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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 in the site's Twitter and Facebook postings (which also can be accessed from the "News" page). 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. 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 28)

     The video below is a film of the visit of two teens to the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. These teens could be parents of any of today's teens, who are likely to have never seen the type of telephones which are the focus of much of the video. The Fair had a futuristic theme, and the video (which is referred to as a documentary) is called "Century 21 Calling." As part of the World's Fair trivia included on the site's Facebook page, you also will find a link to the trailer for an Elvis movie set at the event called "It Happened at the World's Fair."

Click on a category below to go directly to an "Extras" section, or continue scrolling down the page.


Pack Dogs by Cynthia Minet, installation for Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Anchorage Museum, AK. Post-consumer plastic, LED lighting, coaxial cable, PVC. Each dog = 56 1/4 in length x 28 in. height x 14 in depth, sled = 85 in. length x 46 in. height x 39 in. depth. Overall installation: 46" x 360" x 60" (dimensions variable), 2014. Photo credit: Chris Arend/Anchorage Museum.

     Each year presents works of artists which in some way reflect or interpret the summer theme. This year's theme is "The Art of Progress." Please welcome 2014 Guest Visual/Mixed Media Artist Cynthia Minet, whose sculptures of post-consumer plastic, LED lighting and other materials are displayed on this page. You can view the images by scrolling down the page, and you can read more about her on the site's "Guests" page. Images may not be reproduced without the artist's permission, and images noted as being part of Caravan @ Muzeo will be on display at Muzeo in Anaheim through the end of August.


  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This 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. The next event will take place in November. 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. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations, other, and is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or

  • COSTA MESA - SOBECA District Art Walk. The first SOBECA District ArtWalk takes place on every last Tuesday of the month from 6 - 10 p.m. The SOBECA District Artwalk will include The Lab and The Artery at The Lab, 2930 Bristol, The Camp, 2937 Bristol, Memphis at 2920 Bristol, and the SOLO Building, 765 Baker. Information:

  • 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. 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 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. Current exhibit through the summer is on country music. Information: (213) 403-3000 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. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • 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 quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information:

Camel by Cynthia Minet, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Exhibit is "Transcending Trash, the Art of Upcycling," curated by Matthew Leslie, Muzeo, Anaheim. Unsustainable Creatures: Camel is made of found and repurposed plastic objects PVC pipe, and cement, 75" x 115" x 24", 2010. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • SOUTH PASADENA - Cruz'n For Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show. The Cruz'n For Roses Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on September 28 on Mission Street from Fair Oaks to the Gold Line Metro Station. The event will include over 300 cars, vendors, and more. The South Pasadena Police and Fire Departments also will host an open house during the show at 1422 Mission Street. Information: (626) 799-7813, 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.

  • COVINA - Covina Farmers Market. The farmer's market takes place Friday evenings from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes the market, entertainment, food vendors and more. Activities take place at Heritage Plaza, Citrus Avenue/ San Bernardino Road. Information: (626) 241-2017 or

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Surf City Nights. Event is from 5 - 9 p.m. on Tuesdays 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 - 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

  • MISSION VIEJO - Artisan Faire. The Artisan Faire takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at the Mission Viejo Village shopping center, across Marguerite from the Mission Viejo Civic Center (Marguerite/La Paz). The event includes art and craft vendors, fresh fruit, vegetables and specialty food items, art demonstrations, crafts for kids, live entertainment and more. Information: www.missionviejoculturalartscommittee.

  • REDLANDS - Redlands Market Night. Redlands Market Night takes place every Thursday in downtown Redlands (on State Street) from 6 - 9 p.m. Highlights include a farmers market, food, a variety of vendors, and entertainment for the whole family. Information: (909) 798-7548, or

  • SAN DIMAS - San Dimas Farmers Market. The farmers market takes place on Wednesdays from 4 - 8:30 p.m. along Bonita Avenue (142 E. Bonita) in downtown San Dimas. Entertainment and additional entertainment with weekly city concert series. Information: (909) 581-4744 or

  • SANTA MONICA - Santa Monica Sunday Farmers Market. The Sunday Farmers Market takes place from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Main Street/Ocean Park. Music is from about 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Information: (310) 458-8712, (310) 458-8411, or

Unsustainable Creatures: Camel, by Cynthia Minet, close-up of head, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Mall/Shopping Center Kids' Clubs. Many local malls shopping centers have weekly or monthly programs for children. The programs are usually during the week, last a half hour to an hour, and offer either a variety of entertainment or craft activities. Check your local mall events page for further information.

  • 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. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • 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. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. 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 offers a free pass to anyone who wants to go to Catalina Island on their birthday (actual date). You must pre-register online, then make boat reservations online or by the phone number listed for the day of travel. See other details online. Information: (800) 995-4386 (reservations), (800) 481-3470 or

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus a mocha latte chill on your birthday. Information:

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

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information:

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information:

  • MALL GIFT CARD - Register for online news or at birthday club (see website) and get a $10 gift card on your birthday at one of three malls (most recently included on the list; lists may change): South Bay Galleria (Redondo Beach), Promenade Temecula (Temecula) or Victoria Gardens (Rancho Cucamonga). Information:

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information:

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. 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:

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. 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:

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. 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:

Elephant by Cynthia Minet, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Exhibit is "Transcending Trash, the Art of Upcycling," curated by Matthew Leslie, Muzeo, Anaheim. Unsustainable Creatures: Elephant is made of post-consumer plastic, LED lights, PVC pipe and hardware. 80" x 115" x52", 2013. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • "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. New September listings are now available. Information: (213) 228-7025, or

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events usually run September through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. 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

  • JIM J'S JUKEBOX - "Discovering America's Music." The 16th season of the monthly series started this month. American songbook buff Jim Jimirro, founding president of The Disney Channel and Walt Disney Home Video and current Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon, shares facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. The next program will take place October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Public Library, 2nd floor auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive. Information: (310) 288-2244 or

  • LA OPERA "OPERA TALKS." . "Opera Talks" are 50-minute interactive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly at a number of Los Angeles County libraries, and upcoming dates are listed here. Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. September 2 - Redondo Beach at 6:30 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (310) 318-0675; September 4 - Westwood Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (310) 474-1739; September 4 - Burbank Central Library at 7 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (818) 238-5600; September 13 - El Dorado Neighborhood Library Long Beach at 2 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (562) 570-3136; September 13 - Santa Monica Main Library at 3 p.m. Topic: Dido & Aeneas and Bluebeard, (310) 458-8600; September 16 - Porter Ranch Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (818) 360-5706; and September 20 - Brand Library Glendale at 2 p.m. Topic: La Traviata, (818) 548-2051. Information: (213) 972-3157 or, go to "Community."

  • 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:

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA - Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of classes in cooking techniques and junior chef sessions. No set time; check website listed for most current information. 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. Reservations are required for most events. Information:

Unsustainable Creatures: Pig, by Cynthia Minet. Unsustainable Creatures: Pig is made of post-consumer plastic and hardware. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • 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 "OPERA TALKS" - The LA Opera talks offers one-hour talks at various Los Angeles public libraries during the year. For the September schedule, see the "Lectures" section above.


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, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-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. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. 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:

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information:

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

  • 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:

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. 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:

  • 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

Ox #1 by Cynthia Minet, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Exhibit is "Transcending Trash, the Art of Upcycling," curated by Matthew Leslie, Muzeo, Anaheim. Unsustainable Creatures: Ox #1 is made of post-consumer plastic, PVC pipe and LED lights, 50" x 108" x 30", 2011. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


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:

  • FULLERTON - Independent Film Series. Screenings in the Independent Film Series take place at 6 p.m. in the Osborne Auditorium at the Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth. Upcoming films will be: Aug. 6 - Stories We Tell, and Sept. 3 - Robert Redford's All is Lost. See library website for October film. Light snacks and covered beverages are permitted. The library also has a separate film series on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Information: (714) 738-6333 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square. Movies are Fridays at 8 in Pershing Square, Olive/5th Streets. September will be "Teen Trauma Time," and the movies will be: September 5 - The Breakfast Club, September 12 - St. Elmo's Fire, September 19 - Benny and Joon, and September 26 - Sixteen Candles. Information: (213) 847-4970 or

  • MISSION VIEJO - Movies of Character. Monthly "Movies of Character" are screened at Mission Viejo City Hall at 2 p.m. This month's film is Frozen on September 21. A discussion followed each film. Mission Viejo City Hall is located at Marguerite/La Paz. Information: (949) 470-3062 or

  • PASADENA - Friday Night Family Flicks at One Colorado. Movies will be screened at 7:30 p.m. in the One Colorado Courtyard, with free Kettle Corn. Films will be: September 5 - Chicken Run, September 12 - The Muppets, September 19 - Up, and September 26 - Mary Poppins. One Colorado is located in the block bounded by Union Street, Delacey Avenue, Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue. Information: (626) 564-1066 or

  • SANTA ANA - Santa Ana Film Fiesta. The Santa Ana Film Fiesta includes three weekends of film screenings, documentaries and workshops from September 18 - October 5. Events will take place in the auditorium at the Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main, Frida Cinema and the SOMOS event on Main Street (on October 5). The first screening is on September 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bowers Museum. It will be "Volando Bajo," an homage to the Mexican Musica Romantica of the 80s. Information:

  • SANTA MONICA - Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier. Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier will return in October on Friday nights. There will be music at 6 p.m., and the film screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Films will be: Oct. 3 - Frozen, Oct. 10 - Gravity, Oct. 17 - The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Oct. 24 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off. There also will be a screening on Oct. 2 of the documentary "Higher," a film about big mountain snowboarding. Information: (310) 458-8901 or

Unsustainable Creatures: Ox #1 by Cynthia Minet, close-up of head, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every first Sunday of the month. General admission to the museum is also free, and family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). 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 $10 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. Check for upcoming star party dates. 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

  • 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. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. 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. Check website for upcoming dates. 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 to LA County residents with ID 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. 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

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or

  • TARGET FREE MUSUEM 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

  • 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 at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or

Unsustainable Creatures: Emu by Cynthia Minet. Emu is made of post-consumer plastic, hardware and LED lights. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • 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 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

  • IRVINE RANCH CONSERVANCY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS - The Irvine Ranch Conservatory and the City of Irvine offer a variety of free hiking, mountain biking, and interpretive programs aw will as wilderness access days in Bommer Canyon, Hicks Canyon, Quail Hill Trail Head and other areas. Though many are free, advance registration is required. Register at website listed. Also, June 15 is Wilderness Access Day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with self-guided access in Irvine's Open Space Preserve South. Sign up on the website. Information: (949) 724-6610 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. Also Senior Strolls 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


  • CHINO HILLS - A Roadmap to Medicare - HICAP of San Bernardino offers monthly meetings to help map out decisions for those who will be enrolling in Medicare or those already on Medicare. Topics of the programs include what medicare covers, supplemental insurance, private health plans, Part D prescription coverage, and more. Programs take place every 4th Friday of the month from 10 a.m. - noon at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14000 City Drive. Call the phone number listed to RSVP and confirm dates. Information: (800) 434-0222.

  • 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. 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

  • MARINA DEL REY - Senior Recreation Program - The free recreation program in the Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way, takes place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Activities include Bingo tournaments, dance classes, arts and crafts classes and board games. Sign up with park staff. Information: (310) 305-9595 or

  • WHITTIER - Favorite Flicks - Movies are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, and Thursdays and Fridays at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street. All movies are at 1 p.m. Call for schedules. Information: (562) 567-9450 (Parnell), (562) 567-9470 (Uptown) or

Horse by Cynthia Minet, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Exhibit is "Transcending Trash, the Art of Upcycling," curated by Matthew Leslie, Muzeo, Anaheim. Unsustainable Creatures: Horse is made of post-consumer plastic, PVC pipe and LED lights, PVC pipe and hardware, 50" x 87" x 42", 2010 - 2014. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • THE LONG ROAD TODAY/EL LARGO CAMINO DE HOY. During the last two years, nearly 1000 Santa Ana residents have gathered to share stories and memories. A cast and crew of nearly 100 residents will bring those stories to life in The Long Road Today, with performances of theater, music and dance. Programs will take place September 19 - 21 and 26 - 28 at 8 p.m. at 20 Civic Center Plaza (at W. Santa Ana Boulevard). Admission is free, but advance reservations are encouraged. Information: (714) 708-5555 or


  • IRVINE - Activities at the Orange County Great Park. - The Orange County Great Park offers movies, garden workshops, lectures, concerts and a variety of activities on an ongoing basis. Movies will be listed above; see website calendar for other information. The OCGP is located off the 5 Freeway at the Sand Canyon exit. Information: (866) 829-3829, (949) 724-6247 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Factory Tours USA. Factory Tours USA - Celebrating American Imagination and Industry. This site lists 56 factory tours throughout the state of California, plus other across the nation. Many are free. Check individual listings for information. Information:

  • 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. Most events required ticket or reservation. Check for current schedules and parking fees. Information: (310) 458-4904 or

  • USC SPECIAL EVENTS - Visions and Voices Programs. The Visions and Voices series includes performances, lectures, readings, and more. Music events are included in the listings. Other events can be found via the event calendar on the Visions and Voices website. Most (but not all) events are open to the public, and most require reservations. Upcoming programs include September 29: Color Coding: Thinking Race, Culture and Computation. The program will focus on the historical and cultural dimensions of computing and will take place at 5 p.m. in the Friends of the Libraries Lecture Hall in Doheny Library. See website for additional information and upcoming events. Information: or

Elephant, Ox #1 and Horse by Cynthia Minet, front view, part of Caravan @ Muzeo. Exhibit is "Transcending Trash, the Art of Upcycling," curated by Matthew Leslie, Muzeo, Anaheim. Photo credit: Martin Cox.


  • ANAHEIM - Yoga at the Farmers Market. The Sunday farmers market at the newly-opened Packing District offers a free yoga class from 10 - 11 a.m. The market is located at Farmers Park, 400 S. Anaheim Boulevard. Information: (714) 956-3586, or

  • GLENDALE - Yoga on the Green. Lululemon Athletica presents free yoga classes every Sunday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 and Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon on the Green at Americana at Brand (Brand/Harvard). Information: (818) 637-8982 or

  • LOS ANGELES AND SANTA ANA - CicLAvia and Ciclovia. Two cycling events on the same day, October 4, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. In Los Angeles, CicLAvia returns with streets closed to cars and open to bicycles, walkers, etc. A similar event, Ciclovia/Somos, will take place in Santa Ana from downtown along the South Main corridor. Information: For CicLAvia, and for Ciclovia/Somos,

  • LOS ANGELES (SOUTH) - Zumba and Cardio Kick Classes. Free Zumba and Cardio Kick classes are offered at Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Classes have size limits; check website for current schedules. Information: (323) 290-6636 or

  • RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Yoga on the Green. Yoga on the Green takes place Thursdays from 9 - 10 a.m. in Chaffey Town Square at Victoria Gardens, 12505 North Mainstreet. Information: (909) 463-2830 or

  • SANTA MONICA - ROGA at the Santa Monica Pier. ROGA is an 8 a.m. run and 9 a.m. yoga class at the Santa Monica Pier. The event will continue on Saturday mornings through October 11. Information:


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