So how’s your autumn going?
Did ankle-biting mosquitoes invade your patio? Traffic got you down? Wallet hurting from a summer of expensive adventures and rising gas prices? Well, not much we can do on point one. But for the other two, there’s hope. That’s because the latest We Like L.A. x Metro collab is a brand new list of free to-dos for the coming forty days… and 99% are accessible by Metro’s bus and rail service.
In the coming weeks, we invite you to use your TAP card to visit some of L.A.’s top seasonal events, including CicLAvia: Heart of the City, ArtNight in Pasadena, a day of cultural events at Grand Ave Arts: All Access, the 626 Golden Streets Arroyo Fest, a Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party, Taste of Soul on Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood Open Studios, and many more.
Fall in Los Angeles is about to get a lot better. The only question now is, where do you want to go?
Free Things To Do
M = Metro Accessible
M The fall edition of Pasadena’s biannual ArtNight includes free activations at myriad partner locations, including the Gamble House, Armory Center for the Arts, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Check back after September 15 for the full roster of participants. Go Metro: Take the A Line to Memorial Park station.
M Culver City Art Walk & Roll Festival takes over afour-block stretch of Washington Blvd for a day of gallery visits, artists, live music, wine and beer gardens, a kids zone, interactive art experiences, and more. Go Metro: Take the E Line to Culver City station OR La Cienega / Jefferson station.
M My Valley Pass teams up with Burbank Town Center to host a Fall Festival featuring family activities, DJ sets, and food specials. Go Metro: Take Line 154/165/294 to 1st / Magnolia OR Line 92 to Magnolia / San Fernando
October 14: The Santa Monica Mountains Fund celebrates National Archaeology Month with an Archaeology Day event at King Gillette Ranch featuring family-friendly performances and tons of hands-on activities and workshops.
M CicLAvia – Heart of LA brings the city’s biggest open streets event to Downtown Los Angeles for a route that includes hubs in Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza, Grand Park, and Pershing Square. Go Metro: Find access points to the CicLAvia route adjacent to the Chinatown, Pershing Square, Mariachi Plaza, Soto, 7th St, and Historic Broadway stations.
M The Sherman Oaks Street Fair brings a day of live performance, carnival games, and vendors to a half-mile stretch of Venture Blvd from Van Nuys to Kester. Go Metro: Take the 155/240 line along Venture Blvd OR Take Line 761 to Ventura / Sepulveda.
M Grand Ave Arts: All-Access bands together over 10 arts and culture institutions along Grand Avenue for a day of art, activations, and family fun. Go Metro: Take the A or E Lines to Grand Ave Arts / Bunker Hill Station.
M Taste of Soul brings a massive, free family festival to Crenshaw Blvd. between Barack Obama Blvd. and Stocker Avenue, with live entertainment, special vendors, and plenty of food for purchase. Go Metro: Take the E Line to Expo / Crenshaw station OR the K Line to Martin Luther King Jr. station.
M The two-day Fall Festival at the Original Farmers Market features a pumpkin patch, pig races, games, live music, and crafting for kids. Go Metro: Take Line 16 along W. 3rd St OR Take Line 217 or 218 along Fairfax Ave.
October 21 to November 2 –
M Gloria Molina Grand Park’s Downtown Día de los Muertos welcomes parkgoers to contribute to a community altar and to stroll through the park to view 19 altars. Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Grand Park / Civic Center station.
M The P-22 Day Festival honors L.A.’s most famous big cat (may he rest in peace!) with a one day, family-friendly celebration in Griffith Park. Go Metro: Take Line 96 along Crystal Springs Dr.
M How Does Confronting our History Build a Better Future? is a live panel talk hosted at Zócalo Public Square. Go Metro: Take the A or E line to Pico station OR take Lines 35/38 along Broadway.
M The City of San Gabriel’s annual Fall Fun Festival pops up in the Mission District offering a range of family-friendly Halloween activities for all ages. Go Metro: Take Line 487 to Ramona / Main.
M 626 Golden Streets Arroyo Fest closes down the Arroyo Seco Parkway to vehicular traffic to allow visitors to experience L.A.’s first freeway up close and personal. Walk, bike, skate, or jog while dipping off the route to explore local neighborhoods, enjoy live entertainment and engage with activity hubs at three separate locations. Go Metro: Take the A Line to one of five stations along the Arroyo Fest route, including Lincoln/Cypress station, Heritage Square station, Southwest Museum station, Highland Park station, South Pasadena station, or Filmore station.
October 29: The Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach hosts a Día de los Muertos festival that includes live performances, a face-painting station, a children’s sugar skull workshop, printmaking station and a live tattoo artist. Go Metro: Take the A Line to 5th Street station.
M Trick or Treat at Grand Central Market turns the historic market into a spooky playground featuring drinks, food, and costumes. Go Metro: Take the A or E Line to Historic Broadway station.
M The City of West Hollywood and WeHo Reads host a free edition of Literary Death Match, which will be the event series’s first ever show in West Hollywood. Go Metro: Take Line 4/16/105 to Santa Monica / San Vicente.
November 11: Hauser & Wirth hosts a performance by Puerto-Rican collective Poncili Creación as part of an exhibition programming series for Nonmemory. Go Metro: Take the A or E Line to Little Tokyo Station.
M The annual Inglewood Open Studios art walk offers a mix of tours and talks at galleries and artists studios in the city of Inglewood. Go Metro: Take the K Line to Downtown Inglewood Station.
M The 2023 edition of the holiday lights installation SPARKLE DTLA at The Bloc debuts with a special live performance, ugly sweater competition, and holiday treats. Go Metro: Take the A, B, D, or E Line to 7th St / Metro Center.
November 18: The Great Los Angeles Walk returns for its 18th installment (route TBD… it will likely be Metro accessible)
M The Burbank Cultural Arts Commission hosts a Fall Festival at Johnny Carson Park (rescheduled from September 30) featuring food trucks, live performances, art vendors, and an outdoor screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Go Metro: Take Line 155 to Alameda & Bob Hope EB.
M The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade returns for its 44th edition, featuring an irreverent and oddball cast of characters marching down Colorado Blvd in Old Pasadena. Go Metro: Take the A Line to Memorial Park station.
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