Want to get away for Labor Day weekend, but living on a budget these days? How about taking a mini-road trip to one of the many cultural and family-oriented festivals happening this weekend. There are a wide variety of options, so you can take your pick and travel the world without leaving the state or possibly the county. Feast on food, drinks, and entertainment from across the globe or travel back in time to the Old West of California with family and friends this Labor Day weekend and save a few hard earned dollars.
Julian Grape Stomp Festa where adults and children can recreate an "I Love Lucy" episode and hop into a barrel for some grape stomping; the over 21 crowd can wine and dine on Italian cuisine. There will also be a bocce competition along with other entertainment. Visit julianca.com or call (760) 765-1857
Orange International Street Fair in Orange where you can take the family to enjoy food, entertainment, arts and crafts from all cultures being held at the Downtown Plaza. For more information visit orangestreetfair.org or call (714) 567-3600.
Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine's The Taste in Los Angeles is offering restaurant tasting, cooking demos, wine seminars,mixology perfomances, and celebrity chefs and personalities are on the guest list, as well, Visit latimes.com/thetaste
Farmer Days in Pasadena will be an event where the little ones can learn to churn butter, pet animals, and be farmers for a day. Let the kiddies see back in time when you had to grow and catch your own meals each day with a fun twist. Visit kidspacemuseum.org or call (626) 449-9144
Greek Festival in Long Beach will be a Greek treat for everyone. Take part in everything that is Greek such as dancing, food, music, performances, cooking demonstrations, and kid friendly activites to boot. You'll be Greek before you leave. For more info visit lbgreekfest.org or call (562) 494-8929
Leimart Park African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles will be held at the HIstoric Leimert Park Village providing true entertainment showcasing the beauty of African culture. There will be live music, poetry, spoken word, dancing, a fashion show, kid and teen activites, arts and crafts, and an international food court. For more information visit leimertparkfestival.blogspot.com or call (310) 431-7964
Country Music Festival and Chili Cook-Off in Camarillo, to help support the Camarillo Hospice, being held at the Camarillo Ranch will have a chili cook-off competition, live country music, line dancing, and a car show. Get a taste of old Americana. For more information visit camarillohospice.org or call (805) 389-6870
Don't forget that this weekend is also the beginning of the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona held at the Pomona Fairplex. Visit lacountryfair.com.