Go Metro Weekends, Aug 16 – 18

Passing through Union Station after work today? Stop by and listen to some jazz.

On Friday, the L.A. Sparks take on the Indiana Fever at Staples Center. The game starts at 8 p.m. Present your valid TAP card at the box office to save on tickets. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)

Don’t miss the L.A. Taco Festival on Saturday! From noon to 8 p.m., enjoy the best tacos in Boyle Heights, musical performances, arts and crafts and more. The event is open to the public, and your TAP card gets you a free drink! (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Station, Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Boyle)

Join the Angel City Derby Girls Saturday evening at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first game starts at 7:00 p.m., second game at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, go Metro to save $5 on general admission. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then hop on Culver City Bus 7 to Culver/Overland)

This Saturday is also the last Chinatown Summer Nights of the summer! And it’s also H2O Music Fest! (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Sunday, catch jazz master Kenny Burrell at Ford Theatres. Enjoy an evening of contemporary large ensemble sounds with Burrell’s Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited and Beasley’s MONK’estra. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Show your TAP card at the box office or enter “Metro” online and save 10% on your ticket purchase. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, hop on the free Ford Shuttle)

Destination Discount: go Metro and save on outdoor movie tickets

Photo: Street Food Cinema Facebook.

Photo: Street Food Cinema Facebook.

Summer in Los Angeles can’t end without an outdoor movie screening and guess what: it’s still summer. Luckily, both Eat See Hear and Street Food Cinema provide outdoor movie experiences until September 14. Each event brings together the best food trucks, bands, comedians, and more to keep you full, happy and entertained for the rest of summer.

Go Metro to these events and you can receive a certain discount on admission. By showing a valid TAP card at the ticketing booth, you can save $2 on an individual pass at Eat See Hear or save $3 on a single admission ticket at Street Food Cinema. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Some upcoming events include two movies for the price of one at Exposition Park on Saturday, August 31. Street Food Cinema will be screening a BFF Double Feature of St. Elmo’s Fire and Reality Bites. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC to get there.

Or to kick off the school year, catch Eat See Hear’s event “Back To School” playing at Santa Monica High School on Saturday, September 7. To get there, take Metro Bus 534 to Washington/Fairfax or Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 3 or 7 to Pico/6th.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for all events.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 9 – 11

Write down your wish and tie it to a tree in Little Tokyo for Tanabata! Photo: Sam Howzit via Flickr Creative Commons

Write down your wish and tie it to a tree in Little Tokyo for Tanabata! Photo: Sam Howzit via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s disco night at the Music Center’s Dance Downtown this Friday, so grab some friends and get ready to boogie. The dance lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free for all to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 to Hope/Temple)

Nisei Week starts this weekend. Celebrate Tanabata and attend the family summer festival on Saturday. The day starts at 11 a.m. and continues into the evening. Festivities take place near MOCA and the Japanese American National Museum and it’s free to attend. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Catch The Tubes and Radio Wave at Pershing Square on Saturday. The outdoor concert starts at 5 p.m. and is open to the public, bring your dancing shoes! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to 5th/Olive)

Want to see the awesome outfits from some of your favorite TV series? FIDM’s current exhibition features costumes from the most popular television series, films and mini-series of 2012. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (Metro Bus 14, 81 to Grand/9th)

Go Metro Weekends: Friendship Day

The crew of "Trio Los Machos" is ready to entertain! Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

The crew of “Trio Los Machos” is ready to perform! Catch them this weekend, get a discount on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

This Sunday is National Friendship Day, so grab your pals and take them out for some fun – and with Metro, nobody has to be the driver. The fun doesn’t have to be limited to Sunday either!

Friday, visit Figat7th to catch Jose James and Carolyn Malachi perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. The concert is free to attend. Need dinner? The Taste food court is located on the ground floor of Figat7th and home to Saffron, Juicy Lucy, The Melt and more. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro, exit towards Figueroa)

If you love tasty Asian street food and bustling nightlife, head to the 626 Night Market taking place this weekend at the Paddock Gardens at Santa Anita Race Track. The night market is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $2 if you enter before 6 p.m. and $3 if you enter after. (Metro Bus 78/29 to Huntington/Holly)

On Sunday, check out the block party at the California African American Museum. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes! The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it’s free to attend. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Also on Sunday is the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market on Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue. The farmer’s market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. This Sunday only, the first 250 attendees will receive a free canvas recycled bag. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)

Catch a performance of Trios Los Machos at Casa 0101 this weekend. There are showings on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are approximately $20, go Metro to save $2 on admission. (Metro Gold Line to Soto Station, Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Cummings)

If you’re heading to HARD Summer, go Metro! Rides are free for those with tickets to the show, and Metro will be extending rail service for the event. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And don’t miss out on getting a free poster at X Games with your TAP card! (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)

Destination Discount: go Metro to X Games and receive a free poster

Photo: X Games

Photo: X Games

The world’s best are taking over Los Angeles one last time at X Games, don’t miss your chance to watch them live. The competition starts on Thursday, August 1 and continue through Sunday, August 4 with events at STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Irwindale Event Center. Competition event tickets range from $10 – $45. Check here for the full schedule of events.

Go Metro to get a free gift. Show your TAP card at the guest services booth at L.A. Live and you’ll receive a limited edition X Games LA 2013 poster. The exclusive souvenir is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to STAPLES Center, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. You can also walk from 7th/Metro or take the Silver Line into downtown. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, July 26 – 27

Two Grand Performances are taking place this weekend. The Gypsy Allstars perform on Friday at noon, and Chico Trulillo and Las Cafeteras take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both performances are free. Dine at the nearby Noe Restaurant and Bar before or after the performances and save 15% on your bill with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit towards 4th/Hill)

Check out the Los Angeles that could have been at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles features a collection of spectacular projects that only saw the drawing board. The museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $10. Show your TAP card at the front desk to receive $5 off tickets. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

Catch Monty Python and the Holy Grail at L.A. Historic State Park this Saturday with Street Food Cinema. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at sundown. Go Metro to save $3 on admission.  (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Join dance storytellers Sheetal Gandhi and Shyamala Moorty at Ford Theatres on Saturday. The performance begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Interested in other performances at Ford? Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)

Don’t miss the grand opening of the Downtown Flea this Sunday. The event will combine a food festival, block party and flea market all in one! Downtown Flea will take place in downtown’s Historic Core (246 South Spring Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5, get a second admission free by showing your TAP card at the ticket booth. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd)

Go Metro Weekends, July 19 – 21

What do cows have to do with changing L.A.? Go to the NHM and find out! Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

What do cows have to do with changing L.A.? Go to the NHM and find out! Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum recently opened their new exhibition Becoming Los Angeles, which chronicles how people and the land have affected each other over 500 years and transformed L.A. into the city we know today. Show your TAP card at the box office to save $1.25 on adult admission. The NHM is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 102 to Expo/Watt Way)

The Renegade Craft Fair is taking place this Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. There will be food, workshops and more than 250 indie crafters such as Cotton & Flax. The fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days and is free to the public. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Eat See Hear is showing Coming to America at Santa Monica High School on Saturday. The screening will take place in the Memorial Greek Theatre, enter on 4th Street via the walkway between the track and DoubleTree Hotel. There will also be food trucks and music, as always. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Go Metro to save $2 on admission. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th, Big Blue Bus 3 to 4th/Civic Center)

Chinatown Summer Nights is taking place on Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Go celebrate the 75th anniversary of Chinatown with food, music and more! Show your TAP card at the info booth to get a free gift. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Don’t forget about the bike ride to see Mucca Pazza for free. It leaves from Expo Park/USC Station on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park. Dine at La Fonda Supper Club on the day of the ride and save 20% on your bill with your TAP card.

Also, a final reminder for the free Chinatown screening at Union Station this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Seating for the movie is first come, first served with proof of RSVP confirmation. Your TAP card will get you preferential seating while they’re available.