Go Metro to celebrate Summer Solstice in Culver City on June 21

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Visit the Culver City Arts District site to see the list of participating locations.

Celebrate the longest day of the year in Culver City! The Summer Solstice at the Culver City Arts District takes place Saturday, June 21 from noon to 7 p.m. There will be dozens of musical performances, a free self-guided tour of art galleries and special discounts at several area restaurants and retail shops.

Musical performances will be provided in coordination with Make Music LA as part of the global musical festival taking place in more than 700 cities around the world!

To receive exclusive Metro discounts during Summer Solstice, show your valid TAP card to the cashier or server at these Culver City businesses:

The Culver City Arts District is located on Washington Boulevard between Helms and Fairfax Avenue. Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station.  Plan your best route using the Trip Planner.

Go Metro and save at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

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The Hollywood Fringe Festival, an annual celebration of emerging performing arts and artists, takes place this year from June 12 to 29. Enjoy the newest drama, dance, art, comedy, cabaret and more in Hollywood’s theaters, clubs and other unexpected places. The festival includes nearly 300 shows in over 50 venues, many of which are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

At heart, fringe festivals are about breaking the mold–something we also aspire to here at Metro (let’s face it, riding mass transit in car-obsessed L.A. is a pretty iconoclastic move). Go Metro to the Hollywood Fringe Fest and save $2 on your Fringe Button (normally $5). Wear your Fringe Button for discounts on festival tickets, and drinks, food or merchandise at participating “hotspot” businesses. Fringe Buttons can be purchased at Fringe Central, located at 6455 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Take Metro Bus 4 and get off at Santa Monica Boulevard/Wilcox Avenue.

To plan your best route to Fringe Fest events, use Google maps or the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to the L.A. Film Fest and save 10% on tickets

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Move over Cannes! The L.A. Film Fest returns this Wednesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 19 with film screenings taking place across Los Angeles.

This year, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with nearly 200 features, shorts, and music videos from 40 countries. Enjoy premiers, outdoor screenings, conversations with industry insiders, and live music. Arrive via Metro Bus or Rail and save 10% on tickets with a special online promo code. (You’ll also be saving the $10 you would have spent on parking.)

While L.A. LIVE is the hub of the festival, screenings and other events will take place at various locations across the city.

Find your best route using Google maps or the Trip Planner. To browse L.A. Film Fest events, click here.

Go Metro Weekends, June 6 – 8

A Purple Line train waiting to go into service at Union Station. Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

A Purple Line train waiting to go into service at Union Station. Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.

Friday

Check out “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!” This classic Broadway play makes its way to Hollywood Pantages and will be in town through June 22. You can save $20 on select showings just by having a valid TAP Card!  (Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station)

Saturday

For all of you cosplay fans, the LA Cosplay Con is at the Hyatt Century City! From Goku to Gundams and Superman to Sasuke, come out and enjoy yourself! Event starts at 10 a.m. with tickets starting at $10 online. (Metro Bus 20 to Wilshire/Whittier then transfer to Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 5 to Constellation/Avenue of the Stars)

In the mood for a unique musical experience? Head to Pasadena for Make Music Pasadena! Over 150 free live concerts over 12 hours will take place in Old Pasadena! Need to recharge between shows? Head to Urth Caffe for 10 percent off of food and drink purchases.

Street Food Cinema brings its talents to Exposition Park! Food trucks, movies in the grass and great weather. What more could you ask for?! This week’s selection is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Movie starts at 8 p.m. but it’s recommended you get there early. Tickets start at $12. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/USC Station)

Sunday

June is Pride month! Come down to the LA Pride parade and festival and show how proud you are of who you are! While the festival lasts all weekend, the parade takes place on Sunday starting at 6 a.m. For more on getting around at the weekend festival and for West Hollywood detour information, click here.

All Weekend

It’s almost summer, meaning it’s now officially barbecue season. Take a weekend long tour of L.A.’s best BBQ joints with Meat Weekend’s BBQ Bus Crawl. Starting at Union Station, you get eight fixed plates with at least two types of meat and a side at eight different venues each day. Tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday or two day VIP packages. Tickets start at $50 for single day pricing but they stop selling at noon today! (Metro Red, Purple or Gold Line or several local and rapid bus lines to Union Station)

This weekend in West Hollywood: bus detours and free Pride Ride shuttle

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L.A. Pride starts this Friday with a stellar lineup of performances, programs, and festivities lasting through Sunday, June 8. Whether you’re headed to West Hollywood for the celebrations or just passing through, you’ll want to be aware of street closures and bus detours in the neighborhood this weekend.

Metro Bus 10, 30/330 and Rapid 705 will detour at San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica from approximately 8 p.m. this Thursday until early Monday morning. For further information, see our service advisories page. Metro Bus 2, 4, 10, 30, 105, 217, 218 and Rapid 704 will detour at multiple locations on Sunday for the Christopher Street West Parade. Again, our service advisories page has all the details.

For a list of street and facility closures–including West Hollywood Park and Library–click here.

To avoid traffic and parking congestion during the celebration, use the free Pride Ride shuttle. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and follow a continuous loop along Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and Fuller Avenue. Shuttles will be brightly marked and feature festive music. There will be a few breaks in service however, so be sure to check the Pride Ride map (see above) for hours of operation.

While at L.A. Pride, look for the Metro booth for free transpo goodies, and have a safe and fun pride celebration!

Come dance at free screening of ‘La Bamba’ at Union Station on June 13

Photo: LA Film Fest Official Facebook

Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station on Friday, June 13. The free film screening takes place in Union Station’s old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m.

Metro customers who show their TAP cards at check-in will gain access to preferential seating; otherwise it is first come, first served. Guests may bring food to the event. Those with TAP cards can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels! Offer available on June 13 only.

“Ritchie Valens was a native Angeleno, so it’s fitting that La Bamba should be shown at the iconic Los Angeles Union Station,” said Lou Diamond Phillips, who played the role of Ritchie Valens in the film. “I hope everyone will come out, dance in the beautiful ticket concourse and join us for a great time…leave your cars at home and experience this historic station as a transit rider.”

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