(credit: LA County Fair)
The summer’s almost over but not until Labor Day weekend sings with all kinds of fun activities experienced during this last weekend leading into fall. From music, film and food festivals to the beginning of the Los Angeles County Fair and more, this fun-loving holiday is about to come calling. The following are several events that will cause your Labor Day weekend to be special.
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Los Angeles County Fair
Los Angeles County Fair Grounds
1011 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Dates: September 2, 2016 – September 26, 2016
Nothing says Labor Day weekend more than the opening of the Los Angeles County Fair, an annual event now in its 94th year. From its beginnings in 1922 as an agricultural fair, a lot has changed, but the event is still very farm-friendly. This year, sing and dance to great acts from the likes of Bad Company, The Isley Brothers & The O’Jays, WAR, Tierra & Malo, Blondie, Iggy Azalea, Gabriel Iglesias, Billy Currington with special guest LeAnn Rimes, Chicago and many others. A myriad of attractions, stage entertainment, rides, competitions and more will also be on hand, including livestock contests, wine tastings, acrobatics, exhibitions, and much more. Of highlight is always the food each year. And, this year will be no different. The best way to describe the incredible tasting food is deep fried, on a stick, barbecued, and dipped in chocolate!
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Downtown Hermosa Beach
On Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and Lower Pier Avenue
Dates: September 3, 2016 – September 5, 2016
Since 1972, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce has produced Fiesta Hermosa every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. And, this year will be no different. Taking place over 3 days, from September 3 through September 5th, this event offers something for everyone. Described as the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California,” over 300 artists and crafters will be on hand, including painters, ceramicists, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, and more. Located in downtown Hermosa Beach with the ocean as a backdrop, visitors will flock to this event that is much more than just an art fair. With terrific musical acts from tribute bands performing the classic rock tunes of bands such as Santana, Bob Seger, The Who, U2 and Van Halen to other acts, it’s not to be missed. Hungry? No problem! Fairgoers have raved about the food here for years. This year, take part in 18 different types of ethnic food options. From roasted corn to Thai, Greek, and Mexican food, to tri-tip sandwiches and barbecued sausages. Other popular options include guacamole, shaved ice, and crepes just to name a few. Have a sweet tooth? Fiesta Hermosa will offer plenty of options, including cotton candy, caramel apples, fresh squeezed lemonade, and funnel cakes. There will also be a kiddie carnival with a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, a rock climbing wall and a fun bungee jump for kids aged 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters and more will also keep kids very entertained!
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Date: September 3, 2016
For years, the Art Deco Festival has been the go-to event for the Queen Mary’s celebration of Labor Day. But, this year, the Art Deco Festival has moved to August, and the Queen Mary is bringing the brand new Wet Carnival event to fans. Featuring live music, DJ’s, and dancing on the water, the Wet Carnival is sure to be a blast. Make sure to check the website for ticket and hotel packages.
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Cinecon Classic Film Festival
The Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Date: September 1 to September 5, 2016
Classic films brought back to life through careful restoration often bring out the nostalgia in a lot of us. So does Labor Day, so why not combine the two and take in the Cinecon Classical Film Festival, a time for screening the oldies, some of which are silent and therefore serenaded with a live piano accompaniment? This year’s offerings are extra special as 2016 marks the 52nd time this event has taken place in the middle of Hollywood. Beyond movie watching, other activities–like the chance to purchase prized movie memorabilia from dealers who have been collecting from all over the world–take place on the same dates at the nearby Lowes Hollywood Hotel at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
626 Night Market
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
Date: September 2, 2016 – September 4, 2016
Now in its 5th season with a 3-day flagship event at Santa Anita Park, 626 Night Market is the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States. Featuring over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities, it appeals to all ages and aims to unite and empower the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local businesses, talents and artists. If you love Asian food, this event is perfect for you. So, make sure to come hungry, and be ready to be entertained, as live music, artists, films, games and more will also be on hand.