Ain’t no party like an Eastside party


Who here likes to parrrrtaaaayyyy !?!?!? Too much ? Well I can’t help be excited about the Linia de Oro opening this SUNDAY ! The day is finally here and both Metro and local council-member Jose Huizar are going to be throwing parties at different gold line stops. Did I mention that you can ride the train for free all day Sunday on the eastside line ? Well you can !!!

Alright so here’s how it breaks down. Different stops will be having different activities, I.E. live music, free stuff and food for sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District, Mariachi Plaza and the East LA Civic Center Station. Here’s a run down of what each station is doing courtesy of Metro.

Union Station

Where: East Portal, Union Station stop on the Metro Gold Line and Metro Red Line, corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Vignes Street

What: A special pre-holiday visit from Santa, who will appear with the Caroling Company, 1 to 1:30 p.m., in anticipation of his first holiday appearance in the 2009 Hollywood Santa Parade on Sunday, Nov. 29. Also at Union Station will be a display from Madame Tussauds Hollywood, as well as bands, guitarists and food booths .

Little Tokyo/Arts District Station

Where: Alameda and First streets

What: Live karaoke on stage, delicious cuisine from dozens of nearby restaurants, special family activities and booths representing businesses and organizations from the area.

Mariachi Plaza Station (This is also a block party Huizar is sponsoring)

Where: First Street and Boyle Avenue

What: The First Annual Boyle Heights Block Party and Mariachi Festival on First Street, between Boyle Avenue and State Street. Two stages of live Mariachi, Latin and contemporary music — including Jahnny Wallz, Domingo Siete, UmoVerde, Dirty Hens and Quito Sol. The bands will play a mix of music inspired by the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. Mariachi performances will include local and internationally recognized musicians: Mariachi Sol del Mexico, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Mariachi Mexicapan, Mariachi Voz de America, Mariachi Santa Cecelia and Mariachi Conservatory. They will play a mix of mariachi music inspired by the different regions and styles of Mexico. There will also be free giveaways, a free kids corner, art exhibits and lots of food.

East L.A. Civic Center Station

Where: Third Street and Civic Center Way (near the East L.A. Public Library)

What: Live performances of Chicano rock, a spectacular farmers’ market, tasty food booths, healthy cooking classes, children’s activities, local artisans and special exhibits from the County Bike Coalition and Metro Bike programs.

Last but not least, there are two non affiliated events that involve drinking and dancing.

Inaugural Metro Gold Line East Los Pub Crawl

What started as a small effort to get a circle of friends together for the long awaited Gold Line Eastside Extension has turned out to be a party with over 100 Eastside enthusiasts! In preparation for the pub crawl, I called all the venues to make sure they are able to accommodate us. We only have one change and one “optional” addition. See below for revised schedule: revisions in capital letters.

2-2:45 PM: LA GOLONDRINA @ OLVERA, Union Station
3-3:45 PM: Weiland Brewery, Little Tokyo Station
4-4:45 PM: Eastside Luv, Mariachi Plaza Station
4-5:45 PM: El Mercado (3rd Floor) w/ Mariachi, Indiana Station
6-6:45 PM: Rudy’s Baja Grill, Atlantic Station
7-7:45 PM: KING TACO (Sober up at East LA’s classic taco stand), Maravilla Station

Meet us at any of the location based on your time availability.


An eclectic and unrestricted night of music that pays tribute to the many musical genres that have and continue to influence creative generations of the Eastside of LA and beyond.

Sunday November 15 more Roots Reggae music layering it with latin grooves….

Hosted by Lilia from Liliflor and Reyes from Tropico de Nopal starting at 8 p.m. No cover

Reyes (Sala)
Glenn Red (Afro Funké)
Special guest
Mando Fever
Drink Specials ALL NIGHT LONG
$5 super MODELO 24oz TALL CANS (equal to $2.50 per 12oz reg)
$5 RED & WHITE house VINO

13 thoughts on “Ain’t no party like an Eastside party

  1. Oh right on is the “fat lady” aka Gloria Molina gonna make an appearance and sing too..I’m kidding but not really jejeje.
    Im gonna wait until the 21st to take my first ride on the East Los extension…avoid the crowds,lookie loos etc.
    I plan to visit El Mercadito,Mariachi Plaza area and Little Tokyo. Not all at once in one day but different days and times.

    Im still old school i walk from South Park to Bunker Hill and Little Tokyo. And now pretty soon will take that walk from Historic Core to LA Live to check out the Regal 14.

    – walk people..its good for your health and wallet $$$ 🙂

  2. Thanks ERH for the info and a belated thanks for the DOD guide! I have to work Sunday but hope to be one of the early train riders and maybe make the pub crawl after work!

  3. I’m glad the pub crawl doesnt go to any of the bars I go to. I don’t want their prices to go up. 😉

  4. I would suggest El Paseo over La Golondrina at ovlera st, El Paseo is larger, thus can accommodate more people and El Paseo is know for their large margaritas, though pricing is relatively the same for both places.

  5. You inspire me brotha. I’m going to try my best to be out there. I haven’t ridden a train in forever, but Sunday feels like a good time to get reacquainted.

    Nice post by the way. 🙂

  6. You do realize it will be next to impossible to take the trains between stations due to the significant amount of riders expected that day? If you recall the Gold Line to Pasadena opening last, people had to wait hours for a train. I don’t see how you can do a pub crawl in any reasonable way without having to take buses or drive. It may be smarter to do it another day, because it won’t be likely.

  7. I hope you all see the connection between the disappearance of the Breed Street food vendors the other day—after two decades, mind you!—and the opening of the Gold Line this coming Sunday.

  8. Suit yourself, LAtoAnaheim. More beer for us. Nah, I’m joking. Obviously you’re right. But drinking is 90% effort. Don’t ever underestimate a hundred or so people with a singular goal of getting drunk.

    BTW, I drove by the station at 1st and Boyle today, looked like they were still doing a lot of construction on the outdoor part. Will it be ready by Sunday? It really didn’t look like it. And it was drizzling, too. They looked like they were out there rushing.

  9. @ chuy90023

    they have been going after the breed street vendors for a long time, prior to the gold line They are like the Davids in a David in Goliath struggle, but i dont see them winning the struggle anytime soon. God bless them for continuing there struggle and continuing to offer their ever delicious sopes and quesadillas.

    Good post ERH.

    And in several years when the Regional connector ( ) is built eastsiders will gain further mobility allowing them to take on train that connects tot he blue line or expo line.

  10. Will most likely be @ 1835 E. 1st St. Los Angeles.. Eastside Luv, Mariachi Plaza Station.. Si, Señor! … and I will be bringing my momma… 😉

    This is monumental. It really is a big movement for the East side communities.. a very proud-full time.

    Everyone MUST come out to celebrate… no excuse!

    .. you’ll love it…. 😉

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