Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Events in L.A.


Three-day weekend! Three-day weekend! Now, you just have to decide how to spend it. Here are a few suggestions.

1. L.A. County Fair
Nine decades in, the rickety rides, bizarre fried foods (candy bars, Kool-Aid, butter, cereal), and petting zoo are as much fun as ever. They’re almost as captivating as the menagerie of humans in attendance (Fairus californicus). Aug. 31 – Sep. 30, Pomona Fairplex. More information

2. Art Deco Festival
Finger waves and beaver hats glide down the halls of the 1936 oceanliner at this annual soiree. Guests in vintage attire celebrate the era with tea dances, exhibitions, and lectures on felonious flappers and world fair  designs. Aug. 31 – Sep. 3, Queen Mary. More information

3. Los Angeles Times The Taste
This three-day extravaganza includes a cocktail demo, a Labor Day picnic, a beer and food pairing, and plenty of tastings — including one hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. Sep.1 – 3, various locations. More information

4. FYF Fest
Now in its ninth year, the FYF Fest (check out our interview with founder Sean Carlson) has expanded to two days. From noon to midnight more than 50 acts, most of which would be right at home at Coachella, take the stage at the Chinatown-adjacent L.A. State Historic Park. On the bill: Desaparedidos (led by Conor Oberst), Yeasayer, M83, Beirut, and Sleigh Bells. Sep. 1 – 2, L.A. State Historic Park. More information

5. Dirty Dancing
Nobody puts Baby in the corner — especially in a cemetery. The steamy 1980s dance flick featuring a lithe, pre-nose job Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze at his hunkiest gets a cemetery screening, courtesy of Cinespia. 8:30 p.m., Sep. 1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery. More information