5 Free Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. (That You Don’t Have to Drive To!) 8-18-2023 to 8-20-2023

View from the Pico/Aliso Metro station towards DTLA. Photo by Brian Champlin

We love prepping you for a weekend of possibilities! Maybe it’s getting your body moving at a free dance party or celebrating the cultural diversity of the city at a vibrant festival. Maybe live music is your bag, or maybe you crave to see the streets of Los Angeles from a brand new perspective. If any of that sounds enticing, then this is definitely your list.

Below we’ve curated five fun to-dos, all deserving of attention and each made distinct by the fact that they are a) admission free, and b) easily accessible by Metro, meaning you’ll thank yourself for saving on the parking costs and skipping the freeway logjams.

Let’s take a peek at the options.

Five Freebies For This Weekend

Dance DTLA Finale -> After 8 straight weekly dance parties at Jerry Moss Plaza, The Music Center closes out the summer season of Dance DTLA this Friday with an evening of Bollywood tunes, featuring dance instruction from Blue 13 Dance Company. They’ll guide you through a few easy-to-learn steps, then the floor will open up so you can try out your new moves. Starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

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

KCRW Summer Nights at KCRW HQ -> KCRW Summer Nights come to the station’s headquarters in Santa Monica this Saturday for a courtyard party headlined by L.A’s own Ozomatli, who will perform their unique fusion of Latin, hip-hop, and funk. KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and Nassir Nassirzadeh will be on hand for pre/post performance DJ sets, and you can expect multiple food truck and drink options. All-ages, and free to attend. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the E Line to 26th St / Bergamot Station.

Nisei Week Festival at JACCC -> The nine-day celebration of Japanese and Japanese American Culture caps off with two-day festival at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, this Saturday and Sunday. Both days will include a beer garden and special cultural exhibits to check out inside the JACCC, and Sunday features a showcase of Taiko groups from around Southern California. Runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Free to attend. More info here.

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

CicLAvia – Koreatown meets Hollywood – > CicLAvia pops up with a brand new opens streets session this Sunday, offering a five-mile, car-free course that will connect K-Town and Hollywood via portions of Wilshire Blvd, Western Ave, Melrose Ave, and Vine St. There will be multiple activation hubs along the route, tons of local gems to explore, and plenty of room to walk, bike, skate to your heart’s content. Runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Always free to attend. More info here.

Go Metro: Take the D Line to Wilshire/Normandie OR Wilshire/Western; Take the B Line to Hollywood/Vine.

Sunday Sessions -> Gloria Molina Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions are back for the second installment of the 2023, just in time to close out summer. This Sunday’s event puts soul music and culture in focus with a 20th anniversary celebration of Fusicology, featuring performances by Rich Medina, DJ Roxcizzle, Lacey IQ, KG Superstar, and DJ Adé. The music goes 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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