(Credit: LA Times)

(Credit: LA Times)

While the routine of fall has already started for most, Labor Day Weekend marks the bookend of the summer. The changing of the seasons gives everyone a great reason to party a bit harder over the three-day weekend. If you were looking to avoid the standard backyard BBQ and maybe spice things up a bit, you are lucky you live in LA. There is always plenty happening and this weekend, even more so. Here is a look at your weekend.

Friday, September 2
(credit: LA County Fair)

(credit: LA County Fair)

Opening Weekend of The LA County Fair
Pomona Fairplex
1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 623-3111

As synonymous with Labor Day weekend as hot dogs on the grill and beers in the backyard, the L.A. County Fair opens for business to celebrate the end of summer in grand fashion. In addition to the games, rides, and all the food you handle in an afternoon, the fair has new features like the National Parks Museum and even a ice rink called the Igloo. You read that right – you can ice skate on Labor Day Weekend at the LA County Fair. Of course the Fair will feature headlining concerts throughout the season and daily entertainment ranging from cultural dancers to the high drama hi-jinks of the traveling circus performers on site. If you haven’t hit the fair this summer, now is your chance. If you have, here is your chance to score some seconds on that funnel cake. And some other great and unique bites, too.

Related: Guide To The L.A. County Fair

Saturday, September 3
(Credit: Veronica Lainey)

(Credit: Veronica Lainey)

WET Carnival
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

Naturally, with Labor Day Weekend working as summer’s last hurrah, plenty of people are making the trek to Las Vegas to rage poolside. However, if you are looking to stay local, the Queen Mary is hosting WET Carnival to ensure you get dance your cares away in a bathing suit. Featuring headlining performances from the likes of B.o.B. Tyga, and Lil Jon, there will be water slides, private cabanas, and even a foam dance floor. As for ambiance, there is no place like the Queen and although she is used to holding court over more formal events, this is an especially cool change of pace that is destined to be a memorable summer finale.

(Credit: International Print Museum)

(Credit: International Print Museum)

International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd.
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 515-7166

Los Angeles is replete with museums, but just south of the downtown hub is a location dedicated to history of one our most important tools of communication. The International Printing Museum is considered a national authority of historic graphic art technology and has one of the most comprehensive collections of antique printing presses in the country. Featuring functional printing machines that are hundreds of years old, the museum also features a complete replica of the Gutenberg Press, widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of technology in recorded history. The museum has continued to preserve the history and appreciation for print since it opened in 1988 and even consults for Hollywood productions. This is a unique gem in Southern California and well worth the ride.

Sunday, September 4
(credit: MILA Zed/shutterstock)

(credit: MILA Zed/shutterstock)

Take A Stroll Through The Reopened Runyon Canyon
2001 N Fuller Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Arguably L.A.’s most popular hiking destination, Runyon Canyon fell at the mercy of an aging water main which forced its closure for four months. During that time, there was talk of making some additions to the location, including a branded basketball court, which was met with sharp disapproval from those that frequent the trail. Improvements include brand new water fountains to keep those working out hydrated. Also, hikers will find that their trail has been paved, which has been met with some mixed reviews. What still remains intact is unparalleled views of the city the Canyon offers. After working up a sweat and speeding up the heart rate, the reward is to perch, rehydrate and soak in the totality of one of the best cities in the world. Get your cameraphone ready.

(Credit: LA Times)

(Credit: LA Times)

The Taste
Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

For three days, the backlot at Paramount Studios will be devoted showcasing some of the best gourmet dining from an impressive roster of respected culinary craftsmen. Co-hosted by co-hosted by revered culinary and bar personalities, Michael Cimarusti, Ray Garcia, Michael Lay, Mary Sue Milliken, and Kris Yenbamroong, each day is loaded with demos, discussions, and unlimited tasting and pours. Sunday in particular, the event closes out with an ode to the timeless summer cookout. Names like Duff Goldman will be pushing their finest creations to celebrate Labor Day with a proper bite to eat Celebating the diversity of Southern California’s culinary identity, you won’t be able to eat everything, but it won’t stop you from trying.

Article by Ramon Gonzales.