Don’t miss Downtown Flea this Sunday

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Besides the Friday performance of Atabey at Union Station this evening and Dia de los Muertos events getting underway this weekend, Downtown Flea is also taking place this Sunday in downtown’s Historic Core. Shop for unique vintage collectibles and enjoy various dishes from local food vendors at this block party flea market. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $5.

Go Metro to get 2-for-1 admission. Just show your TAP card at the ticket booth and you’ll receive one free admission when you purchase a regular priced admission.

DT Flea takes place at 246 South Spring Street. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 18 – 20

Saturday: go Metro to Taste of Soul.

Also, one last reminder for the Sunday Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal ride!

The Sherman Oaks Street Fair takes place on Sunday on Ventura between Van Nuys and Kester. The free festivities last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include music, food and great family friendly activities. Go Metro for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods and many other great prizes! Present your valid TAP card at the Chamber Booth located at Ventura/Cedros and get a free raffle ticket. (Metro Bus 240 to Ventura/Van Nuys)

Anyone heading to the Edward Sharpe Big Top this weekend? With shows Thursday through Sunday, the unique music and performing arts festival takes place under a big top circus tent at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each day, with an additional Sunday show taking place at noon. General admission starts at $60. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Saturday marks the opening night of Invisible Cities at Union Station. The premiere performance is currently at capacity, but check their calendar to see if there’s another date you can make. Enjoy a brand new opera while experiencing the station in a completely new way. Tickets start at $45 for the 10 p.m. performances, and there are also two $25 Tuesdays. (Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for Metrolink and bus connections)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 11 – 13

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

This weekend is jam packed with events, so let’s dive right in!

Friday:

ArtNight Pasadena. Food, art, music and more, free to attend. Go Metro to receive discounts on souvenirs or free gifts at various locations. Event takes place 6 – 10 p.m. Hop on the Gold Line towards Pasadena and you’re good to go.

Saturday:

Bridge to Heath community wellness fair. Get healthy while having fun at White Memorial Medical Center. The free fair takes place 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Go Metro to get a week free at YMCA. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station, Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle)

Taste of Italy. Food, food, and more tasty food. The event takes place 5 – 10 p.m. at El Pueblo. Go Metro and receive $5 off general admission. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 70, 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez)

All Weekend:

War Horse at Pantages Theatre. Go to the Friday or Sunday 8 p.m. showings and save up to $40 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)

Artisanal LA. Eat and shop locally at the L.A. Mart. The event takes place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door. Go Metro to receive a free tote bag. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/Washington)

Endeavour Fest. If you haven’t seen Endeavour Space Shuttle yet, what are you waiting for? The free event takes place Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Science Center. Go Metro to save on IMAX movie tickets and at the gift shops. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

LALIFF. See the best of the best by Latino filmmakers at TCL Chinese Theatre. Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save $1 on screening tickets. (Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Screamfest. Scare yourself silly at the movies! Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station)

Tip from a Source commenter: Check out “Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence” musical at South Coast Chorale on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. General seating is $25. (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 4 – 6

I'll eat a lot of things, but not durian - blech! Are you brave enough to try? Test your taste bud mettle at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. Photo: Dr.13 (www.lensa13.com) via Flickr Creative Commons

I’ll eat a lot of things, but not durian – blech! Are you brave enough to try? Test your taste bud mettle at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. Photo: Dr.13 (www.lensa13.com) via Flickr Creative Commons

Don’t forget, go Metro to IndieCade this weekend to save on tickets.

And the Eagle Rock Music Festival takes place on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, get out and moon gaze at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. The free event takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at South Pasadena Library Park and features entertainment, games and contests involving food - participants will test their chopsticks-eating skills, noodle-eating capacity, and ability to eat traditional Chinese foods such as durian, chicken feet, and bitter melon. Mmmmm, bitter melon. Some activities may require paid tickets. (Metro Gold Line to South Pasadena Station)

Learn about food, history and culture with Urban Adventures and the Ethnic Neighborhoods Food and Culture tour. The next one takes place this Saturday and starts at 2 p.m. You’ll be able to taste select foods and drinks from all over the world. The tour starts at 3355 Wilshire Blvd. between the Purple Line Wilshire/Normandie Station and Red/Purple Line Wilshire/Vermont Station, and ends at Hollywood/Western Station. Cost is $71.50 for adults.

The Eagle Rock Yacht Club is hosting a Sadie Hawkins dance this Saturday at Union Station’s Fred Harvey Room. It’s a chance to dress up and party at one of the most beautiful places at the station! The dance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $65. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold Line or Metrolink to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus connections)

If you looooove mole or Mexican food in general, make sure to go to Feria de los Moles, taking place this Sunday at Olvera Street. There will be 13 different mole flavors to try, ranging from sweet to savory. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. so you’ll have plenty of time to sample each dish. Entrance to the event is free, although you’ll have to pay for the food. (Olvera Street is located across Union Station, connect via Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line, Metrolink or via Metro Bus)

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 Weekends, Sept 27 – 29

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

Fried delicious balls of joy, available at the Feast of L.A.! Photo: Feast of L.A. Facebook

This weekend, feast on the best of Italian cuisine at the Italian Feast of San Gennaro. Besides food, there will be live music, performances, rides, games and more. The event spans Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all three days and will take place on Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Go Metro and save $1 on admission. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Friday and Saturday, check out the West Coast Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. The free expo takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Go Metro and save up to 50% to the Lights, Camera, Runway! Fashion Show and to the “Back to School: Back to Business” Step Show. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line or Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th)

EarthFest LA is back in town to talk about greener, healthier living on Saturday. The event takes place at West Los Angeles College in Culver City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids activities and Environmental Expo are free to attend, but tickets are required for the concerts. Show your TAP card at the EarthFest LA info booth and receive a free CD by one of the featured artists. (Metro Rapid 733 to Jefferson/Overland, transfer to Culver City Bus 3)

Seems like Chinatown is getting a lot of screen time lately - catch it on the big screen again, this time at the Natural History Museum’s Garland Amphitheatre. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and is free to the public, but space is limited. Can’t RSVP? Visit Becoming L.A. instead – but  if you’re heading out for the exhibit only, you’ll need to pay admission. However, Metro can help you save $1.25. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC)

Tea lovers unite at the L.A. International Tea Festival! The event takes place at the Japanese American National Museum this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $15. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

A reminder: LAX’s first art walk happening this Saturday and Sunday, 5 – 7 p.m. (Metro Green Line to Aviation/LAX Station or Metro Bus 40, 102 to the LAX Transit Center)


Go Metro Weekends, Sept 20 – 22

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

Final reminder for Alfred Hitchcock at Union Station - Strangers on a Train screens tonight at 8 p.m. in the North Patio.

The AltCar Expo takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Go check out the latest in alternative tech vehicles! The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is free to attend. Show your TAP card at the AltCar info booth and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th)

Don’t miss Made in LA Ride III on Saturday – the weather promises to be perfect for a leisurely bicycle ride! Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro Bus 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751)

This Sunday is International Car Free Day! Walk, bike or take transit on Sunday and help reduce congestion and help the environment.

Sherman Oaks and Studio City are celebrating Car Free Sunday with community events and promotions. Head to a free yoga class at Lululemon at 9:30 a.m. (12199 Ventura, take Metro Bus 150/240 to Ventura/Vantage) or check out the Studio City Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Bus 230 to Ventura/Laurel Canyon). Wear blue to receive special promotions from many other local businesses.

P.S. Brought to our notice by commentor LAofAnaheim: Red Bull FlugTug is happening this Saturday, get there via the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line Station. The gates open at 11 a.m. and flights happen between 1 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Totally free to stop by and watch the awesomeness!

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 15

This Saturday is the last Eat See Hear movie screening of the season. The Breakfast Club will be showing at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s starting to get a little nippy in the evenings, so make sure to bring a jacket or some blankets! Save $2 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this weekend at Olvera Street. Admission is free, and there will be dancing, food, music and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. (Metro Gold/Red/Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus routes)

Another place to celebrate is at Plaza Mexico. The free event takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. (Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station, Metro Bus 120, 612 to Imperial/State)

P.S. Metro’s Destination Discounts page now has a great new calendar of events. Click on any day to see what events are taking place around town and find out how to score a discount with your TAP card!

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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Go Metro Weekends, Sept 7 – 8

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The 5th annual Taste of East L.A. will be serving up tasty eats on Saturday, September 7. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. and cost for the event is $20 for 20 Taste Coupons. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Heading to the USC game on Saturday? Make sure to go Metro and keep in mind the road closures in the area. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC or Expo/Vermont for easy access to the Coliseum.

Watch the Shakespeare play Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which opens this weekend at A Noise Within. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $34. (Metro Gold Line or Metro Bus 267 to Sierra Madre Villa Station)

Love 3-D movies? Head to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to check out the World 3-D Movie Expo III, taking place September 6 – 15. Kids might like the 3-D animation show on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. And film buffs might enjoy seeing Dial M for Murder in a whole new way on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for each film. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Las Palmas)