10+ Things to Do in Los Angeles Labor Day 2016 Weekend – End of Summer Fun!

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 do in Los Angeles Labor Day weekend 2016. A few of the attractions include:

  • Friday Night Jazz at LACMA
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • L.A. County Fair
  • Whale Watching Cruises
  • And more!

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Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Friday Night Jazz

Fridays through September 30, 2016
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Every Friday the LACMA hosts a free jazz concert outdoors. The style and performers vary each week, so you’re bound to find something new each time you go.

Bring a blanket, the whole family, and just relax.

Be sure to head there early to get a good spot on the grass!

Getting In: Admission to the LACMA Friday Night Jazz is free.

L.A. Wine & Food Festival

August 25 – 28, 2016
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 sixth 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.

Getting In: Admission to the L.A. Food & Wine Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.

626 Night Market

September 2 – 4, 2016
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!

Getting In: Admission to 626 Night Market is free.

L.A. County Fair

September 2 – 25, 2016
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.

Getting In: Admission to the L.A. County Fair is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

The Taste

September 2 – 4, 2016
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!

Getting In: Admission to the Taste is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

Cinecon Classic Film Festival

September 1 – 5, 2016
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.

Getting In: Admission to Cinecon is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

Pacific Park

Pacific Park on Santa Monica PierHelp the kids burn off some energy by taking them to enjoy a classic theme park or adventure park.

For one, try the delightful Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier.

Enjoy a ride on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, play some classic arcade games, and then stroll the boardwalk.

Getting In: Pacific Park tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles Card.

Universal Studios Hollywood

universal studiosIf you’re in search of some extreme theme park fun with a unique twist, then Universal Studios Hollywood should be your next destination.

Combine the exhilaration of amazing theme park coasters and other rides with the fun of an interactive studio tour – it sure makes for one unbeatable day!

Getting In: Weekday Universal Studios Hollywood tickets are included on 3, 5, and 7-Day Go Los Angeles Cards.

Knott’s Berry Farm

knotts-berry-farmAnother great option for a theme park excursion is the classic Knott’s Berry Farm.

As one of the oldest theme parks in the country, tradition really matters at this attraction. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re not up on the latest tech in rides!

They’ve got tons of great modern rides spread throughout five themed areas of the park. You’ll also find great souvenirs, along with their famed berry products, of course!

Getting In: Knott’s Berry Farm tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.

Griffith Park

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.

Getting In: Admission to Griffith Park is free; visiting individual attractions within the park may incur additional costs. L.A. Zoo tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles Card.

Whale Watching Cruises

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 majestic whales and dolphin in the wild. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend a few hours on a relaxing cruise?

Getting In: Newport Landing Whale Watching tickets are included on the Go Los Angeles Card. There are also cruises available in San Pedro and Long Beach.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there you have it — a few examples of fun and exciting things to do in Los Angeles Labor Day weekend.

Don’t forget, some of these great attraction options are included on the Go Los Angeles Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.

Please note, the Labor Day weekend events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Los Angeles Card.

We hope you consider visiting some of these attractions to help round out your summer vacation in style.

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