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Having Fun on the Cheap - Los Angeles

Use PSJD's "Having Fun on the Cheap" pages, which are compiled by locals, to learn how to stretch your paycheck and maximize your fun while completing an internship or working in a big city. Contact us at psjd@nalp.org if you have resources to contribute.  Thanks.

Free Things to Do

 

Browse Like a Rockstar: A favorite of many LA-based celebs, Amoeba music maintains a robust collection of vinyl, CD’s, and occasionally free live music.

Chinatown: One of the largest and most active Asian communities in the United States in centered in downtown Los Angeles. See the sights or have some tasty dim sum!

Disney Hall: Even if tickets for the LA Phil are a bit out of your price range, Disney Hall is an architectural wonder that can be toured on your own or with a group.

Drive Down Mulholland: One of LA’s most elite addresses is also one of its most scenic drive. Many celebrities live on this twisty road, and have for the better part of the twentieth century.

Gaze at the Stars: In addition to being home to many celebrities, Los Angeles also hosts the world-renown Griffith Observatory. Take a look up at the real stars and walk around the grounds where James Dean and Natalie Wood frolicked in Rebel Without a Cause.

Getty Center: One of the better known museums on the West Coast, this landmark is also free to the public. If you crave more, consider seeing the less-known Getty Villa, which hosts many free events and lectures throughout the year. A stroll to through the Roman Gardens will make you forget that you’re in Los Angeles, but make sure you get your free timed ticket in advance.

Hike up to the Hollywood Sign: No one gets all the way up to the sign itself, but take a drive up in the neighborhoods surrounding Griffith Park and you will find yourself close.

Palisades Park: A great place for a job or to view the sunset over the Pacific.

Third Street Promenade: A perfect spot for people watching, Third Street Promenade has also served as the background in many television shows and movies.

Walk with the Stars: One of LA’s most iconic symbols, the Walk of Fame features celebrities memorialized here by the film community.

Cheap Things to Do

Cemetery Movie Screenings: Hollywood Forever is equal parts movie theater, landmark, and… cemetery. A movie theatre often featured in the movies, this hallowed ground will still charge you for tickets per person, but provides free parking.

Diddy Riese: One of Westwood’s most popular spots is a wonderful place to get a cheap dessert with the UCLA crowd!

Echo Park: Located in one of LA’s trendiest neighborhoods, Echo Park offers inexpensive warm weather activities such as boating- which with California weather, you can enjoy year round!

La Brea Tar Pits: In a city of unique people and places, the La Brea Tar Pits are among the most distinct landmarks. Discover LA’s rich geological history for under $10 per person.

LA Connection Comedy Theatre: A wonderful place to enjoy some improve for less than most LA venues charge. Who knows… the standup comedian you’re watching might be the next big sitcom star!

Pink’s Hotdogs: Few things favored by celebrities can be called cheap, but Pink’s Hotdogs is an exception. Since 1939, Pink’s has been serving up dogs for just about everyone who passes through the City of Angels.

More Resources

Even LA natives rely on Not for Tourists to find services and fun things to do.

Check out LosAngeles.com for a guide to events and attractions, as well as places to eat.

Timeout LA has a great list of things to do, and suggestions for making yourself at home on the west coast