The signs of summer have popped up here and there over the last few weeks, but it is the arrival of Memorial Day weekend that signals the season is officially here. If you plan to spend the holiday in town, do not miss out on a few of the city’s celebrations. From parades to yacht parties, there is definitely something for everybody.
May 25 through 27
1440 North Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
The 40th Annual Topanga Days event is here. Between Saturday and Monday, there will be more than 30 bands rocking two stages, 11 food vendors including barbecue, pizza and vegan selections and a number of prize-winning games for competition lovers. Monday the 27th will kick off with a parade that begins at 9 a.m. General admittance is $20, although children ages 6-12 and seniors over 65 are just $10 and children under 5 are free. Members of Military and Topanga Community Club are $15. Purchase tickets online.
May 26 and 27
27th Annual JazzReggae Festival
UCLA Intramural Field
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Get your groove on at the 27th annual JazzReggae Festival, featuring artists such as Common, Jhene Aiko, Mr. Vegas and, of course, Ziggy Marley. The picnic-style event will be held on UCLA’s Intramural Field. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the festival will include a variety of food vendors representing a diverse range of cuisines, like Jamaican, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole and more. General admission tickets are $30, a two-day pass is $50 and a deluxe pass is $65. Children under 8 are free.
Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
Sherman Way and De Soto Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Canoga Park celebrates Memorial Day on Monday with a full day’s worth of activities. The morning starts with a 5K run/walk, followed by the parade and festival. The parade begins at 11 a.m. beginning at the corner of Sherman Way and Owensmouth Avenue. The parade’s honorary theme is “Saluting the Price of Freedom.” The day will finish off with a car show in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, where there will also be food and entertainment.
10th Annual Memorial Day Yacht Party
Fantasea One Mega-Yacht
13509 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
When is the last time you spent your Memorial Day on a yacht? Pacq Productions invites you out on the water for an afternoon of dancing, barbecue, karaoke, live bands and games. Cabanas and bottle service will also be available on the sun deck level. Just make sure you arrive on time, or you may miss departure. Check-in begins at 2 p.m., and boarding starts at 3 p.m. The boat leaves the dock at 4 p.m. sharp for four hours of sailing. Tickets are $40, which includes free food with your entry. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and attend this event.
Cinefamily 5 Minutes Game
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cinefamily offers nothing but movie fun on Monday the 27th. The interesting twist is that you can choose the final film viewing. The first five minutes of 15 movies will be shown to the crowd. After a vote, you will decide which film is played in its entirety. From 5 to 6:30 p.m.,
the first five minutes game begins. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., voting and barbecue will take place on the patio, followed by the viewing. Bring your favorite foods to contribute to the grill party. Tickets are $12 or free for members and can be purchased online.