Go Metro Weekends, April 13-15

Pig ears from Haven Gastropub will be available at the 626 Night Market. Photo from 626 Night Market Facebook page.

If you’re into movie fashion, take a long lunch on Friday and visit the FIDM Museum, which is currently presenting the 20th anniversary Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. Celebrating the art and industry of costume designers, this exhibition presents more than 100 costumes from twenty films released in 2011, including costumes from all five 2011 Academy Award Nominees for Costume Design: W/E, Hugo, Jane Eyre, The Artist, and Anonymous. Also on display are costumes from last year’s winner, Alice in Wonderland. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. (Metro Red/Purple Line to 7th/Metro Station, exit towards Hope Street and walk south for two blocks. Metro Bus 14 to 9th/Grand.)

Saturday is a great day to visit Pasadena. The Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival starts the festivities and the 626 Night Market will take over the streets once the sun goes down. The Earth and Arts Festival takes place at Memorial Park and the Armory Center for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, and there will be food trucks, an eco-swap meet, arts and crafts for kids, live music and an outdoor movie screening. Go Metro and receive a free gift; just show your valid Metro ticket or pass at the transportation booth and get a reusable tote bag.

Once the festival is over, head towards Oakland Avenue between Union Street and Colorado Boulevard to the only Asian night market in Southern California. The 626 Night Market is free to enter as well, and 80 vendors will line both sides of the road to sell unique Asian night market fare, such as boba milk tea, stinky tofu, Taiwanese sausages, takoyaki (grilled octopus balls), Indonesian BBQ skewers and more. The night market opens at 5 p.m. and lasts until 11:30 p.m. Come out and get a taste of the hustle and bustle of real Asian night markets! (Both events are easily reached from Metro Gold Line’s Memorial Park Station, check Trip Planner for buses that run through the area. Pasadena ARTS Bus 10 serves the area but service ends around 8 p.m.)

Head out on Sunday to enjoy CicLAvia. Ten miles of roadway will be closed to cars for those who want to bike, run, walk or skate down the streets of L.A. The route runs from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights and covers much of downtown L.A. in between, and it is easily accessible from many Metro stations. Check out the route map to see which station you’d like to join in from. Make sure to read this previous Source post for some guidelines on how to go Metro with your bike. In addition, Metrolink will be adding special Bike Cars that hold up to 18 bicycles on selected weekend service trains from San Bernardino and Oceanside to Union Station. Regular Bike Cars are also on Orange County Line trains and Antelope Valley Line trains. The CicLAvia route will be free of cars from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so get out there and have some fun!

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  1. An Asian Night Market…what a fantastic idea! I would have probably never heard of it if it wasn’t for this blog..thank you!