Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite short holiday weekends, and I’m celebrating by getting out of town with my family. Funny side note; it was supposed to just be my husband and I, but then all the kids, their significant others, and the dog, decided to join us. I’m not complaining, not one bit – I’m thrilled they want to hang out with us!
Because I’m a news and event junkie, my inbox has been filling up with ideas for things to do and places to go. Here are some ideas if you live in LA:
- If you’re a foodie (like me), you would love The Taste, one of LA’s favorite food & wine events. It’s being held this year at Paramount Pictures, and it brings together some of the hottest chefs (as in, delicious purveyors of food), restaurants, bars, wineries and distilleries. All in one place! I’m sad to missing it, I’ve always wanted to attend.
- Night Market: oh boy. This is another event I’ve been wanting to do all summer, but we never made it. Night Market is a huge Asian-themed outdoor market with food & craft vendors. This summer, it was only held on three separate weekends, and this weekend is the last one! Friday, September 4 & Saturday, September 5 from 4 pm – 1 am, and Sunday, September 6 from 4 pm – 11 pm, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. There is also a night market in Orange County – check their website for more details & directions.
- How about an outdoor movie? Eat See Hear Movies has a great event at Griffith Park with live music and food trucks, and then a showing of Fight Club on the Autry Museum’s lawn.
- If you live near the beach cities, there’s always Fiesta Hermosa – a huge art & craft show, with live music and lots of bad-for-you food. It’s in downtown Hermosa Beach and a very casual environment.
- Go for a hike! 10 years ago, my best friend and I decided we wanted to climb Mount Whitney (there’s a story there, but this isn’t the time). One of our training hikes was Mount Baden Powell, just outside of La Canada Flintridge. It’s about 8 miles, not terribly difficult, on a beautifully maintained trail. There’s is such a great rush to stand on top of a mountain! That is one hike I’d love to do again. Check with the ranger, you may need a Adventure Pass to park and bring plenty of water.
- Have a barbecue – that’s an easy one. Ring up some friends for a last minute get together. It’s easy to grill some vegetables, burgers, steaks, chicken, mix a salad and make a cocktail.
Whatever you do decide to do, or not do (it’s a great weekend to just relax too), have a wonderful time and enjoy those moments.
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