Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Labor Day weekend

Edited by Christina Xenos

Budweiser Made in America Music Festival
Aug. 30-31. Jay Z curates this bicoastal Labor Day weekend music festival. Catch performances from big-name headliners such as Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Weezer while sampling fare from Kogi BBQ, Grilled Cheese Truck and other top food vendors. Grand Park, entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown. madeinamericafest.com


the-tasteThe Taste
Aug. 29-31. The Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest offers an authentic look at what’s hot in the city’s vibrant food and cocktail culture. Learn from key players in the L.A. dining scene—Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, Providence’s Michael Cimarusti, barsmith Julian Cox and many more—at tastings and seminars like “Field to Fork” and “Flavors of L.A.” and special event upgrades like “Cocktail Lab” and “Secret Cellar.” $100-$150. Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave, L.A., 213.237.5000. events.latimes.com/taste


john-williamsJohn Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Aug. 29-30. The beloved composer returns to the Hollywood Bowl. This year, the Maestro welcomes special guest vocalist Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted), salutes dance in the movies and conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in selections from some of his movie hits, like Jurassic Park, Superman and Star Wars. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com


LA county fairLos Angeles County Fair
Aug. 29-Sept. 28. Head to the outskirts of L.A. for a distinctly non-Angeleno experience. Cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, watch a concert and dine on plenty of deep-fried food. 1101 West McKinley Ave., Fairplex, 909.623.3111. lacountyfair.com


PepperShoreline Jam Festival
Aug. 30-31. Rock out with Pepper and The Dirty Heads as they headline this two-day festival on the waterfront. Enjoy yard-games, beer, cocktails and food to keep you going all day and night. Other performances include The Aggrolites, Collie Buddz, The Grouch & Eligh, The Simpkin Project, Brewfish and Jet West. Tickets start at $45. $15 parking. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742. queenmary.com


bigfoot-westBigfoot West Birthday Party
Aug. 30. Celebrate five years of fabulous cocktails and craft beer during Bigfoot West’s birthday bash. Stop by their back lot to find a self-serve beer truck and all-you-can-eat bash. Live bands hit the stage at 1 p.m. and after-dark dancing to tunes from DJ Charlie X stars at 9 p.m. Also find face painting, party hats and a clown. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (open beer truck, AYCE food, live music), 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (DJ/dancing). 10939 Venice Blvd., L.A., 310.287.2200. bigfootwest.com


clambakeLabor Day Clambake & Cookout at Whiskey Red’s
Sept. 1. Celebrate the end of summer with a seaside soiree on the largest waterfront patio in Marina del Rey. Dine on an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet piled high with clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, and more, including make your own s’mores, all to the tune of live bands and DJs. 1-8 p.m. $10 advance/$15 door no food; $45 advance/$50 door with food. 13813 Fiji Way Marina Del Rey. Tickets


fiesta-hermosaFiesta Hermosa
Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Check out one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the country at the 42nd annual “Fiesta Hermosa” in downtown Hermosa Beach. The event features more than 300 artisans including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors and more, in addition to live music on two stages, kiddie carnival with pony rides and petting zoo, an international selection of food to eat, beer, wine and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hermosa Beach. fiestahermosa.net


big-pictureThe Big Picture: Hitchcock!
Aug. 31. See a tribute to the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will play the mesmerizing, haunting and psychologically gripping scores by Bernard Herrmann (Vertigo, North by Northwest), Dimitri Tiomkin (Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder), while spellbinding scenes are projected on the Bowl’s big screen. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com

Check out our full guide to Los Angeles Labor Day weekend events


donutsEAT + DRINK
Dunkin’ Donuts Santa Monica
Opens Sept. 2. SoCal locals and visitors can finally rejoice over their coffee and donuts as the first Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in Southern California opens its doors. Early risers can line up for the 5 a.m. opening; the first 100 people in line will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts tote bag filled with special items and the first person in line will be rewarded with free coffee for one year. Stop in throughout opening day to enjoy free passed samples, photo opportunities with beloved brand mascots, Cuppy and Sprinkles and surprise giveaways. You can also enjoy a special California-inspired donut on grand opening day only, while supplies last. 1132 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. DunkinDonuts.com


Aug. 30. See the opera stars of tomorrow compete on stage this Saturday. During the last round of Plácido Domingo’s prestigious international vocal competition, 10 finalists will perform in concert with Plácido Domingo conducting the LA Opera Orchestra. Winners will be announced at the end of the evening. 7 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211. laopera.com


Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-A-Long – El Capitan Theatre
Through Sept. 7. Delight the little ones at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre during this special engagement of Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-along version. Each screening will be accompanied by Elsa, live on stage, snow inside the theatre, plus the all-new short “Feast” from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Showtimes at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 1.800.DISNEY6. elcapitantickets.com


Persians by Aeschylus
Aug. 28-Sept. 27. See a classical Greek tragedy in the Getty Villa’s dramatic outdoor theater. New York-based SITI Company, one of America’s leading theater ensembles, returns to the Getty Villa to perform Persians, an emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court. In this sole surviving Greek tragedy about a historical event—the battle of Salamis in 480 B.C.—Aeschylus glorifies the Athenian victors but also humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community. Previews: Aug. 28-30, $25; Thurs.-Sat. Sept. 4-27. 8 p.m. $36-$45. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300. getty.edu


Aug. 31-Sept. 28. Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org


midsummerShakespeare at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Through Oct. 24. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard’s 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars. The five-play repertory season weaves together summer performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing and Bill Cain’s Equivocation. 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon, 310.455.3723. theatricum.com


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