Best Memorial Day Celebrations In Los Angeles

May 19, 2016 6:00 AM

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Memorial Day not only commemorates United States military personnel who have sacrificed for this country, but the holiday is also a heady time for Angelenos looking to celebrate both the past and the future. A lot happens in the City of Angels on Memorial Day, so we’ve put together a list of the best ways to herald this special day.


Fiesta Hermosa
Hermosa Chamber of Commerce
1007 Hermosa Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 376-0951
Dates: May 28 – 30, 2016 from 10am to 6pm

Memorial Day weekend in Hermosa Beach means the chance to savor Fiesta Hermosa. This three-day festival has been around since 1972, growing into what the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce says is “the largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California.” Along with works by painters, photographers, ceramicists and all other mediums, this outdoor gathering is big on music. Two stages offer tribute bands covering all kinds of top tunes, from rock and roll to country to zydeco and then some. For the little ones, a kiddie carnival providing a petting zoo with pony rides and a rock climbing wall will be all the rage.

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(credit: Amanda S./Yelp)

Topanga Days County Fair
1440 North Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
(310) 455-1980
Dates: May 28, 29 & 30, 2016

The 43rd Annual Topanga Days event will feature 3 days of great fun. With more than 30 bands rocking two stages, plenty of terrific food vendors offering food such as BBQ, pizza and vegan selections as well as a number of prize-winning games for competition lovers, the event will be one you won’t want to miss. Held from 10am to 7pm each day, there will be more to enjoy such as a kids zone, healing arts, fine arts and crafts, activities, contests and a Memorial Day parade as well.

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(credit: Valley Greek Festival)

Valley Greek Festival
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
9501 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 886-4040
Dates: May 28, 29 & 30, 2016

Do delectable dolmathes and freshly constructed gyros suit your palate? How about homemade moussaka and juicy souvlaki? These and other Greek delicacies are served up during the 43rd Annual Valley Greek Festival fundraiser held on Memorial Day weekend, from 12pm to 10pm. The Mediterranean delights are only part of the party, which includes the chance to survey the goods available via a number of vendors hawking everything Greek, from music to pottery to jewelry and more. Folk dances from the old country are also a big treat, as is the chance to tour St. Nicholas Church. Admission is just $3 and they offer free parking. Opa!

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(credit: iStockphoto)

Memorial Day Parade 2016
Several Locations
Date: May 25th, 2016

For those who love a parade on Memorial Day, the festivities in in Chatsworth, Canoga Park and surrounding areas will be a big hit. Now in its 27th year, the event begins in Chatsworth at the Valley Relics Museum a on May 25, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm, and is followed up on May 27th from 9am to 10am for a ceremony. On May 30th, enjoy a Memorial Day celebration at Sherman Way and Remmet Avenue, and also at Owensmouth Ave.

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