Get ready to party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday and that’s just one of many events in the area.
Escape on Friday to the all-new Infusion Lounge at Universal CityWalk. Happy hour runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and special guest DJ HEM will be providing the dance beats. The lounge enforces a dress code so wear something nice. By the way, if you visit CityWalk on Saturday you’ll be able to meet Dr. Seuss’ Lorax! (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station or Metro Bus 156 to Cahuenga/Universal Studios and take the free shuttle up to CityWalk.)
For those of you who want nothing more from this Saturday other than green beer, you have plenty of options to get it from. Discover L.A.has put together a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl with Metro guide, featuring some of L.A.’s best Irish pubs that are accessible by Metro. My personal pick is Casey’s Irish Pub. The festivities, which takes over two city blocks, start at 6 a.m. and features live music and great food until 2 a.m. The outdoor area will be tented so there’s no need to worry about bad weather. Admission is free. Don’t get there too late or you’ll be waiting in line for awhile. (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro Station, walk east down 7th Street and turn left on Grand. Metro Bus 14, 96 to Grand/6th.)
L.A. Kings fans living in the Inland Empire should take advantage of the special St. Patrick’s Day offer put together by the team and Metrolink. Special “Lucky Packs” are available for Saturday night as the Kings take on the Nashville Predators. The “Lucky Pack” includes a Kings game ticket, a round-trip Metrolink ticket, a commemorative St. Patrick’s Day hockey puck and free drink. The Metrolink ticket will allow you to take Metro for free to get to Staples Center so you won’t have to deal with parking or traffic. Pack prices start at $54 and the Kings fan train departs at 3:35 p.m. from San Bernardino to Union Station. (From Union Station, you can take the Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro Station and walk southwest on Figueroa to Staples Center, or transfer there to the Blue Line and hop off at Pico Station.)
Saturday is also the 5th annual Santa Monica Airport Artwalk. More than 60 local artists and performers will be there to showcase their work and there will be live music, food trucks and plenty of family-friendly activities. The event is free to attend and begins at noon. If you want to try biking out to the airport – or bus-and-bike it, all Metro buses and Big Blue Buses have bike racks – the event is offering free bike valet. (Santa Monica Bus 14 to Bundy/Airport, check Trip Planner to see which Metro connection to take.)
Sunday is the L.A. Marathon and if you’re going out, check to see if your journey will be impacted by road closures. In downtown, streets will be reopened by the time American Idiot, playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, goes on. Based on punk-rock band Green Day’s GRAMMY winning album, the Broadway musical tells the coming-of-age story of three lifelong friends in a post-9/11 world. There are two showings on Sunday, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10, 92 to Temple/Grand.)