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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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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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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. A few logistical changes for the last few fests have streamlined the layout: 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 Ashland Hill, Holey Grail Donuts, Jameson’s Pub, the Victorian and Pasjoli, 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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Friday

Boat Cinema presents Jennifer’s Body at Castaic Lake.

Cinespia presents Mrs. Doubtfire at L.A. State Historic Park.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents TBA at LEVEL DTLA.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Brothers + The Wood at ROW DTLA.

Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Top Gun at the Montalbán Theatre.

Saturday

Boat Cinema presents Creed at Castaic Lake.

Cinespia presents 10 Things I Hate About You at L.A. State Historic Park.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents TBA at LEVEL DTLA.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania + Waiting to Exhale + Cruel Intentions at ROW DTLA.

Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Full Metal Jacket at the Montalbán Theatre.

Street Food Cinema presents Ghost World at the Autry.

Sunday

Boat Cinema presents Finding Nemo at Castaic Lake.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents TBA at LEVEL DTLA.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents Pitch Perfect + The Breakfast Club + A Nightmare on Elm Street at ROW DTLA.

Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Vertigo at the Montalbán Theatre.

Street Food Cinema presents Mulan at L.A. State Historic Park.

Monday

Rooftop Cinema Club presents Mamma Mia! at LEVEL DTLA.

Rooftop Cinema Club presents TBA + The Conjuring at ROW DTLA.

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