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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Get ready for Made in America – here’s how to get there

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Made in America comes to Grand Park in Los Angeles August 30 and 31 with some big names in music–Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and Iggy Azalea, just to name a few. If you’re heading to this two-day festival, why not go Metro? Taking the bus or train makes it easy to leave the hassle of traffic and parking behind.

If your ticket has you entering from the North Gates: take the Red, Purple, Silver or Gold Line to Union Station. Exit towards Alameda Street, then walk north up Los Angeles Street to Temple Street.

If your ticket has you entering from the South Gates: take the Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and exit towards 4th Street, walk two blocks north on Hill Street. You can also take the Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station and walk west on 1st Street towards City Hall.

Transit pro-tip: load your TAP card with round-trip cash fare or a Day Pass before heading out. A Day Pass is good from first tap until 3 a.m. the next day. For those who want to park and ride on the Expo Line, parking will be extremely limited at Culver City Station and La Cienega/Jefferson Station due to the USC football game on Saturday, August 30. Consider parking at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Saturday only. Parking is not permitted at Expo/Crenshaw Station on Sunday.

Please note: Civic Center/Grand Park Station will be closed during Made in America. Trains will not stop at the station. ADA access will be provided from Union Station; details will be posted closer to the date of the event. Proposed Made in America street closures and bus detours will be updated here.

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 Gold Line to Rihanna and Eminem!

Eminem and Rihanna bring their “Monster Tour” to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Thursday, August 7, and Friday, August 8. As always, you can take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station to reach the paid Rose Bowl Shuttle at the Parsons parking lot in Old Pasadena.

At Memorial Park Station, turn right when exiting the station and walk two blocks west on Holly Street to reach the Parsons parking lot.Shuttle pick up point is at Union & DeLacey.

After the concert ends at 11 p.m., customers should return to the shuttle stop immediately to ensure making the last train home. Customers should also load fare on their TAP card in advance to avoid long return lines and missing the last train. One way fare is $1.50 per line or $5 Day Pass (valid until 3 a.m.). Each customer must have their own TAP card to ride.  Customers must validate their fare by tapping their TAP card before each boarding (including when transferring lines) on faregates or standalone validators located near each station entrance.

Last return train with connecting service to all other lines departs Memorial Park at 12:25 a.m. on Thursday night and 1:25 a.m. on Friday night. Last Union Station-bound train without connecting service departs Memorial Park at 1:05 a.m. on Thursday night and 2:16 a.m. on Friday night. Last Sierra Madre Villa-bound train departs Memorial Park at 12:33 a.m. on Thursday night and 2:33 a.m. on Friday night.

Take Metro Gold Line + the Parsons’ shuttle to see Jay-Z and Bey at the Rose Bowl this weekend

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are performing at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena this Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3, as part of their “On the Run” tour. And to those of you lucky enough to have tickets to the sold-out show, this is just a friendly reminder that you can go Metro to the concert!

To get to the show, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station in Old Pasadena and complete your trip with a shuttle ride to the stadium.

Shuttles to the Rose Bowl will depart approximately every 5 minutes from the Parson’s parking lot at the corner of Union/De Lacey Street, four blocks southwest of the station. Shuttles will run from 2 p.m. through show time. Return trips from the stadium to Old Pasadena will run until 90 minutes after the concert ends. The cost of a round-trip shuttle ride is $10 per person.

A final FYI for Gold Line customers attending “On the Run” or HARD Summer this weekend: load your return fare in advance. Purchasing a $5 Day Pass (good through 3 a.m.) or loading an extra $1.50 on your TAP card at your departure station will save you from long lines at the TAP vending machines on your way home.

Metro hopes all concert-goers have a great time this weekend. We’ll see you on the Metro Gold Line, thanks for riding!