Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This Labor Day weekend in L.A. from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2 features L.A. Times The Taste, the L.A. County Fair, a West Adams Block Party, Fiesta Hermosa, Pasadena Daydream Festival, and MUCH more.
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your weekend!
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Friday August 30th, 2019
1. The L.A. Times hosts its 10th Annual The Taste celebrating Southern California’s culinary scene August 30 through September 1. Curated by the Times’ Food Staff, there will be unlimited tastings from regional restaurants, wine, beer, and cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations.
2. The L.A. County Fair returns to Pomona for an enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs through September 23. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
3. Summer Nights at the Tar Pits returns for an evening party featuring DJs, cocktails, museum exploration, discussions and more. FREE
4. West Adams Avenues Jazz and Music Festival (August 30-September 1) offers three nights of music including jazz, blues, funk and more, as well as activities, arts and crafts, and food trucks. FREE
5. L.A. Fleet Week is back from August 30 to September 2. Hosted at LA Waterfront in San Pedro the event will feature various military ships, guided tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment, aerial demonstrations and more. FREE
6. John Williams hosts and David Newman conducts the LA Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl in their annual celebration of the music of John Williams. Film clips from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, E.T. and more will accompany the music. Happening Friday through Sunday. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
7. Cinecon Classic Film Festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre (August 29 to September 2) is five days of classic film screenings, celebrity appearances, panels, a memorabilia show, and more.
8. Grand Central Market hosts Friday Night Flights this Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.
9. OUE SkySpace LA hosts a summer night party two nights in a row this weekend with guest DJs starting at 9 p.m. with the city lights sparkling nearly 1000 feet above DTLA. The first drink is on the house too.
10. The 626 Night Market is back at Santa Anita Park August 30 through September 1 featuring endless vendors selling crafts, merchandise, art and a massive selection of food from local restaurants, food trucks and more.
11. Westwood Village Cinema Under the Stars returns for the season with Spider-man Homecoming. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets. FREE
12. Spend the season sipping wine during sunset hour at Barnsdall Art Park’s Friday Night Wine Party Series. Happening on the lawn of architectural gem the Hollyhock House, the evening features a fine selection of wines curated by Silverlake Wine, a live DJ and tours of the house. The series happens every Friday evening till September 6.
13. Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with free performances of either Pericles or Twelfth Night Wednesday through Sunday. FREE
14. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA features live music and/or DJs paired with expert dance instructors providing beginner group dance lessons for attendees. Each night has a different dance theme. The series concludes with Cumbia at The Music Center Plaza, as part of the Plaza Grand Opening Weekend Celebration. FREE
15. On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with hundreds of showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.
16. The Groundlings’ latest hilarious main stage show, Groundlings Treasure Hunters runs every Friday and Saturday through September 14.
17. Summer Friday Night Drive-In at the Roadium returns every Friday evening from June 7 to August 30 to revive your favorite films in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting. The series continues with a screening of E.T.
18. Ford Theatres presents Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories an experience that blends dance-theatre with conversations that explores disquieting perceptions of beauty, identity and race, and what constitutes the freedom to rise to our Extra-ordinary Selves.
19. Cooper Design Space hosts Last Friday Sales a rare opportunity where showrooms open their doors to the public offering discounts on past seasons, samples and overstock. Keep in-mind showrooms are usually cash only.
20. The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center every Friday. This week they will screen Spider-man into the Spider-verse. FREE
Saturday August 31st, 2019
21. The Cure headlines and curates the Pasadena Daydream Festival, a summer headline event featuring their favorite artists such as Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, and Throwing Muses. The festival takes place at Brookside at the Rose Bowl.
22. The Big Sing 2019 brings together members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the public for a giant community sing-along. Participation is free, and reservations are not required, a commemorative song booklet will be given out on the day of the event. The song list includes tunes from ABBA, Toto, Randy Newman and more. FREE
23. Golden Road Brewing hosts its third Made in LA Music and Arts Festival on Labor Day Weekend to celebrate Los Angeles’ best art, music, food, and California-inspired beer. The block party takes place August 31 to September 1 and features live performances from Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lematire, Pell, and Lauren Ruth Ward.
24. Head to downtown Hermosa Beach for Fiesta Hermosa August 31 through September 2. One of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Southern California, explore hundreds of artists, enjoy live music, a beer & wine garden and more. FREE
25. Cinespia is back for its 18th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. On Saturday Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets will be screened. This Sunday they will screen When Harry Met Sally.
26. Vegan Street Fair returns to Los Angeles with a plethora of vegan-friendly eats and vendors. The fair will also include a beer garden, games, live entertainment and karaoke.
27. Long Beach Comic Con August 31 to September 1 for two-days of cosplay, panels, a space expo, screenings, and a behind the scenes look at the comic industry. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Challenge a friend to a game of chess every Saturday in August and September from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Norton Simon Museum’s serene Sculpture Garden. A U.S. chess expert will also be on hand to teach folks the game as well.
30. The Compton Art Walk takes place at the Center for Sustainable Communities. The event hosts free health screenings, an organic produce giveaway, and the newly formed TEDxComptonBlvd. with over 60 vendors and artist to discover. FREE
31. 69th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival is back this Labor Day weekend August 31 to September 2 with authentic Greek food, music and lots of dancing. FREE
33. Pennywise returns to Hollywood with a second terrifying, immersive event. The Derry Canal Days Festival is now open at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, drawing from the forthcoming IT Chapter Two, which hits theaters on September 6. Online reservations are fully booked but a standby line is available.
34. The first-ever Museum of Weed is a 30,000 square foot space of ‘higher learning’ presented by WeedMaps aims to provide insight and history into marijuana through interactive exhibits, Instagram-friendly art installations and a bevy of historical artifacts. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday now till September 29. Admission starts at $35.
Sunday September 1st, 2019
35. The 3rd Annual West Adams Block Party returns for a community block party presented by Delicious Pizza celebrating Labor Day Weekend with four live music stages, 30+ performers ranging from hip hop, reggae, soul, afrobeat, and cumbia, plus 50+ vendors selling food, clothing, art and more. FREE
36. Mount Wilson Observatory is offering classical music concerts within the dome of the 100-inch telescope above the observatory. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, the concerts happen once a month from May to October.
37. Broad Fest is an annual free event celebrating arts and culture in Santa Monica. The family friendly festival taking place at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage will have music, dancing, fun activities, and food. The musical lineup features DJ Anthony Valadez, Boogaloo Assassins, She Sings She Swings, and more. FREE
38. The newly re-opened Music Center will transform into a giant backyard party with free family friendly activities, mini-golf, Drag Queen Story Hour, Mobile Mural Lab and more. There will also be a live simulcast of the Dodgers away game on the Plaza’s New 12’ x 20’ LED screens. The new restaurant Abernethy’s will also be offering bites through out the day for sale. The event is free to attend.
39. This Sunday night Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood will host a Drag Bingo night benefiting Adopt Me Rescue.
40. DJ Snoopadelic aka rap legend Snoop Dog will headline Foodbeast’s noodle-tastic food and music festival Nood Beach this Sunday in Hermosa Beach. 20 noodle vendors, live music performances from DJ Snoopadelic, Jeffrey Sutorius aka Dash Berlin and E-40 will also take place.
41. Head over to Leimert Park on Monday for Afrofuturist Block Party put on by CAAM. Inspired by the work of Leimert Park–based artist Timothy Washington, whose work will be displayed on September 25 at CAAM, the day will include hands-on art workshops at the 11th Annual Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival. FREE
42. Instantaneous Pet Service and Pan Pacific Park will host a summer Sunday Doggie Yoga Series highlighting pet fitness. Grab your fur baby, a mat, and water for a one hour yoga session. Coffee and snacks will be provided by Le Pain Quotidien. This is a donation based event.
43. Smorgasburg LA’s 3rd Annual Ice Cream Alley closes out its series with awesome scoop vendors, one-of-a-kind collaborations, plus its own dedicated beer garden with extended hours until 4 p.m.
44. Sunday Yoga + Meditation at Angel City Brewery is a donation based event happening every week. The recommended donation is between $15-$20 and includes one free drink at the brewery.
45. Poolside is a new immersive abstract painting show at Rhythm Visuals gallery in Downtown L.A. The exhibition features multiple rooms and visual experiences, including one where guests throw water balloons at a white wall to reveal a hidden painting. The exhibit is open Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. through September 5. FREE
Monday September 2nd, 2019
46. Bender Yoga is taking things to the rooftop at Ace Hotel DTLA for a unique 70 minute yoga session followed by a “California Sol” rooftop party.
47. Tropico Disco will takeover the historic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles for a daytime-disco pool party. Island attire is encouraged and guest can bring their own pool toys. A full bar and bites menu will be available.
48. The W in West Los Angeles is having a Labor Day Pool Party with DJ sets and fun in the sun.
49. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Bring It On.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
Enjoy brunch on your day off this Labor Day Monday. Select spots in Los Angeles are hosting brunch for the holiday. View my top picks below and enjoy!
Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica is opening early on Monday for a Boozy Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests can dine on a menu of Organic Egg, Cheese and Bacon Sandwich, Fried Chicken & Waffles and Croque Madame. Pair the meal with Esters take on the Bloody Mary a blend of tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, soy and sesame. If drinks on the sweeter side is more your thing, order The Mimosa Trio Service for the table. The trip comes with a bottle of prosecco, fresh-squeezed orange, grapefruit and lemon mint juices.
Downtown rooftop stunner Perch is hosting a brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. live brunch music will start at noon. Dine on truffle cheese frites, oysters and egg dishes. Share a pitcher of Sangria and toast to having the day off.
Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica ends summer with a poolside BBQ in the Courtyard from noon to 5 p.m. On the menu is Sonoran Hotdogs, Grilled Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Chicken, and Shangri-La’s famous Kobe Beef Burger. Dipping your toes in the solar-powered pool is highly encouraged.
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