Free things to do in Southern California in October


With record inflation, gas prices and monthly bills weighing on Californians’ wallets, it can be hard to put money aside to do something fun.

Luckily, some events in Los Angeles offer free admission throughout October, so everyone can enjoy some well-deserved downtime without breaking the bank.

Grand Ave Arts: unlimited access

Angelenos can enjoy a day full of workshops, performances, tours and interactive events on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles on October 22.

Back after a two-year break, the event will offer its guests multiple activities.

Attendees can have the chance to learn what it takes to conduct an orchestra with the Colburn School, a private music school in Los Angeles, participate in Día de Los Muertos traditions in Grand Park, and make art and craftsmanship with the Los Angeles Opera, the website says.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

Guests can register for the event here.

Cindy Sherman 1977 – 1982

A new exhibition from Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles will explore the work of photographer Cindy Sherman. The presentation will feature over 100 photos of Sherman and is free to the public.

The exhibit will be held at the Hauser & Wirth Building in Los Angeles at 901 E. 3rd St. from Oct. 27.

Bob Baker Puppet Theatre: 60 Years of Joy and Wonder

The Forest Lawn Museum, located in Glendale, celebrates 60 years of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on October 20.

Guests attending the opening ceremony can expect exhibit tours, puppet shows, free drinks, appetizers and a DJ set, Time Out reported.

The celebration will last until March 19, 2023.

Guests must email the Forest Lawn Museum to confirm attendance.

Festival of the day P-22

The famous mountain lion will be honored with its 7th annual festival, featuring arts and crafts, a climbing wall, live music, 100 exhibitors and other activities, Time Out reported.

The P-22 Day festival will coincide with Urban Wildlife Week; the festivities will begin on October 15 and end on October 22 at Griffith Park.

The event is free and hosted by the National Wildlife Foundation.

Joan Didion: what she means

The Hammer Museum, located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., will honor the late Joan Didion, best known for her literary works.

The exhibition will feature over 200 works, ranging from paintings to sculptures by around 50 artists. According to the website, admission is free and visitors can visit the exhibition until January 22, 2023.

Witch Houses 3 Trails

Amber Benson, author of ‘Witches of Echo Park’ and star of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ TV show, has teamed up with Fort LA to give residents a guided map of spooky homes in the Los Angeles area , reported Time Out.

From Tujunga and Beverly Hills, customers can see the houses that are a little spookier than the others.

The walking tour does not allow viewers access to the houses, but they can be viewed from the sidewalk accompanied by Halloween tales told by curators.

Residents who want to embark on the spooky adventure can get a free map here.

Corgi Beach Day

The 10e Corgi Beach Day birthday will be celebrated in Huntington Beach.

The event is the perfect day to take your corgi out so they can make new dog friends. Residents can check the event website for the latest details.

The get-together, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., includes a gourmet food truck, giveaways, a corgi kissing booth, and a Halloween costume contest.


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