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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

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

South Bay & Long Beach
Angels Gate Cultural Center
ESMoA
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
LAXART
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
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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 ‘Symphony of Oaks.’  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 descansogardens.org 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 ticketsDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. [11 a.m. ] Tucked away in the hills of Griffith Park is another magical place courtesy of Walt Disney – 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. [variousLos 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.

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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’s Research Hospital.

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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’s 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 Cañada 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 – Friday:  12:30 pm
Saturday:  11:00 am & 2:00 pm PLUS a 12:30 pm – 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’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.

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.

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Here’s the Schedule for Old Pasadena Summer Cinema 2017

June 13, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is back for 2017 with 20 free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area. Highlights include a set of four travel-related films to screen at Distant Lands Bookstore, plus nine outdoor screenings at the courtyard of One Colorado.

This year’s lineup also features three special dates with a bit of added entertainment. ‘Date Night’ on July 8, ‘Family Night’ on July 15, and ‘Ladies’ Night’ on July 22, will offer special pre-film activities, food, arcade games, cocktails, dance lessons and/or music. Special activities will be tailored to each night’s theme. All three of the special event dates will take place on Saturdays at Pasadena Central Park.

Keep in mind seating is provided at each venue, but early arrival is suggested in order to secure a spot. Chairs and blankets are welcome. All screenings are and open to the public. See the full line up below!

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema

Image via Old Pasadena Summer Cinema

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema 2017

Saturday, July 1: Jurassic Park (1993) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 6: Song of the Sea (2014)  at Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E. Union St. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 7: Samsara (2011) at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave. 8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 7: Freedom Writers (2007) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 8: The Sting (1973) at Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. 6:30 p.m. Music + Date Night special activities; 8:30 p.m. film screening.

Saturday, July 8: Remember the Titans (2000) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13:  The Cat That Changed the World (2017) at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 14: Riding Solo to the Top of the World (2006) at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave. 8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 14: The Martian (2015) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15Wreck-It Ralph (2012) at Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. 6:30 p.m. Music + Family Night special activities; 8:30 p.m. film screening.

Saturday, July 15: Ocean’s Eleven (2001) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) at Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E. Union St. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21: A Good Year (2006) at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave. 8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 21: Hugo (2011) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 22: Mamma Mia! (2008) at Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. 6:30 p.m. Ladies’ Night activities; 8:30 p.m. film screening.

Saturday, July 22: Doctor Strange (2016) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 28Cairo Time (2009) at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave. 8:00PM

Friday, July 28: School of Rock (2003) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM

Saturday, July 29Inside Out (2015) at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley 8:30PM


For more information on each venue/film as well as a rundown of entertainment for the special events, please visit oldpasadena.org.

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Here’s the Schedule of Free Concerts at the Los Angeles Levitt Pavilion for Summer 2017

June 12, 2017 by Brian Champlin

10 years in and the free concert series at the Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park is still going strong. An estimated 60,000 attendees enjoyed the tunes last summer, and there’s no reason to think 2017 won’t be just as good.

50 free shows are scheduled this year, and there’s plenty of diversity in the performance mix, from world music and jazz to Jamaican beats and synth pop (Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend fame will play the finale).

The concert calendar begins on the weekend of June 17-18 and then continues every Thursday through Sunday until July 29. Showtimes vary  by date but generally performances start between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The complete lineup of dates is listed below.

Enjoy!

[RELATEDHere’s the Schedule of Free Concerts & Movies at Pershing Square for Summer 2017]

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles 2017 Schedule

Saturday, Jun 17
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
The Mexican Standoff, Nancy Sanchez, Sin Color at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 18
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Cumbia Cosmica at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Leche at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Tank And The Bangas, Sweet Crude at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Kinky at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Kiddle Karoo at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 29
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
The Buttertones, Pinky Pinky at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 30
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Vieux Farka Toure at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 1
Councilmember Gil Cedillo Presents
Chico (+ Fireworks!) at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 2
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Jessica Fichot at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 6
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
The Regrettes, The Tracks at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 7
Sponsored By County Supervisor Hilda Solis
Western Standard Time at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Levitt National Tour Presents
The Suffers at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 9
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Bob Baker Marionettes at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
LA Resistencia, The Paranoias, Ghetto On Phyre at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
LA Chamba at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 15
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Dos Lobos – David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas Of Los Lobos at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 16
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Silk Road at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Brainstory at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Mndsgn at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 22
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Jungle Fire at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 23
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
The Hollow Trees at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 27
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Thee Commons at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 28
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Jc Brooks at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 29
Spaceland & Levitt LA Present
Baio at 7:30 p.m.


Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles is located at 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057. Be sure to visit levitlosangeles.org for great info on how to get there and parking options. Also check their FAQ page for answers to other key questions if you plan to attend.

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Here’s the July + August Schedule for Rooftop Cinema Club in L.A.

June 7, 2017 by Brian Champlin

The latest schedule for Rooftop Cinema Club was just released last week, and we’ve got the complete rundown below. But first, a couple reminders about the upcoming schedule:

First, be advised that We Like L.A. is hosting a summer kickoff party in collaboration with RCC on June 20. The evening will feature a screening of Dazed and Confused plus pre-screening trivia hosted by yours truly. And don’t worry, there will be plenty of prizes!

Secondly, note that Rooftop Cinema Club has added another location in Los Angeles. Screenings are now slated throughout the summer at LEVEL in Downtown L.A., as well at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

For all events doors open for each screening at 6 p.m., with snacks and drinks available for purchase, and (on most nights) a beautiful sunset to take in all before the movies start around 8 to 8:15 p.m. Regular tickets are priced at $19 per person, and special ‘Love Seats’ (basically you buy two seats at once) are being offered for $29. Tickets are on sale here

Check the schedule below with links to purchase for each event, and you can go here for the complete summer lineup (released so far).

Enjoy!

Rooftop Film Club Los Angeles

Image via Roof Cinema Club

Saturday July 1 at the Montalbán: Brick

Saturday July 1 at LEVEL: The Godfather

Tuesday July 4 at LEVEL: Hidden Figures

Wednesday July 5 at the Montalbán: Brokeback Mountain

Wednesday July 5 at LEVEL: Sin Nombre

Thursday July 6 at the Montalbán: Get Out

Thursday July 6 at LEVEL: Beauty and the Beast

Friday July 7 at the Montalbán: The Theory of Everything

Friday July 7 at LEVEL: The Constant Gardener

Saturday July 8 at the Montalbán: La La Land

Saturday July 8 at LEVEL: Logan

Tuesday July 11 at the Montalbán: Moonlight

Tuesday July 11 at LEVEL: Mulholland Drive

Wednesday July 12 at the Montalbán: Hanna 

Wednesday July 12 at LEVEL: Get Out

Thursday July 13 at the Montalbán: Beauty and the Beast

Thursday July 13 at LEVEL: The Pianist

Friday July 14 at the Montalbán: Eastern Promises

Friday July 14 at LEVEL: Silence of the Lambs 

Saturday July 15 at the Montalbán: Logan

Saturday July 15 at LEVEL: Beginners 

Tuesday July 18 at the Montalbán: The Italian Job

Tuesday July 18 at LEVEL: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Wednesday July 19 at the Montalbán: 500 Days of Summer

Wednesday July 19 at LEVEL: Far From Heaven

Thursday July 20 at the Montalbán: Almost Famous

Thursday July 20 at LEVEL: Moonlight

Friday July 21 at the Montalbán: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Friday July 21 at LEVEL: In Bruges

Saturday July 22 at the Montalbán: Dirty Dancing

Saturday July 22 at LEVEL: La La Land

Tuesday July 25 at the Montalbán: Casablanca

Tuesday July 25 at LEVEL: Casablanca

Wednesday July 26 at the Montalbán: Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday July 26 at LEVEL: The Graduate

Thursday July 27 at the Montalbán: Logan

Thursday July 27 at LEVEL: Atonement

Friday July 28 at the Montalbán: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Friday July 28 at LEVEL: Dallas Buyers Club

Saturday July 29 at the Montalbán: TBA

Saturday July 29 at LEVEL: The Godfather

Tuesday August 1 at the Montalbán: Dirty Dancing

Tuesday August 1 at LEVEL: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Wednesday August 2 at the Montalbán: La La Land

Wednesday August 2 at LEVEL: La La Land

Thursday August 3 at the Montalbán: L.A. Confidential

Thursday August 3 at LEVEL: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Friday August 4 at the Montalbán: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

Friday August 4 at LEVEL: Moonlight

Saturday August 5 at the Montalbán: The Handmaiden

Saturday August 5 at LEVEL: Get Out

Tuesday August 8 at the Montalbán: Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown

Tuesday August 8 at LEVEL: Casablanca

Wednesday August 9 at the Montalbán: All About My Mother

Wednesday August 9 at LEVEL: Pretty Woman

Thursday August 10 at the Montalbán: Volver

Thursday August 10 at LEVEL: Top Gun

Friday August 11 at the Montalbán: Law of Desire

Friday August 11 at LEVEL: Logan

Saturday August 12 at the Montalbán: Live Flesh

Saturday August 12 at LEVEL: Goodfellas

Tuesday August 15 at the Montalbán: Clueless

Tuesday August 15 at LEVEL: Dirty Dancing

Wednesday August 16 at the Montalbán: Heat

Wednesday August 16 at LEVEL: Lion

Thursday August 17 at the Montalbán: Casablanca

Thursday August 17 at LEVEL: Heat

Friday August 18 at the Montalbán: Get Out

Friday August 18 at LEVEL: L.A. Confidential

Saturday August 19 at the Montalbán: Beauty and the Beast

Saturday August 19 at LEVEL: The Godfather

Tuesday August 22 at the Montalbán: The Edge of Seventeen

Tuesday August 22 at LEVEL: Casablanca

Wednesday August 23 at the Montalbán: Moonlight

Wednesday August 23 at LEVEL: Rocky

Thursday August 24 at the Montalbán: Logan

Thursday August 24 at LEVEL: Annie Hall

Friday August 25 at the Montalbán: La La Land

Friday August 25 at LEVEL: Logan

Saturday August 26 at the Montalbán: The Godfather

Saturday August 26 at LEVEL: Saturday Night Fever

Tuesday August 29 at the Montalbán: Grease

Tuesday August 29 at LEVEL: Get Out

Wednesday August 30 at the Montalbán: All the President’s Men

Wednesday August 30 at LEVEL: La La Land

Thursday August 31 at the Montalbán: Beauty and the Beast

Thursday August 31 at LEVEL: Beauty and the Beast


As a reminder Must be 18+ to attend and 21+ to drink alcohol.

Visit rooftopcinemaclub.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Here’s the Schedule of Free Concerts & Movies at Pershing Square for Summer 2017

June 6, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Been searching for more free summer events in Los Angeles.? It turns out 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.

On Saturdays starting July 15 the DT Stage Concert Series opens at Pershing Square with free weekly shows featuring the likes of The Wallflowers, the B-52s, and Toad the Wet Sprocket (my inner 90’s kid swoons!).

On Fridays starting July 14 Pershing Square will begin its free summer movies, with the lineup leaning heavy on sci-fi and fantasy. Movies to be screened include Edge of Tomorrow, World War Z, and Underworld.

In addition to the weekend headliners and movies, you can catch lunchtime concerts every Wednesday during the Farmers Market, live jazz a few blocks away on Spring St. every Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., plus  free yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m.

On concert dates the lawn will open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. On Fridays the movies will begin screening at sundown.

The summer flicks and concert calendar is listed below for reference. For more information refer to the official series homepage on laparks.org.

Pershing Square Summer Events Calendar

July 14: Edge of Tomorrow screening

July 15: The Wallflowers perform

July 21: Underworld screening

July 22: Boogie Knights performs

July 28: World War Z screening

July 29: Los Lonely Boys

August 4: The 6th Day screening

August 5: Toad the Wet Sprocket performs

August 11: The Mortal Instruments screening

August 12: The B-52s perform

August 18: Cell screening

August 19: X performs


Before heading out to any of the Pershing Square events be sure to read up on the summer concert rules and policies.

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Here’s Where to See Free Shakespeare in the Park in L.A. for Summer 2017

June 5, 2017 by Brian Champlin

“Fair is free, and free is fair.”

Isn’t that from Macbeth? Well it ought to be! Especially when considering how lovely it is that our region offers so many free performances of The Bard’s work.

As in years past we’ve compiled a schedule of all of the free/donation-based Shakespeare you can find in the Los Angeles area during the summer. And please keep in mind that key phrase… donation-based.

While admission is free for all who may arrive we strongly encourage you to leave a few dollars to help support the cause, and keep the festivals going strong for years to come.

Check out the listings below. Pick a date. Enjoy the show!

via Indepedent Shakespeare Co. on Vimeo

Shakespeare in the Park

For the 8th year in a row the Independent Shakespeare Co. will offer free / donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park starting on the final Saturday of June. Last year the company performed for an estimated 48,000 guests over the course of its summer program, and this year promises to be as good as ever.

Measure for Measure will be performed June 24-25, and then every Wednesday through Sunday from June 28 – July 23.

ISC’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed July 29-30, and then every Wednesday through Sunday from August 2 – September 3.

All performances for both runs begin at 7:00 p.m. on the nights indicated. Arriving early to get prime seating is recommended. Be sure to read up on how to plan your evening before attending.

Shakespeare by the Sea

Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a 10-week program of admission free performances with two featured productions: The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth.

Shows will take place at a variety of venues across the greater Los Angeles area, including stops in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Hermosa Beach, South Pasadena, Whittier, and an extended run at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

Complete schedule below.

June 15: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 16: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 17: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 22: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 23: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 24: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 29: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

June 30: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

July 1: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

July 6: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

July 7: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

July 8: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

July 9: The Taming of the Shrew – Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7 p.m.

July 12: Macbeth – Valley Park in Hermosa Beach at 7 p.m.

July 13: The Taming of the Shrew – Valley Park in Hermosa Beach at 7 p.m.

July 14: The Taming of the Shrew – Monte Verde Park in Lakewood at 7 p.m.

July 15: Macbeth – Saddleback College Summer Theater in Mission Viejo at 7:30 p.m.

July 16:  The Taming of the Shrew – Saddleback College Summer Theater in Mission Viejo at 7:30 p.m.

July 19: The Taming of the Shrew – Schabarum Regional Park in Rowland Heights at 7 p.m.

July 20: The Taming of the Shrew – La Mirada Regional Park in La Mirada at 7:30 p.m.

July 21: The Taming of the Shrew – Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro at 7 p.m.

July 22: Macbeth – Rush Park in Los Alamitos at 7 p.m.

July 23: The Taming of the Shrew – Rush Park in Los Alamitos at 7 p.m.

July 26: The Taming of the Shrew – Venice Beach Recreation Center in Venice at 7 p.m.

July 27: Macbeth – Birch Park in Santa Ana at 7 p.m.

July 28: Macbeth – Wilson Park in Torrance at 7 p.m.

July 29: The Taming of the Shrew – Wilson Park in Torrance at 7 p.m.

July 30: Macbeth – Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach at 7 p.m.

August 2: Macbeth – CSU Dominguez Hills in Carons at 7 p.m.

August 3: The Taming of the Shrew – Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills at 7 p.m.

August 4: Macbeth – Garfield Park in South Pasadena at 7 p.m.

August 5: The Taming of the Shrew – Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino at 7 p.m.

August 6: The Taming of the Shrew – Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach at 7 p.m.

August 9: The Taming of the Shrew – Soka University in Aliso Viejo at 7 p.m.

August 10: The Taming of the Shrew – Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills at 7 p.m.

August 11: Macbeth – Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach at 7 p.m.

August 12: The Taming of the Shrew -Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach at 7 p.m.

August 13: The Taming of the Shrew – Crown Valley Park in Laguna Niguel at 7 p.m.

August 16: Macbeth – Adventure Park in Whitter at 7 p.m.

August 17: Macbeth – Terreana Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7 p.m.

August 18: Macbeth – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

August 19: The Taming of the Shrew – Point Fermin Park in San Pedro at 8 p.m.

Be sure to visit the Shakespeare by the Sea calendar page to find out more details on each of the locations and any changes to the schedule.

More Free Summer Shakespeare

Another option for free Shakespeare is at The LA SummerFEST presented by the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival.

As of the writing of this blog post the 2017 schedule is not available, but be sure to check the official website for details as they become available.

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26 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [5-30-17 to 6-2-17]

May 30, 2017 by Brian Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 2, features Prom Night at the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Venice Pride Block Party, the Pancake & Booze Art Show, the kickoff of Grand Performances 2017, First Fridays, and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Venice Beach Sign

Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Tuesday May 30th, 2017

1.  Band Aid, a new film starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, and Fred Armisen, will screen for free at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday at 8 p.m. A jam session with all three starring cast members will follow the screening. RSVP required. FREE

2Björk Digital is a groundbreaking virtual reality collection of videos, featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura, to be shown at Magic Box at The Reef in Downtown L.A. starting on May 19.

3. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum takes place every Tuesday with trucks vary from week to week. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and hang out on the lawn of the museum while they dine..

4. Fin to Fin: Zero Waste Cooking Workshop will teach guests how to prepare a creative, delicious and balanced meal without throwing anything away. Presented by Crafted Kitchen.

5. The Protomen present Light Up the Night at Echoplex followed by a Q&A.

6.  How to Kill a City: Gentrification in L.A. and Beyond at the Last Bookstore. FREE

7.  Drinky Draw, a life drawing and beer event, comes to Wurstküche  in Venice at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wednesday May 31st, 2017

8. City officials and local leaders will kick off the seventh annual LGBT Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles with a reception and special Council presentation at City Hall on Wednesday, May 31 starting at 8:30 a.m. FREE

9. Dead & Company, a band consisting of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti, comes to the Hollywood Bowl this Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

10. The Downtown Independent is hosting a Smash Brothers 4 Tournament this Wednesday night. $10 if you want to compete Spectators get in free.

Thursday June 1st, 2017

11. On Thursday, June 1 The Museum of Broken Relationships and the folks at We Like L.A. (hey that’s us!) are co-hosting a Prom Do-Over that’s going to take you back in time to party like it’s 1999 (and you won’t even need a DeLorean)

12. Stop by Golden Road Brewery on Thursday for a free evening of lawn games, home-brew seminars, live music & a screening of the new Beerland docu-series. FREE

13. Time Out L.A.’s Tacos & Tequila comes to Candela La Brea for a night of taco samples, craft cocktails, photo ops and fun.

14. Get discount tickets to the Actor’s Gang performances of The Refugee Project in Culver City. Discounts available for Thursday, Friday, and, Saturday, while supplies last. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Giant Robot Comedy Night brings a free stand-up show to the GR2 Art Gallery on Sawtelle Blvd on the first Thursday of every month.

16. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) tackles 37 of The Bard’s plays in 97 rip-roaring minutes. Now playing at the MET Theatre. Discounted tickets available for this Thursday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Friday June 2nd, 2017

17. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Los Angeles at LOT 613 for two nights of maple syrup-infused debauchery.

18.  The Interactive, Immersive and Innovative Public Arts Festival hosts over 30 artists, allowing them to engage and exhibit their most imaginative works. The festival will take place at three separate locations throughout DTLA, including the launch of Grand Performances for 2017 featuring William Close and the Earth Harp Collective.

19. The Pasadena Museum of Art will celebrate their 15th birthday with a special extended Free First Friday. Events to include six different talks spotlighting artists like Kenny Scharf, tasty baked goods, wine and beer, music from the Astral Plane DJ team, Red Hen Press book readings and musical performances by Tim Reid.

20. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

21. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

22. Grab discount tickets to this weekend’s LA Audio Show, a convention focusing on the latest and greatest in audio gear and accessories, taking place at the Gateway Sheraton Hotel. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. This Friday will be the 2nd Annual Venice Pride Sign Lighting & Block Party. The night’s celebration will include DJs, dancing, food trucks, art exhibitions, and more. Free and open to the public. FREE

24. Friday is National Donut Day! To celebrate Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area will be offering a free classic donut with the purchase of any beverage. Enjoy!

25. A new exhibition entitled Sanctuary opens this Friday night at the Little Tokyo Arts Complex. The opening night exhibition/performance will be followed by a DJ set by Shephard Fairey. FREE

26. Great Horror Movie Nights at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park continue with a screening of Carrie this Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


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