Los Angeles Memorial Day Weekend Events

los angeles memorial day weekend events

LIVE @ Descanso Beach Club is just one of the best Los Angeles Memorial Day weekend events.

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 2016
May 28-30. Enjoy music, a parade (May 30, 8:30 a.m.) and old-fashioned fun at this 43nd annual fair. Spend Memorial Day weekend listening to live music by bands like the Avery Rose Band and Los Lobos and participating in sack races, an egg toss and a pie-eating contest. 10 a.m.-7 pm.. $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 30. Annual festival features top jazz and reggae acts like Barrington Levy, Jesse Royal, Bambaata Marley, The Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble and many others. Also find art and food onsite. Noon-6 p.m. UCLA, Westwood, 310.825.2101. jazzreggaefest.com

Crawfest 2016
May 29. Feast on 700 lbs. of crawfish straight from Louisiana. The crawfish boil features AYCE crawfish, andouille sausage, corn, potatoes and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $50 presale/$65 after May 26/door. 21+. 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice. thebrig.com

Fiesta Hermosa
May 28-30. This semiannual festival, which calls itself the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California,” 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 parking and shuttle information. Hermosa Beach pier, Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 310.376.0951. fiestahermosa.net

Mainopoly: Taste of Main Street
May 29. Experience the best food and drink offerings along Santa Monica’s Main Street during the interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game. Exchange special MAINopoly dollars for food tastings like pulled pork sliders from Areal, lobster shooters from Knuckle & Claw, gelato tastings from Dolcenero Gelato, coffee from Bulletproof and many more. Select restaurants will also be offering drink specials like $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails and $5 shots for those with the official wristband. Other activities include beer gardens, Kids Zone at Books & Cookies, “Go to Jail” at Pink Elephant and a VIP lounge sponsored by Shock Top with hosted beer, food, DJ, snacks, games and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress in “Monopoly”-inspired or patriotic attire. 3-8 p.m. $25+. Main Street (between Bay and Navy Streets), Santa Monica. Tickets.

Wavey Pool Party
May 30. Skybar at Mondrian is the setting for the summer pool party soiree. This year’s inaugural session welcomes House and Garage titan Todd Edwards, a DJ set from multi-instrumentalist DFA producer Juan MacLean, and the soul-infused 4/4 style of LA’s With You, plus local support by Thee Mike B, The Interns, and Cocodisco. 1-8 p.m. 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood. getwavey.la

LIVE @ Descanso Beach Club
May 28. The summer concert series features an all-star lineup of popular rock, alt-rock, and reggae acts including Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Coleman Hell, and The Wailers taking the stage at Catalina Island’s recently unveiled beach club. The series kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with “All Star” band Smash Mouth performing on Saturday, May 28. Future concerts include Toad the Wet Sprocket & Rusted Root on July 8, Coleman Hell on Aug. 12 and The Wailers on Sept. 13. Doors 6:30, opening band 7 p.m. $45+. Descanso Beach Club, Catalina Island. visitcatalinaisland.com

Valley Greek Festival
May 28-30. 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

The Queen Mary’s 80th Anniversary Celebration
May 26. Celebrate the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage anniversary with a dinner held in the first class dining room. All guests will be served a modern version of the menu presented to first class passengers on their first evening at sea. After dinning hear remarks regarding the ship’s most famous passengers—Winston Churchill—and his relationship with the ship. The weekend continues with free admission on Friday, and free admission all weekend long for to active service members of the armed forces, retired military personnel and veterans. 6-10 p.m. $150+. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

Annenberg Community Beach House
Opening May 28-30. 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 28-30 and June 4-5. The pool opens all week long from June 10-Sept. 5. See website for more info and special event dates. annenbergbeachhouse.com

Monday Night Tease Presents The Velvet Tom Cabaret Hour
May 30. If SNL’s Nick the Lounge Singer really could sing, he might sound like Velvet Tom, the outrageously gifted (and just plain outrageous) lounge lizard extraordinaire. Eyes hidden behind tinted aviators, outfitted in crushed velvet and polyester ruffles, VT is an unstoppable force, especially when backed by The Velveetahs, an elite group of his “wives, ex-wives and future ex-wives.” Together they perform some hilariously insane—and yet beautifully performed—mashups of pop and classic tunes. Now you can catch this “Lover. Loser. Legend.” live when he headlines a special performance that includes his “horny harmonies” and the city’s best burlesque. Bar opens at 7 p.m., show 7:30-8:30 p.m. $10 advance/$12 door. 3 Clubs, 1123 Vine St., L.A. Tickets.

42nd Street
Opening May 31. See this classic musical and long-running hit, set on Broadway at the height of the Great Depression, and hear songs including “We’re in the Money” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” This iteration is a slightly updated version of the Tony-winning 2001 revival. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Rooftop BBQ at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
May 28-Sept. 25. Summer weekends bring a special BBQ 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 smoked baby back ribs,  Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can 1/2 chicken, 28-day dry-aged rib eye with barrel-aged house steak sauce, charred whole branzino and pulled pork biscuits. Sat.-Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.975.2855. beverlyhills.peninsula.com

Katana’s Red Sun BBQ
May 29-Sept. 4. Spend Sunday summer nights dining on a special menu from the Sunset Strip restaurant paired with speciality cocktails and DJ tunes. This year the dining destination offers an exclusive Yakiniku (Japanese-style grilled meats over bincho-tan charcoals) menu with selections like shrimp with chimichurri, king crab leg with uni butter, American Kobe beef with black pepper, lamb chops with soy garlic, and supplemental items like shrimp and chips and tako ceviche. Also find boozy popsicles and Katana’s signature Red Sun BBQ cocktail, the Tropical Fusion with vodka, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and cranberry juice. 6-11 p.m. 8439 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585. innovativedining.com

May 30. Celebrate Memorial Day with an island-style, all-day, AYCE luau. Executive Chef Michael Hung will set up a poolside grill to sling Hawaiian-inspired BBQ dishes alongside refreshing tiki cocktails. Continuing the Summer Sundays Pool Party at Viviane, the Memorial Day event will also allow restaurant guests pool access—a treat usually reserved exclusively for those staying at the hotel—and the opportunity to dance to music from boutique DJ collective Dart DJs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The Avalon Hotel, 9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791. vivianerestaurant.com

May 30. Kick off summer with the first in a series of all-day, all-you-can-eat Backyard BBQs on the restaurant’s iconic patio. As part of his new tradition, Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar will roll out his grill from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and dish up a never-ending spread of traditional, all-American fare (Texas-style smoked beef brisket, marinated swordfish brochettes, smoked pork ribs and more) prepared with Terrine’s French-California twist on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. $45+. 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130. terrinela.com

Playa Provisions
May 30. Celebrate the restaurant’s second anniversary with a parking lot beer garden featuring a variety of Stone Brewing’s craft beers on-tap, plus cocktails, grilled burgers and hot dogs. Also find DJ tunes and live music, children’s activities and more. playaprovisions.com