Best Labor Day 2016 Events In Orange County

August 14, 2016 5:00 AM

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This Labor Day, there are a number of events to help you enjoy the last moments of summer before it’s back to work. From street fairs with great food and music to art exhibits and more, Orange County is ringing in the end of summer in style!
Orange International Street Fair (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Orange International Street Fair (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Orange International Street Fair
Old Towne Orange
Plaza Square Park
Glassell St. and Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-4816
Date: September 2 – September 4, 2016

Each year during Labor Day weekend, the Orange International Street Fair converges over Old Towne Orange, turning the popular space into a world marketplace. Various sections are broken off into different “streets” representing a multitude of countries across the globe. Each country offers its native cuisine for onlookers and shoppers to peruse. It’s a great way to fill your worldy taste buds while enjoying live music with the family. Proceeds from the event will go to charity. This year, there will be 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths, a handmade arts and crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts, community booth sections showcasing non-profits and the causes they support, a street dedicated to kids with games and crafts, as well as 8 stages of entertainment with local bands playing ethnic music! For a full schedule, visit The Entertainment Schedule.

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(credit: Tim Moore)

34th Annual Great Labor Day Cruise
OC Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 562-8752
Date: September 2 – September 4, 2016

Hosted by the Orange County Chapter of The Christian Rods and Customs, The Great Labor Day Cruise is a car show that features a non-stop cruise around a 1.25-mile cruise route and the inclusion of thousands of vintage autos, classics and street rods. The family event, now in its 34th year, will include a model car contest, wild wagons display and over 100 vendors for both automobile-related and personal-related items. Tickets can be purchased online. The event attracts well over 1000 pre 1978 vintage autos, classics and street rods, but this Labor Day weekend event is not just a car show, it’s a true family event.

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(credit: Robert Young/shutterstock)

Huntington Beach Civil War Days
18000 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 536-5486
Dates: September 3rd & 4th, 2016

You wouldn’t think Huntington Beach would be a place to reenactment the Civil War, right. After all, Huntington Beach never saw any of the action of the battles. But, this year marks the 23rd year the city has hosted Civil War Days. This is a great event for giving the kids a lesson history that is at least more memorable than what they’ll get in school because they can see something more than words on a page. This event features not only battle reenactments, but also a recitation of The Gettysburg Address.

Get involved with the Disneyland half marathon. (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Run the Disneyland half-marathon. (credit: Christopher Schmidt)

Disneyland Half Marathon
Disneyland Resort
1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92123
(714) 781-4000
Dates: September 2, 3 & 4 2016

You don’t need to be a runner to delight in the Disneyland’s Marathons on Labor Day weekend. Once you witness these spectacular event, it may just become your Labor Day family tradition. Starting with the Disneyland 5k on September 2, runners will run a course through Disneyland Resort, and there will be Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course. Next, the Disneyland 10k will be on September 3rd and will featured a timed 10k race through the Disneyland Resort and through the City of Anaheim. Follow that up by a half marathon on September 4th for a 13.1 mile course through Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim.



Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3030
Date: Now Through August 28, 2016

Drawing more than 200,000 people each year, The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach is Orange County’s answer to an art festival. Browse through aisles and aisles of locally created art which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and art glass. Guests will also get to take part in demonstrations like glass-blowing. Labor Day weekend isn’t the only time you can visit the Sawdust Festival, but it is the last weekend for it during the year. Visit Sawdust Festival for tickets.

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