Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Metro

Art of Transit: All are welcome to ride Metro, alive, dead and undead alike!

This weekend, go Metro to the following festivities to receive special discounts, gifts and more.

El Pueblo Historical Monument, Oct. 25 – Nov. 3
Starting Friday, Oct. 25, El Pueblo will begin free festivities with food, live entertainment, altars and family activities. Experience nightly Novenarios, a pre-Columbian procession and blessing on Olvera Street, and don’t miss the exhibit in the historic Pico House that examines the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Go Metro and save 15% on purchases at El Pueblo’s visitor center in the Avila Adobe. (El Pueblo is located across Alameda Street from Union Station, or take Metro Rapid 728 to Spring/Cesar Chavez)

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Oct. 27 & Nov. 2
Free events take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 and on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participate in altar installation, watch theatrical performances and more. Show your valid TAP card at the admissions desk between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on either day and receive a bilingual tamale recipe book while supplies last. On Nov. 2, present your TAP card at La Tienda between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and save 20% on purchases. (LA Plaza is located across Alameda Street from Union Station, or take Metro Rapid 728 to Spring/Cesar Chavez)

Dia de los Muertos at East L.A. Civic Center, Nov. 2
On Sunday, Nov. 2 visit East L.A. Civic Center for fun, free family activities and cultural celebrations. There will be live music, dancing and a colorful marketplace from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Present your TAP card at the East L.A. Chamber of Commerce booth to receive a free coupon booklet while supplies last. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 258 to Mednik/3rd)

Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2
On Sunday, Nov. 2 celebrate at Grand Park with food trucks, free face painting, awesome bands and more. Bike parking will also be available. Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info tent and receive a free stem of marigolds while supplies last. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station)

Go Metro to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Boyle Heights on Saturday

Self Help Graphics & Art’s 40th annual Día de los Muertos celebration takes place this Saturday at 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights. The free event takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and includes the traditional ceremonial blessing, food and craft vendors, face painting, children’s workshops and more. Calaca attire is encouraged!

There will be no on-site parking, so the best way to get to the festivities is via the Metro Gold Line to Pico/Aliso Station or Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Utah. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Don’t miss Downtown Flea this Sunday

Downtown Flea July 28th from DTFlea on Vimeo.

Besides the Friday performance of Atabey at Union Station this evening and Dia de los Muertos events getting underway this weekend, Downtown Flea is also taking place this Sunday in downtown’s Historic Core. Shop for unique vintage collectibles and enjoy various dishes from local food vendors at this block party flea market. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $5.

Go Metro to get 2-for-1 admission. Just show your TAP card at the ticket booth and you’ll receive one free admission when you purchase a regular priced admission.

DT Flea takes place at 246 South Spring Street. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 18 – 20

Saturday: go Metro to Taste of Soul.

Also, one last reminder for the Sunday Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal ride!

The Sherman Oaks Street Fair takes place on Sunday on Ventura between Van Nuys and Kester. The free festivities last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and include music, food and great family friendly activities. Go Metro for a chance to win a $100 gift card from Whole Foods and many other great prizes! Present your valid TAP card at the Chamber Booth located at Ventura/Cedros and get a free raffle ticket. (Metro Bus 240 to Ventura/Van Nuys)

Anyone heading to the Edward Sharpe Big Top this weekend? With shows Thursday through Sunday, the unique music and performing arts festival takes place under a big top circus tent at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each day, with an additional Sunday show taking place at noon. General admission starts at $60. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Saturday marks the opening night of Invisible Cities at Union Station. The premiere performance is currently at capacity, but check their calendar to see if there’s another date you can make. Enjoy a brand new opera while experiencing the station in a completely new way. Tickets start at $45 for the 10 p.m. performances, and there are also two $25 Tuesdays. (Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for Metrolink and bus connections)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 11 – 13

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

Catch War Horse on Friday or Sunday and save on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: War Horse Official Facebook

This weekend is jam packed with events, so let’s dive right in!

Friday:

ArtNight Pasadena. Food, art, music and more, free to attend. Go Metro to receive discounts on souvenirs or free gifts at various locations. Event takes place 6 – 10 p.m. Hop on the Gold Line towards Pasadena and you’re good to go.

Saturday:

Bridge to Heath community wellness fair. Get healthy while having fun at White Memorial Medical Center. The free fair takes place 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Go Metro to get a week free at YMCA. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station, Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle)

Taste of Italy. Food, food, and more tasty food. The event takes place 5 – 10 p.m. at El Pueblo. Go Metro and receive $5 off general admission. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold Line to Union Station, Metro Bus 70, 76 to Spring/Cesar E Chavez)

All Weekend:

War Horse at Pantages Theatre. Go to the Friday or Sunday 8 p.m. showings and save up to $40 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)

Artisanal LA. Eat and shop locally at the L.A. Mart. The event takes place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door. Go Metro to receive a free tote bag. (Metro Blue Line to Grand Station, Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/Washington)

Endeavour Fest. If you haven’t seen Endeavour Space Shuttle yet, what are you waiting for? The free event takes place Friday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Science Center. Go Metro to save on IMAX movie tickets and at the gift shops. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

LALIFF. See the best of the best by Latino filmmakers at TCL Chinese Theatre. Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save $1 on screening tickets. (Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station)

Screamfest. Scare yourself silly at the movies! Check their website for the schedule of movies. Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station)

Tip from a Source commenter: Check out “Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence” musical at South Coast Chorale on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. General seating is $25. (Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station)

Go Metro Weekends, Oct 4 – 6

I'll eat a lot of things, but not durian - blech! Are you brave enough to try? Test your taste bud mettle at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. Photo: Dr.13 (www.lensa13.com) via Flickr Creative Commons

I’ll eat a lot of things, but not durian – blech! Are you brave enough to try? Test your taste bud mettle at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. Photo: Dr.13 (www.lensa13.com) via Flickr Creative Commons

Don’t forget, go Metro to IndieCade this weekend to save on tickets.

And the Eagle Rock Music Festival takes place on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, get out and moon gaze at the South Pasadena Moon Festival. The free event takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at South Pasadena Library Park and features entertainment, games and contests involving food – participants will test their chopsticks-eating skills, noodle-eating capacity, and ability to eat traditional Chinese foods such as durian, chicken feet, and bitter melon. Mmmmm, bitter melon. Some activities may require paid tickets. (Metro Gold Line to South Pasadena Station)

Learn about food, history and culture with Urban Adventures and the Ethnic Neighborhoods Food and Culture tour. The next one takes place this Saturday and starts at 2 p.m. You’ll be able to taste select foods and drinks from all over the world. The tour starts at 3355 Wilshire Blvd. between the Purple Line Wilshire/Normandie Station and Red/Purple Line Wilshire/Vermont Station, and ends at Hollywood/Western Station. Cost is $71.50 for adults.

The Eagle Rock Yacht Club is hosting a Sadie Hawkins dance this Saturday at Union Station’s Fred Harvey Room. It’s a chance to dress up and party at one of the most beautiful places at the station! The dance starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $65. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold Line or Metrolink to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus connections)

If you looooove mole or Mexican food in general, make sure to go to Feria de los Moles, taking place this Sunday at Olvera Street. There will be 13 different mole flavors to try, ranging from sweet to savory. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. so you’ll have plenty of time to sample each dish. Entrance to the event is free, although you’ll have to pay for the food. (Olvera Street is located across Union Station, connect via Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line, Metrolink or via Metro Bus)

Go Metro to L.A. Kings season opener and Dodgers playoffs!

Above: the Kings practice in September at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, adjacent to the Green Line's Mariposa station. The above drill is harder than it looks. Trust me.

In two hours or so, the Dodgers kick off their National League divisional series at Atlanta while the Kings start their season against the Minnesota Wild.

Both teams come home at the start of next week. The Dodgers host the Braves for Game 3 on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine with Game 4 on Monday (the time hasn't been announced yet). The Kings' home opener against the New York Rangers is Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

Both games are transit accessible. The Dodger Stadium Express provides free bus service for ticket holders between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodgers Stadium. And Staples Center is easy to reach via the Blue and Expo Lines' Pico station as well as the Silver Line bus.

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