Labor Day in Los Angeles 2011

Whether you've been working hard or hardly working, Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles is a time to chill out and enjoy the final days of summer. From the L.A. County Fair in Pomona to eating and drinking destinations where you'll get some sand in your toes, make the most of the holiday. Here are some fun ideas for spending Labor Day (Sept. 5, 2011) in L.A. (Photo: Annenberg Community Beach House by Peter Figen)

Updated: August 05, 2011

Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Fairplex At Pomona

1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

Labor Day weekend is the official kickoff of the L.A. County Fair. Join thousands of your SoCal neighbors at the Fairgrounds in Pomona for the monthlong festivities. Expect tons of food (fried Twinkies and Oreos!), music, animals, rides and gadgets--along with an all-star concerts from the Ohio Players (Saturday, Sept. 3), Gloria Trevi (Sunday, Sept. 4) and the Beach Boys (Monday, Sept. 5).

The Taste

9900 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

L.A. is a serious foodie destination, and this first annual event is building on the success of last year's inaugural Taste of Beverly Hills, while expanding the concept into Hollywood and Downtown. It promises tons of delish food and vino courtesy Scott Conant, Ludo Lefebvre, Roy Choi, Michael Voltaggio and more. The four-day event (Sept. 2-5) will also feature live music, cooking demos, competitions and beer and cocktail tastings. Individual event tickets range from $140 to $165; packages are also available.

Hermosa Beach Pier

1 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

For nearly 40 years, Fiesta Hermosa has been the place to browse more than 270 booths with works from painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors and handicrafters. There will be two stages with a range of live music (tribute bands to ballroom dancing demos), a beer and wine garden and a carnival for the kids. The events takes places Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5, from 10am to 6pm, and admission is free.

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

5761 E Colorado St, Long Beach, CA 90814

First it was Geeks. Then it was Gleeks. And this Labor Day weekend, it's all about Greeks! The 62nd annual Greek Festival is back with more food, drinks, dancing, music, games, tours and cooking classes than ever before. The event takes place Saturday through Monday (Sept. 3-5). Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. On Monday, admission is free to all from noon to 5pm. The event takes place daily from noon to 9pm.

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

While the Annenberg Beach House is open year-round, the pool is closed during the off-season. Labor Day is the last Monday it's open till next summer, though limited weekend hours of 10am to 4pm continue through September. Even if you're not aquatically inclined, this is still a great spot for a rousing game of beach volleyball, soccer or tennis. Parking and activity prices vary.

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

A long-standing local's favorite since its days as the Sandcastle, this beachfront restaurant is one of the few in L.A. that affords primo, toes-in-the-sand access while dining and drinking. Stick with the iced seafood towers, apps and brews as your best bets. And don't be deterred by the $25 parking fee--consider that a minimum $20 meal at the Beach Cafe reduces the rate to only $3 for up to four hours.

Venice Whaler Bar & Grill

2 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

This is a party spot that's a surprisingly rare breed in this area--the kind of place where you can catch the sunset from the outdoor deck, chow down on reasonably priced bar food (for L.A. anyway) and check out a selection of sports on the TVs downstairs.