Coming up at Union Station: music, magic and art!

Here are a few free events taking place at Union Station you won’t want to miss.

Atabey (Puerto Rican Bomba dancing, drumming, singing group)
Friday, October 25, 2013
Two 45-minute sets beginning at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Union Station South Patio

The Magic of Smoke and Mirrors (magic theatre by The Road Theatre Company)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Doors open at 7 p.m. – seating is first come, first served
Pre-show at 7:30 p.m., Show begins at 8 p.m.
Union Station Fred Harvey Restaurant

Metro Art Moves (guided tour of Metro station art)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tour begins 5:30 p.m.
Union Station Information Booth

The public performances continue Metro Presents, Metro’s newly launched program of arts and cultural events planned for the iconic Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming Metro Presents events, check Union Station’s events page.

The latest Metro Art Moves tour, led by Metro Art Docents and local artists, begins at Union Station’s information kiosk located just inside the Alameda Street entrance. The tour ends at 7 p.m. just north of Pershing Square Station at MOCA Grand Avenue, which offers free admission on Thursday evenings. For more information on Metro’s art tours, check the Metro Art page.

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

Get ready for Artisanal LA – go Metro to receive a free tote bag

Artisanal LA is a weekend-long experience showcasing the country’s finest local, sustainable, handmade edibles and home goods. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 12 – 13, at the L.A. Mart in the DTLA Fashion District. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

With all the shopping to be done at Artisinal LA, you’re going to want to bring a bag. But if you forget, don’t worry – Metro will have you covered. Just show your TAP card at the entrance and receive a free collectible linen tote bag.

The exclusive gift 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.

Artisanal LA is located at 1933 S. Broadway. Take the Metro Blue Line to Grand Station and walk east on Washington Boulevard towards Broadway, or take the Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/Washington. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $12. Admission is $15 at the door.

Cross the bridge to health on Saturday, Oct 12

Bridge to Health is hosting a free community health, safety and wellness fair on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the White Memorial Medical Center campus. Attendees will have access to free preventive health screenings, flu shots and more.

To encourage healthy lifestyles, those who go to the fair via Metro will receive a certificate that allows 1 free week at your local YMCA! All you have to do is show your TAP card at the Health Fair registration booth.

To get to White Memorial Medical Center, take the Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza Station or Metro Bus 30/330 to 1st/Boyle. Check Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro to Endeavour Fest this weekend and save

Space shuttle Endeavour on its last mission to the CSC. Photo: Luis Inzunza/Metro

Space shuttle Endeavour on its last mission to the CSC. Photo: Luis Inzunza/Metro

Go Metro to Endeavour Fest and celebrate the one-year anniversary of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s arrival at the its new home at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Festivities take place from Friday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and can easily be reached via the Expo Line’s Expo Park/USC station.

The free event will feature NASA exhibits and demonstrations, astronaut talks and premiere screenings of the documentary “Three Nights, Three Days.” Endeavour Fest is also the launch of the West Coast premiere of the Red Bull Stratos Exhibit which includes the 3,000-pound capsule and space suit used by Felix Baumgartner when he became the first human to break the sound barrier during his 24-mile freefall to Earth in 2012 from a helium balloon. 

While you’re at it, save big at Endeavour Fest with Metro. Just show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the box office and save $2 on adult and $1 on child to the IMAX theater. In addition, present your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the register at both Science Center gift shops to save 10 percent on your purchase.

The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles. In addition to riding the Expo Line to Expo/USC Station, festival-goers can access Expo Park from several Metro Local and Rapid bus lines. The Metro Bus 102 stops at Exposition/University or Metro Line 81 stops at Figueroa/State.  For more routes and connections, use Google Transit or the Trip Planner on metro.net.

Destination Discount: Save $1 on tickets at LALIFF with Metro

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returns to Hollywood October 10 through 14 at the TCL Chinese Theatres. The five-day festival features award-winning films, documentaries, and short films by Latino filmmakers. Download the festival schedule and showtimes here.

Go Metro and save $1 on any screening ticket at LALIFF. Just present your valid TAP card at the box office.

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 TCL Chinese Theatres, take the Metro Red Line, Bus 212 or Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Destination Discount: get ready for Halloween with Screamfest and save 20% with Metro

The 13th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival takes place from October 8 through 17 at the NoHo 7 Laemmle Theatre in North Hollywood. Best known for discovering and premiering “Paranormal Activity,” this festival showcases new genre horror films from around the globe.

Check the film schedule for a full listing of movies being screened and showtimes. Go Metro to save 20% on your ticket. Just show your valid TAP card at the box office.

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.

The Laemmle NoHo 7 Theatre is located at 5240 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. Take the Metro  Red Line or Orange Line to North Hollywood Station and walk two blocks south on Lankershim Boulevard. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.


Join Metro in wishing Grand Park a happy birthday

Grand Park celebrating its 1st birthday! Celebrate with them by visiting Sprinkles Cupcakes DTLA between October 7 – 11. Buy 6 Grand Park cupcakes during this week and Metro can get you a FREE cupcake of any flavor! All you have to do is show your TAP card to the cashier at Sprinkles DTLA.

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.

You can grab a sweet treat any day during birthday week, but the Grand Park birthday concert takes place on Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. and you definitely shouldn’t miss it.

Sprinkles DTLA is located on the second level of FIGat7th in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro BlueRed, Purple, or Expo Lines to 7th Street/Metro Station.

Continue to Grand Park on the Red or Purple Line to Civic Center Station or Metro Bus 10 to Hill/Temple.

Go Metro and Metrolink to Dodgers and Kings games tonight in downtown Los Angeles

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Here is the situation tonight in a nutshell: the Dodgers have a chance to clinch their National League Divisional Series against Atlanta at 6:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. There will easily be a 50,000-person-plus crowd.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Kings have their home opener against the New York Rangers — a game that almost certainly will attract a capacity crowd.

In other words, traffic may not be super delightful in and around downtown L.A. this afternoon and evening. There are transit alternatives.

The Blue and Expo Lines’ Pico station is on Flower Street between Pico and 12th Street. It is a five minute walk or less to Staples Center for Kings games. Blue Line timetable/map and Expo Line timetable/map.

The Dodger Stadium Express runs between Los Angeles Union Station and Dodger Stadium and is free to those holding game tickets. The details from the Dodger Stadium Express page on metro.net:

  • Board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bus Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.
  • Service leaves Union Station every 5-10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game time through the 3rd inning for all home games. We recommend arriving early; crowds are heaviest near game time.
  • Your Dodger ticket is good on gameday for the Dodger Stadium Express fare*; otherwise, regular Metro fares apply.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field. Service will run the same route in reverse after the game.
  • Return service runs until 45 minutes after the final out.

As for fares, Metro charges $1.50 per individual bus or train line; there are no free transfers. A day pass for unlimited riding that day until 3 a.m. costs $5. Reloadable fare cards — called TAP cards — are available at all ticket machines at Metro Rail stations. The card costs $1. They can be used again, so don’t throw them out. Metro fare info here

Using Metrolink commuter rail? Only their San Bernardino Line has a late train leaving Union Station — at 11 p.m.

Get ready for LA’s first Walk to School Day

A walking school bus! Photo: Walk to School Day L.A. Official Facebook

A walking school bus! Photo: Walk to School Day L.A. Official Facebook

When I was in elementary school, I walked to school every day. I lived four blocks away and it just didn’t make any sense for my parents to drive me. These days, however, many parents prefer to drive their kids to school, despite living within walking distance. Well, October – a.k.a. Walktober – is the perfect chance to have kids to try walking to school, and they won’t have to do it alone.

Wednesday, October 9 is Walk to School Day, both nationally and in the City of Los Angeles, and many schools and communities are organizing events to help get their kids to school on foot. It’s a way for parents, students, school personnel and other community members to directly experience the walk to school, and it generates awareness about the importance of physical activity, the fun of walking, and early identification of safety concerns.

Check with your school to see if they’ll be participating on Oct. 9. A list of participants can also be found here.

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)