If you’re already going broke on summer music festival tickets, you’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of free things to do in May. From a garden tour to a Downtown food fest, these are the best ways to make the most of your month without breaking into your wallet.
Through May 1
NSYNC Dirty Pop-Up; Cinematic Pictures
Pose in front of photo activations and props and peruse official merch at this NSYNC pop-up.
Through May 6
“Stories of Almost Everyone”; Hammer Museum
Through the work of 30 artists, this very meta exhibition examines the relationship between a piece of art’s inherent narrative and the meaning suggested by its display within an institution.
Who Let “Who Let the Dogs Out” Out; Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Artist Ben Sisto shines a light on the origins of that catchy pop abomination you’re ashamed you can’t stop yourself from singing.
National Public Gardens Day at the Getty; Gety Center and Villa
Stroll through the spectacular gardens at both Getty locations with guided tours and garden-themed menus at their respective restaurants.
Night Market; Grand Park
Dead to the Food Bowl’s marquee event, a multi-day soirée featuring bites and sips from more than 50 vendors.
Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival; Angel City Brewery
Celebrate the Arts District brewery’s fifth anniversary with this beer, food, art and music festival.
Museums of the Arroyo Day; Various locations
Explore the history of early Los Angeles life with free admission to six museums in Northeast L.A. and Pasadena.
Fiesta Hermosa; Downtown Hermosa Beach
Bring your beach gear, and roam the 400 vendor stalls at this Memorial Day weekend block party.
L.A. Zine Fest; Pasadena Convention Center
Get to know the world of DIY printed lit with this assembly of nearly 175 exhibitors of zines, small press publications and comics.
Free concerts; Various locations
Listen to some tunes without breaking the bank with free shows at the Echo, the Satellite, Grand Park and more.
Free museum days; Various locations
Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.
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