I am from Guatemala and came to California at the age of 6. I am currently finishing my B.A. in English.
There are many events to go to. The events include:
-Concerts...whether they are at the park (which most are free of charge and sometimes you can bring your own wine and snacks while enjoying some good music) or at The Forum or Staples Center, you can be sure that these cities are always playing good tunes.
-Los Angeles Ballet. You want a good evening without having to pay too much money? A ballet show is a good option.
-Food. California is a melting pot so you are sure to find good food from different places in the world at reasonable prices.
-Summer Festivals. Drinks, food, sun and beach all can be enjoyed at the Summer festivals at the beaches such as Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa.
-Museums. There are many museums to visit.
Southern California/South Bay area has everything that you need to have a good time without having to spend too much money.