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What To Do In LA On Labor Day Weekend

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Updated: 21 December 2016
All hail the three-day weekend, especially in the summer months. Labor Day Weekend is a much-needed retreat from work and is generally considered the lasT hurrah before the fall rolls in. Celebrate the season and the beautiful weather, or just kick back and relax before you have to go back to the office and the new season calendar. There are plenty of local festivities going on all three days in LA, so waste no time and plan the ultimate long weekend for maximum enjoyment.

Nocturnal Wonderland

For weekend warriors looking to party their three days away, Insomniac is hosting one of their highly acclaimed events for electronic music fans. Once again the event will be held at the San Manuel amphitheater with camping, and the theme follows an Alice in Wonderland type experience. Headliners include heavy hitters such as Bassnectar and Above & Beyond, along with many others plus smaller local acts.

Nocturnal Wonderland/ Promotional Flier via Imsomniac
Nocturnal Wonderland promotional flyer | Courtesy of Imsomniac

Beach Day

For those who would rather relax, city beaches are sure to be even more crowded for Labor Day weekend than they usually are during the summer months. Head down to the less crowded areas of Playa del Rey and Torrance to chill on the sand and enjoy the beach while you can. Just make sure to head there early to get a spot and to avoid the notoriously crazy traffic on the long weekends.

Los Angeles Beach ©Marika Borkolami/Flickr
Los Angeles Beach | ©Marika Borkolami/Flickr

Sublevel Gets Deep

Marques Wyatt hosts his seminal sets, this time at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood ever since the infamous King King venue closed last month. Nevertheless, this event is sure to get as groovy as it always does despite the change in location. LA’s king of house music will grace the decks along with deep sets by Doc Martin, Patricio, and Big Cee.

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Backyard BBQ

It wouldn’t be summertime in California without some deliciously fresh grilled foods. Local grocery stores often offer bargains on popular barbecue staples such as ribs, hamburgers, or grilled veggies. Stock up on the deals and have an impromptu dinner with friends in the backyard, or pack a picnic and head to Griffith Park to enjoy the great outdoors.

Backyard BBQ ©Andrew Malone/Flickr

Backyard BBQ | ©Andrew Malone/Flickr

Pool Party at Skybar

The Mondrian commonly puts on raging pool parties at the iconic Skybar in West Hollywood, right off Sunset Boulevard. This beautiful hotel has an equally gorgeous and sleek rooftop pool that usually attracts the most elite clientele. On this rare occasion it’s open to the public for a low ticket price, and will featured local DJs bumping Top 40 hits and pool floaties galore.

LA County Fair

Missed the Orange Country fair over the summer? The LA County Fair opens up every year on Labor Day weekend and is just as acclaimed with wine tastings, competitions, and plenty of entertaining attractions. Nothing says summer holiday like carnival rides and corn dogs. The fair also features performances by select artists every weekend, including LeAnn Rimes and Iggy Izalea, and the legendary Blondie.

Ferris Wheel at LA County Fair ©vmiramontes/Flickr
Ferris Wheel at LA County Fair | ©vmiramontes/Flickr

626 Night Market

LA’s trendiest foodie fest is on the cutting edge of cool things to do. It’s inspired by the night markets of Asia and fittingly feature the best dishes from Eastern inspired restaurants from all over LA. The food is hard to find elsewhere, especially all in one place, so the market is a unique treat to sample while visiting the Eastside. This is the last street fair of the season, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to indulge in unbeatable Asian food until next year.