Los Angeles is the land of perpetual summer, but when it is actually summer, Los Angeles is second to none when it comes to free outdoor events. There are countless events happening in and around Los Angeles for the summer. (Here is a list of 100 free things to do in LA this summer) Here are some of my favorites!
The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival starts this week and runs through the end of August. The performance site is at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The performance is free and there is ample free parking. So grab a blanket and a picnic basket and head over. From June 25-July 26, they will be performing Romeo & Juliet, and from July 30 – August 30, they will be performing Much Ado About Nothing. Reservations are recommended, so check out their website for more information and to RSVP.
KCRW Summer Nights starts this Saturday and will continue Thursday and Saturday nights at various venues around the city through August. Eat before you go, or grab some tasty eats at food-trucks or surrounding restaurants in the heart of Chinatown and Pasadena as well as at the Hammer Museum and Santa Monica pier. A photo booth, craft beer garden and variety of fine art classes round out the fun to be had at this music-centric event. Check out their website for all of the details.
The Silver Lake Picture Show kicks off their summer of free outdoor movies Thursday, June 25th with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Every other Thursday from late June until mid September, they will be showing some feature films, accompanied by short films from local filmmakers and live musical acts. I will be there July 23rd for Spaceballs – because evil will always triumph because good is dumb. For a list of all the movies being shown this summer along with more details, click here.
For those of you in or around Long Beach, the Moonlight Movies at the Beach series starts TONIGHT with Karate Kid! The movies are free and so is parking. They have dinner, snacks and popcorn available for purchase. Click here for a full list of films they are showing throughout the summer and details on the location.
Last, but certainly not least, the Pershing Square Summer Concert Series. In the high-rise heart of Downtown is a palm tree oasis known as Pershing Square, where the summertime brings people together for lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays, salsa concerts on Thursdays, rock and pop Saturday nights, and films on Friday nights. Films begin at dark. A fun trivia quiz about the movie is played before the show. Each movie will be shown on a 40 foot wide by 20 foot high screen with a full sound system. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to the Friday Night Flicks. On Saturdays the concert lawn is open to the public at 7:00 pm and concerts begin at 8:00 pm. A Beer & Wine Garden and a Hard Bar will be open Saturdays for guests who can provide identification of legal drinking age. A variety of food trucks provide dining options (unlike Friday nights, no outside food or drinks are allowed).
Bottom Line: Get out and enjoy this great city. There are amazing free things to do.
I know there are many other amazing, and free, things to do in LA over the summer. Did I miss your favorite? Comment below and tell me!