Museum Free-for-All Day

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Sunday, January 29, 2017 will be a great day for art lovers, history enthusiasts, or anyone wanting to explore some hidden gems in Los Angeles. Several museums throughout LA County (and a couple in Orange County as well) will be offering free admission for everyone.

Some of the biggest museums and art galleries in Los Angeles are participating, including LACMA, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, The Getty, and the Annenberg Space for Photography. Many more are participating as well, in this 12th Annual event.

Some museums require a timed ticket, so please visit the official website to plan ahead before you go, and find visiting hours for your chosen museum.

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Found LA

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Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods offers free guided tours throughout several neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. It’s a great way to experience the diversity of all the different cultures throughout are area. Tours are led by local residents, artists, and public figures.

Tours are scheduled to take place Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.

Visit their website to find out more and see which locations are offered this year.

Fiestas Patrias at Olvera Street

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Olvera Street is one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles. It’s full of Latin American and Mexican culture. There are shops, art galleries, and great restaurants. So it’s no surprise that they would be hosting one of the biggest Mexican Independence Day celebrations in the city. This two day event, will go from 10 AM to 10 PM each day. They will offer up performance art, tribal dances, music, and lots of delicious food for purchase!

Location: Olvera Street, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles
Sept 17-18, 2016 10 AM to 10 PM

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: Celebration of Mexican Independence from Spain with popular and traditional entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays, food, artisan exhibits and more. Viva Mexico!

– from El Pueblo Events page

Metro Riders Meet Gold Medalists

Every four years, Olympic fever takes over the world. And while Los Angeles and Rio are not geographically close together, citizens in Los Angeles can still experience some Olympic history and fun this year.

The LA Metro system is giving riders a chance to meet past Olympic Gold Medalists at various station stops from now through August 19th. A photo booth will be set up and the former Olympians will be taking photos and signing autographs, at no charge.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Gonzales at El Monte Station on Friday afternoon. Photo by Gary Leonard for Metro.

The schedule of athletes is here and on the LA Metro website

  • El Monte Bus Station, Aug. 5 — Paul Gonzales, Gold Medal in Boxing Light Flyweight at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
  • Union Station, Aug. 8 — Shirley Babashoff, three-time Gold Medalist in swimming at the 1972 Munich Games and 1976 Montreal Games.
  • Sierra Madre Villa Station, Aug. 9 — John Naber, four Gold Medals, one Silver in swimming at the 1976 Montreal Games.
  • Culver City Station, Aug. 10 — John Naber, four Gold Medals, one Silver in swimming at the 1976 Montreal Games.
  • North Hollywood Station, Aug. 11 — Julianne McNamara, Gold Medal in Uneven Parallel Bars at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
  • Atlantic Station, Aug. 12 — Brenda Villa, Gold Medal in Women’s Water Polo at the 2012 London Games.
  • Chatsworth Station, Aug. 15 — Rafer Johnson, Gold Medal in Decathlon at the 1960 Rome Games.
  • 7th Street/Metro Center, Aug. 16 — Valerie Brisco, three Gold Medals in 200 meters, 400 meters, 4×400 meters relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
  • Downtown Long Beach Station, Aug. 17 — Lisa Fernandez, three-time Gold Medal winner in Softball at 1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games and 2004 Athens Games.
  • APU/Citrus College Station, Aug. 18 — Bryan Clay, Gold Medal in Decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Games.
  • Downtown Santa Monica Station, Aug. 19 — Mark Spitz, nine-time Gold Medalist in Swimming at the 1968 Mexico City Games and 1972 Munich Games.

All appearances will take place from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

LA County Fair Discount Days

LA County Fair is September 2-25, 2016 in Pomona. General admission is $14.00 to $20.00 per adult, but there are some days you can go at a discounted price with these special offers.

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Week for Heroes

  • September 7-11: Just $2 for single-day admission for active & retired military, veterans, reserves, fire, police and paramedics w/ ID; and $2 single-day admission for one guest.

Food Drive Fridays

  • Fridays, noon – 5 p.m.
    Donate five canned goods (per person) and receive one free admission that day only. The canned food will be donated to Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and local charities.

 

Summer Night Lights

Summer Night Lights is a program from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, and the GRYD Foundation, to provide family-friendly sports, food, and activities in Los Angeles for free during the summer.

Last year, SNL attendance was about 780 people per park, per night and almost half a million meals were served. LA Laker Girls held dance classes. There were also free Zumba classes, art workshops, health screenings, and sports clinics featuring the LA Kings and LA Galaxy.

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This year 32 sites throughout Los Angeles will participate, keeping recreation centers and parks open between the hours of 7 pm – 11 pm throughout the summer months.

See their website for more details.

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National Night Out

1National Night Out, which began in 1984 is an annual event to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

Neighborhood Watch Groups, in coordination with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department as well as City officials and staff, will hold evening events in neighborhoods throughout LA County. Events will vary by location but may include block parties, barbecues, live entertainment, movies, dancing, and more.

National Night Out is August 2, 2016. Times may vary by location.

Here is a list of known events in the LA area. This list will be updated as more are found.

Any known locations or events can be emailed to us at lafreefun@gmail.com