CicLAvia (http://www.ciclavia.org/events/687/heart-of-la/924/about) is an event that allows some streets in Los Angeles to be car-free for people to bike, walk, skate or skateboard. This route takes you through downtown LA, Boyle Heights and East LA. Ride the Metro or bring your bicycle (which you can take with you on the Metro), and sketch together!
Meet under the domed gazebo
Gold line stop: Mariachi Plaza/Boyle Heights Station (station is underground; take the escalator up to go to the gazebo outdoors)
What to bring:
- Your favorite drawing tools (pen/pencil, sketchbook) - aim for something easy to carry as you're walking or riding a bike.
- Money for food/snacks
- Dress for the weather: sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes for walking/biking, helmet recommended if you're biking
What to sketch:
- Mariachi musicians around the Plaza - there should be more mariachis near La Parilla Restaurant (2126 East Cesar E. Chavez) on the CicLAvia route
- Buildings: arched gazebo, Hotel Mariachi across the street
- People: cyclists, walkers, rollerskaters/rollerbladers, skateboarders, gawkers!
- Activities at farmer's market at the plaza
bike or walk/take the metro down CicLAvia route on Cesar Chavez Ave. east toward
Evergreen Cemetery (204 N. Evergreen Ave.)
Just in time for Halloween! Oldest cemetery in the city (established in 1877). Sketch a chapel featured in Nightmare on Elm Street, ornate entrance gate, and monuments.
Lots of inexpensive restaurants on the route along Cesar Chavez Avenue. There will also be food trucks scattered throughout the route.