10 Awesome Things to Do in L.A. on Labor Day Weekend

If you’re not floating around in a swimming pool sipping gin, here are a few options.
537

You have three days. Use them well. Because to paraphrase the Grail Knight’s warning to Indiana Jones, “Choose wisely, for as the true party will bring you life, the false party will take it from you.”

HEAR: Into the Night: The Wild Side
End the summer in style at this after-dark party featuring live music in the Skirball’s outdoor courtyard. Local artist Jenny O. will be headlining the evening, supported by many other L.A.-based acts. More information (August 30; Skirball) 

EXPERIENCE: L.A. County Fair
Deep fried food, pig races, Dr. Bob’s ice cream, unrelenting heat, bales of hay, Ferris wheels, super slides, pony rides, corn dogs. Think of it as a sense-memory exercise in prefab nostalgia. More information (August 30 – September 29; Pomona Fairplex)

EAT: The Taste
It’s the edible Olympics when stars of the Los Angeles Times food section—including critic Jonathan Gold—present wine tastings, panel discussions, and bites from the city’s finest restaurants. More information (August 30-September 1; Paramount Studios)

DANCE: E Hula Mau Hula & Chant Competition
Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with three days of Hula, lei making, tropical noshing, and cultural workshops. Bring the ukulele. More information (August 30-September 1; Terrace Theater, Long Beach)

SEE: Don’t Knock The Rock Festival
Why merely listen to bands when you could watch documentaries and other bits of cinematic ephemera bout them? Curated by Allison Anders, the fest includes movies about Lawrence Hayward of the band Felt and the Beatles’ devoted secretary as well as a screening of Cool As Ice. More information (August 30-September 2; Cinefamily)

HEAR: John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
The composer behind the famous themes for Harry Potter and Star Warsis joined by Julie Andrews in a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini. More information (August 30; Hollywood Bowl)

SEE: Sculptural Hammocks
You can’t actually hang around in Pinaree Sanpitak’s traditional Thai hammocks, but kids and their craftsy parents can try their hands at textile art in five “Andell Family Sundays” workshops this month. More information (Opens September 1; LACMA)

CELEBRATE: Boddy’s Big Backyard
In 1953, newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy sold his lavish garden to La Cañada Flintridge. An end-of-summer fete gives props to the dude. More information (September 2; Descanso Gardens)

GROOVE: 20th Annual Brazilian Summer Festival
Groove to the rhythms of Rio and the beats of Bahia at a summer fest featuring a variety of Brazilian dances, capoeira demonstrations, and a performance by samba icon Jorge Aragão. More information (September 1; Ford Amphitheatre) 

LAUGH: Comedy Central Roast of James Franco
Whether he’s sort of hosting the Oscars, presenting outlandish art shows, or guesting on soaps, Franco is no stranger to being a punch line. A TV special makes the peripatetic actor, filmmaker, and poet an official target of celebrity yuksters. More information (September 2; Comedy Central)