For USC students, Labor Day weekend offers a welcome break to the busyness and early chaos that starts off each academic year. While attending or watching this Saturday’s opening USC football game against Minnesota is a no-brainer, there’s still ample time for other activities. In particular, the three-day weekend is a great opportunity to explore Los Angeles and discover what the sprawling metropolitan city around us has to offer.
Here’s a quick guide to great stops for everyone this Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles:
The L.A. County Fair
For: The kid at heart
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5; then Wed-Sun from Sept. 7 – Oct. 2
Where: The Fairplex in Pomona, about a 35 mile drive from USC
The rundown: If you’re looking for great entertainment and don’t have the energy to trek all the way to Vegas, the L.A. County Fair should be your next stop. In addition to offering rides, live music and unique animal attractions such as a live shark encounter and jungle camp, the fair has a deep history in California dating back to 1922.
For: The foodie
When: Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., through Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.
Where: Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Downtown L.A.
The rundown: A food and wine festival spanning three locations across Los Angeles, The Taste presents everything from cooking demos and tastings from the nation’s top chefs (such as food truck legend Roy Choi and the Food Network’s Chopped judge Scott Conant) to wine tastings and mixing munching with movie screenings.
For: The music lover
When: Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: The Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown L.A.
The rundown: With a stacked indie rock and alternative lineup of more than 40 bands including Descendants, Cold War Kids, Explosions in the Sky and Death From Above 1979, the FYF Fest will satisfy anyone’s music fix who can’t wait until next year’s Coachella. In addition to hosting music groups, the event will also cater to people’s funny bones by featuring a slew of comedic acts.
Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Exhibit
For: The art geek
When: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m until Sept. 19
Where: MOCA Grand Avenue
The rundown: Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists in the world, and his Campbell’s soup painting collection is perhaps one of the most recognizable works in American pop art. On display at MOCA for a two-month period from July to late September, the showing marks the 49th anniversary of the paintings’ original exhibition, which was also in Los Angeles.