When it comes to ideal destinations for the last bit of summer fun, Los Angeles is a great place to visit over Labor Day weekend, offering plenty to do for people of all ages. From Fleet Week and the Los Angeles Country Fair to music, food, art, and film festivals, you can send off the summer in style all over the Valley this year.
Friday, August 31
Wine tasting: Barnsdall Park’s Friday night wine tastings are a summer tradition. It’s a 21-and-over event on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House which comes with a gorgeous 360-degree view.. Attendees usually bring picnic supplies, and Silverlake Wine provides the selections for $35. A portion of sales go towards Barnsdall’s art programs and renovations.
Where: Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Details: $35 for the wine tasting, $50 for the wine tasting plus tour. Buy tickets on Eventbrite before they sell out.
The Music Center’s Dance Dtla – Grand Park
A summer favorite now in its 14th year, The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is an evening of dance under the stars on most Friday nights. Hosted entirely at Grand Park, the series features Dance Downtown every other Friday night, where participants can learn new dance moves from a different dance genre at each event. Held on alternating Friday nights from 9pm to midnight, DJ Nights are curated by influential artists and tastemakers who give voice to L.A.’s dynamic and vibrant culture through music, dancing, arts and aesthetics. Curated by Nosaj Thing, this year’s final DJ Nights invites you to dance the night away on Friday. See more here.
Outdoor Cinema (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2018)
Movie fans can enjoy outdoor movies across L.A. throughout Labor Day Weekend. Rooftop Cinema Club offers two locations: LEVEL in Downtown L.A. is screening “Grease: 40th Anniversary” on Friday, Aug. 31 and “Avengers: Infinity War” on Saturday, Sept. 1; Rooftop Cinema’s new Hollywood venue, Neuehouse is screening “The Greatest Showman” and “A Quiet Place” on Aug. 31; “Isle of Dogs” and “Moonrise Kingdom” on Sept. 1; “Kill Bill Vol. 1” and “L.A. Confidential” on Sunday, Sept. 2; and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Anchorman” on Monday, Sept. 3.
Other screenings: Street Food Cinema – “The Wizard of Oz” at Griffith Park and “The Wedding Singer” at Will Rogers State Park (Sept. 2); Eat|See|Hear – “Selena” at The Autry (Sept. 1); Cinespia – “Beverly Hills Cop” (Sept. 1) and “Now and Then” (Sept. 2) at Hollywood Forever; and Melrose Rooftop Theatre – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Sept. 2) and “Black Panther” (Sept. 3). See more information here.
La Fleet Week – Port Of Los Angeles (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2018)
Now in its third year, LA Fleet Week® is a multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over Labor Day Weekend. Free to the public, the event features public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kids’ STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a 100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival, the 10th Annual Conquer the Bridge, LA Fleet Week 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary competition between Sailor, Marine & Coast Guard teams. For the complete schedule, visit the LA Fleet Week website.
John Williams: Maestro Of The Movies 40th Anniversary – Hollywood Bowl (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2018)
Continuing a beloved L.A. concert tradition, Academy Award-winning composer John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Bowl debut and conduct many of his greatest moments of cinematic music magic. A selection of clips will be shown on the big screen. See more here.
Cinecon 54 – Egyptian Theatre & Loews Hollywood (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2018)
For more than half a century, cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Taking place Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, Cinecon 54 welcomes archivists, authors, collectors and film fans to enjoy five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the famed movie memorabilia show. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. See more here.
Saturday, September 1
Made In La – Golden Road Brewing (Sept. 1-2, 2018)
Now in its second year, Made in LA is a Labor Day Weekend festival that celebrates the best of Los Angeles arts and culture. Taking place Sept. 1-2 at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village, Made in LA features headliners Saint Motel along with performances by Dorothy, Andre Power, DâM-FunK, J Rocc, DUCKWRTH and more. The festival also features food trucks, art installations and vendors, and of course, plenty of Golden Road beer. Proceeds benefit ArtShareLA, a DTLA nonprofit organization that helps artists – especially emerging talent – to access the resources they need.
“Carmen” – Ford Theatres: Founded in July 2011, Pacific Opera Project (POP) brings accessible, affordable and entertaining opera to audiences across Los Angeles. On Saturday, Sept. 1, POP will present a fully staged outdoor production of Georges Bizet’s operatic masterpiece, Carmen at Ford Theatres. Sung in French with English supertitles. See more here.
Food Tasting: Sweet Rose Creamery at the Brentwood Country Mart Shop hosted Morning Pie Pop-Ups every Saturday and Sunday throughout August, and is now extended through Labor Day weekend. Visit between 8 a.m. to noon on September 1 or 2, and try one of chef Shiho Yshikawa’s pies, which vary from egg, spinach and cheese, to a farmers’ market fruit galette.
Where: Sweet Rose Creamery, 225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA
Details: Prices range from $5 to $6.50
Sunday, September 2
What: When The Highlight Room took over the rooftop and poolside at the mod hotel, it assumed some of LA’s best 360 degree views. This Sunday, there’s a Labor Day Backyard BBQ. For $25, start by selecting two of the following: barbecue ribs, barbecue rubbed chicken, or barbecue pulled pork. Vegan Impossible Burgers are available as well, and all comes with mac and cheese and jalapeño cornbread.
Where: 6417 Selma Avenue, Hollywood, CA
Details: $25, drinks are extra
Arts District Brewing Company
What: The Arts District Brewing Company’s second annual luau and pig roast takes place on Sunday. And just like last year, they want to feed Angelenos for free. The doors open at noon, and food is served at 3 p.m. Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts are not mandatory, but suggested.
Where: 828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Details: Free, food is served at 3 p.m.
Monday, September 3rd
Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to experience Jurassic Park® – The Ride before it goes extinct on Monday, Sept. 3! The ride is making way for an all-new Jurassic World attraction that’s opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019. Originally opened in June 1996, the thrilling river raft adventure is based on Jurassic Park, the blockbuster 1993 Steven Spielberg movie and 1990 novel by Michael Crichton. After encountering dinosaurs in their natural habitat, guests escape a life-sized T-rex when their raft plunges to safety – at the time, the 84-foot drop was the largest theme park water descent ever built. See more here.
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