Tour Metro electric bus at AltCar Expo, September 19-20

One of five new electric buses ordered by Metro and build by BYD will be on display at Altcar Expo. Photo Credit: BYD

One of the five new electric buses ordered by Metro and manufactured by BYD will be on display at the AltCar Expo. Photo Credit: BYD

The 9th Annual AltCar Expo will be taking place Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Admission is free and the expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The expo features presentations and demonstrations of the latest advancements in alternative technology vehicles, transportation, and energy efficiency. Don’t miss out on a tour of the all-new electric bus on display presented by Metro!

As an added bonus for Metro riders, those who show their valid TAP cards at the AltCar info booth will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free Nissan LEAF rental! The winner will be announced after the event, and you must be present at the time of the raffle to claim the prize.

To get to the auditorium, take Metro Bus 534 to Olympic/5th and walk south on 4th Street. Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus is another option; for more routes and connections use the Trip Planner. Free bike valet will also be offered at the event.

Ride Metrolink to Los Angeles County Fair, save on tickets with Metro

Photo courtesy of Metrolink

Photo courtesy of Metrolink

It’s starting to cool down just a little bit, which makes going out on weekends that much more enjoyable. Make sure to include the Los Angeles County Fair in your plans this month! The fair is happening now through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona.

To get to the fair on weekends, take the Metrolink San Bernadino Line to Fairplex Station. A free shuttle will take you from there to the Yellow Gate Entrance. Metrolink is offering a late-night train service back to Los Angeles Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays while the fair is in session so you can stay and enjoy the concerts, nightclub and evening entertainment.

Discounted tickets to the Los Angeles County Fair are available for Metro riders. Use the exclusive promo code when buying tickets online and save up to 50% on any-day fair tickets. Continue reading

Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to books, go Metro and learn at the California Science Museum

If you didn’t manage to make it out to the California Science Center this summer, now’s a great time to go. Get back into the swing of learning with the help of fun exhibits and hands-on experiences. And there’s only a few months left to enjoy Pompeii: The Exhibit, on display now through January 4, 2015.

Go Metro to the California Science Center to see Pompeii and save $3 on adult exhibition tickets and $2 on any adult IMAX movie tickets. To get there, take the Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, or use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Timed tickets are required to view the exhibit. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Go Metro Weekends, September 5 – 7

The Culver Hotel hosts image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC

When the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, local papers called the six-story building the “Culver skyscraper.” This weekend, you can Go Metro to the hotel’s Prohibition Ball (and much more). Image by Eli Pousson/Flickr CC.

Friday

This Friday at Dodger Stadium is the first-ever Dodgers Koreatown Night! Purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat section and you’ll not only get to enjoy unlimited Dodger dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos, you’ll also receive a free Hyun-Jin Ryu bobblehead and a special K-town Black Card (good for discounts at various K-town hotspots.) Hip-hop rapper and Koreatown native Dumbfoundead will throw the night’s first pitch against the Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m. And if you miss this game, there are a few left in the season…and you can save money on tickets to them with your TAP card! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line, or various buses, to Union Station, then hop aboard the Dodger Stadium Express.)

Simmer down at the end of another week with live jazz at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo. Jamire Williams performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, giving you plenty of time to snag sushi or ramen beforehand. Tickets are $15, and you must be 21 or older. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)

Saturday

Street Food Cinema presents Pineapple Express in Exposition Park at 8:30 p.m. Arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. for live music by Cashew & Cleary and dinner at a plethora of food trucks. Tickets range from $12 to $17. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, Metro Silver Line to 37th St/USC, or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Exposition.)

Headed to the Prohibition Ball at the Culver Hotel? Ditch the jalopy for a safe, easy ride with Metro! Culver City Station is a 10 minute walk from the party, and service runs until 2 a.m. on Saturday. 1920s attire is required, and tickets are $90.

Malaysian-born songstress and DTLA resident Yuna performs for free this Saturday evening at the California Plaza as part of Grand Performance’s summer concert series. We’re digging her take on Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You.” The show starts at 8 p.m., grab dinner at Noe Restaurant or Johnny’s Pizza beforehand and save some money with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro buses serving Grand, Figueroa, Temple or 1st.)

Sunday

Celebrate Mexican Independence at the “oldest and largest Hispanic parade in the country,” followed by a family-friendly day of culture, entertainment and fun at the East LA Parade and Festival this Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. while the festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. Make sure to have your TAP card handy for a chance to win tickets to a major theme park. (Metro Gold Line to East LA Civic Center Station.)

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Celebrate Latino Heritage Month LA with Metro and save at various destinations

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus on a recent evening. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

An eastbound Gold Line train heads toward its East L.A. terminus. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Experience Latino Heritage Month LA by taking advantage of the first ever Latino Heritage Month Metro discounts program. From September 1 through October 31, those who show their TAP cards at participating Latino and Latino-themed businesses near Metro stops and stations can enjoy discounts! To see all the participating businesses and discounts being offered, click here. Need help deciding on where to go first? Here are a few recommendations:

Latino Heritage Month LA will also feature plenty of fun and exciting events. Highlights include: Continue reading

This Sunday: CicLAvia explores Broadway and so should you

CicLAvia-Explores-logoIn anticipation of the October 5 CicLAvia – Heart of LA, CicLAvia will explore one of downtown Los Angeles’ historic neighborhoods on Sunday, September 7. Join CicLAvia for a day of food, free tours and a screening of the movie Mulholland Drive in the Broadway Theater District. The day on Broadway runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the movie screening starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are required for the movie, the cost is $10.

Another thing we love about Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The liberal use of avocado. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

Just one of the many delicious food items you can enjoy at Grand Central Market. Photo by Matthew Kridler/Metro

 

Grab lunch at Grand Central Market before exploring Broadway! From tacos to sticky rice, pizzas to ice cream, the market has something for everyone to enjoy. Show your valid TAP card and provide your email address at the information desk located on the Hill Street side of the market and receive a $2 off token to be redeemed at any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the market. This offer is only valid on September 7.

To reach Grand Central Market, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Go Metro Weekends, Aug 29 – 31

USC opens up their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

USC Footballs opens their season this Saturday against Fresno State. Photo by Neon Tommy, via Flickr creative commons.

Friday

See sixty of the best dance performances from hip hop, ballet, contemporary and other disciplines at the Mix Match Dance Festival opening at the Miles Playhouse. Festivities kick off at  7 p.m and admission is $17. (Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 to Lincoln/Santa Monica, then walk north on Lincoln)

Saturday

Fellow former and current Pokemon (yes, Pokemon) Masters: the Great Summer Pokemon Festival is upon you! Taking place at Chin’s Push, show your skills in an all out tournament! The event starts at 1 p.m.  Admission is $4 and there is a $6 tournament fee. (Metro Bus 28 to Eagle Rock/York then transfer to Metro Bus 83 to York/Ave 49)

Fight On with USC Football as the Trojans play their home opener against Fresno State. Make sure you take the Expo Line to save on parking and traffic hassles!

All Weekend/Labor Day

Head out to the free Leimert Park Village African Arts and Music Festival, taking place Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There will be live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more.(Metro Bus 40 to Vernon/Crenshaw)

LA’s first Made In America festival is going down this weekend at Grand Park. Check here for information regarding bus and rail service and street closures in the area.

Groove to the sounds of funk at the Long Beach Funk Fest! Parliment-Funkadelic will perform live along with George Clinton. Use the code GOMETRO to get $5 off your pre-sale ticket when buying online. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then transfer to free Passport shuttle to Queen Mary)