Things To Do

Free Things To Do for the Next 40 Days in Los Angeles [January 2024 edition]

January 25, 2024 by Brian Champlin
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A couple exploring shops and vendors in Chung King Plaza during Chinatown First Fridays. Photo by Christina Champlin.

“I should really get out more this year” is a thing some people say when the calendar renews. It’s a noble ideal, to take advantage of everything your community has to offer. To really get to know a city.

But like a lot of resolutions, somewhere between the first step of the Rose Parade and the end of January, the good intentions take a back seat to reality. We get busy or we get lazy or we just plain forget. The good news is that there are still 11 months left in 2024, and over the next 40 days especially you’ll find tons of admission free ways to enhance your experience of Los Angeles. And we’re here to help!

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Below, we’ve got links. Links to free events, pop-up markets, Super Bowl watch parties, Valentine’s Day celebrations, Lunar New Year festivals, workshops, family movie screenings, panel discussions, and more. And all those links add up to opportunities to explore the city, share good times with loved ones, forge new friendships or renew old ones. And the best part? Everything we’ve curated is free to attend.

Just remember, there’s no timeline on exploring Los Angeles. Why not start right now?

Freebies over the next 40 Days

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station

January 26: M DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN opens at Japan House LA. The exhibitions continues through

January 27: Benny Boy Brewing hosts the Wallflower Pop-Up Market, featuring over dozen local vendors and with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

January 27: San Fernando Outdoor Market brings together over 25 storefronts and over 100+ vendors centered around 911 San Fernando Road.

January 27: The Frogtown Flea Crawl returns with local vendors and special activations along the L.A. River in Elysian Valley.

January 27: The Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts Yoga on the Mountain at King Gillette Ranch.

January 27: Sara Gazarek performs at the 2024 Winter Sounds series in West Hollywood.

January 27: Celebrate the GRAMMY-nominated For The Birds: The Birdsong Project with an evening of light bites, drinks, and a musical performance by harpist Mary Lattimore, and a panel by the National Audubon Society, all hosted at Debs Park.

January 27-28: City of Monterey Park Lunar New Year Festival offers two days of live entertainment, food booths, family activities, and vendors.

January 28: The Hammer’s Family Flicks series screens Paddington 2.

January 28: M Armory Center for the Arts hosts an opening reception for their newest exhibition, Terry Chatkupt: A Year. The exhibition remains on view through March 31.

January 28: Venice Shorts of Los Angeles screening at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.

January 28: The Santa Monica Conservancy celebrates the life of silent film actress and socialite Marion Davies with a free day of festivities on the Garden Terrace at the Annenberg Community Beach Hous

January 29: M The January edition of Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena will feature a pair of talks by PHD candidates plus a telescope on-hand for guided stargazing, live music by Jason Achilles and Forrest Mitchell, and trivia games.

January 30: M LAist and the L.A. County Department of Mental Health present Queer LA LIVE: Joyful Music at the Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena.

February 1: First Thursdays in Westwood pops up along Broxton Ave.

February 1: M DTLA Art Night runs every first Thursday of the month, activating 25+ galleries along Downtown’s Historic Core all free to attend.

February 2: M First Fridays in Chinatown offers pop-up vendors and extended hours at local business.

February 2: Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena hosts free first Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.

February 2: Artist Rosten Woo and Clockshop team up for a multi-day tour series tracing the pathways of water in Los Angeles. Tour 1 takes place at the Sepulveda Basin.

February 2: The February installment of the Bixby Knolls First Fridays will be Black History Month Celebration

February 3: Lunar New Year Fest at SteeleCraft Bellflower will feature pop-up shops, lion dancers, and live music.

February 3: Conscious Market on Third Street Promenade pops up every first Saturday of the month.

February 4: M The Lunar New Year Celebration at One Colorado includes live music, traditional dragon and lion performances, crafts, red envelope giveaways and more.

February 4: Anatomy of Lucas Cranach’s Adam & Eve: A Case Study in Conservation is a special panel talk hosted by The Getty at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

February 8: M USC Visions and Voices hosts an evening with multi-awarded composers Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon as they build an experiential, improvisational live set of sound and movement.

February 9: M Ivy Station hosts a Valentine’s edition of their monthly night market.

February 9-10, & 12: Mardis Gras festivities at The Original Farmers Market, including the annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest on February 10.

February 10: M USC Pacific Asia Museum celebrates Lunar New Year with free admission to the museum, plus special activities including a lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy, crafts, and food trucks.

February 10: M Self-Help Graphics hosts a Family Workshop at the East L.A. Library for making screen printed Valentine’s Day cards.

February 10: Benny Boy Brewing hosts Shanghai Nights, a Lunar New Year celebration, featuring a multi-lingual performance by Jessica Fichot.

February 10: Julius Rodriguez performs at the 2024 Winter Sounds in West Hollywood.

February 10: L.A. Sanitation hosts a free, monthly compositing workshop in Griffith Park (and you can also get free compost and mulch in bulk).

February 10: Galentine’s at Common Space Brewing features  DIY Floral Arrangements, Tarot readings, DJ’d tunes, and more.

February 10: M Dreamers Market’s Maker Market comes to the Ovation Hollywood Center Courtyard with a “Love Is In The Air” pop-up event.

February 10: Center for the Arts Eagle Rock hosts Crushes, a zine fest and Valentine’s-themed art show.

February 10: PetSpace hosts their annual Puppy Bowl adoption event.

February 11: M Grand Central Market hosts a Super Bowl watch party with vendors food specials all day long.

February 11: M Angel City Brewery hosts a Big Game Tailgate and Watch Party.

February 11: Common Space Brewing hosts a Super Bowl Sunday party.

February 13: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

February 14: M The Silent Book Club of Death pops up at Lawless Brewing in North Hollywood.

February 14: friend or flame is hosting A Big A** Valentines Party at The Friend in Silver Lake.

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February 15: M Locals Night pops up every third Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier with youth activities, a car show, local DJs and live music, and art exhibits.

February 15: M Celebrating In Our Ancestors’ Footsteps highlights Metro Art’s exhibition Where You Stand: Chinatown 1880 to 1939 with an afternoon of dance, personal stories, and an exhibition walkthrough, all taking place at Union Station’s Waiting Room.

February 17: M Ivy Station hosts Swing Dancing Saturday.

February 17: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Salt Marsh Open House invites guests to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat as guided by CMA educators.

February 17: The Japan American National Museum is hosting a special event for the 2024 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance.

February 17-18: The San Gabriel Lunar Lantern Festival features a kids zone, live shows/performances, street food vendors, and more.

February 18: The Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival includes a day of cultural performances, live art, cooking demonstrations, and local vendors.

February 18: Common Space Brewery hosts an art show showcasing local painters, sculptors and photographers.

February 20: M USC Visions and Voices hosts an evening with American rapper, actor, and activist Common as part of the Charlotta Bass Media Trailblazer Speaker Series.

February 23: M Metro Art Presents hosts a free screening of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life in the historic ticketing hall of Union Station.

February 23: M Constitutional law professor Maxwell L. Stearns comes to Zócalo Public Square to discuss his new book Parliamentary America: The Least Radical Means of Radically Repairing Our Broken Democracy.

February 24: Corey Helford Gallery hosts an opening reception for the group exhibition, Care Bears™️ Forever.

February 24: The Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts Yoga on the Mountain at King Gillette Ranch.

February 24: Compton Lives Matter is co-hosting a 1st District Black History & Youth Day at Sibrie Park.

February 24: Brandon Coleman performs at the 2024 Winter Sounds in West Hollywood.

February 25: The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach hosts an Afro-Latinx Family Festival

February 25: The Hammer’s Family Flicks series screens A Dog’s Courage.

February 27: M Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles celebrates the opening of new exhibitions: ‘Catherine Goodman. New Works,’; ‘Jason Rhoades. DRIVE’ and ‘RETROaction: Part Two.’

March 1: Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena hosts free first Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.

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March 2: The Getty and USC’s Center for the Premodern World collaborate to present There Will Be Blood: A Symposium, which investigates the cultural, religious, and symbolic significance of blood during the medieval period.

March 2: Conscious Market on Third Street Promenade pops up every first Saturday of the month.

March 7: M DTLA Art Night runs every first Thursday of the month, activating 25+ galleries along Downtown’s Historic Core all free to attend.

March 7: The Huntington offers a free day every first Thursday of the month (advanced reservations required).

March 7: First Thursdays in Westwood pops up along Broxton Ave.

March 9: L.A. Sanitation hosts a free, monthly compositing workshop in Griffith Park (and you can also get free compost and mulch in bulk).

March 9: The Venice Heritage Museum is hosting a Grand Opening celebration, featuring the debut of their inaugural exhibition This Is Some Place.

March 10: The Smorgasburg LA Art Fair, curated by Art Share L.A., is a quarterly event featuring artisan vendors, live performances, and live painters!

March 12: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

March 13: Seoul2LA is a is public party at The Hammer that celebrates Korean music, culture, and art.

March 13: M The Silent Book Club of Death pops up at Lawless Brewing in North Hollywood.


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