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 2019
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. Check out our full guide to the L.A. County Fair.
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.
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.
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 100 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won’t put itself to bed until midnight each evening.
Film buffs, unite. This lesser-known cinephile festival is celebrating 55 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.
Nobody’s film credits can compare to John Williams: Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and literally a hundred others. David Newman conducts the LA Phil as they tackle the composer’s iconic film scores set to a selection of movie clips, with an appearance from Williams himself.
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 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.
For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band.
It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel.
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.