Friday, October 7th is First Friday on Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice. Walk around, window shop, grab a bite here, pop into a gallery there, it's a great time. This month some merchants are donating a percent of their proceeds toward breast cancer treatment and awareness. Click here for the Abbott Kinney 1st Friday Events Blog.
Blue Sky Metropolis opens at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. The exhibition traces the history of aviation in Southern California. It's a fascinating look at an industry that did much to shape Southern California culture and a must for aviation and history buffs alike.
October 8th is National Fossil Day at the Natural History Museum. Programs are designed for kids age 6 - 9 and are FREE with paid museum admission (or to members.) Kids get a notebook and an opportunity to meet fossil scientists and see some rare fossils. And don't worry if you're not in the 6-9 age group - there are special programs throughout the day for fossil hunters of all ages. Click here for the National Fossil Day schedule.
Also at the NHM (though if it were me I'd try to steer my kids around it because I'm wussy like that, but I'll tell you so you can decide for yourself) - The Spider Pavilion is now open. Cool but crawly, none of the spiders are dangerous to humans and there is, of course, much we can learn about them. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for kids. Museum members are free. And check out the NHM's upcoming Halloween activities - there's good stuff going on at the Haunted Museum.
Did you know that the Autry Museum Cafe in Griffith Park serves brunch on the second Sunday of every month? They began doing so in August. Breakfast favorites with a southwestern flair are served from 9a.m. until 11:30a.m. When you are done eating you and your kids can check out Gold Rush! which takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. - 3p.m., weather permitting. Discover the truth behind the gold strike in California and try your luck at gold panning in the re-creation of a miners panning station.
If you don't find anything sparkling at Gold Rush!, don't despair. Just beat it (sorry) over to How The West Was Worn By.... Micheal Jackson. Enjoy the costumes and discover how much of an influence classic western wear had on the entertainer's style.
Beginning Friday, October 14th The Autry presents their contribution to Pacific Standard Time with Art Along The Hyphen: The Mexican American Generation. This mulit-media exhibit explores a seminal but widely overlooked generation of artists who made their careers in Los Angeles between the early 20th century and the rise of the Chicano movement in the 1960's. It's a fantastic first stop before a trip to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach to see Mex/LA "Mexican Modernism in Los Angeles 1930 - 1985 and Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement which opens at UCLA's Fowler Museum on October 15th.
I love mole and Sunday it's a mole smack down at Feria de Los Moles on Olvera Street beginning at 10 a.m. Come enjoy the music and dancing, discover the culinary history of various moles and choose your favorite from more than 13 available for tasting. It's here for all you need to know.
If you notice some traffic diversions going on as you make your way toward Olvera Street it's because Sunday is CicLAvia, an event designed to clear several streets (about 10 miles) of cars and buses and open them to bikes, skates, pedestrians and, I hope, a few people who just feeling like dancing down the street on a beautiful Sunday. Why not take advantage of it and go for a nice ride or walk on these usually crowded roadways?
Here's the route for this weekend -
here for more information.
The Beer, Arts and Music festival (BAM) returns Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Center on Sunday afternoon from 1p.m. - 6 p.m.
20 craft breweries, open artists studios, 4 live bands and gourmet food trucks come together for a fun, Santa Monica style afternoon. And all to benefit the Arts Center. Go here for tickets and further info.
Sunday at gorgeous Will Rogers State Historic Park in the Pacific Palisades you can wear a great hat and see a polo game as some of the best players in the world go head-to head against the beautiful Nacho Figueras and his team Black Watch. This annual event supports the preservation of this historic site and I know it probably sounds fancy and expensive but hold on because it's actually stylish and affordable as tickets are just $15! Come sip champagne, eat from some of the city's favorite food trucks and enjoy the players - I mean the game. It's here for information and tickets (be sure you read the parking and shuttle information) And here -
Oh, and in case you're interested, here's how to watch a polo game.