Los Angeles

Big Sleep Out - December 7th

Rose Bowl, USA

**Weather Update for the event** 

- 6:25am update

- Light rain in the area.
- Event still to run as planned.
- Concert still to run as planned.

- Bring an umbrella, as it is outside and the viewing area is not covered.


This unique family-friendly event at the iconic Rose Bowl will bring people together for an evening of live musical and inspirational performances, festival food and community. As the night progresses, it will slowly wind down into a series of bedtime stories read by celebrities and prominent LA notables. The audience will also be shown a video link to stories being read in other cities by well-known celebrities, including Will Smith in New York and Dame Helen Mirren in London.

Confirmed for the LA event include musical performances by Ziggy Marley, Randy Jackson and his All-Star Band, Ellie Goulding, Orianthi and a final bedtime story classic by Seth Green. The event also includes Playing For Change musicians featuring Mermans Mosengo, and music duo Jenni Alpert (aka Cami) and her birth father Don Logsdon. Showtime Comedian Don Friesen will kick off the night, with Dorothy Lucey, Steve Edwards and Jillian Barberie of #OKLA emceeing.

Homelessness is a global challenge that affects us all – men and women, families with children, youth and the elderly, and people with and without disabilities. Street homelessness dramatically affects health and makes it more difficult to exit extreme poverty. It occurs in nearly all nations, and has severe negative impacts on individuals and on cities. In fact, the United Nations Human Settlements Program most recently estimated that 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing, and the best data available suggest that 100 million people have no shelter at all.

But this problem can be solved.

We know this because we can see it happening: countries and cities across the world have seen steep reductions in homelessness, and some have ended it outright.

The event is free and parking is free - but you can also fund-raise for the cause. 50% of the funds you raise will go towards a local homelessness charity in our Los Angeles community.

If you raise over $1,000, your name will be added to a special mural at the United Nations!


If you would like to get in touch regarding the event, please email us at [email protected]


will support the local organisations in Los Angeles.


will go towards supporting people displaced internationally.

Local Charity Beneficiaries

  • Charity On Top

    Charity On Top is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who want to genuinely infuse meaningful, personal charitable giving into their daily lives and work. Through charity gift cards, philanthropic consulting and benefits for over 1.8 million charities, Charity On Top is intentionally disrupting how we think about nonprofit giving, and pushing more money to organizations to help solve our greatest challenges.


    UNICEF USA is The World's Big Sleep Out's partner and all funds raised in the United States will be donated to UNICEF USA who will support us in distributing 50% of the funds raised to local charities helping people affected by homelessness in your town or city and distributing the other 50% to support children and families who are displaced internationally.


  • Event Location

    The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103, Los Angeles

  • Event Open Time

    • 4:30pm 

    • Doors CLOSE 8:00pm - No admittance after this time 

    • Free parking lot will close at 9:00am on Sunday, 8th December 2019.

  • Can I leave and re-enter the Sleep Out?

    You are free to leave the event at any time, however, there is No re-entry upon leaving the event. 

  • How do I volunteer?

    • Limited volunteer spots are available; if you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] to be added to the list. 

    • Participating in the event is considered volunteer service! Bring your volunteer hours form to the Charity On Top booth in the morning for a signature! 

  • What will the funds raised in Los Angeles support?

    • 100% of funds raised go towards charitable organizations 

    • Half the funds raised will support international partners Malala Fund, UNICEF USA, the Institute of Global Homelessness and Social Bite

    • Half the funds raised will support the following Los Angeles organizations: o Downtown Women’s Center o New Directions for Vets o San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission o The Los Angeles Mission o The People Concern o United Way Greater Los Angles o West Coast Care o Youth Emerging Stronger o Unionstationhs.org

  • Is there a minimum I need to fundraise?

    The event is free, and we would love for each person to raise $1,000. Set-up your Just Giving Page here.

  • How do I fundraise?

    You can set-up your Just Giving Page here.

    • Once you register, you will have a “Just Giving” page that you can personalize and easily share with your network via social media and email 


  • Is Smoking allowed at the event?

    • No smoking or vaping of any kind is allowed at the event 

  • What Shall/Can I bring with me?

    There are a number of items you should bring to the WBSO event, however we encourage you to only bring what is necessary. There are a few essential items below that we must insist you bring, such as a sleeping bag, warm clothes and photo ID, without them WBSO reserves the right to ask you to leave the event for your own safety. 


    If you are sleeping out you can bring: 

    • Good Quality Sleeping Bag – essential (we recommend a 3-4 season sleeping bag suitable for winter) 

    • Warm, layered clothing including an outdoor coat – essential 

    • Photo ID - essential 

    • Foam ground mat 

    • Refillable Water Bottle – HIGHLY recommended (free water available to refill) 

    • Umbrella 

    • A small hand or head flashlight 

    • A bag for your trash 

    • Any essential medication you will need while you are at the event 

    • Battery-powered phone charger 

    DO NOT BRING... The following is not permitted at any of the World’s Big Sleep Out events: 

    • Alcohol 

    • Glass 

    • Fires/BBQs 

    • Smoke Bombs 

    • Pyrotechnics 

    • Animals (except for assistance dogs) 

    • Weapons, knives & firearms 

    • Drones 

    • Drugs (including illegal substances; legal highs and NOS gas) 

    • Amplified music 

    • Tent/shelters or mattresses/inflatables 


    If you are just attending the free concert, print out your ticket or bring it up on your phone.

  • Schedule Overview

    Saturday, Dec 7th 

    • Doors open at 5pm 

    • Pick your sleeping spot and lay out your sleeping bag, mat and pillow. 

    • Impact Village (charity booths) open from 5:00pm – 10:00pm 

    • Food available for purchase 6:00pm-9:00pm 

    • Inspirational Program & Concert from 6:00pm – 9:30pm 

    • Parking lot K closes at 10pm

    • Lights out at 10pm 

    Sunday, Dec 8th 

    • Light morning snacks available for purchase 6:00am-8:00am 

    • Walk the Rose Bowl at 6:30am (optional) 

    • Check-out until 9:00am 

    • Rose Bowl flea market open – requires paid ticket and moving your car to their lot. 

  • What will happen at the event?

    An inspiring program and concert will run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. that night. The goal of the program is to lift up the voices and experiences of people who have been homeless. Participants of local programs will share their personal experiences of homelessness. Other speakers and entertainers including Seth Green, Ellie Goulding, Randy Jackson and his All-Star Band and the legendary Ziggy Marley will round out the program! What else? 

    • Food vendors will be on-site for purchasing food and beverages in the evening and in the morning. Credit cards accepted 

    • Visit with the mighty local charities that are benefiting from the event. Enjoy a hot beverage provided by Get Together Foundation 

    • Most sleep out participants will be up at around sunrise, grabbing something to eat and heading out. Cars must be cleared from the event parking by 9:00 am. You can walk around the Rose Bowl at 6:30 am if you like! Or drive around the stadium to the Flea Market - separate ticket required 

  • Why is a Sleep Out a meaningful way to end homelessness?

    • The World’s Big Sleep Out is an act of solidarity and support, but we know that it will take much more than a one-time Sleep Out event to end homelessness 

    • The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) is proud to serve as the “legacy partner” to all Sleep Out cities, engaging with them after December 7 to offer IGH’s services to turn the energy and momentum of the event into long-term, meaningful action to end homelessness 

    • We have also worked to focus LA’s Sleep Out program on featuring the voices and experiences of people who have been homeless, so that event attendees will hear directly from those impacted and are called to further action

  • How can I make a donation to The World's Big Sleep Out?

    Click here to make a donation.

  • Show Starts

    Show starts at 6:00pm.

  • How do I get there?

    • Parking is off to the west of the bowl – look for event signs 

    • Free WBSO parking in lots. Parking lot K for concert goers only, Parking lot D for sleepover guests

    • We recommend carpooling or using rideshare services such as Lyft or Uber

  • What if it rains or the weather is bad?

    • We expect moderate weather, especially compared to the many other cities where events are being held, like London! 

    • Unless there is an extreme weather event the WBSO event will go ahead (even if it’s cold or raining!) 

    • Our on-site event team will monitor and assess the weather and will only cancel in the event it is deemed dangerous to proceed 


  • Is there somewhere for lost property?

    • Please hand in and reclaim all lost property at the Warming Tent 

    • The event accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen property 

    • All lost property items will be handed to Rose Bowl Lost and Found after the event 

    • If you have lost property queries after the event, please contact [email protected]

  • Why is alcohol not permitted?

    • Drinking alcohol will considerably increase the risk of people suffering from hypothermia at the event and as such we do not have permission to allow alcohol at this event 

    • In addition, we wish to be sympathetic towards alcohol and addiction issues within the homeless community by abstaining for the night 

  • What is provided on site?

    • Full sized bathrooms 

    • Free hot drinks throughout the whole event. Free hot drinks can be found in the Impact Village tent area where you can also meet all of the partner charities we are supporting. 

    • Food vendors where you can buy hot, tasty street food 

    • Overnight Security

  • What if I need extra assistance to access?

    • All entrances are accessible, as well as the restrooms

  • Arrival procedure

    • Ticket check 

    • Bag Search 

    • Wristband issued

    • Grab a bivvy bag. The bivvy bag is a big orange survival bag for storing your bag in during the concert so it doesn’t get wet and for sleeping in during the night. 

    • Directed to concert viewing and sleep zones.

  • When will I receive my ticket?

    • You will receive your email ticket by 5th December 2019 

  • Who can attend?

    • This event is for all ages, but to ensure space please register with a ticket by clicking here.

  • Will bags be checked? Is there Security?

    • Participants will go through a security checkpoint with metal detectors and a full bag search before entering the event 

    • Rose Bowl Security will be present throughout the event. Emergency Medical Technicians will be onsite as well.