If you're planning to take Metrolink to visit the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona this weekend or any weekend in September, feel free to stay until closing time. The commuter rail service will run late trains on weekends between Pomona and downtown L.A. during the fair's run.
The L.A. County Fair is open Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 28, but the extra Metrolink service applies to Saturdays and Sundays only when the fair ends at midnight and 10 p.m. respectively.
To accommodate fair-goers, the commuter rail service adds a Los Angeles train for Saturday visitors that leaves the Fairplex Station in Pomona at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and a 10 p.m. train from Pomona on Sundays. Metrolink also is adding stops in Pomona on some weekend trains on the San Bernardino Line.
For day-trippers, the fair has added new shaded areas to shield visitors from the blazing summer sun. For those who stay later, there's a new feature called Luminasia where visitors can stroll beneath 50 giant lighted Chinese lanterns.
They'll also see replicas of China's Great Wall and the Eiffel Tower as well as giant dragons and pagodas. Fifty Chinese artists came to the U.S. to create the oversized lanterns, a fair statement says.
Other nighttime activities: the End of Summer concert series, with a lineup of artists including LL Cool J, War, Neon Trees, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Heart.
Metrolink riders can buy a $10 weekend day pass to travel to and from the fair. (You also can use the code "Metrolink" to buy discounted fair tickets.)