An outdoor concert, event center and public park located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles
Welcome to Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center
Pershing Square is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at 532 S. Olive St. The facility is operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Dedicated in 1866 and originally named La Plaza Abaja (the Lower Plaza), the “Square” underwent its first renovation in 1911 to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. During World War I the park was used for receptions for the militia and provided a public forum much like London’s Hyde Park Corner. In 1918 the park’s name was formally changed to Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The Department of Recreation and Parks, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency joined to renovate the park once again in 1989.
Pershing Square features an open and elevated ayan-style amphitheater, a grove of orange trees that pays tribute to Los Angeles’ agricultural roots, and at the south end a large river rock-lined circular fountain with a time-released water flow creating a tidal action. Artists Ricardo Legorreta, Laurie Olin and Barbara McCarren helped design Pershing Square.
Pershing Square hosts a variety of community events. The Pershing Square Downtown Stage is a six-week summer concert series with free music, films and events four days a week. Artists who have performed on the Downtown Stage include The Fixx, The Bangles, The Psychedelic Furs, The Electric Light Orchestra and 10,000 Maniacs. Friday night Movies, Salsa Sunset Dances and lunchtime concerts are all part of the summer. An outdoor ice skating rink is hosted by Pershing Square November through January including a snow laden Winter Holiday Festival.
Free Zumba and Yoga classes are held in the new Community Room. A new chess are is available for chess clubs, tournaments and casual players. Also new are the Pet Area and Hanging Wall Garden.
Pershing Square also runs a Mobile Youth Program that provides free arts and crafts, sports, games and summer and winter day camps for hundreds of children. A new children's play area will built on the campus in early 2015.
A Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday lunch events are run weekly. Annual events include art shows by the Art Squared Gallery a city scape outdoor gallery; the St. Patrick’s Day free lunchtime concert celebration and the Spring Eggstravaganza. The venue also serves as a major location for television shows, films and private parties.
For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events At Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center, activities, services, programs and facilities, visit laparks.org/pershingsquare or call (213) 847 4970.