10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [8-12-2023]

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The new Little Tokyo Metro station. Photo by Brian Champlin

For your consideration this Saturday in Los Angeles, a group bike ride at Expo Park, free screenings at Vidiots, Natsumatsuri Family Festival in Little Tokyo, Rocket Fever in Downey, and more.

Below you’ll find our usual breakdown: One solid idea to get there by Metro, three top picks to 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

Shuttle over to California African American Museum on Saturday for a leisurely 3-mile group bike ride, checking out the architecture and gardens of the surrounding area. Afterwards the group will return to peruse the museum’s latest exhibitions. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to noon. Bikes and helmets to be provided by Metro Bike Share. 16+ only. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to Expo Park / USC station.

Three Top Picks To Do This Saturday

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission

Natsumatsuri Family Festival at Japanese American National MuseumM FA > This Saturday’s free annual summer celebration in Little Tokyo features performances by TAIKOPROJECT and Yu-ki Project, craft stations, interactive story time and games. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Pluto TV x VidiotsFA > This Saturday and Sunday, Pluto TV teams up with L.A.-based non-profit video store and theater, Vidiots, for free screenings of six different films — plus complimentary Pluto TV swag and popcorn. The lineup includes Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Attack the Block, A View to a Kill, Freaky Friday, La Dolce Vita, and First Blood. Free tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. More info and complete schedule here.

KCRW Summer Nights at KCRW HQM FA > This Saturday, KCRW Summer Nights heads to the station’s headquarters in Santa Monica for a party in the courtyard featuring live performances, DJ sets, food trucks, and drinks for purchase. Music for the evening includes a set by Pearl & The Oysters, plus music from KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Francesca Harding. Starts at 7p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Six More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • On Saturday, Rocket Fever brings a day of model rockets, hands-on STEM activities for kids, rocket-themed exhibitions, and actual rocket scientists to Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey. FA
  • This Saturday, Grand Performances continues its summer of free concerts at Cal Plaza with a celebration of 50 Years of Hip-Hop, featuring sets by DJ Battlecat and Thes One. M FA
  • Self-Help Graphics’ monthly workshop at the East Los Angeles County Library is back this Saturday, offering a tutorial on block printing on tote bags. M FA
  • The Getty’s Garden Concerts for Kids bring free outdoor music to the museum’s central garden on select Saturdays and Sundays in August. FA
  • Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concerts continue Saturday with performances by Flor Amargo, Los Jornaleros Del Norte, and Pacifico Dance Company. M FA
  • LA Art Book Fair continues Saturday at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. M

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