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s an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can get or do for free this summer -- "un-birthday presents" of sorts. Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; others are open to the general public. Call the venue listed or check their website for information if you are unsure. This will be a dynamic list, and it will be updated over the course of the summer as information is received. Input from visitors is welcome, too! (Latest Update: Sept. 25.) Click on a category below to go directly to the section, or continue scrolling down the page.


"Who are you talking to?" said the King, coming up to Alice and looking at the cat's head with great curiousity."
"It's a friend of mine - a Cheshire Cat," said Alice. "Allow me to introduce you to it."
"I don't like the look of it at all," said the King. "However, it may kiss my hand, if it likes."
"I'd rather not," the Cat remarked.
"Don't be impertinent," said the king, "and don't look at me like that." He got behind Alice as he spoke.
"A cat may look at a King," said Alice. "I've read that in some book, but I don't remember where."
"Well, it must be removed," said the king very decidedly, and he called the Queen who was passing at the moment, "My dear! I wish you would have this cat removed!"

From Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

     A bit of "cat-titude" perhaps? Alice encountered some strange and remarkable characters in Wonderland, where things kept getting "curiouser and curiouser." For most of the summer you've seen a few of the characters from Dorothy's "Attitude" series of photographs on this page as well. The creatures have now packed up and moved to Oz (the "About the Site" page, visit the page or click here to go to their new home) to make way for the work of a special summer guest.

     Guest ceramic sculpture and metal and glass artist Michael Ezzell has graciously allowed images from his "Wonderland Collection" of figures to appear on this page. You will find the images below, and you can visit the site's "Guests" page to learn more about Michael Ezzell.

"The Cheshire Cat"


  • CLAREMONT - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Claremont Village. Art demos and live entertainment. Information: (909) 624-1681 or

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information:

  • LONG BEACH - Summer Art Walk. Summer ArtWalk and fine arts festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor on Shoreline Drive. Information: (818) 709-2907 or

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls. Information: (562) 595-0081 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Knife and Fork at the Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA's series of interventions by local artists collectives take place the first Thursday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m. at MOCA, 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information: or

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the Art Walk on the third Saturday of each month. Different host gallery and reception each month, and transportation provided by the Holly Trolley shuttle. See website for monthly details. Information: (323) 965-2705 x4644 or

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information:

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second and last Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Art Walk. Art Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m.; includes Riverside Museum. Contact information for museum follows. Information: (951) 826-5273 or

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Also Last Thursday ArtWalk in downtown San Clemete from 6 - 9 p.m. Last summer Thursday ArtWalk is on Sept. 24. Information: (949) 218-5378, (949) 492-7175 or

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 or

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second/Broadway. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625,,

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information:

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. Information:

  • TORRANCE - Arts and Crafts By the Beach. Art by the Beach is presented by the Torrance Artists Guild, the South Bay Watercolor Society, and the Torrance Craftsmen's Guild and takes place every first Sunday of the month from April to October. Event is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa in Torrance Beach. Information: (310) 830-2806.


  • CLAREMONT - Cruise Night in The Village. Cruise Night in The Village features a large display of vintage and classic cars in a fun, family-oriented environment. Next event is in October from 5 - 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Village Grille. Information: (909) 626-8813 or

    "Drummer Bunny"

  • FULLERTON - Heroes for Kids Fullerton Car Show. The 2nd annual Fullerton Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Museum Plaza on Wilshire between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona. There will be classic cars, trucks, Woodies, sports cars and hot rods from 1900 - 1975, plus a variety of other events and activities. Information: (714) 239-9875 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Red Bull Soapbox Race. The Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 26. The non-motorized racing event features outrageous human-powered vehicles and will take place on 5th and Grand in downtown Los Angeles. Pits open at 11 a.m., and the first race begins at 1 p.m. Information:

  • REDONDO BEACH - 6th Annual Rods, Rides and Relics Car Show. The 6th Annual Rods, Rides and Relics on the Pier Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier. Cars will be displayed on the pier over the water, and all cars in the event are by invitation only. Information:


Several area Farmers Markets have weekly entertainment, though not always music. Markets with occasional entertainment or for which no published band schedule has been located will be listed here. If a schedule is forwarded, the concerts will be listed in the regular concert listings portion of the site.

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surf City Nights. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. on Main Street (between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Avenue). There will be street entertainers/live performances, an organic farmers market, food booths, activities for children, sidewalk sales by area merchants and more. Free parking for two hours in the Main Promenade parking structure between 4 and 8:30 p.m. Information: (714) 841-3034 or

  • LA VERNE - Old Town La Verne Family Festival and Farmers Market. The farmer's market and festival takes place Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 9 p.m. The event includes the market, craft booths, musical entertainment, children's rides, food vendors and more. Activities are on "D" and Third Street south of Bonita Avenue. Information: (909) 596-8706 or

  • MONROVIA - Old Town Monrovia Family Festival and Street Fair. The street fair and festival takes place Friday evenings from 5 - 9 p.m. There is a farmers market, craft booths, live music, kiddie rides, food vendors and more. Activities are on Myrtle Avenue at Olive. Information: (866) 440-3374, (626) 256-8246, or

  • SIERRA MADRE - Sierra Madre Farmers Market. The market is open weekly on Wednesdays from 3 - 7 p.m. with a variety of food-only vendors and occasional entertainment. The market is located on Mariposa Avenue near S. Baldwin Avenue. Information:

  • UPLAND - Second Avenue Market. Upland's 2nd Avenue Market is open with activities for children, arts and crafts and live entertainment in addition to food vendors and fresh produce sales. Market hours are from 5 - 9 p.m. on 2nd Avenue in downtown Upland. Information: (909) 949-4499, or


  • COVINA - A Visit with the Great Presidenta at Forest Lawn. History comes alive when professional actors portray presidents such as Harry S. Truman, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and share interesting facts about their lives and times. Programs will take place at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on September 23 and 24. Call for reservations. Information: (800) 204-3131 x4789 or

  • FONTANA - Tune 'N' Night at the Jack Bulik Teen Center. Youth ages 10 - 17 can showcase their dramatic and musical talents on Sept. 4 and 18 at the teen center Tune 'N' Nights. The events will take place on Sept. 4 and 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Jack Bulik Teen Center, 16581 Filbert Street. Information: (909) 428-8393 or


  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Information: (213) 228-7025 or

  • "The Mad Hatter"

  • BEACH = CULTURE: TUESDAY AT THE BEACH HOUSE. - The Annenberg Community Beach House is a new facility in Santa Monica on the site which was originally developed in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The facility is open to the public and is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. Tuesday nights are a series of concerts, lectures, readings and performances. All are free, but advanced registration is required. Information: (310) 458-4904 or

  • CLAREMONT COLLEGES PROGRAMS. A variety of lectures, lecture series and film series are open to the public during the year. Visit Also, the Scripps Humanities Institues has regular art, film and lecture series each semester. Fall semester theme is "Secrets in a Democracy." Information: (909) 621-8000, or

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures begin again on Sept. 2 with three September lectures: September 2, 15 and 30. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Tickets available at the venue beginning at 6:30 p.m.; seating on a first-come basis. Information: (949) 721-2266 or

  • "IRIS NIGHTS" LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Photography-related lectures and events. Thursday night IRIS Lectures, Slide Shows and other events are at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Reservations recommended. Information: (213) 403-3000 or

  • USC VISIONS AND VOICES - Events include a wide variety of performances, lectures and other arts presentations during the academic year. Some events are open only to USC students, faculty and staff; others are open to the general public. Information: (213) 740-6786, or

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Information:


  • CITY AND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS - Libraries throughout Southern California regularly offer patrons a variety of free performances, workshops and other events/activities. It is recommended that you check your local library website often for the best information. Some Southern California library system links include:
    Los Angeles County Library System -
    Los Angeles Public Library -
    Orange County Public Libraries -
    Riverside County Libraries -
    San Bernardino County Libraries -

  • YOUTH/TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAMS - Many libraries offer free summer reading programs for youth and/or teens. Check with your local library for availability and details.


Many cities or organizations offer free movies during the summer. Some of these include:

  • ARCADIA - Movies at the Arcadia Public Library. The library is located at 20 West Duarte Road and hosts a series of Foreign Film Evenings for adults 18+. The next screening is in October. Films begin at 6 p.m. Information: (626) 821-5567 or

  • CHINO HILLS - Friday Night Fall Flicks at the Shoppes at Chino Hills. The Shoppes at Chino Hills and the City of Chino Hills will present six-week series of films beginning September 11. Films will be held in the Promenade at the Shoppes at Chino Hills, 13920 City Center Drive. Information: (866) 909-0305 or

    "Le Trumpetier"

  • GLENDALE - Tuesday Afternnon Harry Potter Festival. The Glendale Library will be screening a different Harry Potter movie each Tuesday in September at 2 p.m. Information:

  • HOLLYWOOD - Amoeba Music Monday Night Movies. Amoeba's Monday Movies at Space 15Twenty take place through September 28. Music-themed films are screened at 8 p.m. in the courtyard of Space 15Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Boulevard. Exception is Sept. 7 which will be at the Dome ArcLight Theater. Sept. 7 is Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music, Sept. 14 is The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Sept. 21 is Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight Festival, and Sept. 28 is Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Information: (323) 245-6400 or

  • LA MIRADA - Family Saturdays at the Movies. Movies, popcorn and punch Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Information: (562) 902-3160 or

  • LAGUNA NIGUEL - Fall Flicks. Movies will be shown on September 12 (Wall-E) and September 26 (Monsters, Inc.). Films are from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Crown Valley Park Amphitheater. Information: (949) 425-5100 or

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Movies at the Skirball Cultural Center. "Passport Screenings: Contemporary World Cinema," one Saturday a month through October. The Skirball Cultural Center is located off the 405 Freeway at Skirball Center Drive. Information: (310) 440-4500 or

  • SANTA MONICA - "Movies on the Pier" at the Santa Monica Pier. 2009 Series will be Sept. 11 - October 2. Movies are on the West Pier parking deck at 7 p.m. on Friday nights. Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained at Capital Source Bank - 12424 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Vidiots - 302 Pico Boulevard, or at any Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau office. Information: (310) 458-8900 or


  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every first Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or

    "March Hare #2"

  • CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM - The Craft and Folk Art Museum offers free admission every first Wednesday of the month and on all Sundays through the end of 2009. The Museum is located at 5814 Wilshire at Curson (near LACMA). Information: (323) 937-4230 or

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15 beginning July 1, but free after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. Variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families as well. Information: (310) 440-7300 or and

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Information: (626) 405-2100 or

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Information: (714) 476-2565 or

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Information: (562) 905-9793 or

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and on a pay-as-you-wish basis after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. Sept. 7 is Labor Day Free Holiday Monday with free admission to the museum as well as LACMA special exhibits. Information: (323) 857-6000 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information:

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information:

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Target Sundays include special programs each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshop activities and music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - Free admission on weekends. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive and is accessible from the Metro Gold Line. Information: (323) 221-2164 or

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - Variety of music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM Variety of lecture, poetry, music and other programs. See event calendar on museum website. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or

"Mushroom House"


  • BOLSA CHICA WETLANDS TOURS (HUNTINGTON BEACH) - Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands tours every first Saturday of the month. Tours depart every 15 minutes from 9 - 10:30 a.m. No reservations required. Meet at the south lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the street from the main entrance to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Information: (714) 840-1575 or

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY STAR PARTIES (LOS ANGELES) - Look through a large variety of telescopes to view stars, moon and planets, and talk to amateur astronomers. Monthly free star party events take place from 2 - 9:45 p.m. on June 27, July 25, August 29 and September 26. Admission to the Observatory grounds and building is also always free (with a fee for shows in the Planetarium). Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • MADRONA MARSH NATURE CENTER AND PRESERVE, TORRANCE - Regularly scheduled bird walks and nature walks are free, as are some special programs. Madrona Marsh is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo. Information: (310) 782-3989 or

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - Quarterly publication "OUTDOORS" listing all available programs (both free and fee) is available by writing to the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, 401 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360. Also order online at web address. Information:


  • AZUSA - Senior Center Movies - The Azusa Senior Center, 740 N. Dalton Avenue, shows free movies for seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Information: (626) 812-5204 or

  • GLENDORA - Movies at the La Fetra Center - A program for older adults with movie screenings at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the La Fetra Center living room, 333 E. Foothill Boulevard. Information: (626) 914-0560 or

  • LA MIRADA - At The Movies - A program for older adults with movie screenings at 12:30 on Thursdays in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Boulevard. Free popcorn and punch served. Information: (562) 902-3160 or

  • LA PALMA - Movies for Older Adults - Movies are on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. at the La Palma Community Center, 7821 Walker Street. July movies are Slumdog Millionaire, Quantum of Solace, Fred Claus and The Bucket List. Information: (714) 690-3350 or

  • WHITTIER - Favorite Flicks and Monday Movie Mysteries - Favorite Flicks are Wed/Thurs at 1 p.m. at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, and Thurs/Fri at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut. Movie Mysteries are classic and older movies from the 30s - 90s, Monday at 1 p.m. at the Uptown Senior Center. Information: (562) 464-3370 (Uptown) or (562) 464-3350 (Parnell) or


  • ANAHEIM - Free Visit to Disneyland. - Southern California residents - did you know that you can get in free to Disneyland on your birthday? Register online at the Disneyland website. Information: Also Downtown Disney offers three free hours of parking and great views of the nightly fireworks.

  • "Queen's Guard"

  • HOLLYWOOD - NIKE "More Than A Game Tour" at Hollywood and Highland. - Event is from 11:30am - 5pm in Central Courtyard of the Hollywood and Highland Center. LeBron James was turning heads on the court long before he was the MVP of the NBA. "More Than A Game" documents his years at Saint Vincent - St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. The film follows LeBron and his teammates on the road to the national championship. Join Nike and the guys on their final stop of the tour at the Hollywood and Highland Center. There will be a Q&A session with LeBron James and his friends, celebrity basketball tournaments, and a live hip-hop performance in the Central Courtyard. Throughout the day, fans will be able to play basketball, develop their basketball skills in various training sessions and participate in 3-on-3 battles and shooting contests. Information:

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - 2nd Annual Green Expo. - The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 2nd Annual Green Expo from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Huntington Beach Central Library parking lot, 7111 Talbert Avenue at Golden West. There will be seminars and workshops, product information booths and exhibits displaying the newest "green" technologies and products, and other environmental displays and programs. Information: (714) 536-8888 or

  • IRVINE - Balloon Rides at the Orange County Great Park. - The Orange County Great Park offers a free balloon ride on the largest tethered helium balloon in the U.S. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The OCGP is located off the 5 Freeway at the Sand Canyon exit. Information: (866) 829-3829 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. - September 26 is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Numerous museums in the area will be participating. Visit the site to register for a free Museum Day admission card which will be usable at any one museum of your choice. A list of participating museums is available on the website. Information: or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Hispanic Heritage Month. - September 15 - October 15 is considered to be National Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be a variety of celebrations throughout the month, and a schedule of events in Los Angeles is usually available through the "Heritage Month Celebrations" link at the Culture L.A. website. Information:


  • PUBLIC LIBRARY STORYTELLING PROGRAMS - Many libraries offer year-round storytelling sessions, particularly for young children. Check with your local library for availability and details.

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