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The Best Labor Day Events in Los Angeles – 2019

Making plans this Labor Day weekend? Look further than this curated list of the best events happening in Los Angeles this weekend. From today until Monday, the city is offering dozens of unique and can’t miss events, from The Taste at Paramount Studios, outdoor movie screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Griffith Park, to pool parties at some of LA’s swankiest hotels, to feel good runs up the expanse of Mt. Baldy, this list of events will have you covered.

L.A. Times: The Taste at Paramount Picture Studios Backlot
Friday through Sunday
Now in its 10th year, the festival celebrates the vibrancy of SoCal’s culinary scene by offering unlimited food and beverage tastings on each of the weekend’s three nights. Dozens of restaurants and vendors — Coni’Seafood, Mainland Poke, Milk Bar, Ma’am Sir, Cafe Birdie, Kali, Gus’s Famous Fried Chicken, the list goes on — are participating. Special events include cooking demos from Pawan, Nakul & Arjun Mahendro (Badmaash), Kim Prince (Hotville Hot Chicken) and Jorge Alvarez-Tostado and Victor Delgado (Tacos 1986). The participating restaurants and chefs change nightly. All events throughout the weekend are 21+.
Tickets: $115-190More info…

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies at Hollywood Bowl
Friday through Sunday

David Newman leads the L.A. Phil in a career-spanning musical overview of Williams’ work, from Star Wars, E.T.Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. The maestro himself hosts the night, which features clips from the iconic films.
Tickets: Tickets start at $14; More info…

L.A. County Fair
Friday until September 22
Fairplex — 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
In addition to rides, foods, competitions and exhibitions, the fair’s concert headliners this year include Pitbull, George Lopez, War, Juanes and Old Dominion. On weekends, check out the Fusion Fest in the infield, offering a diverse array of music and entertainment, from local artists to a battle of the bandas and a lucha libre showdown. Except for Labor Day, the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tickets: $6-$21.50 (ages 5 and younger get in free); More info…

Shakespeare in the Park
Friday through Sunday
Back for the 16th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with free performances of either Pericles or Twelfth Night Wednesday through Sunday.
FREE; More info…

Late Night Fridays at the La Brea Tar Pits
Friday
Explore the tar pits after hours. Watch excavators work on the active Project 23 and Pit 91 sites, or take advantage of free museum admission to check out the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibition.
Tickets: FREE; More info…

Friday Night Flights at Grand Central Market
This Friday starting at noon. The special includes a flight of drinks or bites from GCM vendors and a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway right across the street for $15.
More info…

West Adams Avenues Jazz and Music Festival
Friday and Saturday
The Jazz fest offers three nights of music including jazz, blues, funk and more, as well as activities, arts and crafts, and food trucks.
FREE; More info…

Cinecon Classic Film Festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre
Friday through Sunday
Cinecon offers five days of classic film screenings, celebrity appearances, panels, a memorabilia show, and more.
More info…

Made in L.A. Music Festival at Golden Road Brewing
Saturday & Sunday

The two-day block party returns for its third year, with performances by Cold War Kids, Phantom Planet, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lemaitre, Pell and Lauren Ruth Ward. The festival also features food trucks, art installations and vendors. Made in L.A. is a 21+ event.
Tickets: $25 single day, $40 for both days (and includes a 12-oz. Golden Road beer); More info…

Pasadena Daydream Music Festival at Brookside at the Rose Bowl
Saturday
Cure frontman Robert Smith curated this music fest that features music by the Pixies, Deftones, Mogwai, Throwing Muses and the Joy Formidable, with The Cure headlining.
Tickets: $149 – $300; More info…

The Shining at The Autry Museum
Saturday
Eat|See|Hear returns for 2019 with a screening of The Shining. Spooky! Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
Tickets: $8-21; More info…

Movies at Hollywood Forever
Saturday and Sunday
Cinespia is back for its 18th summer season, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. On Saturday Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets will be screened. This Sunday they will screen When Harry Met Sally.
Tickets: $15; More info…

Vegan Street Fair
Saturday
Vegan Street Fair returns to Los Angeles, at The Federal in North Hollywood specifically, with a plethora of vegan-friendly eats and vendors. The fair will also include a beer garden, games, live entertainment and karaoke. VSF Nights are smaller, more intimate 21+ night events in North Hollywood full of entertainment, games, a live DJ, Karaoke, a Beer & Booze Garden, & vegan culinary bad-assery.
More info…

Labor Day Weekend Luau Pig Roast & Maui Brewing Beer Society
Sunday

The Arts District brewery teams up with the Maui Brewing Co. to serve a complimentary lunch (beginning at 3 p.m.) with the purchase of any Arts District or Maui pint. Maui Brewing’s head brewer, Kim Brisson-Lutz, will be onsite to chat about beer. Tropical cocktail specials will also be available. Hawaiian/island attire is encouraged.
Tickets: FREE admission; More info…

Broad Fest at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica
Sunday
The Santa Monica venue (not the downtown Broad Museum) holds its annual all-ages festival with music, dancing, performances and food. DJ Anthony Valadez spins tunes while bands Boogaloo Assassins, She Sings She Swings, Viver Brasil, Elemental Music and the SMC Music Department perform live. Take dance workshops with Family Dance Jam and Arthur Murray Dance Centers, watch Hit + Run Live Screen Printing create original t-shirt designs or get hands-on with art offerings.
Tickets: FREE, but RSVP suggested; More info…

Wonder-Full in the Park: A Stevie Wonder Tribute Party at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park
Sunday 

The summer concert series comes to a close with a dance party dedicated to the R&B and pop great, Stevie Wonder. Mona Lisa DJs the opening set then Brooklyn-based DJ Spinna takes the reins.
Tickets: FREE, but reservations recommended; More info…

The National with Alvvays at The Greek Theatre
Monday

The Cincinnati band tours in support of its latest album, I Am Easy To Find, released earlier this year. The indie pop band Alvvays opens.
Tickets: $39.50 – $99.50; More info…

Mt. Baldy Run to the Top
Monday
This seven-mile race through the Angeles National Forest starts at 6,000 feet at the ski lift parking lot and finishes at the top of the third tallest mountain in Southern California (Mt. Baldy at 10,064 feet). The race raises funds for the San Antonio Canyon (Mt. Baldy) Town Hall, the all-volunteer fire department, all-volunteer West Valley Search & Rescue, the local school and nonprofits. Online registration ends on 8/28.
Tickets: $80; More info…

Tropico Disco 
Monday
Disco will takeover the historic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles for a daytime-disco pool party. Island attire is encouraged and guest can bring their own pool toys. A full bar and bites menu will be available.
More info…

The W in West Los Angeles’s Labor Day Pool Party
You’re invited to soak up the sun on the W’s WET Deck and finish off summer, with DJ sets bites from The Hideout, and fun in the sun.
FREE: More info…

And last, but not least, perhaps you’d like to celebrate actress Kirsten Dunst receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and her new role in Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida?

Bring It On at E.P. & L.P.
Monday
The in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Bring It On. All Dinner & Movie Guests will be seated at 6:30pm and tickets include a three course dinner at E.P. and reserved seats in the Theatre so you can take your time relax and have plenty of time to enjoy before the 8:30pm movie start.
Tickets: $15; More info…

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