Go Metro Weekends, September 19 – 21


Join Metro and artist Alexis Disselkoen  for PARK(ing) Day at Union Station this Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Check out the temporary pop-up park that Diseelkoen will construct in a corner of the station’s Alameda-facing parking lot, and maybe even play a game of L.A.-themed Lotería (yes, there will be prizes while supplies last!). (Metro Gold, Red/Purple or Silver Line or various Rapid and Local buses to Union Station.)

It’s your last chance to Dance Downtown! Enjoy free lessons, dancing, and tunes in the Music Center Plaza from 6:30-10 p.m. The final dance of Summer 2014? La Salsa, por supuesto! (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro Rapid and Local buses serving Grand Avenue, Hill, Temple, or 1st Streets.)

Junot Diaz, author of the critically acclaimed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is on his way to Los Angeles to receive the L.A. Public Library’s 2014 Literary Award. While here, he’ll be stopping by Skylight books on Vermont Avenue to read from his latest novel: This is How You Lose Her. The reading is free to attend, but be sure to check the Skylight website for details if you plan on getting a book signed. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset, then walk 8 minutes north on Vermont Ave.)

Travel back in time to 1969 with the Egyptian Theatre’s screening of Woodstock: The Director’s Cut. Film starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $11 general admission, $9 seniors/students. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, Metro Rapid 780 or Bus 156/656 to Hollywood/Highland, or Bus 212/312, 217, or 222 to Hollywood/Las Palmas.)

If you’re seeing Cvrches at the Hollywood Palladium this Friday, consider going Metro! Bus 2 that runs on Santa Monica Boulevard stops directly at the venue, or there’s the Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station a mere two blocks away!


The San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. Enjoy free performances in the Levitt Pavilion, book readings, vendors/exhibitors and more. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)


Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna bring their Ambulente Film Festival to Los Angeles for it’s North American debut. First organized in Mexico in 2005, the festival aims to show great documentary films for free in unconventional, community spaces. The screenings begin this Sunday at 7 p.m. in MacArthur Park with Ink & Paper and Bronx Obama. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Westlake/MacArthur Park Station.)

Metro down to scenic Barnsdall Art Park for the 22nd Annual Thai Cultural Day! The event runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., is free to attend, and features Thai cuisine, fruit-carving, wrestling, art, and entertainment. (Metro Red Line to Vermont/Sunset Station, or Metro Bus 180/181 to Hollywood/New Hampshire.)

All Weekend

The Angel City Jazz Festival begins this Friday, and will continue over the next two weeks with a lineup of great performances in transit-accessible venues like REDCAT, the Blue Whale, LACMA, ArcLight Hollywood, Barnsdall Art Park, and the Aratani/Japan American Theatre. Ticket prices vary.

Join Metro at the AltCar Expo this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The free expo features presentations and demonstrations of the latest advancements in alternative technology vehicles — and we’ll be giving tours of our all-new electric bus!

Pasadena’s AxS (that’s arts and science) Festival also kicks off this weekend, and Metro riders can receive a special discount to any event in Sphaerae, the inflatable pavilion.

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