Free weekend? Here are 7 cheap ways to hang like a local

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It's time to forget the weight of the week and enjoy all the cheap things L.A. has to offer. This weekend, we're hanging like locals: exploring the stars, watching some roller derby, paddle boating with hipsters, eating organic and brushing up on our survival skills.

Here's everything you need to know:  


1. Drink beer and get cray while watching L.A. Derby Dolls

Roller derby: the only place where can you cheer on ladies by the names Demolicious and California Roll while drinking PBR and hanging with friends. The L.A. Derby Dolls is a league of more than 150 skaters and volunteers divided into five teams who compete on a banked track. The game is aggressive and the crowds are relentless. 

Pro tip: Grab a cup of coffee or a Redbull beforehand. You're going to need the caffeine to hang with this group. Want to brush up on the game? Here are the rules and a glossary

When: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: L.A. Derby Dolls | MAP

Price: $18 and up | Purchase tickets here

(Photo: L.A. Derby Dolls) 


2. Explore the galaxy underneath the summer sky

Pinpoint your favorite constellations and watch this weekend's meteor shower amid crickets and wildlife at the  Summer Star Festival Saturday. Moorpark College astronomy professor Hal Jandorf will lead an exclusive constellation tour; you’ll also have the chance to use state-of-the-art telescopes from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Expect a live performance by local fifth-grade musicians and the Ranger Band at 7:30 p.m.

Pro tip: Attendees are encouraged to bring a flashlight with a red lens or a red cellophane filter.

RELATED: Perseids of interest: Pro tips for shooting this weekend's meteor shower

When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Paramount Ranch | MAP

Price: Free

(Photo: Paul Jerry/Flickr)


3. Pedal Echo Park Lake 

Echo Park Lake is officially open; it's time to enjoy the scenery from the water! See views of downtown Los Angeles while pedaling around lotuses and cooling off in a splendid fountain. Pedal boating is just like riding a bike. Watch the excitement unfold: 

Pro tip: Bring cash because there are no credit card machines available.  

When: Pedal boats are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days a week; Gondola and canoes are available 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Where: Echo Park Lake | MAP

Price: $5.00 per child (minimum age 2); $10.00 per adult 


4. Take free archery lessons at El Dorado

Get a crash course on archery and show off your “Hunger Games” swagger as you make your way through the perilous routes of El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Equipment is provided and all levels are welcome. 

Pro tip: Lessons are free, but parking is $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.

When: Advanced lessons at 9 a.m.; intermediate lessons at 10 a.m.; beginner lessons at 11 a.m. Saturday 

Where: El Dorado Regional Park | MAP 

Price: Free

(Photo: Alan/Flickr)

 


5. Buy fresh food and shop the streets of Old Pasadena

Organic avocados, fresh hummus and homemade tamales. Find all that and more at this long-awaited farmer's market in Old Pasadena. The city's newest addition offers residents and visitors yet another chance to buy fresh and local. Vendors include Diane's BakeryAroma OrchidsAtkins Nursery and Fisherman's CatchHere's a glimpse into the market from LA Weekly

Pro tip: Take the Metro to avoid paying to park. And ditch the dog because they're not permitted under California health code. 

Where: Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue | MAP

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays 

Price: Free 

(Photo: Namlhots/Flickr)


6. Snap shots of the Hollywood sign with rooftop yoga 

Escape city life and enjoy a relaxing morning on the rooftop of L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Expect to see a beautiful skyline and the Hollywood sign in this refreshing yoga session with "Trainer Jake." Water and hand towels are provided. 

Pro tip: Break the rules and reward yourself afterwards with a trip to Sprinkles ATM for a delicious cupcake.

When: 11 a.m. to noon Sundays through September 29.                  

Where: L'Ermitage Beverly HillsMAP 

Price: $10

(Photo: Genna U./Yelp)


7. Watch 'Back to the Future' at Grand Park

Turn back time and head over to Grand Park for a free screening of the '80s classic “Back to the Future.” Bring a blanket and indulge in food trucks, which include Street Kitchen, El Burger Luchador, Corn Heaven and A Rockin Ice. 

Pro tip: If you take the Metro,you'll get a pair of free Grand Park sunglasses.

When: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Grand Park | MAP

Price: Free


What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know in comments. 

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