There is this massive perception that doing things in Los Angeles is or can be expensive. After living here for over five years, I have had my fair share of partaking in activities that were costly or not. Finding affordable things to do in LA wasn’t too hard than I expected.
The following activities I list are best for those who still don’t know some of the hidden cool things to do in LA. The best part about these options that they are at low or no cost to you!
Free (donation-based) Yoga in Echo Park Lake
Yoga is an everyday activity in Los Angeles. Many classes are happening daily, but not all of them are free. There are several donation-based classes but often will still suggest a minimum requirement.
In this case, I recommend checking out the yoga class held in Echo Park Lake held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM. An instructor is a young man who gives the class for free every or donation-based, which for him means whatever you can afford.
If you are looking to meet other fellow yogis, come through on the last Sunday of each month for Sunday Social. It’s a potluck right after class which is the best to mingle and possibly make a new friend.
Gallery Artwalks in Downtown Los Angeles
Every second Thursday of each month, there is a gallery art walk held in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) starting on Spring and Sixth. Many local artists come out to sell their handmade artwork on the street, and the art galleries open for free public viewing.
To begin, as a first-timer, I suggest going to the Art Lounge where you can collect the art walk map. The map indicates places you should walk to so you can view all the available art and showcases.
If you get hungry or thirsty, you will have numerous options for restaurants and bars to choose. These places typically offer specials only on that date due to the art walk. Come with dancing hips too because musicians and DJs like to show up and play music for the art walk.
Gallery Artwork in DTLA via LA Guide
Hike the Easton Canyon Trail in Pasadena
In Los Angeles, hikes are a common hobby for locals to have. Since the city is so vast and varies in types of nature, you’re capable of finding multiple beautiful hikes.
The most popular hike is located in Hollywood by the Hollywood Sign. However, that’s not one listed in the subheading. The hike I am referring to is called Eaton Canyon Trail located in Pasadena. It’s a waterfall hike with fewer people during the week compared to the Hollywood hikes.
The trail path is like a fun game since you have to leap onto one rock and another to avoid the creek. The hike sits between two tall canyons and consists of a foresty ambiance.
Once you have reached the waterfall, you can dip your toes into the water or go swimming.
Bike Riding From Santa Monica Pier to the Venice Boardwalk
Spend your Sunday fun day renting a bike close to the Santa Monica Pier!
Beginning on the bike lane in Santa Monica, you can ride along the beach, which leads you to Venice. Prices for bike rentals are affordable, starting between $12-25 per every two or four hours.
On your bike ride, you will notice all kinds of characters, artists, and performers. The Venice Boardwalk contains artsy stores and gift shops. If you become hungry, you can make a pit stop at restaurants located by the coast with a beautiful beach view.
There is an area where locals tend to come roller-blade and dance for the public. Sometimes live concerts are happening at the same time, which is set up on a small stage and free public viewing.
Lastly, you can end your ride by parking your bike, and sit on the beach to catch a sunset.
Abbot Kinney First Fridays in Venice
Every first Friday of the month, Abbot Kinney is turned into a walking maze where people can come view art and do some shopping.
Located in the heart of Venice, many merchants and vendors unite to showcase the best artists, products, and play music.
It’s a trendy activity to do, so leave your car behind and carpool. Doing so will prevent you from having difficulty in finding parking or navigating through crowds on Abbott Kinney.
Layout by the Rooftop Pools in Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles is known to have the best weather in the USA. Which means the chances to lay out by the pool at any time of the year is high. The two most popular pool(s) are located Downtown Los Angeles called the Freehand Hotel (my favorite) and the Ace Hotel.
Usually, the pools are free to enter. Though most of them are located in hotels so if it gets crowded, you might be asked to give up your seat for hotel guests.
The pool located at The Freehand Hotel is much larger than the one at The Ace Hotel. The decor is tropical with reggae music and has an epic DTLA skyline view. The pool sits beside a bar called the Broken Shaker, which you can order refreshing cocktails and mouthwatering foods.
Visit the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood
Located by Hollywood, take advantage of a panoramic view of Los Angeles and stargaze at the Griffith Observatory.
The famous place has telescopes where you can peek into the LA night skies and city. Griffith Observatory has exhibits inside and a wide selection of food and drinks.
Since it’s well-recognized, you will find yourself in crowds during the weekends. If you choose to come throughout the week, you will see how less crowded it is and also easier to find parking.
There are hikes located around the observatory. They are great for an intense workout and conclude with a beautiful view of Los Angeles.
Tour Free Museums Scattered in Los Angeles
At these different places, you can explore exhibits of all kinds and partake in special events. If you choose to attend a special occasion, you will most likely get an entry fee.
The most popular one is The Broad. You can RSVP ahead of time, so you don’t have to wait in a long line. If you don’t, you can still go, but make sure to get there super early since they only allow a certain number of guests to enter.
Want More? Take my advice by using the site, Eventbrite to look up affordable activities on specific dates of your choosing!