5 Free Things to Do this Weekend in L.A. (That You Don’t Have to Drive to!) 6-23-2023 to 6-25-2023

Chinatown Summer Nights
KCRW Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to get serious… about having fun! Two of the city’s top annual dance + DJ series kick off this weekend, but if grooves and tunes aren’t your thing then maybe you’ll swing over to the Arts District for a Sunday block party, or you can ride the E line out to Santa Monica for a two-day beach festival.

Whatever you decide on, it’s all Metro accessible so you can tackle this weekend car-free if you so desire. Just be sure to click over to the Trip Planner to help navigate your route after you finalize your itinerary.

Dance DTLA -> This Friday, weekly summer dance parties return to The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza, beginning with an evening of Hip-Hop featuring instruction by Brandon Juezan and tunes by DJ OIAM. Learn some easy-to-follow steps then head to the dance floor to show off your new moves. Or you can just hangout! Runs 7 to 11 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Grand Park / Civic Center station.

Chinatown Summer Nights -> KCRW Summer Nights returns for a new season of summer programming this Saturday in Chinatown.  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.

Mapping Performance -> 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. Free to attend. No ticket necessary. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A, B or D Lines to Union Station.

Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival -> Summer time means beach time, and there’s no better weekend to hit than sand than than during Pier 360, 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. Free to attend and family-friendly. Get more info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to Downtown Santa Monica station.

Out Block Party -> On Sunday, Angel City Brewery teams up with  GLAAD, Makeshift Muse, and Truly LA for a Pride-focused afternoon block party featuring unique vendors and performers. Portions of Traction Ave and Rose St will be shut down to vehicular traffic for the event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A or E Lines to Little Tokyo Station

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