7 things to do on Labor Day weekend in SoCal

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Where did the summer go? Spend this long weekend celebrating everything you love about summer in L.A. We've got a block party in West Adams, fireworks at the Port of L.A. and a night market in Arcadia on our list.


FOODIE PICK

626 Night Market

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WHEN: Friday, Sept. 1 - Sunday, Sept. 3, 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.
WHERE: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia MAP
COST: $5 admission

It's the last 626 Night Market of the year, and if you haven't yet indulged in the boba drink in a lightbulb or the bulgogi fries, this is a must. There will be over 100 food stalls and trucks, along with live entertainment and plenty of shopping. Take advantage of the extended hours for Labor Day Weekend.


CULTURE PICK

Long Beach Greek Fest

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 2 - Monday, Sept. 4, doors open at noon each day
WHERE: 5761 E. Colorado St., Long Beach MAP
COST: $5 admission

Everyone is family at this cultural celebration at Long Beach. Join in on traditional Greek dancing and feast on souvlakia and other traditional homemade dishes. There will also be cooking demonstrations and carnival rides.


FAMILY PICK

West Adams Block Party

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
WHERE: Delicious Pizza, 5419 Adams Blvd. MAP
COST: Free

The backlot of a neighborhood pizza joint is opening their doors for the kind of long weekend celebration you've been looking for: live jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop performances, face painting and games for the kids, and of course, food. Dilla's Delight, the Detroit-based donut shop playing off of the name of a J Dilla album, will also have a pop-up shop at the block party.


PATRIOTIC PICK

LA Fleet Week

 

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WHEN: Friday, Sept. 1 - Monday, Sept. 4
WHERE: Port of L.A. MAP
COST: Free

Get a rare look at some of the U.S. Navy ships that have docked at the Port of Los Angeles for a nationwide Fleet Week celebration. Tours of the ships are free, but they do require reservations. There will also be aerial demonstrations, live music and plenty of shopping and eating. Fireworks are at 10:15 p.m. Saturday night and the best viewing is from the USS Iowa or the downtown harbor.


21+ PICK

Made in LA Music and Arts Festival

 

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 2 - Sunday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles MAP
COST: $30 for both days

Your $30 admission goes to charity and it gets you two drinks and entrance to some bumping shows, so call it a win-win-win. Rapper Warren G and rocker Hanni El Khatib are headlining. While you're at Golden Road Brewing, be sure to check out some of their specialty beers like the Mango Cart or the Wold Pup Session IPA.


CRAFT PICK

Fiesta Hermosa

 

 

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 2 - Monday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Hermosa Beach MAP
COST: Free

You'll be sure to pick up some unique finds at this huge craft festival that takes over downtown Hermosa Beach every year. There will be over 300 artists showcasing their work, including jewelry, sculptures, paintings and photographs. The rest of the family can check out the petting zoo, the beer garden and the carnival ride while you shop.


SEASONAL PICK

LA County Fair

 

 

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WHEN: Friday, Sept. 1 - Sept. 24, 10 a.m. - midnight on the weekends
WHERE: 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona MAP
COST: $20 for adults, $12 for kids

The end of summer ushers in at least one thing you can look forward to — the LA County Fair. One of the main attractions is the crazy food fare, like the Flamin' Hot Cheeto mac 'n cheese or the funnel cake burrito. But there's basically something for everyone including ice skating, circus performances, farm animals, an Alice in Wonderland flower display and even a Taylor Swift exhibit. Country heartthrob Hunter Hayes is performing on opening weekend this Saturday, but they've got an entire lineup of performers worth checking out for the entire month.


How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @inkwaves and @LeoHasACat.

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