From free museum visits, live music and jaw-dropping art installations, this weekend is guaranteed to be fun-filled without breaking the bank. Of course, some of our LA favorites are back in business (with safety precautions in place of course) and well worth the price of admission. We’re looking at you El Capitan Theater! For our must-do picks, scroll below.

Grand Park art installation

photo: Maurice de la Falaise

Live Weekend Entertainment at The Grove
Cue the music! Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for live entertainment as talented musicians perform for all of The Grove to hear. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Japanese American Museum Is Open
We’re open! Visit free for a limited time! Advance reservation required. We’ve missed you at the Japanese American National Museum. We are excited for your return to our galleries! Please see our new museum policies, including required advance tickets only, no walk-in visitors. Want to explore Little Tokyo more? We’ve got everything you need to know about Little Tokyo: From Fun Activities to Culture & Cuisine Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Why We Rise LA
WE RISE encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement and creative expression. Taking place during May: Mental Health Awareness Month, WE RISE includes a series of 21 art experiences; community pop-ups, hyperlocal activities across Los Angeles County neighborhoods; and a robust digital experience, offering original programs that can be enjoyed from anywhere. All installations and activities are meant to be viewed from a distance individually or in small groups, in order to remain COVID-safe while fostering community connection and collective healing. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Disney Movies at El Capitan Is Back
Catch a classic movie at the iconic El Capitan Theater! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Watch Will Rogers Polo Club Matches
The 2,000-year-old sport is alive and well at Will Rogers State Park, where you can spread out a blanket to watch the hoofs pound past you at the last remaining polo field in Los Angeles. Located on the former estate of actor/cowboy/humorist Will Rogers, who was an avid polo player himself, the Will Rogers Polo Club continues this ancient sport every weekend now through September. Sat. Event details.

Paws & Pages at Annenberg PetSpace
Visit Annenberg PetSpace for a socially-distanced story time, Pet Encounter, and take-home craft. Help your young reader build communication skills and self-confidence by reading with adoptable pets or listening to a story. This in-space experience includes a book reading, opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter ambassador, and craft demonstration with materials to take home and complete. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Live Music on the Green
Bring your blanket, a chair, sit on the grass or find a seat in Bella Terra’s newly finished Green area and enjoy live music by local artists. The Green is in front of Century Theaters. Park in the structure next to Costco. You can access the parking structure off Center Ave when exiting the 405 North or heading South on Beach Blvd. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Knott’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
Knott’s Berry Farm reopens on May 21 with limited capacity and new reservation requirements.The grand reopening to the general public sets off a summer-long, Knott’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. During the 100th anniversary celebration, guests can experience the brand-new Knott’s Bear-y Tales, meet new costumed characters and enjoy special evening entertainment as Knott’s Summer Nights returns with live music, DJs, and unique food and drink specialties. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Watch Angel Baseball
Play ball! The Los Angeles Angels return to the field at Angels Stadium. Fri-Sun. Event details.

Neon Jump Night
Neon Jump Night is Rockin’ Jump’s exclusive after-dark jump experience. The park features special strobes and black-lights along with all the top hits to make your night memorable. Make sure to wear white or glow-in-the-dark outfits to better stand out! Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Native Plant Garden Tour
Do you enjoy the natural wonders the coast of Southern California has to offer? Have you ever wanted to know more about the beautiful plants around you? Then join in on this California Native Plant tour! Come learn how to identify certain iconic native plants and hear about how native animals and people use them. You’ll also take a look at special adaptations that native plants have for survival. You’ll even have the opportunity to practice your naturalist art skills. Sun. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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