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Free Weekend: What to Do in LA Without Emptying Your Pockets

Art, pumpkins, books, positive energy, Oh my!

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    The economy is slowly getting better, but you still might not have a lot of extra cash in your pocket. This doesn't mean you have to sit on your couch all weekend -- here are some interesting and best of all, free, things do to this weekend.

    BREWERY ART WALK: Take a stroll in the world’s largest art complex. This event happens only twice a year, and this weekend will have more than 100 resident artists. See some art, chat with some artists and maybe bring home a new favorite. Parking and admission are both free. The Art Walk is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    GOOD ENERGY FESTIVAL: If you feel like heading beach-side, take some time to unwind from PCH traffic and tour Santa Monica’s Good Energy Festival on the 3rd Street Promenade. The festival features vendors dedicated to philanthropy, social change and eco-friendly missions. You can also register (the $10 goes to charity) for a singing contest, dancing competition or pet contest for prizes. The festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    PUMPKIN FEST: Get ready for some family fun. Kidspace, the children’s museum, is hosting its 17th annual Pumpkin Fest and will have a weekend full of activities. Musical performances are scheduled throughout the day including The Squeegees, folk group The Hollow Trees, and danceable tunes from Twinkle Time. Tickets are sold for activities including face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, cookie decorating and train rides. The Pumpkin Fest is being held at Brookside Park in Pasadena from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available at the Rose Bowl Lot I.

    LATINO BOOK AND FAMILY FESTIVAL: Billed as the largest gathering of Hispanic authors, this weekend event celebrates Latino art and culture. More than 100 authors will gather for book signings, readings and panel discussions about poetry, journalism, fiction, art, dance and music. There is also a main stage with singers and folklorico dances and music as well as a kid’s area with storytelling and crafts. The festival is being held at Greenlee Plaza, CSU Los Angeles. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 

    FASHION AND FOOD BANKS: If you are still struggling with what to wear for fall, then fear no more! Macy’s in Costa Mesa is hosting a fashion party and food bank support event. A presentation of new fashion trends for fall, key wardrobe pieces, and instruction on shopping in your own closet, to create new and on-trend outfits from clothing you already own. Style experts, music and treats are also available. For the first 150 people, a $10 donation to support local food banks gets a $10 Macy’s gift card. The fashion event starts at 2 p.m. at the South Plaza.