Go Metro Weekends, Sept 12-14

Friday

One Direction will be taking over the Rose Bowl tonight! The British heartthrobs will be performing along with 5 Seconds of Summer tonight at  7 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for  the special boy band-crazed person in your life. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, then walk two blocks to Parsons for Rose Bowl Shuttle. Note: shuttle costs $10 for this event)

Kickstarter will be hosting a film festival at the Autry showcasing small films funded by the fundraising organization. Admission is free and the showings start at 6 p.m. (Metro Bus 96 to the Autry)

Saturday

Come out to the South Pasadena Moon Festival, taking place at the South Pasadena Library from noon until 4 p.m. Celebrate one of most important holidays in Chinese culture with exciting entertainment, games and moon cakes! Admission is free. Activities may require tickets sold at $1 each. (Metro Gold Line to South Pasdena Station, walk about 2 blocks west on El Centro Street) Continue reading

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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Go Metro Weekends, Aug 29 – 31

USC opens up their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

USC Footballs opens their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

Friday

See sixty of the best dance performances from hip hop, ballet, contemporary and other disciplines at the Mix Match Dance Festival opening at the Miles Playhouse. Festivities kick off at  7 p.m and admission is $17. (Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 to Lincoln/Santa Monica, then walk north on Lincoln)

Saturday

Fellow former and current Pokemon (yes, Pokemon) Masters: the Great Summer Pokemon Festival is upon you! Taking place at Chin’s Push, show your skills in an all out tournament! The event starts at 1 p.m.  Admission is $4 and there is a $6 tournament fee. (Metro Bus 28 to Eagle Rock/York then transfer to Metro Bus 83 to York/Ave 49)

Fight On with USC Football as the Trojans play their home opener against Fresno State. Make sure you take the Expo Line to save on parking and traffic hassles!

All Weekend/Labor Day

Head out to the free Leimert Park Village African Arts and Music Festival, taking place Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There will be live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more.(Metro Bus 40 to Vernon/Crenshaw)

LA’s first Made In America festival is going down this weekend at Grand Park. Check here for information regarding bus and rail service and street closures in the area.

Groove to the sounds of funk at the Long Beach Funk Fest! Parliment-Funkadelic will perform live along with George Clinton. Use the code GOMETRO to get $5 off your pre-sale ticket when buying online. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then transfer to free Passport shuttle to Queen Mary)

Special late night service added to Metrolink’s Los Angeles County Fair schedule

Photo by Victoria Bernal via Flickr creative commons.

Photo by Victoria Bernal via Flickr creative commons.

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

LOS ANGELES – As part of its annual service, Metrolink will operate late night trains back to L.A. Union Station on both Saturday and Sunday nights from the Los Angeles County Fair (LACF), the largest county fair in the country. The service will begin this weekend and continue on Saturdays and Sundays throughout September.

The Saturday train will depart the Fairplex Station at 12:20 am (Sunday morning), while the Sunday train will depart at 10 p.m. back to L.A. Union Station. The new late night Metrolink service is made possible by funding from Metro.

The additional service will enable fair-goers to stay until closing on Saturday and Sunday nights so they can enjoy the nighttime concerts and entertainment.

Metrolink has been providing special train service to the LACF since 1993.

In addition to the pair of late-night trains to L.A. Union Station, Metrolink’s San Bernardino Line trains will make special weekend stops at the Fairplex Station. All San Bernardino Line weekends trains will stop at the Fairplex Station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday.

Regular weekday (Monday-Friday) San Bernardino Line trains will not stop at the Fairplex Station.

For more information please visit http://www.metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 21st year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the eighth largest based on annual ridership.

And don’t forget to use the exclusive Metro promo code to score a 50% discount on any-day tickets to the fair!

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 Weekends, Aug 15 – 17

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train descends from the bridge over the 101 freeway in downtown L.A. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train descends from the bridge over the 101 freeway in downtown L.A. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Friday

Don’t forget to go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl! The first night of the two-day series begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available and start at $18. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then transfer to shuttle–free with TAP card)

Saturday

Formerly the H2Ofest, The Uforia Music Festival 2014‘s lineup will feature artists such as Nelly, Ludacris and Kid Cudi. Sounds like the mid-2000s all over again (in a good way)! The show starts at 3 p.m at Exposition Park with tickets starting at $46.50. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Head to The New Stone Age exhibit at the California Contemporary Sculpture Museum on Saturday, open from 5 to 8 p.m. After the event, grab dinner at TGI Fridays! Show your TAP card at the Woodland Hills TGI Fridays on August 16 and save 20% on your food purchase. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Station)

Smokey Robinson will be playing at the Greek theater and the show starts at 8 p.m. See the Motown legend serenade the crowd with classics like You Got a Hold On Me and Tracks of My Tears. Tickets start at $40. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station, then transfer to DASH Weekend Observatory Shuttle)

Sunday

As a fan of photography, I highly recommend checking out the “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Over 100 photos will be on display depicting some of country music’s most polarizing figures. Admission is free and the center’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (Metro Bus 28 to Olympic/Century Park East)

All Weekend

In conjunction with Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, make some time to enjoy some great culinary creations at Ramern Yokocho Festival going down this weekend. The event starts at 11 a.m both days and admission is $5. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Go Metro Weekends, August 8 − 10

Breathing fire for a captive audience at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

Breathing fire at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

It’s summer, so take a vacation from traffic with one or more of the following transit-accessible events happening across our beloved City of Angels.

Friday

Join Metro Presents for free live music this Friday evening in the Union Station waiting room. The California Feetwarmers are known for their unique blend of New Orleans Jazz, ragtime and swing. Two free 45-minute performances start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and dancing is encouraged! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

For lovers of horror and film history: don’t miss the Universal Monster Mash triple bill at the Egyptian Theatre! See Tod Browning’s Dracula, Arthur Lubin’s Phantom of the Opera, and George Waggner’s The Wolf Man starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 general admission, $7 for members and $9 for students and seniors with ID. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Saturday

Discover how summer is celebrated in Japan at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival hosted by the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is packed with exciting and educational activities for children. (For the full itinerary, visit the festival webpage.) Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10 percent off at the Chado Tea Room. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30/330 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/Temple.)

Boyle Heights restaurant Un Solo Sol Kitchen has organized a free musical event this Saturday in Mariachi Plaza, in honor of their 4th anniversary in business. The concert runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features DJs as well as local hip hop groups. Food will be offered at the restaurant, across East 1st Street. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

If you’re seeing Jenny Lewis at the Wiltern (we’re jealous!) don’t forget that the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western is a great way to go! There is no maintenance schedule on the Red/Purple Line this Saturday night, which means trains will run every 10 minutes throughout the evening.

This Saturday is also the third and final Chinatown Summer Nights of 2014. From food to music, art and dancing, there’s something for everyone at this event that is fast becoming a staple of Summer in Northeast LA. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or various Metro and municipal buses serving Chinatown.

Sunday

Olvera Street hosts the 14th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and features traditional Ecuadorian music and dance, carnival booths, a raffle, and of course, plenty of food and products for purchase. (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station.)

How has film shaped narratives about veterans’ experiences, and are these representations changing? Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans through Hollywood’s Lens, a panel at the L.A. Central Library, will ask just that question of panelists Kirby Dick, Jean Oppenheimer, and Brayden Yoder. The panel is free to attend and runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station.)

After Un Solo Sol’s party on Saturday, Mariachi Plaza will see a second anniversary celebration this Sunday: the Libros Schmibros “Feliz Aniversario” fiesta. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., an entry fee of $5 gets you music, horchata, tres leches cake, a year-long membership to the lending library and three books of your choice to keep. Sounds like fun — and a great deal! Go Metro and receive a free bookmark to boot. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

All Weekend

Unique LA is back this Saturday and Sunday at the California Market Center in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, with their annual summer mart of entirely made-in-LA products. Shop local artists, designers, and vendors. Entry is $10 for both days, and comes with free drinks and snacks from festival partners. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station or Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro.)

Theater enthusiasts take note: this Friday and Saturday are the last two days of Redcat’s New Original Works Festival in downtown L.A.. Go Metro and receive 20 percent off tickets. For more info and how to get there, see our earlier Source Post.

Did we miss something? Let us know where you’re taking Metro this weekend in our comments section.