Free weekend? Beach party, Strawberry Festival and outdoor 'Say Anything,' 'Thor'

Balboa Pier, California.
Balboa Pier, California.
Photo: Corey Thompson/Flickr

Spring is back! And we're planning your three-day weekend — on a budget. Get ready for free improv, butterflies at the Natural History Museum and two great outdoor movie screenings. This is going to be a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. 

Here's everything you need to know: 


Watch the trailer

Catch a live concert from Silver Lake locals Decorator before a screening of the '80s classic "Say Anything." Watch John Cusack bring back the boombox in Street Food Cinema's celebration of the flick's 25th anniversary. Food trucks will be in abundance: Dogtown Dogs, Grilled Cheese Truck, The Lime Truck, Mercedes Binge, Sweet E's and more. 

When: Doors open 5:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Where: Exposition Park | MAP

Price: $17 reserved seating; $12 general; $6 children; Free for children under 5 | Purchase tix here


One day, four stages, thirteen hours, 150+ improv teams. This year’s festival will take place at the Artworks and Oh My Ribs theaters in Hollywood. Expect nonstop indie improv featuring teams including two musical improv hours and a hip-hop block. There are no tickets and no admission charges, so just show up (eat from the food trucks) and donate what you can.

Here's a glimpse of what to expect. This L.A. Horror Story is pretty funny:

Watch this.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday to Sunday

Where: Artworks and Oh My Ribs | MAP

Price: Free


What Pirate Coast Paddle is all about

Pirate Coast Paddle Company is hosting a beach party – and you're invited! It's teaming up with Charity Water to help provide clean and safe drinking water to developing nations. Stop by for good food and booze, paddleboarding and a bounce house for the kids. We're most excited for the live music and champagne at sunset.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina| MAP

Price: Free


It's like Rock Band. But with a real live band. Choose from more than 200 songs and perform up front with musicians from L.A.'s underground music scene. Meet the band here — They look totally '80s and totally cool. Here's the song book. Start practicing. 

When: 9 p.m. Sunday 

Where: The Echo| MAP

Price: Free


Fresh strawberries, a massive paradetons of rides and free strawberry shorkcake. It's the 56th annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. The official giant strawberry cake cutting ceremony will take place 6 p.m. Friday. Admission is free, but the rides are going to cost youWin a free wristband here. Schedule of events here.

When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

Where: Downtown Garden Grove | MAP

Price: Free 


Watch the trailer

Marvel comic fan? (Or perhaps you just enjoy looking at Chris Hemsworth.) Pack a picnic and head over to Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles to watch Thor on a 20' screen. The free viewing is a part of the city's Friday Night Spring Flicks. More details here. Future screenings here

When: 8 p.m. Friday 

Where: Pershing Square | MAP

Price: Free


The Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is now open. Enjoy the company of more than 30 native North American butterfly species and an array of plants. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life and emerge with a better understanding of the environment. 

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: National History Museum of Los Angeles County | MAP

Price: $12 adults; $5 children; free for children 2 and under; $9 college students, seniors |  Purchase tickets here

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