From music fests to bike rides, theater, and the ultimate pancake breakfast, here’s a sampling of events to fill your weekend with fun and transit!
Foodies take note! Grand Central Market and KCRW present “Good Food’s Night Out” this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Good Food hostess Evan Kleiman will be there to talk with guests as they explore the market, recently named one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit. The free event includes games, music by KCRW, and expanded menus from vendors such as Horse Thief BBQ, Sticky Rice, DTLA Cheese and more. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station or various Metro Rapid and local buses serving Hill Street and Broadway.)
The Young Dubliners bring their energetic, Celtic-rock sound to the Levitt Pavilion at 8 p.m. in MacArthur Park. The concert is free and seating is open on lawn chairs or blankets. Bring a picnic or enjoy concessions for purchase. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.)
Want to see some seriously good dancing? Look no further than the J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival, happening this Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre. This annual event celebrates the vibrancy of the urban arts landscape with a range of hip hop dance styles, spoken word, graffiti art, multimedia, film and live DJs. Arrive early for a pre-show dance battle and meet-and-greet with Mari Koda of the Step Up movie series. Tickets are $30 for adults, $12 children, and $15 students. Go Metro and save 10%. (Metro Red Line to Universal City/Studio City Station, then catch the free Ford Shuttle to the amphitheater.)
Take your brunch plans to the next level this Sunday with the LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast 2014! Held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel, $35 will get you 40-plus food samples and beverages from these L.A. brunch spots. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.)
Learn about Santa Monica’s bike infrastructure and creative centers at Tour da Arts vol. 6, sponsored by C.I.C.L.E and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. This 9-mile bike tour starts at 12 p.m. at SMMoA and includes art and performances at each stop. The ride is free, but preregistration is required. Present your TAP card at the SMMoA gift store for 10% off merchandise. (Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/26th, then walk 10 minutes south on 26th Street, or Big Blue Bus 5 to Olympic EB/26th.)
This Friday and Saturday, the Cornerstone Theatre Company presents California: The Tempest as part of Grand Performances in the California Plaza. Shakespeare’s last play is reset in California post-“The Big One” and adapted to tackle some of our state’s most pressing contemporary dilemmas. The show is free and starts at 8 p.m. each night. Arrive early for good seats! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)
Ahh Long Beach… sand, sea, the smell of the salt breeze and, this weekend, mouthwatering BBQ! The Long Beach BBQ Festival takes place this Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. at Shoreline Park. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then walk 12 minutes south on Pine Avenue and east on Shoreline Drive or catch the free Long Beach Passport shuttle.)
Celebrate East L.A. at the inaugural Los Angeles Jazz and Music Festival in Sycamore Park, less than a five-minute walk from the Gold Line Southwest Museum Station.
Finally, don’t forget that the easiest way to get to FYF this weekend is via Metro Expo Line!