I know that many people hesitate to travel even when they have good flight/hotel/activities deals. The key reason now: gas. Gas prices are keeping people from traveling even two hours from home. I get that, particularly since I often travel alone, and shoulder the entire cost.
With that in mind, as well as a general desire to enjoy Los Angeles, I started doing a series of low cost or free events in Los Angeles over the summer. Outdoor concerts are big here. Most of the museums do them—though the style of the music changes; your biggest cost is parking. Alas, even we have to face the facts of winter (and by winter, I mean anything less than 70 degrees that could conceivably involve some sort of mist). We add scarves and the occasional sweater to our flip-flopped ensemble, and look for indoor fun.
While Saturdays Off the 405 goes away for a couple of months, Gordon Getty Concerts are around in November, February and March. These are more formal concert going events held at festival prices ($20 for general and $15 for students/seniors). Keep in mind that since the concerts don’t start until 7pm, you get the benefit of the free after 5pm parking rules at The Getty.
Sunday evening at LACMA
Sundays Live at LACMA is still a great option no matter the season. Sundays Live is a weekly classical chamber music concert at the Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is “the longest-running live music broadcast in Los Angeles,” according to their website (it started in 1948). It’s also Free! Free! Free! Did I mention it is free? Also they have a film series that I’m dying to try.
If you dig quality 99 seat theater experiences, but loathe the idea of parking in Hollywood, try the projects going up at Edgemar. They always have something interesting going on and the top level price for the main stage show is usually around $35. For instance, you can go right now and see Anne Archer in Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion, or check out the very well-reviewed Sylvia in the smaller theater.
Slightly more expensive, but still on the west side, is the Broad Stage. I’m heading over to see A Comedy of Errors there this weekend and Jane Austen Unscripted in December. My previous visits to The Broad have all involved dance programs (saw Baryshnikov there not long ago and swooned—yes, still!), so I’m excited to check out the theatrical productions there in both the main stage and the smaller, experimental theater.
There is so much going on here all the time. It’s hard to figure out what to do first! What are some of your favorite low cost/free things to do in the city?