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The Big Cheat Sheet of Free & Fun Things to do in L.A. for Summer 2019

June 20, 2019 by Brian Champlin
Echo Park Lake June 2017
Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

There are a lot of ways to spend a summer in Los Angeles. A lot of expensive, costly, bank-account-draining ideas to entertain oneself in this vast cultural stew of possibility. Alternatively, you could take advantage of the info in this post.

Below I’ve compiled a massive chronological listing of all the free things to do in L.A. on our radar as summer kicks into gear. Activities range from outdoor movies (plenty of those), live music (even more of these), free Shakespeare, free museum days, art walks, festivals, and dance parties. We start the list on the eve of summer solstice (the solstice is tomorrow, June 21) and wrap it at the end of September.

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Obviously, it’s not humanly possible to catch every major free event going on in Los Angeles, but with 200+ summer ideas so far, it’s a pretty good place to start. Also, I consider this post a living document, meaning I’ll add to it as summer goes along and I either a) get word about event series I didn’t know about or b) official info becomes available about events scheduled for later in the season. If you want to send updates, corrections, or suggestions, there’s info at the bottom of this post on how to do that.

As a bonus, after the chronological rundown ends I’ve added a bulleted list of some ‘evergreen freebies’ you could check out. These are kind of bucket list items for people living in or visiting L.A. You may have done some of these already, but maybe you haven’t, in which case now might be the perfect time.

In any case, hope you find the list useful. Here’s wishing you an an awesome summer!

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Free & Fun Things to do in L.A. for Summer 2019

June 20 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Happy Gilmore at Cherry Beach 

June 20 – Who What Wear’s Street Style Cinema screens Miss Congeniality at The Grove.

June 20 – Double Feature of  Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark & Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom at the Queen Mary summer movie night series.

June 20The El Segundo Art Walk features more than 35 artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo

June 20 – Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Bastidas!, and DJ Don Bolles perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 20 Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 21 – Bollywood at Grand Park/Performance Lawn as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

June 21The Silver Lake Picture Show screens Selena at Sunset Triangle Plaza.

June 21 – The Slackers perform with Bubba Master as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 21 – Buscabulla and Reyna Tropical perform at FIGFest at FIGat7th in Downtown L.A.

June 21 Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 22 – L’Rain performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series.

June 22 – 36th annual Radiotron Music Festival as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 22The Mass Meditation Initiative is a free festival that features mindful yoga, live performances, sound domes, vegan products, art and more at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

June 22Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 23 – The 19th annual Summer SOULstice Festival returns Sunday to Santa Monica with an all ages party featuring music stages, satellite bars, performing artists, and much more.

June 23 – Qvole’ Collective spins tunes at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free outdoor dance party on the park’s Performance Lawn.

June 23 – 2nd Annual Sonidos Salvadoreños as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 25 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens The Goonies at Granada Beach 

June 26Level 8 Drive-In Summer Movie Series screens Grease at the top of The Grove’s parking structure.

June 27 – South Central Skankers, Roncovacoco & The Meddlers perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 27 – Who What Wear’s Street Style Cinema screens The Devil Wears Prada at The Grove.

June 27 Shakespeare by the Sea performs The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 28KCRW Summer Nights at California African American Museum with KCRW DJs Garth Trinidad + Aaron Byrd.

June 28 – Bachata (New for 2019) at Grand Park/Event Lawn as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

June 28 – Lido Pimienta performs with Delsonido & Subsuelo as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 28 – STRFKR + De Lux perform at FIGFest at FIGat7th in Downtown L.A.

June 28Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 29 – Independence Day Fiesta with La Tumbadora and The Berendo Middle School Band as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 29 – Summer Film Series at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes screens The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982).

June 29 Shakespeare by the Sea performs The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

June 29 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

June 29-30A Stranger Things-themed Carnival Lands at Santa Monica Pier

June 30Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Salute to the Troops – The Satin Dollz at Polliwog Park.

June 30 – Band Camp showcases the best of L.A.’s school and community youth bands and orchestras as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

June 30 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 2 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Jaws at Granada Beach.

July 3 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 44th of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show at Exposition Park. 

July 4Grand Park + The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party

July 4 – Black Nile with Benedek and Linafornia perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 5The Silver Lake Picture Show screens Boyz n the Hood at Sunset Triangle Plaza.

July 5 – Willie Chambers with Claudia Lennear and The New Ash Grove Players perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 5Shakespeare by the Sea performs The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

July 5 – Line Dance & Two Step at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall/BP Hall as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

July 5 – Metro Art presents Salsa Night at Union Station featuring dance lessons by instructor Kati Hernández and Super DJ Robby spinning tunes.

July 5 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 5All Space Considered at the Griffith Observatory.

July 5Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

July 6 – Cate Le Bon performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series.

July 6 – Trish Toledo with Thee Confidentials perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 6 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 6Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

July 6 Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Captain America: Civil War.

July 6Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Babe.

July 7Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents The Petty Breakers at Polliwog Park.

July 7 – Gusto Guatemalteco performs as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 7 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 9 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens The Little Mermaid at Granada Beach.

July 9 – Hunterones perform at the Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights.

July 9 – Free admission at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all the time)

July 10 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 11KCRW Summer Nights at Hammer Museum featuring Pavo Pavo with KCRW DJs Anne Litt & Dan Wilcox.

July 11Grease screens at the Queen Mary summer movie night series.

July 11 – L.A. County Arts Commission presents a free concert by Mariachi Divas at City Terrace Park.

July 11 – Jen Awad and Cutty Flam perform as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 11 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 12 – Hip-Hop (New for 2019) at Grand Park/Performance Lawn as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

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July 12: Summer of Salsa: La Verdad at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

July 12 – DRÆMINGS performs with Vaya Futuro, El Mañana, and Banana Leaf Boy + XOLO as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 12 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 12Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Clueless.

July 12Summer Nights at the Garden at Natural History Museum.

July 13KCRW Summer Nights in Chinatown with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley + Garth Trinidad.

July 13 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles.

July 13 Music: ¡Qué Calor! Dance Party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

July 13 – The Lions perform with Chris Murray Combo and Queline as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 13 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 13 Public Star Party at the Griffith Observatory.

July 13Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens The Lego Movie.

July 13Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Monsters Inc.

July 13-14 – The 39th Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park Lake with two days of cultural festivities celebrating Thailand for 2019. There will be a food court, a Thai pavilion, handcrafted artwork, origami workshops, dragon boat races, and more.

July 14Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Queen Nation at Polliwog Park.

July 14 – 2nd Annual Tamal Festival with two-time GRAMMY-winning Mariachi Divas as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 14 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 16 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens The Nightmare Before Christmas at Granada Beach.

July 16 – Boogaloo Assassins perform at the Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights.

July 16 – Free admission at Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden, and  Descanso Gardens

July 17 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 18 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Coco at Cherry Beach 

July 18The El Segundo Art Walk features more than 35 artists in 30+ venues in downtown El Segundo

July 18KCRW Summer Nights at Hammer Museum featuring Wilde Belle with KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd & Scott Dallavo at Hammer Museum.

July 18 – Almalafa performs with Sonido Mundial  and Anesthesia as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 18Black Panther screens as part of Outdoor Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

July 18 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 19The Silver Lake Picture Show screens Coco at Sunset Triangle Plaza.

July 19 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 19 – Argentine Tango at Grand Park/Olive Court as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

July 19Yappy Hour 2019, a pet adoption party for dog lovers and adoptable doggies at The Hammer.

July 19 – Los Master Plus performs along with Late Night Laggers as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 19Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Enchanted.

July 20 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents Sheila E. and Pimps of Joytime.

July 20 – KX Fest (day 1) featuring Dumbfoundead as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 20 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 20 Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Singles.

July 20 Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Coco.

July 21 – Forward Rhythm spins tunes at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free outdoor dance party on the park’s Performance Lawn.

July 21 Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents The Lucky Ones at Polliwog Park.

July 21 – KX Fest (day 1) as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 21 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 23 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Aquaman at Granada Beach 

July 23 – Bria Skonberg performs at the Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights.

July 25KCRW Summer Nights at Hammer Museum featuring The Tracks with KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe & Jose Galvan.

July 25Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse screens as part of Outdoor Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

July 25 – San Cha performs with Jonny Kosmo and 5:4:1 by Pauline Lay as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 26 – Disco at Grand Park/Event Lawn as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

July 26 – The Expanders perform with Junior Thomas and The Volcanos plus Terry Dactyl as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 26Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Ocean’s 8.

July 26Summer Nights at the Garden at Natural History Museum.

July 27KCRW Summer Nights at POW! WOW! Long Beach featuring KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez + Mathieu Schreyer.

July 27 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents Aterciopelados with Elefante.

July 27 – Lala Lala performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series

July 27 – La Diabla featuring L.A. Bollywood, Doctors and Engineers, Discostan, and La Junta as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 27 – Summer Film Series at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes screens Stand and Deliver (1988).

July 27 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 27Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Zootopia.

July 27 Old Pasadena Summer Cinema screens Nacho Libre.

July 27-2824th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

July 28 Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Speedbuggy USA at Polliwog Park.

July 28 – Ethiopia Day (an Ethiopian-themed festival) as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

July 28 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 30Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Ready Player One at Granada Beach 

July 30 – Jose Rizo’s Mongorama perform at the Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights.

July 31 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

July 31Level 8 Drive-In Summer Movie Series screens The Great Gatsby at the top of The Grove’s parking structure.

August 1 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens E.T. at Cherry Beach

August 1Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle screens as part of Outdoor Movie Nights at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

August 1 – Docs@LA Plaza presents Marcos Does Not Live Here (2018).

August 1 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 2The Silver Lake Picture Show screens The Big Lebowski at Sunset Triangle Plaza.

August 2 – K-pop at Grand Park/Performance Lawn as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

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August 2 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 2All Space Considered at the Griffith Observatory.

August 3 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents The Record Company with ZZ Ward.

August 3SoulfulofNoise Music Festival at Leimert Park.

August 3 – Live performance at KCRW HQ (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

August 3 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 4 Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Jungle Fire at Polliwog Park.

August 4 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 6 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse at Granada Beach

August 6 – Marquis Hill Blacktet performs at the Central Courtyard at Hollywood & Highland as part of the 16th annual Subaru Summer Jazz Nights.

August 7 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 8 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Incredibles 2 at Nautilus Shell Shoreline Village (Between P.F. Chang’s and Gladstones in Rainbow Harbor. 

August 8 – Vel the Wonder as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 8 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 9 – Salsa at The Music Center Plaza as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

August 9Summer of Salsa: Fausto Cuevas y La Moderna at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

August 9 – Genitallica performs with Forajidos as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 9 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 10KCRW Summer Nights in Chinatown with KCRW DJs Raul Campos + Mathieu Schreyer.

August 10Public Star Party at the Griffith Observatory

August 10 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents REO Speedwagon and Sir, Please.

August 10 – Flor De Toloache performs as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 10 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 10 – Live performance at KCRW HQ (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

August 10-11Los Angeles Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo.

August 11 – Family Flicks at The Hammer screens The Secrets of NIMH.

August 11 Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Tomorrows Bad Seeds at Polliwog Park.

August 11 – 2nd Annual Mundo Maya Celebration as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 11Makers Fest 2019 at the California African American Museum (designed for kids, teens, and families).

August 11 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 13 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Beetlejuice at Granada Beach.

August 13 – Free admission at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all the time).

August 14 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 15 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens The Wizard of Oz at Nautilus Shell Shoreline Village 

August 15 – Fartbarf performs with Numb.Er as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 15 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 15-18Echo Park Rising, now in its 9th year, is a free community music festival spread over multiple blocks of Echo Park featuring multiple stages of performances.

August 16 – Motown/Funk at The Music Center Plaza as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series.

August 16 – Tomasa Del Real performs with El Licenciado and Subsuelo as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 16 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 16Shakespeare by the Sea performs Henry V at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

August 17 – Pershing Square Downtown Stage presents Blues Traveler and special guest Los Colognes.

August 17 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 17 – Live performance at KCRW HQ (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

August 17 –  Boogaloo Assassins perform along with Clifton AKA DJ Soft Touch as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 17Shakespeare by the Sea performs The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

August 18 – 6AM spins tunes at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free outdoor dance party on the park’s Performance Lawn.

August 18826LA@Hammer: Little Chicken Explorers: A Picture Book Workshop. The program is recommended for ages 7 to 14.

August 18Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Platinum Rockstars at Polliwog Park.

August 18 – Natives in the Now festival as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 18 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 20 – Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Granada Beach.

August 20 – Free admission at Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden, and  Descanso Gardens.

August 21 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 21 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

August 22 – Double Feature of Beetlejuice & Edward Scissorhands at the Queen Mary summer movie night series.

August 22 – No Parents perform with Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries and The Witching Hours as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 22 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 23 – Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra performs with Nina Cole as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 24 – San Cha performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series.

August 24Leimert Park Village Book Fair

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August 24ALL THAT 90’s Art Exhibition at Phylm Studios (free RVSP until the day of the event, according to the Eventbrite listing).

August 24 – Pato Machete performs with C-Minus as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 24 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 25Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Hot August Night at Polliwog Park.

August 25 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 25 – LA’s Got Talent (a youth-focused showcase) as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 28 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

August 28 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 28Level 8 Drive-In Summer Movie Series screens Back to the Future at the top of The Grove’s parking structure.

August 29 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 29 – La Resistencia performs as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 30 – A performance of Pericles as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 30 – Cumbia at The Music Center Plaza as part of the free Dance DTLA dance party series (in conjunction with the Plaza Grand Opening Weekend Celebration)

August 30 – Zongo Sound System spings tunes along with DJ Rampage Global and Shacia Payne as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

August 31 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

August 31 – La Sonora Dinamita performs along with Gazoo as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

September 1Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park presents Blue Breeze Band at Polliwog Park.

September 1 – Wonder-Full in the Park: A Stevie Wonder tribute party featuring DJ Spinna and Mona Lisa as part of the Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles concert series.

September 1 – A performance of Twelfth Night as part of the Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.

September 3 – Free admission at Natural History Museum (also note that L.A. County residents receive free Museum admission Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit)

September 4 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

September 7KCRW Summer Nights at the Downtown Long Beach Buskerfest.

September 7Public Star Party at the Griffith Observatory

September 10 – Free admission at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all the time)

September 10 – Free admission at Natural History Museum (also note that L.A. County residents receive free Museum admission Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit)

September 11 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

September 14 – Ex Hex performs at the Getty Center Courtyard as part of the museum’s Off the 405 summer concert series.

September 17 – Free admission at Natural History Museum (also note that L.A. County residents receive free Museum admission Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit).

September 17 – Free admission at Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden, and  Descanso Gardens.

September 18 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

September 22 – dublab spins tunes at Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions, a free outdoor dance party on the park’s Performance Lawn.

September 24 – Free admission at Natural History Museum (also note that L.A. County residents receive free Museum admission Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit).

September 25 – Twilight on the Pier concert (talent TBA) as part of KCRW Summer Nights.

September 25Level 8 Drive-In Summer Movie Series screens Iron Man at the top of The Grove’s parking structure.

More Free & Fun Things to do in L.A.

Here are a few ideas that aren’t necessarily date-dependent if you’re looking for free ways to fill up your summer days:


If you’d like to suggest additions to the above list, or find any information in error, please drop us a line at tips@welikela.com. Be sure to use the subject line “FREE THINGS TO DO” so we’ll know it’s about this post.

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