Go Metro Weekends, July 25 – 27

#TransitBros having a stare down! Credit: Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

#TransitBros staring each other down! Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Friday

The FIGat7th Concert Series rolls on with The Internet with BJ the Chicago Kid. This free concert and street festival takes place at FIGat7th, starting at 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple or Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro Center Station)

Saturday

Head to National Dance Day at Grand Park! Join hundreds of fellow dancers in grooving to your heart’s content. You can learn the routines here, and don’t forget to pick up a free pair of ‘peace’ sunglasses!  The event is free to the public. Dancing starts at 10 a.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

The WALL farmers’ market takes place this Saturday–and every Saturday thereafter–from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! 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. ( Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or Metro Bus 68 to 6th/Los Angeles. Free bike valet also available)

Sunday

Check out the Super Duper Yard Sale happening at  HM157 in Lincoln Heights. Here’s your chance to own a piece of history! There will be some neat items with starting prices of just $1. The yard sale is free to attend and takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Bus 45 to Broadway/Eastlake. Please board bus with Lincoln Heights headsign)

Go Metro Weekends, July 18 − 20

Friday

Go Metro to the Masters of Ceremony Hip Hop Reunion tour, in L.A. this Friday for one night only at the Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE. The show features DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Naughty by Nature, and many more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, or Metro Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center.)

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. it’s another Fusion Friday at the USC Pacific Asia Museum! Enjoy live DJs spinning in the courtyard, beverages for purchase, and a selection of food trucks in the parking lot. This month’s performance includes Korean drumming and gongs, a samurai reenactment, and a raffle for $100 to the museum store. Cocktail attire is encouraged. The event is free for members and $15 for everyone else. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station then walk 9 minutes south on Arroyo Parkway and east on Union Street, or various Metro and Pasadena buses serving Colorado/Los Robles.)

Saturday

Meet at SunCafe in Studio City this Saturday morning for a raw foods cooking class with head chef Ron Russell. Class lasts from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is $25. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station then walk 9 minutes west on Campo De Cahuenga and east on Ventura Boulevard, Metro Rapid 750 to Ventura/Vineland, or Metro Bus 155 or 156 to Ventura/Fruitland.)

It’s a famous film locations of L.A. tour…on two wheels! Metro sponsors “Action! Close up on Downtown L.A.’s Film History,” a free bike expedition led by Downtown Film Festival L.A. and CICLE. Visit notable downtown film landmarks and finish at Angel City Brewery for a screening of American Cycle, part of the film fest’s closing night. The ride is about 7 miles and moves at a leisurely pace. To join, meet at the park at 1st and San Pedro Street at 5:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Rapid 701 to Judge John Aiso/Temple, Metro Bus 30/330 and 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

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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.

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 Weekends, June 27 − 29

Friday

This Friday, Grand Performances presents Movie Music Magic at 8 p.m. in beautiful California Plaza. From Sound of Music to Skyfall, this free concert features memorable songs from the silver screen performed by husband-wife classical duo Alan Chapman and Karen Benjamin. Go Metro and save on dinner at the Omni’s Noé Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Grand Avenue, Olive Street or Hill Street.)

Saturday

Explore Little Tokyo and its rich history with the Japanese American National Museum’s Little Tokyo Walking Tour this Saturday morning. The tour lasts from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., weather permitting, and is $9 for members, $14 for non-members (price includes admission to the museum). Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10% 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, or DASH A to 1st/Central.)

El Pueblo de Los Angeles becomes Tacolandia this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.! Forty of L.A. and Mexico’s best taco vendors will face off for titles such as “Best Non-Traditional Taco,” “Best in Show,” and “Tacolandia Hall of Fame.” Take in the competition while enjoying drinks, live music, and of course, lots and lots of tacos. The event is free to attend, but you must be 21+. (Metro Gold, Red/Purple, or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro buses serving Union Station.)

Sunday

DUN DA DUN DUN, DUN DA DUN–the Indiana Jones Triple Feature at the Egyptian Theatre takes place this Sunday! See Raiders of the Lost Ark at 5 p.m., Temple of Doom at 7:35 p.m., The Last Crusade at 9:45 p.m., or any combination of the three–one ticket gets you in to all showings! General admission is $11, students $9. (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.)

From Indie to Indie rock, drop by The Echo for “The Grand Ole Echo” this Sunday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This free event features different Americana and country/roots musicians every week. Dance and mingle to live and DJed sets, grab a drink, and enjoy some homemade BBQ. (Metro Rapid 704 or Metro Bus 4, 200, or 2/302 to Echo Park/Sunset or Bus 92 to Glendale/Park.)

All Weekend

It’s an especially exciting weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, with Mariachi USA returning this Saturday at 6 p.m. and Robyn + Royksopp on Sunday at 7 p.m. The L.A. County Bicycle Coalition is partnering with Metro and the Hollywood Bowl to provide complimentary valet bike parking at this Sunday’s concert. Show your valid TAP card or bike valet ticket at the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio before the show and receive a free scoop of Peddler’s Creamery ice cream. Sweet!

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Go Metro Weekends, June 20 – 22

Friday

See some of the best dance troupes in Southern California at the So Cal Dance Invitational! The show takes place at the John Ford Amphitheate. Watch the Lulu Washington Dance Company, L.A. Contemporary Dance company and other modern dance groups put on a great production for all in attendance! The show starts at 8:30 p.m with tickets starting at $30 online or at the box office. (Metro Bus 156 or 222 to Cahuenga/John Ford Amphitheater)

Saturday

Check out high-flying helicopters at the American Heroes Air Show! The Hansen Dam Sports Complex will be hosting the rotary aviation event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend. Don’t forget to show your TAP Card for 5% off of helicopter rides. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella/Foothill)

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Culver City Arts District. The event is open to the public. Enjoy great weather, art gallery tours and live music from noon to 7 p.m. Show your TAP card for discounts at several Culver City businesses. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station)

Groove to the sounds of your favorite music genre at Make Music LA! Several locations throughout the county will be hosting free live music sessions between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Be sure to look up venue locations and plan your trip. While you’re at it, use your TAP card for various discounts around town, including participating Papa John’s Pizza. (Use Trip Planner)

Sunday

Koreatown Oddity will be hosting a set at Amoeba Music this Sunday. The rapper in a wolf mask will be in the house at 5 p.m. to perform some of his most popular hits. Show your TAP card to save $3 on of any item $5 or more! (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station then walk two blocks down Ivar Avenue towards Sunset Boulevard)

All Weekend

The Hollywood Fringe Fest is going on until June 29. This celebration of visual and performing arts takes place in over 50 venues around town. Want your Fringe Button for  cheap? Show your TAP card and save $2! (Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Wilcox)

Come out to the DTLA Night Market June 20 and 21! Happening at the STAPLES Center parking lot #7, this fusion of L.A. and Asian cultures provides a great atmosphere for patrons to shop and have a great time! The night market takes place from 4 p.m. to midnight both days. Save $2 on admission with your TAP card. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station)

Go Metro Weekends, June 13 − 15

A standout from last year's Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event was the recipient of a Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and takes place this Saturday - Sunday.

A standout from last year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event received the Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and it’s taking place this Saturday – Sunday.

Friday

Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and the Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station this Friday. The free screening takes place in the old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m. Come early as seating fills up fast! Those with TAP cards get preferential seating and can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels on June 13 only! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold, or Silver Line to Union Station or various Metro buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

Saturday

Meet fellow enthusiasts of biking, design, and dim sum this Saturday on the Design-n-Dim Sum bike tour organized by the Los Angeles Design Festival. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Flying Pigeon bike shop in Highland Park, stops at various studios in Glassell Park, and finishes at the Golden Dragon in Chinatown. A limited number of bikes are available for rent. Those with bikes are welcome to ride for free, but those dining must purchase a $20 advance ticket. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Amabel.)

The City of Santa Monica hosts the Santa Monica Festival this Saturday in Clover Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus of the free festival is sustainability and health as well as a celebration of the 151st anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. Free bike parking will be available, and Big Blue Bus 8 will also be free for the day with a downloadable coupon. (Big Blue Bus 8 to Ocean Park EB/25th or Ocean Park WB/28th.)

Chinatown Summer Nights in Central Plaza is back, and the first event of the season is this Saturday from 5 p.m. through midnight. Enjoy music and dancing with 89.9 KCRW DJs, as well as food and shopping from food carts and local vendors. The event is free to all. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or Metro Bus 83 or 84/68 to Broadway/Chinatown, or Metro Rapid 794 to Hill/College.)

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