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24 Sep 2017


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Cheap and Free Things To Do in LA: A Survival Guide for Starving Artists

By Megan Nager

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It me. Megan. A starving artist living in L.A.

Los Angeles is home to amazing weather, beautiful beaches and a plethora of creativity. Whether you’re a painter, musician, actor, writer or artist of any kind, you can be sure to find a community of like-minded individuals nearby. Creativity can be found everywhere you turn and that’s a big part of why I love L.A. so much. However, what I don’t love about L.A. is how expensive it is. And, unfortunately, the artist’s salary isn’t large enough to spend a ton in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Not to fret, though, because L.A. also happens to be a city filled with tons of free or close-to-free options for all those starving artists out there (or anyone else) who’s on a budget. These are just some of the places/things/events I’ve done myself and frequent often. Now, let’s get to it!


The L.A. Survival Guide for Starving Artists:

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If you like museums, then you’re in luck, because L.A. happens to have tons of them and the majority of them are free, and they’re located all over the city.

Free All Year Round: 

Free On Certain Days each Month: 

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Free music occurs not only throughout the summer, but also year-round!



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Free fitness options are pretty much limitless. L.A. has amazing hiking and you can pretty much find an area to hike to matter where in the city you go. There are also tons of “by donation” yoga classes, and community workout classes in the middle of the day that are usually only $5. Here are some of my favourite spots:

Note: A lot of studios have classes that are only $5 during lunchtime (usually around noon – 1) so call some studios and ask! In my experience, most of them have a community option.)




Luckily for me (a comedian), comedy is plentiful throughout L.A. And there are also some really cheap and/or free options. UCB, IO West and Second City are some of the most popular improv schools in the city and a lot of them put on free shows. Below are some that I’ve been to:

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Have fun!



(Story by Contributing Editor, Megan Nager)

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