Who doesn’t like Memorial Day weekend? A long holiday that officially starts the summer celebrations. Parades, festivals, exhibits, wine tastings, and more happen throughout the Los Angeles area. However, if you are like me, you might like staying right here on the Westside.
Whether you are looking for a weekend event, a fun day trip, music, food, water, or games, you can find it here. That is why I put together this quick guide of fun things to do right where we live.
MAINopoly in Santa Monica
This theme-party style event is not only fun but a fundraiser for Summer SOULstice and Heal the Bay. Just head on downtown to Main Street between Pier Avenue and Bay Street to “play monopoly.” For the price of a ticket ($25 in advance or $35 on the day of the event), you will receive MAINopoly money for food tastings. Stop at each location to get a stamp on your game board for your chance to win a “Taste of Main Street” prize package. Don’t forget to dress up in your best monopoly inspired attire!
To learn more, go to http://mainopolysm.com
Shark Frenzy at Pacific Park in Santa Monica
In case you haven’t heard, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier just opened a new ride called Shark Frenzy. If you like a classic Tilt-a-Whirl, then you’ll love this new twist. If you are looking for a family-friendly activity, then this admission free park is for you.
- 12 rides
- 14 midway games
- Food plaza
This is a perfect way to start your summer. To learn more, go to http://www.pacpark.com
Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach
This fabulous three-day festival has it all: art, shopping, food, music, and swimming. Whether you want to spend time roaming the 400+ art stalls, sample delicious food, listen to music, head for a swim in the Pacific, or do a combination of everything, then Fiesta Hermosa is for you. Find this festival at Pier and Hermosa Avenues.
To learn more, go to http://fiestahermosa.net
Skybar at the Mondrian in West Hollywood
If an adult pool party is on your agenda for the weekend, then you won’t want to miss the Skybar at Mondrian. Here, you can swim, drink, and take in amazing views of LA. From Saturday to Monday, each day will have a unique pool party. Be aware that you’ll need a reservation, so contact them at [email protected] or 323-848-6025.
For more information, go to https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-los-angeles/eat-drink/skybar
Whale Watching at Dock 52 in Marina Del Rey
Getting out on the water is a great way to spend your Memorial Day. Whether you want to fish or go whale watching, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing at Dock 52 has what you are looking for. The gamefishing in Santa Monica Bay is world-known for species such as halibut, sand bass, and yellowtail. What you may not know is that Marina Del Rey Sportfishing has a reputation for always finding the fish.
Whale watching trips for Memorial Day can catch the last of the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales, as well as the feeding of the Blue and Fin whales. You’ll also see sea lions, dolphin, porpoise, seals, sea turtles, mola mola, shoals of sardines and anchovies, and gorgeous sea birds.
So, apply your sunscreen, put on your hat, and head out onto the open sea.
For more information, go to http://mdrsf.net/
31st Annual Jazz Reggae Festival at UCLA, Westwood
Featuring both student and professional performers, this music festival, in its 31st year is a highlight of Memorial Day Weekend. On Monday, May 29th, head over to the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center to listen to both jazz and reggae music. In addition to music, you will also be able to shop with arts and craft vendors.
For more information, go to www.jazzreggaefest.com
Gamex Gaming Convention at Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Wanting to do something entirely different than water and sun? You might enjoy Gamex, a gaming convention with family, historical, fantasy, and fiction games. Whether you are into board games, miniatures, or roleplaying, Gamex is the place to be. Hang out at the many booths, take a seminar, or enjoy a demo or tournament. Feel free to dress the part.
For more information, go to http://www.strategicon.net/
Topanga Days County Fair
Though a bit outside of the Westside, I just had to mention the Woodstockish festival that happens in Topanga Canyon. If you love the Bohemian traditions, then this festival is for you. Look for vegan food, healing arts, music, and information about preserving our environment. Tickets are $25, with children, seniors, and military at $15.
For more information, go to http://topangacommunityclub.com
If you know of further Memorial Day weekend celebrations on the Westside, please leave information in the comments below.