10 Things To Do Under $10 This Weekend in L.A. [8-4-17 to 8-6-2017]

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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Chinatown Central Plaza
Chinatown Central Plaza. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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10 for $10 or Less

1. [FREE] The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FRIDAY

2. [FREEFree museum daysNorton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art. FRIDAY

3. [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

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 Chinatown with DJs Jeremy Sole and Garth Trinidad. SATURDAY

5. [FREEMarina Movie Nights returns to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey this Saturday with a free screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. SATURDAY

6. [FREE] Pershing Square continues their free summer series this Saturday with a concert by Toad the Wet Sprocket. SATURDAY

7. [FREE] The 5th annual Avocado Fest heads to Angel City Brewery in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6 for the ultimate celebration of the most popular green fruit in LA. The fest will feature avocado-themed contests, live mural painting, a crowd-participation mural, delicious food, live music an outdoor beer garden featuring the special release their popular Avocado Ale. SATURDAY-SUNDAY

8. [FREE] Hidden inside Griffith Park is the Carolwood Barn also known as Walt Disney’s Barn a historic landmark, where some of Disney’s creations were invented. This Sunday the barn will host an open house, giving guests of all ages a chance to come and experience this local treasure. SUNDAY

9. [FREEThe Long Beach Zine Fest is a one‐day event promoting all things in independent publishing. With 100+ writers, artists, photographers, activists, and DIY advocates on hand showcasing and selling their work, guests can browse through an extensive zine marketplace, enjoy live music and attend workshops and panel discussions. Held at the Museum of Latin Art. SUNDAY

10. [FREE]  The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors in clothing, music memorabilia, vinyl and more. The flea market is free to attend and open to all ages. 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. San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment. This week the series will screen E.T.
  2. Brew at the Zoo comes to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens this Friday for an evening of beer tasting from local craft and microbreweries. Sip suds while you enjoy live music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. FRIDAY (via Goldstar)
  3. Beard Battle LA will take over the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, for a day of 80s flashbacks, music, video games, a Time Machine De Lorean, and a stash competition with special judge Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles) It’s all for a good cause as proceeds benefit the LA Food Bank.
  4. ScareLA Summer Halloween Convention Returns on August 5 and 6 for various scare-related workshops, classes, panels, presentations, interactive experiences, mazes and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. SATURDAY-SUNDAY (via Goldstar)
  5. The BBQ and Craft Brews Festival comes to Pershing Square in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6. The two-day festival will serve beer from all seven Downtown L.A. breweries, along with tastings of the best BBQ in SoCal. This is an all-ages event with no cover charge, all you need to do is pay for your beer and food! SATURDAY-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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