Cafe Crepe coming to Union Station

The Metro Board earlier today approved a lease agreement with Cafe Crepe to take over the former Union Bagel space in Union Station (the Metro staff report is above). This is the space directly across from Traxx that has been vacant for quite some time.

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This is not a small space. There will be interior seating and this should be a very nice spot for bus and train travelers to stop and grab a meal at pretty agreeable prices.

Check out Cafe Crepe’s menu here — they already have locations in Santa Monica, Vancouver (B.C.) and Toronto and the plan is to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Union Station location. The word ‘crepe’ may be in the name, but there’s a variety of things on the menu including burgers, salads, other sandwiches and desserts.

When will it open? The short answer: it’s going to be a while. The space has to be completely renovated and equipped — and all the necessary permits must be obtained from the city of Los Angeles. We’ll provide updates as the work proceeds!

Peace, love and the Hollywood Bowl at Grand Park on National Dance Day

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Grand Park and the Hollywood Bowl are teaming up to celebrate National Dance Day this Saturday, July 26. Head to Grand Park for some ’60s peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make sure to go Metro so you can get properly accessorized! Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth and receive a free pair of psychedelic sunglasses while supplies last.

To get to Grand Park, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Grand Park/Civic Center Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and options.

peaceOnce you’ve got your sunglasses, wear them to see Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. There are performances on August 1, 2 and 3. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl.

Go Metro to The WALL farmers’ market and get into the Original L.A. Flower Market free

Starting July 26, Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District will be closed to traffic on Saturdays for The WALL, a farmers’ market for flower lovers and foodies. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! There will be fresh food and live music.

Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last.

The WALL takes place at 755 Wall Street. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or take Metro Bus 68 to 6th and Los Angeles Street. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Let’s Ride L.A. will also provide free bike valet!

Free shuttle to HARD Summer for Metro riders

artworkHARD Summer is back August 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days. The two-day festival is taking place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte and boasts more than fifty live performances and world class DJ sets including Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, and Flosstraddamus performing on five stages. And taking Metro is still the best way to get to HARD Summer! HARD Summer is providing free shuttles to connect Metro riders to the concert.

To get there: hop on the Metro Gold Line to Atlantic Station in East LA and get a free shuttle ride to the concert. Shuttles will be located directly across the street from Atlantic Station, at the intersection of Pomona and Beverly Boulevards. Shuttles to HARD Summer will be running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After the concert: follow the festival exit signs to Rosemead Boulevard. The free shuttles will be located just south of the main entrance and will return you to Atlantic Station. Return shuttles will be running from 8 p.m. through 12 a.m. The last shuttle back to Atlantic Station leaves at midnight, so it’s best that you get in line immediately after the concert ends so you don’t miss the last train from Atlantic Station or any connections thereafter. Metro operates late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on Saturdays; rail service on Sundays ends around 1 a.m.

Tips for riding:

  • The Gold Line ride between Union Station and Atlantic Station takes less than 30 minutes.
  • Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
  • Regular Metro Rail fares apply: $1.50 per line / $5 Day Pass (good till 3 a.m.).
  • Each person must have his/her own TAP card. (No sharing of TAP cards)
  • Avoid long return lines at TAP Vending Machines by loading your round trip fare in advance online or on your way in.

Go Metro to REDCAT’s NOW Festival and save 20 percent on tickets

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival celebrates Los Angeles’ vibrant and growing community of stage artists. Starting this Wednesday, July 24, until Saturday, August 9, the festival will showcase eight brand new works by Los Angeles’ most innovative dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Go Metro to NOW Fest and save 20 percent on individual show tickets.

To redeem your Destination Discount, simply present your valid TAP card at the box office. Tickets for all NOW Fest performances are $20 general admission, $16 for students and REDCAT members and $14 for CalArts students, faculty, and staff. To check out the NOW Fest program and get specific performance date and times, click here.

REDCAT is located at 631 W. Second Street in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or any Metro Rapid or local bus serving Grand Avenue, Olive or First Street.

Go Metro to DreamWorks Animation in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and get free tote bag

If you’re a fan of DreamWorks Animation movies–How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, just to name a few–you won’t want to miss the studio’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Hollywood Bowl on July 18 and 19. Jack Black hosts both nights, and you’ll be able to experience film highlights on the Bowl’s big screen, with scores conducted by Thomas Wilkins and performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices vary. Special to Metro riders: show your valid TAP card at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag while supplies last!

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the shuttle up to the Bowl. Shuttle is free if you show your TAP card. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, July 11 − 13

Friday

Join Dance Downtown from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday and be the star of your very own Bollywood routine! Enjoy a short dance lesson followed by spirited dancing and live DJing throughout the night. The evening is free and no experience is required. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro Rapid and Local buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, Temple, or 1st Streets).

The Natural History Museum is hosting Summer Nights in the Garden this Friday from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. The event is free with reservations and features guided tours of the botanical garden, music, performances, botanical inspired drinks, food trucks, and a tutorial on pickling by food writer/cooking instructor Emily Ho. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to Harbor Transitway/37th or Metro bus 81 or 550 to Figueroa/Exposition).

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai screens for free this Friday at the Inglewood Public Library as a part of a summer movie series co-organized by LACMA and the Inglewood Art + Film Lab. Take Metro bus 115 to Manchster/Grevillea to catch this genre-bending thriller starring Forest Whitaker.

Saturday

Take the Metro Gold Line to the Colorado Street Bridge Party – a celebration of Pasadena’s most iconic span hosted on the bridge itself! Dance, eat, take in the views and receive a free artist’s poster with valid TAP. We’ve got the details here.

If you’re going to the LA Garagiste Festival at Union Station — and are planning on making the most of it — Metro is a great option! The Gold, Red/Purple, and Silver Lines can get you there and back, not to mention the plethora of Rapid and Local buses serving Patsaouras Plaza.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rock the Theatre at Ace Hotel with Warpaint at 8 p.m. this Saturday. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue Line to Pico Station or Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or 7th/Metro and walk to Broadway/9th).

Sunday

Sundays mean free salsa dancing at Pershing Square this summer! If you missed the Bollywood fun on Friday, this is one more chance to get your groove on before the weekend’s through. Salsa Caliente provides the soundtrack from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or various Rapid and Local buses serving Pershing Square).

All Weekend

Romantics and lovers of musicals take note: It’s the last weekend to catch Ghost The Musical at the Pantages. Go Metro and receive 45 percent on select seats with valid TAP card. Show times are Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Don’t forget the tissues. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Rapid 780 or bus 180/181, 212/312, 217, or 222 to Argyle/Hollywood).

Because Ghost only made you misty-eyed, this Thursday through Sunday, the National Ballet of Canada presents a brand new vision of Romeo and Juliet at the LA Music Center. Ticket prices vary, but Metro riders save 20 percent on select seats and performances with a valid TAP card.

Heading to Anime Expo? Use Pico Station!

Went cosplayer-spotting at the Metro Blue/Expo Pico Station on Day 1 of Anime Expo, taking place now at the L.A. Convention Center through July 6. Pico Station is an east one-block walk to the convention center for those headed to the Expo! (Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map)

If you spot any awesome cosplayers in transit, (ask them if you can) take their photos and tag us on Twitter or Instagram @metrolosangeles!

Photos by Anna Chen and Steve Hymon/Metro

Go Metro on the Fourth of July! Here are the service hours and some events easy to reach via Metro

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Fireworks over the Queen Mary and Long Beach in 2011. Photo by Marjorie, via Flickr creative commons.

Planning on going Metro this Friday, July 4? We hope so! From Grand Park to the Coliseum to the Queen Mary, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. Just keep in mind that due to the holiday, Metro will make the following modifications to service:

In anticipation of increased ridership, all Metro Rail Lines will follow a Saturday schedule this Friday, July 4. This means trains will run until around 2 a.m. with full-platform-length trains on many lines. As many of you are already aware, fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass, which expires at 3 a.m. the day after the purchase date. TAP cards cannot be shared–everyone needs to purchase, load, and TAP their own card. To avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines on your way home, load return fare in advance of your initial trip.

On the bus side, Metro Orange and Silver Line will also operate on a Saturday schedule with service until 2 a.m. on July 4. All other Metro buses will follow their respective Sunday/Holiday schedules, which means certain bus lines will not run at all this Friday.

Here are just a few Fourth of July events easily accessible by Metro – if you’re heading to one not on the list, let us know in the comments! Please refer to individual timetables for exact schedules and days of operation for Metro Bus and Rail lines.

One note: there is NO shuttle operating from Old Pasadena to the Rose Bowl for the Americafest fireworks display. The Rose Bowl is about a 1.5-mile to 2.0-mile walk from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station depending on your route — and not quite as far if you’re watching from vantage points along the Arroyo Seco.

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

The doors open at 1 p.m. at Grand Park! The free party will feature live performances starting at 4 p.m. and on-site food vendors. You can also dine at nearby DTLA restaurants and save on your bill with your TAP card! Rooftop fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Make sure to load your TAP card with cash fare or a Day Pass in advance to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines when heading home. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, exit on 1st Street–Temple Street exit will only be open for ADA/elevator access)

4th of July at Exposition Park

The KJLH Fireworks Extravaganza at Expo Park is a free event for the whole family. The music festival takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Coliseum and there will be fireworks at 9 p.m. Food vendors will also be on-site. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 40, 204 or Rapid 754 to MLK/Vermont)

July 4th Late Night and BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of The Pacific will be extending their hours to 10 p.m. so you can enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the city of Long Beach fireworks display. Admission is $14.95 if you enter after 5 p.m. If you’re heading there earlier, show your TAP card to get a discount on regular admission! The aquarium will also be serving a special BBQ menu that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Adult tickets to the meal cost $48 and include aquarium admission. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station then walk south on Pine Avenue, or transfer to free Passport Shuttle)

Soccer and Fireworks: LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Can’t get enough soccer action? Head to a game and take in some fireworks at the StubHub Center. The LA Galaxy take on the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. (Metro Bus 130, 51 or 52 to Victoria/Avalon)

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–Jon Ross Alexander and Lily Allen

Go Metro to the Colorado Street Bridge Party July 12 and receive a free poster

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Images courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

Celebrate the historic Colorado Street Bridge at a party hosted on the bridge itself! Pasadena Heritage invites the public to an evening of live music, dancing, vintage cars, and children’s activities atop the iconic span on Saturday July 12 from 6 – 11 p.m. A variety of local vendors will offer food and beverages for purchase, including dumplings, BBQ, Mexican fare and drinks.

If you didn’t know it already, bridges + trains = best friends. Getting to the festivities via Metro is easy and convenient. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station and walk two blocks south to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue to connect with the free Pasadena ARTS Route 10 shuttle. The Route 10 shuttle will run every 17 minutes starting at 5 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. the evening of the party.

It is also possible to reach the celebration on foot—head west on Colorado from Memorial Park Station and walk for approximately fifteen minutes. Show your valid TAP card at the event merchandise table to receive a free commemorative Kenton Nelson poster while supplies last.

Tickets to the Colorado Street Bridge Party can be purchased in advance online for $16 adults/$8 kids or for $18 adults/$9 kids the day of the celebration. For additional info about the festivities, click here.