Destination Discounts: go Metro to the L.A. Taco Festival and receive a free drink

Pig out on some tasty tacos. Photo: L.A. Taco Festival.

Pig out on some tasty tacos. Photo: L.A. Taco Festival.

Boyle Heights is a landmark for producing some of the best tacos Los Angeles has to offer and experience it all at the 2nd Annual L.A. Taco Festival. On Saturday, August 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., this free community event will offer every kind of taco your little heart desires, from birria to carne asada to shrimp, as well as live Mariachi music and arts and crafts.

Taking place at Mariachi Plaza Station, the Metro Gold Line takes hungry passengers directly to the festival. Bring an appetite and a valid TAP card to the event and receive a free drink while supplies last. The exclusive offer is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends: Friendship Day

The crew of "Trio Los Machos" is ready to entertain! Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

The crew of “Trio Los Machos” is ready to perform! Catch them this weekend, get a discount on tickets with your TAP card. Photo: Casa 0101 Official Facebook

This Sunday is National Friendship Day, so grab your pals and take them out for some fun – and with Metro, nobody has to be the driver. The fun doesn’t have to be limited to Sunday either!

Friday, visit Figat7th to catch Jose James and Carolyn Malachi perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. The concert is free to attend. Need dinner? The Taste food court is located on the ground floor of Figat7th and home to Saffron, Juicy Lucy, The Melt and more. (Metro Red/Purple/Blue/Expo Line to 7th/Metro, exit towards Figueroa)

If you love tasty Asian street food and bustling nightlife, head to the 626 Night Market taking place this weekend at the Paddock Gardens at Santa Anita Race Track. The night market is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $2 if you enter before 6 p.m. and $3 if you enter after. (Metro Bus 78/29 to Huntington/Holly)

On Sunday, check out the block party at the California African American Museum. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes! The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and it’s free to attend. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Also on Sunday is the Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market on Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue. The farmer’s market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public. This Sunday only, the first 250 attendees will receive a free canvas recycled bag. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, Metro Bus 267/264 to Walnut/Raymond)

Catch a performance of Trios Los Machos at Casa 0101 this weekend. There are showings on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are approximately $20, go Metro to save $2 on admission. (Metro Gold Line to Soto Station, Metro Bus 30 to 1st/Cummings)

If you’re heading to HARD Summer, go Metro! Rides are free for those with tickets to the show, and Metro will be extending rail service for the event. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

And don’t miss out on getting a free poster at X Games with your TAP card! (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station)

Destination Discount: go Metro to save on L.A. Sparks tickets

Photo: Jorge Cruz

Photo: Jorge Cruz

The Los Angeles Sparks are gearing up to bring home another WNBA Championship and there are only a few home games at STAPLES Center left this season. Don’t miss out on the excitement, get your tickets now – and go Metro to save.

Present your valid TAP card at the box office to save 25% on weekday games and 20% on weekend games. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

STAPLES Center is served by Pico Station off the Blue and Expo Line. You can also take the Silver Line to Figueroa/12th or walk from 7th/Metro. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Influx: Art at LAX

As part of its expansion and renovation, LAX is dramatically increasing the reach of its public art program and making the airport a destination in and of itself. Influx: Art at LAX, the airport’s first-ever public art festival, opened in June and will run through the end of 2013. Presented in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Influx features 11 original, temporary art installations located throughout LAX with new installations in Terminals 1, 2, 3, Tom Bradley International Terminal, 6, 7, and 8.

Some of the installations are on view for ticketed passengers only, so if you’re traveling through LAX, don’t miss the opportunity to check them out!

Get to LAX via Flyaway, which connects with the rest of the Metro system at Expo/La Brea and Union Station, or with the Metro Green Line to Aviation Station. Once the Crenshaw/LAX Line is built, it’ll be even easier to get to LAX – and it’ll be exciting to see what the new and improved LAX will look like by then.

Destination Discount: go Metro to X Games and receive a free poster

Photo: X Games

Photo: X Games

The world’s best are taking over Los Angeles one last time at X Games, don’t miss your chance to watch them live. The competition starts on Thursday, August 1 and continue through Sunday, August 4 with events at STAPLES Center, L.A. Live and the Irwindale Event Center. Competition event tickets range from $10 – $45. Check here for the full schedule of events.

Go Metro to get a free gift. Show your TAP card at the guest services booth at L.A. Live and you’ll receive a limited edition X Games LA 2013 poster. The exclusive souvenir is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

To get to STAPLES Center, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. You can also walk from 7th/Metro or take the Silver Line into downtown. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Destination Discount: score discounted tickets to Dodger games with Metro

Dodger games are a great way to spend a summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

Dodger games are a great way to spend a summer night. Photo by Chloe Rodriguez/Metro.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been heating up summer with a hot streak, winning 26 of 32 games, sending them from last place in the West to first place. Needless to say, they are killing it this season. Instead of watching them beat another team from your T.V., experience the game live at Chavez Ravine with the help of Metro.

Fans can save up to $20 on tickets to select Dodger games with a valid TAP card. The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

This summer’s select games are the following:

Date Time Opponent Promotion
Fri, Aug 9 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Aug 11 TBD Dodgers vs Tampa Bay Rays Kids Back to School Backpack, Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Mon, Aug 12 7:10 pm Dodgers vs New York Mets
Wed, Aug 14 7:10 pm Dodgers vs New York Mets
Mon, Aug 26 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Wed, Aug 28 12:10 pm Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs
Fri, Aug 30 7:10 pm Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Sep 1 1:10 pm Dodgers vs San Diego Padres Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Tue, Sep 10 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Wed, Sep 11 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Sun, Sep 15 TBD Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants Kids Run the Bases
Fri, Sep 27 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Sep 29 1:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Fan Appreciation Day, Kids Run the Bases

Another way to save is by taking the Dodger Stadium Express, a shuttle going directly to Dodger Stadium from Union Station. Also, there are available bike racks at the stadium, but make sure to bring locks and lights for evening games.

To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner.

Go blue!

Ride Dodger Stadium Express to International Champions Cup

Photo: L.A. Galaxy Official Facebook

Photo: L.A. Galaxy Official Facebook

Matches 5 and 6 of the International Champions Cup 2013 will take place at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, August 3. Head out to support the reigning MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy. You’ll also be able to watch Real Madrid, Everton and Juventus at the double header.

Match 5 starts at 5 p.m. and match 6 begins at 7:30 p.m. The Dodger Stadium Express will be running to get soccer fans to the game. The shuttle bus leaves from Bay 3 at Union Station Patsaouras Plaza. Service will begin approximately 90 minutes before the first game and will run until 45 minutes after the second game ends. Rides are free to those who have tickets to the game.

To connect with the Dodger Stadium Express, take the Metro Gold, Red or Purple Line. There are also numerous bus options, use Trip Planner to find the best routes and connections.