We’re getting ready for summer fun, but that doesn’t have to mean dropping a ton of cash. These free things to do in L.A. this month will keep you entertained on the cheap.
In addition to these special events, you can always fall back on our list of 100 things that are always free.
June 1, 8, 15, 22
DTLA shopping complex FIGat7th stages a series of free summer concerts–and books bands we actually know and would pay for tickets to see. This month, catch Poolside, Jarina De Marco, Wavves, Lion Babe, and more. The night also includes DJ sets and hangs in an open-air beer garden. FIGat7th, 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown.
June 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30
The most prolific free concert series of summer is back, with shows every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, starting June 9. Musical selections are wide-ranging, but highlights include popular local bands Moon Honey on June 14 and Feels on June 28. On June 24, a special daytime show is dedicated to traditional dance and music performance from Korea. Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, 2230 W. 6th St., Westlake.
You’ll need to buy a ticket if you want inside the official festival area at West Hollywood’s massive Pride celebration, but it’s totally free to post up along the parade route, watch the entertainment, and participate in the vibrant street scene. Santa Monica Boulevard, between Fairfax and Doheny, West Hollywood.
Famous dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen offers free outdoor dance lessons once a month at the Wallis. For June, she’s breaking down Voguing, the iconic dance style that came out of New York’s black and Latinx queer scene in the 1980s before inspiring Madonna and others (and, of course, giving us all the expression “throwing shade”). The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Doughnuts and L.A. just go together, so celebrate our favorite sweet snack with a big party at Union Station. Entry is free to the fest which includes an extensive marketplace of chef-created doughnuts, pink-box classics, and even a create-your-own station with custom toppings and fillings. And since nothing goes with doughnuts like coffee, there will be coffee vendors and hands-on home-brewing workshops. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., downtown.
Explore El Segundo, the town that calls itself “Mayberry by the Sea,” as the downtown and Smoky Hollow neighborhoods come alive with open studios and galleries, sidewalk performances of all kinds, food trucks, and family activities. Various locations, El Segundo.
June 23 and 24
Head to the Santa Monica Pier for a weekend-long festival of all things beach-y. Among the festivities, expect a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, beach volleyball competitions, stand-up paddleboard races, DJ tents, sand sculptures, and more. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Even if you’ve visited the NHM recently, you may have missed out on the extensive nature gardens and plazas that surround the museum building. Remedy that by stopping by the free, family-friendly Summer Nights in the Garden series, where you’ll find light music, science presentations, and garden tours. You can BYO picnic or nosh at food trucks, and garden-inspired cocktails are available for purchase. Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park.
Mmhmmm, a “speakeasy” nightclub nestled inside the Standard hotel in West Hollywood, is home to this monthly, LGBTQIA-inclusive dance night. For this Pride month edition, resident DJ Whitney Day is joined by Boston-based DJHerShe, and a live performance by God-Des. Arrive early and the drinks, while not free, are at least discounted. Mmhmmm at the Standard, 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.