Go Metro Weekends, Fourth of July

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

A quick heads up: Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Don’t forget, the inaugural Metro Art Moves summer tour is set for this Thursday. Grab a snack from QdobaTossed or Boba 7 - use your TAP card to get a discount! – then meet up at 7th/Metro at 5:30 p.m. The free tour ends about an hour and a half later at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, where you can use your TAP card again to get free sunglasses and then enjoy fireworks over the City of L.A. (Metro Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro)

Speaking of fireworks, Concerts on the Green is holding a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park on Thursday. A concert, featuring the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Transit Hub, Metro Bus 150/240 to Topanga Canyon/Marylee)

Want to see an outdoor movie instead of fireworks? Eat See Hear is showing Stripes at the L.A. State Historic Park on Saturday, July 6. There will be food trucks and live music at the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Show your TAP card at the entrance to get a $2 discount on an individual pass. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And for more movies, check out the Old Pasadena Film Festival, a free four-week movie screening series that kicks off this weekend. Head to Pasadena’s Central Park on Friday and scare yourself cold with The Ring, or watch the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby at One Colorado Courtyard on Saturday. Both outdoor movies start at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Del Mar for Central Park, Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Fair Oaks for One Colorado Courtyard)

Anime Expo is back in town, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Things get going around 9 a.m. each day and most panels/showings end around midnight. The only exception is Sunday, where the closing ceremony is set to start at 5 p.m. A one-day pass is $40, but if you’re only interested in checking out the exhibition hall, it’s $20. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico, or walk from 7th/Metro)

A reminder: Long Beach Funk Fest is happening on Saturday, read this previous post to find out details and how to score some discounts.

And a final reminder for those heading to the Gold Cup game on Sunday: take the Gold Line!

Go Metro Weekends, June 28 – 30

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Fashion lovers, make sure to check out the Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion exhibition at FIDM. See vintage travel wear from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1960s. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and is open to the public. (Metro Bus 14 to Grand/9th)

Reminder: C.I.C.L.E.’s Bike Path Beach Bash ride is this Saturday. The ride leaves from the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station at 11 a.m.

If you’re looking to ride a helicopter this weekend, head to the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday. Show your TAP card at the STAR Helicopters booth to receive 5% off a helicopter ride. The air show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex and is free to attend. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella St./Foothill Blvd.)

Don’t miss the Leimert Park Book Fair this Saturday, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be book signings, celebrity readings, writing workshops and more. The book fair is free to the public. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan)

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Summer ArtsFest 2013 is finally here!

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Enjoy local art, movie nights, interactive dance and music sessions? Then the East L.A. ArtsFest 2013 is the place for you this summer! Located at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, Metro provides easy access to this cultural destination via the Gold Line Eastside Extension.

Kicking off at 3 p.m. on June 30, the audience will jam out to music by performers ready to add pep to your step. Then later in the night, a spectacular fireworks show will commence at 9:15 p.m.

Want to take a look at local East L.A. art? The artwalk features local artists and artisans sharing their work with the public. There will also be live concerts for the audience to enjoy while looking at the art. The artwalk and concert series will be held on June 30, July 20, and August 3.

On July 5 and August 2, the Ford Theatres will offer J.A.M. sessions where the audience is invited to dance to the beat or play to the rhythm of salsa music and drum lines. All levels and skills are welcome at these free interactive events. If you have a kid who loves to dance, a youth dance workshop will be held at the Heidi Duckler Dance Studio on July 19 at 11:30 a.m. and a youth performance at 2:30 p.m. Also in the studio, a performance with award-winning musicians Don Preston and Andrea Centazzo will take place at 7 p.m. on August 10.

Various movies in the park will be shown on Fridays at sundown beginning June 28 through August 23. And a farmer’s market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing fresh fruits and vegetables.

The East L.A. Artsfest will conclude on Saturday, September 7, with an all-day celebration starting with a Family Fishing Derby at 7 a.m. and East L.A. Bike Ride at 10 a.m. Those who want to participate in this activity can register that day at 8:30 a.m. The artwalk and concert series finale and Taste of East Los Angeles will begin following the bike ride.

Any day at  ArtsFest 2013 is a day to remember and best of all, it’s free! To plan your best trip, visit Metro’s Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, June 21 – 23

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)


Go Metro Weekends, June 14 – 16

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)

Chinatown Summer Nights returns June 15

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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.

Go Metro Weekends, June 7 – 9

Photo from Jubilee Music Fest Official Facebook

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.

Go Expo to celebrate NHM’s centennial

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.

Go Metro Weekends, June 1 – 2

Heading to Make Music Pasadena? Don't forget to bring plenty of water and sunscreen! Photo from MMPasadena Official Facebook

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.


Join IAMLA for a history conference on Italian Americans this Saturday

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 info@italianhall.org. 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.