Top 10 Weekend Events: CicLAvia, Jazz Hands, Mole and More!


It’s all about alternate modes of transport this weekend, whether it’s the polo ponies at Will Rogers State Park the bicycles of CicLAvia or the flights of musical fancy at Angel City Jazz Fest. A celebration of mole and Mexican cuisine also sounds tasty.

1. CicLAvia: With the streets blocked off to cars but wide open for bicyclists and pedestrians, you can spend an afternoon pedaling, walking, or skating around downtown L.A., Boyle Heights, Chinatown, and Expo Park. (Sun. Oct. 7, 10am-3pm. downtown L.A., Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Expo Park) More Information.

2. Angel City Jazz Fest: The festival’s theme this year is “Honoring and Breaking with Lineage,” which presents contemporary artists celebrating and interacting with their mentors. The lineup includes Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Myra Melford, and Anthony Wilson, along with Archie Shepp, Bobby Bradford, Steve Coleman, Marilyn Crispell, Peter Erskine, and Phil Ranelin. (Fri. Oct. 5 – Sun. Oct. 14. Various locations) More Information.

3. La Feria de Los Moles: Aficionados of Oaxacan cuisine agree: Mole is the eighth wonder of the world. The sauce is sweet, savory, and umami all at once. Taste the rainbow from verde to rojo to negro at this festival. (Sun. Oct. 7, 10am-7pm. Olvera Street) More information.

4. Head and the Heart, Blitzen Trapper: It’s going to be a cool night of well crafted, harmony-driven indie pop as these two bands, one from Oregon and one from Washington, meet up in L.A. (Fri. Oct. 5, 8pm. The Wiltern) More Information. 

5. Eero Saarinen: He didn’t bestow L.A. with a giant arch, but the architect did team up with Charles Eames to build Case Study House No. 9, a modernist wonder in Pacific Palisades. The exhibition gives the famous Finn his props and explores his design work for the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. (Oct. 5 – Jan. 3. Various times. A+D Museum) More information.

6. Akram Khan Company: Vertical Road: NBC foolishly cut the choreographer’s segment from its broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremonies, but Angelenos can witness his transcontinental dance style infused with Sufi and contemporary street influences. (Fri. Oct. 5 and Sat. Oct. 6, 8pm. Royce Hall) More information.

7. Florence + The Machine: The dog days are definitely over for Florence Welch, who has become one of the most highly acclaimed female singers around. There’s no better place to experience her mesmerizing vocals and English art rock than under the stars at the Bowl. (Sun. Oct. 7 and Mon. Oct. 8, 8pm. Hollywood Bowl) More Information.

8. A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace: Nearly three dozen local vintage retailers will assemble at New/Found, owner Richard Wainwright and designer Joey Grana’s menagerie of classic threads in downtown L.A. Combing through these racks isn’t a chore; it’s an adventure in the elements of style. (Sat. Oct 6, 2-9pm. Cooper Design Space) More information.

9. 14th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival: The community street festival showcases a variety of local acts, including Henry Clay People, Triple Chicken Foot, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Imperial Teen. (Sat. Oct. 6, 4-11pm. Colorado Blvd. between Argus and Eagle Rock Blvd.) More Information.

10. Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Watch Ralph Lauren logos come to life at Pacific Palisades’ hideaway. Mallet swingers on horseback are only half the fun; gawking at celebrities and their wacky, oversize hats is the real sport. (Sat. Oct 6, 2-5pm. Will Rogers State Park) More information.