Go Metro Weekends, April 11 − 13

Folks heading towards Festival of Books

The Expo Line is going to see a lot of action this weekend – make sure to load your TAP card before starting your trip to avoid long lines at the TAP vending machines!

Another week done, another exciting addition of Go Metro Weekends awaits! But before we get to it, just another reminder that Patsaouras Plaza will be closed this weekend, so plan ahead if you’re making connections at Union Station–buses will be picking up at Cesar Chavez/Alameda. And a second reminder: due to many popular, Metro-accessible events taking place this weekend, we recommend you load your TAP card with cash fare/passes before starting your trip!


Reward yourself for getting through the week with the best comfort food there is: a big bowl of ramen from any of Little Tokyo’s many great noodle joints. Then amble over to the nearby Blue Whale Live Jazz + Art Space on 2nd/Los Angeles, where you can further relax with a live jazz performance. Tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. and features jazz trio The North. Tickets are $15 at the door, must be 21+. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.)


If you’re attending the free K-Pop Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today, there’s no question: Metro Expo Line is the way to go. (Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont or Expo Park/USC stations.)

Also off the Metro Expo Line: L.A. sports! It’s a double header at the Staples Center this Saturday. The Clippers take on the Sacramento Kings at 12:30 p.m., and our own L.A. Kings face the Ducks at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. As always, score 10% off official merch at the Clippers and Kings team stores with valid TAP card. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station.)

Composer and producer Karsh Kale presents Classical Science Fiction, a new groundbreaking work of classical Indian fusion and electronica at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at 8 p.m. Metro riders save 20% on tickets. Pre-discount prices are $30-40 for adults, and $20 for students with ID. (Metro Silver Line to Cal State LA.)


Catch two Angel City Derby Girls matinee games starting at 1 p.m. at the Culver City Veterans Auditorium, and get $5 off your ticket by showing your TAP card. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station and then walk west on Culver Blvd, or catch any Culver Blvd or Venice Blvd bus west to Overland Ave.)

El Pueblo de Los Angeles hosts the Los Angeles Avocado Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is free to attend and will include food vendors with delectable avocado-based dishes, crafts, entertainment, giveaways, and vendors and exhibitors of all types. (Metro Gold, Red, Purple, or Silver Line to Union Station, or numerous Metro Bus lines serving Union Station.)

All Weekend

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is at USC this weekend! The event is free to attend, though indoor panel discussions require reservations. For festival details, how to go Metro, and the exclusive discount on festival gear enjoyed by Metro Riders, click here. (Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station, DASH F to Figueroa/5th, or Festival Shuttle Bus from Union Station.)

The 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is happening this weekend, and Metro is a great way to get there without the hassle of traffic or the cost of gas! Ticket prices vary. The event is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. (Metro Blue Line to 1st St Station, then walk 5 minutes south on Long Beach Blvd.)

Attend the Indian Film Festival at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets are $14 a film, or you can purchase a festival pass. Peruse the program or find show times at the event website. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station, then walk 8 minutes south on Argyle Street and west on Sunset Boulevard.)

Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.
Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.
Metro Expo Line to Expo Park/USC Station.http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/