Orange County Labor Day Weekend Events

The Yost Theater

The Yost Theater will host the Make America Rock Again tour this Labor Day weekend

From concerts and carnivals to fireworks and festivals, see our roundup of 10 top Orange County Labor Day weekend events.

By Laura Okey

The Queen Mary WET Carnival
Sept. 3. Cool off this Labor Day weekend at The Queen Mary’s new WET Carnival, a waterfront beach club festival featuring live music, water-themed activities, dancing and more. The inaugural festival will include live entertainment from top artists such as B.o.B., Lil Jon, Tyga, DJ Mauricio and more. Enjoy multiple bars, water slides, a foam dance floor, cabanas and food vendors—all overlooking the skyline of downtown Long Beach. SoCal’s KIIS FM Radio and top LA DJs, along with headlining artists, will be joining in on the fun. 2-10 p.m. $39-$95. After party 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $50. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, 877.342.0738.

The Game, Ja Rule and Ashanti

Sept. 2, 4. Spend Labor Day weekend enjoying live entertainment from top R&B and hip hop artists The Game, Ja Rule and Ashanti. Friday night, see American rapper The Game whose hits include “My Life” and “Doctor’s Advocate.” On Sunday, see American rapper and singer Ja Rule and singer/songwriter Ashanti hit the stage. Their collaborative work includes hits such as “Always on Time” and “Mesmerize.” Doors open at 7 p.m. F 8 p.m. $25. Su 8 p.m. $50. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600.


Life Time Athletic Laguna Niguel Poolside Labor Day Bash
Sept. 5. Relax this Labor Day by the pool with a live DJ, signature cocktails, games and food for the whole family. Enjoy complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers or choose from a selection of signature cocktails, health-conscious appetizers, and more, available for purchase. Must call and reserve spot ahead of time. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 25600 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, 949.238.2700.

Orange International Street Fair
Sept. 2-4.
Experience creative food from all over the globe. The Orange International Street Fair features local groups of various cultures and ethnicities to present their unique cuisine to the community. Some of the global fare includes all-American, Asian, Dutch, Australian, Greek and much more. Bring the kids for children’s street. Also enjoy live entertainment and arts and crafts booths. Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free Admission. Old Towne Orange Plaza, Chapman Ave. and Glassell St., Orange, 714.633.4816.

5 Seconds of Summer

Sept. 4. See Australian pop rock band take the stage performing songs from the groups latest album Sounds Good, Feels Good. The band began as YouTube celebrities and rose to fame while touring with One Direction. Hit songs include “She’s Kinda Hot,” “Hey Everybody!,” and from the Ghostbusters soundtrack, “Girls Talk Boys.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $21. Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine.

Make America Rock Again Tour
Sept. 4. See an impressive line up of talented artists perform at Yost Theater for the Make America Rock Again tour. American rock band Puddle of Mudd will headline the event, known for a string of no. 1 mainstream rock singles such as “Blurry,” “Control” and “She Hates Me.” Special guests include TRAPT, Alien Ant Farm, Tantric and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon Ave., Santa Ana, 888.862.9573.

Labour of Love

Labour of Love Music Festival

Labour of Love Music Fest
Sept. 3. Dance, eat and play this Labor Day at the Labour of Love Music Fest. Enjoy live bands, guest speakers, classic cars, raffle giveaways and delicious food. Bring the family for free games and rides, face painting and bounce houses. Raffled prizes include bicycles, surfboards, skateboards and more. Hosted by Calvary Chapel of the Harbour, it is a celebration of Christianity. See website for information on free shuttles to event. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; parking $15 all day. Bolsa Chica State Beach, north end of parking lot near corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Warner, Huntington Beach, 562.592.1800.

Great Labor Day Cruise XXXIV

Sept. 2-4. Cruise through Labor Day weekend with the Great Labor Day Cruise. In its 34th year, this three-day event features pre-1978 American made classic cars, street rods, customs and rat rods. F noon-6 p.m., Sa 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults $15; Children under 12 Free. Parking $7. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 702.534.0294.

Huntington Beach Historical Society’s Civil War Days
Sept. 3-4. Travel back in time with the Huntington Beach Historical Society’s 23rd annual Civil War Days living history and reenactment. Civil War Days features live weapons demonstrations, living histories and battle reenactments. See what life was like during the Civil War! Sat 10 a.m., Sun 9 a.m. See website for full schedule and battle times. Free. Huntington Beach Central Park, 18000 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, 714-969-8928.

Labor Day Sunday Fireworks
Sept. 4. Celebrate Labor Day Sunday at Knott’s Berry Farm with thrilling rides, live entertainment and delicious food. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. F-Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m. See website for hours and prices. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200.