5 Great Ways to Spend the Holiday Weekend

The beach, the mountains, a parade, or all three? We've got ideas.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 12:14 AM PDT
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5 Great Ways to Spend the Holiday Weekend

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Three days and many ways to enjoy the sunshine, see some of SoCal, and remember the reason for the holiday weekend. Where will you go? We're thinking...

CANOGA PARK: The annual Memorial Day Parade steps off at Sherman Way and Owensmouth on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. There are many ways to honor our veterans and military during the weekend, including a visit to the Queen Mary, which served as a troop ship in WWII (get-in fees will be waived for active military and veterans). The U.S.S. Iowa will mark its first Memorial Day in San Pedro with several hours of special events.

LONG BEACH: If you have a bicycle and a love of saving money -- those are two pretty sweet things to have -- climb in the saddle and pedal around during Bike Saturdays, an ongoing local program that's giving both product and dining discounts to people arriving on two wheels. Or one, we suppose; how are they going to turn away a unicyclist? It's a great idea, and if you've ever spun your tires around Belmont Heights or Naples on a sunny Saturday, you know there's no better thing to be doing.

UCLA: The annual Jazz Reggae Festival at the university's intramural field is truly one of our city's most venerable and esteemed music celebrations. Reason one? It passed its quarter-century mark a few years back. Reason two? Loads of headliner-type acts. Sunday, May 26 will feature Santigold and Common while Ziggy Marley and Barrington Levy take the stage on Monday, May 27

YOSEMITE: It's a bit of a haul north, yes, but check this out: Researchers have determined that Lower Yosemite Fall may experience a rare "moonbow" on the night of Saturday, May 25. This is possible only a couple of days a year, we should note. Even if you don't see one, you'll still be in Yosemite Valley during a full moon. That's pretty cool, right? There's only one answer to that question. Oh, and note this: Waterfalls run best in the springtime, so if you want check 'em out, now's the time.

MAMMOTH: It's the last weekend for skiing at the perennially popular Eastern Sierra resort, but there's a twist to the holiday weekend scene, too: Some golfing and biking have been thrown into the mountain mix. Have you ever pedaled, swung a club, and glided over snowpack in the same afternoon? Yeah, us neither, but we're thinking we should probably try it once.

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