LA County

Don’t forget to check our Community and Enrichment pages for tips on classes, local groups you can join, advice for eating on a budget, and how you might be eligible for a free cell phone!

If you do have a little money to spend on an activity, check places like Groupon or Goldstar before you go. Most events, concerts, and shows have discounted tickets available.

In Los Angeles, the possibility of an earthquake or other natural disaster, like a fire or mudslide, is high. Please take a look at this Emergency Survival Guide with free advice from the County of Los Angeles on how to be prepared.

Current Events

See our LA County blog posts.

Live Show Tapings

The great thing about living in Los Angeles is many of your favorite television shows are filmed here, and you can be part of the studio audience for free!


Farmer Mark has information on markets in Hermosa Beach, Monterey Park, Playa Vista, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach.

LA Times maps of local Farmers Markets.

Raw Inspirations lists several markets in LA county.

See-LA has information on markets in Hollywood, Watts, Baldwin Hills, Echo Park, and more.

Some farmers markets will take CalFresh (food stamps). You can check this Farmers’ Market Finder website to find one near you. Some even offer MarketMatch where CalFresh users get extra tokens or vouchers to use on fresh produce in the market.


Everfest lists all types of festivals in Los Angeles. Not all are free. Please check individual events pages for details.

Contests & Free Tickets

LA is home to some big name venues and attractions. The Forum, the Staples Center, Hollywood Bowl. We attract artists, musicians, and comedians from around the globe. Not to mention we have some of the best theme parks in the world. And we have some amazing sports teams. But tickets to these places are usually very expensive.

One way you can try to score free tickets is by paying attention to contests and giveaways from our local radio stations. It’s not a sure thing – but you never know!

Local radio stations will also usually list community events on their websites and announce activities on-air.

LiveFreeLA is not responsible for any contest rules and prizes. Please contact the appropriate radio station affiliate with any questions or for a listing of rules and regulations.

Movie Screenings

Outdoor movie screenings are a staple of Los Angeles. For movie locations and times click here. The cost varies for each location but most are free.

We will post movie events throughout the county as we find them.

Laemmle Sneaks Club offers about two free screenings or special events per month. You just need to sign up for their club. And it’s free!

Museums & Art Displays

Health & Fitness

Truth is you don’t need a gym membership if you want to exercise more. Commit to walking for 30 minutes a day around your neighborhood.

Luckily, Los Angeles County has some famous hiking trails from Runyon Canyon to the hidden Sunken City. Visit for a listing of parks and hiking trails in your area. You can get fit and enjoy our unique landscapes.

For those who do want an affordable gym membership look into Planet Fitness or Crunch Gym that are about $10 per month, and may offer free or low-cost training sessions to members.

Public Libraries

Lots of events offered for adults and children. Computer classes, resume help, film nights, story telling, and more.

This calendar can be sorted by location, date, and type of event: LA Public Library Calendar


Visit the LA Metro Trip Planner before you go, to see the best way to get to your event.

When you show your valid Metro TAP card at participating locations, you can receive discounts on admission tickets, meals, and more. See their website for a list of partner locations.

You can now buy TAP Cards at participating libraries. Cash is required.

Rideshare is an incredibly affordable option. Check it out for Carpooling and various programs and options to getting around with no vehicle

In addition to Metro, apps like Uber and Lyft can be affordable options to getting around.

*Please note, if you use these apps to check the “pool” option. This is more affordable. It is also important to have your phone fully charged and to not necessarily accept the first offer the apps give. These company also offer promo codes for first-time users if you’re savvy enough to do an internet search beforehand.

If you have a disability, and cannot use public transportation you may qualify for Access. Contact them for more information and to apply.

Last updated: February 15, 2017