Free Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival Saturday March 1 Rain or Shine

Free Chinese American Museum Lantern Festival Saturday March 1 Rain or Shine

Celebrate the last of the Lunar New Year events at the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum’s FREE Lantern Festival, noon – 10pm, Saturday, March 1, rain or shine.

Free Chinese red lion dance

Lantern Festival activities, from lion dances to Chinese arts and crafts are usually held outdoors, but with the rainy weather visiting the LA-area, the museum has moved most of the free fun fest indoors. And for those activities held outside, like L.A.’s popular food trucks (eats are not free), the museum is providing covering to protect visitors from the rain.

The 13th annual fest includes a variety of performances from comedians to martial arts to Chinese folk dances. Introduce the kids to Chinese and Asian culture with free arts and crafts including Abacus-making, Chinese paper-cutting and an origami workshop. And of course, don’t miss the Red Lion Dance!

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 Free Art Filled Science Festival at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday November 9

Free Art Filled Science Festival at the Santa Monica Pier Saturday November 9

In a unique collaboration, Heal the Bay and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring a FREE family-friendly festival on the Santa Monica Pier featuring interactive science, technology, engineering and math activities using art as the medium and fun as the common denominator, on Saturday, November 9. For more than five hours, kids and adults alike can explore science from a unique perspective, starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m.

The free fest features S.T.E.A.M. Machines at the east end of the Pier. What are they? Interactive pieces that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – with an infusion of Art.

Paint by numbers on a grand scale with Time Warner Cable; Trash For Teaching will stage a make-your-own recycling machine station; try games galore courtesy Two Bit Circus and Marbles the Brain Store; and Pacific Park will present a thrilling physics lesson (think roller coasters and the Pacific Wheel).

There’s more at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, beach level just beneath the pier’s historic Carousel – with an underwater ROV and a screening of the awesome Whale Fall video.

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Make Music Pasadena June 1 is West Coast's Largest Free Music Fest

Make Music Pasadena June 1 is West Coast’s Largest Free Music Fest

Make Music Pasadena, the West Coast’s largest FREE music festival, rocks stately Pasadena, Saturday June 1, at 150 concerts throughout the city. Nine stages feature a wild variety of styles including indie rock, world music, singer songwriter, jazz, blues, you name it.

Get ready for a sonically good time, with 12 hours of back-to-back music, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with 100 different bands playing. Top names include This year’s festival lineup features performances by Tanlines, Yacht, Robert DeLong, Hunter Hunted, We are Scientists, Las Cafeteras, Tobrreblanca, Superhumanoids, Dom la Nena and Soko

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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Jam out For Free At Make Music Pasadena

June 16, 2011 |  by  |  Free Festival  |  No Comments

Love music? This Saturday, June 18th, is your chance to experience a wild variety of styles at California’s largest free music festival, Make Music Pasadena. There will be more than 100 concerts throughout the city, many of them in unconventional locations.

Get ready for a sonically good time, as there will be a wide array of talent showcased on six stages, ranging from well known acts such as Best Coast, to international musicians like Ben L’oncle Soul, and even local acts and DJs from KCRW. For a complete lineup click here.

The festival runs from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. There will be plenty of parking available, and be sure to take advantage of going Metro, as the Metro Gold Line has stops located within walking distance of every main stage. By going Metro you can also receive a free ticket to the Keren Ann show at the Luckman Theatre.


Free Golden Dragon Parade Celebrates 2011 Chinese New Year in L.A.

Free L.A. Golden Dragon Parade

Scare off bad karma for free!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the free 2011 Golden Dragon Parade Saturday Feb. 5 and Chinese New Year Festival in Los Angeles, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 – Feb. 6.

One of oldest Lunar New Year parades in the U.S., the Golden Dragon Parade at 1pm Saturday helps scare off evil spirits in the new year. Populated with the colorful Chinese dragons that weave through the parade route and manned by up to 20 performers, the dragons keep bad karma away.

Listen for the pop, pop, pop of 10,000 Chinese firecrackers! Also stepping off for the parade down Broadway are marching bands, Chinese acrobats, Miss LA Chinatown Queen and her court, elaborate floats and civic groups. Entertaining LA spectators for 112 years, the parade attracts about 110,000 onlookers.

Find free fun at the Chinese New Year festivities both Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 6pm at the Central Plaza on North Broadway and the West Plaza on North Hill. Cultural performances, artisan demonstrations such as candy sculptors, ping pong tournaments. Need food? It’s not free, but the popular L.A. food trucks will be at the Central Plaza.

Parking is tough. Best bet is to park elsewhere and take the Metro Gold Line to L.A. Chinatown.

Free Lunar New Year Festival @ Pasadena's Pacific Asia Museum Saturday Jan. 29

Hop to the Free Year of the Rabbit Fest!

Free Lunar New Year Festival @ Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum Saturday Jan. 29

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with FREE admission to the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Saturday, Jan. 29. Plus experience the free family-friendly fun at the museum’s lunar festival from 11am to 5pm.

The free lunar festival festivities will be held throughout the Museum, including a fully tented parking lot. One of only 4 museums in the U.S. devoted to the arts & culture of Asia and the Pacific Islanders, the museum’s galleries will be open for free.

Make your own calligraphy scroll, learn how to do Chinese flower arranging, watch a traditional Lion Dance.

The Lion Dance is only one of several free performances during the day. Watch teapot balancing, Chinese cultural dances, puppet shows, magic acts, martial arts and acrobatics.

No reservations or tickets required.

Celebrate Dr. King @ Long Beach Peace & Unity Parade Saturday Jan. 15

Join thousands of others at the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade, Saturday, Jan. 15 in Long Beach. The theme, “We Cannot Walk Alone,” a line from King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, is a call to move forward together.

The parade, featuring 100 entries, steps off at 10:30am at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and Anaheim St. From there it heads north on MLK Jr. Ave., east onto 19th St., then north on Lemon Ave.

A free peace & unity festival follows at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. noon to 5pm. Highlights of the fest include a carnival with FREE rides for kids and The Lowrider Band, famous for their hits “Lowrider,” “Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” They play at 4:30pm on the main stage.

Enjoy Free Classic Cinema at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

July 6, 2010 |  by  |  Free Festival, Free Film  |  No Comments
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Old Pasadena Film Festival

Starting July 8, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, The Old Pasadena Film Festival screens classic cinema for free for the next four weeks at various locations around Pasadena. With nineteen screenings, the festival is the largest outdoor film festival in California, and with free admission, is expected to draw upwards of 8,000 attendees. The festival pays tribute to women in film, and begins with a special “Leading Ladies” series.

Other classic films include Annie Hall, Harold and Maude, and Bringing Up Baby. Don’t miss the recently restored Mary Pickford silent shorts, with members of the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra performing the scores live. In addition, Distant Lands, the specialty travel bookstore in Old Pasadena will once again hold travel films.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival concludes with a screening of the 1968 George Romero classic; Night of the Living Dead; a must see (if you haven’t already that is.) All screenings are free and open to the public.

There are a wide range of films and genres, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. At the very least its a great opportunity to enhance your cinematic experience.