Need more free things to put on your agenda for the summer months?
Why not enjoy two of life’s greatest pleasures- the outdoors and theater- at various parks and spaces throughout Los Angeles all from June to Sept. during the season of free Shakespeare in the park (and by the sea!).
Bring your picnic basket, pack a few warm blankets, and enjoy a spirited performance of words written by The Bard himself.
And of course, while the shows are free, donations are also heartily encouraged (each show can cost upwards of $7,000).
Check a full breakdown of the summer schedule after the jump, along with links for more info on each production.
Shakespeare in the Park
The Independent Shakespeare Company will once again offer free donation-based festival at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park starting in the final week of this month.
Performances will feature a modern adaptation of “Richard III” beginning June 25 and running through July 24, followed by Shakespeare’s final play, “The Tempest” running July 30 through Sept. 4.
Shows are Thursdays-Sundays and most Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Check the full schedule here.
Shakespeare by the Sea
Shakespeare By The Sea will offer a 10-week run at over 20 venus with performances of “Cymbeline” and “Othello” going from June 16 through August 20.
Complete schedule below.
June 16, 17, 18, 30, July 2, 8, August 20 at 8 p.m., Cymbeline, Point Fermin Park
June 23, 24, 25, July 1, 7, 9, August 19 at 8 p.m., Othello, Point Fermin Park
July 10, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Hesse Park
July 13 , 7 p.m., Othello, Valley Park
July 14, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Valley Park
July 15, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Monte Verde Park
July 20, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Schabarum Regional Park
July 22, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Marine Mammal Care Center
July 27, 7 p.m., Othello, Green Hills Memorial Park
July 29, 7 p.m., Othello, Wilson Park
July 30, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Wilson Park
July 31, 7 p.m., Othello, Cesar Chavez Park
August 3, 7 p.m., Othello, Adventure Park
August 4, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills
August 5, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Garfield Park in Pasadena
August 6, 7 p.m., Othello, Los Encinos State Historic Park
August 11, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills
August 12, 7 p.m., Othello, Polliwog Park
August 13, 7 p.m., Cymbeline, Polliwog Park
August 19, 8 p.m., Othello, Point Fermin Park
August 20, 8 p.m., Cymbeline, Point Fermin Park
More Free Summer Shakespeare
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival will include several performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. on July 23, 30, July 24, 31, August 12, 14.
As always, if you hear about any other Shakespeare festivals or free summer performances we should add to the mix, drop us a line or comment below!