Free Stuff

Okay, if you haven’t discovered this by now, we might as well clue you in on something you’re just going to have to learn to accept: Los Angeles is an expensive place to live. Not just housing and food and parking tickets and stuff like that, but even just going out to have a little fun. It’s not all bad, though. We’re always looking for things you can do for free (or almost free), and when we find something, we share it here. And these are just a few of the things going on – there are lots more out there. So check out some of these free things to do and then let us know what else you discover out there so we can add them to the list.

Archery Lessons: The Pasadena Roving Archers offer free lessons – you don’t even have to bring your own bow.

Beaches: Sand, surfing, swimming, volleyball, and more. See this list of Los Angeles County beaches.

Biking: For a full list of every biking trail in the entire Los Angeles area, including information on distance, difficulty, and terrain, take a look at You can also check out a Department of Transportation list of all the bike paths and lanes in the city.

Dog Parks: See an entire list of L.A. Department of Recreation dog-friendly parks. See also this Top 10 list from Curbed.

Hiking: For a full list of every hiking trail in the entire Los Angeles area, including information on distance, difficulty, and terrain, take a look

Tidal Pools: Check out this list for the top tidal pools to explore in L.A. and Orange counties.

ArtNight Pasadena: A biannual art celebration with free shuttles between various art houses.

Dana Point Festival of Whales: Each spring, thousands of gray whales and their calves travel north, passing just off Dana Point Harbor. So the community planned an art festival around the blessed event!

Downtown L.A. Art Walk: This sprawling art festival occurs on the second Thursday of every month.

Tournament of Roses Parade: It’s crowded, but the parade is free! Our recommendation, go the night before to see the floats get their final touches, claim a good spot, and pull an all-nighter with some friends. It’s a great way to spend New Year’s Eve.

San Pedro Art Walk: This event is the first Thursday of each month, with food, music, and yes, art.

Discover something that we should add to these resources? Let us know at