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:
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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
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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
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
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
Price: Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door | Purchase tickets here
5. Funk Fest
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 Denson, Katdelic, Dam Funk and more.
When: Noon to 9 p.m. Monday
Where: Queen Mary | MAP
Price: General admission $15 | Purchase tickets here
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
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
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
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
What'd we miss? Let us know in the comments!
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the Friday location of #rubberduckLA.