Tour Metro electric bus at AltCar Expo, September 19-20

One of five new electric buses ordered by Metro and build by BYD will be on display at Altcar Expo. Photo Credit: BYD

One of the five new electric buses ordered by Metro and manufactured by BYD will be on display at the AltCar Expo. Photo Credit: BYD

The 9th Annual AltCar Expo will be taking place Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Admission is free and the expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The expo features presentations and demonstrations of the latest advancements in alternative technology vehicles, transportation, and energy efficiency. Don’t miss out on a tour of the all-new electric bus on display presented by Metro!

As an added bonus for Metro riders, those who show their valid TAP cards at the AltCar info booth will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental! The winner will be announced after the event, and you must be present at the time of the raffle to claim the prize.

To get to the auditorium, take Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th and walk south on 4th Street. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus is another option; for more routes and connections use the Trip Planner. Free bike valet will also be offered at the event.

Ride Metrolink to Los Angeles County Fair, save on tickets with Metro

Photo courtesy of Metrolink

Photo courtesy of Metrolink

It’s starting to cool down just a little bit, which makes going out on weekends that much more enjoyable. Make sure to include the Los Angeles County Fair in your plans this month! The fair is happening now through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona.

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.

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Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to books, go Metro and learn at the California Science Museum

If you didn’t manage to make it out to the California Science Center this summer, now’s a great time to go. Get back into the swing of learning with the help of fun exhibits and hands-on experiences. And there’s only a few months left to enjoy Pompeii: The Exhibit, on display now through January 4, 2015.

Go Metro to the California Science Center to see Pompeii and save $3 on adult exhibition tickets and $2 on any adult IMAX movie tickets. To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, or use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Timed tickets are required to view the exhibit. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Go Metro Weekends, September 5 – 7

The Culver Hotel hosts image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC

When the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, local papers called the six-story building the “Culver skyscraper.” This weekend, you can Go Metro to the hotel’s Prohibition Ball (and much more). Image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC.

Friday

This Friday at Dodger Stadium is the first-ever Dodgers Koreatown Night! Purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat section and you’ll not only get to enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, you’ll also receive a free Hyun-Jin Ryu bobblehead and a special K-town Black Card (good for discounts at various K-town hotspots.) Hip-hop rapper and Koreatown native Dumbfoundead will throw the night’s first pitch against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. And if you miss this game, there are a few left in the season…and you can save money on tickets to them with your TAP card! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line, or various buses, to Union Station, then hop aboard the Dodger Stadium Express.)

Simmer down at the end of another week with live jazz at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jamire Williams performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, giving you plenty of time to snag sushi or ramen beforehand. Tickets are $15, and you must be 21 or older. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

Street Food Cinema presents Pineapple Express in Exposition Park at 8:30 p.m. Arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for live music by Cashew & Cleary and dinner at a plethora of food trucks. Tickets range from $12 to $17. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to 37th St/USC, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Exposition.)

Headed to the Prohibition Ball at the Culver Hotel? Ditch the jalopy for a safe, easy ride with Metro! Culver City Station is a 10 minute walk from the party, and service runs until 2 a.m. on Saturday. 1920s attire is required, and tickets are $90.

Malaysian-born songstress and DTLA resident Yuna performs for free this Saturday evening at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performance’s summer concert series. We’re digging her take on Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” The show starts at 8 p.m., grab dinner at Noe Restaurant or Johnny’s Pizza beforehand and save some money with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Grand, Figueroa, Temple or 1st.)

Sunday

Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment and fun at the East LA Parade and Festival this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Make sure to have your TAP card handy for a chance to win tickets to a major theme park. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station.)

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This Sunday: CicLAvia explores Broadway and so should you

CicLAvia-Explores-logoIn anticipation of the October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA, CicLAvia will explore one of downtown Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods on Sunday, September 7. Join CicLAvia for a day of food, free tours and a screening of the movie Mulholland Drive in the Broadway Theater District. The day on Broadway runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie screening starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are required for the movie, the cost is $10.

Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

Just one of the many delicious food items you can enjoy at Grand Central Market. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

 

Grab lunch at Grand Central Market before exploring Broadway! From tacos to sticky rice, pizzas to ice cream, the market has something for everyone to enjoy. Show your valid TAP card and provide your email address at the information desk located on the Hill Street side of the market and receive a $2 off token to be redeemed at any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the market. This offer is only valid on September 7.

To reach Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

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.