CicLAvia Southeast Cities: Six towns -- Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, and Watts -- "will host the country's largest open streets event." That means you can roam on your bike, or skates, or on foot, with no vehicle traffic to intercept your stride. As with all CicLAvias, it is free, there's lots to enjoy along the way (local businesses, community booths), and the sweet spirit of LA-o-sity is strong. Want to join the good times? Cycle on, SoCalers, on Sunday, May 15.
Grand Central Market Pickle Party: If sour, fermented, and flavorful foodstuffs are your jam, get downtown on Sunday, May 15 and A) learn from experts and B) buy and snack upon panache-packed pickles possessing global flair and C) participate in the making of kraut, a lot of kraut, like a thousand pounds of kraut. The fest/info is free, but bring money for noshing at the Pickle Pop-Up and/or at various market vendors.
Rose Festival: The big-of-bloom flowers, the ones that symbolize Pasadena each New Year's Day? They're pretty much a part of our local DNA. In the spirit of honoring "America's favorite flower," Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge will stage two showy days of rose walks, rare roses, and a "human vase" display (sounds like a merry mash-up between the Rose Parade and Pageant of the Masters). Cool stuff with a nature twist. May 14 and 15
Skechers Tour de Pier: Visit Manhattan Beach Pier any day of the week and you'll spy cyclists rolling hither and yon. Visit on Sunday, May 15 and you'll behold some 1,500 cyclists pedaling away on hundreds of stationary bikes. What's the reason? They're supporting a trio of cancer research charities, as are many of the onlookers. Want to cheer 'em on? Visit the health expo? Donate from afar? Start here.
Cinespia Opens: A veritable movie-packed waterfall of alfresco films is headed for Southern California in the days ahead. This lore-laden favorite is notable for its eclectic flicks, its tunes, its vibe, and its iconic setting: Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ready for "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Singin' in the Rain," "E.T. the Extraterrestrial" and more? They're all ahead, beginning on Saturday, May 14.