What’s the opposite of labor? Play? Fun? Well, we are here for that this lovely long Labor Day weekend! We sought out the most fun outings and playful activities that the whole family can enjoy together, whether it’s exploring at the LA County Fair, catching some goofy cartoons, playing with piggies at Farmer Days or seeing the last of the butterflies for the summer. You can see marionettes, baseball, comic book heroes or chow on Greek delights. Read on to see what else is on our radar this weekend!

photo: Mike C. via Yelp


Chinatown Summer Nights
It’s the last Chinatown Summer Night of the season and a wonderful way to say so long to summer. There’s amazing food, music, interactive art and for kids there are plenty of hands-on, Chinese cultural activities. Sat. Event details.

Dodgers Take on the Dbacks
What a season this is! Catch a sunny daytime game before the playoffs. Mon. Event details.

Bid Buh-Bye to NHM’s Butterfly Pavilion
The Butterfly Pavilion exhibit is leaving since summer weather is ending. Say goodbye to the hundreds of butterflies that call this new building home (because it’s time for the spiders to move in for fall!). Fri.-Mon. Event details.


The Saturday Morning Cartoons Show
Every first Saturday of the month, the Silent Movie Theatre pulls out your favorite cartoons (and commercials) from your childhood. Stay in your jammies and bring your kids to catch them on the big screen. Don’t forget to visit the giant free cereal bar…Sat. Event details.

Franklin Haynes Marionettes Show
Juggling cannon balls, trapeze tricks and an adventure with Princess Rachel on Skull Island; visit the Zimmer Museum for a hilarious family-friendly puppet show, The Princess and the Pirates. Sun. Event details.

A Goofy Movie
Actual G rated movies that are appropriate for everyone in the family are a rarity, so jump at the chance to see the 1995 original Disney A Goofy Movie on the big screen at the El Capitan. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Farmer Days
Kidspace has a little E-I-E-I-Ohhhh in store for kids this long weekend. Welcome autumn and celebrate the harvest season, create your own harmonica to play in the barnyard boogie, explore how worms help food grow and meet farm animal friends. Sat. & Mon. Event details.


Story Time & Challah Tasting with Rabbi Zoe
Join Rabbi Zoe for a reading, signing and challah tasting in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. She’ll share her new picture book, The Goblins of Knottingham: A History of Challah and then break bread with the kids. Sat. Event details.

Broad Fest
Broad Fest is a free afternoon of music, food and interactive entertainment celebrating the arts. Hear live musical performances and DJ grooves while you mingle, snack and play. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Celebrate Fleet Week
LA Fleet Week™ is a celebration of the US armed forces at the nation’s #1 port, our very own Port of Los Angeles. The festival hosts active military ships along the LA Waterfront which kids can tour, see military equipment demos, catch live entertainment, take part in educational activities and more. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Long Beach

Long Beach Comic Con
If you love comic books, you’ll love the Long Beach Comic Con; a smaller and more manageable affair than the giant San Diego behemoth and just right for the young fan to dip their toes in. You’ll find comic books, or course, but also entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities—like William Shatner! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Greek Festival
Opa! Long Beach celebrates Labor Day and Greek culture all at once with a festival featuring authentic foods, dance performances and lessons, live music, carnival rides and games for kids, cooking demos and more. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Inland Empire

LA County Fair
What’s over 90 years old, more fun than ever, serves it up fried and on a stick and is the biggest in the country? The LA County Fair! Horse racing, Monster Trucks, big name concerts, animals, rides and all the usual fair attractions, plus meeting prehistoric creatures at the new Magical World of Dragons, Wizards & Beasts, Jurassic Planet, Esmerelda’s Traveling Circus and so much more. Hungry? You can get anything here fried—traditional funnel cakes, Oreos, Klondike ice cream bars, avocados, bacon, Kool-Aid and butter and waffle fried chicken on a stick (see image above). Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Looking for more ways to relax and take the “labor” out of Labor Day this weekend? We’ve got some suggestions, here.

—Meghan Rose