Los Angeles’ bevy of annual free concert series kick into high gear starting on Saturday. Question is, which one do you want to attend?
Below find our usual framework: 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
If you’re keen on fun to-dos but hate parking and traffic, remember that every Wednesday we put together a handy rundown of free weekend events you can access by Metro bus and rail service. Here’s one highlight for today:
Head to Chinatown for KCRW Summer Nights, which returns for a new season of summer programming featuring DJ sets and live musical performances. On Saturday, expect a packed Central Plaza where KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Jason Bentley will spin tunes as guests dance, hang out, and explore local vendors, stores, and activations. Gets started at 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.
Go Metro: Take the A line to Chinatown station.
Three Top Picks To Do This Saturday
M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission
Venice Fest – FA > On Saturday, Venice Fest takes over a multi-block stretch of Venice Blvd in Mar Vista (between Centinela Ave and Inglewood Blvd) for a day of all-ages fun featuring local bands, yoga, games, and classic cars on display. Expect two stages of music, a beer garden, dozens of local artists and vendors, and more. Runs noon to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.
Mapping Performance – M FA > This Saturday and Sunday, Metro Art Presents commemorates 10 years of L.A.-inspired arts and cultural programming with weekend-long celebration at at the heart of the LA Metro transit system. Hosted at Los Angeles Union Station, MAPPING Performance will offer back-to-back days of with percussion-driven music and dance performances drawing from Southeast Asian and Afro-Brazilian traditions, including headliner Dengue Fever. Free to attend. No ticket necessary. More info here.
Comeback Fest – M FA > On Saturday, Art Share L.A. hosts Comeback Fest, an all-ages community festival celebrating Los Angeles creatives through art, music, poetry, film and food. Expect 40+ vendors, live painting, two performance stages, and open studios to explore all day long. Runs 3 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.
Six More Things To Do in L.A. Today
- JOHN REED, the international workout brand with a nightclub vibe, is opening a brand new 45,000 square-foot space in Santa Monica this weekend. To celebrate they’ll be offering free access to the gym all weekend long, plus a day-long set of activities on Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) that includes classes, DJ sets, and activations such as Cupping Therapy by Myodetox and a piercing station. FA
- On Saturday, Delicious Little Tokyo returns for a culinary journey through the historic neighborhood. M
- Grand Performances continues this Saturday with a show by Gambian multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh, to be preceded by The Nubian Sound Group. M FA
- Pier 360 is a beach life festival offering back-to-back days (this Saturday and Sunday) of ocean sports competitions, live music, food, drinks, games, brand activations, and more, all adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. M FA
- This Saturday, The Compton Pride Festival brings live performances and all-ages entertainment to Compton College, all taking place from noon to 8 p.m. FA
- The Autry celebrates the opening of their newest exhibition, Imagined Wests, with a special day of early access followed by a concert featuring Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno.
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