Go Metro Weekends, June 13 − 15

A standout from last year's Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event was the recipient of a Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and takes place this Saturday - Sunday.

A standout from last year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event received the Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and it’s taking place this Saturday – Sunday.

Friday

Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and the Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station this Friday. The free screening takes place in the old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m. Come early as seating fills up fast! Those with TAP cards get preferential seating and can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels on June 13 only! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold, or Silver Line to Union Station or various Metro buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

Saturday

Meet fellow enthusiasts of biking, design, and dim sum this Saturday on the Design-n-Dim Sum bike tour organized by the Los Angeles Design Festival. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Flying Pigeon bike shop in Highland Park, stops at various studios in Glassell Park, and finishes at the Golden Dragon in Chinatown. A limited number of bikes are available for rent. Those with bikes are welcome to ride for free, but those dining must purchase a $20 advance ticket. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Amabel.)

The City of Santa Monica hosts the Santa Monica Festival this Saturday in Clover Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus of the free festival is sustainability and health as well as a celebration of the 151st anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. Free bike parking will be available, and Big Blue Bus 8 will also be free for the day with a downloadable coupon. (Big Blue Bus 8 to Ocean Park EB/25th or Ocean Park WB/28th.)

Chinatown Summer Nights in Central Plaza is back, and the first event of the season is this Saturday from 5 p.m. through midnight. Enjoy music and dancing with 89.9 KCRW DJs, as well as food and shopping from food carts and local vendors. The event is free to all. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or Metro Bus 83 or 84/68 to Broadway/Chinatown, or Metro Rapid 794 to Hill/College.)

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Get ready for Make Music Los Angeles on June 21

 

Rhythm Child jams at lasts year's Make Music Los Angeles. Photo: Make Music LA Official Facebook

Rhythm Child jams at lasts year’s Make Music Los Angeles. Photo: Make Music LA Official Facebook

Make Music Los Angeles, now in its 3rd year, is set to take place Saturday, June 21. Hundreds of free concerts will be taking place in public spaces throughout Los Angeles County from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Venues include Helms Bakery, Santa Monica Place, Grand Park, Eagle Rock Library, Canoga Park Library and more.

During Make Music LA, you can receive exclusive Metro discounts at the following locations by showing your valid TAP card.

To see the list of Make Music LA venues and schedule of performances, visit their site. Then plan your route to the free music using Trip Planner!

Go Metro to the American Heroes Air Show and save on helicopter rides

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The Hansen Dam Sports Complex will be hosting the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free helicopter aviation event will feature rotary-wing helicopters from various local, county, state, private media and federal agencies.

There will also be information regarding careers in public law enforcement and educational opportunities, and an appearance by Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull flight team! Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the STAR Helicopters booth and receive a 5% discount on helicopter rides!

The Hansen Dam Sports Complex is located at 11480 Foothill Boulevard in Lake View Terrace. Take the Metro Bus 233 to the intersection of Terra Bella Street and Foothill Boulevard. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro to celebrate Summer Solstice in Culver City on June 21

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Visit the Culver City Arts District site to see the list of participating locations.

Celebrate the longest day of the year in Culver City! The Summer Solstice at the Culver City Arts District takes place Saturday, June 21 from noon to 7 p.m. There will be dozens of musical performances, a free self-guided tour of art galleries and special discounts at several area restaurants and retail shops.

Musical performances will be provided in coordination with Make Music LA as part of the global musical festival taking place in more than 700 cities around the world!

To receive exclusive Metro discounts during Summer Solstice, show your valid TAP card to the cashier or server at these Culver City businesses:

The Culver City Arts District is located on Washington Boulevard between Helms and Fairfax Avenue. Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station.  Plan your best route using the Trip Planner.

Go Metro and save at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival, an annual celebration of emerging performing arts and artists, takes place this year from June 12 to 29. Enjoy the newest drama, dance, art, comedy, cabaret and more in Hollywood’s theaters, clubs and other unexpected places. The festival includes nearly 300 shows in over 50 venues, many of which are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

At heart, fringe festivals are about breaking the mold–something we also aspire to here at Metro (let’s face it, riding mass transit in car-obsessed L.A. is a pretty iconoclastic move). Go Metro to the Hollywood Fringe Fest and save $2 on your Fringe Button (normally $5). Wear your Fringe Button for discounts on festival tickets, and drinks, food or merchandise at participating “hotspot” businesses. Fringe Buttons can be purchased at Fringe Central, located at 6455 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Take Metro Bus 4 and get off at Santa Monica Boulevard/Wilcox Avenue.

To plan your best route to Fringe Fest events, use Google maps or the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to the L.A. Film Fest and save 10% on tickets

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Move over Cannes! The L.A. Film Fest returns this Wednesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 19 with film screenings taking place across Los Angeles.

This year, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with nearly 200 features, shorts, and music videos from 40 countries. Enjoy premiers, outdoor screenings, conversations with industry insiders, and live music. Arrive via Metro Bus or Rail and save 10% on tickets with a special online promo code. (You’ll also be saving the $10 you would have spent on parking.)

While L.A. LIVE is the hub of the festival, screenings and other events will take place at various locations across the city.

Find your best route using Google maps or the Trip Planner. To browse L.A. Film Fest events, click here.

Join the CPR Block Party today at 5 Metro Rail stations, help break world record

This week is National CPR Awareness Week and EduLife Institute is offering free hands-only CPR training today at the following Metro stations:

  • Union Station
  • Red Line North Hollywood Station
  • Red Line Universal City Station
  • Red Line Vermont/Sunset Station
  • Gold Line Mariachi Plaza Station

Instructors will be at the stations until 10 p.m. The training takes less than 1 minute and is intended to equip as many people as possible with the skills necessary to save lives.

To make things more interesting, we’re also hoping to break the world record for most people to complete CPR training in 24 hours! Swing by, spend a minute and get a nifty participation card. And if you absolutely cannot make it out today, you can still learn CPR or take other American Heart Association training classes at the Critical Care Center in North Hollywood. Show your TAP card to receive a $10 discount on your selected course.