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Memorial Day events in Los Angeles

Welcome in the summer season with these Memorial Day events in L.A., including street fairs, wine tastings and more

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Memorial Day weekend? Must mean summer. Even in a place that’s blessed with perpetually pleasant weather, the long weekend seems to signal a change of seasons with the sudden onset of even more outdoor movies and concerts. Whether you’re looking to spend some time on the beach or at a street fair, you’ll find plenty to do during the three-day weekend with these Memorial Day events in Los Angeles.

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Memorial Day events in Los Angeles

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Roam the stalls at this arts festival, sample the fine foods and listen to the music—and then take a dip in the nearby Pacific. Though last year’s capacity restrictions have been ditched, there are a few logistical changes that should hopefully make things feel a bit less crowded: You’ll still find on-the-street stalls and sidewalk vendors along Hermosa and Pier Avenues, but the live music has been moved to the beach while there’s a proper carnival and arts festival inland behind the Hermosa Beach Community Center.

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Tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon, this Memorial Day weekend festival has become a favorite local tradition. Bohemian residents of all ages as well as curious onlookers converge to celebrate music, food, arts and Mother Earth. Expect plenty of vegan food vendors and healing arts, plus live music, arts and crafts and a quirk parade on Monday morning.

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For one day only, much of Main Street in Santa Monica will transform into an interactive Monopoly board game, allotting attendees “MAINopoly dollars” to be exchanged for food tastings across the street’s finest establishments. Trade a couple fake bucks for dishes from spots like Crudo e Nudo, Stella Barra, Jameson’s Pub and Sweet Rose Creamery, or add on a couple of drinks in the “Go to Jail” VIP lounge and beer garden. Dressing up is encouraged, so polish up that Monopology moncole.

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After a short-lived stint in the early spring, UCLA’s impressively student-run fest has returned to its Memorial Day roots. Though the fest promises the same vibe—which, in the past, was definitely the most 4/20-friendly of the pre-summer festivals—its two days have been pruned down into one. Gone are the dedicated jam band and reggae days; instead you can expect a more streamlined show.

Memorial Day weekend movie screenings

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May 27: Boat Cinema presents Boyz n the Hood at Castaic Lake.

May 27: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Mean Girls + 21 Jump Street at 1310 E Franklin Ave (El Segundo).

May 27: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion at LEVEL DTLA.

May 28: Street Food Cinema presents Free Guy at the Autry.

May 28: Street Food Cinema presents 10 Things I Hate About You at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

May 28: Boat Cinema presents Avatar at Castaic Lake.

May 28: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Ratatouille + Back to the Future + 10 Things I Hate About You + It at 1310 E Franklin Ave (El Segundo).

May 28: Rooftop Cinema Club presents She’s All That + Jawbreaker at LEVEL DTLA.

May 28: Poolside Cinema presents Coco at the Fairmont Miramar.

May 28: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Selena at the Montalbán.

May 28: Cinespia presents Mean Girls at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

May 29: Eat|See|Hear presents Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings at the Autry.

May 29: Boat Cinema presents The Perfect Storm at Castaic Lake.

May 29: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Encanto + Casablanca (open captions) + When Harry Met Sally… at 1310 E Franklin Ave (El Segundo).

May 29: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Scream at E.P. & L.P.

May 29: Rooftop Cinema Club presents TBA at LEVEL DTLA.

May 29: Poolside Cinema presents Frozen at the Fairmont Miramar.

May 29: Cinespia presents Back to the Future at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

May 30: Rooftop Cinema Club presents 50 First Dates + The Beach at 1310 E Franklin Ave (El Segundo).

May 30: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents The Notebook at E.P. & L.P.

May 30: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Dirty Dancing + The Beach at LEVEL DTLA.

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