SW News Presents: Unleashing Fun in Los Angeles this Labor Day Weekend – A Guide for All Ages

With those events in place, 2023's Labor Day Weekend is going to be a blast.

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to bid farewell to the sunny days and welcome the Labor Day weekend with open arms. Los Angeles, the city of dreams and entertainment, is gearing up to host a plethora of exciting events that will make your long weekend one to remember. From music concerts and food festivals to art exhibitions and outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of LA and make the most of 2023’s Labor Day weekend events!

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaylianna Genier Navy Region Southwest
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kaylianna Genier Navy Region Southwest

LA Fleet Week – Port of Los Angeles

One of the highlights of Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is LA Fleet Week at the Port of Los Angeles. This multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services is free to the public and offers a wide range of activities. Visitors can enjoy public ship tours, live entertainment, military displays, aircraft flyovers, and even a kids’ STEM Expo. Additionally, there are exciting events like the Conquer the Bridge Labor Day Walk/Run and a 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament. Don’t miss the Galley Wars culinary competition judged by Chef Robert Irvine. Check out the LA Fleet Week website for the complete schedule.

Outdoor Movies – Rooftop Cinema Club

If you’re a movie enthusiast, Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor screenings. The Rooftop Cinema Club offers two locations: LEVEL in Downtown L.A. and Neuehouse in Hollywood. At LEVEL, you can catch movies like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Selena,” and “Tommy.” Meanwhile, Neuehouse will be screening “Grease Sing-Along,” “La La Land,” and “Mean Girls.” Other outdoor movie screenings in the city include Street Food Cinema, Cinespia, Melrose Rooftop Theatre, and Eat|See|Hear. So grab your popcorn and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Rooftop Cinema Club in Los Angeles

Dance DTLA: Cumbia Night

Dance DTLA, a summer favorite, is an evening of dance under the stars at the Music Center Plaza. Each Friday night features a different dance genre and beginner dance lessons led by top L.A. dance instructors. On August 30th, Dance DTLA will be celebrating the grand reopening of Music Center Plaza with a special edition dedicated to Cumbia. The event will have extended hours until midnight, allowing you to dance the night away. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your moves and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

The Music Center Plaza for All Celebration

On August 31st, The Music Center is hosting the Plaza for All Celebration in partnership with LA Commons and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This community celebration invites Angelenos to commemorate and embrace the new public space as the county’s “plaza for all.” The event will feature singing, music, dance, and visual art. A public procession will commence at Grand Park and culminate at The Music Center Plaza with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s annual Big Sing 2019, a giant community sing-along. Food trucks will be available for those looking to grab a bite.

USC Home Opener

Sports enthusiasts can kick off their Labor Day weekend by attending the USC Home Opener at the LA Coliseum on August 31st. The USC Trojans will be playing against the Fresno State Bulldogs in their first 2019 college football season game. This game is particularly special as it will be the first game played in the newly renovated United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Get ready to cheer for your favorite team and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere of a live football game.

Concerts in The Dome: A Stellar Musical Experience

Kick off your Labor Day weekend by shooting for the stars at the Mount Wilson Observatory. Located in the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena, this iconic venue offers a unique experience of classical music concerts within the dome of the 100-inch telescope above the observatory. Throughout the summer months, the observatory hosts monthly concerts featuring talented musicians and breathtaking performances. With two shows per program, you have the flexibility to choose between a 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. performance. After the concert, don’t miss the opportunity to explore an exhibition showcasing rare scientific artifacts and illustrations from the observatory’s collection. Tickets for these enchanting concert events can be purchased online for $50 each.

626 Night Market: A Culinary Adventure

Indulge your taste buds at the 626 Night Market, the largest Asian-inspired night market in the United States. Located at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, this foodie haven will satisfy your cravings with over 250 food, merchandise, craft, and entertainment vendors. From traditional Asian delicacies to fusion creations, many flavors await exploration. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere, listen to live music, and enjoy the vibrant energy of the night market. Remember to bring cash, as most vendors operate on a cash-only basis. Admission is $5 at the door, and children under 3 can enter for free. The 626 Night Market opens its doors from August 30th to September 1st, ensuring you have ample time to savor the diverse culinary delights on offer.

Cinecon 55 Classic Film Festival: A Cinematic Journey

Calling all cinephiles! Celebrate Labor Day weekend in the heart of Hollywood at the Cinecon 55 Classic Film Festival. This annual event brings together archivists, authors, collectors, and film enthusiasts for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and an extraordinary movie memorabilia show. Immerse yourself in the golden age of cinema as you relish the timeless movies that have shaped the industry. The festival, presented in partnership with Hollywood Heritage, takes place from August 29 to September 2, 2019, promising an unforgettable experience for film lovers of all ages.

Los Angeles Times The Taste: A Culinary Extravaganza

If you’re a food and wine enthusiast, then the Los Angeles Times The Taste is the perfect event to tickle your taste buds. Held at the iconic Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot, this three-day culinary extravaganza showcases the best of Southern California’s diverse culinary scene. Indulge in unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings as you explore the unique flavors and innovative creations presented by hand-picked local restaurants. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, engage with talented chefs, and witness culinary collaborations that push the boundaries of gastronomy. This 21 and over event guarantees a memorable Labor Day weekend filled with sipping, savoring, and celebrating the art of food and drink.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams

Experience the magic of John Williams’ iconic movie scores at the Hollywood Bowl during the Labor Day weekend. This year, the Hollywood Bowl pays tribute to the legendary composer with a memorable evening of his music conducted by maestro David Newman. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, the concert takes you on a journey through the mesmerizing sounds that have defined cinema for decades. Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to witness the power of music as it intertwines with the silver screen. Mark your calendars for the performances from August 30th to September 1st and immerse yourself in the genius of John Williams.

Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing

Embark on a cultural exploration at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with the exhibition “Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing.” This groundbreaking exhibition, the first of its kind outside of Asia, delves into Korea’s rich history of writing and calligraphy. Discover the profound significance of calligraphy in Korean society as you explore works spanning nearly two millennia. From hanja to hangeul scripts, witness the beauty and complexity of Korean writing through a carefully curated collection of artifacts. Due to the rarity of several international loans, this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Make sure to visit LACMA before this extraordinary exhibition concludes.

Additional Information:

  • Remember to check the official websites of the events for the most up-to-date information regarding schedules, tickets, and any COVID-19 protocols that may be in place.
  • Plan your transportation in advance, as some events may have limited parking availability. Consider using public transportation or rideshare services to ease your commute.
  • Stay hydrated and wear comfortable clothing and footwear, as many events involve outdoor activities and walking.
  • Capture your favorite moments and share them on social media using event hashtags to join the conversation and connect with fellow attendees.
  • Embrace the spirit of exploration and adventure by exploring other attractions and hidden gems in Los Angeles during your Labor Day weekend getaway.

Get ready for an unforgettable Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles! From captivating concerts and mouthwatering food festivals to thought-provoking art exhibitions and engaging cultural experiences, 2023’s Labor Day events in Los Angeles promise diverse activities for every taste and interest. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of LA as you create lasting memories. Let the festivities begin!

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