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.
Summer Nights at Descanso Gardens – La Canada
World Rhythms (Advance tickets required) – Six Tuesdays from June 18 – July 23
Join us for a summer series of world music and dance that honors and celebrates the diversity of LA. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina’s concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first serve basis.
Summer Songs (Advance tickets required) – Six Wednesdays from June 19 – July 24
Relax in the beauty of the Rose Garden as The Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets of tunes. Enjoy a cold beer and wander through Descanso as the sun sets.
Music on the Main (Advance tickets required) – Eight Thursdays from June 6 – July 25
Enjoy eight evenings of live music presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina’s concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first serve basis.
Beer Garden Nights – Five Thursdays from Aug. 1–29
Descanso keeps its doors open late from 5–8pm on Thursdays in August. There will be a beer garden and food available for purchase. No advance ticketing required.
End of Summer Nights Celebration (Advance tickets required) – Wednesday, Aug. 28
Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of The Flashdance DJs, wander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland.
Please note: Tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated. Some events are already sold out so it is suggested to check the website and reserve tickets prior to showing up to the venue.
For a full calendar of events, visit https://www.descansogardens.org/summer-at-descanso/
Bet Yer Bottom Bingo Akbar – Los Angeles
B-I-N-G-O! Come out and play Bingo while being a part of a good cause for just $1 a game hosted by Sparkleblob on various Sunday nights at Akbar in Los Angeles.
Sparkleblob, a non-profit organization who helps create new art makers and arts leaders by shaping culture, teaching people to connect, opening eyes to different experiences and creating conversations with people of all walks of life.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/431659730711453/
Explore L.A. With Discover & Go Using Your Los Angeles Public Library Card
The Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with local museums, science centers, zoos, theatres and other cultural destinations for free and low-cost passes through their Discover & Go program and all you need is your library card.
Log on to https://lapl.discoverandgo.net/ with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions.
Participating destinations include:
• Recording Academy’s Grammy Museum: L.A. Live
• Discovery Cube in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Zoo
• Autry Museum of the American West
• Catalina Island Museum
• Japanese American National Museum
• Chinese American Museum
• Kidspace Children’s Museum
• The Museum of Jurassic Technology
• Natural History Museum
• Museum of Tolerance
• Craft & Folk Art Museum
• Battleship Iowa: Los Angeles
• La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
• L.A. Plaza De Culturay Artes
• Los Angeles Conservancy
• Wende Museum of the Cold War
For additional or general information about the Los Angeles Public Library, please visit https://www.lapl.org/explorela
Rancho de Philo Winery – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Specializes in their own award-winning brand called Triple Cream Sherry located in Rancho Cucamonga. It was such a relaxing and wonderfully delicious experience. The owners and staff were admirably hospitable and I can’t say enough about the quality of flavor.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Rancho-de-Philo-Winery-160166454045803/
Aquarium Of The Pacific – Long Beach
This season at the Aquarium, see a new show in the Ocean Theater, visit your favorite animals (I love the cephalopods), and take part in cultural festivals and events celebrating the ocean planet.
Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours.
The entire Aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Admission after 5:00 p.m. is just $19.95 for adults and seniors, and children (3-11). Watch the nighttime activities of our animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the Aquarium’s architecture.
Special Discounted Late Nights
The following late nights are in celebration of different themes, cultures, and seasons that may offer additional programming. Click each one for specific event descriptions and pricing. Please click-through for details and availability. These events are separate from Discounted Late Nights and do not occur on the same evenings.
- July 4 BBQ
Join us for a July 4th evening BBQ! Experience the ambiance of the Aquarium at night, view the Long Beach fireworks, and enjoy some fresh grilled BBQ this Independence Day. Guests may enjoy the Aquarium during extended hours until 10:00 p.m.
National Park Free Entrance Days
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2019, 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 2019:
- January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 20 – First day of National Park Week
- August 25 – National Park Service Day
- September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/11-19-2018-fee-free-days.htm
Free second Tuesday of the month and select holidays; free after 3pm Monday—Friday for LA County residents
MOCA – Grand Avenue location
Free every Thursday 5-8pm
For more information, please visit https://www.moca.org/visit/grand-ave
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
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