Labor Day events in Los Angeles

From pool parties to the L.A. County Fair, say goodbye to the summer season with these Labor Day events
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It’s Labor Day weekend, but there’s no need to cry over the end of summer just yet. That perpetually pleasant L.A. weather isn’t going anywhere—inevitable fall Santa Ana winds aside. However, you’re running out of time to catch some of the city’s best outdoor movies and concerts. Whether you’re looking to spend some time on the city’s best beaches or at a massive fair, you’ll find plenty to do during the three-day weekend with these Labor Day events.

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Labor Day events for 2018

Ferris wheel at LA County Fair.
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Things to do, Festivals

L.A. County Fair

L.A. has changed immeasurably since 1921, when this event was first staged as an agricultural fair. However, the perennially popular event still has farm-friendly appeal (livestock beauty contests, local produce) alongside the more modern acrobats, wine tastings, exhibitions and concerts.

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L.A. Times The Taste

The Taste attracts foodies of all types to the Paramount back lot for a weekend to sample some of the best food and wine L.A. has to offer. Various L.A. Times editors and writers will host daily panel discussions and demonstrations on topics from farm-to-table cuisine to how to mix the perfect cocktail. Your ticket allows you full nibbling privileges, as you soak up knowledge from the esteemed panelists.

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Downtown Hermosa Beach.
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Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta Hermosa

Roam the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sample the fine foods and listen to the music—and then take a dip in the nearby Pacific. Look out for the Fiesta over both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

626 Night Market
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Things to do

626 Night Market

The midnight snacker’s greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. One of America’s largest Asian food markets spans the course of Santa Anita Park’s front Paddock Gardens. Come hungry and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 250 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won’t put itself to bed until 1am on Friday and Saturday (and midnight on Sunday).

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Movies, Drama

Cinecon Classic Film Festival

Film buffs, unite. This lesser-known cinephile festival is celebrating 54 years of showing classic film fare and selling top movie memorabilia in the heart of Hollywood this Labor Day weekend. Enjoy a five-day program of rare and “unusual” films, shown back-to-back at the Egyptian Theatre.

Golden Road
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Music, Music festivals

Made in L.A. Music & Arts Festival

Raise a glass to L.A.’s music, food, drinks and culture during this two-day fest from Golden road. The brewery has put together a surprisingly solid music lineup—Saint Motel, Dorothy, Andre Power, DâM-FunK, J Rocc and DUCKWRTH—alongside an art show, food trucks, specialty beers and more. Ticket proceeds benefit local arts resource ArtShareLA.

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Things to do, Performances

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

Nobody’s film credits can compare to John Williams: Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and literally a hundred others. The 86-year-old composer returns to the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil to mark the 40th anniversary of his Bowl Debut. Fellow film composer David Newman opens the show with a program of movie classics set to clips on the big screen.

Nocturnal Wonderland
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Music, Music festivals

Nocturnal Wonderland

While you won’t find much Alice in the Wonderland series of festivals, you will find a whimsical, carnival-like atmosphere drenched in Day-Glo and pulsating lasers. The multiple stages at Glen Helen Regional Park are musical platforms just as much as they’re art installations, with names like the Upside-Down Room and the Temple of Om. This year’s lineup includes the likes of Kill the Noise, Liquid Stranger, Flux Pavilion, AC Slater and more.

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Rooftop Cinema Club
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Movies

Rooftop Cinema Club

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The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for their fourth season of screenings in Hollywood—and its second in Downtown L.A. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings.

Eat|See|Hear
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Movies

Eat|See|Hear

Eat|See|Hear travels to different locales throughout the city each Saturday during the summer, showing cult flicks on an inflatable HD screen taller than your average Malibu mansion. Bring your own bites or sample snacks from the impressive roster of resident food trucks and show up early for a set from local L.A. bands.

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Looking for some more last-minute summer fun?

Santa Monica Beach
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Things to do

75 things to do in the summer

Looking for things to do in the summer? Thankfully, in Los Angeles we have no shortage of outdoor activities and festivals to suggest. We've got you covered with a list of things to do this season—75 to be exact—from rediscovering Hollywood to heading down PCH for a day at one of the best beaches in L.A. or even splashing around at a summertime pool party.

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