Free Things to Do L.A.: Save Our Beach Cleanup

February 15, 2013 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

If you’re looking for something free to do in Los Angeles this weekend, sign up for the Save Our Beach Cleanup in Seal Beach, Saturday, Feb. 16. Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet new friends and like-minded people and this local beach cleanup is one of the best!

The cleanup is set for 9am to Noon — meet at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st St., Seal Beach. Check in at the Blue Canopy.

The only thing you’re asked to bring are garden/work gloves, a reusable water bottle and a trash grabber. You’ll deposit the trash you pick up in trash bags made from recycled plastic bottles and donated by

Our Save the Beach Cleanup, founded by Kim Masoner, has a detailed way of dealing with the trash. You bring the trash bags back to the blue canopy and take out recyclable items so they can be recyled –less actual trash! The remaining trash goes into the blue dumpsters.

The beach cleanup is usually held the 3rd Saturday of every month, rain or shine, so join them next month on March 16.

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Valentine's Day Meet Harlem Globetrotters in L.A. & Get Free Game Tix

Valentine’s Day Meet Harlem Globetrotters in L.A. & Get Free Game Tix

February 13, 2013 |  by  |  Free Event, Holiday  |  No Comments

Free things to do in L.A. alert: On Valentine’s Day Harlem Globetrotters “Tiny” Sturgess and “Flight Time” Langwill be handing out free game tix and red roses to Metro riders at Union Station.

Free Globetrotter tickets

Tiny Sturgess, Harlem Globetrotters. (Photo by Mark Buckner)

Tiny — at 7’8″ is the Guinness World Records tallest basketball player — and Flight Time (6’3″) will be greeting Metro riders 8:30 – 9am at the Union Station’s East Portal. The free game tickets are to the Globetrotter’s southland games at Honda Center, STAPLES Center, and Citizens Business Bank Arena (Feb. 16-18).

“Roses are red, violets are blue, and “Sweet Georgia Brown” is their theme song too,” so head downtown to for a free sweet Valentine’s treat to see these celebrity basketball players!

If you won’t be at Union Station early Valentine’s Day, you can still save $5 off Globetrotters tickets at Staples Center Feb. 17 by visiting the Metro Discount Page Here.

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Free Things to Do in L.A.: Free Winter Festival & Snow Day Sat. Dec. 8!

Los Angeles-area parents looking for free things to do with kids should head to Downtown on Ice Saturday, Dec. 8. It’s a free winter wonderland of snow, sledding, concerts and crafts at Pershing Square. Free Winter Festival Los Angeles

A truckload of tons of snow is expected to drop on downtown from 11am to 7pm. At the free Winter Festival kids can build a snowman, slide down snowy hills with saucers and snowboards, all for free! Visit with Santa Claus, make & take holiday crafts and listen to community youth performances.

And don’t forget Downton on Ice, L.A.’s largest holiday ice rink with the lowest admission price of just $6 and $2 for skate rental. You won’t find that family-friendly frugal price anywhere!

It’s all made possible by the City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks.

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See the Space Shuttle Endeavour for Free on L.A.’s City Streets!

October 11, 2012 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

All systems are go for the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission — number 26 – when it traverses Los Angeles this weekend for its final docking location at the California Science Center.

The streets and sidewalks along the well-planned 12-mile route will be closed to traffic and pedestrians. The logistics to move the 5-story, 170,000-lb spacecraft include shutting down streets and lifting up power lines. You can see Endeavour’s route with this map.

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Viewing along the route is extremely limited, but there are three stops where you might be able to see the shuttle for free:

On Saturday Oct. 13, 8am to 10pm Endeavour will make its way to the City of Inglewood. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event. Endeavour is expected to be on display around 9am for 30 minutes in front of the Inglewood Forum. Find free parking at the Hollywood Park Race Track. Parking lots open at 4am; no overnight parking.

Then around 2pm, Endeavour will stop for about 30 minutes for a planned event at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Blvd. Choreographer Debbie Allen is staging a dance number for the stop. There is a dedicated area for the public to stand and view the stage, north on Crenshaw Blvd. but space is limited so come early.

Endeavour’s final stop will be at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion. The shuttle will travel on Bill Robertson Lane as it reaches the science center 8:30pm. Four large parking lots between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Avenue will provide opportunities for viewing. People are urged to take the Metro and arrive early.

After the move, the shuttle will be on display at the science center starting Oct. 30. Timed tickets will be required to see it.

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Grand Park’s Free Block Party in Downtown L.A. Saturday Night!

October 4, 2012 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

L.A.’s newest green space, Grand Park, all 12 acres of it, officially opens this Saturday, Oct. 6 and everyone is invited to the free block party! The free fun starts at 4pm and goes until 9pm.

There are several music and dance performances scheduled throughout the evening. What you won’t want to miss is something spectacular at 7:45pm . That’s when the vertical dance company Bandaloop performs the LA premiere of Bound(less) suspended from climbing ropes attached to City Hall. It’s like watching a tight rope performance of Cirque de Soleil, accompanied by live music by the Dana Leong Trio.

Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east. Click HERE for a map and information on parking.

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CicLAvia Means Car Free L.A. Streets Sunday Oct. 7

The biggest free kid-friendly street party in Los Angeles is this Sunday, Oct. 7 when CicLAvia holds its 5th car-free day in L.A. From about 9:30 am to 3pm (earlier for some as streets start closing at 8am), Angelenos can enjoy traversing the streets free from car traffic. That means the public can bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, skate, rollerblade, walk, run, stroller push or dog walk. You can transport yourself or others along the roads as long as your transportation doesn’t involve a motor. Unicycle? Check. Stilts? Go for it. Motorized toy scooter? Uh, no.

Skating the L.A. Streets for Free at CicLAvia

Photo by Gary Leonard

Inspired by ciclovía, a weekly street closure in Bogotá, Colombia, CicLAvia temporarily closes L.A.’s street to cars and opens them up to the public for an unusual mix of free fun. Unlike a marathon route, there is no start or finish to CicLAvia. Instead the event encompasses several neighborhoods including Little Tokyo, Downtown, MacArthur Park, Exposition Park, Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza and Soto Station in Boyle Heights. Click here for a map.

Along the way, check out the communities you’re walking, running or biking in. There are shops, restaurants and curiosities you might not have noticed when you drove by in a car.

CicLAvia has six hubs where you can find bathrooms (including an ADA facility at each rest stop) and drinking water:  Soto Station and Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights; Grand Park (Spring, North of 1st); MacArthur Park (North side of 7th, between Alvarado and Lake); Exposition Park (Figueroa and Exposition); and Chinatown (Broadway, North of College). The free water fountains tap water from LADWP hydrants, so bring your own unbreakable water bottles to fill. Or support the event by buying a CicLAvia water bottle courtesy of REI.

If you want an opportunity to bike at the event, but don’t own one, there are places along the route that are renting them. Reservations are a must. Some suggestions courtesy CicLAvia:

  • Downtown L.A. Bicycles – 1626 S. Hill Street (at Venice Blvd), Downtown L.A.
  • DTLA Bikes – 425 S. Broadway (at 4th St), Downtown L.A.
  • Flying Pigeon – 3714 N. Figueroa (at Marmion Way), Highland Park
  • Bike Nation – Reserve online. Bike rental stations at Mariachi Plaza and Grand Park hubs.

How do you get CicLAvia if you don’t live in the hub areas? We highly suggest using public transportation such as the Metro Lines located on this MAP. If you must drive to participate in the car-free fun, there are nearby parking lots for your car. Click here for a parking lot map.

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Celebrate the Metro Expo Line Grand Opening With Free Rides and Fun

April 27, 2012 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

This weekend, April 28, and 29th, Metro will be celebrating the grand opening of the Metro Expo line with free rides on the Expo line and activities. Get your dance on to live music or sing along with on-stage karaoke. There’s also going to be bevy of tasty food trucks there to satisfy your foodie cravings.

There will be activities at the following stations:

7th St/Metro Center Station
Expo Park/USC Station
Expo/Crenshaw Station
La Cienega/Jefferson Station

Festivities kick off on Saturday at 10 AM – 4 PM.

Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Cake & More at the California African American Museum in L.A.

This Sunday and Monday, January 15 – 16, 2012, celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday with free birthday cake and more at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles.

Located in Exposition Park, museum admission is always free but during this 2-day celebration there are extra fun and family-friendly free workshops, film screenings and birthday cake!

The free fun begins at 1PM Sunday Jan. 15 (museum opens at 11AM) with a Target Sunday sponsored progam. View screenings of MLK’s famous speeches and watch diverse performances on the main stage. Meet Chandra Wilson and Jeffrey Anderson Gunter of the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, listen to the inNate Praise Choir, and watch the moves of the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy.

Kids and adults can participate in several free workshops focused on the museum’s African American historical and cultural exhibits, thanks to the Target Sunday sponsorship.

On Monday, Jan. 16, the official national holiday honoring Dr. King, join CAAM at the annual Kingdom Day Parade, kicking off at 9AM in Leimert Park. Afterwards, head to the museum of a free slice of birthday cake while they last, courtesy of the Nooks and Grannies bakery. Free program activities include a screening of the documentary, King: Man of Peace in a Time of War and storytelling in the Gallery.

The only hitch to the free is that museum parking at 39th & Figueroa costs $10. So carpool, or try to nab metered street parking or take the bus.

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Experience Car Free L.A. at CicLAvia This Sunday

October 7, 2011 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

Bust out of your house on Sunday for one of the biggest shutdowns of Los Angeles streets — the free annual CicLAvia event, 10 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy 10 miles of car free streets in downtown L.A. The streets are empty and free to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. In addition, the no car zone features free fun activities and shops and restaurants along the route often offer deals.

According to the CicLAvia website, “Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now they happen throughout Latin America and the United States. ”

The only other time you’ll get to experience a car-free downtown L.A. where the streets are open to the public and not marathon runners, is during a Zombie Apocalypse. So take advantage of the fact you still have a brain and come walk your dog, ride your bike, or just take a leisurely stroll down the middle of the road.

Looking for a free guided walk and tour of downtown L.A.? Check out our post on CicLAvia Walks!

For a full map and directions, head on over to the CicLAvia site.

Check Out a Navy Destroyer for Free This Weekend in Malibu

June 10, 2011 |  by  |  Free Event  |  No Comments

Ever wanted to check out a totally awesome Navy destroyer? Well now you can, and it’s free! The USS JOHN PAUL JONES will be anchoring at the Malibu Pier this weekend (June 10-12.) There will be ship tours all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as possible celebrity appearances plus meets and greets.

It’s the perfect opportunity to hit the beach, grab some seafood, and check out a massive sea vessel. What more could you ask for?