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Thursday is free music night in Los Angeles (and movies, too)

Go outside.  Listen to music!
Go outside. Listen to music!

It’s not clear why venues such as shopping malls, botanical gardens, beaches and museums all decided Thursday was the perfect night to offer free or nearly free music to the masses. Regardless, one hardly needs an excuse to listen to music outdoors on a summer night, especially if it won’t cost a fortune and you can take the kids. Music al fresco is available other evenings during July and August, but let’s focus on tonight, when we’re all closing in on the weekend, when a little jazz doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

Descanso Gardens uses their woodsy bandshell to put on Thursday Evening Jazz. From 5:30-7pm. Bring your own chairs, blankets and picnic and sit under the oaks. More details here.

The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market has Thursday Jazz from 7-9pm near the West Patio. Grab some dinner from one of the nearby vendors, snag a table if you can, and bop. Details at the Farmer’s Market website here.

The Autry Museum puts on their Sizzlin’ Summer Nights in their courtyard with two dance floors, one for the adults and one for the kids. Delicious food and drink available. 6-9pm, $7 admission, also includes entry to the museum, open late. Check our more details here.

The Santa Monica Pier kicks off their Twilight Dance Series tonight with Konono No. 1, an African electronic groove band at 7pm. Bring your chairs. Rickie Lee Jones is appearing August 5th. More details here.

Interested in seeing a movie under the stars tonight? “Star Trek” is playing at The Grove at 8pm in the lawn. Like everything free at The Grove, get there early. Only food purchased from a Grove vendor is permitted. Bring blankets (no chairs). Website info here.

The Rose Bowl is having their Family Movie Night this evening and every Thursday during the summer. Looks like details are hard to come by (their site is under maintenance) other than it starts at 7:45pm and costs $5, kids under 8 are free. I’m sending you to for more insight than I can offer.

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