Go Metro Weekends, June 14 – 16

First Chinatown Summer Nights of the summer is this Saturday!

Love red carpet movie premiers, outdoor screenings, live music and more? Don’t miss the L.A. Film Fest, back in town until June 23. The Moo Man (I love cows!) is screening this Friday at 7:10 p.m. and Sunday at 9:10 p.m. at Regal Cinemas. Tickets are $13. Brasslands is screening at Figat7th for free this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. TAP card holders can save 10% on passes with the promo code 2712ME. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station for Regal Cinemas, hop off at 7th/Metro for Figat7th)

Join the Angel City Derby Girls on Saturday as they kick off their 8th season of women’s flat track roller derby at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there are two games, one at 7 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, go Metro to save $5 on general admission. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then hop on Culver City Bus 7 to Culver/Overland)

Celebrate the Juneteenth Heritage Festival at Leimert Park this weekend. The festival will take place both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the whole family for good food, good music and great kid-friendly activities. (Metro Bus 102 to 43rd/Degnan or Metro Bus 40 to Crenshaw/Vernon)

Enjoy Forever Flamenco at the Ford this Saturday. Forever Flamenco’s dancers, musicians and singers have been delighting audiences for years with their passionate performances. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $50. Go Metro to save 20% on this show and select others throughout the summer. (Metro Red Line or Rapid 750 to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)

This weekend is also the first weekend of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which continues until June 30. There are over 200 shows scheduled at locations all over Hollywood. Go Metro to save $2 when purchasing a Fringe Button at Fringe Central Station. The exclusive Fringe Button allows you save on every Fringe show and receive discounts around Hollywood. Fringe Central Station is located at 6314 Santa Monica Boulevard. (Metro Rapid 704 to Vine/Santa Monica)

From Dinos to Disney: the Natural History Museum gets a facelift for its 100th birthday

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From gazing up into the ferocious jaw of a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex to wandering through the exotic landscape of fluttering butterflies, every day this summer boasts family-friendly fun at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

The museum is now 100 years old and it has revamped itself into an indoor and outdoor adventure to celebrate the past and future all in one setting.

With two convenient Metro Expo line stops in Exposition Park — Expo Park/USC Expo/Vermont — Metro provides easy access to avoid parking fees and traffic hassles. Also, by showing a valid Metro TAP card at the box office, visitors get $1.25 off the $12 adult admission. To plan your best route, visit Metro’s Trip Planner.

At the museum, kids can gawk at the gigantic dinosaur skeletons in the renovated 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall. This collection is twice the size of that in the previous hall and includes 20 full body dinos. Visitors can see the only place in the world that shows the three different phases of the life of a Tyrannosaurus rex. And the exhibit features the youngest known baby T-Rex fossil.

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Art of Transit: Angels Flight

Photo: Metro

Photo: Metro

With the 100-year-old “Olivet” funicular rail car in the background, John H. Welborne, President of the Angels Flight® Railway, looks on as Metro Communications Manager Mike Barnes makes final detail checks of a new mapcase installed at the base of Angels Flight on Hill Street. Metro installed the mapcase to provide riders and passersby with a display of the activity centers located near Angels Flight.

To promote the connectivity of “the shortest railway in the world” with Metro’s nearby bus and rail service, all Angels Flight® riders that provide a TAP card loaded with a daily, weekly or monthly pass can receive a 50% discount on Angels Flight fare (25 cents instead of 50 cents!). Angels Flight® is open every day from 6:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. To get there, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street, or hop on Metro Bus 2/302 or Rapid 794 to Hill/3rd. Find more routes and connections with Trip Planner.

Chinatown Summer Nights returns June 15

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The summer party of Chinatown returns this Saturday with live music, food trucks, cultural workshops and more. Open to all ages and free to the public, the Chinatown Summer Nights starts at 5 p.m. and rocks until midnight. Metro’s late-night weekend service means you can stay until close.

Go Metro to receive a free gift, just show your TAP card at the info booth located at Central Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway.

Chinatown Summer Nights is best reached from the Gold Line Chinatown Station. Metro Bus 81 and Rapid 794 to Hill/College will also get you there. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

The event takes place every third Saturday from June through August, which means if you just can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have two more chances to party in Chinatown – July 20 and August 17.

Grand Park summers are here!

Come on - you know you want a pair of these awesome sunglasses!

Come on – you know you want a pair of these awesome shades!

Long days and warm nights are what summers are all about, and what better way to enjoy the season than at Grand Park? Cool off at the splash pad and enjoy live music, outdoor movie screenings, kids’ activities and more at events taking place at the park throughout the summer.

Go Metro to get some free swag. Just show your TAP card at the information booth at the following events to get a pair of complimentary Grand Park sunglasses while supplies last.

Grand Park
SUNDAY SESSIONS
Monthly Sunday Afternoons
May 26 | Jun 30 | Jul 28 | Aug 25
Grand Park
OUT OF OFFICE CONCERTS
Weekly Thursday Evenings
Jun 20 – Sept 12
Grand Park + LA Film Fest + Dance Camera West present HAIRSPRAY DANCE-ALONG Friday June 21
Grand Park + The Music Center present
4TH OF JULY BLOCK PARTY
Thursday July 4
The Music Center presents
LOS ANGELES BALLET
Saturday July 6
Grand Park
PARK YOUR POLITICS SPEAKER SERIES
Saturday July 12
Grand Park + The Music Center present
NATIONAL DANCE DAY
Saturday July 27
Grand Park
SPLASH + SURPRISES
Weekly Saturday Mornings
Aug 3 | Aug 10 | Aug 17 | Aug 24 | Aug 31
Grand Park + Street Food Cinema present
MOVIES IN THE PARK
Weekly Saturday Evenings
Aug 3 | Aug 10 | Aug 17 | Aug 24 | Aug 31 | Sept 7 | Sept 14

To get to Grand Park, just hop on the Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or take Metro Rapid 728 or Metro Silver Line to Spring/Temple. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro and save on Dodgers tickets

The game of summer is finally in full swing, and June is the perfect month to see the Los Angeles Dodgers bring the heat at Dodger Stadium. As America’s favorite pastime, everyone can enjoy attending the game while indulging in some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Seventh Inning Stretch, and watching Yasiel Puig hit another grand slam into right field.

To add another layer of joy, fans can save up to $20 on tickets on select Dodger games through Metro’s Destination Discounts program with a valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, and LA County employee ID.

This summer’s select games are the following:

Date Time Opponent Promotion
Wed, Jun 12 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Mon, Jun 24 7:10 pm Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
Wed, Jun 26 7:10 pm Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
Fri, Jun 28 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Philadelphia Phillies Friday Night Fireworks
Sun, Jun 30 1:10pm Dodgers vs Philadelphia Phillies Kids’ Performance Shirt^, Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Fri, Jul 12 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Friday Night Fireworks
Sat, Jul 13 4:15 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies On-Field Photo Day
Sun, Jul 14 1:10 pm Dodgers vs Colorado Rockies Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers
Fri, Jul 26 7:10 pm Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Friday Night Fireworks
Sat, Jul 27 6:10 pm Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds
Sun, Jul 28 1:10 pm Dodgers vs Cincinnati Reds Kids’ Sunglasses^, Kids Run the Bases, Viva Los Dodgers

Another way to save is by taking the Dodger Stadium Express, a shuttle going directly to Dodger Stadium from Union Station. To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Trip Planner, or call 323.GO.METRO.

Want to take a more scenic route? Metro and C.I.C.L.E. have created a Bike, Baseball, and Dodger Blue Ride Map starting from Union Station for those who want to partake in the fun of riding and view interesting sights around L.A. Also, Dodger Stadium now has bike racks, but make sure to bring locks and lights for evening games.

Even though June Gloom has gray skies overhead, brighten the day by watching the Dodgers win at a discounted price.

– Chloe Rodriguez