Go Metro Weekends, May 16 − 18

So it’s been a little warm this week. Whether you plan on hiding from the heat this weekend or getting outdoors and showing the weather who’s boss, here are some suggestions we hope you’ll enjoy.

Friday

Shake off the stress of the week at Dance Downtown at the Music Center. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy beginner dance lessons and live deejays and bands under the stars for free, no reservations required. This Friday’s “60s Night” kicks off the summer series of dance that will continue every second and fourth Friday, now through September 19. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro Rapid and local buses serving Grand Avenue or Hill Street.)

Don’t stop believing! That’s right: Journey, The Steve Miller Band, and Tower of Power play at the Hollywood Bowl this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Bus 156/656 to Highland/Milner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, transfer to Hollywood Bowl Shuttle–free if you show your valid TAP card.)

Saturday

Rhythm Child performs family-friendly reggae this Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of the Santa Monica Pier’s free Wake Up With the Waves morning concert series for kids. Enjoy the show and then spend the day at the Pier or the beach. (Metro Rapid 733 or Bus 33, 534, or 20 to Ocean/Colorado, then walk four minutes southwest to the Santa Monica Pier).

Check out the AMGEN Tour of California as the cyclists make their way through Pasadena this Saturday afternoon on the second-to-last leg of the 650-mile race. And if you’re heading to Old Pasadena, Lake Avenue or Fair Oaks Avenue for other reasons, it’s still a good idea to take the Gold Line (or bike) as the race will close roads, detour buses and likely cause traffic. For information on specific Metro buses detoured by the event, click here. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Lake Station.)

It’s International Museum Night at LACMA this Saturday evening! Explore select galleries, join short tours by LACMA educators, and share stories with Radio Picture Show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. A dance party curated by KCRW will follow. The $30 entrance fee gets you two drink tickets and food will be available for purchase. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax or Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Ogden.)

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Go Metro Weekends, May 9 – 11

A blurry Orange Line bus heading eastbound into Van Nuys station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander

A Orange Line bus heading eastbound into Van Nuys station. Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro

Friday

Looking for something to do in DTLA? Check out Friday Night Flicks at Pershing Square! This Friday presents Captain America: The First Avenger. The free event will show a different movie on a 20-foot inflatable screen every Friday from now through September 26! Movie starts at 8 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station)

Looking to switch up the usual date night? Want to make new friends? Look no further than the Salsa Bachata Social hosted by the Blackbird Dance Company! Each Friday, special guest teachers come to liven up the dance floor with DJs spinning tracks from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Show your TAP card and save $1 on admission! (Metro Bus 14, 217 or 218 to Fairfax/Beverly)

Saturday

Craving some good ole ‘cue? Head down to Long Beach for the West Coast BBQ Classic. The food fest takes place at the Queen Mary Events Park–there will be plenty of world championship winning BBQ and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10 online and includes access to the Queen Mary. Festivities start at 11 a.m. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then catch free Passport shuttle to the Queen Mary)

Catch KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert at the StubHub Center. This year’s lineup includes Maroon 5, Calvin Harris, B.O.B, Paramore and more. Concert kicks off at 2:30 p.m and tickets are still on sale online. (Metro Bus 246 to Avalon/Victoria then walk southwest a block to the stadium)

Sunday

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to take her on a food and wine tour! Skip the candy and flowers and check out Six Taste: Mothers’ Day Arts District Walking Food Tour. Tour the Arts District’s best restaurants and wineries with your favorite person in the world. Tickets are still on sale and the tour starts at 2:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District)

All Weekend

The Hola Mexico Festival  is taking place from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 18. Taking place at two separate venues, the festival is showing films at Regal Cinemas at L.A Live and at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes right next to Olvera Street. Come out to enjoy the best in Mexican film, food and entertainment and save $1 on movie admission with your TAP card. (For Regal Cinemas, take the Metro Blue Line to Pico Station; for La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, take the Metro Red/Purple or Gold Line to Union Station and walk across Alameda Street to El Pueblo Historical Monument)

Dodger Stadium Express will board in front of Metro HQ for this weekend series against Giants

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The Dodgers are hosting a huge four-game series this weekend against their NL West rivals San Francisco Giants, who currently have a 2.5-game lead in the division. The first game of the series is tonight at 7:10 p.m.

A heads up for those taking the Dodger Stadium Express to the games: loading at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station will continue to be on the north side of the plaza, directly in front of the Metro headquarters building. This is a temporary location due to ongoing construction and maintenance work on the plaza.

There will be signs pointing the way. If coming from inside Union Station, please use the left escalator or stairs up to the plaza.

Click here for more information on the Dodger Stadium Express.

The first wave of photos from today’s Union Station 75th anniversary celebration

A little warm weather on Saturday didn’t keep crowds at bay as thousands of people descended on Union Station for the building’s 75th anniversary celebration that featured live music, train exhibitions, speeches from dignitaries and a lot of folks who apparently wished it was 1939 all over again.

The above photos are just a small slice of today’s activities. Here are even more photos! Click on any of the above photos to see a larger version.

Metro announces new Union Station commemorative TAP cards as part of 75th anniversary celebration

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Metro will begin distributing new, commemorative TAP cards highlighting three beautiful views of Union Station to celebrate the iconic transportation hub’s 75th birthday. The new TAP cards will be issued starting on Friday afternoon. 

The Union Station 75th Anniversary Commemorative TAP Card will be available at TAP vending machines (TVMs) located within Union Station and cost $1 with the purchase of a Metro pass or Stored Value. 

The commemorative TAP cards come with three different views: a historic shot of the Union Station waiting room from 1939 (courtesy of the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation), a shot of the signature bell tower framed by palm trees and a close-up of the uniquely beautiful tile work that can be seen throughout the facility.

The commemorative TAP cards come in time for Union Station’s 75th Anniversary party that begins Saturday at 10 a.m.; click here for the schedule of events. Through the weekend, the cards will be loaded into many TVMs across the Metro Rail system. Within two weeks, commemorative TAP cards will be available at all Metro Rail stations. They will also be available on Metro buses within a month. Cards will be available while supplies last.

   

Go Metro Weekends, April 25 − 27

Friday

If you’re attending Lebowski Fest this evening, there’s no easier way to get to the Wiltern Theatre than Metro, dude. (Metro Purple Line, Metro Rapid 720 or Bus 20 to Wilshire/Western Station.)

Saturday

Long Beach’s Green Prize Festival takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Bixby Park. Enjoy ocean views and presentations by urban farmers, green chefs, artists, and environmental organizations. The free event also features food trucks, live entertainment, no-charge bike valet, green vendors, children’s activities, and more!

Show your valid TAP card to the cashier at the LadyFarmer by Savory|Sweet|Eclectic and save $1 on your Farm to Fork Lunch. (Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station, then walk east on 1st St to Bixby Park, or hop aboard the free festival trolley.)

From the City of Lights to the City of Angels, singer/songwriter and former first lady of France Carla Bruni is performing at Cal State LA’s Luckman Fine Arts Complex this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$50, or $20 for students. Take 20% off admission with Metro’s exclusive destination discount. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)

The “Noir Nights” film series, brought to you by Vintage LA, Grand Central Market, and Million Dollar Theatre, kicks off this Saturday with Touch of Evil. Catch this iconic film in the equally iconic Million Dollar Theatre at 8 p.m. for $11.34. Grand Central Market will stay open late, from 6 to 8 p.m., for those who want to grab dinner beforehand. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square or Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

Sunday

Fiesta Broadway takes over Grand Park and Downtown L.A. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday with free music, food, and family fun in honor of Cinco de Mayo! With street closures and bus detours in abundance, your best bet–whether attending the fiesta or traveling through the area–is Metro Rail. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Celebrate L.A. and Southern California’s history at LA Heritage Day this Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Free tours, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, and food are planned. Show your valid TAP card at the LA Heritage booth and receive a free gift bag. (Metro Gold Line, Silver Line, or various Metro Rapid and local buses to Union Station.)

All Weekend

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating its 5th anniversary this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full roster of activities, including yoga on the beach, dance and paddle board classes, pool time, picnicking and more. (Big Blue Bus 4 to 4th/Marguerita then walk west on Marguerita Avenue, or Metro Rapid 720 to Ocean/Wilshire then walk north on Ocean Avenue.)

Little Tokyo is also celebrating an anniversary this week–its 130th–with the Taste of Little Tokyo starting this Saturday. Present your valid TAP at various Little Tokyo business and cultural institutions for a host of different discounts especially for Metro riders. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Go Metro to Artisanal LA at LA Mart this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and receive a free tote bag with your valid TAP card! General admission is $12. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station.)

The L.A. Brewery is hosting its free bi-annual art walk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day this weekend. Formerly a home to PBR, the Brewery is now one of the largest art colonies in the United States. (Metro Rapid 751 or Bus 251 to Main/Daly, then walk north to Main/Avenue 20, or Metro Bus 76 or DASH Lincoln Heights to Main/Avenue 20.)

Go Metro Weekends, April 18 – 20

Hello again! Here are some events over Easter weekend that should keep your pockets and weekends full!

Friday

For all of you “old school” music lovers out there, hit up the Art Laboe Block Party at The Forum! Join the likes of Evelyn “Champagne” King, ZAPP and Sugar Hill Gang. Doors open at 7:30 p.m and tickets are still on sale. Prices vary. (Metro Bus 115 or 212 to Manchester/Prairie)

Saturday

If you have a pet that you really care about, bring him or her to the Blessing of the Animals at Pueblo De Los Angeles. It’s free, with ceremonies starting at noon. Reminder: pets are only allowed to board Metro in a secured carrier. (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station, several Metro buses to Union Station including lines 40, 704, 733 and Metro Silver Line)

If you missed out on Coachella, use the money saved for Brokechella! Created specifically for those on a slimmer budget, this DTLA music and art showcase features some of the hottest up and coming artists in Los Angeles and beyond. Gates open at 3 p.m., with tickets ranging from $20 – $25. (Metro Bus 18 to 6th/Mateo then walk north along 6th Street to Santa Fe, or Metro Bus 60 to 7th/Santa Fe)

Sunday

Have any Easter plans? Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special Easter Breakfest at 8:30 a.m. Ticket prices vary. If you’d like to visit the rest of the aquarium afterwards or on any other day, use your TAP card to get a discount on admission!  (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then use free Passport bus to Aquarium entrance)

Afterwards, head to Duff’s Cakemix for some Easter cupcake decorating! Bring the kids along for some family fun. The event starts at 3 p.m., tickets are $25. (Metro Bus 217 to Fairfax/Melrose then walk 1/2 mile west along Melrose Avenue)

All Weekend

Enjoy some night shopping at the K-TOWN Night Market this weekend! The event takes place at the RFK Community Schools and starts Friday from 4 p.m to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Admission is free. Don’t forget to get your FREE drink when you show you TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Wilshire/Vermont Station, Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station)