Go Metro to get a free drink this Saturday! (And then recycle the bottle.) Photo via Jarritos Official Facebook
This weekend, don’t miss the Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with an outdoor screening of “Occupy Love” at the Memorial Park Levitt Pavilion. Then on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., head back to Memorial Park or visit Armory Center for the Arts for live music, art workshops, an eco-marketplace and more. C.I.C.L.E. is also sponsoring a bike ride during the festival. The festival is free to all. Show your TAP card at the transportation booth at Memorial Park and receive a free reusable Earth Day bag while supplies last. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)
Taco lovers, go crazy at Grand Park this Saturday at ¡TACO MADNESS! The event takes place from noon to 7:30 p.m. and includes DJs, live mural painting and of course, tacos. ¡TACO MADNESS! is free to attend and tacos start at $1 each. Show your TAP card at the Jarritos booth and get a free beverage. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10/48 to Hill/Temple)
L.A. Times Festival of Books is taking place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, check out the previous posts for more information. Besides the Expo Line, the Bullseye Bus and F DASH are other transit options for getting there. The free Bullseye Bus leaves from Union Station and may be a better transfer option for those coming in on the Gold Line. F DASH travels between downtown L.A. and USC along Figueroa Street; rides are 50 cents and they accept TAP. Show your TAP card when buying official Festival of Books merchandise and get 10% off.
On Sunday, gear up for CicLAvia. Check out the previous posts for route info and Metro connections, bus detours are listed here. Show your TAP card at the merchandise tent and save 15% on CicLAvia T-shirts. Mention CicLAvia at the Mar Vista Time Travel Mart to get 10% off on your purchase.
Jackie Robinson statue in Journal Square, Jersey City. Photo by zaxouzo via Flickr Creative Commons
The movie “42” starts showing in theatres today and this Saturday is Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles, presented by the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Go and check out the limited time only exhibit of Jackie Robinson and Negro League memorabilia. Use the code METRO when buying tickets online and save 25% on general admission tickets. The VIP tour/lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and general admission is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station, Metro Bus 10/48 to Main/Washington)
Head to the Heritage Square Museum for their annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea to learn about fashion through the decades. The event will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and general admission is $30. Call the museum offices at 323-225-2700 ext 223 for reservations, which are required. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square Station or Metro Bus 252 to 3628 Griffin)
L.A. Heritage Day is this Sunday, go and celebrate the city’s history. Festivities will take place around El Pueblo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show your TAP card at the L.A. Heritage booth to receive a free gift bag while supplies last. (El Pueblo is located across the street from Union Station, use Trip Planner to find the best route for you)
If you haven’t checked out the new Figat7th, now’s the time! Photo from Figat7th Official Facebook Page
Saturday, go RockaYourSoul at Grand Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate with dance legend Alvin Ailey with food trucks, music and more. The event is free to attend. Show your TAP card at the info booth to enter a drawing for tickets to The Music Center’s theatres, including 2 tickets to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and 4 tickets to FELA! at the Ahmanson Theatre. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 to Hill/Temple)
Also on Saturday is Family Fun Day at the newly opened Mendocino Farms at the Figat7th food court. The event includes face painting, a photo booth and more, and kids can eat free when the accompanying adult buys a regular sandwich. Family Fun Day lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro Station, Metro Bus 10 or 51 to Figueroa/7th)
Swing by the Los Angeles Theatre Center for some dance, theatre, art and music. Show your TAP card at the box office and receive $2 off at select performances. Melancholia is showing on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 3 p.m. General admission is $20. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 728 to Spring/5th)
Check out the City of Angels exhibition in Thai Town on Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, or visit during Song Kran Thai New Year Festival on Sunday between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both exhibition and festival are open to the public. Show your TAP card to the exhibition food cashier to receive 10% off all food items on opening night. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Western)
Photo from L.A. Zoo Official Facebook
Head to the L.A. Zoo for Big Bunny’s Spring Fling this weekend to pet bunnies, enjoy some children’s entertainment and check out of the rest of the residents at the zoo. It’s spring, so the chances of seeing some cute baby animals are high. Festivities take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to all with paid zoo admission – general admission is $17. (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage)
On Saturday there’s a community egg hunt at Pershing Square. There will be children’s entertainment and prizes given out. The event is open to the public and all are welcome. Registration begins at noon and the egg hunt lasts until about 4 p.m. depending on your age group. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)
Also on Saturday is the Blessing of the Animals at El Pueblo. It takes place from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. (Metro Bus 40 to Alameda/Los Angeles, or walk from Union Station, check Trip Planner for all connections)
A reminder for those heading to Masquerade Motel: take advantage of the Gold Line, all rides on Metro system to and from the show are free with proof of concert ticket purchase. See Live Nation’s monster news release on how to get there or get around the concert.
Tonight is ArtNight Pasadena, head out to enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment at 11 of Pasadena’s most prominent cultural institutions. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and free shuttles are available to transport you between venues. Show your TAP card to receive special discounts and gifts from participating locations. CICLE is also organizing a bike ride for ArtNight; bikes are allowed on all Metro buses and trains. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267 to Walnut/Raymond)
Head to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex for cutting edge music, dance, theatre and visual arts. This Saturday is the premier of the film Gravity of Center. The movie and performance begin at 8 p.m. Go Metro and receive 20% off tickets. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA Busway Station)
Saturday night is also Jazz Night at Cities Restaurant in East L.A. The music’s on from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the food’s always good. Show your TAP card to get 20% off your bill. (Metro Bus 84/68 to Cesar E Chavez/Ford)
If you haven’t seen Christmas in Hanoi already, this weekend is your last chance! The show is playing at East West Players in Little Tokyo and go Metro to save $10 on admission. There are shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)
Grand Park Book Fest this Saturday, furry friends make great reading buddies! Photo via Grand Park Official Facebook
With the weather warming up, what better than to spend the day outside with a good book? Bring the whole family to downtown’s Grand Park Book Fest, taking place Saturday, March 2. There will be performances, a pop-up indie bookstore, readings for all ages, music and more. Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth to receive a free souvenir poster. The book fest lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free for all to attend. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 or 48 to Hill/Temple)
Also on Saturday is the seventh installment of This Is Your Library, a late-night style talk show held at the Central Library‘s Mark Taper Auditorium. There will be food, music and librarians. General admission is $20, concert only admission is $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert, featuring Feeding People, is at 9:30 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 16 to 5th/Grand)
Celebrate the National Day of Wales at the Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival on Sunday. The event takes place at Barnsdall Art Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be performances, a Celtic marketplace, Welsh Corgi demonstrations and more. Show your TAP card to the Barnsdall Theater cashier to get $5 off on Grand Concert tickets. Your TAP card can also save you 10% on purchases from festival vendors. The festival is free to attend, separate paid tickets are required for the Grand Concert. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station, Metro Rapid 754 to Vermont/Maubert, Metro Bus 217 to Hollywood/Edgemont)
“Tiny” Sturgess and “Flight Time” Lang hanging out at Union Station on Thursday. Photo by Anna Chen/Metro
This weekend, head to Chinatown and enjoy the Chinese New Year Festival. There will be food, performances and the chance to score a free gift. The Chinese New Year Festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Central Plaza. The Golden Dragon Parade starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. All events are free to the public. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)
If you’d like to support local high school engineers and also take a gander around Union Station’s old ticketing area, Saturday’s your chance. The ASCE Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest will be held there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public for viewing. Go and reminisce about the fun days of high school physics! (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line to Union Station)
The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing at Staples Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. Go Metro and get $5 off on tickets, just show your TAP card at the box office or use the code METRO when purchasing online. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th)
Photo from Pacific Asia Museum Official Facebook
It’s never too early to start celebrations for the Year of the Snake. The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena will hold a pan-Asian celebration of Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 2.
The festival will last from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food trucks and performances, and visiting artists from Jiangsu, China will demonstrate paper cutting, lantern making, sugar art, cloth art, Chinese knotting, and Suzhou silk art. Admission is free.
The Pacific Asia Museum is located about 4 blocks east of the Gold Line Memorial Park Station. It’s a fairly easy walk. Metro Bus 264/267 to Los Robles/Union will drop you off right in front of the museum.
Museums Free-for-All is back! 19 museums all over L.A. County will be opening their doors to the public free of charge this weekend. Here’s a list of participating museums, many of which are accessible by Metro.
Make sure to check museum hours, some are open Saturday or Sunday only. Reservations and (free) timed tickets may be required for certain exhibits. The free-for-all does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions Caravaggio and His Legacy and Stanley Kubrick.
January 26 will also mark the start of the L.A. International New Music Festival. Composers from all over the world will gather at The Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall to show their stuff. The pre-concert talk will start at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. General admission is $38. (Metro Bus 96 to Grand/2nd)
Back Beat: The Birth of the Beatles begins its run at the Ahmanson Theatre this Sunday, January 20 with shows at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Go Metro and receive an exclusive discount. Just show your valid TAP card and mention RINGO at the box office or use the promo code RINGO* when purchasing tickets online for $49/$59/$69 tickets (regularly $60-$90). The offer is good for select performances through February 3. (Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 4 to Temple/Grand)
The Link – Baldwin Hills Parklands Shuttle is offering free rides for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (Jan 19 – 21). The Link runs a 20-minute loop from the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice this weekend, so take advantage of the free shuttle rides, go out and enjoy some of the best views in Los Angeles. (Metro Rapid 705 and Culver City Bus 4 also drop off near La Cienega/Jefferson)
The NHL is back, and those of you heading to the Kings’ home opener on Saturday can also hit up the outdoor ice rink at LA LIVE. The L.A. Kings Ice reopened to celebrate the end of the lock out and will stick around until February 4. The rink is open from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $13 and includes skate rental. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/12th)