• By unofficial tradition, the summer is said to start on Memorial Day and end with Labor Day. One holiday honors our fallen troops, while the other honors the working men and women of the country. And both holidays are marked by celebration, fun with family and friends, and store sales. But if you don't already have plans for the weekend, or are just looking for something new to try, here are a few activities in the area. Read More
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Labor Day Activities

By unofficial tradition, the summer is said to start on Memorial Day and end with Labor Day. One holiday honors our fallen troops, while the other honors the working men and women of the country. And both holidays are marked by celebration, fun with family and friends, and store sales. But if you don't already have plans for the weekend, or are just looking for something new to try, here are a few activities in the area.

Budweiser Made in America Festival: Featuring big name musicians, this festival will take over Grand Park downtown on Saturday and Sunday. With beer gardens, popular food trucks, and other highlights, this festival will attract big crowds. But at more than $100 for a one-day ticket, it may not be for everyone. Visit http://www.madeinamericafest.com/landing/ for more details and to get tickets online.

For another popular, big-ticket way to find a gourmet flavor for the holiday, consider The Taste, the annual food and wine fest presented by the Los Angeles Times. Some of the best chefs in LA will be serving up their best starting on Friday evening and going through Sunday. Tickets to this dining experience are also on the pricey side, though LA Times Members get a discount. To see the full flavor lineup and get additional details, visit http://events.latimes.com/taste/

If you'd like to spend your time, but a little less cash, the LA County Fair opens in Pomona this weekend and runs through the end of September. With shop stalls, rides, music, and classic fair food, the LA County Fair reflects the spirit of the Labor Day weekend. Check out the Fair website at http://www.lacountyfair.com to find out what's going on this year and find better deals on tickets from sponsors and partners.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach plays host to many events this holiday weekend including the Shoreline Jam, the Art Deco Festival, and the Long Beach Funk Fest. Whether you like the modern mixes of rock, hip-hop and reggae followed by the best in funk, or prefer to experience the elegance of the Golden Age, The Queen Mary is a target destination for the weekend with ticket prices that make it easy to say yes to a new experience. Visit http://www.queenmary.com/ for details about these and other events and to make reservations.

And if something on this list doesn't strike your fancy, there are dozens of other events and festivals around the Los Angeles and Southern California area to lure you away from that delicious backyard barbeque. Most are near the coastline, so you might also find some relief from the Valley heat while enjoying the summer sun.

If you are staying local and attending parties with family and friends, remember to stay safe around barbeque grills and on the roads. Holidays like Labor Day usually see an increase in drunk drivers and sobriety checkpoints, so be sure to watch the road as well as yourself. Remember that 'buzzed' driving is drunk driving, and designated drivers or taxis can save your life or others.