5 Free Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. (That You Don’t Have to Drive To!) 7-21-2023 to 7-23-2023

Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

As we roll into another weekend of free (and Metro-accessible!) to-dos in Los Angeles, we wanted to give you a quick tip for those that like to get around on two wheels instead of four.

This Sunday, LADOT is teaming up with CicLAvia to celebrate the freshly installed safety features along Venice Blvd between National and Sepulveda. The public event runs 2 to 6 p.m. and offers guided group bike rides and walks along the new protected bike lanes, plus music, games, and other fun activities at a hub near Venice and Bagley. Also, it’s a cinch to access by Metro, either by taking the E Line to Culver City station, or by taking the 33 line along Venice Blvd.

But if bike rides and bus lanes aren’t your bag, well, we have a few other ideas too…

Free Things To Do This Weekend

Salsa Night at Ivy Station -> Kick off your weekend with salsa dancing at Ivy Station this Friday evening. Dance instructor Pepe Gonzalez teaches an intro salsa lesson from 6:30 to 7 p.m., then guests can use what they’ve learned during a live set by Fermin Fusion Salsa from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Outdoors. Open to the public. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to Culver City station

KCRW Summer Nights + Grand Performances -> KCRW and Grand Performances team up this Saturday for a 20th anniversary Afro Funke’ celebration, featuring live performances from Rocky Dawuni and Buyepongo, along with DJ sets from Afro Funke’ resident DJs Glenn Red, and KCRW’s own Jeremy Sole. The fun goes from 6 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. All-ages. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A or E Lines to Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill station.

Off the 405 at The Getty -> The Getty’s signature outdoor concert series pops up with another segment this Saturday, featuring a performance by Etran de L’Aïr. Hailing from Agadez, Niger, the band bring a guitar-centric, pan-African set to the museum’s iconic courtyard starting at 7:30 p.m. A DJ set precedes the main show at 6 p.m. Free tickets are required. More info here.

Go Metro: Take Line 761 to Sepulveda / Getty Ctr.

L.A. River Fest -> On Sunday, Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) invites the public to River Fest a free all-ages event that features an open-air film festival at LA State Historic Park, a Story Slam, interactive art and education activities, local food trucks, live DJ, booths with local environmental, arts, indigenous, and partner organizations. Ticket registration is required to enjoy all the complimentary festivities. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the A Line to Chinatown station

Sunday Sessions at Grand Park -> This weekend at Gloria Molina Grand Park, Sunday Sessions is back for an afternoon of house music, chill dance moves, and ample picnic space. Specially curated DJ sets run from 3 to 8 p.m., and the event is free and open to all ages. More info here.

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

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