(Credit: Meleko Mokgos and Honor Fraser Gallery)

(Credit: Meleko Mokgos and Honor Fraser Gallery)

It’s the middle of October and there’s lots to do! Fill up Monday at a new Hawaiian restaurant, and then bike it off the following day at L.A.’s 5th annual CicLAvia. There are two great opportunities to enjoy the arts, with an opening party at the California African American Museum, and an evening of free art, music, and entertainment at ArtNight Pasadena. A weekend eastside block party and westside 5K are ready to give you a good time for a good cause, capping off a perfect L.A. week.
Monday, October 17
(Credit: Bethany Nauert)

(Credit: Bethany Nauert)

Attend The Opening Of Da Kikokiko
12746 Jefferson Blvd.
Playa Vista, CA 90094
(424) 835- 4192

The westside just got another spot to enjoy those poke bowls that are all the rage right now. “Top Chef” alum Brooke Williamson and husband/co-chef Nick Roberts are debuting their fourth restaurant in the heart of Playa Vista’s new Runway area. The fast-casual, Hawaiian concept spot focuses on the island’s biggest street foods: poke, shave ice, and musubi. With their totally authentic food, and an interior design of contemporary meets vintage island vibes, it’s the perfect escape for a Monday meal.

Tuesday, October 18
(credit: ciclaviavalley.org)

(credit: ciclaviavalley.org)

CicLAvia – Heart of LA
Downtown Los Angeles

Join thousands of Angelenos today in the largest open street event in North America, as CicLAvia returns for its 5th year. From 9am – 4pm, a six mile stretch of L.A. streets will be car-free, ready for participants to travel down via bike, foot, skateboard, wheelchair, scooter, pretty much anything free of a motor. Explore several different areas, as the route takes you through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core, and as far west as Macarthur Park. The event is free and you can start and end wherever you like along the route (be sure to check the website for all the details).

Wednesday, October 19
(Credit: of Tiwani Contemporary, London and ruby onyinyechi amanze )

(Credit: of Tiwani Contemporary, London and ruby onyinyechi amanze )

Opening Party at California African American Museum
600 State Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 744-2024

The California African American Museum is celebrating the opening of several new exhibits today with an opening party full of great music, great food, and great art. DJ sets from Rashida and Lynnee Denise will kick off the event, which welcomes openings like Taking Place: Selections from the Permanent Collection and more. The new collections will demonstrate CAAM’s mission to research, collect, preserve, and interpret the history, art, and culture of African Americans. The party is free and runs from 7pm – 9pm.

Thursday, October 20
(Credit: Vivien Best)

(Credit: Vivien Best)

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Griffith Park Old Zoo
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(310) 993-8289

Halloween is quickly approaching which means it’s time to head to Griffith Park for one of the creepiest hayrides around. This year the Haunted Hayride is inviting guests to become members of The Secret Society of Halloween. Once you’re in, you’ll be judged as either an Elite or Deranged, and sent down your path accordingly. Down the road, guests will, for the first time ever, leave the safety of the hay wagon and come face to face with all the other demented members of their faction and confront the ghosts of hayrides past. Rides run tonight from 7pm – 10:30pm, and continue through the weekend.

Friday, October 21
(Credit: Lineage Dance Company )

(Credit: Lineage Dance Company )

ArtNight Pasadena
Various Starting Points
Pasadena, CA 91101

Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions are opening their doors for an evening of free art, music, and entertainment. Start your ArtNight at any of the 18 participating locations, check out some amazing art, and then hop on a free shuttle that will transport you to your next destination. This year, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble is collaborating with Lineage Dance Company to present four free performances during the evening. Six interpretive dancers will put form to sound as they dance to a wide range of classical and contemporary music sung by the all-male youth chorus. The event runs from 6pm – 10pm.

Saturday, October 22
(Credit: Caruso Affiliated )

(Credit: Caruso Affiliated )

Brand Boulevard Block Party
Between Colorado St. & Caruso Ave.
Glendale, CA

Glendale is celebrating the opening of several new culinary additions with an all out block party. Filled with live music, adult beverages, and tons of great food tastings, the event is the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon. Restaurants like Shake Shack, Mainland Poke, Philz Coffee, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, and more will be dishing out their best, while Golden Road Brewing, Hitching Post Winery, and Inception Wines provide libations. Eat, drink, and rock out to 80’s rock band Wayward Sons as you soak up the sun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, creating career opportunities in the culinary arts to at-risk youth.

Sunday, October 23
(Credit: Westside Food Bank )

(Credit: Westside Food Bank )

Westside Food Bank 5K Hunger Walk
Ocean View Park
2701 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 828-6016

The Westside Food Bank 5K Hunger Walk returns to the beaches of Santa Monica today for its 26th year. The walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization, raising awareness and money to help feed low-income families on the Westside of Los Angeles. Various fundraising opportunities are available, with every dollar raised providing four meals for those in need. Entertainment, activities, Family Fun Zone games, awards, and prizes are also part of the day of doing good. A Beach Bash party with BBQ, beverages, DJ, and more will follow the event for a $20 donation.

Article by Kellie Fell.