10 Free Things To Do In WeHoBy: Brittany Nicole La Hue
1) Hotel Music Series
Listen to free acoustic music in an awesome setting. The Andaz‘s Under the Covers series happens monthly on Wednesday nights. The Roxy Theatre owner Nic Adler hand-picks the featured cover musicians, and conducts a pre-show interview with them in an Andaz hotel room (hence the name, “Under the Covers.” For a poolside setting, visit The Standard Hollywood‘s weekly Wednesday night series, Desert Nights. You’ll listen to acoustic performances in the intimate, candlelit Cactus Lounge and sip drinks by The Standard’s expert bartenders.
2) Book Signings at Book Soup
Meet your favorite author, listen to a reading and get an autographed book or a picture at Book Soup in West Hollywood. The famous bookstore features author readings most nights a week, and admission is always free.
Find Book Soup’s schedule here: http://www.booksoup.com/author-events.asp
3) Get Healthy on Your Special Day
Why celebrate turning another year older by stuffing your face with cake and champagne? Add even more years to your life by claiming your free class and gym usage at Train West Hollywood! The gym wants to give you the very special birthday gift of fitness, so mark your calendar on your birthday.
4) Peruse the Sunset Strip Farmer’s Market
Relax after work or bring the family on an adventure Thursday nights at the Sunset Strip Farmer’s Market. Every Thursday night, the famous street hosts a nighttime farmer’s market full of produce, dairy and meat, food vendors and entertainment. While purchasing groceries for dinner costs money, there is often live music and entertainment which is always free for attendees.
5) Remodel Your Home at the Pacific Design Center
The Blue Building of the architecture masterpiece that is the Pacific Design Center is home to countless interior design showrooms. Bring a sketchpad, a camera and your questions: spend the day browsing for ideas for your current house or future dream home.
6) Get a Celebrity’s Autograph (And a Tasty Treat) at Millions of Milkshakes
Take a walk down the red carpet at Santa Monica Boulevard’s Millions of Milkshakes! You never know who’ll stop by. Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Heidi and Spencer, Mario Lopez and more have all stopped by the store to sign autographs, meet fans, take pictures and, of course, create their own drinks! Stop by on a regular day for a delicious celebrity-created treat. Or find out when a star is coming to town and get in line!
7) Take a Stroll down Famous Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood is also known as the world-famous Route 66 (which runs from the pier in Santa Monica beach to Chicago, Illinois). In West Hollywood, the street’s medians are home to larger-than-life modern art installations, grand fountains and greenery. West Hollywood is California’s most walkable city, after all, so test out that claim for yourself by burning calories and taking in the sites. If you get hungry on your 1.9 mile adventure, Santa Monica Boulevard is home to world-renowned gay bars and delicious cafes.
8) Have a Family Day at the West Hollywood Library
Reading is fun for the whole family at the West Hollywood Library. Bring your kids to the free weekly Toddler and Family events, featuring storytime, songs, fingerplay and more. Go to an author visit and book signing. Learn how to use a computer. Attend a seminar on the U.S. Constitution. Join an LGBT book club. All West Hollywood Public Library events are free to the public!
Find more events here: http://www.colapublib.org/libs/whollywood/index.php
9) People Watch at Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel
Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel is known for having famous guests. You’ll catch the stars you read about in the tabloids having lunch, as well as current and former rock stars grabbing a drink at the bar. The hotel itself has a ton of Hollywood history – take a look around and explore.
10) Get Cultured at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center
Everyone knows about Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art located on Grand Avenue. But few know that the museum also has a branch inside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Best of all, the WeHo location always has free admission! Tuesdays through Sundays, you’ll find rotating exhibitions which revolve around contemporary design, architecture and specialty shopping.