Bring on the BBQs. And the cheap events. Rarely do we get a three-day weekend so let's take advantage. Here are seven fun and almost-free things to do with your time off. Want to know if your city is hosting a fireworks show? Click here.
You've been working like a dog. Celebrate the end of your four-day week with "A Hard Day's Night" at Cinefamily. The film features — you guessed it — The Beatles. Travel back to 1964 and watch these four young lads survive pools of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Cinefamily | MAP
Price: $15 | Purchase tix here
(Photo: Doug Carlson/Flickr)
Substitute food for booze at the Aquarium of the Pacific Friday. Its BBQ menu looks impressive: Hamburgers and hotdogs — plus smoked beef brisket, brown sugar baked beans, housemade macaroni and cheese and more. The entire aquarium (except Lorikeet Forest) will be open to explore through 8:30 p.m. After visiting with the mammals, step outside to see the City of Long Beach's fireworks display.
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific | MAP
Price: $14.95 for everyone after 5:00 p.m. | Purchase tix here
Grand Park is bringing back the block party with live music and fireworks. There will be three stages set up around downtown Los Angeles with an all-day line-up. (We're excited about Phantogram; see video above.) Bring your own food, grab something from a food truck or eat at a discounted price from one of these local restaurants. Share your pics and use the hashtag #GO4THDTLA. Pro tip: The Grill at Hollywood and Highland offers ready to-go picnic bags starting at $32.95, which includes enough for two to four people.
When: 4 p.m. Friday; fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Grand Park | MAP
Can't catch a view of fireworks from your backyard? Visit the Rose Bowl to see "the largest fireworks show in Southern California." Expect live motorcycle stunts and performances by the Grammy-nominated Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. Pro tip: Look for the fanfest in Area H for food, drinks and inflatable rides.
When: Festivities start at 2 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Where: Rose Bowl | MAP
Price: General admission is $13 per person
You must make it to one of Grand Performances' free shows hidden behind Blue Cow at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Saturday's performance is curated by the L.A. label Stones Throw Records and features turntable skills, reggae and old school-influenced funk. Artists include Peanut Butter Wolf, DâM-Funk and the Lions. Don't miss the breakdance contest where local kids bust out their best moves.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Grand Performances | MAP
In the mood for American folk and bluegrass? Then head over to The Echo for live music and a Sunday BBQ. The event is free for all ages and includes performances from Rose's Pawn Shop, Patrolled By Radar, Cashew & Cleary, Creekwood and Kip Boardman.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Echo | MAP
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