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Things To Do

Cool Stuff to Do in Los Angeles, A Massive List From A-Z (Including Over 100 Free Ideas!)

October 15, 2014 by Brian Champlin

In many ways I like to think of of We Like L.A. as book.

Experience by experience, place by place, narrative by narrative we try to tell the story of the best that Los Angeles has to offer and all the things you can do in our great city.

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And if that’s the case then of course we need the thing that all city guide books have: an index. Welp, consider this page our index.

Below you’ll find a massive list of stuff you can do in Los Angeles, alphabetized (with zero spend to-do’s notated as FREE) and linked to pages where you can find more information about the event, venue, activity, or place.

Granted, an alphabetical listing isn’t always the most useful for finding niche specific topics, but thankfully we’ve already started the process of parsing the list in articles such as:

We’ve put together the below list of stuff to do with the hopes that folks will help us fill in the gaps of what we might have missed by commenting below. We’ve already included hundreds of items for you to explore, but we know there’s always more out there, and that’s where we need your help.

Basically, if you think it belongs on the master listing, let us know!

A

Abbot Kinney Festival  FREE
The Adamson House
Amoeba Music Shows  FREE
Angelino Heights Walking Tour
Angels Flight Railway
Annenberg Beach House
Annenberg Space For Photography FREE
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Aquarium of the Pacific
Armory Center for the Arts
Artists & Fleas FREE
Ascot Hills Park FREE
Automobile Driving Museum FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Autry National Center of the American West

B

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook FREE
Barnsdall Park FREE
Bat Caves FREE
Bergamot Station FREE
Beverly Canon Gardens FREE
Beverly Gardens Park FREE
Beverly Hills Farmers Market FREE
Big Parade LA FREE
Bob Baker Marionettes
Bradbury Building FREE
Brand Library & Art Center FREE
Brand Park FREE
Brewery Art Walk
Bridge to Nowhere FREE
Broad Contemporary Art Museum
Bungalow Heaven
The Bunny Museum

C

Cabrillo Beach
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium FREE
California African American Museum FREE
California Citrus State Park
California Heritage Museum
California Science Center FREE
Camera Obscura
Cartwheel Art Tours
Casa Adobe De San Rafael and Park FREE
Cave of Munits FREE
Chandelier Tree FREE
Channel 101 FREE
Charmlee Wilderness Park FREE
Chinese American Museum FREE
Chumash Trail FREE
CicLAvia FREE
Cinespia
Clutter’s Park FREE
Comedy Living Room
Corral Canyon FREE
Corriganville Park
Cove Skatepark
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Culver City Farmers Market FREE

D

Dance Mob Nation FREE
Dawn Mine Hike
Deer Park Monastery
Descanso Gardens
Disneyland (I mean, it’s not in L.A., but come on)
Dodgers Stadium
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
Downtown Art Walk FREE
Downtown Historic Core Mural Art Tours

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E

Eagle Rock Music Festival
Eagle Rock Odd Market FREE
Eames House
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden FREE
Eat|See|Hear
Eaton Canyon FREE
Echo Park Lake FREE
Egyptian Theatre
EightyTwo Arcade
El Dorado Nature Center
El Matador State Beach FREE
El Porto Beach FREE
Electric Dusk Drive-In
Escondido Falls FREE
ESMoA FREE
Evergreen Cemetery FREE
Exposition Park FREE

F

Farm Sanctuary
Festival of the Chariots FREE
FIDM Museum FREE
First Fridays in Venice FREE
First Fridays in Long Beach FREE
Fisher Museum of Art FREE
Flower District (Neighborhood) FREE
Fonda Theater
Fort MacArthur Museum
Fowler Museum FREE
Franklin Canyon Park FREE
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden FREE
Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation

G

Gagosian Gallery FREE
Galcos Soda Pop Shop FREE
Gamble House
Garden of the Gods FREE
Gardens of the World FREE
Geffen Playhouse
The Gentle Barn
Getty Museum FREE (but mind the parking fee)
Getty Villa
Glendale Planetarium
Grammy Museum
Grand Central Market FREE
Grand Park FREE
Grand Performances FREE
Grauman’s Chinese Theater
The Great Wall of Los Angeles FREE
Greystone Mansion FREE
Griffith Observatory FREE
Griffith Park FREE
The Groundlings
The Grove

H

Hammer Museum FREE
Haunted Hayride
Heritage Square Museum
Hilltop Park
The Hobbit House
Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Farmer’s Market FREE
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Wax Museum
Hondo Canyon FREE
Hsi Lai Temple FREE
Huntington Gardens

I

Ice House Canyon Trail FREE
iFly Hollywood

J

Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys
Jumbo’s Clown Room

K

KCRW Summer Nights FREE
Kidspace Children’s Museum
Kogi Taco Truck
Korean Friendship Bell FREE
Koreatown (Neighborhood)

L

La Brea Tar Pits FREE
L.A. County Fair
L.A. County Irish Fair
L.A. Derby Dolls
L.A. Street Food Fest
LAFD Museum in Hollywood
Lake Balboa FREE
Lake Hollywood FREE
Lake Vista Trail
Lancaster Poppy Fields
The Last Bookstore FREE
Levitated Mass FREE
Levitt Pavilion Pasadena FREE
Little Ethiopia (neighborhood)
Little India (neighborhood)
Little Tokyo (neighborhood)
Long Beach Antique Market
Long Beach BBQ Festival
Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Los Angeles Ballet
Los Angeles Central Public Library
Los Angeles City Hall (Observation Deck)
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) FREE
Los Angeles County Arboretum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust FREE
Los Angeles National Cemetery FREE
Los Angeles Natural History Museum
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Lower Arroyo Seco Recreation Area FREE
The Lummis Home

M

Machine Project
Madrona Marsh Preserve FREE
Magic Castle
Make Music Pasadena FREE
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Hindu Temple FREE
Mariachi USA Festival
Mark Taper Auditorium
Martial Arts History Museum
Mar Vista Farmer’s Market FREE
Melrose Trading Post
Metro Art Tours FREE
Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater
Mildred E Mathias Botanical Garden FREE
Moonlight Movies at the Beach FREE
Mosaic Tile House FREE
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Mural Mile on Van Nuys Blvd
Murphy Ranch Abandoned Nazi Compound (Rustic Canyon) FREE
Muscle Beach FREE
Museum of Death
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Latina American Art
Museum of Tolerance
Music Box Loop (Secret Stairs)

N

NASA JPL Tours
Nerd Nite LA
Nethercutt Museum FREE
Newton Canyon Falls FREE
Norton Simon Museum

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O

Old L.A. Zoo FREE
Old Town Pasadena (neighborhood)
Olivera Street FREE
Orchid Fever
Orcutt Ranch FREE
Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire

P

Pacific Asia Museum
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Paley Center for Media
Pantages Theater
Paramount Ranch
Pasadena Chalk Festival FREE
Pasadena City College Flea Market FREE
Pasadena Playhouse
Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
Pehrspace
Pershing Square FREE
Point Dume Malibu FREE
Point Fermin Park FREE
Police Academy Rock Garden

Q

Queen Mary in Long Beach

R

Rancho Park Archery Range FREE
Ranger Ernie Hikes in Griffith Park FREE
Redondo Beach Lobster Festival
Redondo Beach Pier Movies FREE
Reseda Park FREE
Richie Gaona’s Trapeze School
Rivas Canyon Trail FREE
Rocky Peak Park FREE
Rodeo Drive FREE
Ronald Reagan Library
Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Rosies Dog Beach FREE
Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Festival)
Rubio Canyon Waterfall FREE
Runyon Canyon FREE

S

Sandstone Peak FREE
San Gabriel Mission
Santa Anita Racetrack
Santa Monica Farmer’s Market FREE
Santa Monica Food Truck Lot
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Santa Monica Pier FREE
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica Traveling Rings FREE
The Satellite
Schindler House
Scoops
SEA Lab FREE ($2 suggested donation)
Self Realization Fellowship’s Lake Shrine Temple FREE
Shakespeare at the Park FREE
Shakespeare by the Sea FREE
Shambala Preserve
Shipwreck Trail FREE
Shoreline Village FREE
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Skeletons in the Closet (the LA Coroner’s Store)
Skirball Cultural Center
Sleepaway Comedy FREE
Solstice Canyon FREE
South Coast Botanic Garden
Spaldena House FREE
Staples Center
STAR Eco Station
Street Food Cinema
Sturtevant Falls
Sullivan Canyon FREE
Sunken City of San Pedro FREE
Sunnyday Scoot
Sunset Junction (neighborhood)
Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables
Super Serious Show
Sweet!

T

Temescal Canyon FREE
Tempest Freerunning Academy
Third Street Promenade FREE
Time Travel Mart FREE
Tongva Park FREE
Topanga Lookout FREE
Torrance Art Museum FREE
Towsley Canyon FREE
Travel Town Museum FREE
TreePeople Moonlight Hike
Troutdale

U

UCLA Meteorite Gallery FREE
Union Station FREE
Universal Studios Hollywood
USC School Music Recitals FREE

V

Vanalden Cave FREE
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park FREE
Venice Beach Boardwalk FREE
Venice Canals FREE
Venice Skatepark FREE
Verdugo Park FREE
Vincent Lugo Park FREE
Vintage Venice Tours
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Vista Hermosa Park FREE
Vroman’s Bookstore FREE

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W

Wacko Soap Plant FREE
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Watts Day of the Drum Festival FREE
Watts Towers FREE (external view is free, tours are $7)
We Like L.A. Meetup Group FREE
Westwood Farmer’s Market FREE
Whittier Narrows FREE
Wildlife Learning Center
Will Rogers Park
Wonderful World of Animation

X

Xiem Clay Center

Y

Z

Zimmer Children’s Museum
Zócalo Public Square FREE

Surely we’ve missed something so by all means leave us a comment with even more things to do in Los Angeles that we can add to the list! Thanks for the input!

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