The heat is hitting us like it’s mid-summer, and RVs are pulling out of driveways faster than we can say Labor Day weekend. But! Hope is not lost for those of us who find ourselves RVless. We’ve put together 9 super fun ways you can make your Labor Day weekend the perfect family affair.
1. Free Fishing Day
September 2: Throughout California no fishing license is required at all local lakes so take the family out for some old fashioned fun! Saturday. For a list of local lakes visit their site.
2. Los Angeles County Fair
September 1-24: Visit the fair where everyone is bound to have a good time! Featuring exhibits and contests, live animals and shows, kids’ activities, historic trains, a family marketplace, plus plenty of crafts, rides, games and food! Open Wednesday – Sunday and Labor Day Monday. Adults, $14-20; kids (6-12), $8-12. Visit the site for special admission discounts and promotions. Pomona Fairplex.
3. E Hula Mau in Long Beach
September 1-3: This annual celebration of Hawaiian culture includes Southern California’s only Hula and Chant Competition plus live performances, arts and crafts, interactive workshops, and island foods. Friday -Sunday, times vary. Ticket prices vary by day and event.
4. 68th Long Beach Greek Festival
September 2-4: Enjoy Greek food and desserts, dancing lessons and performances, live music, a full carnival, specialty shopping, and more. Saturday – Monday, noon – 9 p.m. Donation: adults, $5; kids (12 and under), free. Free parking and shuttles to and from Cal State Long Beach, Atherton and Palo Verde. Greek Orthodox Church.
5. Long Beach Comic Con
September 2-3: A celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators of all types of pop culture. Plus, exhibitors will be promoting and selling all types of related products. Don’t miss the entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet and greet sessions with celebrities. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. $35-399; kids (10 and under), free with adult admission; limit two kids per one adult admission. Long Beach Convention Center.
6. Chinatown Summer Nights in Los Angeles
September 2: Part food event, part summer party. Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks, sample the neighborhood’s wares, watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations, experience outdoor video projections, take part in hands-on Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums, and enjoy music from KCRW’s DJs. Saturday, 5 p.m. – midnight. Free. Central and West Plazas.
7. Norco Fair
August 31 – September 4: Stirrup some fun at a real country fair in Norco! Enjoy rides, games, shows, livestock, lawnmower races, bull riding, and more. Plus, a carnival, labor day parade, and talent show. $10-15 for everyone over 10. Kids (10 and under), free. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, Satruday, and Sunday, 4 p.m. – midnight. Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. George Ingall’s Equestrian Center.
8. Labor Day Weekend with LA Fleet Week
September 1-4: Honor Labor Day Weekend with LA Fleet Week featuring guided ship tours (reservations are highly suggested), ship-viewing tours, military exhibits, aerial demonstrations, live music and entertainment, educational programs, food, and fireworks. Held at various locations along the LA Waterfront including the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal, Battleship IOWA, and Downtown Harbor in San Pedro. Check website for activities, schedule, times, and cost.
9. Orange International Street Fair
September 1-3: Food, music, entertainment, and arts and crafts from cultures and ethnicities throughout the world. Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Old Towne Orange.