Free weekend? Race the LA River, watch silent films and take selfies with #rubberduckLA

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You've worked hard; you deserve a break! Forget the Made in America music festival. Take advantage of your three days off with cheap fun from selfies with one big duck to free comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Here's everything you need to know: 


1. L.A. River Boat Race

(Photo: Molly Peterson/KPCC)

Watch kayakers, canoeists and stand-up paddleboarders maneuver a near-mile stretch of the Glendale Narrows at the L.A. River Boat Race this weekend. Grab a good spot to view the festivities at the newly-opened recreational zone in Elysian Valley. Or if you want to compete, you can sign up here. Pro tip: Check out this map before you brave the water.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: L.A. River | MAP

Price: Pay-what-you-can, suggested donation | More details here


2. Duck Days of Summer 

(Photo: Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Due to strong winds, NBC4 reports that the six-story duck had to be deflated. A 10-foot duckling will be on display Friday at Banning's Landing instead.

PREVIOUSLY: You know that big duck that's been making its rounds on social media? Well, you can see it for yourself at the Port of Los Angeles Friday because it's selfie day! The Tall Ships Festival L.A. has concluded, but lucky for you, the world's largest rubber duck (created by artist Florentijn Hofman) will stay through Sept. 6. Pro tip: Be sure to share your best shots on social media using the hashtag #rubberduckla

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Banning’s Landing, Wilmington  | MAP

Price: Free


3. Classic Film Festival

Facebook: A classic 1926 comedy with Marie Prevost, Harrison Ford and George K Arthur

As the L.A. Times puts it, Cinecon hopes you haven't heard of the films at its Classic Film Festival this weekend. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the organization is hosting a lineup of (mostly) obscure silent and classic screenings, all of which will take place at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. Most will be shown in 35 millimeter, and silent films will feature live musical accompaniment. 

When: Thursday through Monday | See schedule here

Where: Grauman's Egyptian Theatre | MAP

Price: Day pass will run you between $25 and $30 | See prices here


4. Clambake and Cookout

Video: The indie cover band

Enjoy an amazing view at Whiskey Red's waterfront patio as you stuff your face with an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet (there will be hamburgers and hot dogs, too). The party will be all kinds of hipster featuring $3 PBRs and music from the "indie tribute band" Black Crystal Wolf Kids. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay. 

When: 1 to 8 p.m. Monday

Where: Whiskey Red's | MAP

Price: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door | Purchase tickets here


5. Funk Fest

Video: Remember this funk classic, Atomic Dog?

Remember that jam "Atomic Dog"? Listen to the master of funk, George Clinton, perform it live at Long Beach's Funk Fest on Labor Day this Monday. With the sea as your backdrop, spend the day grooving to music from him, plus Karl DensonKatdelicDam Funk and more. 

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday

Where: Queen Mary | MAP

Price: General admission $15 | Purchase tickets here


6. Fiesta Hermosa

Sit back, grab a cold drink and enjoy classic jams at Fiesta Hermosa. That is after you get done perusing the work of over 300 painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers and sculptors at Hermosa Beach's bi-annual festival this weekend. The three-day event not only includes tribute bands and artwork but also a beer garden, delicious food and tons of activities for the kids (including pony rides and a 30-foot-slide!).

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Where: Hermosa Beach | MAP and DIRECTIONS

Price: Free 


7. The Everything Is Festival at Cinefamily

Video: Everything Is Festival

Eat lunch with the world's hot dog-eating champion. Take a nostalgic stroll through an 8-bit wonderland of early gaming. Watch “Samurai Cop” star Matt Hannon emerge after two decades. It's all happening this weekend at Cinefamily's "Everything Is Festival: The Fifth Dimension." Click here for a list of these rad events and others happening through the weekend. 

When: Thursday through Monday

Where: Cinefamily | MAP

Price: Most events are $12; See times and prices here


8. Endless Summer at Angel City Brewery

Not ready for summer to end? Neither is Angel City. The brewery has a full day of activities planned Monday, including indoor lawn games and beachball volleyball. Expect eats from the Surfer Taco truck, and of course, cold beer. The best part? The night will end with a screening of "Point Break" for the weekly “Movies on the Mezz.”

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Monday

Where: Angel City Brewery | MAP

Price: Free; eat and drink at your own will 


9. ASSSSCAT at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Instagram: Backstage at UCB

High octane, balls-to-the-wall improvised sketches. That's how the Upright Citizens Brigade explains ASSSSCAT. The improv show includes a cast of rotating comedians, including Lauren Lapkus from "Orange is the New Black" and Matt Walsh from "Veep." Plus, you can expect a special (sometimes celebrity) guest. Pro tip: Get there early and hop in line. This show is free, so first come, first served! 

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre | MAP

Price: Free


What'd we miss? Let us know in the comments!


Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the Friday location of #rubberduckLA. 


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