Join Metro this fall for free art tours and learn where to get discounts on dinner

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Metro Art Moves, Metro’s free after-work art tours, is back! Tours will depart from Union Station at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month starting September 4. The other tour dates are October 2, November 6 and December 4, 2014.

The guided, artist-led tours focus on three downtown Los Angeles rail stations and provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection. And after checking out some art, grab dinner at a discounted price! Fall tours end at 7th St/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can receive 15% off their food bills at Casey’s Irish PubCole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP card to the server when ordering.

All tours meet at Union Station at the information kiosk, just inside the Alameda Street entrance.

General Information

Tours take place on Thursdays, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday tours begin at Union Station and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station.

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

Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

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Go Metro to Tour da Arts for car free fun and save on gifts with TAP card

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Enjoy Santa Monica’s sights and sounds at Santa Monica Museum of Art’s (SMMoA) sixth annual Tour da Arts on Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. SMMoA’s cultural bicycle festival and tour is a car-free community event for riders of all ages.

The free all-day event offers art, music, performances, and sustainable transportation advocacy. The festival kicks off with a 9-mile bike ride that will stop for screenings and performances by local artists. Registration is required at SMMoA.org.

Show your valid TAP card at reception and save 10% on purchases at the SMMoA’s gift store GRACIE.

To get to SMMoA, take Metro Rapid 704 and exit at Santa Monica Boulevard and 26th Street. Enter Bergamot Station from 26th Street (the south east side of 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard). For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Save up to 50 percent on any-day Los Angeles County Fair tickets with Metro

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Discover the Los Angeles County Fair–the largest county fair in the country–with Metro and Metrolink. The fair takes place from August 29 through September 28 at the Fairplex in Pomona. You’ll be able to enjoy Luminasia, a larger-than-life Chinese lantern festival, Grinding Gears dance club, live animals, a carnival with more than 70 thrilling rides and more!

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.

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.

All San Bernardino Line weekend trains will stop at the Fairplex Station except for trains 351, 352 and 353 on Saturday and train 351 on Sunday. Take advantage of the special Metrolink weekend pass discount for trains that run to and from Union Station.

For weekday service to the fair, use the Pomona (North) Station and transfer to Foothill Transit Bus 197.

Go Metro to FYF Fest this weekend

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FYF Fest returns to rock L.A. this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24. Nearly 60 artists are scheduled to perform, including The Strokes, Phoenix, and Haim, as well as Interpol, Kalela, and Blood Orange (favorites of yours truly).

With Los Angeles Historic State Park near Chinatown now out of commission, the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park are hosting the festival this time around. Luckily, getting to FYF’s new home via Metro Rail is just as easy as before. The event entrance, at 39th Street between Vermont Avenue and Bill Robertson Lane, is steps away from the Expo Line’s Expo/Vermont Station. Forget the hassle of driving and parking and go Metro for a stress-free ride to and from the concert. Show your TAP card at the FYF Info booth and you’ll receive a free water and gift while supplies last!

FYF Fest lasts from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, August 23, Metro Rail, Orange, and Silver Lines will follow their normal, late-night Saturday schedules with service until 2 a.m. On Sunday, August 24, Metro will again run a late-night Saturday schedule for Metro Rail, Orange, and Silver Lines, extending its normal service hours so that everyone can enjoy the show and have a safe ride home. Longer, full-platform trains will be running on the Expo Line for extra capacity.

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Go Metro Weekends, Aug 15 – 17

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train descends from the bridge over the 101 freeway in downtown L.A. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

ART OF TRANSIT: A Gold Line train descends from the bridge over the 101 freeway in downtown L.A. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Friday

Don’t forget to go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl! The first night of the two-day series begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available and start at $18. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, then transfer to shuttle–free with TAP card)

Saturday

Formerly the H2Ofest, The Uforia Music Festival 2014‘s lineup will feature artists such as Nelly, Ludacris and Kid Cudi. Sounds like the mid-2000s all over again (in a good way)! The show starts at 3 p.m at Exposition Park with tickets starting at $46.50. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station)

Head to The New Stone Age exhibit at the California Contemporary Sculpture Museum on Saturday, open from 5 to 8 p.m. After the event, grab dinner at TGI Fridays! Show your TAP card at the Woodland Hills TGI Fridays on August 16 and save 20% on your food purchase. (Metro Orange Line to Warner Center Station)

Smokey Robinson will be playing at the Greek theater and the show starts at 8 p.m. See the Motown legend serenade the crowd with classics like You Got a Hold On Me and Tracks of My Tears. Tickets start at $40. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station, then transfer to DASH Weekend Observatory Shuttle)

Sunday

As a fan of photography, I highly recommend checking out the “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography. Over 100 photos will be on display depicting some of country music’s most polarizing figures. Admission is free and the center’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (Metro Bus 28 to Olympic/Century Park East)

All Weekend

In conjunction with Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, make some time to enjoy some great culinary creations at Ramern Yokocho Festival going down this weekend. The event starts at 11 a.m both days and admission is $5. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station)

Go Metro and save on food at the Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival

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The 1st annual Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 at Sycamore Park in Highland Park. The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Enjoy live music from the likes of Poncho Sanchez, Chicano Batman, Cold Duck and many more!

Save 5 percent on your bill at participating food vendors when you show your valid TAP card.

Sycamore Park is located at 4702 N. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. Take the Metro Gold Line to Southwest Museum Station and walk south to Figueroa Street. Plan your route using the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to Nisei Week festivities in Little Tokyo this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, August 16 to 17, is the closing weekend of Nisei Week, Little Tokyo’s annual celebration of Japanese culture and community first organized in 1934. Held primarily at locations around Little Tokyo, this year’s Nisei Week events are easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

Some highlights of the festival’s final days include:

  • Nisei Week Japanese Festival/JACCC Plaza Festival: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Japanese American Culture & Community Center. (Be sure to check out the exhibits on bonsai, calligraphy, embroidery and kimekomi dolls going on inside the JACCC.)
  • Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship: Saturday, 2 p.m. in LA City Lots 7/2 (behind MOCA/Japanese American National Museum).
  • Nisei Week Car ShowSaturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 100 N. Alameda Street (1st/Alameda).
  • Ramen Yokocho Festival: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in LA City Lots 7/2 (there is a $5 entry fee).
  • Ondo (folk music/dance) and Closing Ceremony: Sunday, 4 p.m. along 1st Street in Little Tokyo.

To arrive at Nisei Week via Metro Rail, take the Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, one stop southeast of Union Station. Trains arrive every 7-10 minutes during the weekend. Helpful hint: Load your TAP card with enough cash fare for a round-trip or with a Day Pass when starting your trip to avoid long waits at the TAP Vending Machines on your return.

For bus service to the festival, Metro Bus 30/330 stops at 1st Street/Judge John Aiso Street in Little Tokyo every 10 minutes during peak hours. Please note that DASH A, D, and OCTA Line 701 do not run over the weekend.

Finally, don’t forget–Metro customers enjoy a Destination Discount with the Japanese American National Museum. Show your TAP card and receive $2 off museum admission and 10% off your bill at the Chado Tea Room!

Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular to get free tote bag

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It’s time for the 1812 Overture plus fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl! Go Metro to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16. Performances start at 8 p.m. both nights and tickets are still available.

And special for Metro-riding Tchaikovsky-lovers: show your valid TAP card with your concert ticket at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and you’ll receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag! The offer is only valid on August 15 and 16.

To get to the Hollywood Bowl, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl. (Shuttle is free with TAP card.) Use the Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

Go Metro Weekends, August 8 − 10

Breathing fire for a captive audience at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

Breathing fire at Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Salina Canizales via Flickr/CC.

It’s summer, so take a vacation from traffic with one or more of the following transit-accessible events happening across our beloved City of Angels.

Friday

Join Metro Presents for free live music this Friday evening in the Union Station waiting room. The California Feetwarmers are known for their unique blend of New Orleans Jazz, ragtime and swing. Two free 45-minute performances start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and dancing is encouraged! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)

For lovers of horror and film history: don’t miss the Universal Monster Mash triple bill at the Egyptian Theatre! See Tod Browning’s Dracula, Arthur Lubin’s Phantom of the Opera, and George Waggner’s The Wolf Man starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 general admission, $7 for members and $9 for students and seniors with ID. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

Saturday

Discover how summer is celebrated in Japan at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival hosted by the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. This free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is packed with exciting and educational activities for children. (For the full itinerary, visit the festival webpage.) Present your valid TAP card and receive $2 off adult admission and 10 percent off at the Chado Tea Room. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Bus 30/330 or 40 to Judge John Aiso/Temple.)

Boyle Heights restaurant Un Solo Sol Kitchen has organized a free musical event this Saturday in Mariachi Plaza, in honor of their 4th anniversary in business. The concert runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features DJs as well as local hip hop groups. Food will be offered at the restaurant, across East 1st Street. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

If you’re seeing Jenny Lewis at the Wiltern (we’re jealous!) don’t forget that the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western is a great way to go! There is no maintenance schedule on the Red/Purple Line this Saturday night, which means trains will run every 10 minutes throughout the evening.

This Saturday is also the third and final Chinatown Summer Nights of 2014. From food to music, art and dancing, there’s something for everyone at this event that is fast becoming a staple of Summer in Northeast LA. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station or various Metro and municipal buses serving Chinatown.

Sunday

Olvera Street hosts the 14th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and features traditional Ecuadorian music and dance, carnival booths, a raffle, and of course, plenty of food and products for purchase. (Metro Red/Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station.)

How has film shaped narratives about veterans’ experiences, and are these representations changing? Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans through Hollywood’s Lens, a panel at the L.A. Central Library, will ask just that question of panelists Kirby Dick, Jean Oppenheimer, and Brayden Yoder. The panel is free to attend and runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station.)

After Un Solo Sol’s party on Saturday, Mariachi Plaza will see a second anniversary celebration this Sunday: the Libros Schmibros “Feliz Aniversario” fiesta. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., an entry fee of $5 gets you music, horchata, tres leches cake, a year-long membership to the lending library and three books of your choice to keep. Sounds like fun — and a great deal! Go Metro and receive a free bookmark to boot. (Metro Gold Line to Mariachi Plaza or Metro Bus 30 or 620 to 1st/Boyle.)

All Weekend

Unique LA is back this Saturday and Sunday at the California Market Center in the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, with their annual summer mart of entirely made-in-LA products. Shop local artists, designers, and vendors. Entry is $10 for both days, and comes with free drinks and snacks from festival partners. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station or Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro.)

Theater enthusiasts take note: this Friday and Saturday are the last two days of Redcat’s New Original Works Festival in downtown L.A.. Go Metro and receive 20 percent off tickets. For more info and how to get there, see our earlier Source Post.

Did we miss something? Let us know where you’re taking Metro this weekend in our comments section.

Go Metro to KTOWN Night at Levitt Pavilion and save on tasty Korean BBQ

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This Friday, August 8, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park hosts KTOWN Night featuring Mike B. as part of their free summer concert series. The event also includes KRNFX and DJ Zo.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m., come early to grab dinner at the Kogi BBQ food truck. Show your valid TAP card to the food truck cashier and save 10% on your bill! The concert begins at 8 p.m.

To get to Levitt Pavilion, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and connections.

P.S. If you are attending that other hallyu event at the L.A. Coliseum over the weekend, the Expo Line might come in handy!