The Museum of Ice Cream in L.A. is Being Extended One Last Time

October 16, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Did you miss the most hyped installation pop-up of the year? Well, now you’ve got one last chance to scoop up tickets.

The Museum of Ice Cream came to Los Angeles back in April complete with a melted-popsicle¬†jungle, a banana split made of 10,000 bananas, and a pool filled with over 100 million tiny plastic sprinkles. And that’s just for starters.

For some the installation has been a sort of social media nirvana. For others, not so much. But one thing is for sure: The demand has been extraordinary.

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With multiple date extensions, $29 tickets (not cheap!) selling out within days of release, and tens of thousands of Instagram hashtags and mentions, the MOIC has been nothing short of a sensation.

And here’s the good news: If you missed out and really wanted to see the spot for yourself, you’re going to have one last chance for 2017.

The final (we think?!?) L.A. ticket extension will be released on Wednesday, October 18th at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets will be sold via the Museum of Ice Cream website, with dates available through December 2017.


The price breakdown is as follows: $29 for adults and $18 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+).

We suggest you bookmark the site and refresh often on the day of if you expect to get a few of the coveted tickets!





The Catalina Express is Ending Their Birthday Ride Promotion

October 14, 2017 by Brian Champlin

If you’ve celebrated a birthday in Los Angeles over the past few years you’ve probably had a friend or two suggest taking advantage of the birthday ride promotion provided by the Catalina Express.

The promo, which was introduced in 2012, was at one time a ‘free birthday ride’ to Catalina Island that changed to a ‘share your ride’ promo in 2017 (two for the price of one). The sweet b-day discount has resulted in nearly 500,000 registrations and 200,000 round-trip voyage since its inception, with 60% of the birthday riders being first-time visitors to the island. But now all that is coming to an end.

On Friday, October 13, the Catalina Express announced via press release that they’ll ending birthday ride offers at the conclusion of 2017.

Avalon Catalina Island

Overlooking Avalon on Catalina Island. Credit: Mark Roland via flickr cc

Greg Bombard, President/CEO of Catalina Express thanked the many passengers that have traveled to Catalina in the past six years through the promotion:

‚ÄúWe launched the program not only to celebrate our 30th¬†anniversary, but to provide an incentive for visitors to get a ‚Äėtaste‚Äô of the new¬†Catalina, which has grown and evolved with the opening of new attractions, restaurants, culture and entertainment.‚ÄĚ

No specific reason was offered in the release for discontinuation of the program.

Note that anyone with a birthday between now and the end of the year can still sign-up for the current offer. To take advantage you just have to book a trip that takes place on or before December 31, 2017.

If you are planning a visit to the island in the near future, be sure to check out We Like L.A.’s handy list¬†16 Fun Things to Do on Catalina Island If You Happen to Make The Trip.




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21 Free Things To Do in L.A. Before 2017 is Over

October 10, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Remember how you made that big list of all the fun things you were going to do for 2017? Remember how busy you got instead?

There’s still time!

Whether you’re looking for cultural festivals, seasonal celebrations, parades, art tours, hikes, or something in between, the end-of-year events calendar in Los Angeles has plenty to offer. And all of it at everyone’s favorite price… FREE!

So circle a date, message a friend, and be sure to follow through this time. You won’t regret it.

Kiss Bridge at Venice Canals

Venice Canals Holiday Lights. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Items listed below in chronological order, numbered only for reference.

1. Late-Night! M√ļsica y Arte at Skirball Cultural Center – Live music, food trucks, a cash bar, and free access to Skirball’s current exhibits. (Oct. 13)

2. Front Porch Cinema – Free Friday film screenings at the Santa Monica Pier all throughout October (Oct. 13, 21, & 27 still remaining)

3. Pasadena ArtWalk – Local art, free museum admission, live entertainment, a juried art show & hands-on activities (Oct. 14)

4. Archaeology Day Returns to the Santa Monica Mountains РLearn how to dig like an archaeologist, throw a spear, and watch flintknapping (making stone tools) РOct. 14)

5. Friends of Griffith Parks Public Hikes (formerly the Ranger Ernie Hikes) – Three ranger-led hikes are on the books for the end of 2017 (Oct. 15, Nov. 23, Dec. 10)

6. 12th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar – Archival materials and experts come together to celebrate (and explain) the marvelous diversity and history of Southern California

7. P-22 Festival in Griffith Park –¬†A public party to celebrate L.A.’s favorite big cat (Oct. 21).

8. Sunland-Tujunga Open Studios РA free guided weekend tour of local art studios and creative venues featuring 40+ artists. (Oct. 21-22)

9. Old Pasadena Day of the Dead Altar Tours РMusic, activities, and self-guided tours o traditional and contemporary Day of the Dead altars (Oct. 27-29)

10. LA Critical Mass: America’s Largest Community Bike Ride – This year’s ride starts¬†ride at Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles, California at 6:30 p.m. Costumes encouraged! (Oct. 27)

11. DOPIUM.LA ‚ÄĒ A FREE Cultural Festival in Chinatown¬†– Celebrating Asian American expression through food, music and never-before-seen art exhibits. (Nov. 4)

12. Grand Ave: All Access РA huge day of free events all taking place along Grand Ave. in DTLA. (Nov. 4)

13. Woofstock 90210 at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills¬†–¬†35+ pet-related vendors, food trucks, a pet parade, and more (Nov. 5)

14. Inglewood Open Studios – Inglewood’s only art walk is a two-day affair now in its 11th year. (Nov. 11-12)

15. UCLA Game Art Festival 2017 – A night of games and game art, live performance, music, and refreshments co-resented by the UCLA Game Lab (Nov 14)

16. Great LA Walk comes to Beverly Blvd РStarting at 1st Street in Little Tokyo and trekking all the way to the ocean Р(Nov. 18)

17. L.A. County Tree Lighting Ceremony at Grand Park РYou can enjoy the holiday decorations in Grand Park through Dec. 26. (Nov. 27)

18. Venice Christmas Boat Parade – The parade is held annually on the first Saturday of December. Be sure to check the website for updates if that Saturday rains out or if the date is changed. (Dec. 2)

19. Echo Park Community Parade¬†– 50+ entrants celebrate this year’s theme: “Golden Memories of Echo Park”¬† (Dec. 9)

20. 55th Annual Marina Del Rey Boat Parade РAn estimated 25,000 people come watch the Boat Parade each year. (Dec. 9)

21. 58th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration РAn afternoon of music and dance to celebrate the season (Dec. 24)

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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in. So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. May it lead you to adventure!

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Griffith Observatory at Sunset

Griffith Observatory at Sunset. Credit: Adam via flickr cc

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1. [6:30 p.m.] Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month. At this free event, guests will enjoy a sunset hike led by a Griffith Park park ranger and a museum guide. FREE

2. [7:15 p.m.] Catch L.A. based DJ Bonobo at the Greek Theatre as he performs from his latest album, Migration with opening sets by Bob Moses and Tourist.

3. [7:30 p.m.] Two Films by Lourdes Portillo: Free Screening at the Hammer. FREE

4. [8 p.m.]  The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with two screenings at their rooftop locations. Beauty & The Beast (2017) at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Pulp Fiction at Montalban in Hollywood.

5. [8 p.m.] Horse Thief BBQ, located at Grand Central Market, will screen The Sandlot on their patio this Wednesday. FREE

6. [8 p.m.]¬†The Groundlings’ The Crazy Uncle Joe Show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

7. [8 p.m.] Short Film Night (Female Filmaker Edition) at El Cid.

8. [8:30 p.m.] NTS Wednesday Night Takeover of the Upstairs Bar at Ace Hotel.

9. [9:30 p.m.] The Underground Jazz Sessions at the Continental Club.

10. [10 p.m.] Honeymoon presents: RECESS at the Del Close Theater. FREE

DEAL OF THE DAY: $27 tix to see the LA Phil perform Mozart: 1791 at the Disney Concert Hall (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.





10 L.A. County Museums Will Offer Free Admission This Saturday for Museum Day Live!

September 20, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Another free museum day? Well sure why not!

Museum Day Live!, an annual (and sometimes biannual) event hosted by Smithsonian magazine offers a special day where participating museums across the country offer free admission to any and all guests presenting a free online voucher. The next edition will be this Saturday, September 23, with over 1,200 museums taking part in the event nationwide.

Locally, there will be 10 museums in L.A. County who will be participating. Guests who want to take advantage of the offer simply have to register on the Smithsonian website (free) and they will receive a voucher for participating museums.

Each ticket allows general admission for a ticket holder plus one guest. If you go to Museum Day Live! with more than one guest, your other guests will have to pay full admission (so make sure you get enough vouchers!).

Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The 10 museums participating within L.A. County are:

  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Pasadena History Museum
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • The International Printing Museum
  • California African American Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum
  • Forest Lawn Museum
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

You can check out this handy map to see the locations of participating museums closest to where you are.

Some museums will require that you print out the voucher beforehand, others will allow check-in via a smartphone. Make sure you do a little research to know what’s required before you visit.






A Brand New Free Museum Space is Opening in DTLA This Saturday

September 6, 2017 by Brian Champlin

This weekend a familiar local art institution is opening in a fresh space, under a new name.

On Saturday, Sept. 9 The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), will open the doors on 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, a designated area for public programs, plus offices. Still yet to open is a cafe, which is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2018. And here’s the part you’ll want to note: Admission, both for the opening celebration and ongoing visitation, is free!

[RELATED: Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For September (2017)]

ICA LA Courtyard

“now I’m going to tell you everything” is the inaugural project for ICA LA‚Äôs courtyard wall on 7th Street. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

After opening in 1984 SMMoA had spent it’s final 17 years as a tenant of Bergamot Station before shutting down in May 2015. For the past two-plus years former employees of the museum have been focused on looking for a new home, along with a strategy to rebrand and generate the operating funds necessary for a new endeavor. Now, all the hard work has come to fruition.

ICL LA has defined it’s mission as to “support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other,” according to the museum’s new website.

To launch that vision the museum will open with three exhibitions, all running through December 31, 2017:

– Mart√≠n Ram√≠rez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation¬†features approximately 50 drawings and collages as part of the artist’s first presentation in Southern California.

Sarah Cain: now I’m going to tell you everything is the inaugural project for ICA LA‚Äôs courtyard wall on 7th Street (see photo above).

–¬†Abigail DeVille: No Space Hidden (Shelter)¬†will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

Additionally, the opening weekend of Sept. 9-10 includes several special activities, tours and talks to welcome the public to the new space.

Saturday features:

  • Bilingual guided tours of Mart√≠n Ram√≠rez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation¬†at 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m.
  • Matchsticks and Mashed Potatoes workshop on collage drawings and alternative image-making in the spirit of Mart√≠n Ram√≠rez from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte (The Day Laborers of the North) at 5 p.m.

Sunday features:

  • Migrar storybook reading and art workshop with Spanish-language children‚Äôs bookstore LA librer√≠a and Book Arts LA from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • A conversation with leading scholars of Latin American art and culture: James Oles, Rub√©n Gallo, Josh Kun, and conservator Harriet Stratis, moderated by Elsa Longhauser, discussing the life and work of Mart√≠n Ram√≠rez from¬†2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • An interactive dance class by Cambalache, featuring Maestro Cesar Castro, Xochi Flores, Chuy Sandoval, and Juan Perez from 4 to 5 p.m.

ICA LA is located at 1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.

Opening weekend (Sept. 9-10) hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ongoing hours thereafter will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed. – Fri., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat.-Sun. Admission is free.

For more information on visiting ICA LA, or to help plan your visit, be sure to visit





50+ SoCal Museums Will Be Free on Sep. 17th to Help Launch Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

August 22, 2017 by Brian Champlin

One of SoCal’s largest artistic collaborations is right around the corner, and this year it comes with a freebie day that readers of this blog are sure to love.

Starting next month Pacific Standard Time LA/LA will shine a spotlight on Latin American and Latino art. The five-month long effort, which will officially launch via a massive party at Grand Park on September 14, ¬†will present its theme through a variety of modes and mediums, with each exhibition tackling the topic from a unique angle, from activism and displacement to the very definition of identity itself. ¬†The endeavor is both a celebration of our region’s diverse roots, as well as an opportunity to reframe the important connection between Los Angeles and its ties to Latin American culture.

Programming for PST LA/LA will appear at dozens of institutions all over Southern California, from university galleries to performing arts centers to iconic museums stretching from San Diego all the way up to Santa Barbara. And yes, there will be plenty of free ways to experience the collaborative movement, perhaps most noteworthy of which is a large scale free museum day happening during the kickoff weekend.

As part of the launch for PST LA/LA over 50 SoCal museums will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17, with thanks to the support of presenting sponsor Bank of America. Participating institutions include some that always offer free admission, such as The Getty, the California African American Museum, and others, plus museums that will be specially free just for this event, such as The Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA, The Autry Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art, and many others.

Just be advised (as is our usual disclaimer) that big free days like this tend to attract large crowds (be advised) and parking expense should always be taken into consideration when planning your day (think carpool, rideshare, or public transit if its close enough). No matter where you go, you should definitely check with the official website of the museum you plan on visiting before you make the trip.

If you want options outside of the PST LA/LA big free day, be sure to check out our handy guide of free museums and free museums days.

List of participating museums after the jump!

Free Museum Day Participants for PST LA/LA

Wilshire Blvd outside LACMA

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

West Los Angeles & The Valley
18th Street Arts Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Skirball Cultural Center
The Annenberg Space for Photography
The Getty Center

Craft & Folk Art Museum
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

South Bay & Long Beach
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Matlz Gallery
Torrance Art Museum
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach

Downtown & East LA
California African American Museum
Chinese American Museum
ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Central Library
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
Self Help Graphics & Art
The Mistake Room
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Vincent Price Art Museum

Hollywood & West Hollywood
Autry Museum of the American West
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) at West Hollywood Park
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood

Orange County
Chapman University
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Pasadena & San Marino
Pasadena Museum of California Art

San Diego
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
University of San Diego, University Galleries

Santa Barbara & Ventura County
Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Inland Cities
American Museum of Ceramic Arts
Millard Sheets Art Center
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
Pitzer College Art Galleries
Pomona College Museum of Art
Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Sunnylands Center & Gardens





Enchanted: Forest of Light Returns to Descanso Gardens This Fall

August 16, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Looking back on 2016, one of our favorite experiences of the fall/winter season was taking a nighttime walk through Descanso Gardens to preview Enchanted: Forest of Light.

The 2016 version of the Forest of Light featured¬†10¬†unique installations showcasing different aspects of the gardens, from a Lightwave Lake to a field of flowering lights to a ‚ÄėSymphony of Oaks.‚Äô ¬†It was, in a word, memorizing.

And now it’s set to return for 2017.

Luminous Lawn

A luminous lawn makes for a fun game of hop-scotch. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Descanso Gardens just released information via social media on the dates for this season’s run, along with specific dates for when tickets go on sale, with members of the garden getting a two-week head start on the general public.

Details are still forthcoming, but here’s what we know so far: Enchanted: Forest of Light will run from November 19 through January 7. Tickets go on sale to Descanso Gardens members on October 2 at noon, with tickets for the general public available on October 16 at noon.¬†Timed tickets are required (and must be purchased in advance).

As yet there is still no confirmed price for tickets, but last year the cost was $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and children 3-17, and free for kids two and under.

Be sure to check or follow Descanso Gardens on Facebook to get the latest updates as more info becomes available.




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21 Free Things to Do in L.A. BEFORE Summer 2017 is Over

August 9, 2017 by Brian Champlin

As we sneak past the halfway mark of summer 2017 I just want to assure of one doubt that may be creeping into your mind: THERE’S STILL TIME!

Time for what you say? Time to enjoy some of Los Angeles’ most popular free summer activities and events, including DJ sets, concerts, dance parties, a gin tasting, soapbox racing, public art, a solar eclipse viewing, and LOTS more.

If you’re looking to carpe your diem over the next month or so, then take a glance through the list below and see if you can find a date (or two) to book on your social calendar.

Oh, and most importantly, enjoy!

Getty Villa summer walk

A summer walk at the Getty Villa. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena

The inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena comes on August 12 for a one-day event that showcases professional and up-and-coming LA-area artists’ site-specific installations in the historic alleys of Old Pasadena. The event will run from noon to 8 p.m. -> More information

2. GinCITY at Greenbar Distillery

On August 27 the fine folks at Greenbar Distillery  will be opening their doors to guests to showcase their latest offering, CITY Bright Gin. Tour the distillery, sample gin cocktails, explore installations, and enjoy live entertainment, all for free! There will even be food trucks on site offering bites for purchase.  Although there is no admission cost but you need to RVSP for timed entry via the link provided here. RSVP availability is limited! -> More information

3. Grand Performances

Grand Performances has a staple of free summer events in L.A. for more than thirty years, and the 2017 edition offers not only a diverse lineup of world music performers, but also a series of beer pairing events in association with Angel City Brewery. In total there are eight performances still yet to come in August, and one special L.A. Chamber Orchestra concert in September -> More information.

4. Dance/DJ Nights at Grand Park

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA returns for 13 weeks of free dance parties, this year taking place at Grand park. The events are divided into two distinct series. Dance Downtown takes places on alternating Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. DJ Nights runs every other Friday from 9 to midnight. The alternating events will continue through September 1. -> More information

5. Sunday Sessions at Grand Park

One Sunday per month Grand Park will offer a free dance party to pay tribute to L.A.’s house music scene. Bring a few dollars and a valid I.D. you can also check out the 21+ cocktail garden. There are two dates left: August 21 and September 17. -> More information

6. KCRW Summer Nights

KCRW’s free signature outdoor event series is, simply put, one of the best things about summers in Los Angeles. Here’s the complete 2017 Summer Nights schedule, which includes events at The Hammer Museum, the Santa Monica Pier, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Union Station, and more. Among the dates still left to happen are KCRW DJ events at Union Station on August 11 and 25, plus Chinatown Summer Nights on September 2.

7. Echo Park Rising

On August 17-20 the EPR music festival brings a madhouse of free music to the east side, with multiple stages and activities on Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue and Echo Park Avenue.The 2017 lineup includes appearances by The Buttertones,Boogaloo Assassins, Alice Bag, CRX, Plague Vendor, Moon Honey, Meatbodies, and MANY more.-> More information

8. Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles at Elysian Park

The Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles comes to Elysian Park on August 20 for an exciting day at the races. Experienced and amateur drivers unite as they race on their homemade soapbox crafts down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road for its annual global event. -> More information

9. Shakespeare in the Park or By the Sea

There is still time to enjoy a bit of free/donation-based Shakespeare. The Independent Shakespeare Co. will be perform The Two Gentlemen of Verona in Griffith Park every Wednesday-Sunday through September 3.  -> More information

10. Family Art Day at the Hammer

Family Day: Art for Good comes to The Hammer on August 19. This free event offers four hours of  art, music, improv, performances and more. -> More information

11. 5th Annual Summer Block Party at Malibu Country Mart

Malibu Country Mart presents its 5th annual Summer Block Party on August 12 for a sunny summertime tradition. Spend an afternoon enjoying activities ranging from caricature portraits to a petting zoo to face painting and more. Takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on August 12. -> More information

12. Silver Lake Picture Show

The Silver Lake Picture Show series closes off Sunset Triangle Square to screen outdoor movies every other Thursday during the summer. Screenings are preceded by performances by live bands and short films produced by local filmmakers. The remaining schedule for 2017 features:  Space Jam (PG) on August 17,  10 Things I Hate About You (PG13) on August 31, and Scream (R) on September 14. -> More information

13. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge

Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The remaining films in the series are: Psycho (1960) on August 10, La La Land (2016) on August 17, Space Jam (1996) on August 24, and Doctor Strange (2016) on August 31. -> More information

14. Sunset Concerts at Skirball Cultural Center

The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. There are four dates left to attend: Delgres on August 10,  Daymé Arocena on August 17, David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana, and Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo on August 31. -> More information

15. Griffith Observatory Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

Get ready for the 70% partial solar eclipse on August 21. Stop by Griffith Observatory from 9 a.m. to noon with blankets, snacks & protective eyewear! -> More information

16. Summer Nights in the Garden at Natural History Museum

Enjoy beautiful evenings under the stars when Summer Nights in the Garden returns to Natural History Museum featuring evenings of cocktails, music, botanical tours, fun projects & more. Two dates left: August 11 and August 25. -> More information

17. Sound Off Silent Disco @ Sherman Oaks Galleria

On September 6 enjoy a wireless headphone dance party at the Sherman Oaks Galleria when Sound Off presents four fun and FREE dance events. -> More information

18. CicLAvia: San Pedro Meets Wilmington

CicLAvia returns for the summer on Sunday, August 13. Bike, run, walk or skate during the latest closed-streets event. -> More information

19. DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square

There are still two big concerts slated for summer 2017 in Pershing Square: The B-52s on August 12 and X on August 19. -> More information

20. Friday Flights at the Getty

The final installment of Friday Flights at the Getty takes place on August 25 featuring artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s presentation of Exploring the Nowannago: Kentifrican Modes of Resistance, featuring Tyler Matthew Oyer. Performed for the first time with live-music accompaniment by The Kevin Robinson Ensemble (KREation). -> More information

21. Free Museum Days

Finally, if you’re at a loss at what to this summer, go find a free museum to check out! To aid in your quest here is our list of free museum days in August and here is a handy cheatsheet of museums that are free all the time. Hope both are helpful!




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10 Fun Things To Do TODAY in L.A. for June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017 by Brian Champlin

You know what’s handy?

Waking up in the morning, firing up your phone/computer and being able to scan a super quick (but curated) rundown of the best of what lies ahead for the day at hand in the city you live in.

So here it is!

Below is our quick link list of 10 fun things to do in Los Angeles for today, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

May it lead you to adventure!

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Play at The Autry

“Play” at The Autry opens June 18, 2017. Photo by Brian Champlin

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1. [10 a.m.] The 25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival at the Paseo. FREE

2. [10 a.m.] The Autry Museum of the American West presents Play!, a new exhibition focusing on toys and games featuring over 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collection. Explore how children have played, and what social values have been revealed, In addition, get hands-on with games of the past and present! Admission to Play! is included in the Autry admission price.

3. [11 a.m.] The 2017 Dew Tour’s Summer Skate Competition in Long Beach (June 15-18) is four days of skateboarding featuring a three-part street course, stand-alone bowl, interactive sponsor village, plus a host of individual and team competitions. Standing events are free to attend. Be sure to check for discounted tickets. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4.¬†[11 a.m.¬†]¬†Tucked away in the hills of Griffith Park is another magical place courtesy of Walt Disney ‚Äď the Carolwood Barn. Check it out yourself when the barn holds an¬†open house this Sunday, giving¬†guests of all ages a chance to come and experience this local treasure. FREE

5.¬†[11 a.m.] ¬†Father’s Day at CAAM¬†is a daylong celebration featuring live music, kite flying, interactive art-making, tasty bites from LocoL and Rodney’s Ribs food truck and more. Admission to the museum is always free.

6. [noon] Take dad downtown to Angel City Brewery for the 3rd annual Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Festival this Sunday. Enjoy a pint with dad, dance to live bands and nosh on dishes from BrewWings, Market Burgers and Kai Kai Dumplings.

7. [3:30 p.m]  Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

8. [7:30 p.m.]  The Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park will continues off their annual free concert series this Sunday with Leche presented by Spaceland. FREE

9. [various] Need to take dad out for a special meal this Sunday? Check out our top Father’s Day Special picks here.

10. [various] Los Angeles Beer Week (June 17-25) is back! Now in its ninth year the week will feature dozens of beer-centric events over nine days in numerous locations all over the Southland. The event kickoffs this Saturday at Los Angeles Center Studios in Downtown L.A. with a festival featuring 150+ unique beers from over 75 craft breweries, along with live entertainment, great food and more.

DEAL OF THE DAY: $12 for Roaring Nights concerts at the LA Zoo (via Goldstar)

Want more ideas for upcoming things to do in L.A.? Check out our Los Angeles events calendar.





Mayor Garcetti to Light ‘Bat-Signal’ at City Hall to Honor Adam West

June 15, 2017 by Brian Champlin

There have been many actors to play the Dark Knight, but perhaps no version of the caped crusader had a lighter touch than the one offered by Adam West. Tonight, the citizens of Los Angeles pay him one final tribute.

This evening (Thursday, June 15, 2017) Mayor Eric Garcetti will turn on a ‘bat-signal’ outside Los Angeles City Hall to honor the late actor.

West played the title role in an unapologetically campy (yet somehow unforgettable) Batman television series that ran from 1966-1968.  The actor died over the weekend after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88 years old.

The bat-signal lighting will take place at 200 N. Spring St at 9 p.m., where Mayor Garcetti will hit the switch to light a bat-signal projection on to city hall.

Guests will begin arriving at the location around 8 p.m.

Organizers encourage fans to wear costumes to take part in the ceremony.

For those unable to attend, West’s family is encouraging donations to the Adam West Memorial Fund¬†for St. Jude Children‚Äôs Research Hospital.




Things To Do

50 Free & Fun Things to do in L.A. You’ve Gotta Try for Summer 2017

June 14, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Summer in Los Angeles is a playground, and the options are as enticing and varied as you remember from the first time you scampered off to recess. Of course there is one key difference. The adult version of monkey bars and teeter-totters cost money. Sometimes lots of money. Ticket fees, admission fares, and parking costs add up quick. And that’s not even taking into consideration how valuable your time is. But that’s where this list comes in!

My goal here is two-fold: First, to inspire you to learn about and/or try new local gems you hadn’t previously known about. Secondly, I just want to flat-out save you money. That’s it.

As in past editions of the big ‘Free & Fun’ list, how you use it is up to you. You may want to make¬†this your master bucket list for the summer, or perhaps refer to it on a random Sunday when you’ve got nothing better to do.

Either way, I hope it’s helpful and sparks a few new adventures in the city of angels. Enjoy.

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Echo Park Lake June 2017

Echo Park Lake, June 2017. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

1. Enjoy the 37th Annual Lotus Festival

The lotus bloom at Echo Park Lake is expected to be one of the best in years, and the The 37th annual Lotus Festival is a perfect excuse to check it out for yourself. The two-day fest will include live entertainment, arts and crafts, a boat race, an asian food court, and of course and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the blooming flowers on the lake. -> More information

2. Relive the 90’s at the DT Stage Concert Series at Pershing Square

Pershing Square will be one of the sneaky-best places in L.A. to find entertainment on the house during the months of July and August. Some of the performers include The Wallflowers, the B-52s, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. If you’re looking a bit of 90’s nostalgia, there might not be a better option this summer in L.A. -> More information

3. Enjoy the Hollywood Bowl During the Day

The Hollywood Bowl isn’t just the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States, it’s also a public park with 14 picnic areas that also includes a free museum you can visit during the day. If you get lucky (or plan ahead), you might even be able to enjoy the LA Philharmonic rehearsing for an evening performance, all at no cost! ->¬†More information

4.¬†Hike to Amir’s Garden

Amir’s Garden is pseudo hidden oasis situated smack dab in the middle of Griffith Park. A volunteer named Amir Dialameh cultivated the garden (with permission from the city) for almost 30 years, and the location continues to be fully cared for by volunteers to this day. ¬†The 5-acre tree-topped sanctuary¬†contains dozens of species of plants and trees along with benches, nooks, and terraces that make it feel like one of the most special places in the entire city, and totally worthy of a summer morning hike. -> More information

5. Hike with Ranger Ernie’s One Last Time

Ranger Ernie Ybarra has been leading¬†free guided hikes of various Griffith Park trails for more than a decade. Over the past few years after discovering the Ranger hikes I have gotten to know Ernie and in the process, come to appreciate his service as one of the most valuable in the entire city. Sunday, July 16 will be Ernie’s final hike before retirement, a moderate 6-mile jaunt¬†to Bill Eckert Trail. -> More information

6. Climb the Stairs at the Baldwin Park Scenic Overlook

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 58-acre park along Jefferson Blvd just southeast of Downtown Culver City. The overlook is known for one of the most picturesque (and difficult) stair climbs in the city. It’s a ¬†roughly 282-step straight shot to the top, which ascends in just under a fifth of a mile. Combined with the surrounding switchback trail, it’s about 1.25 miles total, and makes for a great morning workout. On a clear day, the views from the top of the hill¬†are great too! -> More information

7. Go Back in Time at the Valley Relics Museum

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Valley Relics Museum opens its doors to offer a glimpse into the pop-culture past of the San Fernando Valley. The museum is a¬†potpourri of neon signs, vintage cars, historical documents, clothing, menus, and other artifacts, all melding together to help illuminate the unique history of this thing we call ‘The Valley’. -> More information

Valley Relics Bob's Big Boy

Posing with Bob’s Big Boy at The Valley Relics Museum. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

8. Be a Guest of the Beta Main Museum

The Main Museum, still under construction as of June 2017, is a brand new artistic space being developed in Downtown Los Angeles that will, once finished, feature exhibition galleries, a rooftop plaza completed with an amphitheater and cafe, studios for artists, and even a restaurant. Until then, visitors can check out the Beta Main, a preview version of the space that includes featured exhibitions as well as public programs, including live readings, rehearsals, and workshops. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. -> More information

 9. Get to know L.A. on Foot at a CicLAvia

CicLAvia represents an open-streets initiative to connect angelenos with the neighborhoods they work, live and play in. A couple times a year the organizers of CicLAvia work with these neighborhoods to coordinate a day when a stretch of roadway normally dominated by cars is closed off from auto traffic, thereby opening it up cyclists and pedestrians. The result is tens of thousands of local citizens experiencing Los Angeles like never before. The next edition is scheduled for August 2017 in San Pedro.

10. Ponder the Stars at All Space Considered

Every first Friday the senior staff at the Griffith Observatory host a public panel and forum where they discuss and explain the latest in developments in space exploration and astronomical phenomena. The free monthly event tends to fill up fast, so be sure to get there about 30 – 45 minutes if you want to secure a spot. Something to be aware: The Observatory has new paid parking rates. You’ll have to pay $4 an hour if you park in the main lot or along West Observatory Road¬†. If you want free parking you can opt to park further down the hill and walk up, or park and ride near one of the designated dash buses within the park. -> More information

Griffith Observatory at Night

View from the Observatory at night. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

11. Enjoy a Free Concert at Grand Performances

Grand Performances has a staple of free summer events in L.A. for more than thirty years, and the 2017 edition offers not only a diverse lineup of world music performers, but also a series of beer pairing events in association with Angel City Brewery. -> More information.

12. Plan a Day to Check out The Broad

Built in 2015, the 120,000 square foot gallery space of The Broad Museum contains more than 2,000 works spread over two floors, including¬†Yayoi Kusama’s¬†Infinity Mirrored Room.¬†Advance reservation is required, and capacity for the Infinity Room is limited! -> More information

Infinity Room

Infinity Room Selfie. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

13. Head to the Arts District to see Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth, the new, massive gallery space that opened in the Arts District in 2016, has closed their galleries for the month of June while new works are installed. On July 1 a trio of new exhibits will open to the public : Takesada Matsutani, Monika Sosnowska, and Paul McCarthy. WS Spinoffs, Wood Statues, Brown Rothkos. The opening night will feature a public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery resume thereafter, Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -> More information

14. Boogie Down at Free Dance/DJ Nights at Grand Park

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA returns for 13 weeks of free dance parties, this year taking place at Grand park. The events are divided into two distinct series. Dance Downtown takes places on alternating Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m starting on June 23.¬†DJ Nights runs every other Friday from 9 to midnight starting June 30.

15. Chill Out at Sunday Sessions in Grand Park

One Sunday per month Grand Park will offer a free dance party to pay tribute to L.A.’s house music scene. Bring a few dollars and a valid I.D. you can also check out the 21+ cocktail garden. -> More information

Grand Park LA afternoon

An afternoon at Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

16. Enjoy the Night at the  LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Summer Film Series

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is hosting four free film screenings over the course of the summer and early fall. The lineup features Boulevard Nights on June 24, Frida on July 29, Blood In, Blood Out on August 19, and La Bamba on October 14. -> More information

17. Cruise the Downtown Art Walk

Every second Thursday of the month see downtown Los Angeles come alive in a vibrant blend of art, community, culture and food known as the DTLA Art Walk. If you’re like me, you might even become part of the art itself (watch below!).

18. Soak in the Vibes at the Venice Beach Music Festival

The Venice Beach Music Festival is full day of free/public entertainment at Windward Plaza Park taking place this August 25. While you’re in the area, I also recommend walking a few blocks to checking out the Venice Canals (assuming you’ve never been).

19. Make a Night of it at the Metro Art Summer Series at Union Station

Metro Arts has a killer series of summer programming scheduled for Union Station, including a summer train fest on July 15, a dance night featuring the Los Angeles salsa group Rumbankete, and an August 25 edition of KCRW Summer Nights.

20. Get Down at Echo Park Rising

Every August the EPR music festival brings a madhouse of free music to the east side, with multiple stages and activities on Sunset Blvd, Glendale Blvd, Alvarado Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. -> More information

21. See Sunset Concert at Skirball

The Skirball Culutral Center’s free sunset concert series runs on Thursdays from July 27 through August 31. Just remember parking is $10 so carpooling or a ride-share is recommended. -> More information

22. Hike to the Hollywood Sign

You can get there via Bronson Canyon like we did, or take one of several other routes, although as of the writing of this post I think the Beachwood Canyon access point is closed off. If the sign doesn’t interest you, we’ve also documented 9 other great hikes around L.A. with NO trail fees and NO parking costs. Enjoy!

Hollywood SIgn

Hazy day at the Hollywood Sign. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

23. Take Advantage of a Free Barnsdall Park Art Workshop

Every Sunday kids and families can enjoy free 2-hour arts and education workshops courtesy the folks over at Barnsdall Park.

24. Go for a Garden Walk at Greystone Mansion

The park and exterior garden of the Greystone Mansion provide one of the most gorgeous and peaceful spots in the entire city.  Free parking, but it tends to get a bit more crowded on weekends.

Luscious scenery at the greystone mansion in #beverlyhills #losangeles

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25. Enjoy the Free Los Angeles Levitt Pavilion Concert Series

Now in its 10th year, the free concert series at Los Angeles Levitt Pavilion will bring 50 free shows to MacArthur Park from June 17 through July 29. -> More information

26. Spend an Evening at The Silver Lake Picture Show

The Silver Lake Picture Show¬†series¬†closes off Sunset Triangle Square to screen outdoor movies every other Thursday during the summer. Screenings are preceded by performances by live bands and short films produced by local filmmakers. Here’s a link to the 2017 schedule.

27. Watch the Planes of LAX at Clutter’s Park

The best place to watch plans take off the runway from LAX.

Clutter's Park LAX

Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

28. Frolic at a Free First Friday

Whether it‚Äôs going to an art walk, sampling delicious food trucks or checking out a free night at a museum, first Friday¬†events (including in Venice Beach and Bixby Knolls in Long Beach) are a great way to connect to your local community and explore an area you’ve never been to.

29. Find More Free Art Galleries

If you’re looking for more gratis art gallery experiences, we’ve complied a handy list of¬†19 Awesome L.A. Art Galleries Every Angeleno Can Explore For Free.

Hockney Taschen Gallery

David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Book’ at Taschen Gallery. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

30. Enjoy Free Shakespeare in the Park (or By The Sea)

There is plenty of free/donation-based Shakespeare to be found during Los Angeles in the summer. The Independent Shakespeare Co. will be perform runs of Measure for Measure and The Two Gentlemen of Verona this summer while Shakespeare By the Sea will have two featured productions: The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth. Schedules for both can be found here.

31. Take a Tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (or JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center located in La Ca√Īada Flintridge, just northwest of Pasadena.¬†JPL offers weekly tours ¬†(either Monday or Wednesday on an alternating basis) that you have to book in advance online. As of the writing of this post the first available tour for small visitors group sizes (1-10) is mid August. Even if you can’t book it for the summer, a JPL is a must-experience tour whenever you find availability.

32. Roam with Rover at Rosie’s Dog Beach

There is only one legal, off-leash dog beach in all of L.A. County and this is it! Even if you don’t have a fido of your own, it’s still kind of fun to check out Rosies to see all the pups at play. Parking along Ocean Blvd. is free, but competitive, so make sure to bring some quarters for a metered lot as a backup.

Rosie's Dog Beach

Rosie’s Dog Beach. Credit: Justin Rudd

33. Bathe in the Moonlight While Watching Classic Films

Watch some of the best films of all-time right on the beach while bathing in the sweet summer moonlight at the Moonlight Movies on The Beach film series. The series begins June 15 and runs through August 22. Here’s the complete 2017 schedule.

34. Receive a Free Docent-Led Tour of the L.A. Public Library

Explore the architecture of the Bertram Goodhue Building and learn about the history of Los Angeles through the lens of the Central Library in downtown.

Docent tours are free and meet in front of the Library Store in the main lobby. Tours run about 1 hour long. Walk-ins are welcome (no reservation required) for groups of 6 of less.

Tour times are as follows:

Monday ‚Äď Friday: ¬†12:30 pm
Saturday: ¬†11:00 am & 2:00 pm PLUS a¬†12:30 pm ‚Äď Art-in-the-Garden Tour
Sunday: 2:00 pm

35. Check Out The Bradbury Building

One of the most unique architectural interiors in the entire city. As a visitor you can only go up to the second floor, but even that is a pretty impressive display.

Bradbury Building Interior

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

36. Visit the City Hall Observation Deck

A visit to the 27th floor of Los Angeles City Hall provides a 360-degree view of the city, including an up close and personal look at the Downtown Skyline. While you’re there you can also check out the a gallery of portraits mayors on the 26th floor, or pose for a photo at the lectern in the Tom Bradley Room.The Observation Deck is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Be sure to enter on the Main St. side of the building to check in. -> More information

37. Receive Free Archery Training

Woodley Park Archers offers free introductory archery instruction to the community, designed specifically for the beginner / novice who has no previous experience handling a bow. Classes are held every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. and on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.. There is absolutely no cost to join, and all equipment is provided If you’re near Pasadena you can also check out the Pasadena Roving Archers, who also offer free Saturday morning instruction.

38. Find Free Days at L.A.’s Best Botanical Gardens

Every third Tuesday of the month you can get free admission at the L.A. Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, and the South Coast Botanic Garden. And if gardens are your thing, be sure to check out this handy list of the best garden spaces in Los Angeles.

39. Attend Free Events at the Hammer Museum

Every month the Hammer Museum offers tons of great free events including talks, tours, and discussions lead by artists by and educators from local universities.

Hammer Museum Courtyard

Hammer Museum Courtyard. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

40. Catch Free Flicks at Old Pasadena Summer Cinema

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema will offer 20 free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area, including a set of four travel-related films to screen at Distant Lands Bookstore, nine outdoor screenings at the courtyard of One Colorado, and three special theme nights at Central Park. -> More information

41. Experience KCRW Summer Nights

KCRW‚Äôs free signature outdoor event series is, simply put, one of the best things about summers in Los Angeles. Here’s the complete 2017 Summer Nights schedule, which includes events at The Hammer Museum, the Santa Monica Pier, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Union Station, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights 2013

Chinatown Summer Nights 2013. Credit: Eric Chan via flickr

42. Check Out Free Polliwog Park Concerts in Manhattan Beach

Free Sunday concerts are held in Polliwog Park from the first weekend in July through the first weekend in September.

43. Sit Back and Relax at Sundays Live at LACMA

Did you know every Sunday you can sit and back and enjoy¬†a chamber music concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater? All concerts are free and open to the public. -> More information

44. Visit the Original In-N-Out Replica

On October 22, 1948 at 4:15pm the very first In-N-Out location opened its doors to the public at the intersection of Francisquito and Garvey in Baldwin Park, CA. Although that location is no longer serving customers, you can still visit a replica of the first restaurant complete with the original potato peeler, cash box and even a cigarette vending machine.

The In N Out replica at a glance. Credit: Brian Champlin

The In N Out replica at a glance. Credit: Brian Champlin

 45. Head to The Valley for Free Flicks

Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series will kick off with The LEGO Batman Movie on June 15 and runs weekly through August 31.

46. Take a Free Brewery Tour

Beer tastes better when you learn how it’s made. That said, you can find regularly schedule free tours at Eagle Rock Brewery, Golden Road Brewing Tour. I believe Angel City Brewery also does a free tour, but at this time I can’t find updated info on their website.

47. Boogie Down at Concerts on The Bloc

Concerts on The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles is a free summer concert series curated by Sofar Sounds. The monthly series kicks off with the R&B and soul sounds of VINCINT on June 15. ¬†Also, I hear the event may include some complimentary beer provided (if you’re into that sort of thing).

48. Fridays + Saturdays at The Getty

Friday Flights at The Getty¬†offers locals the chance to hear, listen and watch L.A.-based artists present their unique storytelling, dance, music or art installations. Saturdays Off the 405 is the Getty’s annual free summer concert series. Both are free!

Getty Center Garden

The Getty Center. Credit: Nick Webb via flickr cc

49. San Gabriel Summer Nights

The City of San Gabriel’s will host a free block party / concert  in the Mission District every Thursday through August 10. -> More information

50. 2017 Pirate Invasion in Long Beach

The 2017 Pirate Invasion of Long Beach is taking place over 4th of July weekend. Some of the highlights include a living history encampment, pirate training, a mermaid shell hunt, live bands, belly dancing, and more. Admission is free, with food, beverages, and merch for sale.

Did we screw up anywhere in our list? Miss something free and fun in L.A. you think deserves mention? We know we can’t get them all, but we always love suggestions. Feel free to contact us to submit your ideas.