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     As an "extra" for site visitors, this page lists a few other things you can get or do for free this summer. The page also incorporates the same type of information as found in the site's Twitter postings (which also can be accessed from the "News" page and any of the "Concerts By Date" pages). Some events/activities may be open only to residents of certain cities; others are open to the general public. Check with the sponsoring venue if you are unsure. The list below is a dynamic list; it is updated over the course of the summer as information is received. Input from visitors is welcome, too! (Latest Update: July 3)

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Fourth of July fireworks shows which are open to the public without any type of associated concerts are listed here. Shows which are part of events with concerts will be included in the concert listings.

  • ALTADENA - 4th of July Fireworks. The Town and Country Club Golf Course fireworks on July 1 will take place at 9:30 p.m. at the Altadena Golf Course, 1456 Mendocino Street. The parking lot and clubhouse will be open for viewing the fireworks. Information: (626) 797-8933 or

  • BIG BEAR - 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Fireworks over Big Bear Lake take place begin between 8:45 - 9:15 p.m. on July 4 and last for about 30 - 40 minutes. Local radio station KBHR airs a musical accompaniment to the show on 93.3 FM and 102.5 FM. Information:

  • DANA POINT - 4th of July Fireworks. The fireworks on July 4 will take place at 9 p.m. in the skies over Doheny State Beach. Fireworks are synchronized to a musical score which will be broadcast on KSBR 88.5 FM. Visit the city website for shuttle information. Also, prior to the fireworks display from 5:55 - 6 p.m. the Condor Squadron, consisting of WWII North American AT6 airplanes, will be making their annual flyover in the skies above Dana Point. Information: (949) 248-3530 or

  • LAGUNA BEACH - City Fireworks Show. The July 4 city fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. and will take place from Monument Point at Heisler Park. The Monument Point area will be closed all day, and the area of Heisler Park from Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed from 5 p.m. Information:

  • LONG BEACH - 4th of July Waterfront Fireworks. The July 4 fireworks spectacular will take place at the Long Beach waterfront at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from Queensway Bay and can be viewed from Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor and Marina Green. Information:

  • LAKE ARROWHEAD - Fireworks Spectacular. The Arrowhead Lake Association will present their annual fireworks show over Lake Arrowhead at 9 p.m. on July 3. Information: (909) 336-1547 or

  • MARINA DEL REY - Fourth of July Fireworks. The 20-minute fireworks display returns this year and will take place at 9 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina'a main channel. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way and Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way, are prime viewing locations. There will be synchronized music at both locations. Street closures in the area will begin as early as 1 p.m. Information: (310) 305-9545, or

  • RIVERSIDE - Fourth of July Fireworks. The annual 4th of July Fireworks shows will take place at both La Sierra Park (5125 La Sierra Avenue) and at Ryan Bonaminio Park (5000 Tequesquite Avenue). Fireworks are in sync with broadcast on KOLA 99.9 FM and begin at 9 p.m. Public access is not permitted at La Sierra Park or Carlson Dog Park all day, and there is no access to Mr. Rubidoux after the morning after 7 a.m. Information: or

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Fourth of July Fireworks. Fireworks will be at 9 p.m. on July 4 from the San Clemente Pier. The fireworks display may be viewed from beaches and hilltop areas, but the pier itself will be closed. Information: (949) 361-8264 or or

  • SANTA CLARITA - Fourth of July Celebration Fireworks. Fireworks can be viewed at 9:15 p.m. on July 4 at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Boulevard. See additional details on website. Information: (661) 250-3787, (661) 250-3777 or

  • TORRANCE - Fourth of July Fireworks. Fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. on July 4 at the Torrance Civic Center. There are two designated viewing areas: the Los Angeles County Courthouse parking lot (825 Maple Ave north of Torrance Blvd.) and the LA Galaxy Sports Complex (555 Maple Avenue). Access at both facilities is available on a first-come basis. Gates at the Toyota Sports Complex will open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets will not be issued/required this year. Spectators are welcome on a first-come basis. See website for items prohibited in viewing area. The fireworks also will be livestreamed. Information: (310) 618-2930 or


The following is a partial listing of art walks. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events prior to attending since days and times may change periodically, and some events may have been changed or eliminated after the Covid lockdown.

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. The next event date is TBA. Information: (714) 956-3586 or, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations or other programs, and the event is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. MAY NOT BE CURRENTLY ACTIVE. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information:

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, or

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625,,

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. There also are periodic Third Saturday artwalks from 2 - 6 p.m., with more than 30 galleries and studios plus guided tours. Information:

  • TEMECULA - Art off the Walls. Support local artists and enjoy live entertainment at the free event taking place every first Friday of the month. Events take place from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Merc/The Lot on Main, 42051 Main Street. Upcoming dates will be July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7 and November 4. Information: (951) 694-6480 or

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information:

  • WHITTIER - Whittier Art Stroll Uptown. The Whittier Art Stroll Uptown takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The event includes art from more than 40 artists, plus live music, treats, a variety of vendors and more. A variety of events are hosted primarily at local businesses. The event takes place in Historic Uptown Whittier, Greenleaf Avenue and vicinity (a map is available on the Facebook page). Information: or

If your city has a monthly or regularly-scheduled arts open house/art walk you'd like listed, please send an e-mail message to the site using the link at the bottom of the page. Information will be posted as it is received!


  • FONTANA - Fontana Car Show. The Fontana Car Show takes place the first Friday of the month through September from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Fontana Civic Center, 8353 Sierra Avenue. This is a non-cruise event which will include food vendors, live music and cars on display. Information: (909) 349-6900 or

  • GLENDALE - Glendale Cruise Night. Cruise Night 2022 will take place July 16 on Brand Boulevard from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. There will be over 400 pre-1979 classic cars and trucks on display, community displays, activities for children and live entertainment. The program is hosted by Brian Beirne, "Mr. Rock and Roll," and the evening will conclude with a fireworks display. Information: (818) 548-6464, (818) 548-4844, or

  • SAN PEDRO - Cars and Stripes Forever Car Show. The Cars and Stripes Forever Car Show event will take place from 5 - 10 p.m. on July 1 at the waterfront near the cruise ship terminal in San Pedro, Harbor Boulevard at the Vincent Thomas Bridge. There will be more than 100 classic cars, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Music information is included in the concert listings. Information: (562) 732-3508, or


  • CERRITOS - Tuesday Family Nights. Tuesday Family Nights are at one of four Cerritos parks at 6:30 p.m. from July 12 through August 16. The 45-minute programs begin with a pre-show craft or activity. Programs will be: July 12 - Mad Science at Frontier Park, July 19 - The Magic of Arty Loon at Sunshine Park, July 26 - Franklin Haynes Marionettes at Friendship Park, August 2 - Noteworthy Puppets at Westgate Park, August 9 - Filipino Cultural School at Frontier Park, and August 16 - Prehistoric Pets at Sunshine Park. Please note: there are no restroom facilities at Friendship Park and Sunshine Park. Information: (562) 916-1254 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - Mall/Shopping Center Kids' Clubs. Many local malls shopping centers have weekly or monthly programs for children. The programs are usually during the week, last a half hour to an hour, and offer either a variety of entertainment or craft activities. Check your local mall events page for further information.


MANY OF THESE HAVE CHANGED AFTER THE PANDEMIC; OTHERS HAVE GONE TO APP-BASED REWARDS. CURRENT MEMBERS MAY HAVE RECEIVED UPDATES ON THE PROGRAMS. UPDATES TO THIS LIST HAVE NOT BEEN MADE SINCE THE PANDEMIC. Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information:

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information:

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. Information:

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information:

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information:

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus an iced coffee on your birthday. Information:

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday shake for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information:

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information:

  • FAMOUS DAVES - Get a free burger or sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) e-mail club. Information: or

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information:

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information:

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information:

  • JERSEY MIKE'S - Join Jersey Mike's e-mail club, get special e-mail offers and a free sub and a 22 oz. drink on your birthday. Information:

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information:

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. Information:

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information:

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. Information:

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information:

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information:

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. Information:

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information:


  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Information: (213) 228-7025, or

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events usually run September through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. Information: (949) 721-2266 or

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Reservations are required for most events. Information:


  • CITY AND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS - Most libraries throughout Southern California offer patrons a wide variety of free performances, workshops and other events/activities. Some are geared toward adults, and others are special programs for teens or children. It is recommended that you check your local library website often for the best and most current information. In addition to individual city libraries, some Southern California library system links include:

    Los Angeles County Library System -
    Los Angeles Public Library -
    Orange County Public Libraries -
    Riverside County Libraries -
    San Bernardino County Libraries -
    City Libraries: For individual city libraries which are not part of a library system, check directly with your local library.

  • LA OPERA "OPERA TALKS" - The LA Opera talks offers one-hour talks at various Los Angeles public libraries during the year, though not usually during the summer. The talks take place monthly, some still via Zoom for now, at a number of Los Angeles County libraries. For information on current Opera Talks, call (213) 972-3157 or visit, go to "Community," or


AS WITH THE BIRTHDAY OFFERS, SOME OF THESE HAVE CHANGED OR BEEN ELIMINATED SINCE THE PANDEMIC. UPDATES TO THIS LIST WILL PROBABLY TAKE PLACE LATER IN THE SUMMER. Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. Information:

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information:

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information:

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. Information:

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information:

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information:

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information:

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information:

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. Information:

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information:

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information:

  • POLLY'S PIES - Get a free slice of pie plus cup of coffee for joining Polly's e-mail club. Information:

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: or


Some of the most popular free summer programs are the free outdoor summer movies offered by many cities or organizations. Most of the city-sponsored movies are "G" or "PG" rated family films. Some of this summer's movies include (with many more to come):

  • ALHAMBRA - Movies in the Park. Movies are screened at dusk at Alhambra Park, 500 North Palm Avenue. Activities begin at 7 p.m. Films will be: July 2 - Encanto, July 9 - Raya and the Last Dragon, July 16 - Addams Family 2, July 23 - Luca and July 30 - Sing 2. Information: (626) 570-3242, (626) 570-5044 or

  • BELLFLOWER - Friday Night Flicks. Films are screened at dusk in the Town Center Plaza, 16521 Adenmoor Avenue. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Movies will be: July 1 - Sing 2, July 15 - Grease and July 20 - Spider-Man: No Way Home. Information: (562) 804-1424 x 2261 or

  • BREA - Family Films will screen at dusk this year at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle. There will be a raffle before the movie, and the Brea Gallery will be open with free admission. Movies are screened at 8 p.m. Films will be: July 8 - Lilo and Stich and July 22 - Moana. Information: (714) 990-7771 or

  • BUENA PARK Family Movies Under the Stars. Movies will screen at Boisseranc Park, 7520 Dale Street. Gates open at 7 p.m. and films begin at 8:15 p.m. Food trucks will be available for food purchases. Seating is on a first-come basis, and reservations are not required. Films will be: July 15 - Jungle Cruise, July 29 - Space Jam a New Legacy, and August 12 - Sing 2. Information: (714) 562-3860 or

  • CHINO - Summer Nights Movies at the Chino City Hall lawn, 13220 Central. Films screen at dusk with activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring chairs, and food will be available for purchase. Movies will be: July 8 - Ghostbusters Afterlife, July 15 - Cars 3, July 22 - Clifford the Big Red Dog, and July 29 - Jungle Cruise. Information: (909) 334-3258 or

  • CHINO HILLS - Movies at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14250 Peyton Drive, will be from June 16 - July 21. Movies from July 28 - August 4 will be at the McCoy Equestrian Center, 14280 Peyton Drive. All films begin at about 8 p.m. Movies will be: July 7 - Tangled, July 14 - Space Jam: A New Legacy, July 21 - Sing 2, July 28 - The Little Rascals and August 4 - The Nightmare Before Christmas. Information: (909) 364-2700 or

  • CLAREMONT - Movies in the Park. Movies screen at different parks in Claremont; see website or call for park address. Films are at dusk and will be: July 13 - Sing 2 at Lewis Park, July 20 - The Lion King at Wheeler Park, July 27 - Meet the Robinsons at June Vail Park, August 2 - Encanto + National Night Out at Memorial Park, and August 10 - Clifford the Big Red Dog at Cahuilla Park. Information: (909) 399-5411 or

  • COSTA MESA - Movie Mondays at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plaza. Set-up begins at 5:30, and movies begin about dusk. Chairs and blankets are allowed, but not tables, BBQs or large food set-ups. Food trucks will be available for food purchases, and closed captioning will be included at all showings. Space is limited AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Movies will be: July 11 - Moulin Rouge, July 18 - To Kill a Mockingbird, July 25 - Frozen, August 1 - Hairspray and August 8 - Chicago. Information: (714) 556-2787 or

  • EASTVALE - Moonlight Cinema. Films screen at dusk at a different park each month. Movies will be: July 9 - Luca at Cedar Creek Park, August 13 - Jungle Cruise at McCune Park, and September 10 - American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story at Providence Park. Information: (951) 727-3524 or

  • GLENDORA - Movies in the Park. Films screen on Fridays at sundown at the Larry R. Glenn Bandshell at Finkbiner Park in the West Oak Grove area. Bring a picnic dinner and chairs/blankets. Films will be: July 8 - Back to the Future (come early to snap a picture with a DeLorean car and enjoy the In-N-Out food truck), July 15 - Encanto, July 22 - School of Rock, July 29 - Space Jam 2021 and August 5 - Jungle Cruise. Information: (626) 914-8228 or

  • IRVINE - Movies on the Lawn at the Orange County Great Park. Films are screened outdoors at dusk and will be: July 16 - Encanto, July 23 - Space Jam: A New Legacy, and August 13 - Sing 2. Bring a chair. There will be food trucks available for food purchases beginning at 6:30 p.m. The OC Great Park is located off the 5 Freeway at Sand Canyon. Information: (866) 829-3829 or

  • IRWINDALE - Irwindale Sunset Cinema. Films screen on Mondays at dusk at Irwindale Park (east of the Dan Diaz Recreation Center), 16053 Calle de Paseo, and activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Movies will be: July 11 - Raya and the Last Dragon, July 18 - Tom & Jerry, July 25 - Jungle Cruise, August 1 - Boss Baby: Family Business, and August 8 - Encanto. Information: (626) 430-2224 or

  • LONG BEACH - Alfredo's Beach Club "Moonlight Movies on the Beach." Movies are screened at dusk (8 - 8:30 p.m.) at Granada Beach or Long Beach City College (LBCC), both the PCC and LAC campuses (see website for directions). Free parking on a first-come basis after 6 p.m. at all locations. Films will be: July 7 - Wall-E at LBCC, PCC campus, July 12 - The Goonies at Granada Beach, July 14 - Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban at LBCC, LAC campus, July 19 - Dirty Dancing at Granada Beach, July 21 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl at LBCC, LAC campus, July 26 - Encanto at Granada Beach, August 2 - Weird Science at Granada Beach, August 4 - Spiderman: No Way Home at LBCC, PCC campus, August 9 - Luca at Granada Beach, August 11 - Star Wars: Rogue One at LBCC, LAC campus, August 16 - The Princess Bride at Granada Beach, August 18 - The Wizard of Oz at LBCC, LAC campus. Information:

  • LONG BEACH - Movies in the Park. Movies are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in a different park each day. Programs are sponsored by Signal Hill Petroleum. Visit Long Beach Parks website for park addresses. Summer films will be: Boss Baby: Family Business - June 27 in DeForest Park, June 29 in MacArthur Park, and July 1 in Veterans Park; The Addams Family 2 - July 6 in Stearns Champions Park and July 8 in Somerset Park; Space Jam: A New Legacy - July 11 in Bixby Park, July 13 in Chavez Park, July 15 in Atlantic Plaza and July 16 in Signal Hill Park; Clifford the Big Red Dog - July 18 in Scherer Park, July 20 in College Estates Park and July 22 in Wardlow Park; Shang Chi and the Ten Rings - July 25 in Marina Vista Park, July 27 in Houghton Park and July 29 in McBride Park; Sing 2 - August 1 in Whaley Park, August 3 in Orizaba Park and August 5 in Grace Park; Jumanji The Next Level - Augut 8 in King Park, August 10 in Pan American Park and August 12 in Signal Hill Park; Soul - August 15 in Silverado Park, August 17 in Drake Park and August 19 in Ramona Park; and Luca - August 22 in Cherry Park, August 24 in Coolidge Park and August 26 in El Dorado Park. Information: (562) 570-3100, or

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS) Parks After Dark (PAD) - Free Family Movie Nights in the Park. Movies screen from June 16 - August 6 at 30 parks in Los Angeles County, including Hacienda Heights, La Puente, East LA, South LA, Compton, Lake LA, Altadena, Duarte, Azusa and Covina. Download schedule for all 30 parks directly from the Parks After Dark website. Information: or PAD information at

  • MARINA DEL REY - Movies on the Lawn. Outdoor films screen on the beachfront lawn at the Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way. Event seating begins at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Reserve a spot on Eventbrite to ensure a space; link to Eventbrite available on website. Low chairs and blankets only. Films will be: July 10 - Anchorman, July 17 - Wall-E, July 24 - The Truman Show and July 31 - No Time To Die (Bond). Information:, go to "Happenings." or

  • ONTARIO - Movies in the Park at Ontario Town Square, corner of "B" Street at Euclid. Events and activities begin at 7 p.m., and movies will be screened at 8 p.m. Films will be: July 8 - Sing 2, July 15 - Luca, July 22 - The Boss Baby: Family Business, and July 29 - Raya and the Last Dragon. Information: (909) 395-2020,, or

  • ORANGE COUNTY PARKS - OC Parks Sunset Cinema (various OC locations). Activities begin at 6 p.m. and movies begin at sunset (about 8 p.m.) and will be: July 1 - Encanto and July 8 - The Mummy at Carbon Canyon Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Bre; July 15 - Onward and July 22 - Mean Girls at Yorba Park, 7600 E. La Palma, Anaheim; July 29 - Jungle Cruise and August 5 - The School of Rock at Irvine Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange; August 12 - Raya and the Last Dragon and August 19 - Back to the Future at Laguna Niguel Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel; and August 26 - Luca and September 2 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. PCH, Dana Point. See OC Parks website for directions and additional information. Information: or

  • RANCHO CUCAMONGA Summer Movies in the Park. Films screen at dusk on Tuesdays in Chaffey Town Square at Victoria Gardens and on Fridays at Red Hill Community Park, 7484 Vineyard Avenue. Films will be: June 28 and July 1 - Sing 2, July 5 and 8 - Jungle Cruise, July 12 and 15 - Angels in the Outfield, July 19 and 22 - The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and July 26 and 29 - Encanto. Information: (909) 477-2760 x2213, (909) 919-2628 or

  • PASADENA - Movies Under the Stars at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley. One Colorado will screen Old Hollywood films on Fridays in July. RSVP via Eventbrite for public seating available on a first-come basis. Films will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be: July 1 - Casablanca, July 8 - Mary Poppins (1964), July 15 - Some Like It Hot, July 22 - The Wizard of Oz and July 29 - Breakfast at Tiffanys. Information: or

  • RIVERSIDE - Movies in the Park. Films will screen at dusk in a different park each week. Movies will be: July 8 - Encanto at Hunt Park, July 15 - Sing 2 at Villegas Park, July 22 - Space Jam: A New Legacy at La Sierra Park, July 29 - Luca at Reid Park, August 5 - The Mitchells vs. the Machines at Bryant Park, and August 12 - The Addams Family 2 at Bordwell Park. Information: (951) 826-2000, or

  • SIERRA MADRE - Family Movie Fridays. The free family movies screen at dusk at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. Films will be: July 8 - Jungle Cruise, July 22 - Soul, and August 5 - Spider-Man No Way Home. Information: (626) 355-5278 or

  • SIGNAL HILL - Movies in the Park. Movies will be shown at dusk at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry (with activities beginning at 6:30 p.m.). Films will be: July 16 - Space Jam 2, and August 12 - Jumanji: Next Level. Information: (562) 989-7330 or

  • SOUTH GATE - Movies in the Park. Movies will be shown at 8 p.m. at the South Gate Golf Course, 9615 Pinehurst. Films will be: August 5 - Encanto, August 12 - Cruella, August 19 - Luca and August 26 - Ghost Busters. No dogs or alcohol allowed. Information: (323) 563-5447 or

  • SOUTH PASADENA - Movies in the Park. Movies will be shown at dusk at Garfield Park, 1000 Park Avenue. Films will be: July 8 - Spider-Man: No Way Home and July 22 - Back to the Future. Information: (626) 403-7380 or

  • YORBA LINDA - Movies in the Park. Films screen at dusk outdoors on a 20-foot inflatable screen, and no pre-registration is necessary. Bring low-back chairs or blankets for seating. Films will be: July 16 - Luca at Hurless Barton Park, August 20 - Movie TBA at Brush Canyon Park, 28282 Brush Canyon Drive, and September 17 - Movie TBA at Hurless Barton Park. Information: (714) 961-7192, or

  • YUCAIPA - Movies in the Park. Movies will be shown on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. at Yucaipa Community Amphitheater, 34900 Oak Glen Road. Bring lawn chairs, and snacks will be available for purchase. Films will be: July 6 - Encanto, July 13 - American Underdog, July 20 - Secret Life of Pets 2, July 27 - Wall-E, and August 3 - Clifford the Big Red Dog. Information: (909) 790-7460 or


The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically. Also, some programs may not have been restored in post-pandemic schedules.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - First Sunday of the month - family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Please note: museum admission is no longer free during the first Sunday programs. Information: (714) 567-3100 or

  • BROAD MUSEUM - The Broad is LA's new contemporary art museum. It is located in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The museum is closed on Monday; hours vary on other days of the week. Advanced tickets may be reserved online, or there is an onsite standby line each day for admission on a first-come basis. See website for additional details. Information: (213) 232-6250 or

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every second Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but $10 after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Check for upcoming star party dates. Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 or

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. Information: (714) 476-2565 or

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Check website for current admission policies and program for LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Information: (323) 857-6000 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information:

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information:

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Check museum website for all current policies and programs. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 or

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers free admission on Fridays. There also are Target Free Second Saturday programs with free admission and family-friendly activities. The Museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive near the Fashion Island shopping center. Information: (949) 759-1122 or

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 or

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or


  • CORONA - DOS LAGOS ASTRONOMY NIGHTS - The Riverside Astronomical Society will present 2022 Astronomy Nights at the Shops at Dos Lagos, 2780 Cabot Drive (between Taps Fish House and Citrus City Grille). Free viewings will take place (weather permitting) from 7 - 9 p.m. on June 11, July 9, August 6, September 3 and October 1. Information:

  • CYPRESS NATURE PARK - The Cypress Nature Park is located at 4201 Ball Road. The park will be open for walks on Saturdays during the summer from 8 - 11 a.m. Open days will be June 18 and 25, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, and August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Information: (714) 229-6780 or

  • GLENDORA TRAILS ACTIVITIES. Organized hikes will take place Saturdays at 8 a.m. on June 25 (moderate), July 30 (strenuous) and August 27 (moderate) and on Tuesday evenings June 14 (moderate), July 12 (easy) and August 9 (easy). Children under 12 must have adult supervision, and no pets. For more detailed information click on the "trails" page in the parks and recreation section of the Glendora website or e-mail Information: (626) 963-5668 or

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY STAR PARTIES (LOS ANGELES) - Currently there are no star parties scheduled. Admission to the Observatory grounds and building is also always free (with a fee for shows in the Planetarium). Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • IRVINE RANCH CONSERVANCY ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS - The Irvine Ranch Conservatory and the City of Irvine offer a variety of free hiking, mountain biking, and interpretive programs as well as wilderness access days in Bommer Canyon, Hicks Canyon, Quail Hill Trail Head and other areas. Though many are free, advance registration is required. Register at website listed. Information: (949) 724-6610 or

  • LOS ANGELES ARBORETUM - The Los Angeles Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, offers free admission every third Tuesday of the month. Advanced reservations are required. See website for details. Information: (626) 821-3222 or

  • TORRANCE/MADRONA MARSH PROGRAMS - Nature Walks are every fourth weekend of the month on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon. Explore the preserve with a trained docent. Also Audobon Bird Walks every 4th Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m., plus special lectures, classes, habitat restoration opportunities and more. The Madrona Marsh Nature Center is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo. Information: (310) 782-3989, or

  • VARIOUS LOCATIONS - NATIONAL PARKS - A free or discounted passes are available from the National Parks System to all active duty military personnel with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173). The pass admits owners and accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to three additional adults at sites that charge per person. Also, all National Parks will have free admission to the public for the anniversary of the Great American Outdoor Act on August 4 and for National Public Lands Day on September 24. Information:, or go to "Stores" at


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  • INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE COMPANY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AT GRIFFITH PARK. Performances of Knight of the Burning Pestle will take place in Griffith Park Wednesdays through Sundays from July 2 - July 31 at 7 p.m. Performances of Macbeth run August 6 - September 4. Reservations are required. See website for full schedule and directions to performance area. Information: (818) 710-6306 or

  • LONG BEACH - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TURN)TABLE. Knights of the Round (Turn)Table is a monthly event modeled after a book club. Each month a different historically significant album is chosen, and participants listen to both sides and discuss it. Back in the day, people used to listen to the records while staring at the album artwork and liner notes. The programs seek to recreate this experience in the company of other music lovers. Information on the next event is pending. Information: (562) 595-0081 or

  • LONG BEACH - VIRTUAL SHAKESPEARE AND FRIENDS ALOUD. "Shakespeare and Friends Aloud." This season of Shakespeare Aloud hosts readings of Shakespeare's plays and covers works of friends and contemporaries like Christopher Marlow, John Fletcher, Thomas Kyd and others. Community members are invited to participate as readers or audience members. Events will take place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Register via the links on the Carpenter Arts/Arts for Life website. Upcoming readings: June 2 - The Merchant of Venice, begin at Act 1, Scene 1, June 9 - No reading, and June 16 - The Merchant of Venice (continued). Also June 23 - Every Man in His Humor by Ben Jonson, begin Act 1 Scene 1, and June 30 - Every Man In His Humor (continued). For an extra touch, participants can add Shakespeare-themed background images to their Zoom experience. Information: (562) 985-7000 or

  • REDLANDS - CHILDREN'S SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS. Workshops are offered free of charge to children ages 4 - 12. Workshops take place on Tuesdays at the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka Street, and on Saturdays at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Avenue. Dates run June 28 - August 6 in conjunction with performances at the Redlands Bowl. See full list of workshops on the Redlands Bowl website under "Education." Information: (909) 793-7316 or

  • SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA - PERFORMANCES OF MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING AND ROMEO AND JULIET. Performances will take place this year in the following cities: San Pedro, Aliso Viejo, Beverly Hills, Cerritos, Encino, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, South Pasadena and Torrance. Performances will be from June 23 to August 6; June performances are in San Pedro only. For a list of other dates and locations, visit the website. Information: (310) 217-7596 or


  • LOS ANGELES - GRIFFITH PARK - SOUNDWALK. Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a free, GPS-enabled work of public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment of LA's Griffith Park. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. After downloading the free app and putting on headphones, participants can explore the park, triggering musical cells that are carefully crafted to harmonize with the park's landscapes and attractions. Information: or

  • LOS ANGELES (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS) - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month. June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month. Find the guide to events in the Los Angeles area at the website listed. Information:


  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICNITY) - Yoga Classes at Grand Park. Grand Park will be hosting free yoga classes on Wednesdays from noon - 12:45 p.m. through June on the performance lawn between Grand and Hill. Classes are open to everyone. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (SOUTH) - J&J Soulful Steps Classes. Free Soulful Steps classes are offered on Mondays from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Check website for current schedules and additional information. Information: (323) 290-6636 or

  • REDONDO BEACH - Yoga at the Pier. The Redondo Beach Pier offers a free yoga class every second Saturday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Boardwalk. There also will be classes on Wednesdays in September from 6 - 7 p.m. on the west end of the pier. Information:

  • SOUTH BAY - Beach Cities Summer Free Fitness. Mindful Yoga at the beach classes take place Mondays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., June 6, 13 and 27 south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and August 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. in front of Scotty's Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Zumba in the Park classes take place June 27, July 11 and July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Alta Vista Park's Julia Field, Redondo Beach, and July 25, August 1 and August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary in Redondo Beach. Register online at the website listed. Information:

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