A Dreamy Night at the Hollywood Bowl

You can pack your own picnic and sip your favorite bottle of wine as you enjoy great visuals and live music, all in the midst of beautiful outdoor scenery. What is there not to love about the Hollywood Bowl?

cure4Last night, my girlfriends and I were lucky enough to hang out with The Cure for a couple of hours in all of their glory as they closed out their third and final show at the Bowl, a night that was nothing short of spectacular.

DO- arrive early. Like 1 hour early if you can. We arrived about 1 hour ahead of the 7 p.m. concert via their Park and Ride program which I highly recommend. Whether you plan to drink or just don’t want to deal with driving and fighting the parking lot crowds (or both) I highly recommend utilizing the Park and Ride! We paid about $8 RT and it was so worth it.


Enjoying some Rosé before the show. (Brought our own berries, I highly recommend)

DO- pack a picnic and some bevs! The Bowl boasts a bunch of different picnicking locations with seriously no bad views. Most are open to picnic prior to the event. We opted to picnic at our seats to get comfy and to beat the crowds. The weather was beautiful and The Twilight Sad, the opening act, set the vibe perfectly!

If you aren’t in the mood to pack your own snacks, you can purchase from a variety of concession stands or even pre-order picnic baskets/lunch boxes through the Hollywood Bowl website.

I ended up giving in to my sushi-holic ways last night and bought some spicy tuna rolls at the concession stand. Bomb.


Feeling good before our favorite Brits come on!

While all events at the Bowl are open to outdoor food, it is important to note that not all events allow you to bring your own alcohol. Make sure to double check prior to packing (cough cough sneaking in) any beverages!

Our picnic…


More wine with berries!


My girlfriend baked delicious paleo-gluten free banana bread. (It didn’t stand a chance.)


Baked asparagus and brussel sprouts with turkey bacon tossed in coconut oil.


Plantain chips with guacamole, light and tasty!

To be blunt, the night exceeded my expectations. I had never seen The Cure live before and despite my excitement, I couldn’t help but think that they might be a little burnt out from their previous back to back shows over the weekend. Yet, lead singer Robert Smith sounded nothing short of heavenly as he belted out all my favorites, from “Lovesong” and “Lullabye” to “Pictures of You” just as the sun was going down. The night was moody, nostalgic and quite a dreamy experience.


Don’t forget to pack a blanket and a jacket! It gets chilly up in those Hollywood hills!


A sea of gothy and nostalgic Cure fans, complete with countless Robert Smith look-a-likes. While I couldn’t quite capture it in a picture, the lighting was so perfect for the set list and made for a beautiful ambiance the entire night. Hues of purple, green and blue drenched the stage and illuminated the crowds, making for a memorable visual performance as well.


Vibin’ to “Just Like Heaven”


Amazing shot my friend snapped of Smith and the band on the way back to our seats!


Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068


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