Go Metro Weekends, June 13 − 15

A standout from last year's Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event was the recipient of a Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and takes place this Saturday - Sunday.

A standout from last year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado, captured by Scrubhiker via Flickr/Creative Commons. This annual event received the Guinness World Record for largest art event of its kind in 2010, and it’s taking place this Saturday – Sunday.


Celebrate the classic hit movie La Bamba with Metro and the Los Angeles Film Festival at Union Station this Friday. The free screening takes place in the old ticket concourse at 8:30 p.m. There will be a jitterbug dance lesson before the movie at 7:30 p.m. and a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers at 8 p.m. Come early as seating fills up fast! Those with TAP cards get preferential seating and can also receive 20% off at the Union Station Wetzel’s Pretzels on June 13 only! (Metro Red/Purple, Gold, or Silver Line to Union Station or various Metro buses serving Patsaouras Transit Plaza.)


Meet fellow enthusiasts of biking, design, and dim sum this Saturday on the Design-n-Dim Sum bike tour organized by the Los Angeles Design Festival. The ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at Flying Pigeon bike shop in Highland Park, stops at various studios in Glassell Park, and finishes at the Golden Dragon in Chinatown. A limited number of bikes are available for rent. Those with bikes are welcome to ride for free, but those dining must purchase a $20 advance ticket. (Metro Gold Line to Heritage Square/Arroyo Station or Metro Bus 81 to Figueroa/Amabel.)

The City of Santa Monica hosts the Santa Monica Festival this Saturday in Clover Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The focus of the free festival is sustainability and health as well as a celebration of the 151st anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. Free bike parking will be available, and Big Blue Bus 8 will also be free for the day with a downloadable coupon. (Big Blue Bus 8 to Ocean Park EB/25th or Ocean Park WB/28th.)

Chinatown Summer Nights in Central Plaza is back, and the first event of the season is this Saturday from 5 p.m. through midnight. Enjoy music and dancing with 89.9 KCRW DJs, as well as food and shopping from food carts and local vendors. The event is free to all. (Metro Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or Metro Bus 83 or 84/68 to Broadway/Chinatown, or Metro Rapid 794 to Hill/College.)

The Untouchables, the Silverlake-based mod/soul band credited with being America’s first ska group, is playing at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood this Saturday evening! Tickets are $12.50 and the music starts at 7 p.m. Metro riders save 10% on food at the Federal Bar with valid TAP card. (Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station.)


Jazz songstress Barbara Morrison will perform this Sunday in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is part of a free summer concert series hosted by the Levitt Pavilion. Arrive early to claim your spot and don’t forget chairs or a blanket! (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, or various Metro or Foothill Transit buses serving Colorado Boulevard, Union Street, or Holly Street.)

All Weekend

Looking for a fun way to spend Father’s Day? Take Dad to the Pasadena Chalk Festival at Paseo Colorado this Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This free event features over 200 chalk murals by 500 artists from across Southern California. Afterwards, stop by Bar Celona, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, or Kings Row Gastropub and save on food and drinks for Dad with valid TAP card. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station, then walk five minutes south on Arroyo Parkway and east on Colorado Boulevard, or various Metro and Foothill Transit buses to Colorado/Garfield.)

The World Cup is finally here! In between matches this weekend, why not swing by Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, LACMA’s exhibit on soccer and its significance around the world? Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $10 – $15, and Metro riders save $2 on general admission with valid TAP card! (Metro Rapid 720, Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Fairfax, or Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 217 to Fairfax/Wilshire.)