Go Metro to LA Dance Project and you could save on meals in DTLA’s Historic Core


L.A. Dance Project returns to its home of choice, The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, for three performances this fall. The program features a new work by Benjamin Millepied with music by Phillip Glass, and there are shows on Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26.

Plan a night on the town by combining dinner with a show. You’ll be able to save on meals with your TAP card at the following venues near the theatre:

  • Umami Burger – Receive free Thin Fries or Sweet Potato Fries with purchase of a burger
  • Terroni – Save 10% on your bill
  • Peking Tavern – Save 15% on your bill

To get to Ace Hotel, take Metro Bus 30/33035/38 or 40 to Broadway/Olympic. You can also take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, then walk four short blocks south on Broadway.

Go Metro to Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon & 5k

Rock out at the world’s largest Halloween Half Marathon and 5K!

Want to get a head start on your Halloween festivities? Wear your favorite costume this Sunday, October 26 and run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon and 5k. Those with valid TAP cards can save $10 on registration when using promo code LAMETRO14 online.

Participants will run a loop cruise at 7:30 a.m. starting and ending at L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A. Live bands and cheer teams will be encouraging runners at every mile! Bring your friends and celebrate your accomplishments at the free finish line concert and festival. To get to L.A. LIVE, take the Metro Expo or Blue Line to Pico Station and walk toward Figueroa Street.

For the costume contest, staff members will select finalists in the categories best overall, best rock star, best superhero, scariest and most original costume. Winners will be announced at the end for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Go Metro to Lit Crawl LA: NoHo this Wednesday night

Photos from last year's LA Lit Crawl: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

Photos from last year’s Lit Crawl LA: NoHo by Rosalind Helfand.

The second-ever Lit Crawl LA: NoHo returns this Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight–and getting there via Metro is as easy as A-B-C!

Over 170 writers, literary organizations, and series will offer free readings and cultural events at 30 venues along Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards. Each Lit Crawl location is within walking distance of the other, and of course, the entire NoHo Arts District is reachable by Metro Red Line, Orange Line, or bus. Simply hop on the Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station, or bus lines 152/353, 156/656, or 183 to Lankershim/Chandler.

Lit Crawl LA is organized into three 45-minute phases. At each phase, visitors chose from a diverse program of 10 to 12 events. The night ends with a “speakeasy” party at the Federal Bar at 10 p.m. All events are free to attend, however, food and drink are not included. That’s where Metro can help again: present your valid TAP card at the Federal Bar or Bow and Truss restaurant and save 10% and 15% on food, respectively. Just keep in mind that Metro Rail and Orange Line close around midnight Sunday through Thursday.

CYPHER students to demostrate health and climate solutions at Sustainable Earth Decathlon

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

photo by Saad Faruque via Flickr/CC

Multiple college students from CYPHER, a youth organization promoting environmental readiness, will demonstrate strategies to build human health and discuss climate change solutions during the 2014 Sustainable Earth Decathlon (SED 2014).

Support the youth and their ideas Saturday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Metro’s Gateway Building in Downtown L.A. Go Metro and take the Metro Red, Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, and walk towards the East Portal up to Pastsaouras Bus Plaza. Show your valid TAP card at the registration table and save $5 on admission.

SED2014 will also feature the 1st Annual Global Health Symposium on Youth Engagement with prominent policy and research leaders such as Senator Kevin de Leon, Wm. Jahmal Miller, Deputy Director of CDPH-Office of Health Equity to name a few.

Get to Día de los Muertos celebrations around Los Angeles with Metro

Check out these fun Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations via Metro and get special deals with your TAP card.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 41st Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition will be held at LURNCorazon del Pueblo, Hardware Studio, and Casa 0101 from Oct. 23 through Nov. 29. On Sunday, Nov. 2, their Día de los Muertos celebration is also the end point of the Metro Art Day of the Dead tour. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on art purchases during the events. (Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station)

Grand Park will have Día de los Muertos altars on display from Oct. 25 through Nov. 2. Drop by noche de ofrenda (night of offerings) on Oct. 25 and receive a free admission pass for a future visit to the Museum of Latin American Art at the Grand Park booth by showing your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

East LA Civic Center will host Día de los Muertos festivities on Nov. 1 and 2. Activities include an altar decorating contest, live entertainment, food vendors and more. Show your valid TAP card at the Parks and Recreation booth and receive a free fan. Metro riders can also receive a free drink with purchase at SoCal Burgers Chill & Grill Restaurant on Nov. 2. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station)

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Go Metro Weekends, Oct 10 – 12

Bjork, Banh Mi, ballet… I’m starting to sense a theme this weekend…


Today at Grand Central Market: it’s Banh Mi Day! Participating vendors will sell their own take on the beloved Vietnamese sandwich–how about a smoked pork belly banh mi from Horse Thief BBQ, or an Asian omelet banh mi from EggS***? It all leads up to a free food tasting and recipe showcase with Andrea Nguyen, author of The Banh Mi Handbook, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/3rd, or various buses serving Hill Street or Broadway.)

ArtNight Pasadena returns for its fall 2014 iteration. Over 20 of Pasadena’s best art and cultural institutions will keep their doors open late for an evening of free exhibits, music, and entertainment. Go Metro and get great perks with valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or various buses serving Old Pasadena.)

And now for a bit of shameless self promotion: Lily Allen brings her cheeky brand of British electro hip-hop pop to the Palladium this Friday at 7 p.m. If you’re planning on going, why not avoid the whole parking-in-Hollywood-on-a-weekend headache and take the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station instead?


Grab your TAP card and lace up your running shoes this Saturday for the Boyle Heights 5K Run/Walk and the Munchkin Half-Mile! The race begins at Mariachi Plaza, continues down 1st Street to Lorena, then loops back. It’s $25 for adults and $10 for those 13 and under. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the Munchkin run starting at 8 a.m. and the run/walk beginning at 8:45 a.m. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Bus 30 to 1st St/Mariachi Plaza.)

Metro riders save 20% on tickets to the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner at REDCAT. Various artists led by Jace Clayton perform newly-arranged versions of songs by the mercurial and politically-bold songwriter. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

All Weekend

The Downtown Independent Theater and Cinema is screening Bjork’s Biophilia, her latest concert film, all weekend. Tickets are $11.24 after an online fee. Click here for specific times. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Little Tokyo/Arts District Stations.)

The Australian Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Dorthy Chandler Pavilion this weekend, and Metro riders can save 20% on select seats to the 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Here’s to being cultured and transit-savvy! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

The first-ever Highland Park Independent Film Festival is happening now through October 11 at…the Highland Theatre of course! Catch short programs and feature films throughout the afternoon and evening. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 54.)

Go Metro and save at Taste of Italy this Saturday

The 6th annual Taste of Italy takes place this Saturday, October 11 in Pueblo de Los Angeles in Downtown L.A. Hosted by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, it’s an evening of Italian culture, entertainment, and of course, food that is easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

Guests will enjoy premier gastronomy from more than 50 Italian and Italian American restaurants, dozens of wineries, and purveyors of culinary specialties. Plus, the celebration takes place at the scenic and historic Pico House–one of the last remaining buildings from the days of Los Angeles’ once sprawling and bustling Little Italy. (Don’t believe we ever had a Little Italy? Click here.)

Go Metro to Taste of Italy! Take the Red, Purple, or Gold Line to Union Station. There’s also Bus 70 or 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez, the Silver Line, and a plethora of buses serving Patsaouras Bus Plaza. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is located at 424 N. Main Street, across Alameda Street from Union Station.

Best of all, Taste of Italy is a Destination Discount! This means Metro riders with valid TAP cards will receive $5 off general admission or a premium ticket at event check-in. Now that’s amore!