Make Music Los Angeles is back this Friday with an eleven hour celebration of musical creativity that will take place throughout the entire county of Los Angeles. Many of the city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards will become the backdrop or stage for free concerts. To celebrate, you can score some sweet deals at the following locations on June 21 with your TAP card.
Papa John’s Pizza - multiple locations, use Trip Planner to find routes and connections
Alegria on Sunset - Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Hollywood (Head here to listen to the Chris Ho Band play any time between noon and 10 p.m. on Friday)
ChimMaya - Metro Rapid 762 to Atlantic/Pomona
African Red Tea - online store, use promo code UN15% to save
Head to Long Beach for the Bayou and Blues Festival this weekend. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy culture music, cuisine and dance. General admission is $30 at the door, show your TAP card to receive $5 off. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall, transfer to a Passport bus to Shoreline/Village)
Saturday is Men’s Health Awareness Day at USC. The free health fair lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature live music, a classic car show, children’s activities and more. Show your TAP card at the event information booth to receive a free raffle ticket for some great prizes! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC, Metro Bus 204 to Vermont/37th)
First Chinatown Summer Nights of the summer is this Saturday!
Love red carpet movie premiers, outdoor screenings, live music and more? Don’t miss the L.A. Film Fest, back in town until June 23. The Moo Man (I love cows!) is screening this Friday at 7:10 p.m. and Sunday at 9:10 p.m. at Regal Cinemas. Tickets are $13. Brasslands is screening at Figat7th for free this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. TAP card holders can save 10% on passes with the promo code 2712ME. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station for Regal Cinemas, hop off at 7th/Metro for Figat7th)
Join the Angel City Derby Girls on Saturday as they kick off their 8th season of women’s flat track roller derby at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there are two games, one at 7 p.m. and one 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)
Celebrate the Juneteenth Heritage Festival at Leimert Park this weekend. The festival will take place both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the whole family for good food, good music and great kid-friendly activities. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan or Metro Bus 40 to Crenshaw/Vernon)
Enjoy Forever Flamenco at the Ford this Saturday. Forever Flamenco’s dancers, musicians and singers have been delighting audiences for years with their passionate performances. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $50. Go Metro to save 20% on this show and select others throughout the summer. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)
This weekend is also the first weekend of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which continues until June 30. There are over 200 shows scheduled at locations all over Hollywood. Go Metro to save $2 when purchasing a Fringe Button at Fringe Central Station. The exclusive Fringe Button allows you save on every Fringe show and receive discounts around Hollywood. Fringe Central Station is located at 6314 Santa Monica Boulevard. (Metro Rapid 704 to Vine/Santa Monica)
The summer party of Chinatown returns this Saturday with live music, food trucks, cultural workshops and more. Open to all ages and free to the public, the Chinatown Summer Nights starts at 5 p.m. and rocks until midnight. Metro’s late-night weekend service means you can stay until close.
Go Metro to receive a free gift, just show your TAP card at the info booth located at Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway.
Chinatown Summer Nights is best reached from the Gold Line Chinatown Station. Metro Bus 81 and Rapid 794 to Hill/College will also get you there. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
The event takes place every third Saturday from June through August, which means if you just can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have two more chances to party in Chinatown – July 20 and August 17.
Photo from Jubilee Music Fest Official Facebook
Tonight is Celebrate L.A., the mayor’s farewell block party at Grand Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s open to the public, and if you get there early you can score free nachos. Plenty of celebrity guests will be stopping by as well, and there will be food and live music. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Rapid 728 or Metro Silver Line to Spring/Temple)
Heading to the Jubliee Music Fest? The festival, which used to take place in Silver Lake, is now at the downtown Arts District. Doors open at 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and the last bands finish up around 2 a.m. A one day pass is $35, and a weekend pass is $55. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)
Don’t miss the 13th annual L.A. River Ride on Sunday. Cyclists of all ages are welcome to join. The ride begins at 7 a.m. from Griffith Park – if you just want to ride half the length, start from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Go Metro to save $5 on registration fees. (Metro Bus 96 to Western Heritage/Zoo for Griffith Park, Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall for Aquarium of the Pacific)
It’s the last First Friday at the NHM – which actually takes place on Sunday! If you’re going to celebrate the NHM’s Birthday Bash, go Metro! The Expo Park/USC Station drops you off at the entrance way.
The Natural History Museum may be 100 years old this year, but it has never looked younger. It has undergone some serious renovations over the years, and this weekend the NHM will be unveiling the new Otis Booth Pavilion, featuring a re-positioned 65-foot high whale skeleton guaranteed to impress. Check out the graphic from L.A. Times to get an idea of what to expect from the new exhibition space as well as the new Nature Gardens that lead up to it.
Go Metro to the NHM this Sunday for their Birthday Bash. The party starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 11 p.m. with activities for kids, nature workshops, musical entertainment and more. After dark, enjoy food trucks, a discussion on the Mars Curiosity rover and outdoor concerts. Tickets start at $25 and include museum admission, first come, first served access to the discussion, DJ Lounges, and concert amphitheater — DEVO is playing (see below)! Don’t hesitate, tickets are selling fast!
The entrance through the Nature Gardens faces the Expo Park/USC Station, making it even more accessible from Metro. Metro Bus 102 and 550 stop in front of the Natural History Museum, and the Silver Line also has a stop nearby. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
If you can’t make it to the Birthday Bash on Sunday, head over to the NHM some other day to see how the place has been jazzed up. Go Metro to get $1.25 off adult admission at the door.
Heading to Make Music Pasadena? Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen! Photo from MMPasadena Official Facebook
Are you ready to rock? Make Music Pasadena takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with over 100 bands playing throughout Pasadena. The free event is open to all. Go Metro to get a free soda. Show your valid TAP card at the Tampico truck at the Old Pasadena stage at 1 E. Colorado Boulevard and receive a free 20oz. Tampico beverage. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar, Memorial Park or Lake Station)
On Sunday, head to the 8th annual Lummis Day Festival, taking place at Lummis Home and Heritage Square Museum. The free event will include poetry readings, dancing and children’s activities, and will last from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go Metro to receive a free goodie bag at the Lummis Day Welcome Booth at Heritage Square Museum. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Avenue 43, free shuttle runs between Heritage Square and Lummis Home)
Don’t forget, there’s also the IAMLA history conference on Saturday and Big Family Day at MOCA Grand on Sunday.
Summer weekend beach shuttles are back! The free beach shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, circling Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa Vista. To connect with the free shuttle, hop on Metro 108/358 to Marina del Rey, or Metro Rapid 733 to Venice. Use Trip Planner for more connections and routes.
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is hosting Hidden Voices: Italian Americans and the Making of Southern California, a public history conference, on Saturday, June 1 at El Pueblo Historical Monument. The event will feature presentations by scholars, a performance by MusicAntica and educational workshops for youth.
Go Metro and save 10% on all IAMLA memberships and merchandise. Offer is valid the day of the event only.
Hidden Voices will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are appreciated – call 213.485.8432 or email email@example.com. To reach El Pueblo, walk from Union Station or take Metro Bus 84/64 to Main/Paseo De La Plaza. Use Trip Planner to find routes and connections.
Don’t miss Bike Night! Photo from Hammer Museum Official Facebook.
Get out and about with your bike this weekend and take advantage of some special Metro discounts! Just mention “Bike Week” to save.
Tonight is Bike Night at the Hammer Museum. Celebrate all things bicycle, have your portrait taken with your faithful two-wheeled ride and enjoy plenty of other free activities. The Hammer’s North entrance on Lindbrook Drive will be wide open to bicyclists who want to ride right in and park at our guarded racks (but please bring a lock). Bike Night will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Feel like checking out the museum on another day? Go Metro and save $5 on admission. (Metro Rapid 720 or 761 to Wilshire/Westwood)
For great food and drink, head to Pasadena and enjoy the collaborative efforts of Kings Row Gastropub and Congregation Ale House this weekend. The two restaurants are teaming up to bring you some great pub dishes and prizes. Flash your TAP card to save some cash at Kings Row (offer excludes special promotions). The festival of drinks ends this Sunday, so get while the going is good. Both restaurants are open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Sunday. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Metro Rapid 780 and Bus 256 also serve the area, check Trip Planner for routes)
Bike to Long Beach to check out the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Make sure to print out a coupon to save $2 on adult admission and $1 on child’s admission (valid this weekend only). The Aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall)
Finally, this is the only weekend Hola Mexico Festival is in town, so squeeze in a film or two (between Star Trek: Into Darkness, who’s ready for Spock?).
The Taste of Hawthorne food and music festival is happening this Sunday, May 19. Don’t miss the headlining performance of Grammy Award winning band Ozomalti at the Music FEEDS Stage. The Taste will be at the Hawthorne Airport from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
Go Metro to get a free souvenir and the opportunity to win a two-night stay in Palm Springs! Simply present your valid TAP card at the main entrance information tent. Souvenirs are available while supplies last, so claim yours early.
The Taste can be reached from the Green Line Crenshaw Station or by Metro Bus 210 to Crenshaw/Northrop. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.
Grab a last minute gift for mom – or better yet, take mom to pick out something nice – at Unique LA this weekend. The spring show is taking place at the California Market Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Shop directly from over 350 designers and artists and support the local community. Admission for the whole weekend costs $10. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)
Catch Scooby-Doo LIVE! at the Dolby Theatre this Sunday; it’s the show’s only stop in Southern California. Tickets start at $25. The musical mystery goes on at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Metro Red Line or Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland)
CHESS the musical begins its run at East West Players this week. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $51, go Metro to save $10 on admission. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)