5 Free Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. Taking Metro [5-19-2023 to 5-21-2023]

Watts Towers. Photo by Brian Champlin

This week we’re thinking about mobility. It’s not just how you get around, but how your perspective changes about Los Angeles when you leave the confines of the car to engage as a pedestrian. Maybe that means walking the course at Beach Streets in Downtown Long Beach, or riding the A line to a “mini” version of CicLAvia popping up in Watts.

Wherever your weekend takes you, remember the best part: All of the options presented are admission free and all are 100% Metro-accessible.

Jump into the list below for the complete rundown, and remember to swing over to the Metro Trip Planner to help navigate your route. And of course, most importantly, have a great weekend!

Metro-Accessible Freebies

Salsa Night at Ivy Station -> Dance the night away with a free evening of salsa instruction and live music at Ivy Station this Friday. Instructor Pepe Gonzalez leads a half-hour intro lesson starting at 6:30 p.m., then the Fermín Sifontes Fusion Salsa Band plays an extended set from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

GO METRO: Take the E Line to Culver City station.

Beach Streets in Long Beach -> The City of Long Beach brings “Beach Streets” to Downtown LB this Saturday, all anchored around a 2.5 mile stretch of Broadway closed to vehicular traffic from Pine Ave to Redondo Ave. Expect multiple hubs offering DJ sets, skate demos, live music, marionette performances, a Kids Zone, and more. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

GO METRO: Take the A Line to 1st St station OR take the 60 line along Long Beach Blvd.

Playa Vista Fit Expo -> This Saturday, a family-friendly fitness expo pops up at Concert Park in Playa Vista featuring group exercise classes, demos, games, contests, giveaways, and more. Free to attend, but remember classes require pre-registration on Eventbrite. Runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

GO METRO: Take the 110 Line along Jefferson Blvd.

CicLAmini Watts -> The second CicLAvia event of the spring heads to Watts this Sunday for a “mini” course that runs north on Central Ave, then east along 103rd. Expect the usual pedestrian-oriented experience featuring activities such as self-guided walking tours, scavenger hunts, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities along the entire 1-2 mile open streets event. Note that the Watts Towers (pictured above) aren’t on the official course, but they are just a 8-minute walk from the 103rd St / Watts Towers station. Event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

GO METRO: Take the A Line to 103rd St / Watts Towers station OR Take the 53 Line along Long Beach Blvd OR Take the 55 along Compton Blvd.

Museums of the Arroyo Day -> Five museums and historic homes along the Arroyo Seco offer free admission for the annual Museums of The Arroyo Day, this Sunday. Participants include The Gamble House, Heritage Square, the L.A. Police Museum, the Lummis Home, and the Pasadena Museum of History. Free shuttles connect museums for those who want to visit multiple locations. Runs noon to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. More info here.

GO METRO: Take the L Line to Heritage Square Station. From the Heritage Square Museum, guests can board a free shuttle provided by the event organizers to access other participating locations.

BONUS: Start your weekend early by taking advantage of free rides on all Metro trains and buses on Thursday, May 18 to celebrate Bike Day. No tapping required!

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