LA Weekend Roundup Labor Day Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for Labor Day weekend



Sept. 2-5. This gastronomic extravaganza sponsored by the Los Angeles Times features myriad events in Beverly Hills, downtown and Hollywood. Sample food from 200 restaurants and take in cooking demonstrations, seminars and live music, and expect appearances from celeb chefs such as Duff Goldman and Scott Conant.


Labor Day Yacht Party, Mini-Cruise and BBQLabor Day Yacht Party, Mini-Cruise and BBQ

Sept. 5. Soak of 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, foosball, ping pong, BBQ, cabanas, bottle service and VIP tables and more at the 9th annual Labor Day party. Check in at 2 p.m. Tickets $40+, includes an all-access boarding pass, four hour cruise and free BBQ. Fantasea One Mega-Yacht, Dock 52, 13509 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.



Sept. 4. the American Film Institute reunites with the Bowl for a world premiere event! Alex Trebek hosts this one-of-a-kind Movie Night, testing your film and music knowledge with a feast of the greatest American films from every genre and decade. Questions will be answered live by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, while the classic film clips are projected on the big screen. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.



Sept. 2-5. This magical weekend “cruise” aboard the last of the great Maritime Monarchs transports guests back to the Golden Age of travel with tours, lectures, the Art Deco Bazaar, the Grand Art Deco Ball and Cocktails in Historic Places®. There’s also a Bon Voyage Pajama Party and Sunday Tea Dance. A daily boarding pass is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids; there is an additional cost for some of the weekend’s events. RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Hwy., Long Beach.



Opens Sept. 3. The largest county fair in North America returns with rides, animals, country and rock concerts and other entertainment at the Fairplex in Pomona. New this year, learn to fly on a trapeze at the Aerial Arts Circus Show or witness the stunts of Dream World Cirque and Chinese Circus of Beijing. Through Oct. 2. $5–$17, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.



Continuing. Watch out, Vegas! L.A. has finally earned its own Cirque du Soleil spectacle, fittingly themed around the history of film. The long-anticipated Iris: A Journey Through the World of Cinema, written and directed by director-choreographer Philippe Decouflé, opens in previews (officially opens Sept. 25) at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre; it will be the exclusive host to this production. Described as a “lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art,” Iris uses dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation to tell the history of cinema and its genres. More than 70 performers don 200 costumes for the show, which is scored by Grammy and Emmy Award winner and L.A. native Danny Elfman. Performances Tu–Su. $43–$133; VIP Ticket $253. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.943.4747.

drum-downtown-music-centerDrum Downtown

Sept. 3. Let your hands do the talking! Make music in-the-moment during this unique outdoor group experience. Drums and other percussion instruments are provided. 10-11:30 a.m. No experience necessary. Free. Music Center Plaza, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211.



Sept. 3. Los Angeles State Historic Park downtown hosts this annual concert festival that’s a virtual mini-Coachella, featuring indie rock and alternative music’s hottest bands. Headliners Descendents and Death From Above 1979 are joined by 40 other acts, including Girls, Cold War Kids and Broken Social Scene. Tickets via TicketWeb ( and in-store at Origami Vinyl (213.413.3030), Vacation Vinyl (323.666.2111) and others. $35–$40. 1st and Main streets, downtown.


b52s-hollywood-bowlTotally 80s Hollywood Bowl

Sept. 2. By popular demand, the Bowl rewinds for another awesome celebration of the best era of pop music ever. Headlineers include The Human League, B-52s, The Fixx and Berlin. Monster hits including “Don’t You Want Me,” “Love Shack,” “One Thing Leads to Another” and “Take My Breath Away” have never sounded so totally rad. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000.



Sept. 5. Inara George and some of LA’s most inspired songwriters and guests (John C. Reilly, Mike Andrews, Juliette Commagere, Eleni Mandell and many more) perform their interpretations of the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The duo is known for leaving an indelible mark on the past half century of pop music. Together they produced 22 Top-40 hits including “The Look of Love,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head,” “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” 2 p.m. $25/$40. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.3723.


Indie ThursdaysIndie Thursdays

Drop into the Lobby Bar at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel to see top indie music talent, sip cocktails and nosh on appetizers and more. During the first Thursday of the month 5-6 indie artists play to compete for a solo set the following month. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Lobby Bar, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, 1755 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood, 323.856.1200,


Buddy Holly Package the redbury“Oh Boy” Buddy Holly Package

Through Sept. 9. Check into the Redbury for a rock ‘n’ roll package fit for Peggy Sue. To celebrate Buddy Holly’s long awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (just steps from the hotel) on Sept. 7, get vinyl with classic Buddy Holiday tunes to play on the in-flat record player, CD of “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly” featuring modern takes on Holly’s classic hits performed by Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, The Fray, Zooey Deschanel, and more; two tickets to the Grammy Museum, a par of Buddy Holly black replica frames and more.


Beer Belly & The Park's Finest: Backyard BoogieEat | Drink
Beer Belly & The Park’s Finest: Backyard Boogie

Sept. 4. Labor Day weekend would not be complete without an epic backyard BBQ and Beer Belly brings in the team that defines what the Backyard Boogie is in Los Angeles: The Park’s Finest. The Park’s Finest will be cooking up BBQ dishes like pork ribs, tri-tip, pulled pork, chicken wings and pan de sal, served along with Beer Belly’s top selection of craft beers. All BBQ proceeds will be going to help The Park’s Finest team get their first retail location set-up. 3-8 p.m. 532 S. Western Ave., L.A., 213.387.2337.


Corkbar Celebrates California Wine MonthCorkbar Celebrates California Wine Month

Celebrate California wine month at Corkbar as they partner with the Wine instate to offer a rotation flight of wines each week that focuses on a different varietal, growing region or winemaking style. Also, during the month, you can dine on two menu pairings of Corkbar’s most popular items–the Corkbar Burger with Frank Family Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel, and Mac & Cheese with Stag’s Leap 2009 Viognier. Corkbar, 403 W. 12th St., downtown.


michaels-santa-monica-happy-hourHappy Hour at Michael’s Santa Monica

The Santa Monica institution known for serving top far-fresh cuisine offers its first happy hour menu. Gather in the bar/lounge to sip specialty cocktails from from mixologist Jason Robey, as well as beers and wines. The drink menu is complemented by Executive Chef John-Carlos Kuramoto’s Happy Hour menu featuring choices such as duck confit rillettes, truffle-tyme frites, crispy sweetbread poppers and seasonal melon and serrano ham. Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. Michael’s Santa Monica, 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843.


burlesque mondays basement tavernBurlesque Mondays

Experience a night full of dancing, drinking, and live music. Basement Tavern, reminiscent of the speakeasies of the 1920s, offers you a modern-day take on the burlesque shows popularized during the Vaudeville era. Sip signature cocktails while taking in the electrifying burlesque performance accompanied by indie, vintage jazz music from Los Angeles-based band, Behind the Six. 9 p.m.-midnight. Basement Tavern at The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.4956.


terrace-beverly-wilshireTHE TERRACE

Thursdays Through Sept. 8. Celebrate summer at a hidden oasis overlooking Rodeo Drive, cocktail in hand. The Terrace, the Beverly Wilshire’s chic alfresco pop-up lounge, invites you in for sips like sangria or specialty cocktails, complementary canapes and valet parking. 5-9 p.m. Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, 310.385.3901.


andy warhol campbells soup cansMuseums

Through Sept. 19. Pop artist Andy Warhol’s paintings of Campbell’s soup cans are probably his most iconic pieces. An installation of his 32 soup-can paintings opens at Museum of Contemporary Art downtown on the 49th anniversary of the original exhibition at Ferus Gallery in L.A., Warhol’s first solo show. MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222.


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityTheater
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Through Oct. 9. Think pro-wrestling is all outrageous masks and pyrotechnics? Think again — there’s so much more in this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience you can’t find on pay-per-view. This smackdown of a play tackles racism, drop-kicks globalization and brings a championship tale into the ring. In wrestling, as in life, behind every winner lies the story of a really excellent loser. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454.

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