Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Make sure your summer goes out with bang this year – spend Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles and you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

From entertaining special events to exciting outdoor activities, you’ll have your fill of great things to choose from this weekend. So as you’re making your holiday weekend plans, consider one or more of our ideas!

And of course, as you explore L.A.’s end of summer offerings, don’t forget to save on admission to all your favorite attractions with the all-inclusive Go Los Angeles® Card. Or, customize your own pass and save a guaranteed 15-20%.

Special Events

Knott’s Berry Farm Labor Day Fireworks

September 6, 2015
Knott’s Berry Farm


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Spend an evening at everyone’s favorite local theme park while enjoying the Knott’s Berry Farm Labor Day Fireworks spectacular. Held on the Sunday before Labor Day at 10:00 pm, these fireworks are just the tip of the iceberg.

You’ll also be able to enjoy tons of music and special summer events that conclude this weekend, from salsa performances to Charlie Brown theatrical productions.

There’s live entertainment everywhere you turn.  The Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 – Sept. 7, is the last time guest can enjoy the following line-up of can’t miss shows and entertainment:

  • Salsa Bands, nothing says a fiesta like a dance party created by some of Orange County’s most popular salsa bands
  • Back by popular demand, The Big Fat Steve Band – The Kings of Kool is a fun, exciting dance band with a swingin’ beat. Enjoy the live musicality of rockabilly, swing and classic sounds. The only thing missing are your dance moves.
  • Camp-goers will love Charlie Brown’s Happy Campers performed in the newly renovated Camp Snoopy Theatre. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, their friend JT, and the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy, will take the stage in a show that’s sure to make an outdoorsman out of anybody!
  • Calico Saloon Cancan Show, because what’s a Saloon without a show? Don’t miss this revered show for some good old’ fashioned barroom fun
  • Ghost Town is alive with townsfolk who will put you smack dab in the middle of the Wild West. New residents have put down stakes recently… Clem Culpepper, the ever hopeful gold miner, Ma & Pa Shine, our resident moonshiners & Nathan Quickly, the Pony Express Agent, and the rest of the Calico Townsfolk.

L.A. Wine & Food Festival

August 27 – 30, 2015
Various locations

Image credit: Food & Wine Festival

Image credit: Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy four days of wine tasting, food sampling, live music and more at the fifth annual L.A. Wine & Food Festival.

Special events like demonstrations and seminars are located throughout town, with other occurrences like lunches and performances at still more venues. Consult the festival website for further details and to purchase tickets.

626 Night Market

September 4 – 6, 2015
Santa Anita Park

Image credit: 626Nightmarket

Image credit: 626Nightmarket

This is another perfect event for the foodies, especially those who love to explore the marvels of global Asian cuisine. Enjoy a late-night festival celebrating all Asian food, drink, music, film, art, and so much more.

While kids may enjoy some of the event, it’s definitely intended for adults – it’s doesn’t end until 1 am, in true L.A. fashion!

L.A. County Fair

September 4 – 27, 2015
1101 W. McKinley Avenue

Image credit: L.A. County Fair

Image credit: L.A. County Fair

Making its debut on Labor Day Weekend, the popular L.A. County Fair has a little bit of something for everyone. Like most county fairs, it was originally designed as an agricultural festival; things like livestock beauty contests and fresh local produce attest to that heritage.

But you’ll also find fun modern events like dance performances, wine tastings, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and more.

The Taste

September 4 – 6, 2015
5555 Melrose Avenue

Image credit: JS2 Communications

Image credit: JS2 Communications

Yet another food-centric event, the Taste is a great Hollywood attraction for just about everyone.

Enjoy food and beer samples, cooking demonstrations, mixologist demonstrations, wine tastings, and even special competitions. Remember to come with an empty stomach!

Art Deco Festival

September 4 – 7, 2015
Queen Mary

Image credit: Queen Mary

Image credit: Queen Mary

Hosted by the area’s famous haunted ship, the 11th annual Art Deco Festival is a marvel for art lovers everywhere.

Enjoy the sumptuous and intricate art deco interiors of the historic Queen Mary and learn all about the vessel’s storied past.

There will also be dancing, dining, and many more historically-themed events to get you in the atmosphere of this bygone era.

Cinecon Classic Film Festival

September 3 – 7, 2015
Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre

Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre

Held in one of Hollywood’s most historic theaters, this classic film festival in the middle of Hollywood is a favorite among cinephiles.

If you just can’t get enough of old black and white films, this is the event for you.

Things to do with Kids

Theme Parks

Pacific Park on Santa Monica PierHelp the kids burn off some energy by taking them to enjoy a classic theme park or adventure park. There are tons of them in the area, from the historic local Knott’s Berry Farm to the iconic Universal Studios Hollywood to the classic Pacific Park.

The whole family will enjoy fun and excitement of these great attractions, and you’ll love saving on admission with the Go Los Angeles® Card.

Bike Rides

The Griffith Observatory at Griffith Park.

The Griffith Observatory at Griffith Park.

Pedal around L.A.’s beautiful Griffith Park with the kids and help them get out and be active. There are also tons of other great attractions in Griffith Park, including the L.A. Zoo, the Griffith Observatory, picnic spots, and horse trails.

Whale Watches

Newport WhalesTake a break from the heat with a venture far out into the ocean to explore the great waters of the Pacific and its magnificent creatures. The whole family will love the rare chance to see a majestic whale in the wild. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend a few hours on a relaxing cruise?

Save on Admission

So as you’re enjoying some of these marvelous Labor Day Weekend events, remember to save on admission to top L.A. area attractions with the all-inclusive Go Los Angeles® Card. Pick one up today!
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