Go Metro Weekends, July 8-10

Go Metro to some great FREE summer events this weekend. Take advantage of Destination Discounts available at Grand Performances tonight and tomorrow. Downtown Burbank is throwing the Party of the Century tonight to celebrate their centennial, and you should hop on a Metro bus or Metrolink train to join the festivities. Meet Me @ Metro II returns for another weekend of traveling circus surprises*. On Sunday ride over the the Original Farmers Market for Summer Family Fun.

All events are subject to change or may be be sold out, please check with the venue before making plans.  To plan your trip and to check all other transit options, please consult Google Transit or the Metro Trip Planner.

Friday, July 8

Grand Performances: Diavolo + Noruz

Los Angeles’ highly celebrated international touring modern dance company, Diavolo, is a unique collection of gymnasts, acrobats, athletes and actors who create along with leader Jacques Heim, powerful, witty and exhilarating movements for the stage. Colombia-based Noruz features two dancers and an actress.
Website: http://www.grandperformances.org/
When: 8pm
Price: FREE
Where: 350 S. Grand Ave
Nearby Metro Rail: Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Grand/3rd (14/37, 70, 71, 76, 78/79/378, 96, 442, 485, 487/489, 770, Metro Silver Line)

Downtown Burbank Party of the Century
On the anniversary of its incorporation in 1911, the City of Burbank will celebrate its 100th year with the Party of the Century in Downtown Burbank. A supersized festivity with flybys, parades, multiple stages, memorabilia, mascots, children’s entertainers, stilt walkers, awesome food from Downtown Burbank restaurants, community booths and more, the Party of the Century will be the ultimate night on the town for kids and families alike.
Website: http://www.ci.burbank.ca.us/
When: 5pm
Price: FREE
Where: Downtown Burbank, 275 E Olive Ave.
Nearby Metro Buses: Olive/San Fernando (92, 94, 96, 155, 183, 794)
Other Operators: Metrolink Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Line, Metrolink Antelope Valley Line, Metrolink Ventura County Line

Ritmo Caliente at MacArthur Park
Open lawn seating and music from around the world reflecting the diversity of Los Angeles.
Website: http://www.levittla.org/
When: 7pm
Price: FREE
Where: MacArthur Park
Nearby Metro  Rail: Red/Purple Line Westlake/MacArthur Park Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Alvarado/6th (18, 200, 603) Alvarado/7th (26/51/52/352, 200, 603) Alvarado/Wilshire (20, 200, 720)

Sonny & The Sunsets at The Echo
Sonny Smith writes songs so catchy they sound familiar on the first listen. He’s displayed this skill in the past on a series of albums that featured such heavy-hitters as Neko Case, Jolie Holland, Mark Eitzel, and Wilco’s Leroy Bach.
Website: http://www.attheecho.com/
When: 8:30pm
Where: The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd.
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Glendale/Park (92), Sunset/Park (2/302, 4), Sunset/Alvarado (704, 2/302, 4, 200, 603)

Into the Night: Music and Magic at Skirball Cultural Center
Party with friends at this late-night event featuring local indie bands Autolux and Superhumanoids, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, strolling magicians, a screening of the Harry Houdini serial Master Mystery (1920), and after-dark access to the galleries.
When: 9pm-1am
Price: $15
Where: Skirball Cultural Center,  2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Nearby Metro Bus StopsSepulveda/Skirball Center (233, 761)

Eddie Vedder at The Wiltern
Website: http://www.livenation.com/The-Wiltern-tickets-Los-Angeles/venue/73790
When: 6:30pm
Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard
Nearby Metro Rail
: Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Wilshire/Western (20, 66, 207, 209, 710, 757)

More weekend events, after the jump

Saturday, July 9

Meet Me @ Metro II

Meet Me @Metro II is an exciting theatrical journey that takes place at Metro stops between Watts and Long Beach.
Website: http://wattsvillagetheatercompany.org/
When: 11am, Saturday and Sunday
Price: $11
Where: Watts Towers Arts Center, 1727 East 107th Street
Nearby Metro Rail: Blue Line 103rd Street Station *Reminder: if you are traveling from downtown L.A. on the Blue Line allow additional travel time (up to 40 minutes) to get there due to the bus bridge between 7th Metro Center and Washington Station.

Grand Performances: One Night, One World, One Stage
Celebrate with us the world music riches found in our own backyard:  Ricardo Lemvo’s Afro-Latino fusion, MC Rai’s potent North African musical cocktail, Ciro Hurtado’s rich classical guitar, Kinnara Taiko’s choreographed thunder and the tartan clad majesty of the Nicholson Pipe and Drum Corp.
Website: http://www.grandperformances.org/
When: 7:30pm
Price: FREE
Where: 350 S. Grand Ave
Nearby Metro Rail: Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Grand/3rd (14/37, 70, 71, 76, 78/79/378, 96, 442, 485, 487/489, 770, Metro Silver Line) Nearby Metro Bus Stops: 103rd/Graham (177, 254, 305, 612)

Bobby Rodriguez at LACMA
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Latin legend and Grammy-nominated artist Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic bandleader, charismatic performer/entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, and author.
Website: http://www.lacma.org/
When: 5pm
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Nearby Metro Bus Stops
: Wilshire/Fairfax (20, 217, 720, 780)

Lotus Festival at Echo Park
Live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
: http://www.laparks.org/calendar/lotus/lotus.htm
When: 12pm – 9pm Saturday, 12pm – 8pm Sunday
Price: FREE
Where: Echo Park, 1632 Bellevue Ave.
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Sunset/Echo Park (2/302, 4, 704, 200), Glendale/Santa Ynez (92), Temple/Glendale (10/48)

Long Beach Street Food Fest 2011
The 30 trucks participating include Nom Nom, Dogzilla, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Lardon, Ahn Joo, Greasy Wiener, Crepes Bonaparte, The Sweets Truck, Great Balls on Tires, Fresh Fries, & The Lime Truck.*
Website: http://www.lbstreetfoodfest.com/
When: 10:30am-5pm
Price: $7-$9
Where: Rainbow Lagoon Park
Nearby Metro Rail
: Blue Line 1st Street Station

Devil’s Night Drive-in: Anchorman
Devil’s Night brings back the Drive In Movie Theater to Downtown Los Angeles! Walk in/Bike ins welcome.
Website: http://www.devilsnight.com/drivein.htm
When: 7:30pm
Price: $10-$12
Where: 240 W. 4th St.
Nearby Metro Rail: Red/Purple Line Pershing Square Station
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: 5th/Wall (16/316, 18, 53, 62)

Sunday, July 10

Summer Family Fun at the Original Farmer’s Market
A family festival filled with music, arts & crafts, and activities which are thoroughly entertaining and even a little educational.Join the three finalists whose original recipes were chosen from entries across the country as they face off live at The Park to win $2500.
Website: http://www.farmersmarketla.com/
When: 12-3pm
Price: FREE
Where: Original Farmer’s Market
Nearby Metro Bus Stops: Fairfax/3rd (16/316, 217, 218, 780)

Kayamanan Ng Lahi at Skirball Cultural Center
Watch music and dance from the Philippines in this family concert in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater.
When: 2pm
Price: $10
Where: Skirball Cultural Center,  2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Nearby Metro Bus StopsSepulveda/Skirball Center (233, 761)

Journey to India with A.R. Rahman at The Hollywood Bowl
The prolific film composer (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) performs his atmospheric scores with clips, plus Bollywood hits, dancers and more.
Website: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/
When: 7:30pm
Price: $12-$144
Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue
Nearby Metro Rail
: Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station (Transfer to Bowl Shuttle), Red Line Universal City Station (Transfer to Bowl Shuttle)