Go Metro to this Sunday’s Mariachi Festival in Boyle Heights

The 23rd Annual Mariachi Festival takes place in Boyle Heights this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will include a day full of Mariachi music, Folklorico dancers, arts activities, and delicious food.

Go Metro and save some cash! Show your TAP card to participating merchandise and food vendors and save between 10% and 15% on your entire purchase. Participants will be identified at the information booth.

The exclusive offer is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Mariachi Festival, hop on the Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Boyle. Use the Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro to holiday light celebrations

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Andrew Gorden via Flickr

We may miss out on the whole picturesque, snow-capped December thing here in the Los Angeles-area — which is perhaps why many of us (including yours truly) are nutty about holiday lights.

In the spirit of all things festive and electric, here is a list of Metro-adjacent holiday light celebrations. From lamp-lit Victorian houses and a luminous boat parade, to Christmas trees and menorahs too big to fit through your front door, Go Metro to dazzle your eyeballs and get in the holiday mood—sans traffic, and of course, sans snow.

Bonus: many of the events below include performances, live music, ice sculpting, fireworks, seasonal nosh, and more, so be sure to click the links for details!

Now, who else is excited for the holidays?

Get ready for the “12 Days of Metro” Instagram scavenger hunt contest

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Participate in the “12 Days of Metro” for a chance to win great prizes from some of Metro’s Destination Discounts partners!

The scavenger hunt begins on Thursday, Dec. 5, and will run each weekday through Friday, Dec. 12. Here’s how it works: each weekday at 8 a.m. Metro will post a clue on its Instagram account.

How to play:

  1. Follow @metrolosangeles on Instagram
  2. Solve the daily riddle, which will involve a location accessible by Metro
  3. Take a photo of your TAP card at that location
  4. Post it to your Instagram (make sure your profile is public!)
  5. Tag @metrolosangeles and #tapandsave

Submissions showing the correct location and tags will be entered to win the daily prize! The contest will close at 6 p.m. each business day; submissions posted after 6 p.m. will not be included.

The daily winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Metro’s Instagram the following day. Prizes include theatre tickets, restaurant gift cards and more! Click here for the official contest rules, terms and conditions.


Go Metro and save on Tuesday evening shows to The Lion King

The Lion King will be gracing the Hollywood Pantages Theatre stage from Nov. 20 through Jan. 12. During its run, Metro riders will be able to save 15% on tickets to Tuesday evening shows.

Show your valid TAP card and mention the promo code METRO at the box office when purchasing or picking up tickets to receive the 15% discount on orchestra seats for every Tuesday evening show. Use promo code METRO when purchasing tickets online. Offer is only available while supplies last.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to the Hollywood Pantages, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station or Metro Rapid 780 to Argyle/Hollywood. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Metro sponsors Northridge Bike Ride, led by C.I.C.L.E.

On Saturday, November 16th, Metro sponsored the Northridge Delis, Desserts and Deliciousness Ride, led by C.I.C.L.E. This ride was the 6th in a series of 20 bicycle ride, which will rotate around different neighborhoods in Los Angeles County to increase bicycle ridership by providing opportunities to bike locally.

The weekend ride attracted 68 participants who met in Dearborn Park and visited famous Northridge and Granada Hills eateries. Stops included The Original Weiler’s Northridge Delicatessen, Gayle’s Perks, Delicious Bakery, and A Sweet Design. At each location, riders were greeted by friendly business owners who shared their family histories and offered riders a taste of home-made products.

As with all the C.I.C.L.E.-led rides in this series, Saturday’s ride was family-friendly, leisurely paced, and fully supported by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. And as usual, safe bicycling etiquette and rules of the road were reviewed to ensure smooth riding for people of all ages and skill levels. As a result, multiple families joined the ride sporting bicycles with attached child seats and trailers, as well as detached childrens’ bikes.

Metro started these rides in May 2013 to complement Metro’s bicycle safety efforts, such as bicycle traffic skills classes and the “Every Lane is a Bike Lane” educational campaign. The goal of these rides is to encourage local bicycling trips by people of all bicycling abilities. 40% of all trips trips are two miles or less, yet 90% of those trips are made in a car. These are trips that can easily be made on a bicycle. Encouraging local riding will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as serve as a first-last mile connection to transit. Bicycling can bridge that gap to provide more transportation options to communities across Los Angeles County.

The next Metro-sponsored C.I.C.L.E. ride will take place in January.


Friday Five: Insta-roundup, Nov. 15

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos.

Sometimes, the London tube is really, really tube like.

Nice perspective shot heading up out of Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

What the station art looks like at Aviation/LAX.

A bright morning at the North Hollywood Station.

And last but not least, NCIS: LA star on a bicycle, because bikes are cool.

Germany’s next top models practice their runway walk at Union Station — and, yes, we have video!

It’s not unusual to spot film and TV crews shooting scenes around the region and Union Station is no stranger to being a star.

In fact, it’s such a popular place that Germany’s Next Top Model show today used Union Station as the set for one of the models’ challenges. The challenge: put on a runway show at a working train station.

Hope everyone enjoyed the models’ efforts; perhaps not as exciting as Bane and the Scarecrow in the old ticketing room (“The Dark Knight Rises”) but we’re not complaining. And feel free to suggest new G-rated Metro marketing slogans based on the above video!

Friday Five: Insta-roundup, Nov. 8

Welcome to Friday Five, a weekly roundup of five transit pics we’re loving on Instagram. Want to be featured? Tag @MetroLosAngeles on Instagram to get our attention and follow us for more fun transit photos.

Here’s hoping most of you went Metro to HARD Day of the Dead last weekend!

A great way to see Union Station.

Street lamps lining the Moscow Metro escalators.

A different perspective on the Gold Line.

An old Red Car that still runs…in Disneyland!

Go Metro when you visit L.A.

Vintage ad for Park Plaza Hotel near MacArthur Park. The hotel still exists today - and is served by the Westlake/MacArthur Park Station - as an event venue. Photo: jericl cat via Flickr Creative Commons

Vintage ad for Park Plaza Hotel near MacArthur Park. The hotel still exists today – and is served by the Westlake/MacArthur Park Station – as an event venue. Photo: jericl cat via Flickr Creative Commons

For a long time, tourists visiting L.A. believed that there was just no way to see the city unless they drove. But that’s changing now as more and more guide books include Metro Bus and Rail as travel options to local destinations.

Having a destination that’s transit accessible is great, but it helps if the starting point is as well. With that in mind, here are just a few unique L.A. hotels that are convenient to public transportation. Most are walking distance from a rail station and you can get door-to-door service via bus. Also, here’s a great list of rail-oriented hotels around L.A.: Rails to Rooms.

  • The Moment Hotel, Hollywood: Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Martel, Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station
  • W Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood: Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station
  • The Redbury, Hollywood: Metro Bus 210 to Hollywood/Vine or Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station
  • El Tres, Silver Lake: Metro Bus 2/302 to Sunset/Hollywood, Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset
  • Hotel Angeleno, West LA: Metro Bus 233 or Rapid 761 to Church/405
  • Hotel Normandie, Koreatown: Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Normandie Station, Metro Bus 18 or 206 to 6th/Normandie
  • The Century Plaza, Century City: Metro Rapid 728 to Constellation/Mgm Dr
  • Culver Hotel, Culver City: Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, Culver City Bus 1 to Washington/Cardiff
  • Shore Hotel, Santa Monica: Metro Bus 534 or Big Blue Bus 1 to Ocean/Colorado
  • Double Tree, Little Tokyo: Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30 to Los Angeles/1st
  • Miyako Hotel, Little Tokyo: Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st
  • Figueroa Hotel, DTLA/South Park: Metro Silver Line or Rapid 728 to Figueroa/Olympic, walkable from 7th/Metro Center
  • Millenium Biltmore, DTLA/Historic Core: Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 14 or Rapid 770 to Olive/5th
  • The Varden, Long Beach: Metro Blue Line to Pacific Ave. Station

If you have any recommendations on great transit friendly places to stay – whether it’s a Holiday Inn, Marriott or Chateau Marmont – comment with them below!

 

Reminder: Metro Presents 2nd Street Brass at Union Station on Friday, Nov. 8

Photo courtesy of the Colburn School.

Photo courtesy of the Colburn School.

Swing by Union Station during lunchtime on Friday, Nov. 8 and catch a free performance by 2nd Street Brass, a 5-piece brass band made up of students from the downtown Los Angeles Colburn School of Performing Arts. The group will appear in the Main Concourse waiting area as part of Metro’s program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic station.

The performance is open to the public.

Event Details:
Friday, November 8, 2013
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Union Station Main Concourse
800 North Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

2nd Street Brass offers a unique take on chamber music in nontraditional settings in and around Los Angeles and will be performing popular tunes and classical contemporary works.