As you probably already know we do a twice-weekly rundown of our favorite to-dos and happenings around Los Angeles (pushed out Monday AM and Thursday AM).
However, it occurs to us that sometimes event-seekers just want stuff that’s down-and-dirty, cheap-and-easy. With that in mind, here are 10 quick, fun ideas for this weekend each costing less than $10 that might be good to keep on your radar. For all prices listed we’ll generally note the true cost including any service fees, as sometimes is the case with our ticket-affiliate partner Goldstar.
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10 for $10 or Less
1. [FREE] Spend the night screening cool indie films from the Morelia International Film Festival during Cine Sin Fronteras presented by The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles. Taking place at the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles, the event is free and open to the public with a pre-screening reception serving complimentary sangria and beer. FRIDAY
2. [FREE] Ballona Discovery Park is hosting a free family movie night screening nature friendly films. FRIDAY
3. [FREE] Head to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for a free summer of salsa concert with The Arsenio Rodíguez Project. FRIDAY
4. [FREE] The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), will open the doors to a new 12,700-foot facility located on the south side of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. ICA LA’s new digs include 7,500-square-feet of exhibition space currently housing three exhibitions on opening day. SATURDAY-SUNDAY
5 [FREE] Visit the Redondo Pier for the 15th Annual Chalk Art Festival, an all-ages event that transforms the South Bay pier into a work of art. Guests are free to pick up some chalk and get creative! FREE
6. [FREE] KP Projects La Brea Gallery will host an opening reception for Scott Hove’s new exhibition titled Last Ticket for the Beauty Train. The evening will feature nearly 30 new pieces of sculptures and installations that examines what Hove terms “the failures of the Illuminati.” To gain access to the free reception, the public must RSVP to email@example.com. SATURDAY
7. [FREE] Woofstock 2017 is a celebration of peace, love, and paws at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. This pet-friendly day will feature lots of fun in the sun, with activities like complimentary pawdicures, live music, LA Love & Leashes adoptions, costume contest, vendor demos and giveaways. SATURDAY
8. [FREE] Grand Park presents a Beat Swap Meet this Sunday where guests will be able to check out record & vinyl goods alongside live art-making, entertainment and a classic car show. SUNDAY
9. [FREE] The 71st Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival comes to the Mexican Consulate in Downtown Los Angeles for one of the longest-running parades in the country. SUNDAY
10. [FREE] The Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival comes to the La Plaza de Cultres y Artes for a full day of exhibits, storytelling, author meet-and-greets, workshops, activities, food and much more. SUNDAY
5 MORE Options…
Here are 5 other things to do this weekend that may not be under $10 but still are worth knowing about:
- Long Beach Original Lobster Festival (Sept. 8-10) will feature fresh Maine lobster, live music, face painting, karaoke, arts & crafts booths, a petting zoo, plus various wine/beer gardens. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. FRIDAY-SUNDAY (via Goldstar)
- The Muppets take over the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of music, special surprises and a spectacular fireworks show. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the Muppet gang for an unbelievably fun and zany night. FRIDAY-SUNDAY
- The Sunstock Solar Festival comes to the Magic Box in Downtown L.A. for an all-solar music festival featuring an eclectic array of alternative and indie musical acts, solar-powered art, organic food, and more. Bands playing include Ra Ra Riot, Wild Cub and Robert DeLong. The festival will also have discussions based around clean energy, sustainability, and social justice. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. SATURDAY (via Goldstar)
- The scenic Glendale Narrows section of the Los Angeles River will be home to the fourth LA River Boat Race happening this Saturday. The race through the river is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities! Though the suggested donation is $25, all are welcome to “pay what they can afford.” SATURDAY
- Burbank’s Game Realms is hosting a Sega Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration where they’ll roll out a bunch of Dreamcast games for the public to play. Admission costs $7. SATURDAY
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