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Labor Day Weekend Events in Greater Los Angeles

Labor Day Events in LA 2013

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Long Beach Greek Festival

Long Beach Greek Festival

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If you want to spend the last official weekend of summer at theo cean, then my guide to LA Beaches is the place to start. For inland fun, there are also a wide variety of special events in Los Angeles that take advantage of the long Labor Day Weekend. Or you can take advantage of the extra free day to check out some of the Things to Do in LA that are always available.

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated by labor unions in New York City in the 1880s with a grand parade in honor of the working class. Now most people just think of it as a day off work and a chance for a last end-of-summer family outing. If you're still looking for something to do in the LA area for the long Labor Day weekend, here are some suggestions for celebrating the diversity of the American workforce.

The LA/Long Beach Labor Coalition Labor Day Parade
Members of the LA/Long Beach Labor Coalition will march from Broad and E Street south on Avalon Blvd to Banning Park in Wilmington, where a rally will include speakers, music and hot dogs, with shuttles back to the start point. This is not a festive parade; it's a labor march.
When: Monday, Sept 2, 2013, 10 am parade start, rally and picnic at noon (to be confirmed)
Where: Broad and E Street, Wilmington, CA to Banning Park, 1331 Eubank Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744
Cost: Free

Los Angeles County Fair
The LA County Fair kicks off Labor Day weekend and runs for a full month. Live music, rides, livestock, gardening and gadgets galore.
When: Sat-Mon Aug 30 -Sept 2, 2013, then Wed-Sun Sept 4 - 29, 2013
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768, off the 10 Freeway, exit Fairplex Drive or White Ave.
Cost: $1 from 10 am - 1 pm, after 1 pm $19 adult, $12 child 6-12, $15 senior, Free 5 and under. Season pass $29.99.
Parking: $15 General, $30 Valet
More: LA County Fair Guide

The Taste
This food and wine extravaganza, sponsored by the LA Times and Food & Wine, includes 5 different culinary events. This year all 5 events are at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
When: Saturday - Monday of Labor Day Weekend, 2 events Sat & Sun, 1 Mon
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cost: Advance $65-$125 per event
Info: http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Orange International Street Fair
Four city streets are blocked off around the traffic circle in old town Orange. A craft fair is arranged around the circle and street segments are converted into streets of the world with appropriate food and entertainment. Nine stages include an Irish Stage with some of the best local Irish bands, a Greek Stage, German Stage, Mexican Stage, Polynesian Stage, English Stage and All American Stage as well as a Children's Stage and activities.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Fri-Sun, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am - 10 pm
Where: Plaza Square, Chapman and Glassel in the City of Orange, 92855
Cost: Free
Parking: Some street parking. Lots are available for a fee. Everyone in the neighborhood rents out parking spaces for the festival, so look around for the lowest rates.
Info: www.orangestreetfair.org
Note: This is a very family friendly festival during the day, but it gets very crowded in the evening and a lot of people who have been drinking all day are sloppy drunk and obnoxious by dusk.
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Long Beach Greek Festival
Live music by the Olympians, exhibit dancing and social dancing, Greek food and product booths, children's games.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Sat-Mon, noon - 9 pm
Where: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 E. Colorado St, Long Beach 90814
Cost: $3, children 11 and under free
Info: (562) 494-8929, www.lbgreekfest.org
More: Southern California Greek Festivals and Greek Dance Etiquette

Fiesta Hermosa
Three-day arts and crafts festival with 270 vendors, live music and a kiddie carnival.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Sat-Mon, 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach
Cost: Free
Info: www.fiestahermosa.com

City of Los Angeles Birthday Celebration
The early morning "Los Pobladores - Walk to Los Angeles" is an annual re-enactment of the nine-mile walk from the San Gabriel Mission (428 @. Mission Ave., San Gabriel) to found El Pueblo de Los Angeles at the current Olvera Street. Walkers can also join the procession at Lincioln Park (3401 Valley Blvd., LA) for a shorter 3-mile walk. At Olvera Street, walkers and others will find live music, food and artists booths at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site.
When: Saturday, Aug 31, 2013, 6:00 am - 9:30 am, Post walk celebration on Olvera Street 9 am - 1 pm
Where: El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, 90012 at Olvera Street.
Cost: Free
Metro: Red Line to Union Station
Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org, (213) 485-8372

The Annual Art Deco Festival on the Queen Mary
Lectures, tours, a bazaar, afternoon Tea Dance, Pajama Party and evening Art Deco Ball celebrate all things Art Deco.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Friday - Sunday
Where: on the Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Hwy, Long Beach, Ca. 90802
Cost: Daily boarding pass $29.95, from $15 for the Movie and Martini Bar to $295 for a weekend pass.
Info: www.queenmary.com, www.adsla.org
More: Queen Mary Visitors Guide

Queen Mary Delicious Chili and Brew Fest
The Art Deco Festival isn't the only thing going on at the Queen Mary over the weekend. On Sunday there's also the Delicious Chili and Brew Fest at the adjacent events park with the best of local breweries and award winning chili chefs and local competitors.
When: Sunday, Sept 1, 2013, 11 am - 6 pm
Where: Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queen's Hwy, Long Beach, Ca. 90802
Cost: Tickets start at $10 online, Check LivingSocial.com for discount combo tickets.
Info: www.queenmary.com/events/delicious_chilli_brew.php

Cinecon Classic Film Festival
A 5-day celebration of movies, specializing in rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era. It features screenings of over 30 classic films, celebrity guests and film book and movie memorabilia shows. Most films are screened in 35mm and silent films include live piano accompaniment.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Thursday - Monday
Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90028; Banquet and film book and Memorabilia Shows are at the Loews Hollywood (formerly Hollywood Renaissance) Hotel.
Cost: ($20 membership required to buy tickets) Day Passes are $25-$30, $110 Festival Pass, $85 Celebrity Banquet, $160 Festival+Banquet in advance
Info: www.cinecon.org

E Hula Mau Polynesian Festival
A celebration of Hawaiian culture including hula and chant competitions, arts and crafts workshops and island cuisine in Long Beach.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Friday - Sunday
Where: Terrace Theatre and Plaza at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.
Cost: Cultural Fair is Free, individual performances, competitions and workshops range from $22-34.70, Online Tickets
Info: www.ehulamau.org

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