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Last Minute Labor Day Ideas For Californians

Maybe you just found out you get Monday off, or you just haven’t been able to make a decision. Let us help you decide where to go and what to do this Labor Day weekend. From wine tasting in Sonoma to the Los Angeles County Fair, read on and we are certain you will discover your last-minute Labor Day plans!


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If you find yourself in the area (or just want a nice road trip), head on down to the Port of San Diego for the Festival of Sail, which will be held over the whole weekend. The Parade Of Sails will kick off the event on Friday, September 2nd and will sail from the mouth of San Diego Bay, past Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Downtown, and back to the Maritime Museum. You can even be in the parade if you want! The Festival of Sails is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast. It is hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, who transforms the North Embarcadero into something of a nautical theme park!

Times/Location of the parade:

Friday, September 2

Boarding Check-in: 10:45

Parade starts 1:30pm between buoy 7 & 8

Returns: 3:30pm

Tickets are $60.00 each for adults and $48.00 for each child.


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If you live in Los Angeles and you like food, then you’ve probably heard of The Taste, a food-tasting festival that takes place on the Paramount Studios back a lot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Foodies, make your way there this weekend for some of the best food and wine the City of Angels has to offer. On Friday’s opening night there will be many tastings of food and drink from dozens of restaurants from around the city. Additionally, “Field to Fork” will be hosted by LA Times food editor Amy Scattergood and Michael Cimarusti, owner of Connie & Ted’s. During “Field to Fork” the two will cook and talk about fresh locally sourced food. Joining the discussion will be a selected panel of chefs. On Saturday night, LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold will host “Dinner with a Twist,” a live food and cocktail demo with some of the city’s most talented chefs.

The weekend ends on Sunday with a block party and the “Flavors of LA” cooking event.

Your ticket provides you with full access to all the food and drinks you can consume.

Dates and times:

Friday, September 2, 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 3, 11:00am & 7:30pm

Sunday, September 4, 11:00am & 7:30pm


$150 Opening Night

$100 Field to Fork

$150 Field to Fork with Secret Cellar Upgrade

$125 Dinner with a Twist

$100 Sunday Block Party

$125 Flavors of LA

$ 300-weekend pass



The LA county fair is not just for Labor Day weekend. It runs from September 2-25, so if you miss it this weekend, you’ll have plenty of chances to check it out.

The LACF debuted in 1922 with 100,000 folks in attendance and the Pomona Fairgrounds have seen millions since. It seems like there is an unlimited amount of stuff to do, from concerts (This year boasts Blondie, Chicago, WAR and many more!) to attractions (carnival rides, games, Jurassic Planet and many others) as well as food (lots of fried foods and beer, as well as a wine tasting class) and shopping!

There’s even a whole lot for the kids to do, from Our Body – The Universe Within exhibit to art classes at the Flower and Garden Pavilion.

Labor Day Weekend Hours

Friday: Noon-Midnight

Saturday: 10am-Midnight

Sunday: 10am-Midnight

Monday: 10am-10pm


(Adults, 13+) $14 on Weekdays, $20 on Weekends & Holidays

(Child, ages 6-12) $8 on Weekdays, $12 on Weekends & Holidays

Children ages 5 and under get in free

(Seniors 60+) $10 on Weekdays, $15 on Weekends & Holidays



You’ve been enjoying the fruits of their labor, now it’s time to get up close and personal with the growers and makers of some of the world’s most amazing wine and food. For three days you can meet growers and chefs while you eat delicious treats and drink the best wine, all to help raise money for local Sonoma charities.


Day 1/Sonoma Starlight at Geyserville

September 2nd from 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Eat, drink and be merry under the stars on Friday night.


Day 2/Taste of Sonoma at Healdsburg

September 3rd from 11am-4pm

Top chefs and over 200 wineries from Sonoma County offer samples of their best.


Day 3/Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Kenwood

September 4th from 12:30pm to 7:00pm

Meet Sonoma’s first families and make a bid on one-of-a-kind items. The auction benefits the children of the community.


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