Events – NELA and Beyond

Check out these great upcoming events in and around the NELA area.

I love art activities and the greater Los Angeles area is full of them. A surprising number are free if you know where to look! In case of schedule changes, be sure to check the following websites for the museum before you make the trip.

Aquarium Of The Pacific – Long Beach
This season at the Aquarium, see a new show in the Ocent Theater, visit your favorite animals (I love the cephalopods), and take part in cultural festivals and events celebrating the ocean planet.

Events at the Aquarium in March include Divers Day on March 9, the International Children’s Festival on March 16 and 17, Noche de Estrellas on March 22, and the Urban Ocean Festival March 30 and 31. In April the Aquarium will host its annual Earth Day Celebration on April 27 and 28, and on May 4 and 5 visitors can experience the annual Pacific Islander Festival. Visit the Aquarium’s events section for a full calendar of educational, entertainment, and cultural events.

April 6 & 7, 2019 – Brewery ArtWalk
Mark your calendars! This twice-annual event it like a choose your own adventure thru the artist lofts and studios on the grounds of the former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. Located between downtown and Lincoln Heights it is invite only the rest of the year so I recommend taking the opportunity to check out this free event. You may even find your new favorite artist (I have become a fan of Teal Hathaway you can check out her work @

March 8, 2019 – Art Night
Enjoy an evening in beautiful Pasadena exploring 20 prestigious arts and cultural institutions showcasing diverse works of art, music and dance by the best the city’s creative community has to offer Friday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is free and will delight those of all ages and walks of life. Experience memorable visual and performing arts and participate in hands-on, interactive activities-all for FREE!

The City of Pasadena is also providing free shuttle transportation to and from participating venues, with City Hall serving as the primary transit hub. Food trucks will be parked at several venues, offering tasty food items and beverages for purchase.

Visit for a complete list of the family-friendly art and cultural offerings at ArtNight, one of the most exciting events in Southern California! Be sure to post photos and videos of your experience on social media using hashtag #ArtNight2019 and tag the City of Pasadena

National Park Free Entrance Days
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

  • January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21 – First day of National Park Week
  • September 22 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

Free second Tuesday of the month and select holidays; free after 3pm Monday—Friday for LA County residents

Free every Thursday 5-8pm

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Free first Thursday of the month with advance ticket.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Free every Thursday

Natural History Museum
Free the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August)

Autry National Center: Museum of the American West
Free every second Tuesday of the month

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Museum free first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and free every Tuesday during September; tar pits area always free.

Japanese American National Museum
Free every Thursday 5-8pm and all day every third Thursday of the month

Skirball Cultural Center
Free every Thursday

Norton Simon Museum
Free first Friday of the month 5-8pm

Museum of Latin American Art
Free every Sunday and the fourth Friday of every month between 5-9pm

Pacific Asia Museum
Free second Sunday of every month

Kidspace Children’s Museum
Free first Tuesday of every month from 4-8pm

Long Beach Museum of Art
Free from 3-8pm Thursdays and all day Fridays

California Art Museum in Pasadena
PMCA 1234 is free the first Friday of the month from 12-5pm

Norton Simon in Pasadena
Free the first Friday of the month from 5pm-8pm

Interested in walking to a museum? See what homes are available in the area!