Go Metro Weekends, Fourth of July

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

Warm summer evening and an outdoor movie. Photo from Eat|See|Hear Official Facebook

A quick heads up: Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Don’t forget, the inaugural Metro Art Moves summer tour is set for this Thursday. Grab a snack from QdobaTossed or Boba 7 – use your TAP card to get a discount! – then meet up at 7th/Metro at 5:30 p.m. The free tour ends about an hour and a half later at Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party, where you can use your TAP card again to get free sunglasses and then enjoy fireworks over the City of L.A. (Metro Expo/Blue/Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro)

Speaking of fireworks, Concerts on the Green is holding a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Park on Thursday. A concert, featuring the Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds, begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Transit Hub, Metro Bus 150/240 to Topanga Canyon/Marylee)

Want to see an outdoor movie instead of fireworks? Eat See Hear is showing Stripes at the L.A. State Historic Park on Saturday, July 6. There will be food trucks and live music at the event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Show your TAP card at the entrance to get a $2 discount on an individual pass. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And for more movies, check out the Old Pasadena Film Festival, a free four-week movie screening series that kicks off this weekend. Head to Pasadena’s Central Park on Friday and scare yourself cold with The Ring, or watch the Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby at One Colorado Courtyard on Saturday. Both outdoor movies start at 8:30 p.m. (Metro Gold Line to Del Mar Station or Metro Bus 260 to Fair Oaks/Del Mar for Central Park, Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Metro Bus 180 to Colorado/Fair Oaks for One Colorado Courtyard)

Anime Expo is back in town, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center from Thursday through Sunday. Things get going around 9 a.m. each day and most panels/showings end around midnight. The only exception is Sunday, where the closing ceremony is set to start at 5 p.m. A one-day pass is $40, but if you’re only interested in checking out the exhibition hall, it’s $20. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line to Figueroa/Pico, or walk from 7th/Metro)

A reminder: Long Beach Funk Fest is happening on Saturday, read this previous post to find out details and how to score some discounts.

And a final reminder for those heading to the Gold Cup game on Sunday: take the Gold Line!

Go Metro for fun Fourth of July festivities

Photo by Kr!sh Subramaniam/Flickr Creative Commons

Amazing fireworks in Los Angeles on 4th of July. Photo by Kr!sh Subramaniam/Flickr Creative Commons

It’s time to get patriotic and enjoy some barbeque, fireworks, and whole lot of red, white, and blue. The Fourth of July is right around the corner and Metro provides Angelenos an easy way to get to celebrations of the nation’s 237th birthday.

Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station to join in on the 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park. Starting at 3 p.m., you can feast on All-American food from burger and ice cream food trucks and enjoy live music for free. Need some shades to view the fireworks? Go Metro and receive a free pair of sunglasses by showing your TAP card at the information booth.

Iconic singer and songwriter Josh Groban joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl for a three-day celebration. This festivity offers a marvelous outdoor setting for good old-fashioned music and spectacular fireworks. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland and you can transfer to the Bowl Shuttle free with a valid Metro TAP card.

Also by this weekend, Metro’s Expo and Gold Lines will be improved to run every 10 minutes after 7 p.m. To plan your route for Fourth of July festivities, use the Metro Trip Planner.

Where will you be celebrating July 4th this year? Leave a comment!

Metro July 4 Art Tour Leads to Fireworks, Great Food, Special Discounts

June6previewtour_lo_resMetro will launch the first in a series of three free summer art tours, Metro Art Moves_DTLA, on Thursday, July 4. The inaugural guided, artist-led tour will end at Grand Park and The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party event, which will feature live music, food trucks and, for the first time downtown, fireworks.

Metro Art worked with artist Sara Wookey to identify opportunities for local artists to amplify stories about artworks. The docent guides then share these stories with activities that heighten tour-goer engagement and demystify the Metro system.

Meet promptly at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, at the northeast corner of Figueroa and 7th Street. Tour has limited capacity. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to grab a snack before Metro Art Moves_DTLA, or feeling a little hungry afterward? Show your TAP card and take advantage of special Metro Destination Discounts at locations near the tour route including Qdoba Mexican Grill, Tossed and Boba 7. Save on your entire bill or enjoy free drink upgrades. Those who stick to ending their tour at Grand Park can use their TAP cards, provided on the tour, to score a free pair of sunglasses at the event information booth.

General Information

Tours take place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., through September.

Tours begin at 7th Street/Metro Center Station and end at Civic Center/Grand Park Station.

The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.

Public restrooms are available at Union Station and at Grand Park.

Metro Art Moves Tours

Metro Art Moves tours are designed to attract new riders through arts-based transit experiences. The tours highlight Metro’s diverse collection of artworks, heighten the passenger experience in fun and engaging ways to boost public perceptions about transit, promote rider etiquette and offer opportunities for discovery.

Metro Art Program

Metro Art implements the agency’s percent for art program, manages the care and maintenance of the system’s existing artworks and directs a volunteer docent council. From rail and bus stations to construction fences and poetry cards, art creates a sense of place and engages transit riders.

Since 1989, Metro has commissioned artists to incorporate artworks into a wide array of transportation projects throughout Los Angeles County. The agency has received numerous design and artistic excellence awards, and is renowned for its approaches to integrating art into the transit experience, and for engaging artists at all levels of their careers.

Docent-guided tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Tours for groups of fifteen or more are also available by special arrangement. For more information visit metro.net/art and click on Art Tours or call (213) 922-4ART.

Get funky for 4th of July and save on souvenirs with Metro

Funky fun from last year's Funk Fest! Photo via Long Beach Funk Fest

Funky fun from last year’s Funk Fest! Photo via Long Beach Funk Fest Facebook

Celebrate the 4th of July the funky way! This 4th of July weekend, the Fifth Annual Long Beach Funk Fest on Saturday July 6th is ready to keep the funk alive right off the Metro Blue Line.

Starting at noon, the Funk of July will include a full day’s worth of memorable funk performances on two stages, several DJs, dancers, beverages from Beachwood Brewing and Congregation Ale House and a variety of on-site activities and vendors. Some funk artists include Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Blackbyrds, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, and more.

Also, this year will feature the first ever Freedom of Funk Fireworks Show presented by CityPlace and Farmers & Merchants Bank at 9:20pm.

Pre-Sale Funk Fest tickets are now on sale for a discounted price of $15 per ticket, and $20 at the door.

If you want a souvenir from the festival, show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the Funk Fest merchandise booth and save 10% on festival merchandise.

The Long Beach Funk Fest is located on the intersection of Pine Avenue and E. Broadway in Downtown Long Beach. Take the Metro Blue Line to Long Beach Transit Mall Station. For your best route, use the Trip Planner.

Ride the Gold Line to the Gold Cup game

The Gold Cup! Photo from  Concacaf Official Facebook

The Gold Cup! Photo from Concacaf Official Facebook

It’s a great week to be a soccer fan in SoCal. The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup series will kick off on Sunday with a double header at the Rose Bowl. Canada takes on Martinique at 2:30 p.m., followed by reigning champion Mexico vs. Panama at 5 p.m.

If you’re heading to the game, skip traffic by taking the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. The free Rose Bowl shuttle will be operating from the Parsons parking lot, just three blocks away from the station. The shuttle will begin service at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 1 and a half hours after the last game ends. The Gold Line will run regular weekend service – which now means every 10 minutes after 7 p.m.

Heavy crowds are expected for the Gold Cup game, so make sure you load up your TAP card in advance with a day pass or cash so you won’t get stuck in line at a ticket vending machine.

Go Metro Weekends, June 28 – 30

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Go Metro to see ModRock and get a discount on tickets! Photo: ModRock Official Facebook

Fashion lovers, make sure to check out the Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Travel & Fashion exhibition at FIDM. See vintage travel wear from the beginning of the 20th century through the 1960s. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and is open to the public. (Metro Bus 14 to Grand/9th)

Reminder: C.I.C.L.E.’s Bike Path Beach Bash ride is this Saturday. The ride leaves from the La Cienega/Jefferson Expo Line Station at 11 a.m.

If you’re looking to ride a helicopter this weekend, head to the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday. Show your TAP card at the STAR Helicopters booth to receive 5% off a helicopter ride. The air show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex and is free to attend. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella St./Foothill Blvd.)

Don’t miss the Leimert Park Book Fair this Saturday, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be book signings, celebrity readings, writing workshops and more. The book fair is free to the public. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan)

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