New transit possibilities. New free things to do. New… you? Ok, let’s not go that far.
As we head into this Saturday in Los Angeles, here’s how we break it down: One great idea where you can get there by Metro, three top picks to point you in the right direction, and six other quick ideas for those who just need lots of options. Whatever you decide on, hope you make it a good one.
Make Metro Part of Your Weekend
Every Wednesday we map out a guide to the best free things to do for the weekend taking L.A. Metro, and this week we wanted to highlight free ideas taking the system’s brand new Regional Connector (including free rides on the entire Metro system all weekend!).
For Saturday, consider the Patches & Pins Expo at Grand Central Market. This funky flea market includes 70+ vendors offering pins, patches, art, toys, vintage fashion, pop collectibles, retro nostalgia, sneakers, and more. Plus, if you make plans to come by in the late afternoon, then maybe you’ll continue the fun with a walk up to Grand Performances (also free), which begins at 6 p.m.
GO METRO: Take the A or E Lines to Grand Av Arts / Bunker Hill station.
Three Top Picks To Do This Saturday
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission
MOCA x Insomniac & Secret Project Present Party/After-Party Sessions – M > MOCA, with an assist from Insomniac / Secret Projects, is hosting concerts and a dance party built around Carl Craig’s Party/After-Party sound and light installation currently on exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary. Tickets are $15. More info here.
New Orleans Corridor Ribbon Cutting & Street Festival – FA > This Saturday, a stretch of Jefferson Boulevard will be dedicated as L.A.’s “New Orleans Corridor,” with the milestone to be accompanied by a free festival featuring live musical performances. The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 11 a.m., and will be followed by a parade and concert. Free to attend. More info here.
Juneteenth Celebration in Santa Monica – M FA > The 31st annual Juneteenth Celebration in Santa is back at Virginia Avenue Park this Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. Expect an afternoon of music, unique food and craft vendors, and local resources, all banded together under the 2023 theme of “Coming Together in Appreciation, Reconciliation, and Commemoration!” Free to attend. More info here.
Six More Things To Do in L.A. Today
- Celebrate Juneteenth in Old Pasadena this Saturday with a Roller Jam featuring tunes, food trucks, art, and vendors, all located at the plaza at Pasadena City Hall. FA
- This Saturday and Sunday, the annual jazz festival returns to the Hollywood Bowl for a two-day concert that includes performances by Kamasi Washington, Leon Bridges, West Coast Get Down, Poncho Sanchez and others.
- The Pasadena Chalk Festival returns to The Paseo this Saturday and Sunday for a two day-long event featuring art and music featuring some 200 murals and over 500 artists. FA
- This Saturday, Q Con celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ+ comics, games, and popular media. FA
- The Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series continues on Saturday with a dublab presentation of Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra, Brian Hargrove, and DJ Mark Maxwell.
- On Saturday, the 2023 edition of Trans Pride LA hosts an afternoon festival featuring live performances, special vendors, food, and educational workshops. M FA
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