Memorial Day officially kicks off a summer season of stellar events in Southern California and we created a guide with our visitors top picks of the best festivals and fun things to do across Los Angeles during the Memorial Day Weekend
Topanga Days County Fair | Memorial Day Weekend | Saturday – Monday
Kick off Summer at the Iconic Topanga Days County Fair Festival featuring bohemian rock music since 1973 . The weekend festivities are a mainstay event that embody any music lover’s. There’s a belly dancing show by a local teacher, pie eating contests, kids games and so much more. The unique Memorial Day Parade is a highlight for many. This parade is one of the last of its kind, where costumed neighbors toss candy from their homemade floats, kids decorate and ride their bikes or horses, or participants simply walk down the boulevard with the Boy Scouts or the local Tae Kwon Do class – see you at the Topanga County Fair!
- Admission: Adults $25.00 | Kids $15.00
- Parking: Free!
- 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, California
- Topanga Days | (310) 455-1980
Koroneburg Renaissance Festival | Weekends from May to end of June
The Annual Koroneburg Renaissance Festival – Now in its 18th year, the weekend festival again will bring history to colorful life of Cosplay acttors and performs across the grounds of Crossroads Riverview Park in Eastvale, California. The renaissance festival transforms the landscape into a hustling, bustling and a bit bawdy old world village. Everyone who attends a full day at the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival will meet hundreds of family members living, working and playing in Southern California’s only permanent Renaissance Village.
- Admission: Adults (21+) : $18.00 | Kids (3+) $15.00
- Parking: $5.00
- Guided Tours: $12.00
- 14600 Baron Drive – Eastvale, California 92880 (Northwest Riverside County)
- Koroneburg Renaissance Festival | (951) 735-0101
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival | Memorial Day Weekend | Friday – Monday
The Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend and features Miss Garden Grove Ceremony, Over an Hour Long Street Parade with Southern California Floats and Marching Bands, Carnival Rides, Gourmet Food, Live Music Entertainment and Carnival Rides – The festivities begin Friday, May 22nd at 1:00 PM with games and carnival rides. On Friday, at 6:00 PM the grand opening ceremony commences when the mayor and Miss Garden Grove cut a giant strawberry shortcake and free cake is served to all! The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival 5K Run starts on Saturday at 8:00 AM as does the festival’s Celebrity VIP Breakfast at the Community Center for early risers (open to the public).
- Admission: Free | Unlimited all-day-rides: $35.00
- Parking: Free Street Parking and covered parking lot
- Euclid St & Main Street – Garden Grove, California
- Garden Grove Strawberry Festival | (714) 638-0981
Costa Mesa Scottish Fest | Memorial Day Weekend | Saturday & Sunday
The Costa Mesa Scottish Fest is another iconic Orange County Irish, Highlander and Scottish Festival and is the oldest and largest festival of its kind in the Southern California area. This year the 83rd Annual Scottish Fest will feature more vendors, more food, more bands, more Clans and More fun!! The festival occurs annually on Memorial Day Weekend at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center located in Costa Mesa, California. The festival was established in 1932 and was called the Highland Games, a Southern California tradition of Scottish heritage.
- Admission – Adults: $18.00 | Kids: $15.00
- Parking: $7.00
- 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, California
- Costa Mesa Scottish Fest | (714) 708-1500
Santa Monica Symphony | Saturday – May 29, 2016
Now in its 79th Season, the Santa Monica Symphony presents a full calendar of concerts in the Spring, Fall and Winter each year. Since 1945, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra has presented free classical music concerts to audiences of all ages that span the ethnic, economic and social spectrum.
The Santa Monica Symphony was the first orchestra in the United States to record the First and Second Symphonies of Tchaikovsky – The doors open at 6:30 PM for the Saturday Evening Concerts that begin at 7:30 PM.
- Admission: FREE for All Ages
- Parking: Ample Free Street Parking
- John Adams Middle School Performing Arts Center | 1630 Pearl Street, Santa Monica, California
- Santa Monica Symphony | (310) 395-6330
MAINopoly Taste of Main Street | Sunday | May 29, 2024
Another crowd favorite annual Memorial Day Weekend Festival. Santa Monica celebrates a rich culinary heritage with MAINopoly Taste of Main Street between Pier Avenue & Strand Street – Enjoy a taste of Gourmet Food on Main Street with a take on the classic board game. Experience Main Street’s best restaurants, coffee shops, juice bars and more every Memorial Day weekend when the local Santa Monica restaurants and businesses come together to raise money for Summer SOULstice & Heal the Bay.
Land at every location on the map, get it stamped, and return to the the After Party at Areal at 8:00 pm for your chance to win a “Taste of Main Street Prize Package” with gift certificates to Main Street’s best. Enjoy Beer Gardens, “Go Directly to Jail” Photo Booth, Live Music Drink Specials & more – Happy Hour menus and $4 Beers, $5 Wells, $5 Shots and vary by venue locations across main street.
Admission $25.00 – $50.00 | 2820 Main Street | Santa Monica | (323) 330-9559 | MAINopoly Taste of Main Street
Los Angeles Sunset Cruise Yacht Party | Memorial Day Weekend | Sunday
If you love to dance, sing and beautiful sunset this Annual Los Angeles Sunset Cruise Yacht Party will make your Memorial day weekend. The party features World Class House Music & Open Format DJ’s – Three (3)-Decks, Five (5)-DJs, two rooms of music, This is one amazing Southern California Cruise that everyone (ages 21+ and over) can celebrate together for the long memorial day weekend by setting sail on the multi-million dollar Entertainer SYacht.
- Admission: Adults (21+) $27.00 to $400.00
- 13755 Fiji Way – Marina del Rey
- Los Angeles Sunset Cruise Yacht Party | (323) 604-6030
Friday Night Wine Tasting | Memorial day Weekend & Weekly until September
The Annual Friday Night Wine Tasting at Barnsdall Art Park – Unwind and enjoy beautiful evenings of fine wine and art at the historic Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting from the gated green of the West Lawn, located near the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly renovated Hollyhock House. The weekly event features wines from Silverlake Wine, presenting four selections of boutique, small production, artisan wines from California Wine Country Vintners. And, you’ll get to take home your limited edition wine glass! Bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of LA’s best gourmet food trucks. Village.
- Admission: Adults (21+) : $30.00 | Kids (3+) $5.00
- Guided Tours: $12.00
- 4800 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, California
- Friday Night Wine Tasting | (323) 913-4031
Odd Nights at the Autry | Memorial Day Weekend & Third Fridays until October
Kick off Summer with a Day or Evening at the Odd Market and Odd Nights at the Autry, a spectacular event for all ages to play in the Southern California sun. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the exciting all day and night event is presenteds Monthly (third Friday’s all summer long) on two and a half acres in heart of Griffith Park.
The exciting event at the Autry features over 200 booths, a full convoy of Gourmet Food Trucks, Beer Gardens, Guest DJ’s, Live Bands, creative and talented local artists and musicians. A ton of Free Parking is available across the LA Zoo and around Griffith Park or you could even ride your horse in, seriously.
- Admission: Adults $5.00 | Kids under 12: Free
- Parking: Free!
- 4700 Western Heritage Way – Los Angeles, California
- Odd Nights at the Autry | (323) 383-9799
Fiesta Hermosa Beach Free Music Festival | Memorial Day Weekend | Sat – Monday
One of our most loved free Annual events, the Fiesta Hermosa at Hermosa Beach is the ”largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California”. Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handcrafters. The festival takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in downtown Hermosa Beach, California. With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for a summer festival with temperatures of 80 degrees and balmy sea breezes. Help Keep Hermosa Beach green by riding your bike, and park in our guarded lot on the sand just south of the Hermosa Pier. Hermosa Cyclery will valet park your bike in their FREE lot, and offer air for tires and on-site diagnostic checkups while you enjoy the festival from 10:AM to 6:30 PM daily.
- Admission: Free!
- Parking: Free!
- Hermosa Avenue & Pier Avenue – Hermosa Beach, California
- Fiesta HermosaBeach Music Festival