This season’s 626 Golden Streets is right around the corner, and you might be asking yourself what there is to do that day. The short answer is: There’s never a shortage of exciting things to do! Whether it’s your first open street event or your 100th, there’s always something new to discover. This year, we’re bringing you a whole array of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy along the route and discover this side of the SGV. From a Halloween costume contest to e-Bike demos, live music and arts and crafts, a community garden, and a Day of The Dead Parade, the options are endless. What will you choose?
626 Golden Streets | Streets and Treats is from 9am-4pm on October 26th in the cities of El Monte and South El Monte. Gabe’s Opening Ceremony begins promptly at 8:45am in the City of South El Monte Civic Center Hub!
26 Things To Do at #626GoldenStreets
1. Ride rollerblades, a bike, skateboard, scooter, unicycle, or other human powered vehicle.
2. Test out your Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating! Special treats will be spread out across 4 miles of #OpenStreets!
3. Enjoy a sweet treat at a local Bike-Friendly Business, Cyber Yogurt located right along the event route - 3305 Tyler Ave, El Monte.
4. Visit the Annual Dia de los Muertos festival in Downtown El Monte, featuring Children’s Zone (Face Painters, Balloon Artists, Vendors), Day of the Dead Altars, Photo booth, and Procession - Downtown El Monte Hub, 11am-6pm.
5. Experience an “E-bike” for FREE! Gotcha will be providing sneak peaks and test rides of the San Gabriel Valley’s first dockless, regional E-bike program - South El Monte and Jeff Seymour Family Center Hubs.
6. Join Gabe the Sasquatch and special guests for the Grand Opening Ceremony! The first 150 attendees will receive FREE tickets for a raffle of Patagonia gear, 626 Golden Streets swag, and other Gabe-approved prizes. Get your tickets starting at 8:30am at the South El Monte Activity Hub Info Booth.
7. Participate in a sticky scavenger hunt! Collect 4 unique stickers by SGV-based artist and friend-of-Gabe, Dan Sipple, while supplies last - find the Info Booth of each Activity Hub to collect!
8. Take a break and enjoy an eclectic lineup of live music and performers at each Activity Hub. 🎺🎼🥁🎷🎹🎸
9. Get a special, spooky #626GoldenStreets t-shirt! Available for sale or by free raffle if you take an event-day survey!!! Visit any Info Booth for details!
10. Join Gabe and friends for a special tour of the event route. Casual pace with brief stops to regroup. All welcome ! Meet up at 9am at the South El Monte Activity Hub.
11. Play a variety of street and giganto games, located Jeff Seymour Center and South El Monte Activity Hubs.
12. Test ride a variety of electric-assist cargo bikes with @propelbikesusa - South El Monte Activity Hub.
13. Help us celebrate the launch of El Monte's new Pump Track at the Jeff Seymour Family Center! Inauguration is at 10am!!
14. Help launch a new Community Garden with SBCCThrive and Day One. Bring your own reusable bag or cart and take home free, fresh produce - Jeff Seymour Family Center Hub.
15. Experience one of the newest Buddhist Temples in the SGV, located right on the event route in El Monte - Hai Nam Association, 2806 Tyler Ave.
16. Try your hand at cyclocross with an introductory obstacle course for kiddies big and small - Jeff Seymour Family Center Hub.
17. BE with BUBBLES, big and small! Bubblicious, family-friendly entertainment for all ages - South El Monte hub.
18. Help transform two Utility Boxes into local works of art with the support of professional artists - South El Monte hub.
19. Take a break and enjoy live entertainment from the comfort of a Go Human pop-up parklet - Cyber Yogurt, South El Monte Hub.
20. Got yourself a neat costume!? Show it off and YOU can win some awesome prizes! We’re hosting our first ever human AND pet costume contest - 12pm, South El Monte Hub.
21. Stop by the El Monte Airport “Air Fair” to check out small planes of all types, located just a block from the event route - Jeff Seymour Family Center hub.
22. Get your groove on at our Silent Disco, located at the Main St. Hub! Party starts at 11am!
23. Not riding your bike to this one? No worries!! Enjoy FREE pedicab rides along the route! - Pickup/dropoff location adjacent to the Info Booth in each Activity Hub.
24. Enjoy artistic crosswalks, a pop-up protected bikeway, and curb extensions by GoHuman - various locations along the route, including the South El Monte hub.
25, Jam out while on our bike! We have a ton of micro-music located along the route! Be sure to listen and enjoy along the way.
26. Snap a selfie with #GabeTheSasquatch, if you can find him!!! 😁Hint, he’ll definitely be at the Opening Ceremony - 9am, South El Monte Hub! #GotSasquatch
There are countless things you could do across the three-city, 5-mile Mission-to-Mission event route, from visiting famous film sites to embarking on a culinary tour of the west San Gabriel Valley. However with only 7 hours of event time to play with, you will have to make some choices!
To help you review some of the options, check out our curated list of 26 things you could do at 626 Golden Streets | Mission to Mission!
1) Collect three free SGV City stickers! Available while supplies last at the Info Booth in the Alhambra, SouthPasadena, and SanGabriel Hubs.
2) Enjoy a sweet treat at one of the oldest soda fountains in SoCal, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a South Pasadena Landmark since 1915, located right along the event route on Historic Route 66!
3) Walk your dog, or bike your dog!
4) Adopt a dog or cat! The Pasadena Humane Society “Wiggle Waggle Wagon” (aka the ‘Waggin) will be stationed along the route in #SouthPasadena from 9am-1pm!
5) Try boba for the first time! Labobatory in San Gabriel City, or up your boba game by purchasing a reusable boba straw!
6) Check out professional chalk artists with Light Bringer Project at the Alhambra Activity Hub.
7) Watch the award-winning Alhambra Unified School District Matador Marching Band in action at the San Gabriel Activity Hub, 2-3:30pm.
8) Sample some fresh produce at the #Alhambra Farmers Market.
9) Ride rollerblades, a bike, skateboard, scooter, unicycle, or other human powered vehicle.
10) Make new friends, even ones from the dark side!!! Look out for members of the awesome 501st Legion - SoCal Garrison.
11) Get a cool #626GoldenStreets t-shirt! Available for sale or via free raffle if you take an event-day survey!!! Available at any Info Booth.
12) Experience the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, a historic landmark and 4th of 21 Spanish missions in California. Free tours at 1pm! #SanGabriel Hub.
13) Participate in the second, sometimes annual Tour de Cacciotti with South Coast Air Quality Management District Board Member and bike commuter extraordinaire Michael Cacciotti. Meet 9am South Pasadena Hub stage, ride casually to Alhambra and San Gabriel Hubs.
14) Drive or ride in some of the newest electric cars on the market with Plug In America. Free demo zone in the San Gabriel Activity Hub.
15) Test ride a cargo e-bike at the South Pasadena (Cero Bikes, LA Bike Center) and Alhambra (Propel Bikes) Activity Hubs.
16) Get your kicks, on Route 66!!! Did you know part of the #626GoldenStreets Mission-to-Mission event route traverses Historic #Route66? Now ya do! #SouthPasadena hub.
17) Try the famous spring rolls at Golden Deli right on the event route in #SanGabriel!
18) Miss the SoCal #SuperBloom-mania? No worries, take a free make-up picture at the #ActiveSGV booth at the San Gabriel Hub.
19) Build with GIANT LEGOS with at the Day One Family Zone in the South Pasadena Hub!!!
20) Learn a dance routine with Unbound Dance Studio. 1:50-2:20pm at the South Pasadena Activity Hub
21) Master Jakob’s Ladder without having to pay dime! #SouthPasadena Hub
22) Join kids of all ages in playing in one of 3 game zones! #Alhambra, #SouthPasadena, #SanGabriel Hubs.
23) Enjoy specials at 19 businesses along the route, including Happy Hour All Day at 38 Degree Alehouse, Chicken Koop, Dog Haus, and Limericks Tavern! Full list here.
24) Walk or run a 5k, 10k, or ten miler! 👟
25) Take a break and enjoy an eclectic lineup of live music and performers at the #Alhambra, #SouthPasadena, and #SanGabriel Activity Hubs. 🎺🎼🎷🎹🎸
26) Snap a selfie with #GabeTheSasquatch, if you can find him!!! 😁
At least 9 more major #OpenStreets events are scheduled to take place across Los Angeles County in 2019. These events provide a rare opportunity for locals and visitors alike to explore, experience, and envision their communities at a slower, more casual pace. They also offer LA County residents who increasingly tend to stick to their sub-region of our sprawling metropolis an excuse to get out of their bubbles and explore new neighborhoods.
As huge fans of #OpenStreets, #GabeTheSasquatch and his friends at #ActiveSGV have put together a list of some of the most interesting and exciting ciclovias scheduled for 2019. Interestingly, the 2019 calendar includes more Saturday events than ever before (5 in total), including a twilight event and several multi-city events. Be sure to save-the-dates and say hi if you see Gabe and friends exploring territory outside the San Gabriel Valley. Also, be sure to thank Metro Los Angeles staff when you're at the events, as their Open Streets Program is supporting 8 of the 9 ciclovias on our list!
Sat April 27, 2019 | Beach Streets West (Long Beach)
The City of Long Beach brings back its annual "Beach Streets" event on April 27, 2019. Unlike most ciclovias in the region, Beach Streets has traditionally taken place on a Saturday, and the Earth Month 2019 edition is no different. The new event route will traverse almost 2.5 miles of Pacific Avenue, featuring 3 activity hubs along the way. If the event is anything like previous editions, there will be great live music and performers spread across the route, as well as plenty of family-friendly activities at the event hubs. The #ActiveSGV and #626GoldenStreets team has attended several #BeachStreets events in previous years, and can attest to their unique feel, relaxed atmosphere, and diverse offerings. For those attending from inland communities, the Long Beach events also are very accessible via Los Angeles County's major river greenways, including the San Gabriel and Los Angeles River Trails. Although the Blue Line remains under construction - Metro Rail will not be an option for the April 28 Beach Streets event - we highly recommend making the trek to Long Beach for their popular ciclovia. More info at www.beachstreets.com.
Sun April 28, 2019 | CicLAvia 2050 (Wilmington)
This may be the first time, ever, that back-to-back ciclovias have been hosted in Los Angeles County, with cicLAvia Wilmington following on the heels of Beach Streets in Long Beach. The two events on the weekend of April 27-28 are only a stone's throw apart, too, providing an opportunity for #OpenStreets lovers traveling from further afield to make a weekend of it by booking a room or reserving a warm shower. We thus have dubbed April 27-28, 2019 super ciclovia weekend in SoCal and challenge our friends to make it out to both of these great events. Also noteworthy, the April 28th Wilmington route will be CicLAvia's 30th event, and only the second in this unique part of the City of Los Angeles. Start planning your day on cicLAvia's website here.
Sat May 18, 2019 | Rose Pedal (Pasadena)
This may be the second time, ever, that back-to-back ciclovias are hosted in Los Angeles County!!! Not to be outdone, neighboring communities in the San Gabriel Valley will host #OpenStreets events the weekend of May 18-19, less than a month after the neighboring coastal communities of Long Beach and Wilmington host their own events on consecutive days. Perhaps upping the ante even further, the first event will directly follow the final stage of annual Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, and one of the biggest stage races in the world. After the Men's and Women's Races finish (10am-2pm), the 5K loop around the Rose Bowl Stadium will remain open for guests to run, walk, and bike freely without vehicle traffic (2pm until sundown). The event will also offer participants access to Brookside Park, free fitness and health classes led by Orangetheory Fitness and Stadium Fitness, and a variety of food trucks. More information on Rose Pedal here.
Sun May 19, 2019 | 626 Golden Streets - Mission to Mission (South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel)
After a two-year hiatus -- #GabeTheSasquatch needed a sabbatical after experiencing a fire-and-rain in 2016 and 2017, respectively -- 626 Golden Streets is on track to make up for lost time with two new event routes in 2019! The May 19th event will open five miles of streets in the cities of San Gabriel and Alhambra for the first time. Dubbed "Mission-to-Mission", the route connects the historic San Gabriel Mission in the City of San Gabriel to Mission Street and the historic Mission District in the City of South Pasadena. Each downtown district will feature an array of activities including live music and performances, games, electric bike/scooter/car demos, and more; for a full lineup check out the hub page. The route will also connect directly to the South Pasadena station, allowing for easy event access via the Metro Gold Line. If you like tasting the diversity of southern California - the route is lined with some of the (626)'s best eateries - this will be one of the tastiest ciclovias in 2019. Add the tour of California and Rose Pedal the day prior, and May 18-19, 2019 is shaping up to be an excellent excuse to spend a weekend in the San Gabriel Valley!
Sat June 1, 2019 | Paramount & Bellflower Open Streets Neighborhood Connectivity Event
We were not able to find out much about this first-time, multi-jurisdictional ciclovia the Cities of Paramount and Bellflower are planning other than it is scheduled for June 1, 2019, estimated to be a respectable 5.5 miles long, and appears to be the first "loop" ciclovia we have seen staged in Los Angeles County. The City of Paramount was awarded grant funding to host the event within the most competitive field of open streets proposals in Los Angeles County to date (only 15 of 26 applications were awarded funding). Fortunately the silver lining for those projects that did not receive funding was that the Metro Board heard from a number of communities that really want to continue to host these events -- including Long Beach and Santa Monica -- and subsequently authorized a second, mini-grant cycle with an additional $1 million to support community ciclovias (stay tuned for even more open streets events in 2020!). In any event, we strongly encourage folks to get out of their bubbles and explore parts of the County they haven't seen firsthand or normally do not travel to. Open Streets events are an excellent excuse to do so. More info on the City of Paramount's website.
Sun August 11, 2019 | CicLAvia Meet the Hollywoods (West Hollywood, Los Angeles)
The biggest and most experienced open streets event organizer in Los Angeles County -- over two dozen major ciclovias since 2010 and counting -- cicLAvia will unveil a whole new event route on Sunday August 11, 2019. This will be the City of West Hollywood's first time hosting an open streets event, in partnership with the City of LA City. In the works for several years, the event route has yet to be unveiled, but it is anticipated to be the longest on the 2019 calendar at 6.5 miles. CicLAvia organizers generally release details one event at a time, so save-the-date and stay tuned for more information about this hotly anticipated cicLAvia after their April 28, 2019 event!
Sun October 6, 2019 | CicLAvia Heart of LA (DTLA)
The first (10/10/10) and still one of the best, cicLAvia's Heart of LA route has become an October tradition for open streets lovers in Los Angeles County. Traditionally staged on the first Sunday in October, the 2019 event is scheduled for Sunday October 6th. Each year the event route changes a little bit, connecting LA's historic core to adjacent neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Little Tokyo, MacArthur Park, Boyle Heights, Grand Park, and the Arts District.
Sat October 26, 2019 | 626 Golden Streets - SGV Streets and Treats (El Monte, South El Monte)
The second 626 Golden Streets event of 2019 will feature a whole new route connecting ActiveSGV's headquarters and the SGV Bicycle Education Center Campus at the Jeff Seymour Family Center in North El Monte to El Monte Main Street and the South El Monte Civic Center. To be staged on a Saturday, the event will feature trick-or-treating stops along the route for costumed participants of all ages, as well as coincide with El Monte's annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Main Street. The route will also directly link to the Rio Hondo River Path, the El Monte Metrolink Station, and El Monte Bus Station (the largest west of the Mississippi), offering lots of ways to attend without a car. More info to come on the 626 Golden Streets website after the 5/19/19 Mission-to-Mission event.
Sat November 23, 2019 | San Fernando Street Festival: Nocturnal Ride (San Fernando)
Last staged on March 31, 2018, the San Fernando Street Festival is back with a new concept on Saturday November 23, 2019. In the 2018 Metro Call for Open Streets projects Metro staff encouraged applicants to consider experimenting with the Open Streets model by staging events with unique themes, building upon other events, and/or at different times of the day than the 9am-4pm window that has become the "standard" for most events in Los Angeles County. Based on the name of San Fernando's 2019 event, it appears the event organizing team took staff's recommendation to heart, and the City will host the only the second evening ciclovia to be staged in Los Angeles County this Fall; the other local, twilight ciclovia was a Beach Streets event hosted by the City of Long Beach in August 2018, which took place from 5-10pm. Event details have yet to be released for the 2019 event, per the San Fernando Street Festival Facebook page.
After a one-year hiatus, we are excited to share that 626 Golden Streets is scheduled to return in 2019 with two great, multi-city, open streets events!
The first event scheduled for Sunday May 19th will connect the historic San Gabriel Mission to downtown Alhambra and the historic Mission District in South Pasadena. The five mile route will pass through some of the San Gabriel Valley's most beloved commercial districts, home to a wide array of culinary offerings. Participants who go the distance will also travel pass three local parks, Garfield Park in South Pasadena, Alhambra Park in Alhambra, and Plaza Park in San Gabriel, providing welcome green space to take a break in the shade and watch participants stream by.
As with the original 2017 event, 626 Golden Streets will include an activity hub in each community where participants will be able to collect a unique City sticker, fill up a water bottle, listen to live entertainment, valet park bikes/skateboards/strollers/scooters, explore small businesses, check out local community group booths, play some games, and maybe even take a selfie with #GabeTheSasquatch! Stay tuned for more details about event day activities, schedules, and ways to participate.
2017 is shaping up to be another banner year for open streets lovers in Southern California! Free, fun, and family-friendly, these events are great opportunities to explore the wonderful diversity of Los Angeles County in a healthy and active fashion. We've compiled a list of 7 upcoming ciclovias, big and small, worth checking out, so grab your calendar and save-the-dates! Also, be sure to stay tuned for additional ciclovias as summer and fall dates are released later in the year. And be sure to check the Metro Open Streets page here as sometimes these event dates are subject to change.
1) 626 Golden Streets | Sun March 5
South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa (9am-3pm) - 18 miles of open streets connecting 8 SGV communities and 6 Gold Line Stations. Over two years in the making, the first time event is back after being cancelled last minute due to wildfires above the cities of Duarte and Azusa. The 2017 edition will feature live music, chalk artists, free yoga and zumba classes, a friendly sasquatch, a Los Angeles Rams Fan Fest and Cyclofest (Irwindale), and of course miles of open streets. See the full list of activities here.
2) cicLAvia | Sun March 26
Culver City, Venice (9am-4pm) - The popular Culver City-Venice cicLAvia edition will be staged again Sunday March 26th, offering participants from across SoCal the opportunity to walk, run and roll 6 miles to Venice beach from Culver City. Served directly by Metro's Expo Line, event attendees will also be able to ride north on the beach path to Santa Monica and loop back to the start via the Expo Line Bike Path or take the train. More info here.
3) Beach Streets Grand Prix View | Tue March 28
Long Beach (11;30am-1pm) - Take a half-day at work and experience the Long Beach Grand Prix Race Track on two feet or two wheels. The annual event opens up the 1.5 mile Indy Race Series circuit course to the public. More info here.
4) Calles Viva: Open Streets | Sat April 1
Carpinteria (9am-5pm) - A great excuse to hop on the Amtrak Surfliner and spend a day (or two) in Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria Open Streets is a first-time event being held in lieu of SB Open Streets this year. More info here.
5) Garden Grove Open Streets | Sat April 1
Garden Grove (3-6pm; 6-10pm after party) - No joke, but the third edition of Garden Grove's popular open streets event is scheduled for Saturday April 1st, too! Explore 2.5 miles of car-free streets in Orange County. Don't have a bike? No worries, loaner bikes and pedicabs will be on hand. More info here.
6) Beach Streets University | Sat April 29
Long Beach (11am-5pm) - The third edition of Long Beach's annual event will traverse a new route in April, connecting CSU Long Beach with adjacent neighborhoods and testing out a later start time, perhaps to better accommodate local students who enjoy sleeping in? More info here.
7) cicLAvia | Sun June 11
Glendale (9am-4pm) - LA's premier open streets promoter brings its show to the City of Glendale for the first time this June, with an original route exploring several neighborhoods. Event specifics have yet to be made public, but save-the-date and check back after cicLAvia Venice-Culver City here.
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Do you love live music and concerts? We got you covered with a FREE All-Day Music Lineup at 626 Golden Streets THIS SUNDAY March 5th! Enjoy music at the largest open streets event in the country.
Create your own schedule by downloading the FREE “626 Golden Streets” App (Available for iPhone and Android!)
South Pasadena Station Stage
Arcadia Station Stage
Monrovia Station Stage
Duarte Station Stage
Azusa Downtown Station Stage
In addition to miles of open streets to explore, 626 Golden Streets event hubs will also offer a variety of dance, yoga, and zumba classes for participations to enjoy at no cost! These mini-classes are a great way to start your day and maybe try something new. No registration required, just show up at the scheduled time and place to participate.
Dance (Bachata, Salsa, Swing)
South Pasadena Station Hub (1019 Mission St, South Pasadena)
East Pasadena Michillinda Park (3800 Michillinda Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107)
Arcadia Hub (adjacent to Arcadia Gold Line station)
Duarte Hub (adjacent to Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station)
Azusa Hub (adjacent to Downtown Azusa Gold Line station and Azusa City Hall)
We are EXCITED to announce that the following lineup of accomplished street painters will be joining us to bring color to Golden Streets on Sunday March 5th!
Working in teams these wonderful artists will be developing large scale visuals that reflect the history of the places event participants will traverse by foot, bike, skate and rail. Many thanks to our friends at Light Bringer Project (organizer of the Pasadena Chalk Festival and Doo Dah Parade, among other things) for helping bring the arts into this historic event!
Stay tuned for additional information and updates on visual and performing arts on 626 day!
March 5th is coming up fast, and if you plan to bike the 626, now is a great time to make sure your wheels are running smoothly and you're ready to roll. Event organizer BikeSGV is hosting a series of free bicycling classes to help get you rolling, so be sure to take advantage of upcoming classes!
City Cycling Classes
Want to feel more comfortable riding on city streets? Or how to set up your bike to commute to work/school? Then our City Cycling class is for you!
BikeSGV's City Cycling course is broken into 3 parts to help you gain more confidence on your bike:
Basic Bicycle Maintenance Classes
Do you know the basics to keep you bike rolling? Whether you are looking to get back on the bike for fitness, commuting, or just to be able to spend a nice weekend with family, this class is a great way to get your bike(s) back on the road. We'll teach you how to: perform an ABC Quick check,repair/replace a flat tire; adjust brakes; clean your bicycle; and acquire the tools needed to make simple repairs on the go.
Click here for upcoming dates
Jose Jimenez, BikeSGV Education Director
Jose@BikeSGV.org - (626) 566-8302
SGV Bicycle Education Center, Room 29
10900 Mulhall Street, El Monte, 91731