Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? Music at the Getty, underwater parks and an MLK parade

Arroyo Seco Parkway.
Arroyo Seco Parkway.
waltarrrrr/Flickr Creative Commons

As the sun continues to shine and the smoke subsides, kick back and get ready to enjoy this three-day weekend. Go green and partake in a local gardening lesson; celebrate the Lunar New Year; and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Get fancy and ride your bike

(Photo: Velo Citi/Cicle LA)

Grab your Saturday's best and head on over to the Arroyo for a Tweed, Moxie & Mustaches Ride. Sponsored by Metro and C.I.C.L.E., bike riders will wear old timey tweed and woolens while riding the historic path. The family-friendly ride is under 10 miles and will be led by trained volunteers.

When: Meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.

Where: Highland Park Gold Line Station, 203 N. Avenue 58, Los Angeles CA 90042 | Accessible by Metro Gold Line; Metro Buses 81, 83, 256, and Dash Highland Park/Eagle Rock

Price: Free | RSVP here 

2. A date with Mother Nature 

(Photo: waltarrrrr/flickr Creative Commons)

Sow your favorite seeds at a community gardening event put together by UCLA students and the American Indian Family Partnership staff. Mingle with new friends and prepare to get your hands dirty for some lessons in gardening and healthy living. 

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus | MAP

Price: Free 

3. Take advantage of free admission to The Autry

Art of the West

In light of MLK Day, The Autry is offering free admission Monday. Peruse historical and contemporary art from the West; see iconic firearms; and experience the life of a Chinese American family in the 1930s. Click here for a list of exhibits and installations. 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

Where: Autry National Center | MAP

Price: Free

4. Underwater Parks Day

Promo video

Spend the day at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrating ocean conservation during its 6th annual Underwater Parks Day. Expect lessons on marine-protected areas located throughout Southern California. Talk to experts and enjoy a plethora of interactive activities. Pro tip: Bring a chair and hit the adjacent beach afterwards; it's expected to reach a high of 73 degrees. 

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium | MAP

Price: Free 

5. Watch Krar Collective perform live at the Getty

Krark Collective

Rock out to traditional Ethiopian songs performed by Krar Collective, also known as "the White Stripes of Ethiopia." Expect spunky dance moves, eclectic rock beats and colorful percussion instruments. See for yourself in the video above. 

When: 7 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium | MAP

Price: Free 

6. Paint a mural and celebrate MLK Day with City Year 

(City Year/flickr Creative Commons)

Bust out the glitter and get creative with City Year Los Angeles. Join the nonprofit organization Monday to create inspiring and educational murals for the students at Horace Mann Middle School. Lunch will be provided, but make sure you RSVP.

When: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday; Registration starts at 8:15 a.m.

Where: Horace Mann Middle School | MAP

Price: Free | To RSVP, contact Zachary Metzinger at 

7. Freedom Day Parade 

Watch last year's parade

CORE-CA will host its annual Freedom Day Parade Monday. Expect inspirational speeches and marching band performances. The parade is "in recognition of the 85th birthday of Dr. King and Larry Grant who so greatly honored him with a parade for the past 33 years," the organization writes on its site. 

When: 9:30 a.m. 

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Western and Crenshaw | MAP

Price: Free 

8. See the Iliad at The Broad Stage

The Broad Stage is bringing back Homer’s epic Iliad poem with a new contemporary performance. LA Times' Charles McNulty writes: "The tone is conversational, almost improvisatory. The rhetoric soars for moments with battlefield exploits but then is brought back down to our contemporary idiom to close the gap between this ancient mythological world and our own." Catch this Trojan War tale Friday through Sunday at the Santa Monica venue.

When: 8 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Broad Stage | MAP

Price: Prices vary Use promo code "ILIAD" to receive $20 off the regular ticket price to any Iliad show (online and Box Office). College /K-12 students receive $20 tickets, purchased directly through the Box Office. | Purchase tickets here

9. Lunar New Year Festival at the Pacific Asia Museum

(Photo: USC Pacific Asia Museum)

Celebrate the year of the horse and ring in the New Year again with dance and drums Saturday. The Pacific Asia Museum will host its fourth annual Lunar New Year Festival with free museum tours, performances, crafts and demonstrations. What's your zodiac animal sign? Brush up here

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday | Click here for a schedule of events 

Where: Pacific Asia Museum | MAP

Price: Free 

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