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9 things to do if you're staying in town over Labor Day weekend

File: Families attend the Los Angeles County Fair.
File: Families attend the Los Angeles County Fair.
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Don't have plans to skip town for the Labor Day weekend? Fried food at the Los Angeles County Fair, drive-in movies and an international street fair are all highlights if you're sticking around for the holiday.


1. L.A. County Fair

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Bacon-wrapped fried pickles, Doritos, Snickers, PB&J, burritos and so many more things are headed for the deep fryer, as people flock to the L.A. County Fair for food, music and family fun. The opening concert this weekend is a fest of old school funk featuring The Brothers Johnson, Rose Royce, The Original Lakeside, Heatwave, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Jimmie Walker. Concert tickets start at $34. Parking is $15 at Gates 17 and 9. 

When: Friday, Sept. 2 - Sunday, Sept. 25 | Fair Hours

Where: Pomona Fairplex | MAP

Price: General admission is $20 | Price List


2. Santa Barbara Studio Artists Tour

Santa Barbara artists are opening their studios this weekend for the 15th annual open studio tour. The festivities start with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Throughout the weekend each artist will have a select work on display in their studio. Pro tip: Parking is available at the corner of Montecito and Milpas streets or at the lot at Mason and Mipas streets. 

When: Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4, 5 p.m.

Where: The tour starts at Corridan Gallery and continues throughout Santa Barbara | MAP

Price: Tickets are $20 for individuals, $15 for each person in groups of two or more | Buy Tickets


3. L.A. Fleet Week

The USS Iowa berthed at its new permanent home in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., in June. The decommissioned ship will now be a museum.
The USS Iowa berthed at its new permanent home in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., in June. The decommissioned ship will now be a museum.
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Even if you missed the chance to claim the ship-tour tickets, there is still plenty to do at L.A. Fleet Week. From aerial flyovers to exhibits and fireworks, the completely free event along the L.A. Waterfront is a great way to learn more about the U.S. military while having fun. Check out our round-up of 11 must-sees at L.A. Fleet Week

When: Friday, Sept. 2 - Monday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Event Schedule

Where: L.A. Waterfront | MAP

Price: Free


4. La Fiesta de San Gabriel

Photo of the San Gabriel Mission.
Photo of the San Gabriel Mission.
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For more than 200 years, there have been celebrations at the San Gabriel Mission. There were celebrations for the founding of the mission in 1771, secular fiestas from 1834 to 1862 and, beginning in 1903, the modern La Fiesta de San Gabriel began. There will be live entertainment, international food selections, games and rides, along with cultural, historic and religious festivities. The fun starts with a blessing of the festival at 6 p.m. Friday. 

When: Friday, Sept. 2 - Sunday, Sept. 4 | Event Schedule

Where: San Gabriel Mission | MAP 

Price: Free


5. Orange International Street Fair

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Visit England, Japan, Lebanon, Ireland and other destinations across the globe without getting on a plane. This weekend's International Street Fair in Orange will feature food from a variety of cultures, live entertainment, community booths and a children's street with crafts and games. 

When: Friday, Sept. 2 - Sunday, Sept. 4 | Event Schedule

Where: The Orange Circle | MAP

Price:  Free, wristbands to buy alcohol are $3.


6. Drive-in movie: 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

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Feeling old school? Grab some milkshakes and a few friends and go to a drive-in movie. This weekend's showing of the '80s cult classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" will make you want to have a pizza delivered to your next work meeting. 

When: Saturday, Sept. 3, doors at 6:30 p.m.

Where: LACCD Van de Kamp College Campus | MAP

Price: Drive-in tickets are $14 per person | Get Tickets


7. Smiths and Morrissey Night at the Echoplex

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Good times for a change: It's a night dedicated to the Smiths and Morrissey. DJ Jose Maldonado will be spinning "the songs that saved your life" so you can dance the night away. Sorry kiddos, this event is only for people ages 18 and up. 

When: Sunday, Sept. 4, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Where: The Echoplex | MAP

Price: Tickets are $7 | Get Tickets


8. Remembering Juan Gabriel in song

Singer Juan Gabriel performs during the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center November 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Singer Juan Gabriel performs during the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center November 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Pay tribute to Mexico's iconic voice, Juan Gabriel, by singing karaoke in his honor. Sign-up to sing on stage, or just belt it out from your seat if you don't like all eyes on you. 

When: Sunday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m.

Where: Eastside Luv Wine Bar | MAP

Price: Free, happy hour from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


9. Labor Day Music Festival

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Spend your Monday off with musical talents like Los Lonely Boys, Poncho Sanchez, Dennis Jones Band, The Victor Orlando Orchestra and Fun-Ja-La, Cuban Funk, The New Orleans All Star Band and headliner Snoop Dogg. The event is put on by the organization Working Californians to celebrate what workers do for the City of L.A. 

When: Monday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Where: L.A. Memorial Coliseum's Exposition Park | MAP 

Price: General admission is $20 | Get Tickets


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