Labor Day Weekend

08/30/2019

Rhythm on the Vine® Concert Series

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Rhythm on the Vine® Concert Series will host jazz concerts “amid the vines” of its award-winning Temecula Valley winery. Produced along with Michael Paulo and Apaulo Productions, the jazz concerts will be held either in the scenic Vintner’s Garden or the resort’s Estate Vineyard Room. The Vineyard Rose Restaurant is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu for concert goers priced at $45/person. The menu features American classics with choice of starter and entrée and NY-style cheesecake for dessert. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is offering a 15% discount on accommodations for ticket holders. You can use the code SUNJZ or click on this link to get access. $40, $55/reserved gold seating closer to the stage, $85/reserved VIP seating closest to the stage; Sunday, 6 pm (6:30 pm/first set, 7:35 pm/second) (Also September 29th, October 13th, and November 3rd); South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591; 844.428.6292

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Return to Hogwarts with wizardly wunderkind Harry Potter and a new set of enchanted thrills, terrifying danger, gigantic spiders, and ever-unforgettable Dobby. With Hermione and Ron in tow, the menacing Chamber of Secrets opens more fabulous thrills with a secret around every corner. Magic will run free throughout the night with DJ sets, concessions treats, and a wizardly photo booth for muggles and wizards in training. Don’t be a Moaning Myrtle, and buy your tickets now. $12 – $20; Saturday, 8 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

When Harry Met Sally at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

You’ll have what she’s having. Directed by Rob Reiner, this movie made Meg Ryan into America’s sweetheart and Billy Crystal into a smarm-and-charm romantic lead. Also starring Carrie Fisher as a hilarious best friend with plenty to say about love. Pack a picnic and fall in love under the stars as you watch Harry and Sally go from strangers to friends to something more. The concessions stand will have all the sweets and delights you want, and the photo booth will supply the keepsake moment you won’t want to miss. $12- $20; Sunday, 8 pm; 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Eat|See|Hear Presents The Shining

Catch the 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror classic, The Shining. Hoping to cure his writer’s block, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker of the isolated Overlook Hotel. He settles in with his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions before more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac. Before the film, enjoy a musical performance by L.A. indie rockers Beachwood Coyotes and bites from some of L.A.’s most delicious food trucks. $14, $16/door, $8/12 and under, $21/fashionably late; Saturday, doors: 5:30 pm, music: 7 pm, movie: 8:30 pm; Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pasadena Daydream Festival

The Cure headline this new music fest at Brookside at the Rose Bowl. The Pixies, Deftones and more will be there too. $150, $300/VIP; Saturday; 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, 626.585.3594. Tickets

Music Center Plaza Opening Weekend 

Enjoy celebrations all weekend long at the recently revamped Music Center Plaza. There will be late-night dance parties on the plaza, musical performances, art displays, games and a Splish Splash Plaza Bash in the Music Center Fountain. There will also be activities like drag-queen story hour, mini golf and more. Free; Friday, 7 pm – midnight, Saturday, 4 – 7:30 pm, Sunday, noon – 6 pm; 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

L.A. County Fair

It’s all about some down home fun. Cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, ride a Ferris wheel, attend a concert and chow down on deep-fried food at this year’s “pop”-themed fair. $6-$20, free/under 6, $15/parking; Opens Friday (Wednesday, noon – 10 pm, Thursday, noon – 11 pm, Friday, noon – midnight, Saturday, 10 am – midnight, Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm; Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA; 909.623.3111

West Adams Block Party III

Celebrate the long weekend with a day full of music. Check out headliner, Big Daddy Kane and the OC’s legendary Beat Junkies. And, of course, chow down on some delicious pizza. Sunday, 12 – 8 pm; 5419 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Made in L.A.

Golden Road Brewing’s third annual festival celebrates L.A. art and culture with music, art, food and beer. Enjoy performances by Cold War Kids, Phantom Planet, Lemaitre and more. $25/Single day, $40/two days $40; Saturday & Sunday; 5410 W. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Times’ The Taste

The Los Angeles Times’ The Taste, its annual festival celebrating Southern California’s diverse culinary scene. Hosted by The Times’ acclaimed Food staff, the backlot will transform into the ultimate block party for three individual evening events. Admission includes unlimited tastings from the area’s best restaurants, a variety of wine, beer and seasonal cocktails, plus access to cooking demonstrations and talks by renowned chefs. On Friday, from 7:30 – 10:30 pm, the L.A. Times Food Columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson will cook up a special on-stage presentation of one of his favorite projects for the Food section. Paola Da Re and Giorgia Sinatra (Pasta Sisters) will lead an Italian cooking demo with Chiara Soldati (La Scolca) who will lead a wine discussion, presented by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The Times’ Wine Club will launch with a demo by expert Mark Oldman. Take a wine tour through France with Ira Norof (Southern Glazer’s), Erin Landsberg (American Wine & Spirits) and Troy Chappel (Southern Glazer’s). Restaurants include: 40 Love, Baldoria Bar + Kitchen, Bibigo Kitchen, Burritos La Palma, Casa Vega, Donut Friend, Fat Dragon, Izakaya Osen, LBK Pizzeria, Love & Salt, Ma’am Sir, Mainland Poke, MANEATINGPLANT, Park’s BBQ, Pop’s Bagels, Prawn Coastal, Rao’s Hollywood, Salazar, SLAB, Supercool Creamery and Wurstküche. On Saturday, from 7:30 – 10:30 pm,  Kim Prince (Hotville Chicken) showcases her famous Nashville hot chicken with L.A. Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Chefs Pawan, Nakul and Arjun Mahendro (Badmaash) will demonstrate their mix of contemporary and nostalgic approaches in creating delicious Indian fare, hosted by Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko. Get a rice wine 101 with a sake demo by Courtney Kaplan (Ototo). The Bar Stage will feature Ira Norof and Wes Hagen (J. Wilkes Wines) talking wine, enlightenment and contentment. Restaurants include: Baltaire, Bull & Butterfly, Castaway, Coni’Seafood, Employees Only, Faith & Flower, Granville, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Little Sister, Madre, Mister O’s, Nic’s on Beverly, Ocean Prime, Pedalers Fork, Pikoh, Sosta, The Bellwether, Viviane and a special collaboration between Freedman’s and Genghis Cohen. On Sunday, from 7:30 – 10:30 pm, Teresa Montaño (Otoño) will demonstrate how to cook one of her favorite Spanish-inspired dishes with L.A. Times Food Writer Amy Scattergood. Learn how to make the perfect Tijuana-style taco with Jorge Alvarez-Tostado and Victor Delgado (Tacos 1986). Chris Bianco (Tartine Bianco) will show home cooks how to make a relaxed Italian meal with Times Deputy Food Editor Andrea Chang. Tobin Shea (Redbird) will shake up a seasonal mocktail, and the Bar Stage will feature a discussion about women in wine with Ira Norof, Chiara Soldati and Lora Tagliarina (Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits). Restaurants include: Aqui es Texcoco, Bone Kettle, Cal Mare, Chao Krung, Eve, HomeState, Jitlada, Kobee Factory, Lalibela Ethiopian, Le Comptoir, LN2, Mora Italiano, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Same Same, The Bazaar by José Andrés and Triple Beam Pizza. The Collins College of Hospitality Management and L.A. Regional Food Bank are the event’s charity beneficiaries. $115 – $190; Friday – Sunday; Los Angeles

Esters Wine Shop & Bar’s Boozy Brunch

Esters is opening early on Monday for a Boozy Brunch with a couple new items on the menu. try their updates Organic Egg Sandwich, made with scrambled eggs, pesto aioli, cheese and bacon on Milo & Olive country bread and a fresh take on Esters Bloody Mary that blends Chef Jessica Liu He’s Chinese background and Latin American upbringing – there’s tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, soy and sesame in it.  Other highlights include her Fried Chicken & Waffles and Croque Madame. The Mimosa Trio Service is still one of the best, fancy mimosa deals in town. Monday, 10 am – 2:30 pm; 1314 Seventh St, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.899.6900

Sunday Boat House at Marina del Rey Hotel

Featuring the hottest DJs, weekly themed events, luxury cabana rentals, and so much more, experience #SundayFunday like no other. The weekly party features a rotating DJ line-up with special guests, refreshing poolside menus from SALT Restaurant & Bar and themed parties every week. $10/non-hotel guests; Sunday, noon – 6 pm; 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Tropico Disco Labor Day Pool Party

Join in a pool party series at the historic and newly renovated Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy tropical inspired beverages and food poolside. Tropical, island & exotic inspired attire encouraged. Pool toys welcome. Free, Register here; Monday, 1-7 pm; Hotel Figueroa 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

L.A. Fleet Week

The fourth annual waterfront celebration of America’s Sea Services returns for the Labor Day weekend. Some highlights include live U.S. Navy parachute demos, the 11th annual 5.3-mile “Conquer the Bridge” Labor Day morning race over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, active duty ship tours, obstacle course competitions, a five-on-five basketball tournament, Galley Wars culinary competition with celebrity-chef judge Robert Irvine, live entertainment and more. Friday – Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm; 100 Swinford St. San Pedro, CA 90731

Hotel Shangri-La’s Labor Day BBQ

Wishing to celebrate the unofficial end this Labor Day? Santa Monica’s glamorous art-deco Hotel Shangri-La will send it off in style with a BBQ Pool Party. Gather in the Courtyard to enjoy Sonoran Hotdogs, Grilled Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Chicken, and of course, Shangri-La’s famous Kobe Beef Burger, all while dipping your toes in the refreshing solar-powered pool. $25 (in addition to a minimum of $25 each person on F&B); Monday, 12 -5 pm; Hotel Shangri-La Courtyard, 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.394.2791

Fiesta Hermosa

At this arts-and-crafts festival in Hermosa Beach you will find over 300 artists selling their wares, live music, a beer and wine garden, a “kiddie carnival,” and more. Free; Through Monday, 10 am-6 pm; Downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA; 310.376.0951

Ping Pong Fit

The International Ping Pong Fit Festival has up to 400 top-ranked players from around the world, and Olympians. The festival includes celebrity tournaments and community competitions, as well as art, culture and music. Free; Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm; Long Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA

Gourmandise Workshops

The Gourmandise School has a workshop for everyone—from a fun Children’s Handmade French Pasta to a romantic Couple’s Night Sushi course. The Labor Day Bake & Take Pie Class is perfect for Labor Day barbecues. There will even be a business seminar for those interested in working in the small food industry. $75-$225; Saturday – Monday; Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA

The Last Splash: Rosé Supper

Feast family-style at Lucques’ Rosé supper while sipping on variations of the celebrated rosy wine—either by the glass or in flights. Suzanne Goin’s menu items include the heirloom tomato tart with basil; anchovies and socca fritters with saffron rouille; grilled local rockfish with sauce verte; grand aïoli with farmers market crudites and baguette toasts drenched in tapenade; and, for dessert, meringue glacée with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and lavender sablé crumble. $52; Sunday; 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA; 323.655.6277

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