Spotlight: Experiences at CicLAvia

Fall Fun That's Free


The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and explore all LA has to offer. Here’s a guide to what’s free and fun in Greater Los Angeles the week of October 8, 2018.

Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Fall with Free Fun Events

Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Fall: Free Fun Events Happening Through September 2018

For the last month, we've curated and posted lists of events happening each week that are free of charge and full of fun. As we close out summer and head into fall, we thought we'd post a list of free and fun happenings through the end of the September, when we'll cap the month with CicLAvia's massive, free, and most musical event to date, Celebrate LA!: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia.

Explore the Many Local Gems that Dot the Celebrate LA Route

Explore the Local Gems that Dot the Celebrate LA Route

Team CicLAvia's incomplete list of local gems along the Celebrate LA route

Lots of Fun, Free Activities Around Greater LA This Week

Lots of Fun, Free Activities Around Greater LA This Week

Summer may be coming to an end, but there are still plenty of fun, free things to do in and around Los Angeles this week! Enjoy our curated list.

Explore Los Angeles through fun free things to do around town this week

Explore Los Angeles through fun free things to do around town this week

Get on out there and enjoy this beautiful city! Here are some fun free things around town the week of September 3, 2018.

September 5:

Back for its 34th year, check out the Twilight on the Pier concert series in Santa Monica. Tonight’s theme is Latin Waves with four acts on three different stages starting at 6:30 p.m.

September 7:

Take advantage of your last chance to dance under the stars in Grand Park, as Dance Downtown hosts its final dance party of the season. It’s 90’s music tonight from 7pm to 11pm.

Head to LACMA tonight at 6 p.m. to hear vocalist Barbara Morrison, the winner of the 10th annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award. Her voice, described as “rich, unique, and soulful,” is put to exceptional use as she performs both jazz and blues classics in conjunction in with original and contemporary songs.

September 9:

Treat yo self - Get some sunshine and tasty food today at Smorgasburg LA at the Alameda Produce Market in DTLA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fun, free stuff to do across the city heading into Labor Day weekend

Head into this Labor Day weekend with some free, fun stuff across the city

Looking for things to do that won't cost you a penny? Here's CicLAvia's roundup of free events happening through Labor Day 2018. 

Thursday, August 30:

Check out Gili Yalo at the Skirball Center tonight in his LA debut! “Contemporary soul, funk, psychedelic rock, and traditional Ethiopian music” feature in the closing concert of this year’s Sunset Concerts series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a DJ set with Rani de Leon and concert to follow at 8 p.m.

Thursday, August 30:

The Silverlake Picture Show in Sunset Triangle Plaza is screening Get Out, a horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele.  Get there early to snag a spot and enjoy local grub and a pre-show with DJ Bookem at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, August 31:

Hop over to the last Beach Movie Night of the year at the Dockweiler Youth Center screening of Peter Rabbit starting at 8 p.m.

Friday, August  31:

Dance the night away in Grand Park with DJ Nights. Curated by influential artists and tastemakers who “give voice to Los Angeles’ dynamic and vibrant culture through music, dancing, arts and aesthetics” starting at 7 p.m.

Friday, August 31:

Head to the LACMA for a jazzy evening with Sara Gazarek tonight at 6 p.m. “Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation.”

Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2:

A jam-packed music weekend at the Levitt Pavilion! Friday at 7 p.m. Jungle Fire & Here Lies Man, Saturday at 4 p.m. Wonder-Full - A Stevie Wonder Celebration, and Sunday at 7 p.m. Havana Secret & El Haru Kuroi

Sunday, September 2:

Get your end of summer food and drink fix at Brooklyn transplant Smorgasburg LA found at the Alameda Produce Market in DTLA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From free movies to free music, there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy Los Angeles this week:

Below is this week's roundup of free, fun events across Los Angeles from the CicLAvia Team.  

Explore LA: Free events in Los Angeles August 14 - 18



Discovering Film History at the Alex Theatre

by Dana Variano, Digital Manager

I took a walk over to the Alex Theatre on Brand Blvd in Glendale this morning. I wanted to take a closer look at one of the neighborhood’s landmarks, and I’m glad I did. The theatre’s exterior is absolutely stunning, and the feeling of film history as you stand in the courtyard was inspiring. As a film and history buff since my teenage years, I can’t wait to have this historic landmark as the backdrop of the upcoming CicLAvia.

CicLAvia Meets The Metro Kid

by Dana Variano, Digital Manager

Screen_Shot_2017-06-05_at_11.21.13_AM.pngLast week, I went to Glendale with Gabe to meet with a superstar in the active transportation field: seventeen year old Kenny U., from Glendale, California. You see, I've wanted to meet Kenny for quite sometime now. About a year ago, a new player in the active transportation social media scene emerged. @KenU092 started sharing his public transportation journeys, and being the first to like and retweet my social media posts. Since then, he’s become one of CicLAvia’s biggest social media fans and supporters. Kenny was super excited that CicLAvia was coming to Glendale, his hometown.  So we had to meet in person to find out a little bit more about our biggest fans –and I’m glad we did. We met at the beautiful Glendale Transportation Center, and chatted about his passion for public transport, CicLAvia coming to Glendale, and guava cheese pastries.