This summer you can help conserve energy by taking advantage of all the amazing outdoor spaces Southern California has to offer. Plus, while you’re out, you can turn off your AC and save on your energy bill!
Check out some of our favorite places to spend some time in the sun:
- Listen to free jazz at LACMA. One of L.A.’s best free live music offerings, Jazz at LACMA has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell and Arturo Sandoval. Celebrating over twenty years at the museum, the April-to-November series continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable (and beloved) programs.
- Spend a surfside afternoon in Santa Monica. Take a walk along the palm and eucalyptus-lined bluffs and it becomes obvious why tourists flock to Santa Monica. With the beach on one side and mountains on another, it’s the essence of that postcard picture of Southern California’s coastline.
- Enjoy open-air dining at Grand Central Market. In the heart of Downtown L.A. is this European-style food hall, which has been operating on the ground floor of the iconic Homer Laughlin Building since 1917.
- Go to a Dodger game and find cheap eats afterwards. There’s no dearth of cheap eats in L.A., especially on the Eastside. So if you’re looking for somewhere to host a celebratory meal after a Dodgers game, check out twelve best budget places to eat near Dodger Stadium.
- Get to know the Downtown Arts District. It may seem like a no man’s land at first glance, but the Downtown Arts District is a whole ‘nother beast when you take a closer look. Equal parts warehouse wasteland and burgeoning hub for L.A.’s young, professional and creative, the enigmatic Downtown Arts District is the city’s most exciting neighborhood right now.
- Visit the L.A. Zoo at night. See the zoo in a whole new light at Roaring Nights, a special after-hours exploration series. Those 18 and up can roam the zoo on their own or learn from pop-up zookeeper talks and live animal encounters.
- Stargaze for free at a Public Star Party. Want to admire the moon and constellations up close, but don’t have your own powerful telescope at home? Not to worry, Griffith Observatory has you covered with their popular (and free) monthly Public Star Parties.