Things to Do for Free in Hollywood

Hollywood sign
••• Hollywood Sign. Thomas McConville / Getty Images
  • 01 of 08

    Things to do for Free on Hollywood Boulevard

    ••• Hollywood Boulevard. Thomas Hawk at Flickr under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License

    You could spend a lot of money in Hollywood going on movie star homes tours and going into Ripley's or the wax museum. But you don't have to. In fact, you can skip those expensive guided tours, walk right past all those ticket counters and cheesy attractions and still have a great time.

    Try these totally free activities to have a ton of fun without spending a ton of money. 

    Start On Hollywood Boulevard: There's a lot to do and see on the bouIevard. That includes the stars on the Walk of Fame, the handprints and footprints and the Chinese Theatre and strolling around Hollywood and Highland. If you use our Hollywood Boulevard guide, you won't need to pay someone else to show you around. 

    Watch a Footprint or Walk of Fame Star Ceremony: When a celebrity gets a star on the Walk of Fame or gets their handprints and footprints cast in cement at the Chinese Theatre, they have to show up. And a few of their glitterati pals usually come along with them. These events don't happen every day, but...MORE there's no charge to watch when they do.

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  • 02 of 08

    Be In a Studio Audience

    'Jeopardy!' Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament Show Taping
    ••• Jeopardy Game Show. Amanda Edwards / Getty Images

    How fun is this? You can be in the studio audience of a popular television show for free. All you need to do is make an advance reservation and have enough time to stay until they're done, and you can be in the studio audience for selected sitcoms, talk shows, and game shows.

    All of the contacts, options and tips are in the guide: How To Get Into in a Studio Audience in Los Angeles

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  • 03 of 08

    Stalk the Hollywood Sign

    Hollywood Sign
    ••• Hollywood Sign. Thomas McConville / Getty Images

    You can see the Hollywood Sign from all over town. In fact, you could probably take up a whole day just driving around to all the different places you can see it from. Or you can use our directions to take a nice hike to a spot in the hills where you can get a closer look - although you won't be allowed to get close enough to touch it.

    You can see the sign from a lot of places. You find them all int this guide: How to Stalk the Hollywood Sign.

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  • 04 of 08

    Free Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl
    ••• Hollywood Bowl. Keith Roper/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    If you want to go to an evening concert at the Hollywood Bowl, you'll have to buy a ticket. If you want to hear the music and see the place for free, it's a little-known fact that some of their morning rehearsals are open to the public. Call 323-850-2000 for info. The Edmund D. Edelman Hollywood Bowl Museum is also free to visit.

    If you'd rather buy a ticket and go in the evening (which is a fun thing to do), you'll find all your need to know about in this guide to the Hollywood Bowl.

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  • 05 of 08

    Pay Your Last Respects to Departed Celebrities

    Garden of the Legends and Lake Island at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    ••• Garden of the Legends and Lake Island at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery, just behind the famous Paramount Studios, is visitor-friendly and free. They even offer maps of the stars' final resting places. 

    Other cemeteries where lots of celebrities are buried are also free to visit, but they provide varying levels of helpfulness.

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  • 06 of 08

    Take a Self-Guided Driving Tour

    Jim Henson Company at Charlie Chaplin Studios
    ••• Jim Henson Company at Charlie Chaplin Studios. Andy Nystrom/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    I created this turn by turn Hollywood driving tour to take you to all the sights. Among them are the Jim Henson Muppets studio and a hot dog stand with the longest lines in Los Angeles. The guiding part is free, but you'll have to pay for your own gasoline.

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  • 07 of 08

    Check Out the Farmers Market

    Sign for Farmers Market on Fairfax Avenue at The Grove Los Angeles shopping centre.
    ••• Los Angeles Farmers Market. Christina Lease / Getty Images

    You'll pay a little to park, but walking around is free and so are the samples that some of the food stalls hand out. If you get hungry and end up spending money, don't blame me. I'm also not responsible if you wander into The Grove next door and go shopping.

    If you go, there are a few things you need to know. They're all in this guide to the Farmers Market.

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  • 08 of 08

    More Things You Can Do in Hollywood

    Neon Lights on Hollywood Boulevard
    ••• Neon Lights on Hollywood Boulevard. ©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    There's a lot more to do in Hollywood than just these few things, even though they are the most popular. You may also want to check out the most popular things to do in Hollywood - with their pluses and minuses.

    If you want to keep having fun after the sun goes down, find out what you can do at night in Hollywood.