Go Metro Weekends, January 27-29

The Lockheed A-12 outside the California Science Center, one of the many area museums offering free admission this weekend. More info below. Photo by Ron McDonald, via Flickr creative commons.

Whether you’d like to sit in an air-conditioned theater this weekend, treat yourself to some fine dining or get out and hit the museums, Metro has you covered.

Start your Friday off with Taste at the Palisades. The restaurant is participating in Dine LA, a bi-annual event that showcases restaurants in the Los Angeles area — and their menu is fantastic. Go for the white truffle oil cremini mushroom mac’n’cheese and stay for the sticky toffee pudding. At just $16 for lunch and $26 for dinner, you won’t be breaking the bank to fill your stomach either. Reservations are recommended. If you can’t make Friday, you can always try again on Sunday! (Metro Bus Lines 2 or 302 to Sunset/Palisades.)

Saturday, head to Hollywood and learn how to be a wine snob. The Renaissance Hotel is hosting the International Wine Festival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 and once you’re in, you’ll be able to sample dozens of wines from around the world while nibbling on delectable cheeses, chocolates, olives and more. Enjoy the festival without having to worry about driving after. (Metro Bus Line 156 to Highland/Franklin, Metro Rapid 780 to Hollywood/Highland, Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station.)

Feel like watching a movie instead? The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is screening Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Japanese animated classic by director Hayao Miyazaki is part of the Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata and the Masters of Studio Ghibli series showing at American Cinematique theatres for the next two weeks. Nausicaä was first released in 1984, but the beautiful animation and the action packed fantasy story keep it from feeling outdated. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. General admission tickets are $11 and available for purchase online. (Metro Bus Lines 212, 217 or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas, Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station.)

Save on Sunday and visit a local museum for free. This weekend is the seventh annual Museums-Free-For-All and a number of museums have opened their doors to the general public free of charge. Immerse yourself in art, cultural heritage, natural history and science. Check out Metro’s breakdown for which museums are open both days, Saturday-only or Sunday-only. All participating museums are located near Metro bus or rail stops, so visit Trip Planner to find out how to get to the museum of your choice.

Don’t forget to check out Metro’s Destination Discounts for more fun weekend ideas!