Los Angeles Free Friday

Jul 09, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yes, the weekend is here. Hard to believe but who’s to argue with good things? Anyway, more germane and to the point, this weekend, besides it being summer and all that involves with summer related activities to do, we’ve assembled what we believe to be some of the more interesting, educational, fun and of course, free things to do this weekend.

Oh, and by the way, if anyone asks how you found out about what’s going on around town, tell them “Why Travelin’ Local’s Free Friday, of course!.” Anyway for this week’s edition of Los Angeles Free Friday, you might want to do a little walking or a little learning–don’t yank at your wallet yet–all the events listed are free, so what are you waiting for?

If you’re up for a little hike on Saturday, July 10th, you can join The Big Stroll. Starting at 8:00am at the corner of Pico Ave. and Main St. in downtown Los Angeles, The Big Stroll’s goal is to walk, at a fairly moderate pace, until the sand of the Pacific is reached. In all, it’s about 14.4 miles. Seeing LA from the ground level is the best way to experience the various cultures and neighborhoods. Here’s the map so you can visualize the route:

View The Big Stroll in a larger map

Folk Art Everywhere is hosting two walking events this weekend. On Saturday, July 10th starting at about 11:00am and lasting until 1:00pm, the Leimert Park tour starts at the sculpture-like home of artist Timothy Washington, and then moves on with a visit to 3 amazing sites in downtown Leimert Park; Lucy Florence Cultural Center, Eso Won Books, and Adassa’s Island Café. At the last 3 stops, you’ll meet the shop owners, who will briefly talk about their spaces. Because this tour is starting at a private residence, the address isn’t given out, but please feel free to RSVP for the tour at workshops@cafam.org or if you decide to join at the last minute, Heidi Zeller, the Project Manager of Folk Art Everywhere, has graciously offered to accept the RSVP via her cell phone, (310)415.9451. Thanks, Helen.

On Sunday, July 11th, Folk Art Everywhere will host another walking tour featuring Boyle Heights. Beginning at La Casa del Mariachi, 1831 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, from 11:30pm until 1:00pm, you’ll meet the area’s expert and shop owner, who’ll briefly talk about the art of making mariachi garments and accessories, with many gorgeous examples on display. After that, the neighborhood tour will be lead by James Rojas. No RSVP is necessary for this tour. For both tours, don’t forget to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Billed as “LA’s largest outdoor Green Festival,” the Venice Eco-Fest 2010, will be a day of learning about environmentally friendly products you can have in your home, green retrofits you might like to find out more about, and simple green solutions for everyday problems. All day music will be performed on a Solar-powered Sound Stage, a Kid’s and Family Court with exotic animals, interactive art and music shenanigans, plus a Venice Cooperative Art Exhibit and a delicious vegetarian food court. Starting on Saturday, July 10th at 10:00am and lasting until 6:00pm, the Venice Beach Recreation Area at Windward Ave. and Ocean Front Walk is where you can enter and enjoy the Venice Eco-Fest. Here’s a video of last year’s event:

Don’t forget about the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles’ events, tours, and exhibits which we wrote about yesterday and all of the Free Movies, Concerts, and Museum Days being held this weekend:

Subscribe via RSSIf you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or bringing Travelin’ Local home with you via the RSS feed.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Family, Recreation, SoCal
No Responses to “Los Angeles Free Friday”

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv Enabled