Summer is here and there are plenty of FREE events in LA! Ranging from music festivals to art showcases, boardwalk bike rides to food tastings, you’ll definitely have plenty of things to do. Here are seven events and activities you must do this summer. Don’t forget to think green and save money by walking, biking or using public transportations, and avoid the hassle of driving in a hot summer day:
1 - Take a bike ride from the Venice Boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier
There are plenty of activities to do in Venice and Santa Monica. If you already own a bike or have rented one from the UCLA bike shop then take it with you! Metro offers bike racks on the front of their buses for riders to use at their own convenience. Venice does not only offer you the beach, but also various FREE outdoor spaces such as paddle tennis, handball, volleyball and basketball courts, boxing and gymnastic areas, a biking and/or skating path, and of course the very famous Muscle Beach. If you are a shopper, you can also enjoy the various boutiques the boardwalk offers. Once you get on the bike path, you can head north into Santa Monica where you’ll enjoy the Santa Monica Pier. In addition, don’t forget to check out the Venice Summerfest between July 26 and 27 on Venice Beach. The annual festival will start at 10 a.m. and it will feature live music shows and delicious food to sample.
2- Twilight Concerts at the Santa Monica Pier
One of L.A. favorite concert series returns this year for its 30th consecutive year. Every Thursdays, starting on July 10th, the Santa Monica Pier will start its outdoor concert series showcasing a diverse line-up of talent including reggae, rock, indie pop, R&B and even a little '80s music.For more information, please visit http://santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/
3 – Grand Performances Summer Festival at the California Plaza
Every Thursdays and Fridays from June 13 to Sept. 13, 2014, the non-profit organization, Grand Performances, offers a series of art events at the California Plaza, an urban amphitheater, to celebrate LA's diversity. Throughout the summer, there will be an eclectic lineup including a wide array of film screenings, music, theatre, and dance performances. For more information, call 213-687-2159 or visit www.grandperformances.org.
4- Summer music series at the Original Farmers Market
For the 80th consecutive year, every Thursdays and Fridays from May 29 - Aug. 29, 2014, the Original Historic Famers market is offering a fun summer music series with eclectic evening concerts. For more information, please visit http://www.farmersmarketla.com .
5- Wine & Jazz: Live Music at Hollywood & Highland
Now in its 11th year, the Wine & Jazz Fest at Hollywood and Highland offers Angelenos hours of smooth classic jazz tunes. The summer series takes place every Tuesdays this July. For more information, please visit http://hollywoodandhighland.com
6- Pershing Square Summer Concert Series
Located in the heart of Downtown LA, the palm tree oasis, known as Pershing Square, is a postmodern iconic park of the LA lifestyle. Between July 10 and August 18, join the community for lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays, rock concerts on Thursday and Saturday nights, films on Friday nights and salsa music on Sunday nights. For more information, please visit http://laparks.org/pershingsquare
7- El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument - Olvera Street
If you are in the mood for a traditional Mexican experience, you should explore the Mexican marketplace at the Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street. You are welcome to visit on your own or join a free walking tour Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The marketplace offers 27 historic buildings of which 11 are open to the public. For more information, please visit, www.elpueblo.lacity.org.