Free weekend? Garden party, Insta marathon and Street Food Cinema

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The weekend is young, which means it's not too late to celebrate National Tequila Day. But if you aren't in the mood to throw back margaritas, that's OK because we've got a list of almost-free events for all you weekend warriors.

Here's everything you need to know: 


Photo: Sometimes there's even celeb appearances

Meltdown Comics is hosting an interactive storytelling show Friday where most performers will be telling seemingly true tales. But someone's faking it. And it's your job to figure out who. 

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Meltdown Comics | MAP

Price: $8 in advance, $10 at the door


Photo: A preview

The Independent Shakespeare Company is back with its annual summer performances. The weekend event kicks of with the comedy "The Taming of the Shrew." "Freewheeling, inclusive and a bit anarchic," the festival includes concessions, performances, family events and workshops. Can't make it this time around? Performances of "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew" will run through August 31. 

When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday 

Where: Old Zoo in Griffith Park | MAP

Price: Free

3. Dance Downtown: K-Pop dance lessons!

The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles is offering free dance lessons, in addition to live bands and DJs all summer long. This weekend's dance theme: K-Pop. Brush up on your Gang Nam Style routine and add some new K-Pop moves to your dance catalog. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday 

Where: The Music Center | MAP

Price: Free 

4. Street Food Cinema: "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Enjoy live music by A House For Lions and a plethora of food trucks including Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones and Mexicalbi, prior to settling in for an outdoor viewing of The Wolf of Wall Street. The critically acclaimed movie explores the extraordinarily decadent and drug-filled life of Jordan Belfort, a corrupt stockbroker in the 90s. 

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Exposition Park | MAP

Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, free for children under 5



Video: An introduction

Co-founded by former LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly and current Los Angeles Times Arts and Entertainment editor Laurie Ochoa, Slake is not your typical throwaway mag. It's a "collectible" literary journal "devoted to the endangered art of deeply reported narrative journalism." Writers John Albert, Jonathan Gold and Lauren Weedman will read their contributions at Skylight Books Saturday. 

When: 5 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Skylight Books | MAP

Price: Free 


(Photo: Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

Enter the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's garden of fun Friday where you can sip on cocktails and dance to a live DJ — all while making art and learning to pot succulents. NHM's newest series combines libations and entertainment for a choose-your-own-adventure kind of night. Bring a picnic or eat from a food truck. Click here for a full list of activities. 

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: NHM | MAP

Price: Free 


Tweet: Free admission

Can't get enough Insta? Join a group of artists at ForYourArt's Mini-Marathon Saturday. Moderated by art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, guests will present a range of images from the photo sharing app. Discover cool accounts and learn ways to boost followers. This is going to be #InstaGood.

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Million Dollar Theatre | MAP

Price: Use code “FYAFRIEND” to reserve free tickets here

8. MPK Night Market

This Friday night marks Monterey Park's first installment of its very first night market. Enjoy nearly 25 food trucks and a bountiful farmers market. Not in the mood to gorge yourself on delicious and awesome food? Check out the art walk, the Beatles tribute show or the 626 BBoy Battle. You can also just relax and take it all in at the beer and wine garden. 

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Barnes Park | MAP

Price: Free admission 

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