Cherry Blossom Festival at Huntington Beach. Photo credit:

Staying on campus for spring break, and don’t know what to do? There are a ton of great low-cost activities that you can do to have a great spring break while saving some cash. Check out the options below for some ways to spend your break.

Appreciate art:

  • Start your break early with Pasadena’s Art Night on Friday, March 10th from 6pm-10pm and enjoy a free night of art, music and entertainment. There will be a free shuttle to transport you to any of the 18 cultural institutions. For more information, click here.
  • Visit Los Angeles’s newest contemporary museum, The Broad, for free. Tickets go fast so make sure to make a reservation in advance here.
Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room exhibit in The Broad museum. Photo credit:
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room exhibit in The Broad museum. Photo credit:

Explore nature:

  • Sign up for an On the Loose trip and spend your break on a road trip with other students from Claremont Colleges. Destinations range from Dark Canyon in Utah to Yosemite. Trip fees range from $8 to $90 depending on the duration and the destination of the trip. Some spring break trips have not been posted yet, so students should check the website regularly for more options.
  • Hike Potato Mountain by yourself or with some friends! This four-mile round trip hike features a beautiful panoramic view at the top. Challenge yourself to wake up early to reach the summit at sunrise or come later to watch the sunset.
Potato Mountain. Photo Credit:
Potato Mountain. Photo Credit:

Satisfy taste buds:

  • Enjoy Asian cuisine at Electric Asian Night Market on Saturday, March 18th. So far, there will be Korean-Mexican fusion tacos, Japanese comfort food, Hong Kong Egg Waffles and more.
  • Recreate Buzzfeed’s Worth It videos and travel around the Greater Los Angeles area sampling delicious dishes from different price ranges. Decide for yourself what dish is the most worth it. You can either go to the same restaurants or create your own edition. To get inspiration, watch the videos here.

Participate in special events:

  • Be fit and have fun at the Insane Inflatable 5k on Saturday, March 11th. The event will take place at Pomona’s Fairplex and have you tumbling through enormous inflatables all morning. Register here.
  • This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, March 17th. Remember to wear green when you go out to Pershing Square for the annual free noon concert with traditional Celtic music. Or make your way to an all-day celebration at Farmers’ Market LA. For more information, click here.
  • End your break at Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, March 19th. Experience Japanese culture through the different performances and food vendors.
Insane inflatable 5k. Photo credit:
Insane inflatable 5k. Photo credit: