Memorial Day Weekend: Festivals and Events

Memorial Day officially honors the men and women in our armed forces and at the same times it is the first weekend of summer. With plenty to be thankful for including a day off there’s plenty ways to celebrate the holiday here in Los Angeles.

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The Smokes' Memorial Day BBQ Blowout @ UCB Theater
A beer & brats salute to our nation's veteran improvisers! The Smokes will be turning the UCBT stage into a live backyard cookout for a fully improvised BBQ monoscene. Hot dogs, potato salad, demented characters and more! May 31 more...
Valley Greek Festival @ St. Nicholas Church, Northridge
Opa! Enjoy a cultural experience for the entire family with live music, dancing, gourmet food, homemade pastries, cooking, children's activities, a Greek market, and a variety of shopping boutiques. More
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Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
On its golden anniversary this festival takes a look back at a half-century filled with redheads, record-breaking strawberry shortcake, star-studded parades, helicopter rides and even a circus and rodeo. May 28-31 More
JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA
With an annual attendance of over 30,000 and performances from legendary artists such as Erykah Badu, the Marley Brothers, and Jill Scott, the JazzReggae Festival has secured its place as the largest student-run event in the nation. May 30-31 More
Memorial Day Mini-Cruise & BBQ @ Marina Del Rey
SoCal's Favorite Summer Kickoff Party is BACK for its 8th Year! Featuring 4 levels of Sun & Fun with a Game, BBQ, Club & Sun Deck on the 400 person Mega-Yacht in Marina del Rey! May 31 More
Memorial Day Street Fair @ Alvarado St.
Honoring Americans who died in service more than 30,000 locals will enjoy foods, free health screenings, carnival rides games, live musical groups and a variety of services of exhibitors in a classic LA street fair. May 29-30 More
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Memorial Day Weekend Special for South Pacific @ Center Theatre Group
Set during World War II, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. May 27 - June 3, More

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The 5 Minutes Game: Memorial Day Edition @ Cinefamily
The audience will watch the first five minutes of fifteen movies you've likely never seen before. Then everyone will vote on one of the films to watch in its entirety. Guest are invited to bring something to cook on the grill! May 31 more...
Memorial Picnic @ Aquarium of the Pacific
Enjoy a fun patriotic menu including a twice baked red white and blue potato salad, country coleslaw and plenty tasty eats off the grill! After a delicious picnic enjoy the Aquarium for the rest of the day! May 31 More
City of Angels Wine Fest @ 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles
he festival is a charity event featuring fine wines from 30+ California wineries. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction and the interactive Living Mural Project. May 31 More
WET Pool Party @ The Standard Hotel, Downtown
The perfect way to kick start the summer has arrived with Wet LA. Taking place at the Downtown Standard Hotel Serving up poolside party music and posh summer fun.
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Zombience @ El Cid
Improvatorium presents a special Memorial Day Weekend performance of Zombience, an Improvised Zombie Musical! Accompanied by a live band and using audience suggestions, Improvatorium battles and more... May 30 More

Pack For Paws Party @ 5325 West 102nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Pets and their owners are invited to be photographed in a patriotic setting and will have an opportunity to attach an appreciation note inside the boxes sent overseas giving these very special teams a smile. May 31 More
Family Game Day @ Gamex
Join local families with the chance to play, watch and buy a variety of board games, card games, miniatures, roleplaying, collectables, and computer games. May 28-31 More
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Inglewood's Memorial Day Celebration @ One Manchester Blvd
The commemorative ceremonies will celebrate the lives of war heroes and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. May 31 More
Fiesta Hermosa @ Hermosa Beach
With the ocean as a backdrop this holiday party is the ”largest arts & crafts fair in SoCal”. Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. More
Kayak Tours Launch at Newport Dunes @ 1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is launching its own ecological tours of the surrounding federally protected, 750-acre natural wildlife reserve that adjoins it. More
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Griffith Park @ 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles
With over 4210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is the perfect place to have a picnic and play the whole day. More
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