Go Metro to the Long Beach Funk Fest on Labor Day

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Celebrate your day of relaxation with a bunch of funk in the air (the good kind of course). The Queen Mary plays hostess to the sixth annual Long Beach Funk Fest on Labor Day Monday. The festival starts at 1 p.m with pre-sale tickets starting at $15 ($20 at the door).

Some of funk and P-Funk’s biggest names will be in the house with headliners George Clinton and Parliment-Funkadelic! Dam-Funk and The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli will also be gracing the stage along with a conclave of Southern California’s top P-Funk DJs.

Valid TAP card holders can save $5 on general admission by using the exclusive Metro promo code when purchasing tickets online. Make sure to have your TAP card handy at the festival too–show it at the Funk Fest merchandise booth and receive 10% off your purchase.

To get to the Queen Mary, take the Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then walk to the corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard and board the free Passport Shuttle which will take you directly to the Queen Mary.

Go Metro to the East LA Parade and Festival on September 7

East L.A. hosts the 68th Annual Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival on Sunday, September 7. Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment, and fun. Go Metro for stress-free transportation to the heart of the action, and take advantage of a special festival perk for transit riders.

The East L.A. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and travels down Cesar E. Chavez Avenue from Mednik to Gage Avenue. At noon, the celebration returns to Cesar Chavez between Mednik and 1st Street until 6 p.m. Both parade and festival are free and open to the public. Last year’s attendance was approximately 20,000! (All the more reason to Go Metro and avoid the hunt for parking.)

Show your valid TAP card at the Radio Centro Booth near the main stage and receive a raffle ticket for four tickets to a major theme park in Southern California. The winners will be announced throughout the day and you must be present to win.

To arrive at the East L.A. Parade and Festival via Metro, take the Gold Line to East L.A./Civic Center Station and walk 10 minutes north on Mednik to Cesar E Chavez Avenue. Trip Planner or Google Transit can help you plan your best route.

Join Metro this fall for free art tours and learn where to get discounts on dinner

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Metro Art Moves, Metro’s free after-work art tours, is back! Tours will depart from Union Station at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month starting September 4. The other tour dates are October 2, November 6 and December 4, 2014.

The guided, artist-led tours focus on three downtown Los Angeles rail stations and provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection. And after checking out some art, grab dinner at a discounted price! Fall tours end at 7th St/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can receive 15% off their food bills at Casey’s Irish PubCole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.

All tours meet at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

General Information

Tours take place on Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday tours begin at Union Station and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

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Go Metro Weekends, August 22 – 24

Delicious pancakes and more to be had at the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast this Sunday--a short walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Image by Janine/Flickr CC

Delicious pancakes and more to be had at the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast this Sunday–a short walk from Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Image by Janine/Flickr CC

From music fests to bike rides, theater, and the ultimate pancake breakfast, here’s a sampling of events to fill your weekend with fun and transit!

Friday

Foodies take note! Grand Central Market and KCRW present “Good Food’s Night Out” this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Good Food hostess Evan Kleiman will be there to talk with guests as they explore the market, recently named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit. The free event includes games, music by KCRW, and expanded menus from vendors such as Horse Thief BBQ, Sticky Rice, DTLA Cheese and more. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or various Metro Rapid and local buses serving Hill Street and Broadway.)

The Young Dubliners bring their energetic, Celtic-rock sound to the Levitt Pavilion at 8 p.m. in MacArthur Park. The concert is free and seating is open on lawn chairs or blankets. Bring a picnic or enjoy concessions for purchase. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.)

Want to see some seriously good dancing? Look no further than the J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival, happening this Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre. This annual event celebrates the vibrancy of the urban arts landscape with a range of hip hop dance styles, spoken word, graffiti art, multimedia, film and live DJs. Arrive early for a pre-show dance battle and meet-and-greet with Mari Koda of the Step Up movie series. Tickets are $30 for adults, $12 children, and $15 students. Go Metro and save 10%. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station, then catch the free Ford Shuttle to the amphitheater.)

Sunday

Take your brunch plans to the next level this Sunday with the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast 2014! Held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, $35 will get you 40-plus food samples and beverages from these L.A. brunch spots. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.)

Learn about Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure and creative centers at Tour da Arts vol. 6, sponsored by C.I.C.L.E and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This 9-mile bike tour starts at 12 p.m. at SMMoA and includes art and performances at each stop. The ride is free, but preregistration is required. Present your TAP card at the SMMoA gift store for 10% off merchandise. (Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/26th, then walk 10 minutes south on 26th Street, or Big Blue Bus 5 to Olympic EB/26th.)

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Go Metro to Tour da Arts for car free fun and save on gifts with TAP card

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Enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds at Santa Monica Museum of Art’s (SMMoA) sixth annual Tour da Arts on Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. SMMoA’s cultural bicycle festival and tour is a car-free community event for riders of all ages.

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. The festival kicks off with a 9-mile bike ride that will stop for screenings and performances by local artists. Registration is required at SMMoA.org.

Show your valid TAP card at reception and save 10% on purchases at the SMMoA’s gift store GRACIE.

To get to SMMoA, take Metro Rapid 704 and exit at Santa Monica Boulevard and 26th Street. Enter Bergamot Station from 26th Street (the south east side of 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard). For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Save up to 50 percent on any-day Los Angeles County Fair tickets with Metro

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Discover the Los Angeles County Fair–the largest county fair in the country–with Metro and Metrolink. The fair takes place from August 29 through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona. You’ll be able to enjoy Luminasia, a larger-than-life Chinese lantern festival, Grinding Gears dance club, live animals, a carnival with more than 70 thrilling rides and more!

Discounted tickets to the Los Angeles County Fair are available for Metro riders. Use the exclusive promo code when buying tickets online and save up to 50% on any-day fair tickets.

To get to the fair on weekends, take the Metrolink San Bernadino Line to Fairplex Station. A free shuttle will take you from there to the Yellow Gate Entrance. Metrolink is offering a late-night train service back to Los Angeles Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays while the fair is in session so you can stay and enjoy the concerts, nightclub and evening entertainment.

All San Bernardino Line weekend trains will stop at the Fairplex Station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday. Take advantage of the special Metrolink weekend pass discount for trains that run to and from Union Station.

For weekday service to the fair, use the Pomona (North) Station and transfer to Foothill Transit Bus 197.

Go Metro and save on food at the Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival

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The 1st annual Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 at Sycamore Park in Highland Park. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Enjoy live music from the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Chicano Batman, Cold Duck and many more!

Save 5 percent on your bill at participating food vendors when you show your valid TAP card.

Sycamore Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. Take the Metro Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station and walk south to Figueroa Street. Plan your route using the Trip Planner.