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 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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What’s better than dinner and the Dodgers?

And if you're still hungry after dinner, there are Dodger Dogs. Photo by Sam Howzit via Flickr Creative Commons

And if you’re still hungry after dinner, there are Dodger Dogs. Photo by Sam Howzit via Flickr Creative Commons

Dinner and the Dodgers with discounts! Go Metro to dine at any of the following four restaurants before a game and get a special offer on the house.

Bow & Truss – located in the NoHo Arts District, dinner service begins at 5 p.m. daily. Get fancy with some cheese and charcuterie or tuck into a flat iron steak. For dessert, try the delectable tres leches cake. Show your valid TAP card and save 15% on your bill. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, walk 2 blocks south on Lankershim Blvd)

Kings Row Gastropub – located in Old Pasadena, opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, 10:30 a.m. on weekends. Chow down on the signature King’s burger or try the falafel burger if you’re vegetarian. Show your valid TAP card and save $5 on all food. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Rapid 780 to Colorado/Fair Oaks)

Far Bar – located in downtown Little Tokyo, opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. on weekends. Start your meal with garlic butter edamame or wasabi fries, then load up on their sushi rolls. Show your valid TAP card and receive 10% off on all food. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/1st)

The Lab Gastropub – located at the edge of USC, open from noon to 8 p.m. Mon – Sat, closed Sundays. Order up a plate of chipotle chicken nachos or Korean short ribs. For lighter fare, try the Green Goddess wrap. Show your valid TAP card and save 10% on your bill. (Metro Expo Line to Jefferson/USC Station, Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/USC-McCarthy Way)

After eating, head to Union Station and hop on the free Dodger Stadium Express to the game!

Summer ArtsFest 2013 is finally here!

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo: Cathy Cole via Flickr Creative Commons

Enjoy local art, movie nights, interactive dance and music sessions? Then the East L.A. ArtsFest 2013 is the place for you this summer! Located at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, Metro provides easy access to this cultural destination via the Gold Line Eastside Extension.

Kicking off at 3 p.m. on June 30, the audience will jam out to music by performers ready to add pep to your step. Then later in the night, a spectacular fireworks show will commence at 9:15 p.m.

Want to take a look at local East L.A. art? The artwalk features local artists and artisans sharing their work with the public. There will also be live concerts for the audience to enjoy while looking at the art. The artwalk and concert series will be held on June 30, July 20, and August 3.

On July 5 and August 2, the Ford Theatres will offer J.A.M. sessions where the audience is invited to dance to the beat or play to the rhythm of salsa music and drum lines. All levels and skills are welcome at these free interactive events. If you have a kid who loves to dance, a youth dance workshop will be held at the Heidi Duckler Dance Studio on July 19 at 11:30 a.m. and a youth performance at 2:30 p.m. Also in the studio, a performance with award-winning musicians Don Preston and Andrea Centazzo will take place at 7 p.m. on August 10.

Various movies in the park will be shown on Fridays at sundown beginning June 28 through August 23. And a farmer’s market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., bringing fresh fruits and vegetables.

The East L.A. Artsfest will conclude on Saturday, September 7, with an all-day celebration starting with a Family Fishing Derby at 7 a.m. and East L.A. Bike Ride at 10 a.m. Those who want to participate in this activity can register that day at 8:30 a.m. The artwalk and concert series finale and Taste of East Los Angeles will begin following the bike ride.

Any day at  ArtsFest 2013 is a day to remember and best of all, it’s free! To plan your best trip, visit Metro’s Trip Planner.