ShopWalk DTLA with Metro and save at participating businesses

ShopWalk DTLA, a day of sales, discounts, and in-store events at local businesses, returns to Downtown L.A.’s Historic Core on Sunday, August 3. Shop, eat, and play at some of L.A.’s best boutiques and restaurants while exploring the neighborhood. Getting there is a breeze with Metro–just take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or take the Metro Blue or Expo Line to 7th St/Metro Center Station.

Plus, Metro riders can save at participating ShopWalk DTLA businesses! Show your valid TAP card at the following locations to receive discounts on August 3:

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Peace, love and the Hollywood Bowl at Grand Park on National Dance Day

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Grand Park and the Hollywood Bowl are teaming up to celebrate National Dance Day this Saturday, July 26. Head to Grand Park for some ’60s peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make sure to go Metro so you can get properly accessorized! Show your TAP card at the Grand Park info booth and receive a free pair of psychedelic sunglasses while supplies last.

To get to Grand Park, take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Grand Park/Civic Center Station. Use Trip Planner for more routes and options.

peaceOnce you’ve got your sunglasses, wear them to see Hair at the Hollywood Bowl. There are performances on August 1, 2 and 3. Take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station or Universal City/Studio City Station and take the free shuttle up to the Bowl.

Go Metro to The WALL farmers’ market and get into the Original L.A. Flower Market free

Starting July 26, Wall Street in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District will be closed to traffic on Saturdays for The WALL, a farmers’ market for flower lovers and foodies. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public, so bring the whole family and explore! There will be fresh food and live music.

Show your valid TAP card at The WALL Information Booth and receive free entrance to The Original LA Flower Market and a free rose while supplies last.

The WALL takes place at 755 Wall Street. Take the Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk towards 7th and Wall Street, or take Metro Bus 68 to 6th and Los Angeles Street. For more routes and connections, use Trip Planner. Let’s Ride L.A. will also provide free bike valet!

Expect intermittent closures on I-110 9th Street off-ramp through August

Here’s the press relase from Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be removing debris, sediment and trash from the storm drain at the northbound I-110 9th Street off-ramp.  Construction crews will be working from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday leaving one lane open. This project is expected to be completed by mid-August. Intermittent closures should be expected.  Major delays are expected.

There will be no work between July 26 – July 30, 2014

Detours will be posted for motorist convenience.  United Storm Water, Inc. of La Puente, California is the contractor on this $80 thousand project.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”

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.

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

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