Free in May: The Best Free Activities and Things To Do in Los Angeles for Mother's Day and More

Meet the horses after the (free) polo matches at Will Rogers State Park.
Meet the horses after the (free) polo matches at Will Rogers State Park.

Summer is just around the corner, and so are the summer camp fees, family vacation expenses, and a TON of ice cream trips. Before the summer budget blows up, use the month of May to enjoy some of the fabulous free events all over the city. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo free of charge, plan a budget-friendly outing for mom on Mother's Day, get moving outdoors, or check out a movie without breaking the bank, here are a few free things to do this month with the whole family.

Discover all the free activities and events near you in our Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles Guide, which includes a roundup of all the Free Museum Days in Los Angeles plus a list of 60+ Birthday Freebies for Kids.

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Michaels - All Locations, including

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Kidspace Children's Museum

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Multiple Museums, including The Gamble House

Police and Fire Headquarters
Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
Hollywood Christmas Parade
Hollywood - 6:00 PM Pick
Sawdust Festival Annual Winter Fantasy
Sawdust Art Festival - 10:00 AM
Sunday Car Rides
Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum - 10:00 AM
Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Row DTLA - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides