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Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to hang like a local

Birds fly across the sky at daybreak over the downtown Los Angeles skyline on December 14, 2011.
Birds fly across the sky at daybreak over the downtown Los Angeles skyline on December 14, 2011.

In between your weekend shopping excursions to find the best Halloween costume ever, take a break and enjoy the city like a true Angeleno. Consider drinks at the Rabbit Hole, live horse racing, the sounds of '60s funk or mysteries of old school Hollywood. 

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Join Alice in Wonderland at the Rabbit Hole

Plush couches and vintage books cover the shelves of this dimly-lit bar sandwiched between local eateries and clubs in the San Gabriel Valley. The Rabbit Hole boasts a strong collection of cocktails and decor inspired by the characters of "Alice in Wonderland" — stop by this weekend for $2 beers during happy hour. Be sure to look at the ceiling: you'll be greeted by an upside-down lawn infested with bunnies and neon lamps. 

Price: No entrance fee, but you might want to bring some cash if you're drinking for the night.

Where: Rabbit Hole | MAP

When: Catch happy hour deals from 8 to 10 p.m. every day

2. Watch live horse racing at Santa Anita Park

(Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Brush up on your betting lingo and head over to Santa Anita Park for a day of live racing in front of a scenic backdrop. Every Saturday and Sunday, the park hosts a Family Fun Zone where kids can partake in pony and carnival rides, among other activities. This weekend's racing is a part of Santa Anita's four-week Autumn Meet, which will culminate with the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1 and 2. 

When: 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Where: Santa Anita Park | MAP

Price: General admission is $5 | Purchase tickets here 

3. Play that funky music

Bust out a good pair of soles and get your adrenaline pumping with funky '60s and '70s vinyl-inspired soul music at the Echo on Saturday. Enjoy some booze and dance it off to tunes courtesy of DJ Music Man Miles all night long.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday 

Where: The Echo | MAP

Price: Free before 10:30 p.m., $5 after

4. A ghost walk, wine and Old Hollywood 

(Photo: Joost Assink/Flickr Creative Commons) 

Dress up in your best film noir and tour hidden Hollywood while sipping fancy cocktails at the 3rd Annual Spirit of Old Hollywood Sunday. Pack an extra shawl or cardigan — you'll need it for the chilling ghost walk led by celebrity psychic Patti Negri. 

Where: Hollywood Athletic Club | MAP

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Price: $35 | Purchase tickets here 

5. A family-friendly (and free) movie night

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If you want to keep it PG and invite the entire family, catch a screening of the beautifully animated film "Coraline" out in Bluffs Park Friday.  Bring three canned food items and you'll get in for free. Expect to participate in a haunted maze. Warning: Ghosts, goblins and other creatures may appear. 

Where: Bluffs Park | MAP

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Price: $5 for movie; free if you bring three canned food items. 

6. Yoga. Beer. Repeat. 

(Photo: Michael Fajardo/Flickr Creative Commons)

Practice the art of yoga while letting out the stress of the week. Enjoy a 90-minute Vinyasa Flow class at 9:30 a.m. on the green while participating in rejuvenating Ashtanga poses. When you're all sweaty and exhausted, just keep in mind that you'll be rewarded with a nice cold beer. 

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Golden Road Brewery | MAP

Price: $10 includes yoga session and beer 


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