Families enjoying a workshop at Fiesta Matsuri. Photo by Scott Oshima courtesy of Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Families enjoying a workshop at Fiesta Matsuri. Photo by Scott Oshima courtesy of Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Free in May: 24 Things To Do that Don't Cost a Thing

Summer is just around the corner, and so are the camp fees, vacation expenses, and hefty ice cream budgets that come with it. So why not be responsible for once and make May your month to get frugal? Whether you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo free of charge, or just check out a movie without breaking the bank, here are a few free things to do this month with the whole family.


Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica Library
Santa Monica, CA

Redondo Pier
500 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Oakwood Recreation and Park
767 California Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

Carson Park
21411 Orrick Ave
Carson, CA

The Citadel
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Outlets at San Clemente
101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente , CA 92672

Barnes & Noble at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Park
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Mar Vista Farmers' Market
Grand View Ave. and Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Barnes Park Amphitheater
350 S. McPherrin Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754

Los Angeles Fire Dept.
1700 Stadium Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Alondra Community Regional Park
3850 W. Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Lawndale, CA 90260

Paseo Colorado
280 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Autry
4700 Western Heritage Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
4800 Oak Grove Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91109

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103

La Canada Flintridge Memorial Park
Foothill Blvd. & La Cañada Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Picnic at the Mission
Mission San Juan Capistrano - 9:00 AM Pick
Marina del Rey WaterBus
various boarding locations, including Burton Chace Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Summer Weekend Drive-In at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market - 6:30 PM Pick
El Monte Movies on Main
Main Street Parking Lot South - 7:45 PM Pick
Level 8 Drive-In at The Americana at Brand
Americana at Brand - 8:30 PM Pick
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