10 Things To Do Under $10 This Weekend in L.A. [8-18-17 to 8-20-2017]

As you probably already know we do a twice-weekly rundown of our favorite to-dos and happenings around Los Angeles (pushed out Monday AM and Thursday AM).

However, it occurs to us that sometimes event-seekers just want stuff that’s down-and-dirty, cheap-and-easy. With that in mind, here are 10 quick, fun ideas for this weekend each costing less than $10 that might be good to keep on your radar. For all prices listed we’ll generally note the true cost including any service fees, as sometimes is the case with our ticket-affiliate partner Goldstar.


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Santa Monica Boardwalk. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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10 for $10 or Less

1. [FREE] The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown: Argentine Tango at Grand Park. FRIDAY

2. [FREEFIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FRIDAY

3. [FREEEcho Park Rising returns for its seventh year (August 17-20) with hundreds of up-and-coming bands to play at venues that include The Echo, The Echoplex, Stories Bookstore, Lost Knight, Little Joy and other more. FRIDAY-SUNDAY

4. [FREE] KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll takeover the California African American Museum with KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Garth Trinidad. SATURDAY

5. [FREEFamily Day: Art for Good comes to The Hammer Museum in Westwood for a day of art, music, improv, performances and more. Guests can also create protest posters and sound makers for a peaceful procession through the museum! SATURDAY

6. [FREE]  Marina Movie Nights returns to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey for a free screening of The Jungle Book. SATURDAY

7. [FREEBuskerFest will rock out at Long Beach’s East Village Arts District, this free celebration brings musicians into the streets with performances by up and coming bands such as Milo Greene, WARGIRL, Joachim Cooder, and Bob Forrest and Mike Martt of Thelonious Monster. SATURDAY

8. [FREE] There is an opening reception for Brandi Milne’s ‘Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom’ at Corey Helford Gallery. Checkout pop surrealist artwork laden with confectionary colors, sweetly surreal images, and sugary temptations like pastries, lollipops and candy canes this show is sure to be a visual stunner. SATURDAY

9. [FREE] 2017 Leimert Park Book Fair at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. SATURDAY

10. [FREE] The Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles comes to Elysian Park this Sunday for an exciting day of unique racing. Experienced and amateur drivers will unite and race their homemade soapbox cars down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road for this annual global event. SUNDAY

 5 MORE Options…

Here are 5 other things to do this weekend that may not be under $10 but still are worth knowing about:

  1. The Long Beach BBQ Festival (August 18-20) is an annual weekend-long party featuring music, dancing, and a massive selection of top BBQ, including an All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. FRIDAY-SUNDAY (via Goldstar)
  2. The Music Center on Location comes to the Ford Theatres starting this Friday for three days of top-notch dance and musical performances. The lineup features Aszure Barton’s Awáa, Jacob Jonas The Company + Tim Hecker with Kara-Lis Coverdale, and Rufus Wainwright.
  3. Muse ’til Midnight happening at LACMA units hundreds of art lovers for the ultimate late-night summer party! This year the event will celebrate Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles with the new Chagall show and four other LACMA exhibits with separate music and party areas. SATURDAY
  4. The Queen Mary Presents the 13th Annual Art Deco Festival (August 19-20). Guests will get a chance to “cruise” back in time to the 1920’s while enjoying themed bars, a vintage bazaar, art deco lectures & swingin’ dance parties. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. SATURDAY-SUNDAY (via Goldstar)
  5. The West Hollywood Dance Festival (WHDF) returns to West Hollywood’s Park Auditorium August 20 through 27 for a week-long celebration featuring performances, workshops for all levels, and open rehearsals. SUNDAY

Want more? Check out all of our full list of 50 awesome things to do this weekend in Los Angeles or visit the We Like L.A. Events Calendar page.

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