Go Metro Weekends, May 6-8

Treat mom to a car-free Mother’s Day weekend courtesy of Metro. There’s tons of great events this weekend, try this mom friendly itinerary: on Friday night take mom to Dance Downtown at the Music Center, on Saturday start the day in Hollywood with a Metro Art Tour then head to Union Station for National Train Day after which you can buy her some handcrafted gifts at Unique L.A. On Sunday make her feel like a classic Hollywood starlet with a tour of the Egyptian Theater and a viewing of Forever Hollywood.

All events are subject to change or maybe be sold out, please check with the venue before making plans.  To plan your trip and to check all other transit options, please consult Google Transit or the Metro Trip Planner.

Friday, May 6

First Fridays at The Natural History Museum
A talk by Dr. Elizabeth Hadly, live music by Crystal Stilts and Moving Units.
Website: http://www.nhm.org/
When: 5:30pm-10pm
Price:
$9
Where: The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd.
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Vermont/Exposition (102, 204, 550, 754), Figueroa/Exposition (102, 442, 445, Silver Line)

Dance Downtown – Cumbia
Two left feet? Learn how to dance and shake it, move it and groove it under the stars with live music/DJ and beginner dance lessons sprinkled throughout the evening. No experience necessary.
Website: http://www.musiccenter.org/
When: 6:30pm
Price: 
FREE
Where: L.A. Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave.
Nearby Metro Rail: Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Temple/Grand (2/302, 4, 10/48, 92, 445)

Kes$ha at Hollywood Palladium
The Get $leazy Tour.
Websitehttp://www.livenation.com/Hollywood-Palladium-tickets-Hollywood/venue/73794
When: 8pm
Price: $40.50
Where
: Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd.
Nearby RailRed Line Hollywood/Vine Station
Nearby Metro Bus StopsSunset/Vine (2/302, 210)

Ricky Martin at Nokia Theatre
Musica+Alma+Sexo Tour.
Website: http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com/
When: 8pm, Friday and Saturday
Price:
$46-$166
Where: Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Nearby Metro Rail
: Blue Line Pico Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Figueroa/Olympic (28, 81, 439, 728, Silver Line)

Shark Lagoon Nights at The Aquarium of the Pacific
Featuring live bands, plus touch bamboo sharks and see large sand-tiger sharks, including rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.
Websitehttp://www.aquariumofpacific.org/
When: 6-9pm
Price: FREE
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Nearby Metro RailBlue Line Long Beach Transit Mall Station

More weekend events, after the jump.

Saturday, May 7

DESTINATION DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
National Train Day Celebration at Union Station
Don’t miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays, special exhibits and other exciting attractions for free in beautiful Union Station!
Website: http://www.nationaltrainday.com/
When: 11am
Price: FREE
Where: Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St.
Nearby Metro Rail: Union Station, Red/Purple Line Union StationGold Line Union Station

DESTINATION DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
Art’s a Trip, FREE Metro Art Tour
Learn how the Metro Art Department commissions artists to incorporate art into a wide array of transportation projects throughout LA County.
Website: http://www.metro.net/about/art/
When: 10am
Price: FREE
Where: Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station
Nearby Metro Rail: Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Hollywood/Highland (212/312, 222, 217, 780, 156/656)

L.A. Food Truck Derby
Enjoy great food and live performances by Saint Motel, Hanni El Khatib, Tijuana Panthers, Rachel Goodrich as well as DJ sets by Chris Douridas, Valida and Matt Goldman.
Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219448438082264
When: 8:30am
Price:
FREE (Must RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/foodtruckderby)
Where: Siren Studios, 6063 W. Sunset Blvd
Nearby RailRed Line Hollywood/Vine Station
Nearby Metro Bus StopsSunset/Gower (2/302)

International Fitness Challenge at Club Nokia
Five of the world’s top trainers; Jeanette Jenkins (kickboxing), Paul Katami (kettle bells), Amy Dixon (BOSU Training), Keith Irace (cardio), and Stephanie Vitorino (body sculpting) will push your body to the limit in this three hour circuit training event.
Website: http://www.clubnokia.com/
When: 8:30am
Price:
$79.50-$249.50
Where: Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Nearby Metro Rail
: Blue Line Pico Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Figueroa/Olympic (28, 81, 439, 728, Silver Line)

Fleet Foxes at Hollywood Palladium
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes are led by vocalist/guitarist Robin Pecknold, who fashioned his band’s earthy, harmony-rich sound in honor of such perennial ’60s artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Zombies, and the Beach Boys.
Websitehttp://www.livenation.com/Hollywood-Palladium-tickets-Hollywood/venue/73794
When: 8pm
Price: $35
Where
: Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd.
Nearby Metro RailRed Line Hollywood/Vine Station
Nearby Metro Bus StopsSunset/Vine (2/302, 210)

Late Night at LACMA
Late Night at LACMA brings together art, music, and after-hours access for an intimate experience in the museum unlike any other.
Website: http://www.lacma.org/
When: 8pm
Price:
$10
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Nearby Metro Bus Stops
: Wilshire/Fairfax (20, 217, 720, 780)

Unique LA Design and Gift Show
The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 300 hand-selected designers and artists.
Website: http://uniquela.com/
When: 11am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday
Price:
$10
Where
: California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street
Nearby Metro Rail
: Red/Purple/Blue Line 7th Street Metro Center Station; Blue Line Pico Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Main/9th (10/48, 28, 33, 55/202/355, 66, 83, 92, 728)

Sunday, May 8

Cameron Carpenter Orange Recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall
A virtuoso composer-performer unique among keyboardists, Carpenter takes an approach to the organ that is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist.
Website: http://www.laphil.com/
When: 7:30pm
Price: $37.75-$62.25
Where
: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue
Nearby Metro Rail
: Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Grand/2nd (70, 71, 76, 78/79/378, 96, 442, 485, 487/489)
Mother’s Day Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & Forever Hollywood

For the total Old Hollywood experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers’ boxes.
Website: http://americancinematheque.com/
When: 10:30am
Price: $10
Where: Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Nearby Metro Rail
: Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Hollywood/Las Palmas (212/312, 222, 217), Hollywood/Highland (212/312, 222, 217, 780, 156/656)

Fiesta Broadway
Fiesta Broadway is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world. Half a million people come out for this annual street party covering 24 square blocks of Downtown Los Angeles.
Website: http://www.fiestabroadway.la/
When: 11am-6pm
Price: FREE
Where: Downtown
Nearby Rail
: Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station; Red/Purple Line Civic Center Station