Sweet summer kick-off in the city! The best of LA comes out to play this holiday weekend with the opening of must-dip pools to must-go festivals like Tacotopia, Scottish Fest and The Great Western Bike Rally in Paso Robles. Check out all of our Memorial Day Weekend picks below.

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Santa Monica

Tacotopia is a larger than life playground presented by Cholula Hot Sauce, a hybrid amusement park and Taco Festival all rolled up into a funky, Tacotastic, immersive exhibit. The imaginative experience is fun for all ages, and for all the non-taco lovers out there, if that exists, there are plenty of swoon-worthy photo opportunities throughout the exhibit that aren’t tacocentric. The space features more than twenty-five unique environments with larger-than-life installations ranging from the Goddess of Tacos to an oversized bowl of Guac in the Guac is Extra installation. Every day is Taco Tuesday at TACOTOPIA. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Annenberg Pool Open For Summer
With spectacular views, splash pad, children’s play area, gallery, historic pool, and Marion Davies Guest House there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Beach House, and now it’s open daily for the summer! Passes go on sale daily at 9 a.m. (or in advance, online). The pool is 4′ to 8′ deep, heated to 80 – 85 degrees and chlorinated. Towels and locks are not provided – please bring your own. Due to the depth of this pool, kids under 8 years old and 4′ tall must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times. Children under 12 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult in the pool area. Children requiring use of a diaper must wear a swim diaper in the pool. Sat.-Mon. Event Details.


Polo With a Purpose
Founded by Terrie Mooney and Brandon Phillips in 2014, Polo for a Purpose serves as the annual event for Polo for Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to support research and treatments for pediatric cancers. The Polo for a Purpose is a charity polo match led by international polo players Brandon Phillips & Hall of Famer, Memo Gracida. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s California Southland Chapter.  The first annual Polo for a Purpose event in Los Angeles, will take place May 27th, with doors opening at 1pm, and will serve as the official launch of Polo for Life. In addition to the polo match, guests are encouraged to bring children to enjoy bounce houses, face painting, pony rides and more. Mon. Event details.


Topanga Days
Celebrating 46 years, Topanga Days remains a quintessential Southern California experience. Part music festival and part hometown fair, this three-day family-friendly event includes: musical acts on two stages, contests, games, a Fun Zone, local artisans and vendors, food and the unconventional and totally amusing Memorial Day parade. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Topanga Community Center (TCC), a 501c3 and one of the last remaining community houses managed by volunteers in California. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Scottish Fest
Come to the festival of Scottish entertainment and food. There will be Highland drumming, piping and drumming, and loads of bands, harps, and fiddlers. There will also be lots of kids activities like archery, slides, sack races, running races and more; not to mention grown-up activities, like whiskey tasting! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Seaside Lagoon
Starting this weekend, and daily through Labor Day weekend, the Seaside Lagoon is officially open. The large saltwater lagoon offers trained lifeguard supervision. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children’s play equipment, snack bar facilities provided by Ruby’s Restaurant, and volleyball courts. There is also a grassed area and luau shelter for day and evening events. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

The Great Western Bicycle Rally
Check out the 4-day cycling festival featuring 25 different ride options: fully supported rides, group rides, and self-guided rides. There are fun activities for families including a supported family ride, kids bike ‘roadeo’, bike decorating, stunt show, trike time trial and more. Other features of the event include a cycling village (expo), free wine tasting and beer tasting, beer tent and BBQ, time trial, track stand competition, s’mores station, wood-fired pizza truck, free pasta dinner, on-site cafe, Saturday night speaker and social activities all weekend. You can camp on site or just come for a day! This family-friendly event is a must-see! Fri.-Mon. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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