St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so here’s your reminder: don’t drink and drive

Mmmm, St. Patrick's Day. Photo: Frosted with Emotion via Flickr Creative Commons

Mmmm, St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Frosted with Emotion via Flickr Creative Commons

It’s nearly time for that annual bacchanal of green libations: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re planning on starting the party this weekend, please keep in mind that drinking and driving is a terrible idea. It’s all fun and games until you get that $10k ticket — or worse.

Let Metro be your designated driver. Plenty of festivities are Metro accessible and Metro Rail runs until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

On St. Patrick’s Day, go Metro to Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival. The event spans three city blocks and is located near Pershing Square Station and 7th/Metro Center. It starts at 6 a.m. — for the truly, uh, ambitious — and admission is free until 1 p.m. and $10 after. Plus, you can save 15% on food at Casey’s (and Cole’s French Dip) with your TAP card.

Metro Rail will run regularly scheduled weekday service on Monday, March 17. Maintenance work in the evening has been cancelled in anticipation of increased ridership. The last trains generally end around midnight. Check Metro’s timetables for exact bus and train schedules and maps and you can plan your transit trip using either the planner at top right of the page on metro.net or Google Transit.

Metro’s spring art tours begin Feb. 6 and lead to DTLA dining

The first  Metro Art Moves You free spring tour departs from Union Station on Thursday, Feb. 6. Focused on three downtown stations, the guided, artist-led tours provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection.

The tour will meet at the Union Station information kiosk just inside the Alameda Street entrance and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station. From there, you can visit several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can save 15% on food at Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP cards to the server when ordering.

Not sure you’ll be able to make it to this tour? Don’t worry – the spring art tours take place on the first Thursday of each month, which means two more chances to participate on March 6 or April 3.

General Information

  • Tours take place on the first Thursdays of the month: February 6, March 6 and April 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • 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.

For more information on Metro Art Moves or Metro Art in general, visit their page here.

Reminder: Save 10% on registration to Turkey Trot LA with Metro

Photo: Steve Hymon/Metro

Pig out guilt free on Thanksgiving by squeezing in a quick run at the Turkey Trot 5k/10k on Thursday, November 28. The event starts at 8 a.m. and finishes around 12 p.m.

Run options include the 5k, 10k, or 1k Widdle-Wobble for kidlets. The run will be followed by a family friendly Thanksgiving festival near Grand Park. All participants are encouraged to dress up. 

Registration for the run starts at $35 for adults, but Metro riders can save 10%!  Show your valid TAP card at the registration table on race day to receive the discount, or use the promo code TURKEYTRAIN when pre-registering online.

The exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Turkey Trot LA will start and finish by Grand Park. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station, or check Trip Planner for more route options and connections.

And one more for posterity…

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Don’t miss Downtown Flea this Sunday

Downtown Flea July 28th from DTFlea on Vimeo.

Besides the Friday performance of Atabey at Union Station this evening and Dia de los Muertos events getting underway this weekend, Downtown Flea is also taking place this Sunday in downtown’s Historic Core. Shop for unique vintage collectibles and enjoy various dishes from local food vendors at this block party flea market. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. General admission is $5.

Go Metro to get 2-for-1 admission. Just show your TAP card at the ticket booth and you’ll receive one free admission when you purchase a regular priced admission.

DT Flea takes place at 246 South Spring Street. Take the Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd. Use Trip Planner to find more routes and connections.

Get ready for Artisanal LA – go Metro to receive a free tote bag

Artisanal LA is a weekend-long experience showcasing the country’s finest local, sustainable, handmade edibles and home goods. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 12 – 13, at the L.A. Mart in the DTLA Fashion District. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

With all the shopping to be done at Artisinal LA, you’re going to want to bring a bag. But if you forget, don’t worry – Metro will have you covered. Just show your TAP card at the entrance and receive a free collectible linen tote bag.

The exclusive gift is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Artisanal LA is located at 1933 S. Broadway. Take the Metro Blue Line to Grand Station and walk east on Washington Boulevard towards Broadway, or take the Metro Rapid 745 to Broadway/Washington. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $12. Admission is $15 at the door.

Go Metro to save 15% on CicLAvia memorabilia

Photo: CicLAvia Official Facebook

Photo: CicLAvia Official Facebook

The next CicLAvia takes place Sunday, October 6, with the route exploring DTLA. The event is free to the public and lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go Metro to save on CicLAvia T-shirts and collectibles. Just show your valid TAP card at the Mariachi Plaza Hub merchandise tent to receive a 15% discount on CicLAvia gear. Discount is only applicable at the Mariachi Plaza Hub.

This exclusive discount is part of Metro’s Destination Discounts program and cannot be combined with any other offers. Go Metro to participating locations and events and you’ll save on admission, get discounts on meals, and receive free gifts.

Bicycles are allowed on all Metro buses and trains. Check metro.net/bikes for rules and safety guidelines.

Go Metro to Rediscover the “Heart of L.A.” at CicLAvia Sunday, Oct. 6

Here’s something to cure your post-summer blues: after three long months, CicLAvia is back this Oct. 6, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and others the rare opportunity to explore miles of L.A. city streets sans cars.

The planned “Heart of L.A.” route consists of 7.5 miles of protected roadways in downtown Los Angeles that will be open to the public for free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spurs branching from MacArthur Park, Central/14th Place, Chinatown, and Mariachi Plaza will converge along Spring Street, so bring your running shoes, roller blades, or unicycles (seriously!) and retread the route that started it all.

While the course includes 12 crossing points for vehicular traffic, street closures will impact Metro Bus routes beginning 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. Sunday evening.  Metro bus lines impacted by CicLAvia are: 2, 4, 10/48, 14/37, 16, 18, 20, 28, 30, 33, 40, 45, 51/52, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78/79, 83, 84/68, 92, 96, 460, 487, 603, 720, 733, 745, and Metro Silver Line. Metro passengers should expect bus detours and delays, including temporary bus stop relocations along the route.

To avoid delays due to street closures, and for a CicLAvia that’s auto-free from start to finish, customers are encouraged to go Metro to any of the eleven Metro Rail stations along the event route. Enhanced service with longer and more frequent trains is planned to accommodate increased ridership.

Don’t forget, gates at Metro Rail stations are now latched and customers must have a valid TAP card and TAP before boarding every line. Avoid long lines at TAP vending machines by loading fare or a pass on your TAP card in advance. One-way fare is $1.50 per line or $5 for a Day Pass. Bicyclists should use the wider ADA fare gates and NOT the turnstiles or emergency exit swing gates. Additionally, bikes are prohibited on escalators, and should be transported instead via elevators or stairs at all rail stations.

For more information on routes and connections, use the Trip Planner or call 323.GO.METRO.

By the way, Metrolink will have two Bike Cars on select Antelope Valley, San Bernardino, Orange County Line trains. The trains with two Bike Cars are listed in the schedule below. These Bike Cars are designed to hold 18 bikes each and space will be limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’re planning on attending, take lots of photos and tweet us @metrolosangeles or tag us on Instagram @metrolosangeles. We love photos of bikes on transit!

Go Metro Weekends, July 26 – 27

Two Grand Performances are taking place this weekend. The Gypsy Allstars perform on Friday at noon, and Chico Trulillo and Las Cafeteras take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both performances are free. Dine at the nearby Noe Restaurant and Bar before or after the performances and save 15% on your bill with your TAP card. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, exit towards 4th/Hill)

Check out the Los Angeles that could have been at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum. The exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles features a collection of spectacular projects that only saw the drawing board. The museum is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $10. Show your TAP card at the front desk to receive $5 off tickets. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax)

Catch Monty Python and the Holy Grail at L.A. Historic State Park this Saturday with Street Food Cinema. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at sundown. Go Metro to save $3 on admission.  (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station)

Join dance storytellers Sheetal Gandhi and Shyamala Moorty at Ford Theatres on Saturday. The performance begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Interested in other performances at Ford? Go Metro to save 20% on tickets. (Metro Red Line to Universal City Station, transfer to free Ford Shuttle)

Don’t miss the grand opening of the Downtown Flea this Sunday. The event will combine a food festival, block party and flea market all in one! Downtown Flea will take place in downtown’s Historic Core (246 South Spring Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5, get a second admission free by showing your TAP card at the ticket booth. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Bus 92 to Spring/2nd)