Things To Do This Weekend | LA Labor Day Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do on Labor Day Weekend

Sept. 1-3. Top chefs and beverage purveyors take center stage for a celebration of the Southern California culinary scene at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Five food-and-drink-centered events include wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. Event times vary. $65. Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood.


yeasayer-fyfFYF Fest
Sept. 1-2. Nearly 100 musicians and comedians entertain at the two-day festival at the Los Angeles State Historic Park downtown. Featured performers include bands M83, Refused, Beirut, and Yeasayer and comedians BJ Novak and David Cross. Tickets via website and in-store at Origami Vinyl (213.413.3030), Vacation Vinyl (323.666.2111) and other retail locations. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown.


la-county-fairLos Angeles County Fair
Aug. 31-Sept. 30. Largest county fair in North America features rides, animals, live music, horse races. Musical acts include the Wanted, Karmin, the B52’s and Earth, Wind & Fire. Call for hours. $7–$17, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.



bootsie-bellowsDinner Theater at Bootsie Bellows
Aug. 30. David Arquette and friends channel the glamorous past of The Sunset Strip by bringing the dinner theater experience back to life. The show features a three-course dinner and entertainment with a kaleidoscope of characters including your host David Arquette, the magically charming Rob Zabrecky (Magic Castle), master marionette manipulator Scott Land (Team America) and a troupe presenting an evening of dancing, singing, comedy, puppets and magic. $60. 8:30 p.m. RSVP required. 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500.


Labor Day Yacht Party, Mini-Cruise and BBQLABOR DAY PARTIES
Labor Day Yacht Party, Mini-Cruise and BBQ
Sept. 3. Soak up the final weekend of summer fun by sailing out to sea on the Fantasea One, a luxury yacht that offers four decks of DJs, karaoke, games, bar, BBQ, cabanas, bottle service, VIP tables and more at the 10th annual Labor Day party. Check in at 2 p.m. Tickets $40+, includes an all-access boarding pass, four hour cruise and free BBQ. Cabanas, VIP and bottle tables available, call 310.821.5371. Fantasea One Mega-Yacht, Dock 52, 13509 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.


Labor Day Weekend Dayclub at Drai’sLabor Day Weekend Dayclub at Drai’s
Sept. 2. Australian electronic superstar Tommy Trash headlines the poolside soiree atop the W Hollywood Hotel along with Travis Emmons and Soulre. Show up in your most stylish poolside wear and party the afternoon away. Doors are at 11 a.m. $30. W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 213.400.3133.


tropicana-pool-hollywood-rooseveltWET Pool Party at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Sept. 3. Party at the Roosevelt all day and night with a pool party at Tropicana featuring nine DJs from noon-8 p.m. The official after party follows at Teddy’s starting at 8 p.m. $35. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.8887.

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Sept. 4. Gotye’s chart-topping track “Somebody That I Used To Know” has been a universal hit; to date it has sold 1.7 million and hit the #1 spot in nine countries including the UK. See Gotye perform alfresco at the Greek Theatre with special guests Brooklyn buzzband Chairlift and South African born multi-instrumentalist Jonti. 7 p.m. $59.50/$49.50/$35. 2700 North Vermont Ave., L.A.


steve-martin-pantagesSteve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Sept. 1. Jack-of-all-entertainment Steve Martin performs an evening of bluegrass and banjo with The Steep Canyon Rangers. The multi-talented Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer has proven to be one of the most diversified performers in the entertainment industry today. In 2009, he successfully added musician to his resume with a Grammy Award for his first Bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Now joined by The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin brings bluegrass music to new audiences. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.


john-williamsJohn Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Aug. 31-Sept. 1. With his memorable scores, John Williams continues to change the face of modern-day film music. Renowned violinist Gil Shaham joins John Williams in a program featuring some of Williams’ biggest and best loved movie hits, including an extended film sequence from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial accompanied live by the orchestra. 2301 North Highland Ave., 323.850.2000.


dragp centroEAT | DRINK
A Taste of Tomato at Drago Centro
Savor the best crop of this summer’s tomato season through Executive Chef Ian Gresik’s five-course tomato tasting menu. Tomatoes shine in menu selections like heirloom tomato salad with Bocconcini mozzarella and olive oil powder; New York steak with tomato-crusted potato and olive puree and dessert of chocolate budino with pistachios and tomato sorbet. 525 South Flower Street, Suite 120, downtown, 213.228.8998.


mercado-di-vetroSunday Supper at Mercato di Vetro
Sept. 2. Chef Danny Elmaleh offers a weekly market driven menu of antipasti, entrees and desserts, as well as wine, beer and cocktail specials. This week he features seared sockeye salmon with soft polenta and haricot verts. $24. 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.859.8369.



glance-wine-barWine Wednesdays
September is California Wine month, and what better way to celebrate than with a month-long wine tasting series at gLAnce Wine Bar at JW Marriott Los Angeles. “Meet the Winemaker” features a guest wine maker each week who hosts the complementary tasting where you can learn about the vineyard’s varietals and enjoy a selection of light bites. Up this week is Sandhi Wines, A small production California winery focusing on select vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara. 5:30-7 p.m. JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Lobby Level, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.8600.


Elephant Room
Through Sept. 16. The West Coast premiere of this “enchantingly goofy collaboration,” (Village Voice), follows three semi-pro magicians as they hang out in a basement rec room and practice their tricks with varying competence. Soon they realize that things are not as they seem, and there is something mysterious about their Elephant Room. Stars magicians Louie Magic, Daryl Hannah and Dennis Diamond. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


mary-poppinsMary Poppins
Through Sept. 2. Broadway’s supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit musical returns to LA. Based on P.L. Travers’ stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.


Through Sept. 9. Tony Award-nominated Alfred Molina again undertakes the role of bad boy artist Mark Rothko in this exploration into the soul of an artist. Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) plays his assistant. Pigments and opinions collide on stage at downtown’s Mark Taper Forum. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.