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Watch 'Breaking Bad' at the bar and 5 other cheap things to do this weekend

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The weekend has arrived, and we know what’s on your mind: "Breaking Bad." If you got tickets to the sold-out Hollywood Forever Cemetery party, we’re super jealous. If not, great news: there are a handful of viewing parties happening around L.A.

And if you couldn't care less about this hit show that’s taking over most conversations, there's even better news. Enjoy tons of other fun and cheap things to do over the next few days, including glow-in-the-dark exhibitions, pet parades and outdoor yoga.

Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Explore 3-D art on Santa Monica Beach 

Move over Exxopolis. There's a new psychedelic exhibit in town, and this one is plotted on the beach. Watch Santa Monica transform into a glow-in-the-dark playground with trippy visuals and modern sculptures at Glow Santa Monica — an all-night cultural experience featuring original commissions by various artists.  

Catch Steven Hull's modern artistic interpretation of conquistador-turned marionettes during his exhibition, "A Puppet Show." Then, get your nerd on with a fascinating glimpse of translucent bioluminescent liquid unearthed from UCSD. Before you head out, take in the beauty of the world's largest solar Ferris wheel as it makes full revolutions in eye-popping lights. 

Protip: Snap cool photos for Glow's "AfterGlow" photo contest using the hashtag #glowsantamonica on Instagram. Also, plan your glow with this map.

Where: Santa Monica Pier | MAP

When: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday 

Price: Free

2. Wiggle your way through the streets of Pasadena

Walk the Rose Bowl with your canine companion, friends, colleagues, neighbors and thousands of fellow dog lovers to raise money for animals in need. It's the Pasadena Humane Society's Wiggle Waggle Walk; expect dog shows, photo ops and vendor booths with free samples. Proceeds will benefit over 12,000 animals at the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. 

Pro tip: All dogs should be kept on a 6-foot or shorter leash. "No extendable leashes, please," the organization writes. 

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Where:  Beginning at 9 a.m., the 3-mile walk will take place around the Rose Bowl Loop | Event registration and the fair will take place at Brookside Park | MAP

Price: Free | Join a team here | Online registration ends noon Saturday 

3. Watch the finale of "Breaking Bad" at Busby's or the Spot Bar

Are you finally caught up after binging on America's favorite Emmy-winning drama fix? Looking for a place to enjoy the ultimate series in all its gory glory?

Busby's in Santa Monica is hosting a special viewing of the finale on a huge projector in its back room. Additionally, you can watch it at the Spot Bar in downtown Los Angeles. And yes, the latter will be serving the blue stuff (blue rock candy) on every table.

Pro tip: Come early. These places are likely to get packed. (Still wish you had tickets to the Hollywood Forever party? Enter to win them here.)

RELATED:  Avoid 'Breaking Bad' spoilers: There's an app for that!

Where:  Busby's | MAP 

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday 

Price: Free


Where: Spot Bar LA | MAP

When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday 

Price: Free

4. See homemade art for kids in need  

Drop by this charity event to eat wine and cheese while perusing a unique fish market made of cardboard art (like the one above) created by and for the children at CityScape — the Amanecer's art therapy program. Expect a fortune teller and photo booth at this downtown event.  

Pro tip: Free parking on P2; enter garage on Ingraham. Grab food and drink at the nearby Wokcano before or after. Walking directions here

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Amanecer Community Counseling Services | MAP

Price: Free

5. Outdoor yoga at a lovely Echo Park spot 

Beat the hungover crowd and start your Sunday right with outdoor yoga on a beautiful autumn morning. The vinyasa flow and stretch yoga class lasts about an hour and is taught by a certified yoga instructor on the lawn of Echo Park Lake. Designed for all levels,  newcomers are welcome. Join the event on Facebook here

Pro tip: Walk to Brite Spot afterwards for a delicious breakfast. There's indoor and outdoor dining at this local staple. Here's the menu. Walking directions here

When: 10 a.m. Sunday 

Where: Echo Park Lake | MAP 

Price: A $5 donation is suggested. 

6. Bike the Arroyo Seco to rally for a trail 

Are you in favor of an Arroyo Seco bike path that links downtown Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Mountains? If so, make a statement this Saturday with the Arroyo Seco Foundation's community bike ride. The group will hit local landmarks including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Rose Bowl and the Colorado Street Bridge before joining the L.A. River Rally.

Pro tip: Want to help build the Arroyo Seco Bikeway? Volunteer here

When: 8 a.m. Saturday 

Where: Riders will depart from Hahamongna Watershed Park, nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena. | MAP

Price: Free 


Have an event to share? Share in the comments below or tweet us your suggestions to @KristenLepore or @monicaluhar. We may feature your recommendations in next week's post!