Los Angeles Free Events Summer 2017

Summertime is just around the corner and here in LA that means non-stop free events all summer long! From the west side to downtown, from the valley to Long Beach, here’s your ultimate guide to all the free movies, concerts, plays, art walks, bodybuilding shows, museums, car shows, operas… Oh yeah, I got you covered, opera lovers!

Events are listed in the order in which they begin. Events that begin in June can run through August/September. I will update the guide throughout the summer and if you know of a free event I left out please contact me in the comments section or on my contact page.  Have a neat summer!

Movie screenings are in RED
Live performances are in BLUE
All other events are in GREEN


Jazz at LACMA
Free jazz concert series at LACMA Friday evenings at the BP Grand Entrance.
5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles
All concerts start at 6:00 pm
May 19th – Katisse
May 26th – Dwight Trible
June 2nd – Jacques Lesure
June 9th – Bruce Babad Quintet
June 16th – Wolfgang Schalk
Check website for the full line-up.

Venice Art Crawl

Celebrate art, culture, and legacy in Venice!
May 18th & July 20th:
Venice Blvd. from Speedway to Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
September 22nd & 23rd:
Venice Boardwalk between the skate park and the police station

Killer Rides
Check out some “killer” hot rods, classic cars, and motorcycles at this free car show in the parking lot of Killer Shrimp Restaurant & Bar.
4211 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey
May 28th, June 25th, July 30th, and August 27th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Muscle Beach Outdoor Bodybuilding Shows
There’s nothing like Venice beach on a summer holiday. Come watch the bodybuilders and fitness models compete at the Venice Recreation Center, then enjoy the sights and sounds (…and smells?) of the Venice boardwalk. Lots of fitness companies hand out free samples of everything from protein powder to t-shirts at the show. There’s usually ample street parking a few blocks from the beach, so save yourself the $20+ parking lot fee.
Pre-Judging: 10:00 am, Finals: 1:00 pm
May 29th (Memorial Day) – Muscle Beach International Classic
July 4th (Independence Day) – Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach
Sept. 4th (Labor Day) – The Muscle Beach Championship


Mar Vista Art Walk
Unique neighborhood art walk in Mar Vista on Venice Blvd. between Inglewood Blvd. and Beethoven St. Come enjoy an array of artists and live bands on multiple stages.
June 1st & September 7th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Grand Performances

Concerts, performances, and films in downtown at California Plaza throughout the summer.
June 2nd – Gospel Lunch 12:00 pm
June 2nd – William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 8:00 pm
June 3rd – William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 5:00 pm
June 9th – Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race 8:00 pm
June 11th – The Secret City 12:00 pm
June 17th – LA X GDL: Gaby Moreno & Caloncho 8:00 pm
June 23rd – Long Beach Opera: Frida 8:00 pm
Check website for the full line-up.

Concerts on Canon
Thursday night concert series in a quaint park nestled among the fancy shops and restaurants in Beverly Hills. Free parking validation is available from the event’s information table for the Beverly Canon Gardens parking garage.
Beverly Canon Gardens, 241 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills
There are 2 performances each night beginning at 6:00 pm & 7:15 pm
June 8th – Eric E. Ensemble (Big Band/Swing)
June 15th – The Tokens (Doo-Wop)
June 22nd – Amber and Smoke (Acoustic Pop Duo)
June 29th – Act Three (Broadway Tunes)
July 6th – Rod Lightning and The Thunderbolts of Love (Classic Rock Covers)
July 13th – The Hodads (Beach Boy Covers)
July 20th – Les Zazous (French Bistro Jazz)
July 27th – Tom Nolan Band (Motown)
Aug. 3rd – Big Butter Jazz Band (New Orleans Jazz Swing)
Aug. 10th – Leslie Paula and the Latin Soul Band (Latin Salsa)
Aug. 17th – Stephen Wise Temple Musical Singers Salute The Summer
Aug. 24th – Joyce Marie (Brazilian Jazz)
Aug. 31st – Rod Lightning and The Thunderbolts of Love (Classic Rock Covers)


Marina Del Rey’s party on the beach featuring a pop-up arts district, mini galleries, interactive art workshops, maker’s market, pro sand-sculpting, live music, DJs, and much more!
Marina Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way
Saturday, June 10th, noon-10:00 pm

CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village
The biggest open streets event in the USA comes to Glendale and Atwater Village! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners, and skaters to use as a recreational space.
Sunday, June 11th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Check website for route info and full details.

FREE Concerts on the Green
Sunday night concert series at beautiful Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park.
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills
All concerts start at 6:00 pm
June 11th – The Platters
June 18th – Ticket to Ride (Beatles Tribute)
June 25th – Which One’s Pink? (Pink Floyd Tribute)
July 4th – Fireworks Extravaganza feat. the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra
July 9th – Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)
July 16th – Surf City All Stars feat. David Marks
July 23rd – Billy Joel 2 Elton John
July 30th – Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)
Aug. 6th – The Who Generation (The Who Tribute)
Aug. 13th – Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees Tribute)
Aug. 20th – Natural Wonder (Stevie Wonder Tribute)

El Segundo Art Walk
Creative business throughout downtown El Segundo and Smoky Hollow open their doors for studio tours, art, and live music. Printed maps will be handed out the night of the event.
June 15th, July 20th, & August 17th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Moonlight Movies On The Beach

Watch movies in the sand Tuesday and Thursday nights on either Granada Beach, Alamitos Beach, or Cherry Beach in Long Beach.
Films start at dusk, approximately 8:00 pm
June 15th – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
June 20th – The Secret Life of Pets
June 27th – Mean Girls
June 29th – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
July 11th – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Check website for locations/full line-up.

Shakespeare By The Sea
Based in San Pedro, Shakespeare By The Sea travels to over 20 communities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties during the summer to present free Shakespeare performances.
Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
All performances begin at 8:00 pm
The Taming of the Shrew
June 15, 16, 17, 29, July 1 & 7, August 19
June 22, 23, 24, 30, July 6 & 8, August 18
Check website for all other locations and dates.

Playa Vista Concerts in the Park
Live concerts at Concert Park or the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista.
All concerts start at 5:00 pm
June 18th – Aejaye Jackson and The Full Spectrum Band (Motown Tribute)
July 23rd – No Duh (No Doubt Tribute)
Aug. 13th – Kenny Metcalf as Elton (Elton John Tribute)
Check website for more info/locations.

Silver Lake Picture Show

This free community event at Sunset Triangle Plaza screens popular and culturally significant movies along with short films made by local filmmakers.
1523 Griffith Park Blvd. Los Angeles
June 22nd – Cool Runnings 6:30 pm
July 6th – The Notebook 6:00 pm
July 20th – A League Of Their Own 6:00 pm
Aug. 6th – District 9 6:00 pm
Aug. 17th – Space Jam 6:00 pm
Aug. 31st – 10 Things I Hate About You 6:00 pm

Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts
Wildly popular concert series on the Santa Monica Pier.
All performances begin at 7:00 pm
June 22nd – Khalid (Neo Soul/R&B)
June 29th – LeMaitre (Indie Pop)
July 13th – Marcia Griffiths (Reggae)
July 20th – Eric Burdon & The Animals (Rock)
July 27th – Miami Horror (Aussie Dance)
Aug. 3rd – Valerie June and Irma Thomas (Americana)
Aug. 10th – Mon Laferte (Latin)
Aug 17th – Warpaint (Indie Rock/Alt)

Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival
Bring a blanket and a picnic and experience Shakespeare in the park in one of my favorite small towns.
Memorial Park, 222 Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre
All performances begin at 7:30 pm
June 22, 23, 24, July 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 20, 21, 22
Love’s Labour’s Lost
July 27 & 29, August 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19

Playa Vista Movies in the Park
Film screenings at Concert Park or the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista.
All films start at 8:00 pm
June 23rd – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 14th – The Notebook
Aug. 18th – Sing
Check website for more info/locations.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
One of my favorite summer traditions, the Independent Shakespeare Company’s Free Shakespeare Festival in Griffith Park is a must-do. Everything you need to know to attend a performance can be found in my video.
All performances are at the Old Zoo picnic area in Griffith Park and begin at 7:00 pm.
Measure for Measure
Saturday & Sunday June 24th and 25th
Wednesday – Sunday June 28th – July 23rd
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Saturday & Sunday July 29th and 30th
Wednesday – Sunday August 2nd – September 3rd
Check website for more info.

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series
Every summer 50 concerts are performed at the band shell located at Memorial Park in Pasadena. Concerts take place Thursday through Sunday  from June 29th to September 3rd. Expect to hear a wide range of musical genres, with both emerging talent and award-winning performers. Thursdays are children’s night with family-friendly musicians.
Memorial Park (band shell) 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena
Music begins at 7:00pm on Thursdays & Sundays, 8:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays
Check website for the full line-up.

Experience NoHo Plaza

North Hollywood’s free summer entertainment series featuring music, dance, and more!
North Hollywood Plaza located between 5223 & 5225 Lankershim Blvd. NoHo Arts District
All performances begin at 7:30 pm except July 20th which begins at 6:30 pm
June 29th – The Caribbean Comes to NoHo
July 6th – World Groove Ensemble Drum Circle
July 13th – Old School Skinny
July 20th – Randy Emata and the NoHo ArtWalk
July 27th – Angel City Fiddle Squad
Aug. 3rd – Alejandro Sol – Orchestra Son Cache Free Salsa Class

Westwood Village Cinema Under The Stars

Family-friendly movies in Westwood Village with prizes, giveaways, and snacks!
1031 Broxton Ave. Los Angeles
Doors open at 7:00 pm, movies start at 8:00 pm
June 30th – The LEGO Batman Movie
July 14th – The Incredibles
Aug. 25th – Moana


Glendale Summer Concerts in the Park

Popular summer concert series Wednesday evenings at the north end of Verdugo Park.
1621 Cañada Blvd. Glendale
All performances begin at 6:30 pm
July 5th – Verdugo Swing Society
July 12th – Bobby and the Gypsies
July 19th – Country Nation
July 26th – U2Xperience
Aug. 2nd – The Reflexx
Aug. 9th – Orquesta Charangoa

Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series
Enjoy classical and opera performances on alternating Thursdays and a mix of pop, alt-rock, and folk music on alternating Saturdays at picturesque Burton Chace Park.
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
Symphonic Thursdays
July 6th – MdR Symphony: Opera by the Shore
July 20th – MdR Symphony: TBD
Aug. 3rd – Matthew Morrison (symphonic pops)
Aug. 17th – MdR Symphony: Aida, staged opera production
Pop Saturdays
July 15th – Joe (R&B)
July 29th – Alejandro Escovedo (alt/roots rock)
Aug. 12th – Yo La Tengo (indie rock)
Aug. 26th – Arturo Sandoval (jazz)

Beach Movie Nights

Family-friendly outdoor movie screenings Friday nights at the Dockweiler Youth Center.
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey
All movies start at 8:00 pm
July 7th – The Secret Life of Pets
July 14th – Lilo and Stitch
July 21st – Finding Dory
July 28th – Surf’s Up 2
Aug. 11th – Storks
Aug. 18th – Moana
Aug. 25th – Kubo and The Two Strings
Sept. 1st – Sing

Santa Clarita Concerts in the Park

Concert series in Santa Clarita’s Central Park featuring a slew of cover/tribute bands.
27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd. Santa Clarita
All performances begin at 7:00 pm
July 8th – Queen Nation (Queen Tribute)
July 15th – Kalimba (Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute)
July 22nd – The Atomic Punks (Van Halen Tribute)
July 29th – Double Wide and Savannah Burrows (Country)
Aug. 5th – Savor (Santana Tribute)
Aug. 12th – The PettyBreakers (Tom Petty Tribute)
Aug. 19th – 40 0z to Freedom (Sublime Tribute)
Aug. 26th – The Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute)

Marina Del Rey Summer Movie Nights
Family-friendly films are shown on an outdoor screen at Burton Chace Park.
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
All movies start at 8:00 pm
July 8th – The Lego Batman Movie
July 22nd – Singin’ In The Rain
Aug. 5th – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Aug. 19th – Swiss Family Robinson

Pershing Square Downtown Stage Summer Concerts
Enjoy free summer concerts under the twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles.
Pershing Square, check-in on the corner of 6th & Olive
Doors open at 7:00 pm, concert begins at 8:00 pm
July 15th – The Wallflowers
July 22nd – Boogie Knights
July 29th – Los Lonely Boys
Aug. 5th – Toad The Wet Sprocket
Aug. 12th – The B-52s
Aug. 19th – X

Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts
Weekly concert series in Polliwog Park.
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach
All concerts begin at 5:00 pm.
July 9th – The Pine Mountain Logs
July 16th – Blue Breeze Band
July 23rd – Mark Mackay Band
July 30th – Hard Day’s Night
Aug. 6th – The Paladins (opening act), Seatbelt
Aug. 13th – Shari Puorto Band
Aug. 20th – Hollywood U2
Aug. 27th – Lynette Skynard
Sept. 3rd – Colour My World

Natural History Museum Nights In The Garden

One of my summertime favorites, come explore the Natural History Museum’s extensive garden after dark! Take a botanical tour with the NHMLA Nature Gardens staff, enjoy a marionette show, learn a new craft (I still have the gourd vessel I made 2 years ago!), or just chill-out on the lawn listening to the DJ. If you want to participate in a craft class, make sure you find the craft station and pick up a timed ticket as soon as you arrive. If you don’t have a ticket you won’t be able to attend the class. Avoid expensive downtown parking fees by taking LA Metro, the Expo line stops right in from of the museum.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles
July 14th & 28th, August 11th & 25th
Will update with more info when it becomes available.

Pershing Square Friday Night Flicks
An interesting selection of movies presented in one of LA’s most unique parks.
Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St. Los Angeles
All movies begin at sunset.
July 14th – Edge of Tomorrow
July 21st – Underworld
July 29th – World War Z
Aug. 4th – The 6th Day
Aug. 11th – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Aug. 18th – Cell

Union Station Summer Train Fest

Explore a rare collection of beautifully restored vintage train engines and cars, a kids zone from Griffith Park Travel Town, model trains, and live entertainment at Union Station.
800 North Alameda St. Los Angeles
Saturday, July 15th, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Sound In Focus
All-ages concert series at Century Park in Century City presented by KCRW. Admission is free but RSVP is required at website listed below lineup.
The Annenberg Space For Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City
Line Begins: 3:00 pm, Doors Open: 5:00 pm, Live Music Begins: 7:00 pm
July 15th – Miguel, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, DJ Stretch Armstrong
July 22nd – Paul Oakenfold, Mondo Cozmo, Lo Moon
July 29th – Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Natalia Lafourcade

Movies On The Green
Movies in an outdoor theater that claims to be the “best in Southern California.”
Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills
Saturday evenings 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
July 22nd – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
July 29th – La La Land
Aug. 5th – Finding Dory
Aug. 12th – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Aug. 19th – Beauty and the Beast


Hermosa Beach Summer Movies
Movies on the south side of the Hermosa pier Saturday nights in August.
All movies begin at 7:30 pm
Aug. 5th – The Karate Kid
Aug. 12th – Moana
Aug. 19th – La La Land
Aug. 26th – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts
Concerts on the south side of the Hermosa pier Sunday afternoons in August.
Live music/DJ starts at 5:00 pm
Aug. 6th – Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Aug. 13th – Everclear
Aug. 20th – Day of the Dead feat. Cubensis
Aug. 27th – Super Diamond

Santa Monica Jazz on the Lawn
Come dance, relax, and enjoy lively music in the park.
Gandara Park, 1819 Stewart St. Santa Monica
Sunday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Aug. 6th – The Big Butter Jazz Band
Aug. 13th – The Yuko Mabuchi Group
Aug. 20th – Jessica Fichot
Aug. 27th – Susie Hanson Latin Band

El Segundo Main Street Car Show
Come check out classic, historical, and specialty cars on picturesque Main Street in downtown El Segundo.
Saturday, Aug. 19th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Fiesta La Ballona

Admission is free to Culver City’s end-of-summer “Party In The Park.” This festival includes live performances, over 100 booths spotlighting local organizations, and other special events.
Veterans Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave. Culver City
Aug. 25th: 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Aug. 26th: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Aug. 27th: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Venice Beach Music Fest
A free full day of entertainment featuring music, art, and dance to ensure the historical creative spirit of Venice is kept vibrant.
Windward Park Plaza, 1 Windward Ave. (between the boardwalk and the bike trail) Venice
Saturday, Aug. 26th, 11:00 am – 7:30 pm