Explore LA: free, entertaining and educational things to do

Still buzzing from Heart of LA? So are we. It’s hard to match the fun we all had together in the car-free streets last Sunday, but, fortunately, you can keep some level of fun going this week. LA is full of free entertainment, and this first full week of December isn’t any different. There’s holiday crafting, winter art installations, some great stuff at libraries, and more through which you can explore your city without spending a penny.  


December 7

  • Revisit the ancient art of laserdisc collecting at “21 Collections: Every Object Has A Story,” featuring Alex Luu's Laserdisc Collection. It starts at 1 pm at the Hollywood Library and includes a lecture on the “unique history of the Laserdisc, how it came about, and the ways the Laserdisc revolutionized home video.” https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/21-collections-every-object-has-story-0

December 8


  • Support independent makers while you shop for gifts at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown for the Renegade Craft Fair. Reportedly “the fair all other fairs aspire to,” this traveling marketplace is home to the best contemporary indie craft artists. https://www.renegadecraft.com/city/los-angeles

December 9

  • Calling all aspiring young makers and crafters! Starting at 1 pm, the Makers Fest at The California African American Museum will have maker stations led by local artists. Kids and adults can learn to make garlands, ornaments, collages, and decoupage. All materials are provided and you’ll leave with some handmade treasures. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caam-makers-fest-tickets-49411943453?aff=erelexpmlt


  • African Dance class from 12 - 2 pm with Debbie Allen (wow!) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts on the Promenade Terrace. All ages and levels are welcome and class will be accompanied by live drummers! http://thewallis.org/dancesundays#


  • There’s no better place to indulge than Smorgasburg LA from 10 am - 4 pm at the Alameda Produce Market in DTLA. http://la.smorgasburg.com/