CicLAvia participants in Little Tokyo in 2013. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)
CicLAvia participants in Little Tokyo in 2013. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

“Next Stop Little Tokyo” is a curated guide to one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant neighborhoods. Presented by Go Little Tokyo, these biweekly itineraries report on the best dining, shopping, arts and cultural destinations while providing the tools to navigate and explore the streets of Little Tokyo in a whole new way.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CicLAvia-Heart of L.A. will celebrate what has become a Los Angeles institution with a fifth-year anniversary route that will take participants through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Civic Center, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park.

Take a break from route and explore one of L.A.’s most historic and culturally rich neighborhoods — Little Tokyo. Stop off at the “Go Little Tokyo Zone” at the Japanese American National Museum’s Plaza (100 N. Central Ave. at First Street) to learn about Little Tokyo, relax in the shade, listen to live music and participate in an art workshop.

Park your bike at the free bike valet station at JANM Plaza provided by the L.A. County Bike Coalition (LACBC) and come back for it when your are done exploring, getting lunch, and shopping.

Enjoy the sounds of taiko drumming performances throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the JANM Plaza. Students and staff of Los Angeles Taiko Institute will present new work for Japanese drums written specifically for CicLAvia, including a “trap”-inspired improvisation, a taiko bike-trailer, and audience participation.

Participants can create one-of-a-kind 3D geometric art at the Go Little Tokyo Origami Workshop in collaboration with Raw Materials Art Supplies from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also enter a free drawing to win various raffle prizes including orchestra seat tickets to “La Cage Aux Folles” at East West Players, tickets to performances at the Aratani Theatre, and prizes from Little Tokyo shops and restaurants.

Stop at the Go Little Tokyo booth for all the latest information you need to explore the neighborhood, find out about the local great restaurants, shops, and cultural programs.

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