Go Metro Weekends, March 2 – 3

Grand Park Book Fest this Saturday, furry friends make great reading buddies! Photo via Grand Park Official Facebook

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)

Go Metro Weekends, Feb 16 – 17

Photo by Anna Chen/Metro

“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 PlazaThe 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)

Go Metro Weekends: Lunar New Year Festival

Photo from Pacific Asia Museum Official Facebook

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.

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 26 – 27

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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)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 19 – 21

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)

LA Travel Show and Pasadena Cheeseburger Week

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California’s largest travel show will return to the Long Beach Convention Center on January 12 – 13, 2013. The show will feature prominent travel speakers, interactive family-friendly activities, exhibitors from around the globe and more. Go Metro to the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show and receive an exclusive discount.

Daily admission tickets are only $8 for Metro riders when purchased online; enter the promo code METRO when checking out. Tickets will cost $12 at the door. Children under age 16 can enter for free. The Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. (Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall or 1st Street Station, Long Beach Transit Bus 71 or 72 to Ocean/LB Blvd)

Don’t miss the start of Pasadena Cheeseburger Week this Sunday. Many of Pasadena’s best restaurants and burger joints, including the newly opened Umami Burger on Colorado Blvd., are participating with specialty cheeseburgers. Meals are prix fixe and range from $15 – $25 for lunch and $26 – $44 for dinner. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station, Memorial Park Station or Lake Station. Pasadena ARTS buses stop by many of the participating restaurants, check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.)

Go Metro Weekends, Jan 4 – 6

Learn to make these in Little Tokyo on Sunday. Photo by keatl via Flickr Creative Commons

Learn to make these in Little Tokyo on Sunday. Photo by keatl via Flickr Creative Commons

Don’t forget, tonight’s the first First Friday at the NHM! (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC)

This weekend is your last chance to catch “Trolls Stole the North Pole” at Secret Rose Theatre. The fun children’s musical goes on at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, walk one block south on Lankershim Blvd. or Metro Bus 183 to Magnolia/Lankershim)

On Sunday, visit the Japanese American National Museum for the Oshogatsu Family Festival. There will be special prize drawings, fun origami booths, rice tastings, onigiri rice ball making contests and more. The festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30/40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

Go Metro Weekends, Dec 14 – 16

Go Metro Weekends (December 13, 2012)

Disney on Ice! Photo via jp_42 from Flickr Creative Commons

This Saturday and Sunday is East L.A. on Ice, taking place from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. both days at the EastL.A.CivicCenter. The free event features live music, snow, artwalk boutiques, free ice skating for kids and more. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. (Metro Gold Line to East L.A. Civic Center Station)

Take advantage of Metro’s Destination Discounts to see Disney on Ice at the Staples Center this weekend. Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Present your TAP card at the box office to receive $5 off tickets or get the discount online by using the code TRAIN. The discount also applies to Disney on Ice shows at the Honda Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena (both served by Metrolink) and Long Beach Arena (Metro Blue Line). (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/12th for Staples Center)

Go Metro Weekends, Dec 7 – 9

Santa Monica Bike Festival

Check out this bike at the Santa Monica Bike Festival! Photo via Santa Monica Bike Festival Official Facebook

If you like movies set in Los Angeles, don’t miss California Solo at the Landmark Nuart on Friday. Actor Robert Carlyle and director Marshall Lewy will be there after the 7:30 p.m. show for a Q&A session. General tickets are $10.50. (Santa Monica BBB 1 or Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Sawtelle)

This Saturday is the annual Winter Festival at Pershing Square. The free event features community youth performances, a train ride, craft booths, tasty holiday treats and more. The outdoor ice rink will be open all day for skaters. The Winter Festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 to Olive/5th)

The Santa Monica Bike Festival takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and features a bike check-up, bike swap, food trucks and more. And of course, free bike valet is offered. Drop by the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to celebrate biking! (Santa Monica BBB 2, 3 or 4 to 4th/Civic Center, check Trip Planner for Metro connections)

Join artist Nikki Pressley on Saturday at the California African American Museum for a workshop on miniature dioramas. The free workshop takes place from 2 – 3:30 p.m. and RSVPs are preferred. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/State)

On Saturday and Sunday, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at LA LIVE will be hosting Children’s Holiday Tea at the Top. Take in the view from Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant while enjoying holiday tea and treats. Each adult and child will receive a gift bag. Holiday Tea is at 3:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Prices are $65 per adult and $55 per child. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Bus 28 to Olympic/Georgia)

Go Metro Weekends, Nov 30 – Dec 2

Jakarta at night. Get a taste of it at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. Photo by kaybee07 via Flickr Creative Commons

The LA Auto Show is now in town at the LA Convention Center. Go and check out the fun, fancy cars of the future. General admission tickets are $12. The show is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line, Bus 30 or 81 to Figueroa/Pico)

Get started on holiday shopping at Unique LA, taking place this weekend at the California Market Center in the Fashion District. Meet and buy from over 350 local designers and artists, attend free DIY craft workshops and snack on unique treats. Tickets are $10 and gets you in for both Saturday and Sunday. Unique LA will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. (Metro Bus 66 to Main/9th)

Get a taste of Indonesia at the Enjoy Jakarta Festival this Sunday. The free event takes place at Hollywood & Highland Center from noon to 5 p.m. and features Indonesian food tasting, music, dance performances and more. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station)