their telephone number.

      General Information 323.850.2000

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