Go Metro to holiday light celebrations

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr

We may miss out on the whole picturesque, snow-capped December thing here in the Los Angeles-area — which is perhaps why many of us (including yours truly) are nutty about holiday lights.

In the spirit of all things festive and electric, here is a list of Metro-adjacent holiday light celebrations. From lamp-lit Victorian houses and a luminous boat parade, to Christmas trees and menorahs too big to fit through your front door, Go Metro to dazzle your eyeballs and get in the holiday mood—sans traffic, and of course, sans snow.

Bonus: many of the events below include performances, live music, ice sculpting, fireworks, seasonal nosh, and more, so be sure to click the links for details!

Now, who else is excited for the holidays?

Get ready for the “12 Days of Metro” Instagram scavenger hunt contest


Participate in the “12 Days of Metro” for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners!

The scavenger hunt begins on Thursday, Dec. 5, and will run each weekday through Friday, Dec. 12. Here’s how it works: each weekday at 8 a.m. Metro will post a clue on its Instagram account.

How to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Solve the daily riddle, which will involve a location accessible by Metro
  3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
  4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location and tags will be entered to win the daily prize! The contest will close at 6 p.m. each business day; submissions posted after 6 p.m. will not be included.

The daily winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Metro’s Instagram the following day. Prizes include theatre tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Click here for the official contest rules, terms and conditions.

Go Metro and save on Tuesday evening shows to The Lion King

The Lion King will be gracing the Hollywood Pantages Theatre stage from Nov. 20 through Jan. 12. During its run, Metro riders will be able to save 15% on tickets to Tuesday evening shows.

Show your valid TAP card and mention the promo code METRO at the box office when purchasing or picking up tickets to receive the 15% discount on orchestra seats for every Tuesday evening show. Use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online. Offer is only available while supplies last.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Hollywood Pantages, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station or Metro Rapid 780 to Argyle/Hollywood. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro to HARD Day of The Dead

Photo: HARD Presents... Official Facebook

Photo: HARD Presents… Official Facebook

Metro will offer extended late-night Metro Rail service on Sunday, Nov. 3, for HARD Day of the Dead. The event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2–3, will take place at Los Angeles Historic State Park, a short walk from both the Gold Line Chinatown station and Union Station.

Please note that unlike previous HARD events, attendees WILL NOT receive a Metro Day Pass with their tickets, which means if you’re going Metro to the concerts, you’ll need to get a reusable TAP card ($1) and make sure it’s loaded with cash fare or a pass. One ride is $1.50 per line; a Day Pass is $5 and lets you ride the entire Metro system until 3 a.m. the following day.

Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris headline a loaded lineup. The music will start each day at noon and last sets will end at approximately 12 a.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Metro will run normal 2 a.m. late-night service. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Metro Rail, Orange and Silver Lines will run approximately one hour after the festival ends to accommodate those who go to the show.

Last trains/buses on Sunday night will be as follows:

  • Northbound Gold Line to Pasadena will leave East L.A. at 12:43 a.m., leaving Union Station at 1:07 a.m.; Southbound to East L.A. will leave Pasadena at 12:39 a.m., departing Union Station at 1:08 a.m.
  • Outbound Red Line to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:12 a.m. and arrive 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:16 a.m. to connect with Blue and Expo Line; Outbound Purple Line to Wilshire/Western will leave Union Station at 1:07 a.m..
  • Southbound Blue Line to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:25 a.m. and arrive Willowbrook at 1:49 a.m. to connect with the Green Line; Westbound Expo Line to Culver City will leave 7th St./Metro Ctr at 1:30 a.m.
  • Green Line to both Norwalk and Redondo Beach will leave Willowbrook at 2 a.m.
  • Westbound Orange Line will provide extra buses to Warner Center and Chatsworth, leaving North Hollywood at 1:15 a.m., 1:35 a.m. and 1:55 a.m.
  • Eastbound Silver Line to El Monte Station will leave Union Station at 1:20 a.m.; Southbound Silver Line to Harbor Gateway Transit Center will leave Union Station at 1:31 a.m.

For more information on routes and schedule times, visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Reminder: Go Metro to Taste of Soul Saturday, Oct 19

Taste of Soul, one of L.A.’s largest street festivals, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Running down Crenshaw Boulevard between Stocker and Rodeo Road, visitors can sample great food from local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and check out displays by local artists.

Hop on the Expo Line to Expo/Crenshaw Station, then start walking south on Crenshaw until you come across a huge crowd of people. It will take you less than five minutes.

Metro will have a booth at the Crenshaw/Rodeo intersection to provide information about the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line project, which is preparing to begin major construction next spring. Rail safety staff will be available to talk about how to be safe around trains and tracks.

Representatives from Metro’s community partners, several labor unions and a  pre-apprenticeship training program will be available to provide information on how to enter trade unions to work on Metro capital projects that will soon start construction in the region. Information on careers at Metro, from bus operators to executive officers, will be available as well.

Adjacent to Metro’s booth will be the Metro Experience, a mobile theatre will be screening video presentations that reflect the Crenshaw and Inglewood communities.

Metro Bus 40, 102, 105, 210, 710 and 740 will be detouring for the festival. Signs in English and Spanish will be posted at bus stops regarding the temporary routes, or check Metro’s Service Advisories for the latest changes on detours.

For bicyclists, there is ample secure parking for bikes at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Bikes are allowed on all Metro Bus and Rail.

Destination Discount: Save $1 on tickets at LALIFF with Metro

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returns to Hollywood October 10 through 14 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. The five-day festival features award-winning films, documentaries, and short films by Latino filmmakers. Download the festival schedule and showtimes here.

Go Metro and save $1 on any screening ticket at LALIFF. Just present your valid TAP card at the box office.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to TCL Chinese Theatres, take the Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro and Metrolink to Dodgers and Kings games tonight in downtown Los Angeles

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Here is the situation tonight in a nutshell: the Dodgers have a chance to clinch their National League Divisional Series against Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. There will easily be a 50,000-person-plus crowd.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Kings have their home opener against the New York Rangers — a game that almost certainly will attract a capacity crowd.

In other words, traffic may not be super delightful in and around downtown L.A. this afternoon and evening. There are transit alternatives.

The Blue and Expo Lines’ Pico station is on Flower Street between Pico and 12th Street. It is a five minute walk or less to Staples Center for Kings games. Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map.

The Dodger Stadium Express runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodger Stadium and is free to those holding game tickets. The details from the Dodger Stadium Express page on metro.net:

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.
  • Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field. Service will run the same route in reverse after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.

As for fares, Metro charges $1.50 per individual bus or train line; there are no free transfers. A day pass for unlimited riding that day until 3 a.m. costs $5. Reloadable fare cards — called TAP cards — are available at all ticket machines at Metro Rail stations. The card costs $1. They can be used again, so don’t throw them out. Metro fare info here

Using Metrolink commuter rail? Only their San Bernardino Line has a late train leaving Union Station — at 11 p.m.

Go Metro to L.A. Kings season opener and Dodgers playoffs!

Above: the Kings practice in September at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, adjacent to the Green Line's Mariposa station. The above drill is harder than it looks. Trust me.

In two hours or so, the Dodgers kick off their National League divisional series at Atlanta while the Kings start their season against the Minnesota Wild.

Both teams come home at the start of next week. The Dodgers host the Braves for Game 3 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine with Game 4 on Monday (the time hasn't been announced yet). The Kings' home opener against the New York Rangers is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

Both games are transit accessible. The Dodger Stadium Express provides free bus service for ticket holders between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodgers Stadium. And Staples Center is easy to reach via the Blue and Expo Lines' Pico station as well as the Silver Line bus.

Blue Line timetable and map

Expo Line timetable and map

Silver Line timetable and map

Timetables for all Metro bus and rail lines

Go Metro to ArtNight Pasadena and get free (or close to free) things in the process

ArtNight Pasadena is an evening filled with music, arts and entertainment at 17 of Pasadena’s most notable and iconic arts and cultural institutions on October 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Best of all, this entirely free event is easily accessible from the Metro Gold Line.

ArtNight Pasadena is also a Destination Discount, which means those who show their TAP card, Metro Employee ID or LA County employee ID will receive exclusive special offers at:

•  Armory Center for the Arts: 145 N. Raymond Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station. Receive a free catalogue, “Art through Pasadena.”

Boston Court: 70 North Mentor Avenue. Accessible via Lake Av Gold Line Station or Metro Bus lines 256 or 485 to Lake/Union. Get a $5 discount on any general admission ticket purchased through their website using the code METRO.

MUSE/IQUE: 750 East Green Street. Accessible via Metro Bus 485 to Lake/Green. Get 50% off tickets to their Uncorked series.

One Colorado: 24 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Line 256. Goorin Brothers Hats offers a 15% discount on all merchandise sold on ArtNight at their Pasadena location.

Pacific Asia Museum: 46 North Los Robles Avenue. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive a 20% discount on museum memberships.

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 East Union Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Union or Los Robles/Colorado. Get a free exhibition poster.

Pasadena Museum of History: 470 West Walnut Street. Accessible via Memorial Park Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 180, 181, 256, 267, 686, 687 or 780 to Los Robles/Walnut, Walnut/Garfield or Los Robles/Colorado. Receive one complimentary admission pass to return to the museum at a later date and tour the recently re-opened Fenyes Mansion

Side Street Projects: 730 North Fair Oaks Avenue. Accessible via the Del Mar Gold Line Station and/or Metro Bus 260 or 267 to Fair Oaks/Orange Grove. Get a free membership or receive 20% off an on-site class.

Remember that when using Metro Express Line 485, the fare may differ depending on where you catch it at. To plan your fun filled evening, use the Trip Planner on metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Free Screening of Alfred Hitchcock Film at Metro’s Historic Los Angeles Union Station on Friday, Sept 20

alfred-hitchcock-presents-opening-creditsMetro and Echo Park Film Center will host a free public screening of a classically enthralling Alfred Hitchcock film at historic Union Station on Friday, Sept. 20. Don’t miss the chance to see a visually outstanding work by the brilliant master of suspense in the similarly dramatic setting of Union Station.

Film Screening Details:

Friday, September 20
Screening begins at 8:00 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Union Station North Patio
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event is free to the public. Seating is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests may bring chairs, blankets and picnics, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

RSVPs are recommended but not required. Email zellerh@metro.net.

Show your valid Metro TAP card at check-in for access to preferential seating. Feel like dinner and a movie? Show your valid Metro TAP card at Traxx Restaurant at Union Station and receive a 10% discount on your dinner bill. Guests are encouraged to make reservations at 213.625.1999 or www.urbanspoon.com.

The public film screening continues Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station. Past events featured a screening of the film Chinatown and a performance by G.G. NineNet, a nine-piece jazz band.

“We’re excited to partner with Echo Park Film Center to screen a deliciously thrilling Hitchcock film,” said Maya Emsden, Metro Deputy Executive Officer, Creative Services. “Our plan with this new series is to temporarily embellish the varied spaces of Union Station in new ways so people have the chance to keep rediscovering this special LA place.”

Can you guess which film will be screened? Comment below!

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.