Union Station’s 75th Birthday Party on May 3rd

Union Station at dusk

Union Station is celebrating its 75th anniversary this weekend.

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It’s Party Time at Union Station!

Union Station is celebrating its 75th birthday with a big party on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10 am to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to this free public event.

There will be lots of music and family activities, and docents will provide historical information in several station areas.

Along with Metrolink, Amtrak is joining in the celebration with National Train Day and is bringing several vintage and modern train cars to visit.

The complete schedule of activities and performances is here.

How to get to Union Station:

The Red, Purple, and Gold Lines stop at Union Station. The Expo and Blue Lines connect to the Red and Purple Lines at 7th/Metro Station. Additionally, a number of Metro and other bus lines stop at Union Station.

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Chinatown’s Moon Festival Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Chinatown’s Moon Festival: A Fun Family Event

crowds wander beneath neon framed archway to Chinatown

These balmy nights are perfect for street food and music. So hop on the LA Metro Gold Line to the Chinatown station for Chinatown’s 75th annual Moon Festival on Saturday, September 21.

The festivities run from 5 p.m. to midnight — and Metro trains run until 2 a.m. on Saturday nights.

You’ll find food trucks, cooking demonstrations and samples, live music and DJs, crafts, moon viewing and moon cakes — a flaky pastry filled with bean paste.

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CicLAvia Coming to Wilshire Blvd. Sunday, June 23, 2013

The classic architecture of the Wiltern Theater is one of the highlights of the June 23, 2013 Ciclavia route. This landmark is across from the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Western Station.

The classic architecture of the Wiltern Theater is one of the highlights of the June 23, 2013 Ciclavia route. This landmark is across from the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Western Station.

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Take a Sunday Stroll Through LA with CicLAvia and See Many LA Architectural Icons

This Sunday’s CicLAvia will highlight Iconic Wilshire Blvd. between the Miracle Mile and One Wilshire in Downtown. CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a collaboration initiated by the Getty and involving arts organizations across LA. Wilshire Boulevard traces its beginning to 1895 and is now one of the most notable boulevards in the United States.

The elevator doors at the Metro Wilshire/Western Red/Purple Line Station echo the Wiltern Theater.

The elevator doors at the Metro Wilshire/Western Red/Purple Line Station echo the Wiltern Theater.

On Sunday, June 23, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. — an extension of hours from previous CicLAvias — Los Angeles streets will be closed to cars from the Miracle Mile to One Wilshire in Downtown LA. This is a chance to enjoy LA and see it from a different perspective — from a bike, skateboard, or just leisurely strolling down the middle of the boulevard. There are many great views to be appreciated, because of both the pedestrian/bike perspective and the slowed-down pace.

One of the joys of CicLAvia is that you can start and stop whenever and wherever you want, and do it on your own schedule. This is not a race — it’s streets turned into open space. Seeing the city streets filled with cyclists, skaters, and strollers — wheeled and on foot — makes one really appreciate that LA belongs to everyone from all neighborhoods.

The Korea Town Plaza, on Western 3 blocks south of the Metro Wilshire/Western Statiion, offers exotic snacks and a scrumptious food court.

The Koreatown Plaza, on Western 3 blocks south of the Metro Wilshire/Western Statiion, offers exotic snacks and a scrumptious food court.

MacArthur Park viewed through a bike wheel.

Bicyclists take over MacArthur Park as a rest stop.

The upcoming CicLAvia route covers new territory and also includes past favorites: MacArthur Park and 7th Metro/Center. CicLAvia offers a wide variety of activities for people of all interests and ages, including music, performances, food trucks galore, and just about everything else L.A. has to offer!

MacArthur Park is an oasis along the Wilshire Blvd. June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route.

MacArthur Park is an oasis along the Wilshire Blvd. June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route.

Be aware that the turnstiles at Union Station are now locked. You must have a valid TAP Card.

Be aware that the turnstiles at Union Station are now locked. You must have a valid TAP Card.

This CicLAvia route is very Metro accessible via the Red/Purple Lines. So leave your car at home and take your bike on Metro to CicLAvia. If you’re coming from Long Beach or the Westside, take the Blue Line or Expo Line train to 7th/Metro Center and join the flow. Gold Line riders will need to transfer at Union Station. Remember to TAP before you board each train. Depending on how many train rides you’ll be taking, a Day Pass may be your best bet. We have posts on how to TAPhow to use Metro, and to help you find your best train route.

The June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route along Wilshire Blvd. is accessible by the Metro Red and Purple LInes.

The June 23, 2013 CicLAvia route along Wilshire Blvd. is accessible by the Metro Red and Purple LInes.

To get more of the feel of CicLAvia, see our adventures from last April and October, 2011, and our October, 2012 preview.

Whether this is your first or seventh CicLAvia, plan on joining the fun on Sunday, June 23.

Women on bicycles, roller blades, and in a wheelchair.

Everyone enjoys wheeling along during CicLAvia.

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