LACMA – Free Live Music & Movie Nights

Jazzy Friday’s Girl’s Night Picnic Under the Stars!

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Finally got to check out the Friday Night Jazz concert series and Late Summer Hours at LACMA. Last night was so much fun! I’m not sure if you are actually allowed to bring booze to your picnic but we noticed a lot of red cups and we brought a bottle of wine that we poured into disposable pink cups we brought along as well ūüėČ If you don’t feel like walking on the wild side, there is a cafe & bar next to the lawn where the free concerts are held for your drinking pleasure. LACMA is offering some really great free entertainment this summer through the end of August and Jazz through Novermber! I’ve compiled a list of fun free LACMA events for you all Angelino’s to check out if you haven’t done so already.

Friday Night Jazz

LACMA will host *free* “Friday Night Jazz Concerts”¬†on the lawn through the summer and into November! Concert starts at 6pm and goes till about 8pm. Bring a blanket and a basket of food and enjoy a lovely evening picnic under the stars while you listen to the sexy sounds of the jazz horns.

Late Summer Hours

Make a whole night of it on Friday and reserve your *free tickets* to take a stroll through the free exhibits after your jazzy evening picnic. “Late Summer Hours” include¬†free exhibits¬†at LACMA that stay open until 11pm! Make sure to take advantage of this promotion that ends August 30th. Please visit LACMA Late Summer Hours to view free exhibits and ¬†reserve tickets.

Latin Sounds

Put on your salsa shoes and check out “Latin Sounds” every Saturday at 5pm through August 31st. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the¬†latest sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Los Angeles from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The music program presents the wide range of music from indigenous work to contemporary blends and Salsa from prominent Latin musicians.

Outdoor Film Series

LACMA is hosting a *free* Outdoor Tim Burton Sampler Film Series in Hancock park starting August 5th РAugust 31st from 8pm-10pm.

Tuesday Matinees

The Tuesday Matinees are not free but are really affordable at only $4 for the general public and $2 for seniors & LACMA members every Tuesday. Enjoy Hollywood classic on 35mm. Click here to for times & movies.

A hike to our “Secret Garden” in Los Angeles

Amir's Garden, Griffith Park

Amir’s Garden, Griffith Park

Hank and I stumbled upon this discovery on one of our hiking adventures, and it has become one of our favorite hikes! Amir’s garden is a hidden LA treasure. ¬†It is a beautiful¬†volunteer kept garden and rest stop for Griffith Park hikers and equestrians.

What make’s this a unique hike is the gorgeous picnic area amidst the lush flowering greenery. Hank and I like to take our occasional tag-along hikers here for a surprise picnic lunch after our hike. There are two main picnic areas at the entrance to the garden, but the most fun is finding a nice table in a hidden nook, as there are plenty of picnic areas concealed through out the garden!

The vistas from the trail are spectacular! Overseeing Glendale towards the Verdugo and San Gabriel Mountains, with the best view being at the top of the mountain. Once you have reached Amir’s garden, you are welcomed with fantastic views of the city, stretching out beyond downtown. Make sure to walk around and explore the garden for breathtaking panoramas of the infamous Los Angeles skyline.

The trail to Amir’s garden is an uphill hike, and only about a 1 mile round trip! Even though you are ¬†ascending up the mountain for most of the hike, its short distance makes this an easy hike.¬†This is a great hike for beginners because it’s a great work-out getting up to the picnic area & garden and if you come prepared like Hank & I, you get a yummy reward at the end!

The other great thing about this hike is that If you are a more experienced hiker looking for a more challenging adventure, this trail actually connects to the Mount Hollywood trail that offers an amazing 360 degree vista of the whole city which includes the San Gabriel mountains, the famous Hollywood sign, the downtown skyline, an overhead view of the Griffith Park Observatory. On a good clear day you can even see all the way out to the Santa Monica coastline. If you are super hard-core you can actually take the Mount Hollywood trail all the way to the Observatory.

The easiest way to pick up the trail is to start at the Griffith Park, Mineral Wells Picnic Area. Find the fire road that heads up the mountain from the grassy picnic area. Finding this “secret garden” is a bit of a stumble-as-you-go experience that in my opinion only adds to the fun and wonder once you reach it. But here’s a helpful tip, if you have reached the water tower at the top of the hill you are half-way there! Continue to follow the trail and enjoy the journey! I guarantee the destination is well worth the effort.

Please visit¬†http://amirsgarden.org/index.html¬†for more information about the garden’s history, the founder, and the volunteer co-op that maintain the grounds for us all to enjoy.

For directions & map to Griffith Park’s Mineral Wells Picnic Area go to:¬†http://california.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,2129996,n,mineral%20wells%20picnic%20area.cfm

Bon Voyage, Happy Hiking, and we will see you at the garden.

Love, Z