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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

Topanga Days
Photograph: Courtesy Topanga Days
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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.
Photo courtesy Fiesta Hermosa
Things to do, Festivals

Fiesta Hermosa

icon-location-pin Downtown Hermosa Beach, Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo
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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
Photograph: Courtesy Amy Darling/L.A. Zine Fest
Things to do, Talks and lectures

L.A. Zine Fest

icon-location-pin Helms Bakery, Culver City
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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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Photo courtesy Topanga Days Country Fair
Things to do, Festivals

Topanga Days Country Fair

icon-location-pin Topanga Community Club, Los Angeles
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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
Photograph: Courtesy MAINopoly
Things to do

MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles
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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, 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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Photo courtesy Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival
Things to do, Festivals

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

icon-location-pin Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, Ventura County
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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.

Photo courtesy JazzReggae Festival
Things to do, Festivals

JazzReggae Festival

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A., Los Angeles
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After a short-lived stint in the early spring, UCLA’s impressively student-run fest is returning 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.

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Angel City Heritage Festival.
Photograph: Courtesy Angel City Brewery
Bars, Breweries

Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival

icon-location-pin Angel City Brewery, Arts District
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Angel City Brewery celebrates its birthday with the Heritage Music & Arts Festival. The annual beer, food, art and music festival features brewmaster-led tours every hour for a behind-the-scenes look at how house craft brews are made. Fill up on grub from local food trucks, and when you’re ready to break from eating and drinking, rock out to L.A. musical talents, check out live painting, and rummage through artisanal wares from local artisans at the Beer Bazaar.

Stoned and Dusted
Photograph: Courtesy Stoned and Dusted
Music, Music festivals

Stoned and Dusted

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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As a throwback to the gasoline genrator-fueled desert parties in the early ’90s, this on-the-down-low offshoot of Desert Generator is celebrating stoner rock and the desert music scene with a two-day campout. The event kicks off at Pappy & Harriet’s with sets from Melvins, Fu Manchu and Brant Bjork, co-founder of seminal stoner rock band Kyuss. Then the action moves into the Mojave for a show with Black Mountain, Acid King, Mark Lanegan and more. Details are hush-hush; we just know it’s somewhere near Joshua Tree.

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Photograph: Natasha Aftandilians
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RuPaul’s DragCon

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown
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Celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at this colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul. Meet queens, pop culture personalities and the winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and catch a keynote speech by RuPaul, panels on drag and disco and more.

Cinespia
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia
Movies

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
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Pack a picnic and plenty of booze for the summertime rite of passage, with a screening of Legally Blonde.

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