Los Angeles Memorial Day Weekend Events

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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles. Photo by Dale Robinette.

From beach parties and music fests to barbecues and more, find the best Los Angeles Memorial Day weekend events in our roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Topanga Days 2017
May 27-29. Enjoy music, a parade (May 29, 8:30 a.m.) and old-fashioned fun at this 44th annual fair. Spend Memorial Day weekend listening to live music and participating in games like sack races, an egg toss and horseshoes. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $15-$25 per day; $40-$60 three-day pass, under 6 free. 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.1980. topangadays.com

Jazz Reggae Festival
May 29. Annual festival features top jazz and reggae acts like Protoje, Daniel Caesar, Jah9, UCLA Latinjazz Big Band and many others. Also find art and food onsite. Noon-6 p.m. UCLA, Westwood, 310.825.2101. jazzreggaefest.com

LA LA Land in Concert
May 26-27. See the beloved Los Angeles-set musical (see left) at an iconic LA locale: the Hollywood Bowl. Hear the Oscar-winning score performed live-to-film, followed by a fireworks show. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. hollywoodbowl.com

Fiesta Hermosa
May 27-29. This semiannual festival features some 300 artists and crafters, as well as food, live music, a “kiddie carnival,” a charity beer and wine garden and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. See website for free bike valet, parking and shuttle information. Downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue, 310.376.0951. fiestahermosa.net

Eat Drink Vegan
May 27. Indulge in top plant-based fare and craft beverages at this festival that celebrates everything vegan. Expect food from more than 100 restaurants like Badmaash, Butchers Daughter, Sage and more; along with unlimited pours of over 250 craft beers, wines and other drinks. Also find a vegan marketplace showcasing everything from clothing to skincare. Noon-9 p.m. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Padadena. eatdrinkvegan.com

MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
May 28. The fun, interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game, and gives you a culinary walking tour of Main Street’s finest restaurants, bars and more. Activities include the VIP Lounge with hosted food and drink from local restaurants, Go To Jail photo booth, DJ, games and more. All participants are encouraged to dress in “Monopoly”-inspired or patriotic attire, and those who hit all of the locations on their game board will be entered to win a “Taste of Main Street” prize package. Main Street (Between Bay St. & Navy St.), check in at Areal Restaurant, 2820 Main St., Santa Monica. mainopolysm.com

Live @ Descanso Beach Club
May 28. The summer concert series features an all-star lineup of popular rock, alt-rock, and reggae acts. It kicks off this weekend with a performance from Michael Franti among with afternoon sets by DJs K Fresh and Elliott Thomas. DJs/dance party noon-5:30 p.m.; concert 5:30-10 p.m. $45+. Descanso Beach Club, Catalina Island. visitcatalinaisland.com

Katana Red Sun BBQ
May 28-Sept. 3. Spend Sunday summer nights dining on a special menu from the Sunset Strip restaurant paired with specialty cocktails and DJ tunes. Dine on special new dishes like shrimp and chips, lobster garlic noodles and salmon poke, along with carafes of cocktails and boozy popsicles. 8439 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585. innovativedining.com

Valley Greek Festival
May 27-29. Experience the best of Greece in L.A. Fill up on Greek cuisine and pastries like gyros, spanakopita, baklava, lamb chops, roasted chicken and more, including Greek wine, beer and coffee. Other highlights include dancing, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, gift items from Greece and more. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. valleygreekfestival.com

AQUA Pool Party
Through Sept. 3. Spend summer Sundays poolside at Shade Hotel Redondo Beach. The new series comes complete with DJ tunes, cocktails, menu specials and sweeping ocean views. You can also take your party to the next level with their cabana and bottle service package. $20+. 1-7 p.m. 655 North Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, 310.430.3974. rb.shadehotel.com

The Farmer and The Chef Festival
May 28. Ten Los Angeles chefs and 10 farmers pair up for the ultimate drinking and dining experience at Manuela for Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. Expect tray-passed food, food stations, open bars and plenty of craft beer. The event also features a Q&A and live music. All profits will be donated to the following charities: Farm Aid, No Kid Hungry and Inner-City Arts. 4-9 p.m. $150. lafoodbowl.com

Rooftop BBQ at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
May 28-Sept. 24. Summer weekends bring a special barbecue menu to the poolside Roof Garden restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. In lush Mediterranean surroundings—five floors above Beverly Hills—you can dine on menu offerings like Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can 1/2 chicken, 28-day dry-aged rib eye with barrel-aged house steak sauce, charred whole branzino and grass-fed beef brisket tacos. Sat.-Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.975.2855. beverlyhills.peninsula.com

Corona Electric Beach Party
May 27. Head to the W Hollywood’s rooftop pool for a party to get you ready for EDC Las Vegas. The afternoon features a DJ set from Autograf and more. Free. RSVP required. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Tickets.

Cinespia
Continuing. Watch cult films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Highlights this weekend include North by Northwest and Clueless. See website for full schedule. Gates open 6:45 p.m.; movie 8:30 pm. $16. Parking $12-$15. (Photo Kelly Lee Barrett © Cinespia.org.) 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849. cinespia.org

Street Food Cinema
May 27. Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across LA features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. This weekend’s flicks include Clueless and Back to the Future. See website for a full schedule and door times. Band 6:30 p.m.; movie 8:30 p.m. $6-$21, under 6 free. 323.254.5068. streetfoodcinema.com

Annenberg Community Beach House
Opening May 27-29. Hit the pool with perfect views of the beach. The iconic beach house in Santa Monica is ready to get things splashing during its two opening weekends May 27-29 and June 3-4. The pool opens all week long from June 10-Sept. 4. See website for more info and special event dates. annenbergbeachhouse.com

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