Categories: City Life

Fun And Free Things To Do In Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the country. The cost of living is extremely high, but many would agree that is worth it because of the beautiful scenery, weather and tons of things there are to do here. Since it is so expensive to live here, it’s important to find free activities to do in Los Angeles to help you stay within budget. Entertainment can be a large expense, but these suggestions of free things to do will help you have fun without spending any money.

1. Hiking

Hiking is a very popular activity in Los Angeles. It’s a huge thing among locals and also a big tourist attraction as well. Hiking is a lot of fun and is a great workout as well, which is a win-win. There are tons of well-known trails all over Los Angeles, but it’s best to pick one that fits with your endurance. Runyon Canyon is a great place to start. There are several trails that range from easy to challenging. This canyon often gets packed because it is so popular. It is also often frequented by celebrities who live nearby. If you are looking for more of a challenge, the Wisdom Tree is the hike for you. You access this hike from Lake Hollywood Drive. It is a very intense, steep and rocky climb, but the views make it worthwhile. If you feel adventurous, you can also continue hiking once you reach the tree and go all the way to the Hollywood sign. If you’re looking for a easier and more relaxing hike, Eaton Canyon in Altadena is for you. This easy hike leads you to a beautiful waterfall that goes to about knee-level, depending on rain and weather conditions. Los Angeles is full of pretty hikes, just make sure to research and plan your hike beforehand to ensure safety. Also, always hike in a group and during daytime. 

2. Free Concerts

Free concerts are another fun Los Angeles activity to do when you don’t want to spend money. All it
takes is a little information seeking and you’ll be sure to find a free event near you. Many parks in Los Angeles offer free concerts. California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles puts out a schedule of free events that take place on weekend nights. The schedule is sure to offer an event that is for you. Also in Downtown LA, Pershing Square is home to free outdoor concerts as well from July to August. During Summer, Santa Monica Pier hosts Twilight Concerts of every genre on Thursday nights. Another way to find free concerts is the website All you have to do is make an account and then keep updated on events they offer. This website offers tickets to free concerts, award shows, and other special events that involve celebrities.

3. Free TV Show Tapings

If you’re into television and movies, this will be right up your alley. Los Angeles is home to tons of studios that are constantly filming. They often need live audiences and offer tickets for free to various shows. also offers tickets to shows, such as Jimmy Kimmel. Ellen Degeneres also offers free tickets to her show and all you have to do is request them. Since her show is so popular, it might be hard to come by ticket but you just have to be persistent. If you are interested in attending any other show taping, just Google the show and see how to get tickets. Chances are that they are easy to get and are most likely free.

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4. Visit The Beach

Los Angeles is home to some beautiful beaches. The best part is visiting the beach is free and makes for an amazing day trip. The only thing you’ll need to pay for is parking if you choose to drive there. There are so many amazing beaches to choose from, but you really can’t go wrong with Malibu or Santa Monica. Malibu offers beautiful views and more upscale restaurants. Santa Monica is more of a tourist attraction, but for good reason. There is the world famous Santa Monica Pier, which provides rides and arcade games. Third Street Promenade is a street full of shopping and dining options. If you want to do something different, you can also round up your friends and do a bonfire on the beach at night. Dockweiler Beach, located by LAX, offers fire pits that are perfect for a night with friends.

5. Griffith Observatory

This is another must-visit location if you are in Los Angeles. It offers some of the most beautiful views of Los Angeles. The inside of the observatory has many exhibits that inform you about planets and the solar system, which is all very interesting. There is a lot to be learned here and if you’re into outer space, then this is a great place for you to visit. Another reason worth visiting is the view. The outside of the observatory looks out to the whole valley. It is a beautiful place to visit at night, so that you can look out and see a view filled with sparkling lights. The observatory is such a great place to visit no matter what you are going to see and the best part is that it’s completely free. Parking can be a little tricky because you have to find street parking on the hill that leads to the observatory. You can definitely find a spot if you are patient and willing to walk a little distance in order to reach your destination.

Los Angeles is a city unlike any other. It is a city filled with things to do. Unfortunately, a lot of these activities come with a cost. However, Los Angeles offers many things to do that don’t require any money at all. These activities are perfect if you are trying to save money or just want to try something new in the city. If you have any other suggestions of free things to do in LA, leave them in the comments below!

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