LA summer: The best free events to check out

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Summer in Los Angeles can be hot and gross, but Angelenos pull together to create a ridiculous amount of amazing events, from outdoor movies to concerts series to seasonal markets. All of them help make the sticky, sweaty days a little more bearable.

Choosing from all those options can get overwhelming, so we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite free events around town, which just happen to take place in some particularly noteworthy and picturesque LA locations.

This not intended to be comprehensive list, but a jumping-off point or a fun resource for those looking to branch out from their usual summer rut. Have a great, free suggestion to add to the list? Please let us know in the comments.

And, for more inspiration on ways to enjoy LA’s warm weather, check out our pocket guide, which is updated seasonally.

Without further ado, here are our favorite free LA-area summer events:

1. Yamashiro Farmers Market

May 24 to September 6

5 p.m.

The hilltop marketplace next to one of Hollywood’s most visible landmarks is officially back for the summer. Though there are some produce sellers, vendors mostly offer prepared foods from a roster of tasty spots. There’s valet parking, but also a free shuttle from the bottom of the hill, says LA Weekly. The Wednesday night market is a solid contender for the LA farmers market with the best view.

Chris Goldberg / Curbed LA flickr pool

2. Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier

June 22 to August 17 (no concert July 6)

7 p.m.

The series on the sand is having its inaugural run with a new, slightly shorter schedule designed to help Santa Monica cut back on the hefty security costs that come with hosting an incredibly popular public concert series. The quality of the shows remains high, though. Local indie rock band Warpaint is headlining one of the eight shows.

A jazzy summer night

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3. Jazz at LACMA

April through November

Times vary

Jazz at the Miracle Mile museum is an institution, running for more than two decades. With shows on Friday and Saturday evenings, a little jazz in the outdoors, alongside fantastic architecture, is a great way to unwind after a long week. Upcoming shows include East LA native, trumpeter Dr. Bobby Rodriguez. Bring a picnic—most people do!

Calvin Fleming / Curbed LA flickr pool

4. Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square

July 14 to August 18

Movies start after sunset

There is no shortage of outdoor movies in Los Angeles, but this one is free, central, and in a park that’s lined up for a major makeover.

Mark your calendars for this one: The annual Friday night film screenings at Pershing Square will return to the park in July. According to Pershing Square’s website, this year’s selections are action-packed and apocalyptic, like The Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, and zombie film World War Z.

5. Off the 405 at the Getty Center

Until August 26

6 p.m.

For all those on the Westside who don’t want to slog too far on a cool summer night, there’s Off the 405, a summer concert series at the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center. The unwaveringly hip lineup—White Fence, La Luz—ends at a reasonable 9 p.m. on Saturday nights, a perfect jumping off point for a late night or a prelude to tucking in early.

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