CicLAvia Pasadena: The organizers of this mega, close-the-streets bike ride are calling the outing "the most walkable CicLAvia to date." That makes total sense, given that the large-scale event's main thoroughfare is Colorado, one of SoCal's most strollable, shop- and restaurant-lined boulevards. (All props to a certain flowery New Year's Day event, too, that takes place right there.) The date is Sunday, May 31, it is free, free, free and Metro Gold Line'll get you there. As for the fun doings along the route? They're plentiful, and include a Cirque du Soleil KURIOS preview.
Check out CicLAvia road closures here.
Free Summer Music: Speaking of free, free, free -- three frees always drive the freeness point home, of course -- a not-so-little landmark at the corner of Third & Fairfax is kicking off its pay-nada Friday night music series. The place is the Original Farmers Market, the scene is the West Patio, the run is May 29 through the last Friday in August, and the bands? They fill the gamut, from rockabilly to Beatles tributes. Start time is 7 p.m. each Friday, but given the extreme freeness of the happening, best arrive early.
Royalty in Our Midst: LA and London have a longtime closeness -- we share some industry and the same go-go vibe -- so when British Polo Day trots into town, it feels like a postcard from a friend. Will Rogers State Park will serve as the scenic scene for all of those ponies and players, and Lord Frederick Windsor will be on the grounds. It isn't all mallets and action, though; there is fundraising to be done. Want to attend? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, May 30
LAWineFest: Line up your ride home, call your adventurous-of-palate pals and make for Raleigh Studios in Hollywood for this late-spring, sip-to-your-heart's content confab. The exhibitors come from throughout the region and beyond -- welcome Malibu, Santa Maria and Napa -- and there are bites to keep you full as you quaff. It goes all-weekend, May 30 and 31 both, tickets are eighty five bucks each day, and you'll see/taste a very full range of California wines (and beers, too, yep).
Dwell on Design: If people aren't actually in the act of feathering their nest, they're likely daydreaming about what they'd do with the yard, the den, that random weird corner off the kitchen. "America's largest design event" can help those feather-nest daydreams, and maybe put a few far-off plans and wants into action. Dwell Magazine editors curated the LA Convention Center happening, so expect some chic and avant garde and cutting-edge-y concepts. Daydreams ahoy. May 29-31