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37 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Labor Day Weekend You Need to Have on Your Radar [9-4-15 to 9-6-15]

September 3, 2015 by Christina Champlin

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 decided to curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend includes the LA Times: The Taste, First Fridays, a spoken word festival, the 626 Night Market, pool parties, outdoor movies, the LA County Fair and much, much more!

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So grab some friends or go at it alone, but most importantly have fun and enjoy yourself!

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A crowded beach day in Santa Monica: Credit: Mats Haugen via flickr

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Friday September 4th, 2015

1. LA Times: The Taste Opening Night

From September 4-6, LA Times: The Taste returns to offer Angelenos a food and drink experience unlike any other. Highlights include an opening night party on Friday, a field-to-fork midday celebration on Saturday, a Sunday brunch+bbq event, and an ethnic food ‘tour’ of some of L.A.’s finest dining spots hosted by Jonathan Gold on Sunday.

2. Hawaiian Festival in Long Beach

The 21st Annual E Hula Mau Festival returns to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater this Friday through Sunday in a cultural celebration of all things Hawaiian from music, authentic cuisine to arts and crafts. Get more information and discount tickets (while supplies last) via Goldstar.

3. 626 Night Market

The 626 Night Market lays claim to being the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States with over 200 food and craft vendors participating in each event on average every year, and this weekend (September 4-6) will be the final weekend of the summer for the market at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission is $5. Parking is $7.

4. Tumblr Presents FIDLAR A Tumblr IRL

In celebration of the band FIDLAR and their album release they will participate in a Tumblr IRL taking place at The Well in Downtown Los Angeles this Friday at 7:00pm. The free all-ages event will feature visual art by the band’s longtime collaborator Ryan Baxley as well as Zoe Zag, who illustrated the band’s album artwork, and Alice Baxley. There will also be video projections, screen-printing, various on-site activations, and a very special surprise sure to please hometown FIDLAR fans. The event is open to the public with an RSVP!

5. LA County Fair

Few events combine live music, art, agricultural attractions, farm exhibits, and more fried food than your arteries can handle, but it’s all part of the LA County Fair, starting this Friday, September 4 and running until September 27.

6. Cinecon Classic Film Festival

The 51st Cinecon Classical Film Festival brings to life restored films as well as plenty of shopping for movie memorabilia from seasoned dealers who have been collecting from all over the world. The festival will take place at Grauman’s Egyptian in Hollywood from September 3-7.

7. Contemplative Art Viewing At The Hammer

Enjoy a one-hour lead tour and experience art works in the museum’s permanent collection. The session takes place in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and is designed to deepen guests exploration on art. This session is free to the public!

8. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. Grab discount tickets via Goldstar.

9. Moonlight Hike

Experience the Canyon after the sun goes down! Take in the breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley as the moon rises over trees, listen for owls, and take in the beauty of the canyon trails after sunset. Hikers have a choice of three energy levels: short/youth, medium hike or a long hike. They run 45 to 60 minute long. Howling at the moon is strongly encouraged! The hikes are free for TreePeople members and up to three guests. Nonmembers pay $5 per hiker.

10. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show

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The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar (prices starting at $6.50)

11. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting

All summer long the Barnsdall Art Park held a sold out weekly fundraiser to benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests enjoyed fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly restored architectural gem, Hollyhock House. This Friday is the last night of this wonderful series! Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese.

12. 11th Annual Art Deco Festival Returns to the Queen Mary

The 11th Annual Art Deco Festival, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, returns to the Queen Mary September 4 to 7. The festival brings the 1920s through 1940s into the 21st century with elaborate parties, musical entertainment, vintage dress experiences, food and beverage tastings, Queen Mary Art Deco example tours, lectures and more. More information and discounted tickets can be found via Goldstar.

13. Nasty Gal Labor Day Sale

Now through Monday, shoppers will score an additional 30% off sale items at Nasty Gal’s stores on Melrose and in Santa Monica. If you can’t stop in the sale is also happening online too.

14. First Fridays

It’s the first Friday of the month so that means there must be some unique celebrations and street festivities in Bixby Knolls, Venice Beach and Pasadena!

Saturday September 5th, 2015

15. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial At The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl will bring to life Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Spend Labor Day weekend under the stars with this family-friendly flick. The film will be screened in HD while the L.A. Philharmonic provides a live accompaniment.

16. Street Food Cinema: 10 Things I Hate About You 

Good movies, amazing venues, up and coming local bands and tasty food trucks. What more could you ask for? This weekend Street Food Cinema screens 10 Things I Hate About You at Glendale Central Park. Event opens at 5:30pm and movie starts at 8:30pm. In addition there are two other screenings taking place that night,The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Elysian Park and True Romance at Poinsettia Recreation Park.

17. Flypoet Summer Classic

The Flypoet Summer Classic is a highly curated, annual all-star lineup of spoken word performers bringing the best they have to offer to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 5:00pm and a pre-Show Party features cocktails, food and live entertainment.

18. Umbrella Experience

TiRon & Ayomari’s Umbrella Experience is a charity concert happening at the S. Mark Taper Amphitheater on Saturday from 6:00pm – 10:00p.m. Save the Drop LA will team up with the duo, for the charity showcase with a portion of performance proceeds going to water conservation in Los Angeles. TIRON & AYOMARI ’s performance will feature a live 7-piece band, in addition to live music, the Experience will also include DJ set’s by J*Davey & DJ Mathieu Schreyer (KCRW), a open bar, food, live art, water conservation education, photo booths and other fun activities.

19. Pacific Media Expo

Discover the newest anime from Japan, coolest bands from the Pacific Rim, latest Harajuku fashion and some very disturbing horror films at the Pacific Media Expo created by the founder of the Anime Expo. More information and discount tickets can be found via Goldstar.

20. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York made its L.A. debut last week. For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the roof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. This Saturday they will screen Back to the Future!

21. Fiesta Hermosa

The annual South Bay ritual known as Fiesta Hermosa will bring over 300 over 300 artists, crafters, painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, and sculptors to downtown Hermosa Beach over Labor Day weekend (September 5-7) in a celebration to mark the end of summer that includes live music and a food court with more than a dozen vendors to choose from.

22. Eat|See|Hear Screening Of Fight Club

The Eat|See|Hear Summer Movie Series (winner of L.A. Magazines Best Outdoor Movie Series), is in full effect! This weekend they will be screening Fight Club at The Autry in Griffith Park. Free parking, a huge lawn and awesome food trucks and live music round out your night. Bring your dog they even give doggy biscuits at the door! Discount tickets are available via Goldstar.

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23. Buskerfest

Closing out this ongoing summer concert series, local and regional bands will perform on four “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal plugged-in equipment. The Long Beach concert series serves as a launch pad for local musicians like LBC’s very own Cold War Kids and other bands. This friendly competition draws crowds who cheer for their favorite acts and dance in the streets. The Buskerfest lineup includes Bloody Death Skull, Rosie Harlow & the Tall Tale Boys, Full Tilt Trio, Tall Walls,and more

24. devour Magazine Presents: Into The Dark: A New Age Market

deVour magazine will host Into The Dark: A New Age Market, a sprawling Gypsy Bazaar with spectacles including a runway show, live musical acts, body painting, fire dancing, and even a fortune teller. Featuring artists such as Tea Cake, Callowlily, Carissa Louise Martin, Vincent Gabriel, Valentine Anger, plus a special appearance by famous plus-size model Tess Holliday. All happening at ArtShareLA. The entire experience will be documented in deVour’s next issue!

25. Queen Mary Shoreline Jam

The Queen Mary presents its annual Shoreline Jam music festival featuring food, lawn games, two music stages and vendors. The headliners for this jam fest will be Matisyahu and The Green. Happening from September 5-6 discounted tickets and information can be found via Goldstar.

26. Abbot Kinney Marketplace

The Abbot Kinney Marketplace is a weekly free outdoor marketplace located on the front athletic field of Westminster Elementary. The marketplace which is organized by a family of artistic individuals, was put together so that artist, designers, craftsmen, and more can come together and have a platform to sell their pieces. They also have food trucks and different dj’s who participate weekly. A percentage of the proceeds go to funding school art and after school programs.

27. Grab A Partner And Compete In The Amazing Santa Monica Race

Part sightseeing, part scavenger hunt and 100% team work! This race will have you and your partner exploring Santa Monica Beach and the Venice Boardwalk searching for clues to solve the ultimate puzzle. Grab your discounted tickets via Goldstar.

28. GLAZE FIRE Grand Opening

Los Angeles’ newest destination for arts and crafts-based entertainment is sure to become a neighborhood favorite when it opens its doors this Saturday. GLAZE FIRE is a paint-your-own pottery studio located right next to Alcove on Hillhurst. To get the party started the business will be offering free supplies during opening weekend (a $10 value per painter) Simply purchase a pot to paint on and get creative!  In addition to pottery painting, festivities will include music, face painting and balloons. The special will run through Monday.

Sunday September 6th, 2015

29. Cruel Summer Pool Party Series

Summer is coming to an end , play it cool at Cruel Summer. The pool party returns this Sunday at The Standard Hollywood from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. DJ sets provided by ladypills, Julien Roussel and Tompthy Nordwind & Dan Konopka. RSVP over at cruelsummerLA.com

30. Picture This! At Satellite

LA’s only live animated comedy show is going down at the Satellite. Comedians include Emo Phillips, The Walsh Bors, Randy Liedike and more. Animation by Mike Mayfield and more with a super secret guest animator making an appearance! This event is 21 and over. Tickets are $8 a pop.

31. White Party At Wokcano

To celebrate Labor Day Wokcano is having a white party from 8:00pm – 2:00am this Sunday. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres will be passed and music will be provided by DJ Ivory and DJ Frankie. White attire is suggested! RSVP on eventbrite.

32. Sixty Sundays

Sixty Beverly Hills is throwing a day party and night film screening. On Sunday at 2:00pm the DJ will spin some tunes for sunbathers getting a tan or hanging in the cabanas. In the evening at 8:00pm, the party turns into a poolside movie screening.

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33. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  Screening At The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

See a movie outdoors and under the stars at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery as part of the Cinespia outdoor movie screening series. This Sunday the series will screen the cult classic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

34. Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along At The El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along through September 16. Each screening will be accompanied by Elsa, live on stage, snow inside the theatre, and after the movie, Olaf live on stage and a screening of Disney’s “Frozen Fever.” Discount tickets are available while they last via Goldstar.

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35. Wavey Pool Party

Local fashion brand the Well and Steve Aoki’s music label Dim Mak is having a party! The casbah chic pool deck at the Hotel Figueroa is the place to be for fashion trendsetters and music mavens. Grab some food at their taco bar, down some $5 PBRs and take a dip in the heated pool.

36. FREE Fosselman’s Soft Serve Cones At Dog Haus

In collaboration with Alhambra’s most famous ice cream shop Fosselman’s, Dog Haus will be offering free soft serve cones at all of their locations on Labor Day, September 7.

37. Bid Summer Adieu With Chef Kris Morningstar At Terrine

Labor Day, Monday, September 7th California brasserie Terrine will host an all-day BBQ on the restaurant’s idyllic patio from 11:30am to 11:00pm. Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar, will host its second all-you-can-eat BBQ featuring traditional, American-favorite fare prepared with Terrine’s French-California twist. Prepare for a feast standouts include Pickle Brine Fried Chicken, Swordfish Brochettes, Crispy Potato and Hatch Chile Tacos and Frito Pie with Texas chili and cheese. The all you can eat BBQ cost a modest $35.


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