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     As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can do, get or see for free this summer. The lists include everything from free movies and museum days to car shows and birthday treats. The page also incorporates the same type of information as found in the site's Twitter postings during the rest of the year. (Twitter and Facebook postings also can be viewed on 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 and Final Summer Update: Sept. 20)

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  • 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. 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. 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:

If your city has a monthly or regularly-scheduled arts open house/art walk you'd like listed, please send an e-mail message to the site using the link at the bottom of the page. Information will be posted as it is received!


  • CHINO - Chino Spectrum Car Shows. Shows take place monthly from noon - 4 p.m. near Grandma Puccis. The shows include prizes, giveaways, and refreshments. Next date will be Sept. 26. See website for directions. Information: (909) 590-4455 or

  • REDONDO BEACH - Rods, Rides and Relics Classic Car Show. The annual show will take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on September 27 on the Redondo Beach Pier. 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.

  • BUENA PARK - Local Harvest Farmers Market. The farmer's market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Buena Park Downtown, La Palma/Stanton. The market includes farm fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade and unique items and live entertainment. Information: (562) 449-9299 or

  • 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


  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - LACMA Youth/Family Programs. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers free NexGen membership and activities to youth under 17 years of age along with one accompanying adult. Also, on Mondays and Fridays there are painting/art programs for children in the Boone Children's Gallery, and Andell Family Sunday programs. Information: (323) 857-6010 or, go to "education."

  • 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:

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a free hat, a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (average win amount generally is about $25 in free slot play). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. 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:


  • "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 Fall listings are now available, and reservations for September programs are open. Information: (213) 228-7025, or

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events run September through June, and information on the new season is now available. 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 may 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

  • 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. Visit the LA Opera website for current schedules; events for September are listed here. Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. Sept. 1 - Redondo Beach Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (310) 318-0675; Sept. 5 - Cypress Library (Cypress), 5331 Orange Avenue, at 2:30 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (714) 826-0350; Sept. 8 - Woodland Hills Platt Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (818) 340-9386; Sept. 12 - El Dorado Neighborhood Library Long Beach at 2 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (562) 570-3136; Sept. 12 - Altadena Public Library at 2 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (626) 798-0833; Sept. 12 at Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale at 2 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (818) 548-2051; Sept. 19 at Torrance Public Library at 2 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (310) 618-5959; Sept. 19 at the Yorba Linda Public Library at 2 p.m. Topic: Intro to Opera/The Barber of Seville, (714) 777-2873; Sept. 24 at Westwood Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (310) 474-1739; and Sept. 28 at Burbank Central Library at 7 p.m. Topic: Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci, (818) 238-5600. 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:


  • CITY AND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS - Most libraries throughout Southern California offer patrons a wide variety of free performances, workshops and other events/activities. Some are geared toward adults, and others are special programs for teens or children. This summer several libraries are focusing summer programming around the theme "Read to the Rhythm," so there are many more programs with music-related themes. It is recommended that you check your local library website often for the best and most current information. In addition to individual city libraries, 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. 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:

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information:

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. 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. NEW WEB ADDRESS!! Information:

  • KALERI - Kaleri is a website service for artists offering a variety of free options. Create online collections, or link to some gallery shows and a mobile application. 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


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):

  • FONTANA - Family Movies are screened in the Steelworkers Auditorium, 8437 Sierra Avenue, at 6 p.m. on select Thursday nights. September movies will be: September 10 - Mary Poppins, September 17 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and September 24 - Where the Wild Things Are. Information: (909) 349-6979 (Steelworkers' Auditorium) or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Screenings at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. On September 27 at 3 p.m., LA Plaza will be screening "Cine Sin Fronteras" featuring highlights from the Morelia International Film Festival. LA Plaza is located at 501 North Main Street. Information: (888) 488-8083 or

  • MISSION VIEJO - Movies of Character. Monthly "Movies of Character" are screened at Mission Viejo City Hall at 2 p.m. October film TBA. Mission Viejo City Hall is located at Marguerite/La Paz. Information: (949) 470-3094 or

  • PASADENA - September Movies at One Colorado. Films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. and will be: Sept. 4 - Jungle Book (1967), Sept. 11 - Ratatouille (2007), Sept. 18 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Sept. 25 - Frozen. One Colorado is a city block bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Fair Oaks, DeLacey and Union Streets. Information: (626) 564-1066, or

  • SAN PEDRO - Movies Under the Guns on the Battleship Iowa. Monthly film screenings take place on board the Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Boulevard. September movie will be "Jumanji" at 8 p.m. on September 25. Personal chairs and blankets are welcome, but outside food is not allowed. Information: (877) 446-9261 or

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - Movies at local libraries. All year round, but particularly now that events begin to move indoors, local libraries have come to be screening a wider variety of films. Check your library for the most current information of what is being screened there. Information: Some library links are included in the "Library" section above.

  • WHITTIER - Moonlight Movie Nights at Parnell Park. Movies will be screened outdoors on a 28-foot screen beginning at dusk at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Remaining films will be: Sept. 12 - Mamma Mia! (sing-along), and Sept. 26 - The Goonies. Information: (562) 567-9450 or

  • WHITTIER - Screening at the Shannon Center for Performing Arts. The film "Bordertown" will be screened at 7 p.m. on September 30. The event is open to the public, but tickets are required. Use the link on the Shannon Center site to order tickets. The Shannon Center is located at 13406 Philadelphia Street at Whittier College. Information: (562) 907-4200 or


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.


  • BROAD MUSEUM OPENING (ONGOING AFTER SEPTEMBER 20) - The Broad Museum in downtown LA on Grand will be opening on September 20. Opening day is sold out; free reserved, timed tickets may be reserved at the website listed. Information:

  • SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY LIVE! - Once a year the Smithsonian Magazine offers free admission for two people to any participating museum. This year's Museum Day Live! will take place on September 26. See the list of this year's participating museums and reserve tickets at the website listed. Information:


  • 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.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or

  • 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 free admission on Fridays. There also are Target Free Second Saturday programs 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

  • 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


  • BACK BAY SCIENCE (NEWPORT BEACH) COMMUNITY DAY - Community Day at the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach allows visitors to tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life, learn about education programs, and learn more about marine life. There are also hands-on activities for kids. Programs are Sundays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and the center is at 600 Shellmaker Island. Information:

  • 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

  • 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. This summer's star parties will be on June 20, July 25, August 22 and September 19. Admission to the Observatory grounds and building is also always free (with a fee for shows in the Planetarium). Information: (213) 473-0800 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 as well 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. 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

  • MANHATTAN BEACH BOTANICAL GARDENS GARDENING CLASSES - Free classes on a variety of gardening topics will be held at the Manhattan Beach Botanical Gardens, west side of Polliwog Park, on Saturdays from 10 - 11 a.m. through October 31. See full list of classes on website; an RSVP to Julie at the phone number listed is requested for those interested in attending any of the classes. Information: (310) 546-1354 or

  • RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANICAL GARDENS - The Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, 1500 N. College Avenue in Claremont, will be offering free admission on September 9 to commemorate the anniversary of California becoming a state. Behind-the-scenes tours will be available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information: (909) 625-8767 x200 or

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

  • 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. Also Audobon Bird Walks every 4th Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m., plus special lectures, classes, habitat restoration opportunities and more. 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 national park free admission days will be Sept. 26 and Nov. 11. Find details at


  • 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

  • IRVINE - Movie Matinees and Sing-A-Longs - Movies with complimentary lemonade and popcorn are on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road. Sing-a-longs with piano accompaniment are held Mondays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., also at the Lakeview Senior Center. Information: (949) 724-6900 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


  • LA OPERA 90012 CONTEST. Students in grades 9 - 12 are invited to enter a competition for the chance to win a mini subscription, for themselves and a chaperone, to see four operas for free (dates will be 11/21/2015, 2/13/2016, 3/12/2016 and 5/14/2016). Winners also must be able to attend an orientation with their chaperone on October 27 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The deadline for submitting an application is October 13. Tickets are limited and non-transferable. See details/get application on LA Opera website. Information: (213) 972-3157, or

  • LONG BEACH - SHAKESPEARE ALOUD. As part of the Arts for Life program, on one designated Saturday each month Shakespeare Aloud will host a free reading of each of Shakespeare's 37 plays, one per month until the entire canon is complete. Anyone may participate. Roles will be assigned at 10:45 a.m. and the reading will begin at 11 a.m. Some copies of the plays will be provided, but it is recommended that participants bring their own copies (visiting a local library to obtain a copy is recommended). Upcoming reading will be: September 26 - As You Like It (beginning at 10:45 a.m.). Readings will take place in the CSU Long Beach Theater Arts Building. Information: (562) 985-7000 or

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD - THEATER IN THE PARKS (II). The Rogue Artists Ensemble will present one performance of Shakespeare(ish) on August 22 at 4 p.m. in Kings Road Park, 1000 Kings Road. Seating will be provided, and there also will be a pupper-making workshop for children. Also, on September 18, 19, 25, 26 and October 2 and 3, Lovers and Madmen will present performances of the "Taming of the Shrew." Performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Information: (for Aug. 22 performance) or

  • ZARZUELA PROJECT. Zarzuela Project at the Mariachi Conservatory. Zarzuela is a beautiful and melodic form of musical theater popular throughout Spain and Latin America. The Zarzuela Project provides classes where participants are trained in singing and acting and learn about the history of Zarzuela. Participation is offered free of charge to adults and students, and classes are held on Wednesday evenings at the Mariachi Conservatory (on the campus of Salesian High School). Information: (213) 972-3157,, community, or send an e-mail to


  • 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. PLEASE NOTE: THE GREAT PARK WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HOSTING THE SOLAR DECATHLON IN OCTOBER. Read more about the event on the September Essays page. Information: (949) 724-7404 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:

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Events. Events celebrating Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month will be taking place from now through the end of October. Find a list of performances, arts events, screenings and more in Los Angeles at the website listed. Information: or, click the "Heritage Month" link.

  • POMONA - LA County Fair. The LA County Fair will take place September 4 - 27. There is free admission for seniors 60+ with ID on Wednesdays from noon - 3 p.m. Also, same-day admission is free on Thursdays with the donation of five new, unwrapped school supply items, and on Fridays with the donation of five canned goods. See website for additional information/restrictions. Information:

  • PORT OF LONG BEACH - Harbor Tours. The Port of Long Beach offers free boat tours on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Tours are at 10 a.m. and last about 90 minutes. Reservations must be booked in advance and fill quickly, usually at least a month ahead of the date of the tour. 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


  • ANAHEIM - Yoga at the Farmers Market. The Sunday farmers market at the 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 (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

  • 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. through June in Chaffey Town Square at Victoria Gardens, 12505 North Mainstreet. Information: (909) 463-2830 or

  • REDONDO BEACH - Yoga at the Pier. The Redondo Beach Pier offers a free yoga class every third Saturday of the month from noon - 2 p.m. Check the Pier website for location. Information:

  • SANTA MONICA - Roga at Santa Monica Pier. Roga returns to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturdays through October 24 Roga is an 8 a.m. run (meet at the sign at the top of the ramp at Colorado/Ocean), and 9 a.m. yoga at the far west end of the pier. Information:


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