Go Metro Weekends, Sept 20 – 22

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

A truly alternative mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of AltCar Expo

Final reminder for Alfred Hitchcock at Union Station – Strangers on a Train screens tonight at 8 p.m. in the North Patio.

The AltCar Expo takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Go check out the latest in alternative tech vehicles! The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is free to attend. Show your TAP card at the AltCar info booth and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental. (Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th)

Don’t miss Made in LA Ride III on Saturday – the weather promises to be perfect for a leisurely bicycle ride! Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Gold Line Lincoln/Cypress Station and Metro Bus 90/91, 94, 794, 84/68, 251, 751)

This Sunday is International Car Free Day! Walk, bike or take transit on Sunday and help reduce congestion and help the environment.

Sherman Oaks and Studio City are celebrating Car Free Sunday with community events and promotions. Head to a free yoga class at Lululemon at 9:30 a.m. (12199 Ventura, take Metro Bus 150/240 to Ventura/Vantage) or check out the Studio City Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Metro Bus 230 to Ventura/Laurel Canyon). Wear blue to receive special promotions from many other local businesses.

P.S. Brought to our notice by commentor LAofAnaheim: Red Bull FlugTug is happening this Saturday, get there via the Downtown Long Beach Blue Line Station. The gates open at 11 a.m. and flights happen between 1 p.m. through 3:30 p.m. Totally free to stop by and watch the awesomeness!

Go Metro Weekends, Sept 14 – 15

This Saturday is the last Eat See Hear movie screening of the season. The Breakfast Club will be showing at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s starting to get a little nippy in the evenings, so make sure to bring a jacket or some blankets! Save $2 on tickets with your TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day this weekend at Olvera Street. Admission is free, and there will be dancing, food, music and more. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. (Metro Gold/Red/Purple Line to Union Station, check Trip Planner for all bus routes)

Another place to celebrate is at Plaza Mexico. The free event takes place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Go Metro and save at Cafe Canela and La Huasteca, both located within Plaza Mexico. (Metro Green Line to Long Beach Blvd. Station, Metro Bus 120, 612 to Imperial/State)

P.S. Metro’s Destination Discounts page now has a great new calendar of events. Click on any day to see what events are taking place around town and find out how to score a discount with your TAP card!

Metro and USC encourage fans to take Expo Line to Saturday’s game against Washington State

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas salutes the USC band at this morning's event.

After the Trojans' win over Hawaii in their opener this past weekend, USC is ranked 22nd and 25th in the AP and USA Today polls, respectively. Their game Saturday night against Washington State is a chance to continue their momentum.

The news release from Metro:

With an anticipated 90,000 football fans expected to attend USC’s first home game of the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, against Washington State, officials of the university and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined with the Spirit of Troy band to urge fans to ride Metro’s Expo Line to all home games.

At a campus news conference held at Pardee Plaza, directly adjacent to the Expo Park station, participants reminded fans the Metro Rail route scored big when it debuted in 2012.

“Last year we launched enhanced service to the Coliseum and moved about 8,000 Trojans fans to each of the six home games. That represents about 4,000 vehicles removed from the streets for each game,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “We’re putting on extra train cars and bus service to make sure fans get to the Coliseum and home safely and conveniently.”

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Go Metro Weekends, Sept 7 – 8


The 5th annual Taste of East L.A. will be serving up tasty eats on Saturday, September 7. The event starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. and cost for the event is $20 for 20 Taste Coupons. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Heading to the USC game on Saturday? Make sure to go Metro and keep in mind the road closures in the area. Hop on the Expo Line to Expo Park/USC or Expo/Vermont for easy access to the Coliseum.

Watch the Shakespeare play Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which opens this weekend at A Noise Within. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $34. (Metro Gold Line or Metro Bus 267 to Sierra Madre Villa Station)

Love 3-D movies? Head to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to check out the World 3-D Movie Expo III, taking place September 6 – 15. Kids might like the 3-D animation show on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. And film buffs might enjoy seeing Dial M for Murder in a whole new way on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for each film. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Bus 212 to Hollywood/Las Palmas)

Metrolink offers Labor Day service on Antelope Valley Line

Here's the news release from Metrolink — please beware of the bus bridge between Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando due to track maintenance:

Antelope Valley Line will have two round trips

LOS ANGELES – Metrolink will suspend service on Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day, with the exception of two round-trip trains on the Antelope Valley Line.

Antelope Valley Line trains 262 and 268 will depart Lancaster at 8:55 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. respectively, while trains 263 and 269 will leave Los Angeles Union Station at 11:40 a.m. and 5:25 p.m.

Additional stops will include the Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar/San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Via Princess, Vincent Grade/Acton and Palmdale stations.

Due to necessary track maintenance, a bus bridge will be established between the Newhall and Sylmar/San Fernando Stations causing delays of more than an hour.

Regular weekday fares apply.

Tickets may be purchased at ticket vending machines, located at all Metrolink stations, and can also be used for a free connection to Metro Rail and most connecting bus lines.

Regular commuter service will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

For details on Metrolink's Labor Day holiday schedule and other initiatives, please visit metrolinktrains.com.

ABOUT METROLINK (www.metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 20th year of operation. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. Metrolink is the third largest commuter rail agency in the United States based on directional route miles and the seventh largest based on annual ridership.


Go Metro Weekends, Labor Day Weekend 2013

Photo: The Market on Holly Official Facebook

Photo: The Market on Holly Official Facebook

Friday, head to The Market on Holly this Friday for an open house featuring The Produce Project’s pop-up farm stand, live jazz and $3 taco specials. The event is free to attend and lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Go Metro and receive a free cookie with a purchase of $10 or more. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station)

Join in and celebrate the 20th Annual Brazilian Summer Festival on Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, booths and DJ music. The show begins at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle to the theatre, Metro Bus 222 to Cahuenga / J Anson Ford Theatre)

Want to enjoy the beach and see some super ripped bodies? Check out the Muscle Beach Championship at the Venice Recreation Center on Monday. The event is free and open to the public, and the finals take place at 1 p.m. (Culver City Bus 1 to Pacific/Venice, Metro Rapid 733 to Main/Venice)

Don’t forget, Metro Rail will run until 2 a.m. on Sunday, and all buses and trains will run on weekend/holiday schedule on Monday.

Go Metro Weekends, August 23 – 25

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Photo: Peter Zuehlke

Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Photo: Peter Zuehlke

Friday night, join the Music Center for Dance Downtown. All are welcome to learn traditional Japanese festival dances. The free lesson takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center Station, Metro Bus 10 to Temple/Grand)

Saturday is your last chance to enjoy the free Summer Music Festival concerts at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Quetzal takes the stage at Levitt Pasadena at 8 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)

On Sunday, head to Levitt MacArthur Park for José -Luis Orozco and Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon performed by Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen. Orozco is a children’s author, songwriter and performer, and he takes the stage at 4 p.m. Omega String Quartet and Julie Christensen begin playing at 7 p.m. Both concerts are free. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, Metro Rapid 720 to Alvarado/Wilshire)

Don’t forget, if you’re going to FYF Fest this weekend, go Metro! Metro Rail will run extra service on Sunday night so concertgoers can get home safely, and if you go Metro you’ll get a free water and souvenir. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)