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13 Fun Things To Do on Labor Day in Los Angeles

For some families, Labor Day signals the end of summer. For some families, summer ends when the kids return to school, so Labor Day means a nice long weekend. For all families, there are plenty of fun things to do on Monday, September 4th.

Originally created as a way to honor the achievements of American Workers, and to celebrate the many contributions workers have made to “…America’s strength, prosperity and well-being,” according to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day is now considered to be a chance to have fun with your family before the start of the Holiday season.

Some schools even give kids the day off the Friday before, making this Labor day a 4-day weekend to enjoy.

LA City hall
Los Angeles is a great place to celebrate Labor Day!

Family Activities on Labor Day in Los Angeles

Beyoncé Renaissance World Tour
SoFi Stadium
1001 S. Stadium Dr., Inglewood, CA 90301

Is there a more memorable way of celebrating Labor Day than by attending Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour? The concert on Labor Day is scheduled at 8:00 pm. (Tickets are also available for Friday, September 1st and Saturday, September 2nd.)

Festival of STEM
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

Labor Day, Monday, September 4th is your last chance to participate in the Festival of STEM at Discovery Cube Los Angeles. This all-ages event features interactive displays and hands-on activities all of which highlight different areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Details, including ticket information, are available online. (Discovery Cube Los Angeles is an advertising partner.)

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705

Don’t miss out. Monday, September 4th is your last chance to explore PAW Patrol: Adventure Play at Discovery Cube Orange County. The interactive exhibit is based on the popular preschool series PAW Patrol and “gives visitors an opportunity to run rescue missions and work together to overcome challenges in a fun and immersive environment.” Tickets are available online. 

Marina del Rey WaterBus
Multiple locations 

The Marina del Rey WaterBus is a fun and relaxing way for families to explore the Marina. The WaterBus operates from eight stops in the Marina which makes it a fun way to explore the Marina and take in all the sights and sounds. The WaterBus will be operating on Labor Day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Don’t miss out — Labor Day is the last day to experience the WaterBus this summer. Tickets are available at each stop and are $1 per passenger, one way, cash only. Be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date operating hours and a map of the route taken by the WaterBus. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon, Topanga, CA 

Experience Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. This annual event infuses “Shakespeare’s beautiful language with music and song to heighten the pleasure. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human.” The performance is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, September 4h. Ticket information, as well as other performance dates, are available online.

Malibu Chili Cook-Off
23575 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA

The Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off is happening Labor Day weekend — Friday, September 1st (4 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd (1 pm to 10 pm), and Monday, September 4th (1 pm to 8 pm). The festivities include amazing food, local artisans, DJ performances, carnival rides, and much more. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu.  Admission tickets are required for entry and will not be available on-site. Tickets must be pre-purchased. (Admission is free for children 5 and younger.)

Hoods Up! Labor Day Weekend Edition
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 

“For the Labor Day weekend, the Petersen Museum will be lifting the hoods on some of our most iconic vehicles for your viewing pleasure!” Families will have the opportunity to get a close look at the “complex motors that power some of the rarest cars in the world.” The Museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets are available online. 

Conquer the Bridge 
Start/Finish line at 5th St. and Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA

One way to spend Labor Day is by participating in the Conquer the Bridge event. The 5.3 mile event includes two trips over the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Participants may run or walk, and all finishers will receive a finishers medal. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the LAPD Harbor Area Booster Club. Registration information is available online. 

USS Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro exterior of the ship
USS Battleship Iowa Museum in San Pedro is hosting a Bruncheon!

USS Iowa Bruncheon
Vicky’s Doghouse on Battleship Iowa
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA

You most likely will have worked up an appetite after participating in Conquer the Bridge. Head over to Vicky’s Doghouse on Battleship Iowa for a special Labor Day Bruncheon. From 8:30 am to 11:30 am, families will enjoy a scrambled eggs meal, with seating available on the fantail. Price is $14 per person.

Summer Concerts in the Park
Conejo Community Park
1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Conejo Recreation and Park District invites families to enjoy a Summer Concert in the Park on Labor Day Monday, September 4th. The Midnight Rider Band, a “7-piece, southern rock inspired group and California’s premier Allman Brothers tribute band,” will be performing. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics, and then settle in for an evening of musical fun. Food trucks will also be on-site. Concerts are from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, but come early to find the best seating.

Simi End of Summer Festival
Simi Valley Town Center
1555 Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Simi Valley Town Center is hosting the Simi End of Summer Festival all weekend long, from Friday, September 1st through Monday, September 4th. The festivities include live musical performances, family-friendly entertainment, and more. 

Knott’s Summer Nights
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Labor Day is your last chance to enjoy Knott’s Summer Nights. Knott’s Summer Nights offers “a hub of live music, unique summer food offerings, Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences and family-friendly games,” and more. Details and ticket information are available online. 

Long Beach Greek Food and Music Festival
5761 E. Colorado St., Long Beach, CA 90814

The Long Beach Greek Food and Music Festival is happening Labor Day weekend, from Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4th. The festivities include live Greek music, cooking demonstrations, shopping, Greek food, games, bounce houses, video game trucks, and much more. Details, including information about parking and the free shuttle service, are available online. Admission is $5. 

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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