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As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can get or do for free this summer. The page also incorporates the same type of information as found on the site's Twitter page during the rest of the year. Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; others are open to the general public. Check with the sponsoring venue if you are unsure, and it is recommended that you confirm all events/activites prior to attending. The list below is a dynamic list; it is updated over the course of the summer as information is received. Input from visitors is welcome, too! (Latest Update: September 23)

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  • ALHAMBRA - Alhambra Mosaic Art Walk. NEW EVENT! Downtown Alhambra and the Alhambra Renaissance Center introduce the city's first monthly Art Walk. The event will take place on the first Friday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Alhambra Renaissance Corner, 1 East Main Street. There will be painters, chalk art, digital art and more, local business vendor booths, arts and crafts and live music and dancing. Information:, or

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. The event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. See website for maps, details and upcoming dates. Information: (714) 956-3586 or, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • 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

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. Sept. dates are Sept. 6, 20 and 27. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations, other. Information: (909) 621-8283 or

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. The July 7 event will also be followed by an outdoor screening of the movie "Hook" in Heritage Plaza (Citrus Ave./San Bernardino Rd). Information:

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. New event as of March 2010. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or

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

  • LONG BEACH - 3rd Thursday Artwalk at Shoreline Village. Shoreline Village, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, holds an artwalk every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes art, music, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants. Information: (562) 437-3734 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) - Citizen LA Downtown Art Park. Citizen LA Magazine's "Downtown Art Park" is now taking place at The Medallion, 334 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Artists, performers and vendors participate in the monthly event which runs from 3 - 10 p.m. Check website for current date(s). Information: (213) 626-0039, or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, 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:

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Information: (213) 403-3000 or

  • MONROVIA - Summer Art Walks. 2012 Summer Art Walks will take place on June 30, July 28 and August 25 from 7 - 10 p.m. on the 400 - 600 blocks of Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia. Information: (626) 303-6600, or

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. 2012 dates will be March 17, May 19, July 21, September 15 and November 17. Information: (909) 731-3538 or send e-mail to

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Also Metro Night Out on the last Saturday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. with some galleries open, a car show and farmers market. Information: (909) 261-5004 or

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (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. Information: (949) 218-5378 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 and Broadway area. 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:

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No time listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 or

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place on third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations. Information:


  • FONTANA - Fontana Car Show. The new Fontana Car Show will take place the last Saturday of the month through October from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Fontana Civic Center, 8353 Sierra Avenue. This is a non-cruise event which will include food vendors, live music and cars on display. Information: (909) 349-6900 or

  • REDONDO BEACH - Rods, Rides and Relics Car Show. The Rods, Rides and Relics show will take place on September 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Redondo Beach Pier. Information: or


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

  • REDLANDS - Redlands Market Night. Redlands Market Night takes place every Thursday in downtown Redlands dein 6 - 9 p.m. Highlights include a farmers market, food, a variety of vendors, and entertainment for the whole family. Information: (909) 798-7629, or

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - West LA Farmers Market. The Market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 1645 Corinth (behind 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard) in West Los Angeles. The market includes organic and non-seasonal fruits and vegetables, weekly entertainment, flowers, trackless train rides and crafts for kids, and more. Information: (310) 739-5028 or

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD - Sunset Strip Market. The Sunset Strip Market takes place Thursdays from 5 - 9 p.m. at 8755 Sunset Boulevard (former Tower Records parking lot). There are produce and artisan goods vendors, cooking demonstrations, market menus, entertainment and more. Parking is available in adjacent lots for $5 with market validation. Information: (310) 659-7368 or


  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Bella Terra Kids Club. Programs are Monday mornings from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Avenue, and are generally suited for pre-schoolers. Activities and entertainment may include puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, magicians and others. Continues through Sept. 24. Information: (714) 897-2534 or

  • PASADENA - One Colorado Events. Funtastic Thursdays and Sensational Saturdays for Kids. Saturday programs are from 10 a.m. - noon through September 29 and include a variety of music and art projects. Thursday events are 30- or 45-minute performances at 10 a.m. (Sept. 6), 5 p.m. (Sept. 13) and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Sept. 20 and 27). See website for full program information. One Colorado is located at 41 Hugus Alley. Information: (626) 564-1066 or

  • RIVERSIDE - Discovery Days at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Discovery Days programs are designed for children ages 10 and under and take place every third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Programs include hands-on activities, live plants and animals and animal experts. The museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue at Orange. Information: (951) 826-5273 or


Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information:

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information:

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Information:

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information:

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information:

  • CATALINA EXPRESS - Catalina Express is celebrating by giving a free pass to anyone who wants to go to Catalina Island on their birthday. You must pre-register online, then make boat reservations online or by the phone number listed for the day of travel. This offer has been extended through 2013. See other details online. Information: (800) 995-4386 (reservations), (800) 481-3470 or

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday treat for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information:

  • DENNYS RESTAURANTS - Get a free "Grand Slam" on your birthday when you sign up online on the Dennys website. Children generally eat free at the restaurants from 4 - 10 p.m. (see details) in the "Specials" section of the website. Information:

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information:

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information:

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters e-mail/Hoot Club and receive a free entree (up to $9.99) on your birthday. Information:

  • MY BDAY CLUB - Complete online form for one of three shopping centers (Promenade Temecula, Victoria Gardens Rancho Cucamonga, or South Bay Galleria Redondo Beach) for free birthday gift (last year was a $10 gift card). Information:

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information:

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO, SAN BERNARDINO - San Manuel is celebrating with a birthday treat for all on their birthdays. Sign up for San Manuel's Club Serrano (no fee, can be done online). Members will receive free slot play and a food coupon when they come in on their birthday. Information:

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information:

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information:

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information:


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

  • DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN - Lecture series. Those wishing to attend must register online with the series office to receive e-mail notices/invitations for reservations. Series will pick up again in September. Lectures are held at the Beckman Center on the UC Irvine campus. Information:

  • "INSIDE LATIN JAZZ." - The Inside Latin Jazz Series at the Shannon Center in Whittier offers onstage interviews wtih leading Latin Jazz artists. The next event will take place at 8 p.m. on September 25 and will feature Javier Zalba Suarez, a Cuban-born flutist, clarinetist and saxophone player. Tickets are free but available at will call only. The Shannon Center is located at 13406 E. Philadelphia in Whittier. Information: (562) 907-4200 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

  • JIM J'S JUKEBOX - The 14th season of the lectures by American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro (founding president of The Disney Channel and current Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon) will begin on September 12 at 7 p.m. in the Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room 220, across the street from the library at 455 N. Rexford Drive. Lectures cover facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. Other fall dates will be Oct. 24 and Dec. 12. Information: (310) 288-2244 or

  • LAMPS PLUS FREE WORKSHOPS - Lamps Plus offers a variety of free 1-hour workshops throughout Southern California (Basic lighting, room makeovers, etc.). Register online by visiting the Lamps Plus website. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click "Workshops." Participants will also receive a $20-off coupon for Lamps Plus merchandise. Information:

  • OLD PASADENA WORKSHOPS - "Wired Wednesdays" on last Wednesday of the month from 8 - 10 a.m. at KidSpace, 480 N. Arroyo. Free parking in Rose Bowl parking lot 1. Upcoming sessions: Sept. 26 - Healthy Business - Keeping Fit in a Competitive Environment. RSVP to or (626) 795-3355. Information: or

  • WHAP! LECTURE SERIES - WHAP! is the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series, co-hosted by the City of West Hollywood and Cal Arts. Events take place in the West Hollywood Library of Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vincente Boulevard. The first fall event takes place on Sept. 21 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.: "Debate - The Fight for Equality and Electoral Politics." Information:

  • 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 -

    City Libraries: For individual city libraries which are not part of a library system, check directly with your local library.

  • LA OPERA'S "OPERA TALKS" - The LA Opera presents monthly "Opera Talks" at a number of Los Angeles/LA County Libraries. The talks will begin again in September. September programs will be: Sept. 11 - Platt Branch Library, Woodland Hills at 6:45 p.m., Topic - Don Giovanni, (818) 340-9386; Sept. 15 - Glendale Public Library (Central) at 2 p.m., Topic - Don Giovanni, (818) 548-2027; Sept. 16 - Crowell Library San Marino at 2 p.m., Topic - Don Giovanni, (626) 300-0777; Sept. 20 at the Burbank Central Library at 7 p.m., Topic - Don Giovanni, (818) 238-5600, and Sept. 29 - El Dorado Neighborhood Library/Long Beach at 2 p.m., (562) 570-3136. Info: Call libraries directly at phone number listed; see calendar also at


Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting. Some of the currently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. They'll also send a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. Information:

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information:

  • CHILIS RESTAURANTS - Join Chilis e-mail, get a free order of chips and queso. Information:

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. See website for any upcoming local dates. Information:

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information:

  • EUROPEAN WAX CENTER BREA - Free waxing offer for first-time guests only: Bikini line, eyebrow or underarm for women, and eyebrow, ear or nose for men. Check website for other locations/offers. Brea center is located at 1625 E. Imperial Highway. Information: (714) 255-1186 or

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information:

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information:

  • KRISPY KREME - September 19 is Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme. Come in and say "Ahoy Matey" (or any other pirate phrase) and get a free glazed donut. Come in full pirate gear and get a free dozen glazed donuts. Information:

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information:

  • OLIN MILLS - Free new baby portrait offer (one 8x10, 2 5x7's, 8 wallet-sized pictures). See details and print coupon from website. Information:

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information:

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: or


Some of the most popular free summer programs are the free outdoor summer movies offered by many cities or organizations. Most of the city-sponsored movies are "G" or "PG" rated family films. Some of this summer's movies include (with many more to come):

  • ARCADIA - Foreign films are screened every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Public Library (18 and over only). See website for upcoming films. Viewers are welcome to bring dinner, and a light dessert is provided. Information: (626) 574-5113 (recreation), (626) 821-5569 (library) or

  • ATWATER VILLAGE - Movies Nights Under the Stars. Atwater Village Movie Nights will take place at dusk at the Los Feliz Municipal Golf Course, 3207 Los Feliz Boulevard. Upcoming film is: Sept. 28 - How to Train Your Dragon. Information: (323) 634-2862 or

  • FULLERTON - Movies at the Fullerton Public Library. Thursday Movie Matinees at 1 p.m. in the Osborne Auditorium. September films are "Challenging Movies:" Sept. 6 - To Kill a Mockingbird, Sept. 13 - The Witches, Sept. 20 - Twilight, and Sept. 27 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Also monthly Independent Film Series at 6 p.m. Upcoming films are Sept 5 - Seven Minutes in Heaven. Information: (714) 738-6326 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square. Movies are Fridays at dusk in Pershing Square, Olive/5th Street. This year's series is called "Under the Sheet Music," and it will feature music-related documentaries and docu-dramas, July - Sept. Upcoming movies are: Sept. 7 - American Reel, Sept. 14 - 30 Century Man, Sept. 21 - Buena Vista Social Club, and Sept. 28 - Made in Sheffield. Films screen at 8 p.m. Information: (213) 847-4970 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - USC's "Outside the Box [Office]" Film Series. Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly series showcasing upcoming international, documentary and independent cinema. All screenings are free of charge but are overbooked to ensure capacity. Subscribe to mailing list by e-mailing word "Subscribe" to See website for listings and reservation. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - "Wedding Palace." Billed as a Korean-American "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the screening will take place at 7 p.m. on September 25 and will be followed by a discussion. Advance reservations are required by Sept. 24 and there will be no walk-ins. Register at The screening will take place in the Ray Stark Theater at the USC Cinema School. Information:, go to events.

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Events at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. On September 23 at 3 p.m., an advanced screening of "Tales of Masked Men," a film about the colorful world of Lucha Libre. There also will be a discussion with the film's director and two luchadores. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 North Main Street. Information: (888) 488-8083 or

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - LACMA will present a 24-hour special screening of Christian Marclay's "The Clock" from noon on September 22 to noon on September 23. The movie is a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. Also on September 29, there will be a screening of the films of Alia Syed at 2 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition Eating Grass. The museum is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, and parking is free from 7 p.m. - 6 a.m. at the lot on the corner of Wilshire/Spaulding. Information: (323) 857-6000 or

  • MANHATTAN BEACH - Coffee and Classics. Classic movies are screened the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Library, 1320 Highland Avenue. Upcoming films will be August 2 - Asphalt Jungle (1950), and September 6 - All That Heaven Allows (1955). Information: (310) 830-0231 or, go to branch information.

  • MISSION VIEJO - Films of Character. Movies are from 2 - 4:50 p.m. in the Mission Viejo Civic Center City Council Chambers (Marguerite/La Paz). Sept. film TBA. Information: (949) 470-3094 or

  • SAN PEDRO - Warner Grand Theater Screenings. Early schedule had the following films in September: Sept. 19 at time TBA - Ito-Matsuura Film Fest #1. A selection of independent films presented by Marymount College. Check updates at On Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. - Documentary film series presents "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women." Warner Grand Theater is located at 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro. Information: (310) 548-2493 or


The following is a partial listing of free museum days and free museum admission programs. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every first Sunday of the month with free general admission to the museum and family programs (generally) from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Admission to the museum is also free for Santa Ana residents every third Tuesday of the month. Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Information: (714) 567-3100 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. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but free after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Upcoming star party dates are 6/23, 7/28, 8/25 and 9/22. Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or

  • 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). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 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. Check for summer availability. 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 for all, and free for Los Angeles County residents with proof of residency on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 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, and the Nex-Gen program for those ages 17 and under. 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 Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 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

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers Target Free Second Saturdays with free admission and family-friendly activities. The Museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive near the Fashion Island shopping center. Information: (949) 759-1122 or

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 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. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or

  • SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY - Smithsonian Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket. This year's Museum Day will be on September 29. To find more information, a list of participating museums, and a printable "ticket," visit the website listed. Information:

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - TARGET FREE MUSEUM DAYS. - Target generously sponsors many free museum day programs throughout Southern California. The following locations offer free museum days sponsored by Target: Bowers Museum in Santa Ana: Target Free First Sundays provides free museum admission to all visitors on the first Sunday of the month. Information: (714) 567-3600 or In Los Angeles, there is the First Sundays program at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park (Information: (213) 744-2132 or and the Target Free Second Saturdays program at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo (Information: (213) 625-0414 or Similar programs are also offered at the Children's Museum in La Habra, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The Children's Museum, 301 S. Euclid, offers Target Free 1st Saturdays. Information: (562) 905-9793 or At the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos, Target Free Sundays are every Sunday of the month with free admission and special programs. Information: (562) 437-1689 or The Orange County Museum of Art offers Target Free Second Saturdays, with free admission and family-friendly activities. Information: (949) 759-1122 or In Orange County, another Target-sponsored program is Artsy Sundays at the Huntington Beach Arts Center. Programs are free drop-in arts workshops for children and their parents from noon - 4 p.m. at the Center, 538 Main Street. Information: (714) 374-1650. Also, check the LACMA website for the next Target Free Holidays Monday at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Information: (323) 857-6000 or


  • ALT CAR EXPO. - The annual Alt Car Expo will take place on September 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Pico/Main. There will be a presentation of the latest electric, hydrogen, biodiesel, natural gas, hybrid and other automotive technologies, plus speakers, a ride-and-drive lot, and a sustainable foods cafe. Information: (310) 390-2930 or

  • 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. Also last Saturday bird talks/nature walk at 9 a.m. Information: (714) 840-1575 or

  • BURBANK STOUGH CANYON NATURE CENTER. - The Stough Canyon Nature Center is located at 2300 Walnut Avenue. Regular hikes include 2nd Sunday Bird Walk at 9 a.m., 3rd Saturday Verdugo Mountain Explorations, last Sunday Wild Creatures Walk, and others. Activities are approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Call to confirm monthly schedule. Information: (818) 238-5440 or

  • FONTANA/MARY VAGLE NATURE CENTER. - The Nature Center is located at 11501 Cypress Avenue. Free weekend programs include First Saturday Discovery Hikes at 9:30 a.m., Last Sunday Earth Craft Afternoons from 1 - 4 p.m., and Microsopic Marvels programs (most weekends) from 1 - 4 p.m. Information: (909) 349-6994 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. Next date is September 22. Admission to the Observatory grounds and building is also always free (with a fee for shows in the Planetarium). Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM - The Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, offers free admission every third Tuesday of the month. Trams are not available on this day. See website for details. Information: (626) 821-3222 or

  • ROGERS GARDENS, COSTA MESA - Free weekend gardening lectures most months. Ongoing; variety of topics. Information: (949) 640-5800 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:

  • TORRANCE/MADRONA MARSH PROGRAMS - Nature Walks are every fourth weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon. Explore the preserve with a trained docent. Birds of Madrona - a walk with Bob Shanman programs are every second Wednesday of the month from 8 - 10 a.m., and Senior Strolls are every 2nd Tuesday of the month. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo. Information: (310) 782-3989, or

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - NATIONAL PARKS - A free annual pass is available from the National Parks System to all active duty military personnel with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The pass admits owners and accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to three additional adults at sites that charge per person. Information:, or go to "Stores" at Also, upcoming fee-free entry days at National Parks will be September 29 and November 10 - 12. Information:


  • BALDWIN PARK - Movies and Card Club - Movie Days are Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Julia McNeill Senior Center, 4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard. Senior Card Club is also 9 - 11 a.m. on Thursdays next door at the Esther Snyder Community Center. Information: (626) 813-5245 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 HABRA - Legal Aid for Seniors - Legal Aid is available the first Thursday of each month from noon - 2 p.m. for seniors ages 60 and older who are residents of Orange County. An appointment is necessary; call the first phone number listed. Information: (562) 905-9746; also (562) 905-9746 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. Also, free weekly open play card games. Mondays - Bridge from 12:15 - 3:30, Tuesdays - Pinochle from 12:15 - 3:30, Wednesdays - Canasta from 12:15 - 3:30. Other games as well. Also at La Mirada Activity Center. Information: (562) 902-3160 or

  • MANHATTAN BEACH - Oasis Movie Club - Movies are screened at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive. The Center also offers a variety of game clubs, card games and walking groups. Information: (310) 802-5447 or

  • POMONA - LA COUNTY FAIR ADMISSION - Seniors 60+ are admitted free to the LA County Fair on Wednesdays with a coupon available in LANG newspapers. Click the link in the promotions and discounts section of the LA County Fair website, or this one: Information: (909) 623-3111 or

  • TORRANCE - Seniors Shuffleboard - Shuffleboard games take place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon at the Bartlett Senior Center, 1318 Cravens Avenue. Beginners are welcome. Information: (310) 320-5918 or


  • ORANGE COUNTY CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL. The Orange County Children's Book Festival will take place on September 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. There will be authors and illustrator, stage presentations and entertainment, food vendors, an animal petting zoo, activities for children and more. Information:

  • USC "VISIONS AND VOICES" SERIES PERFORMANCE. Gary Snyder: Trans-Pacific Buddhism, Ecology and Poetry. Gary Snyder is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet with a radical vision that integrates Zen Buddhism, American Indian practices and ecological thinking. His visit to USC will include a lecture/conversation, poetry workshop and Japanese tea ceremony. Events will take place on Sept. 24 and 25 in Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus. Reservations are required for all events and can be made via the "Visions and Voices" website. Information: (213) 740-6786 or

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR. The West Hollywood Book Fair will take place on September 30 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at West Hollywood Library and Park, 625 N. San Vincente. There will be more than 300 authors, book signings, workshops, exhibits and a chilren's area. Full schedule will be available on website. Information: (323) 848-6460 or


  • IRVINE - Activities 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. There will also be movies, garden workshops, lectures, concerts and a variety of other activities on an ongoing basis. Current gardening series through October: Gardening Basics for Adults - Growing Edibles. Movies will be listed above; see website calendar for other information. The OCGP is located off the 5 Freeway at the Sand Canyon exit. Also applications for the Great Park's artist-in-residence program for 2013 will be accepted through September 25. For details on the program, call Kevin Staniec at (949) 724-6583. Information: (949) 724-7404 or

  • POMONA - L.A. COUNTY FAIR PROMOTIONS/SPECIAL ADMISSIONS. Special promotions and admissions for the LA County Fair (Aug. 31 - Sept. 30) will include: Free fair ticket with blood donation (see dates on website); College Days (free admission for students, faculty and staff from particular colleges on specified days; see list of colleges/days on website); Thoughtful Thursdays free admission noon - 6 p.m. with donation of item: Sept. 6 - one new or gently used book, Sept. 13 - 3 new/unwrapped school supply items, Sept. 20 - new child's athletic shoes or socks, and Sept. 27 - one new or gently used book; Food Drive Fridays - free admission noon - 6 p.m. with donation of five canned food items; and Senior Wednesdays - free admission with coupon (see item in "Seniors" section above). Also, for those already at the fair, a limited number of free general admission concert tickets will be available at the ticket kiosk on Rose Lane at 3 p.m. on concert days, first come first served. Everyone wishing a ticket must be present (see concert line-up on website). Information: (909) 623-3111 or

  • SANTA MONICA - Beach=Culture Events/Performances at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Annenberg Community Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Coast Way. The Beach=Culture programs take place on varying nights and reservations are required. Events with music will be included in the listings; there are also poetry readings, docent tours, photography exhibits and more. Check current fee for parking on website. September events will include a Red Hen Press Poetry Reading (this summer's Guest Poet, Charles Harper Webb, will be one of the featured poets) on Sept 10 and dance performances by choreographer/artist in residence Sheetal Gandhi Sept. 28 - 30. Reservations are required for all events. Information: (310) 458-4904, or

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month activities continue through mid-October. For a guide to art, music and other events in Los Angeles County, go to the "Heritage Months" link at the website listed. Information:


  • GLENDALE - Yoga on the Green. Lululemon Athletica presents free yoga classes every Sunday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 on the Green at Americana at Brand (Brand/Harvard). Information: (818) 637-8982 or

  • DANA POINT - KIDS' FISHING CLINIC. A free fishing clinic for children takes place every Sunday from noon - 12:30 p.m. at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Kids can learn fishing techniques and hook tying secrets, plus win raffle prizes. Information: (949) 496-5794 x7 or

  • HEALTHY WOMEN'S ACTION KIT - As featured in "Dear Abby." A Health Women's Action Kit as featured in "Dear Abby" is available at no charge by completing an online form at the website listed. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Zumba and Cardio Kick Classes. A free Zumba class is offered on Tuesdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the Macy's Bridge, and a free Cardio Kick Class is offered on Thursdays from 7 - 8 p.m. at Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Both classes have a limit of 150 people. Information: (323) 290-6636 or

  • RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Yoga at Victoria Gardens. Victoria Gardens, 12505 North Main, is offering free yoga classes on the Green on Thursdays from 9 - 10 a.m. Information: (909) 463-2830 or

  • SANTA MONICA - Zumba on the Deck. A free Zumba class is offered from 9 - 10 a.m. every Saturday on the Level 2 deck at Santa Monica Place mall. See information and directions on website. Information:


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