Go Metro to REDCAT’s NOW Festival and save 20 percent on tickets

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival celebrates Los Angeles’ vibrant and growing community of stage artists. Starting this Wednesday, July 24, until Saturday, August 9, the festival will showcase eight brand new works by Los Angeles’ most innovative dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Go Metro to NOW Fest and save 20 percent on individual show tickets.

To redeem your Destination Discount, simply present your valid TAP card at the box office. Tickets for all NOW Fest performances are $20 general admission, $16 for students and REDCAT members and $14 for CalArts students, faculty, and staff. To check out the NOW Fest program and get specific performance date and times, click here.

REDCAT is located at 631 W. Second Street in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or any Metro Rapid or local bus serving Grand Avenue, Olive or First Street.

Go Metro to DreamWorks Animation in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and get free tote bag

If you’re a fan of DreamWorks Animation movies–How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, just to name a few–you won’t want to miss the studio’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Hollywood Bowl on July 18 and 19. Jack Black hosts both nights, and you’ll be able to experience film highlights on the Bowl’s big screen, with scores conducted by Thomas Wilkins and performed live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The concerts start at 8 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices vary. Special to Metro riders: show your valid TAP card at the Hollywood Bowl gift shop and receive a free Hollywood Bowl tote bag while supplies last!

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the shuttle up to the Bowl. Shuttle is free if you show your TAP card. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

Go Metro to the Colorado Street Bridge Party July 12 and receive a free poster

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Celebrate the historic Colorado Street Bridge at a party hosted on the bridge itself! Pasadena Heritage invites the public to an evening of live music, dancing, vintage cars, and children’s activities atop the iconic span on Saturday July 12 from 6 – 11 p.m. A variety of local vendors will offer food and beverages for purchase, including dumplings, BBQ, Mexican fare and drinks.

If you didn’t know it already, bridges + trains = best friends. Getting to the festivities via Metro is easy and convenient. Hop on the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station and walk two blocks south to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue to connect with the free Pasadena ARTS Route 10 shuttle. The Route 10 shuttle will run every 17 minutes starting at 5 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. the evening of the party.

It is also possible to reach the celebration on foot—head west on Colorado from Memorial Park Station and walk for approximately fifteen minutes. Show your valid TAP card at the event merchandise table to receive a free commemorative Kenton Nelson poster while supplies last.

Tickets to the Colorado Street Bridge Party can be purchased in advance online for $16 adults/$8 kids or for $18 adults/$9 kids the day of the celebration. For additional info about the festivities, click here.

Discover Wearable Tech LA on July 17 and save on admission with Metro


Wearable Tech LA is the first entertainment and health wearable conference to be held in Los Angeles. The day-long conference will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday, July 17. Attendees will be able to meet and collaborate with industry leaders, startups, Hollywood actors and professional athletes.

Those who ride Metro to the conference will be able to save 20 percent on regular admission. Use the exclusive Metro promo code GOMETRO2WTLA when purchasing tickets online, or show your valid TAP card at the registration desk to receive the discount. The special early bird price has been extended until tomorrow to celebrate Team USA in the World Cup–make sure to get your tickets now to get even deeper discounts!

The Pasadena Convention Center is located conveniently near the Metro Gold Line Del Mar Station — the Convention Center is one block east on Green Street. For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner.

Go Metro to Grand Performances and save on lunch or dinner

Go Metro to any Grand Performance and save at Noe Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie's New York Pizzeria. Be sure to get to California Plaza early to stake out a seat--as you can see it get's a little crowded...

Go Metro to any Grand Performance and save at Noe Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria. Be sure to get to California Plaza early to stake out a seat–as you can see it gets a little crowded…

The 28th season of Grand Performances, downtown Los Angeles’ beloved summer concert series, is officially underway for 2014. Starting now until September 19, enjoy a spectacular variety of music, dance and spoken-word performances for free at scenic California Plaza.

This season’s highlights include:

  • Saturday, July 5 – Stones Throw Picnic at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12 – Adventures from Paradise: A Tribute to Minnie Riperton at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 19 – Chop and Quench at noon
  • Sunday, July 20 – Quetzal 20th Anniversary Celebration at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2 – People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, August 15 – Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate at noon.
  • Saturday, September 6 – Yuna at 8 p.m.

For a full list of artists, shows and times, click here.

California Plaza is easily accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or various Metro and municipal buses serving Grand Avenue, Olive Street or Hill Street. (Click here for a map of Metro service in downtown L.A.).

Go Metro to any Grand Performance and save on lunch or dinner at Noé Restaurant & Bar or Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria the day of the event! Noé Restaurant & Bar at the Omni Hotel serves up a fresh and frequently rotating “Neo Bistro” menu; show your valid TAP card to save 15% on your bill. For more low-key fare, visit Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria on a performance date and receive a free drink with your food purchase by presenting your TAP card.

Music, fun, food and flying through traffic? Sounds like the stuff of summer to me!

Go Metro to the BET Experience and save on concert tickets!

Go Metro to the BET Experience, a three-day music festival featuring concerts, performing artist appearances at a free fan expo and more at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles from June 27 to 29. Among the concert headliners will be Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Outkast.

The Blue/Expo Line Pico Station is just one block from L.A. Live. The Blue and Expo Lines both run until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Blue Line timetable and map. Here is a list of Blue Line park & ride lots.

Expo Line timetable and map. Here is a list of Expo Line park & ride lots.

Show your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or L.A. County employee ID at the STAPLES Center Box Office to save 10 percent on single-day tickets or 15 percent on three-day tickets to the concerts at STAPLES Center. When purchasing tickets online, use the exclusive promo code METRO to receive the discount. Here’s more info regarding Destination Discounts.

The BET Experience starts at 11 a.m on Friday, at noon on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Concerts take place nightly starting at 7 p.m.; ticket prices vary. For more information on the schedule of events, visit BET.com/BETX.

To get to L.A. LIVE, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. The Metro Silver Line (timetable and map) also has stops nearby — northbound buses use Figueroa Street and southbound buses use Flower Street.

For more routes and connections, use the Trip Planner at metro.net.


Here are maps for both the Expo Line and Blue Line:



Head to Startup Weekend at Cal State L.A. via Metro and save on admission

Get ready for Startup Weekend powered by Google for Entrepreneurs at Cal State L.A., coming up Friday, June 27 to Sunday, June 29. You’ll be able to share ideas, form teams, build products, and even launch startups!  Anyone is welcome to pitch an idea and receive feedback from peers, and the weekend wraps with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders.

Go Metro to save $24 on general admission. To get to Cal State L.A., take the Metro Silver Line to Cal State L.A. Busway Station. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner.

The basic schedule of the event is as follows:

June 27,  5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Los Angeles Room in the Student Union)
June 28,  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Choral Room MUS 149)
June 29,  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Choral Room MUS 149)

For the full schedule rundown, click here.

Go Metro Weekends, June 20 – 22


See some of the best dance troupes in Southern California at the So Cal Dance Invitational! The show takes place at the John Ford Amphitheate. Watch the Lulu Washington Dance Company, L.A. Contemporary Dance company and other modern dance groups put on a great production for all in attendance! The show starts at 8:30 p.m with tickets starting at $30 online or at the box office. (Metro Bus 156 or 222 to Cahuenga/John Ford Amphitheater)


Check out high-flying helicopters at the American Heroes Air Show! The Hansen Dam Sports Complex will be hosting the rotary aviation event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend. Don’t forget to show your TAP Card for 5% off of helicopter rides. (Metro Bus 233 to Terra Bella/Foothill)

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Culver City Arts District. The event is open to the public. Enjoy great weather, art gallery tours and live music from noon to 7 p.m. Show your TAP card for discounts at several Culver City businesses. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station)

Groove to the sounds of your favorite music genre at Make Music LA! Several locations throughout the county will be hosting free live music sessions between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Be sure to look up venue locations and plan your trip. While you’re at it, use your TAP card for various discounts around town, including participating Papa John’s Pizza. (Use Trip Planner)


Koreatown Oddity will be hosting a set at Amoeba Music this Sunday. The rapper in a wolf mask will be in the house at 5 p.m. to perform some of his most popular hits. Show your TAP card to save $3 on of any item $5 or more! (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station then walk two blocks down Ivar Avenue towards Sunset Boulevard)

All Weekend

The Hollywood Fringe Fest is going on until June 29. This celebration of visual and performing arts takes place in over 50 venues around town. Want your Fringe Button for  cheap? Show your TAP card and save $2! (Metro Bus 4 to Santa Monica/Wilcox)

Come out to the DTLA Night Market June 20 and 21! Happening at the STAPLES Center parking lot #7, this fusion of L.A. and Asian cultures provides a great atmosphere for patrons to shop and have a great time! The night market takes place from 4 p.m. to midnight both days. Save $2 on admission with your TAP card. (Metro Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station)

Go Metro to Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party for rooftop fireworks and savings around town

The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching and if you’re making plans to stay in town, Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party is definitely where you should celebrate. There will be music, food and the biggest rooftop fireworks display in downtown L.A. Best of all, it’s free!

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m. The easiest way to get to the block party is via Metro. Take the Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station–Civic Center/Grand Park Station will be partially closed. For more route options, use Trip Planner. 

While you’re out having fun, show your valid TAP card at any of these DTLA locations near Grand Park and save on dinner and more:

Check after the jump for dates, times and a map of street closures in the area for the block party.

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