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 2017
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.
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. "Opening Night" welcomes the L.A. Times' top-tier food staff and many of the weekend's featured chefs for a spattering of tastings (both edible and drinkable) from dozens of eateries around the city.
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 (285 W Huntington Dr). Come hungry and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 150 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 11pm on Sunday).
If Delicious Vinyl has anything to do with this Labor Day weekend bash, one thing is for certain: the music will be damn good. The indie hip-hop label—the force behind hits like Young MC's "Bust A Move" and Tone-Loc’s “Wild Thing”—has partnered with embRACELA to launch the inaugural West Adams Block Party. In celebration of the neighborhood's rich culture and diversity, live music and festivities will fill Delicious Pizza's backlot on Sunday, September 3 from 2pm to 10pm. Face painting, a castle jumper, a Dilla's Donuts pop-up shop, a J Dilla photo exhibit and live performances from local up-and-coming artists are just a few of the activities on the lineup.
Film buffs, unite. This lesser-known cinephile festival is celebrating 53 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, from a Buster Keaton classic to a salute to Universal B-pictures from the '40s.
Raise a glass to L.A.'s music, food, drinks and culture during this inaugural two-day fest from Golden road. The brewery has put together a surprisingly solid music lineup—Warren G, Hanni El Khatib, Yacht, Maxim Ludwig and Buyepongo—alongside an art show, food trucks, specialty beers and more. All ticket proceeds go to one of these three charities, which you can choose upon purchasing passes: Light Bringer Project, Heal The Bay or Wags n Walks.
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 85-year-old composer isn't slowing down anytime soon; he's returning to the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil and maybe some new tunes from a galaxy far, far away. Fellow film composer David Newman opens the show with a program of movie classics set to clips on the big screen.
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 Dillon Francis, Mija, Excision, DJ Mustard and more.
Looking for some more last-minute summer fun?
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.