Each year in September, Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki plays host to Hawaii’s largest block party. Come down between 7-10pm for hula dancing, music, and street food under the stars. It promises fun for all ages -- visitors and kama’aina alike.
Cost: Free admission; varies by vendor
Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds
Foodies, as well as plant-based eating and sustainability enthusiasts, won’t want to miss Veg Fest. Chefs will be offering their best plant-based and vegan recipes, while experts on nutrition and the environment will be giving lectures on relevant topics.
Cost: Free entry and parking, but vendors vary
September 27 - 29
Featuring Chef Kenji Imagawa, former head chef to the American Embassy in Tokyo, and Chef Masao Mori of the Ashiya Bay Court Club, guests will be treated to a Sino-Japanese smorgasboard. Chef Imagawa serves up sushi, sashimi, tempura, and shabu shabu. Chef Mori delights with his signature dim sum, noodle dishes, and Chinese desserts.
Cost: $90 for adults, $45 for kids 6-12.
September 27 - November 29
Honolulu Museum of Art
Fine art, local eats, and a dance party return to the Honolulu Museum of Art. On the last Friday of every month, come down to the Honolulu Museum of Art to start your night with local bites and cocktails before bringing your best dance moves to the central courtyard. This recurring party is a must-do to kick off your Friday night in Honolulu.
Cost: Free admission for museum members, $25 for non-members
Hawaiian Mission Houses
Held annually, this is only one of two days where the Mission Houses historic site is open to free public admission. Activities include live music performances and various arts-and-crafts options.
Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park
The Floral Parade treats spectators to an amazing display of Hawaiian culture and local flora. Mounted riders (men and women) don traditional dress and adorn themselves and their horses in colorful lei. Flower-covered floats, hula dancers, and bands will also be on parade.
Cost: Free; donations gratefully accepted
October 4 - December 6
First Friday returns with downtown Honolulu’s galleries, restaurants, and bars putting their best foot forward. Come down, have a bite to eat, visit the galleries, and then hit the bars for the afterparty.
Cost: Free, but expect cover charges at area bars and clubs
October 4 - December 6
Hawaii State Art Museum
If you like Art After Dark, you will enjoy First Fridays at the Hawaii State Art Museum. Every week, the museum stays open late until 9pm with live entertainment, food, and bar service. Guests can enjoy the museum’s contemporary art collection in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
Cost: Free admission, but additional cost for refreshments and souvenirs