Wallet-Free Weekend: LA’s No-Cost Culture Guide

Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email


  • As You Like It in Hermosa Beach

Bring blankets (chilly location) & low chairs to enjoy Shakespeare-by-the-Sea’s presentation of the great comedy.

7:00 PM • Hermosa Beach • Info

  • Film Fest at the Armory

The Old Pasadena Film Festival & the LA 3-D Club screen 3-dimensional photography & shorts created by some of So Cal’s best stereo photographers.

7:30 PM • Pasadena • Info

  • Salsa Sunset in Pershing Square

Veteran soul, rock, & jazz vocalist Cecilia Noel performs what she calls “salsoul.” Bring blankets/chairs; no outside food.

8:30 PM • Downtown LA • Info



  • Dancing at the Music Center

Join a Bollywood dance lesson under the stars & then try your steps to live music. Bring a picnic or grab a bite on site. $5 parking from 8 pm.

7:00 PM • Downtown LA • Info

  • Disaster Movies in Pershing Square

Bring blankets & settle down for a screening of the futuristic thriller “Godzilla.” No outside food.

7:30 PM • Downtown LA • Info

  • Drive-In Movie in Azusa

Ok, this one is *almost* free ($3): Enjoy an evening in the pool + an outdoor screening of “Beetlejuice.”

8:00 PM • Azusa • Info

  • J.A.M. at the East LA Civic Center

The Ford Theatre’s Jazzed & Motivated invites you to join a Japanese Folk Dance session with Christine Inouye, set to ondo music by folk fusion ensemble Minyo Station. Outdoor movie follows.

6:30 PM • East LA • Info



  • Photo Walk in Franklin Canyon

Nature in Focus: Learn how to combine technique, composition, and being in the right place at the right time to take a memorable picture. 2 hrs.

8:00 AM • Franklin Canyon Ranch • Info

  • Crafts at the William Grant Still

Free family art workshops on the lawn, for all ages; different crafts each session.

10:00 AM • West Adams • Info

  • Classic Movie at the Los Feliz Library

Cool down with a screening of a comic noir classic, “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb.”

1:00 PM • Los Feliz • Info

  • Romeo & Juliet in Griffith Park

Bring blankets or low chairs for the Independent Shakespeare Co.’s elegant production of the classic tragedy, with a live band playing an original rock score.

6:30 PM • Griffith Park • Info



  • Mimosas and Music at the Federal Bar

KCRW’s Gary Calamar hosts an intimate, casual, brunch-side acoustic concert from favorite musicians. Nina Gordon & Louise Post from Veruca Salt + Holly Miranda.

11:00 AM • North Hollywood • Info

  • Western Music at the Autry

Grab your guitar, fiddle, spoons, or bass, & jam with members of the Western Music Association. Free w/admission.

12:00 PM • Griffith Park • Info

  • Art History at the Getty

Curator Julian Brooks explains how investigating the creative processes of the Italian Renaissance masters involves detective work that yields as many questions as it does answers. RSVP required.

3:00 PM • Brentwood • Info

  • Youth Talent Music Show in MacArthur Park

HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) presents the HOLA Rock Band (aka First Aid), the HOLA Jazz Band, & the HOLA Horn Quartet. Kids’ pre-show from 5 PM.

6:30 PM • MacArthur Park • Info

  • Twelfth Night in Newhall

LA SummerFest At Rivendale: The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival presents the bard’s comedy, in a new indie rock interpretation with a live band. Bring blankets & picnics; drinks & food avail.

7:30 PM • Newhall • Info

  • Film Festival in Pasadena

The Old Pasadena Film Festival screens Baz Luhrmann’s off-beat comedy “Strictly Ballroom” (1992). Come at 7 pm for music & food.

8:30 PM • Pasadena • Info

Mandi Moss

Mandi Moss

Mandi's been acting, producing, scenic painting, costume designing and directing in Los Angeles since the early 2000's with a particular interest in new works and creative storytelling. She’s a former member of Theatre of NOTE and a current member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. She’s also a proud professional clown and the Managing Editor of @ This Stage.