Los Angeles Free Friday

May 14, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Doesn’t everyone love the word “Free?”

Of course, for most, it’s means exactly what it’s supposed to mean; not spending any money to get what it is you’re supposed to be gettin’. In the world of the “Free,” most have to spend a little to get where it is you’re going–but once there the admission is free. And with that thought in mind–hopefully a good time is in stall for all.

Besides who doesn’t like bike rides, art, music, and even a historical walk? When you add the word “free” to these events, their allure only keeps increasing.

In a nutshell, that’s what Travelin’ Local’s Los Angeles Free Friday’s is all about–the free events happening around LA each weekend; and there are plenty of them going on this weekend.

For two days filled with art, artists, food, demonstrations, and kid-friendly activities, the Affaire in the Garden Show in Beverly Hills is the place to be. From ceramics to printmaking, to drawings to paintings, every form of art and artist will be represented. Encompassing a full four city blocks in Beverly Hills, the Garden Show is only held twice a year, so head over to Beverly Gardens Park on Saturday and Sunday, between 10am to 6pm.

With the beginning and ending of this guided walk at the Lion Fountain in the Town Plaza, Tour de Culver City invites everyone regardless of age or ability to participate. Hosted by the Culver City Historical Society, this walk will also feature portions of the Culver City Pedestrian Network Initiative proposed Improvements. Town Plaza is located at 9500 Culver Blvd. in Culver City, and the Tour starts on Saturday, May 15th at 10am.

On Saturday, May 15th, from 9am to 6pm, the Venice Recreation Center, located at the corner of Ocean Front Walk and Windward Ave, will be hosting Greenerfest, a s free concert festival to promote eco-friendly products and technologies, and to celebrate nature and sustainable living. With a full schedule of musicians and activities, the day is sure to be both “green” and fun.

If you enjoyed the music at Greenerfest, but still crave more, Santa Monica is hosting a concert at the North Entry Courtyard at 6th Street, across from the YMCA. With its blend of American folk, bluegrass and the western music duo of Fur Dixon & Steve Werner, don’t forget to bring your cowboy hats. If it rains, we’ll head indoors to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, but we’re counting on sunshine.

Do you ride a bike? Then the Frank Lloyd Wride tour (Frank Lloyd Wright), is for you. Will Campbell will be leading a tour of the famed architect’s four Hollywood Hills residences: the Ennis, Hollyhock, Freeman and Storer houses of his signature block system of construction. Be warned, this ride is about 20 miles with some climbing and probably a stop on the way for nun-baked pumpkin bread from The Monastery of the Angels, with Musso & & Frank’s after, for flannel cakes. To join this adventure, meet Will at SilverSun Plaza in Silver Lake, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Parkman Avenue at 10am, Saturday, May 15th.

If you’re in the Long Beach area, be sure to stop by on Sunday morning for the Long Beach Pride Parade. The official Parade starts at 10:30am, but early arrivals who show their pride, might receive Free Admission to the 2010 Long Beach Pride Festival, exclusive Long Beach Pride merchandise, and much more! The parade hot spot kicks off at 9:30am, at Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd., at Bixby Park. The location provides plenty of shade and a community gathering spot for anyone watching the parade

So, there you have it. Now, let’s go out there and have a little Free Fun…………………..

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