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     This page contains information on arts and special music/performance-related events and activities. Artwalk information and the listings of free museum days have been carried over from the summer "Extras" page, along with a couple of other categories of other "freebies." Additional materials and the most current updates can be found on the site's Twitter and/or Facebook pages. PLEASE REMEMBER: Although every attempt is made to bring you the most current event information possible, ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONFIRM ANY EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND. A phone number and web link are included if available. Also, if you'd like information on other free events, products and activities on an ongoing basis during the year, plus the latest site updates, follow on Twitter and/or Facebook. Visit and/or (the information also can be viewed near the top of the concert pages). And . . . if you'd like an event posted, please send an e-mail with the information along with a contact name and phone number to Thanks!

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Ongoing through 2023 - SOUNDWALK, Griffith Park, LA. 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

Through May 1 - Orange County Great Park Exhibitions/Programs "53nd Street: Jazz and Photography of William Gottlieb." Manhattan's 52nd Stret formed a hub of musical creativity in the years immediately following World War II. The exhibit in the Great Park Gallery features photographs and rare documents archiving this moment in American culture, captured by photographer and columnist William Gottlieb. The exhibit can be viewed at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. Their will be three "Jammin' in the Park" concerts inspired by the exhibit and period. See concert listings for additional information. Information: (949) 724-6247 or

Ongoing through May - CSULB Arts Festival 2022 The CSULB Arts Festival 2022 is a series of arts and culture events offered within the College of the Arts. It is a semester-long collection of performances, exhibitions, scholarly discussions, screenings, events and interdisciplinary works themed around bringing communities together as the University welcomes friends and patrons back to the school's venues. Download a full calendar of events at the website listed. Information:

Ongoing through June 12 - Orange County Imagination Celebration. Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education will present many free or low-cost arts and cultural events for families as part of the OC Imagination Celebration. Programs will take place in various Orange County cities throughout the period. Free music events will be included in the listings. Visit the website listed for further information and the full schedule of events. This year's theme is "Discover the Stories of Orange County." Information: or

Ongoing - The Zarzuela Project. ONLINE ONLY The Zarzuela Project is a collaboration between LA Opera and the Mariachi Conservancy. Learn to perform Spanish operetta, Zarzuela. Join the Zarzuela Project and learn to sing, dance and act for free. Classes are held online on Wednesday evenings, and all ages are welcome. Classes began again on February 2, but you can join any time. Information: or

April 29 - Pasadena ArtNight. The spring Pasadena ArtNight returns as a live event from 6 - 10 p.m. in venues throughout Pasadena. The event is produced by the city's Cultural Arts Division in partnership with Pasadena cultural organizations. The arts and cultural open house at about 20 venues includes free entry and programming in visual arts, literary arts, dance, music and theater See a list of participating cultural institutions and programs on the website as well Covid-related details and policies. Information: (800) 307-7977 or

April 30 - South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl. The Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl will take place from 3 - 10 p.m. in a variety of locations in the downtown South Pasadena area. There will be more than 50 bands/musicians performing on multiple stages around town, plus open houses at art galleries and studios, most within a short walking distance. Check website for full schedule since details are still being finalized, and the event is easily accessible from the South Pasadena gold line station. Information: (626) 441-2339, or

April 30 - Bergamot Station Arts Center Spring Fling. The Bergamot Station Art Center is a internationally-known creative arts complex with over 20 galleris and creative businesses. The Spring Fling highlights gallery exhibitions and brings together artist talks, curator walk-throughs and local vendors. The event will take place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica. Information:

May 5 - UCI Music Lecture Series. ONLINE ONLY The University of California, Irvine Music History and Theory Guest Lecture Series continues with Dillon Parmer, tenor and professor of music at the University of Ottawa. His presentation is titled "Who Knows? Towards a New Epistemology of Music . . . and Other Things." Register online for the 4 p.m. presentation. Information:

May 5 - College Night at UCR Arts College Night includes free art activities, tours, a short film, comic books, music inspired by Afrofuturism and hip hop. Free pizza from 5 - 7 p.m. (or while supplies last) with student ID. Featured exhibitions are Black Kirby X and Ebon: Fear of a Black Planet. See full schedule on website. The program will take place at UCR Arts, 3834 Main Street. Information:

May 5 - UCLA Lectures and Symposia ONLINE VIA ZOOM.. Nostalgia, Music and Music Studies Conference. The series aims to bring nostalgia studies more broadly into conversation with music and music studies. Registration is required. Sessions will be: May 5 - Rock Nostalgias at 9:45 a.m., Trauma and Nostalgia in/for WWII at 11:30 a.m., and Queer Nostalgias at 2 p.m.. See calendar page of events for additional event information and registration. Additional sessions will continue in May. Information: (310) 825-5947, (310) 825-8381 or, go to calendar.

May 6 - SFS Art Fest. The Santa Fe Springs Art Fest 2022 will take place on May 6 from 3 - 11 p.m. at the Clarke Estate, 10211 Pioneer Boulevard. There will be pop-up galleries, live stage entertainment, demonstrations, food vendors, chalk art displays and more. There also will be a special collectors' preview night on May 5. See details and featured artists on website. Information: or

May 6, 7 and 8 - Sunset Beach Art Festival. The Sunset Beach Art Festival will take place on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (gallery artist awards program only, public welcome), and on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. along the greenbelt between N. Pacific and S. Pacific from Broadway to 7th Street, community center and Firehouse Gallery. There will be works by more than 150 artists for sale, including paintings, jewelry and handmade clothing. The Community Center and Firehouse are on 12th Street, and there also will be entertainment and a juried exhibit there, plus the gallery artist awards program at 6:30 p.m. on Friday which is open to the public. Parking is available at Peter's Landing and the parking lot at the end of Warner with regular shuttles during the hours of the festival. Information: (562) 537-8295 or

May 6 - UCLA Lectures and Symposia The UCLA School of Music will be presenting several lectures/symposia. Upcoming programs will be: May 6 - Hear + Viet + Film: Q&A with the filmmakers of Songs of Little Saigon. The film "Songs of Saigon" is a feature documentary film about Vietnamese Americans whose musical talent, hope and resilience propelled the rebuilding of their lives in Southern California after fleeing war-torn Vietnam. The program will take place at 3 p.m. in Lani Hall (and livestream) and will include excerpts from the film and a Q&A with the film creator and featured musician Mai Nguyen, followed by musical performances. See calendar page of events for additional event information and registration. Information: (310) 825-5947, (310) 825-8381 or, go to calendar.

May 10, 11 and 12 - UCLA Lectures and Symposia The UCLA School of Music will be presenting several lectures/symposia both in-person and online via Zoom. Upcoming programs will be: May 10 - ONLINE VIA ZOOM. "How Do You Say 'Bravo' In Yiddish?" Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses in Early 20th Century America." Part 5 of the series will be "Why Promote Italian Opera Via Mame-Ioshn? The program will take place at 5 p.m. via Zoom; May 11 - Lecture by Suhail Yusuf Khan , Dr. Mohinder Sambhi, visiting artist. The program will take place at 1 p.m. in Room 1230 (Green Room); May 12 - Cornel West: UC Regents' Lecture at the Herb Alpert School of Music. The event is part of Dr. West's residency at UCLA and will include a free performance in concert on May 13 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA. See calendar page of events for additional event information and registration. Information: (310) 825-5947, (310) 825-8381 or, go to calendar.

May 13, 14 and 15 - UCLA Lectures and Symposia Asian Performing Arts on Stage and on Screen. The UCLA School of Music will be presenting a three-day hybrid symposium of in-person programs in Lani Hall and via Zoom highlighting the diversity of Asian performing art through presentations and performances in various media, including panels, presentations and performances in various media, screenings, lecture-demonstrations and more. See calendar page of events for additional event information, the complete program schedule and registration. The live sessions also will be livestreamed. Information: (310) 825-5947, (310) 825-8381 or, go to calendar.

May 14 - Pasadena LitFest.. The closing day of the Pasadena Litfest will include 12 events and reading at two locations: at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Boulevard, from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., and at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, from 2 - 8 p.m. See website for full schedule of events. Information: or

May 14 and 15 - Downtown Burbank Arts Festival. The Festival features 150+ local artisans and artists in downtown Burbank on San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia to Olive (200 block N. San Fernando Boulevard) from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. There also will be demonstrations and workshops, a Chalk Block with chalk artists, entertainment and more. Artists performing will include Ricky England, Paul Falcon, Jackson Crow, Flo Chase, and Nicole Wedel and Andy Meneses. See additional details on website. Information: (323) 989-2278, or

May 15 - Balboa Island Art Walk.. The Balboa Island Art Walk will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. along South Bayfront Promenade on Balboa Island. There will be open galleries, exhibits and a variety of live music performances every 3 - 4 blocks. Maps will be available the day of the event. Please note: parking is extremely limited, and there will not be shuttle service this year. The Balboa Peninsula parking lot is located at the end of 55 South/Newport Boulevard at Palm Street, with ferry service across to Balboa Island. Information: (949) 675-3612 or

May 21 and 22 - Beverly Hills Art Show. The event takes place from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days. Nearly 250 artists exhibit their works outdoors in Beverly Hills in the grassy area of Beverly Gardens Park along Santa Monica Boulevard between Rodeo and Rexford Drives. There will also be entertainment and food available for purchase. Information: (310) 285-6830 or

May 25 - Jim J's Jukebox at the Beverly Hills Library. The 2022 spring season of the lectures by American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro (founding president of The Disney Channel and current Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon) continues at 6 p.m. as a virtual lecture series. The "Discovering American's Music" lectures cover facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. RSVP to the Beverly Hills Public Library at or call the phone number listed here. The Zoom link will be sent out to registered attendees the day prior to the event. Information: (310) 288-2244 or

June 4 - Irvine Studio Arts Festival. The Studio Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. outdoors in Heritage Community Park at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, 14321 Yale Avenue. The annual juried festival will include original works of art in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber and glass, plus music, art demonstrations and food available for purchase. Information: (949) 724-6880, or

June 5 - Dana Point ArtFest. The Dana Point ArtFest will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Del Prado Avenue between Amber Lantern and Golden Lantern. The outdoor community arts festival of fine art will include over 80 local artists, live music, a beer and wine garden and more. Information: or

June 5 - Yorba Linda Arts Alliance Foundation Celebration of the Arts and Music Festival. The fine arts and music festival will take place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Hurless Barton Park and the Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House, 4701 Casa Loma Ave. in Yorba Linda (just off Imperial Highway). There will be live entertainment from local dance and music groups, fine arts exhibits and sales, hands-on activities for all ages, and food available for purchase. Information: (714) 996-1690 or

LONG BEACH - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TURN)TABLE RETURNS! 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. The next event will take place at a date and location TBA. An RSVP is required to reserve your space. The album featured also is TBA. See website for additional details. Information: (562) 595-0081 or, go to "Events," and Knights of the Round (Turn)Table.

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: May 5 - No reading, May 12 - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, May 19 - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Cont. Act II)), May 26 - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Cont. Act III). For an extra touch, participants can add Shakespeare-themed background images to their Zoom experience. Information: (562) 985-7000 or

LOS ANGELES - HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATIONS. May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check for the full schedule of programs in the Los Angeles area at the website listed. Information: or

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - LACMA SPRING PROGRAMS The Los Angeles County Museum of Art makes available a publication called The Guide. The Guide includes information on LACMA's Education and Public Programs for Spring 2021, including music programs. At the moment, both Jazz at LACMA and Sundays Live are scheduled to remain virtual through June. The Guide can be downloaded in pdf format. Information: (323) 857-6000, or

LOS ANGELES COUNTY(VARIOUS LOCATIONS) - L.A. OPERA "OPERA TALKS." "Opera Talks" are 50-minute inte ractive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly, via Zoom for now, at a number of Los Angeles County libraries. Upcoming dates are: May 28 - Westwood Branch Library at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Topic: Aida, (310) 474-1739. To receive a Zoom invitation, please contact Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. Information: (213) 972-3157 or, go to "Community," or

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - TARGET FREE MUSEUM DAYS. Target generously sponsors many free museum day programs throughout Southern California. The following locations offer free museum days sponsored by Target: In Los Angeles, there is the First Sundays program at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park (Information: (213) 744-2132 or and the Target Free Second Saturdays program at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo (Information: (213) 625-0414 or Similar programs are also offered at the Children's Museum in La Habra, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The Children's Museum, 301 S. Euclid, offers Target Free 1st Saturdays. Information: (562) 905-9793 or At the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos, Target Free Sundays are every Sunday of the month with free admission and special programs. Information: (562) 437-1689 or Information: (323) 857-6000 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.

  • 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

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. Information:

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. 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

  • LONG BEACH - 3rd Thursday Artwalk at Shoreline Village. Shoreline Village, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, holds an artwalk every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes art, music, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants. Information: (562) 437-3734 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 (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, or

  • 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:

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Current exhibit through the summer is on country music. Information: (213) 403-3000 or

  • 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 Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 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,,

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information:

  • 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 March 4, April 1 and May 6. Information: (951) 694-6480 or

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No time listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 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

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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.

  • 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

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for upcoming dates. Information: (562) 905-9793 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) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and to LA County residents with ID after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. 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 Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. 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



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:

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (but also can be $5). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. 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. Fall listings are now available. 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

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA - Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of classes in cooking techniques and junior chef sessions. No set time; check website listed for most current information. Information:

  • 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:


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 cities/venues beginning to host free movies, most outdoors, include:

  • BALDWIN PARK Movies on the Green. Films will screen as dusk on Fridays in June at Barnes Park, 3251 Patritti Avenue. Movies will be: June 3 - Space Jam a New Legacy, June 10 - Luca, June 17 - The Addams Family 2, and June 24 - Encanto. Information: (626) 813-5245 x317 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: June 17 - Tom & Jerry, July 15 - Jungle Cruise, July 29 - Space Jam a New Legacy, and August 12 - Sing 2. Information: (714) 562-3860 or

  • DANA POINT Movies in the Park. Films screen from 8 - 10 p.m. at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern. Movies will be: June 3 - Cruella, June 10 - Encanto, June 17 - Jungle Cruise, and June 24 - Addams Family 2. Information:

  • 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 in May will be: May 1 - The Other Guys, May 8 - Mean Girls, May 15 - Gremlins and May 22 - About a Boy. Coming this summer: June 5 - Dune, June 12 - Talladega Nights, June 19 - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, June 26 - Luca, 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

  • 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 7 and 10 - Luca, June 14 and 17 - Onward, June 21 and 24 - Aladdin, 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

  • REDONDO BEACH Family Movie Night on the Pier. Films screen Fridays in June from 7:30 - 10 p.m. on The Boardwalk at The Redondo Pier, 500 Fisherman's Wharf (north end of the pier). Movies will be: June 3 - Spider-Man: No Way Home, June 10 - Encanto, June 17 - American Underdog, and June 24 - Soul. Bring a low-back beach chair, alcohol and smoking are not allowed, and social distancing is requested. Information:

  • 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. In May: May 21 - Encanto at Eastside Community Park, 5400 Eastside Circle. Coming this summer: June 18 - Paw Patrol at Hurless Barton Park (Imperial Highway/Casa Loma), 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


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