Go Metro Weekends, April 3 – 5



If you’re kicking off your weekend with TV on the Radio at the Hollywood Palladium, don’t forget: the Red Line Hollywood/Vine Station is just two blocks north of the venue and Metro Rail is open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays! Just be sure to leave enough time to make connections if your trip requires multiple lines.


The Colburn School’s 5th-Annual Tap Festival takes place this Saturday, with a lineup of  workshops for all levels of dancers beginning at 10:30 a.m. The day concludes at 5:30 p.m. with free performances by professional dancers and Colburn students. This is the event for you if you are, like me, not a dancer but still enjoy staring at those fast-moving feet while asking yourself: “How…?” (Metro Red or Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station.)

You may have already seen the wildly-popular Hello Kitty exhibit at JANM, or perhaps you plan to soon (you have approximately two more months). Either way, this Saturday is your chance to not only (re)visit the show, but sit in on a conversation with Yuko Yamaguchi, Hello Kitty’s head designer since 1980, who has been quoted as saying: “What she does, I do, and what I do, Hello Kitty does.” Tickets to the talk are $20 and include same-day admission to both Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty and Common Ground, another exhibit currently at JANM. (Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo/Arts District Station or Bus 30/330 or 40 to 1st/San Pedro.)

Every Saturday before Easter, animals lovers in L.A. have the opportunity to celebrate the blessing of the animals at El Pueblo Historical Monument in Olvera Street. A quirky event, yes, but also a centuries old tradition. There will be free music, a procession, pony rides and a petting zoo–on top of the usual Olvera Street fun, shopping and food! Bring your pet to be blessed or simply enjoy the cuteness. (Metro Red, Purple, Gold or Silver Line to Union Station or various buses serving Alameda Street or Patsaouras Plaza.)

Headed to Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness comedy show and concert? The Metro Expo Line stops right by the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center at Jefferson/USC Station.


Los Angeles Thai Town is celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, with a street festival on Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie Avenue. There will be food, vendors and lots of traditional activities including Thai kickboxing, cooking demonstrations, music and performances. The celebration lasts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Western Station or Bus 207 to Western/Hollywood.)

If you’ll be visiting Downtown L.A. with little ones in tow, stop by Eggstravaganza in Pershing Square for some free Easter fun courtesy of the Department of Parks and Rec. From noon to 3:30 p.m. there will be a series of egg hunts organized by age, games, crafts and photo ops with Big Bunny him–or her?–self. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station.)

All Weekend

Rather see some real, live bunnies this Easter than pose with the costumed kind? The Los Angeles Zoo is the place for you this Friday through Sunday! Their Big Bunny Spring Fling offers the chance to pet real rabbits as well as a host of other fun Easter activities and treats. Participation is free with general admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Metro Bus 96 to Zoo/Western Heritage Way.)

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