TAP to get a free drink at the KTOWN Night Market this weekend

Get ready for the KTOWN Night Market on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. Enjoy free live performances at the Kollaboration Stage, join the K-Pop Experience, or mingle at K-Pop Fan Club Meet Up.

The outdoor event will feature more than 100 food and merchandise booths. Drop by the Seoul Sausage Company booth and show your valid TAP card to receive a free soda beverage with your food purchase.

The KTOWN Night Market starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both nights end at midnight and the event is free and open to the public. Get there via the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station or the Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station. Metro Bus 20 also stops right in front of the night market at Wilshire/Alexandria.

To get an idea of what kind of food you can expect, watch the video after the jump. Warning: it contains graphic scenes of delicious food preparation and enjoyment.

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“Inspire Your Fire” at the Festival of Books and save 10% on official merchandise with Metro


From 2013 Festival of Books. Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

The L.A. Times Festival of Books takes over USC this weekend with music, food, films, books, books and more books! The event is free to attend; hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Getting to the Festival of Books without driving is a snap. Metro has three rail stations that serve the USC area off the Expo Line: Jefferson/USC, Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont. Both the Blue and Expo lines will see enhanced service during event hours to accommodate attendees. The Metro Silver Line also drops off at 37th/USC, and another option for those starting their trips from DTLA is the DASH F.

Due to the Patsaouras Plaza closure this weekend, the free Festival Shuttle Bus will be picking up passengers from Union Station at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. Connect with the shuttle via the Gold, Purple or Red Line. Signage will be placed around Union Station directing festival attendees to the shuttle stop.

As an added bonus, those who go Metro can save 10% on official FOB merchandise! Show your valid TAP card wherever festival merchandise is sold and save on your total purchase.

Get ready for Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s April 8

Mark your calendars, ice cream lovers, Ben&Jerry’s Free Cone Day is coming up next Tuesday! And the best place to get some free ice cream? Right here at Los Angeles Union Station.

And if your free cone isn’t enough to satisfy, take advantage of the Union Station Ben&Jerry’s TAP card Tuesday. Just show your TAP card to the cashier on any Tuesday and save 10% on all scoops, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes.

The ways to Union Station are many! You can get here by train, bus, bike or foot. Check Trip Planner for routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, April 4 – 6


It’s Friday…so treat yourself to something sweet at Sweet Town! Try traditional Chinese sweet soups, contemporary sorbet and gelato desserts, fruity smoothies and all kinds of boba drinks. Best of all, get 10% off your bill with your TAP card. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, Metro Bus 81 or 96 to Hill/Alpine)


Taco lovers, here we go! Grand Park hosts Taco Madness from noon to sunset. The free event features music, live art and of course, TACOS. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, various buses stopping on Hill, Broadway and Spring)


Thai Town USA hosts Thai New Year Festival this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be food, music and other cultural performances. Make sure to get your fill of sticky mango rice! The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood)

Don’t forget to leave your cars at home for CicLAvia! Here’s the previous post on bus detours and rail service. And here’s how to save on official CicLAvia T-shirts with your TAP card.

All Weekend

Drop by the Chinese American Museum to check out L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments. Could be a real eye-opener for Siracha fans! Plus, you can save 10% at the museum store with your TAP card. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Suggested admission is $3 for adults. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)

See A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse. There are performances at 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $50, and Metro riders can save 20% on admission. (Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Madison)

Go Metro Weekends, March 28 − 30

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Attend the Downtown Book Fest in the lovely Grand Park this Saturday (image via Creative Commons).

Welcome to the latest edition of Go Metro Weekends!

Buses and trains are for so much more than your weekday commute. This Friday-Sunday, let Metro take you beyond your workday routine to fun, informative, and inspiring events across the City of Angels. Here are a few ideas to get you going.


Kick off the weekend with Amoeba Record’s free, live DJ series: Rotations. This Friday, DJ Paul V (of Dragstrip 66 and Indie 103.1 fame) guest spins starting at 8 p.m. Browse or shop to your heart’s content and save $3 off purchases over $5 with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Vine, Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Ivar.)


Calling all bookworms: the Grand Park Book Fest takes place this Saturday from 12-5 p.m.! The event is free to attend, and with valid TAP card, save 10% on purchases at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or numerous Metro buses stopping at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring.)

Audrey and Agent Cooper put their heads together in Twin Peaks.

Remember Source Readers: “The owls are not what they seem…” (image via Creative commons)

Starting at 12:15 p.m., the Paley Center for Media presents a marathon screening of David Lynch’s cult-favorite series Twin Peaks. The screening is free with price of admission. (Metro Rapid 704, Metro Bus 4 or 14/37 to Santa Monica/Canon, Metro Bus 16/316 to S. Santa Monica/Canon, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Beverly and walk northwest about 8 minutes to destination.)

Cheer on the L.A. Kings as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets at the Staples Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary, but all Metro riders save 10% on official merchandise at the team store. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)


Long Beach’s first-ever Restaurant Week begins this Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 5. For a list of participating venues, prices, and hours, visit the Eat LBC website. (Metro Blue Line to various Downtown Long Beach stations.)

All Weekend

Get experimental at LACMA this Friday and Saturday with The Least Important Things, Emily Mast’s procession of theatrical vignettes based on the work of Spanish Poet Joan Brossa. The performances unfold throughout LACMA’s campus and are free if you pick up a timed ticket an hour before the show. Then, if you haven’t already, check out the much-lauded James Turrell Retrospective before it leaves L.A. in just two weeks! LACMA is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)

Rock out with Neil Young at the Dolby Theater this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780, Metro Bus 212/312, 156/656, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Highland.)

Go Metro to get 10% off books at Grand Park’s Downtown Bookfest

Grand Park’s annual Downtown Bookfest comes to town Saturday, March 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. Experience the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based presses and publishers along with readings, music and more! The event is free and open to the public.

Show your valid TAP card to any cashier at the Writ Large pop-up shop (representing local authors and presses including Red Hen Press) or The Library Store on Wheels and save 10% on your purchase.

Get to Grand Park via the Metro Red/Purple Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Numerous buses also stop at the park on Grand, Hill, Broadway and Spring. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, March 21 – 23

This weekend, there are a ton of events for you to enjoy on this first weekend of spring!


The Fabulous Forum (formerly The Great Western Forum) is making a stellar return to its glory days with great acts to celebrate its grand re-opening. The celebration continues tonight with Kings of Leon! The show starts at 8 p.m and tickets range from $29.50 – $69.50 (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)


Head out to Nucleus in Alhambra for the kickoff reception for The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a panel discussion, followed by a Q and A session, then closes out with a book signing. Tickets are $5 or free with purchase of The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman book. (Metro Bus 78 to Main/Stonenam)

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Go Metro Weekends, March 14 − 16

TAP and Save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014. Image curtsey of the Paley Center for Media.

TAP and save 50% on screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A with the cast and creative team of your favorite show at PaleyFest 2014…including the Mad Men cast! Image courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

Happy Friday Source readers and mass transit riders! Still not sure of your plans for this weekend? Chose from our list of events and take your weekend from good to great.

You know the drill: half of the following activities are free to attend, and all are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. At some events, score an exclusive Destination Discount simply by showing your valid TAP card!


ArtNight Pasadena. 6-10 p.m., FREE. Participating museums and cultural centers keep their doors open late for an evening of art, music, and entertainment. Metro riders with valid TAP cards receive special perks/discounts from many ArtNight venues. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various Metro buses serving Old Pasadena.)

Horrible Movie Night at Meltdown Comic’s Nerdist Showroom. 9 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This month’s movie is Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) hosted by John Mathot (Disney’s Phineas & Ferb) and Susan Wright (The Because Show podcast). There will also be standup comedy, free popcorn, and lots of yelling at the screen (viewers win prizes for the best roasts). Your TAP card saves you 10% on Meltdown Purchases. (Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Gardner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then walk approximately 20 minutes south on Highland, west on Sunset to Meltdown Comics.)

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Exclusive perks for Metro riders at ArtNight Pasadena March 14

The spring edition of ArtNight Pasadena is coming up!

On Friday, March 14 many of Pasadena’s museums and cultural institutions–including the Norton Simon Museum, The Armory Center for the Arts, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum–will stay open late, from 6 – 10 p.m., for an evening of arts, music, and entertainment. As always, event admission and activities will be free.

The popular event saw 14,000 people last fall. Parking in the area will vanish fast, but luckily the majority of ArtNight’s participating venues are easily accessible via the Metro Gold Line Memorial Park Station and various Metro buses. (See Trip Planner for more routes.) Or you can enjoy ArtNight Pasadena by bike with CICLE. Free shuttles will also loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue, so driving won’t be necessary at all!

Plus, ArtNight Pasadena is a Destination Discount, which means those who show their TAP card, Metro Employee ID, or LA County employee ID will receive exclusive special offers at:

For a full list of participating ArtNight venues, click here.

Go Metro Weekends Feb 28 − Mar 2

"The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid," Francisco Goya, plate 20 of The Bullfight series.

“The Agility and Audacity of Juanito Apinani in the Ring at Madrid,” by Francisco Goya, print 20 of The Bullfight series. Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints is at the Norton Simon for one final weekend. Get there on Metro Gold Line.

We made it to Friday Source Readers!

Whether your plans involve sports, arts and culture, delicious food, good music, Oscar glory, or letting loose for Carnival, Metro can get you there without the hassles of traffic, parking, or a trip to the pump. So have fun and Go Metro this weekend! Just remember the Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station will be closed this Sunday; trains will be bypassing the station due to Oscar event security. (We still love you little gold guy!)


You’ve seen the Best Picture nominees, now’s your chance to see the Oscar-nominated, live-action and animated short films of 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre. Live-action films begin at 7:30 p.m., animated at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $7-11. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Join 94.7 The WAVE’s Smooth Night Out at the Nokia Theatre. Concert lineup includes Toni Braxton, Eric Benet, and SWV. Shows starts 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $49. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)


Rain or shine, the Chinese American Museum presents the 13th Annual Lantern Festival at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, featuring performers, lion dancers, martial artists, entertainers, arts and crafts specialists, museum tours, and food trucks offering Chinese and Taiwanese snacks and beverages. The festival lasts from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is free to all. Save 10% on museum memberships and/or your museum store purchase with valid TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple/Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 96 to Spring/Cesar Chavez.)

In the world of L.A. sports, the Kings take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 1 p.m. while the Clippers play the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m. at the Staples Center. Ticket prices vary. As always, save 10% on official merchandise at the L.A. Clippers Team Store and the L.A. Kings Team Store with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Celebrate the beginning of Carnival in Brazil and around the world at The 14th Annual Brazilian Carnaval party at Club Nokia. This year’s celebration is futbol themed in honor of the 2014 World Cup! Party from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., all ages welcome, tickets range from $45-67 (if bought online in advance). (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro, Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th.)

The Wild Honey Orchestra Beatles Tribute at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre is not your average Beatles tribute. That’s because the “orchestra” is made up of power-pop potentates, including The Bangles, Matthew Sweet, Denny Laine, Jody Stephens, The Muffs, Colin Hay, The Three O’Clock, Louise Goffin, Tommy Keene, Keith Allison, John Wicks, Rob Laufer, Darian Sahanaja, Kristian Hoffman and others, who will perform full-length renditions of Revolver and Abbey Road. Show starts 8 p.m., tickets start at $25. (Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Western Station and walk about 20 minutes west on Wilshire Blvd., Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Lucerne, or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Crenshaw and walk about 10 minutes west on Wilshire.)


Dress to impress and celebrate the Academy Awards in style at the first ever Oscar-viewing party: “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” at the Million Dollar Theatre. Event starts 4 p.m., tickets are $20 – pre-order tickets online to ensure a spot! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, or various downtown Metro Rapid and local buses.)

Yemen Blues plays the Sephardic Music Festival at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Fronted by acclaimed vocalist Ravid Kahalani, the group performs the music of Yemen and West Africa with funk, mambo, soul, and ancient chanting styles. Performance begins 7 p.m., tickets start at $15, but Metro riders can save 20% with valid TAP card. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Busway Station.)

All Weekend

It’s the last weekend to see Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints at the Norton Simon Museum. Go see why historians call him the world’s first truly modern artist. Exhibition hours are 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., general admission is $10, seniors $7, students free. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)