It’s Labor Day Weekend, and we don’t want you to work! So we did the thinking for you and curated a list to keep you properly primed with plans that will be popular among every member of your picky family. This weekend has festivals so vast and varied that there will be nary an argument or tantrum no matter what you choose to do. Foodies might pick a beachside Greek gastronomic delight, or the BBQ Block party. History buffs raise a glass (of milk) for our fair city’s birthday (so spry for a 232 year old). Celebrate the arts, the Caribbean, the coming of fall or Rosh Hashanah – or if you’d rather rest and relax, we’ve found some one stop spots for eating and entertainment. What will you do?



CaribFest at CAAM
Feeling a little island? Salute the island nations at the California African American Museum with costumes, indigenous foods, and a musical feast. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Happy Birthday, LA!
What do you get for the city that has everything? Our not-so-little Pueblo is throwing itself a birthday party on Olvera Street (the oldest street in town) with historic re-enactments, artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake! Sat., 6:00 am – 1:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Groovy Lounge Family Brunch
This brunch will keep the kids in their seats – it’s a rocking brunch bash variety show that’s hosted by award winning children’s performer Groovy David. And the special menu for kids will keep them munching, too (which means you can sit back and enjoy that Bloody Mary). Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Los Feliz. $10. Ages 2+. Event details.

Mid City

John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl
How about some classical music that kids instantly recognize (ok, from movies and Disneyland rides – but they do know it), from the maestro of the movies? Soundtracks like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, E.T. and Superman fill the bowl – with enough of the hauntingly beautiful music from Schindler’s List or Far and Away to satisfy grown-up tastes. Fri. & Sat., 8:00 pm. Hollywood. $17-$181. All ages. Event details.

Rosh Hashanah at the Zimmer
Happy New Year! It’s Rosh Hashanah, and the Zimmer Children’s Museum is the perfect place for a family celebration and a time to reflect, celebrate and welcome a New Year. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. All ages. Event details.

Block Party BBQ at Taste of LA
This foodie BBQ block party will feature time honored classics for the kiddos alongside something a little more exotic for you. (Extra special inducement: ticket price includes unlimited beer, wine, spirits for grownups.) Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. West Hollywood. $5-$65. Mid City. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Mulan at the Huntington
End the summer with a special outdoor screening the animated classic, Mulan. Bring a blanket and spread out on the gorgeous lawn for an evening of family fun that kicks off with lion dancers. Sat., 7:00 pm. San Marino. $15. Ages 4+. Event details.

Farmer Days at Kidspace
Kidspace has a little E-I-E-I-Ohhhh in store for kids this Labor Day weekend with Farmer Days; your little farmer can play barnyard boogie, spin wool, churn butter, make nature art creations, meet the animals and more. Sun. & Mon., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Broad Fest
You won’t have to fly to New York to go to Broad-way. Just walk or ride your bike to The Broad Stage for a fun day of performances and art for the whole family to help bid summer adieu. Parting is such sweet sorrow… Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

Fiesta Hermosa
Come to the beach to enjoy the art, the music and the food (don’t miss the Hermosa Beach Lifeguards’ famous fish tacos). And of course there’s the Kiddie Carnival, pony rides, a petting zoo, and facepainters – all guaranteed to delight the little ones. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

LA County Fair
This isn’t the 4-H affair of your youth – it’s big, bigger and biggest with Thoroughbred horseracing, big name concerts (everyone from Demi Lovato to Ke$ha to the Bangles) rides, animals, activities and events. Be sure to check out our guide for getting the most out of the fair with your kids, without losing your mind. Fri. – Mon., Hours vary. Pomona. $8 – $19. All ages. Event details.

Greek Festival by the Sea
There’s something about a Greek Festival that brings out your “Opa!” yelling, plate smashing, baklava scarfing side. With dancing, desserts, carnival games, rides and cooking demonstrations it’s time to embrace your inner Greek. Sat. – Mon., 12:00pm – 9:00 pm. Long Beach. $3 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

How will you spend the last long weekend of summer? Let us know in the comments below!

-Meghan Rose

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