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
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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 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

Downtown Hermosa Beach.
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Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta Hermosa

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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.

L.A. Zine Fest
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Things to do, Talks and lectures

L.A. Zine Fest

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Forget blogs: Get out from behind your computer screen and into the world of printed lit at L.A. Zine Fest. The all-day event showcases over 175 exhibitors of zines and small press publications from across the country, bringing together the best of SoCal nerds for the exchange of art, ideas and more. Don't miss the fest's free readings and workshops.

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Topanga Days Country Fair

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Tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon, this Memorial Day weekend festival has become a favorite local tradition. Bohemian locals of all ages as well as curious onlookers converge to celebrate music, food, arts and Mother Earth. Some complain that the masses have commercialized this neighborhood event, but there are still plenty of true ‘60s hippies, vegan food vendors and healing arts to make you think you’re in Woodstock.

Goat Cheese en pan Tostada with Honey, Figs & Truffle Oil from Manchego
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MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street

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Everybody likes a good theme party, and this Memorial Day Weekend, Main Street in Santa Monica is giving the people what they want. In an effort not only to entertain Westsiders, but also to raise funds for Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay, Main Street between Pier Avenue and Bay Street will transform into an interactive Monopoly board game, allotting attendees special “MAINopoly dollars,” to be exchanged for food tastings across the street's finest establishments.

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Things to do, Festivals

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

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While there are several festivals enticing families over Memorial Day weekend, this is the only option that will (figuratively) transport its 15,000 attendees to New Orleans. The two-day annual Cajun & Blues Festival in scenic Simi Valley will satisfy different musical tastes with both a Cajun/zydeco stage as well as a blues Stage. Snack on food options straight out of Louisiana like jambalaya and alligator sausage, and take part in a bead-filled Mardi Gras parade each day. As a cherry (or rather crawfish) on top, the proceeds will go to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes. The 2018 lineup includes Eddie Money, Dave Mason, Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts and more.

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Music, Music festivals

Lightning in a Bottle

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You’ll need to trek up to the Central Coast for this annual event, but where else can you find a sustainable, vegetarian festival dedicated to equal parts music, food, art, yoga and wellness? Lightning in a Bottle has stepped up its musical lineup in recent years, with Anderson .Paak, ZHU and Fever Ray topping the 2018 bill. Expect to do some serious soul-searching during this six-day retreat, all while immersing yourself in everything from a speaker series at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness to the old timey Grand Artique trading post.

Want to spend the long weekend by the beach?

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