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The best free things to do in L.A. this summer

Everything's better when it's free, including these concerts, movie screenings and more free things to do this summer

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Joits

"Free" and "summer" go together like coffee and donuts, or ice cream and another scoop of ice cream. We Angelenos love spending time outdoors and saving a few bucks here and there. What better time to do both than during the summer? L.A. wears that summertime vibe all year long, but these free things to do, from concerts to movie screenings, really let us know that summer has arrived.


KCRW Summer Nights
Various locations, through Sept 23

Twilight Concerts
Santa Monica Pier, Thu (weekly) June 22–Aug 17

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts
Skirball Cultural Center, Thu (weekly) July 27–Aug 31

Moonlight Movies on the Beach
Alfredo's Beach Club, Tue (weekly) June 15–Aug 22

Jazz at LACMA
LACMA, Fri (weekly) through Nov 24

Farmers Market Friday Night Music
The Original Farmers Market, Fri (weekly) through Sept 1

Dance Downtown + DJ Nights
Music Center, Fri (weekly) June 23–Sept 1

Off the 405
Getty Center, Sat (monthly) May 20–Aug 26

Friday Flights at the Getty
Getty Center, June 16, July 14, Aug 25

Silver Lake Picture Show
Sunset Triangle Plaza, every other Thu June 22–Sept 14

Shakespeare by the Sea
Various locations, June 15–Aug 18

Looking for more summer fun?