The proverbial end of summer is simply the beginning to another glorious weekend of outdoor family fun in Southern California. Labor Day events in Orange County are as numerous and diverse as the cities in which you may find and enjoy them. Celebrate an annual fair, run with cartoon characters, relax in the park or embark upon a charitable cause with and for your children.
Orange International Street Fair
Orange Circle & Plaza Center
112 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Through Sept. 1
Hosted within historic and charming Old Town Orange, the Orange International Street Fair is a longstanding celebration of food, culture and community. Arts, crafts, live music, specialty entertainment and events for the kids and dozens of food and beverage vendors line the downtown streets. Admission is free as booths are organized and maintained by local non-profit groups. Enjoy clean, safe, family-friendly Labor Day festivities while contributing to the community and worthwhile causes.
Disneyland Half Marathon
1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92123
Through Sept. 1
You needn’t have a runner in the family to delight in the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend. Once you witness the spectacular event, it may just become your Labor Day family tradition. Three days, four races, a massive runner’s expo and pasta party invite joggers, walkers, volunteers, visitors and spectators to share in a Disney-themed celebration of fun, fitness and community. Watch the all-age races in and around the Disneyland Resort, and meet your favorite Disney characters. Enjoy live performances on the surrounding streets of Anaheim and cheer on your friends and neighbors. Proceeds benefit local charities.
Huntington Beach Concerts In The Park
Huntington Beach Central Park
1711 Talbert Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Through Sept. 1
This free concert series is a delight for the entire family, and yes, that does include the Labor Day big band, swing era extravaganza. Treat the family to a delightful Labor Day at the beach, then walk on up to Central Park to dance the night away. Ideal for picnicking, bring your blankets and chairs or spend the night on the dance floor. Free dance lessons will be provided before the Mike Henebry Orchestra performance, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
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5th Annual OCLF Labor Day Celebration
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Labor Day is a national holiday, but do you know why? Come to the Santa Ana Zoo on Labor Day weekend for an examination and celebration of the initiative and efforts of the American worker. How is this event not going to bore the work ethic out of your children? Well, it’s at the zoo, and includes free admission. Find food, games, jumpers, live entertainment, face painting and colobus monkeys.
Festival Of Children
Macy’s South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St., Suite 1000
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Extend your Labor Day festivities and treat the kids to an outstandingly positive community- and life-building experience. Every weekend in September, following Labor Day, the Festival of Children Foundation invites families to participate in and enjoy over one hundred activities, performances and workshops. Amid the sights, sounds and celebrity appearances, learn about the 75 participating children’s charities and how your family can get involved. Food, crafts and a back-to-school fashion show accompany this important event.
Christopher Schmidt is a freelance writer experiencing and espousing the glory that is Orange County. Driven to travel, drawn to sports, spirits and celebrity, Chris’ work can be found on