Let out a sigh of relief. It's Friday, and we're about to embark on a three-day weekend. How about fried peanut butter pickles followed by pho waffles and free ice cream? Yeah, we're going all out. Here's everything you need to know.
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Let's be frank: The food at the L.A. County Fair is insane. PB&J burgers, funnel cake burgers, fried peanut butter pickles, fried Oreos, fried watermelon, Mexican curly fries... the decadence is endless. After toying with gluttony, explore the rest of the festivities with science activities, tribute bands and award-winning wine. Pro tip: Learn about the history of County Fair food in this AirTalk segment. Click here for foodie tips from Reddit.
When: Through Sept. 26
Where: Pomona | MAP
Price: Between $8 and $20 | Purchase tix here
Poke bowls, cold noodles and pho waffles return to Santa Anita Park for the the last 626 Night Market of the year. Make your way to SoCal's largest Asian-themed market before it's too late. Pro tip: L.A. Weekly says you should eat here. Find a list of all food vendors here.
When: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday
Where: Santa Anita Park
Price: $3 admission. Free parking. Children ages 6 and under get in free
If it's music that you crave: Burger Records presents Burger a-Go-Go on Friday and Saturday at the Orange County Observatory. The Santa Ana gem will host two days of live indie rock, including Cat Power, Cults, Kate Nash, Cherry Glazerr and many more. Pro tip: The Observatory serves food.
When: 6 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Observatory Orange County | MAP
Price: Friday tix are $15 and Saturday tix are $40 | Purchase here
We guarantee you haven't seen E.T. like this before. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score live alongside a screening of the film this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. Arrive early for prime picnicking (and don't forget to bring a bottle of wine). Yes, this concert is BYOB. Pro tip: Find everything you need to know about picnicking at the Bowl right here.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Hollywood Bowl
Price: Tickets range from $20 to $140 | Purchase here
We can't think of a better way to celebrate our day off: Free Fosselman's ice cream! Dog Haus — which has two locations in Pasadena and Alhambra — has teamed up with the SoCal ice cream brand to offer a soft serve that will be exclusively sold at its stores. Stop by for a free cone Monday. Pro tip: Stay for a beer and veggie sausage.
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
Where: Dog Haus | MAP
Oh baby, baby. How was I supposed to know... that we'd need a Britney Spears getup for Labor Day weekend? Get ready for another '90s dance party. This time, it's Britney b----es.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Regent | MAP
Price: $5 before 10 p.m.; $10 after
You don't have to travel to Joshua Tree to see the awesome work of the late Noah Purifoy. If you're not familiar, he's one of the founders of the Watts Towers Arts Center. He's known for "66 Signs of Neon," which was in part constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion. His art is worth checking out in person, and it's only on display through September.
When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
Where: LACMA | MAP
Price: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; free for children
If you've got friends in from out of town, stop by the Abbot Kinney Marketplace on your way to the beach. Because you can't leave L.A. without a handcrafted good. You'll find everything from clothes to accessories and art. Pro tip: Here are a few other shops on Abbot Kinney the L.A. Times suggests you check out.
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Westminster Avenue Elementary | MAP
Price: Free admission
Need a day trip? Head to Mount Baldy. Its annual Labor Day Run to the Top is sold out, but you can celebrate with the athletes afterward at the mountaintop restaurant, the Notch (menu here). You can take a scenic chairlift or hike to the top. Once there, drink beer and enjoy views of the city among live music. Pro tip: Plan a trip there any other day this weekend if you want to avoid crowds. And bring layers; it's cool at the top!
When: Chairlift is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday | The Notch is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Where: Mount Baldy | MAP
Price: $16 for roundtrip chairlift ride | Purchase here
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