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Labor Day weekend is swiftly approaching -- time to fire up the grill, hang with family and enjoy the outdoors. This long weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, so make the most of it with these ideas for a fun and exciting holiday.

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BASEBALL: Cheer on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as they face the Oakland A’s in the fight for AL West supremacy. The Friday, Aug. 29, game features vintage Angels T-shirt giveaways and the Saturday, Aug. 30, game includes postgame fireworks.

RIVER TUBING: Go tubing down the Kern River with So Cal Rafting in Kernville for $35 (reg. $68). Ride the rapids all weekend long; the deal ends Sunday, Aug. 31.

BOARDWALK: Head to Newport Beach for a harbor cruise, lunch and a rotation on the historic Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone ($22 for two, reg. $45).

CONCERTS: Macy Gray performs on Friday, Aug. 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach; tickets are $40-$55 (reg. $85-$100). Pacific Symphony’s "Tchaikovsky Spectacular" is on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine; tickets are $20-$40 (reg. $25-$85), and include a fireworks finale.

SHAKESPEARE: Watch “Lear, ”the last outdoor performance of the summer, at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon on Sunday, Aug 31. Lower tier seats are now $25 (reg. $37).

THEME PARKS: Knott’s Berry Farm hosts live entertainment, an outdoor barbecue stand and fireworks on Sunday, Aug. 31 in Buena Park (Ride & Slide Combo passes: adults $59, reg. $101; kids/seniors $41, reg. $61). Or, head to Carlsbad to check out LEGOLAND California ($99 adult, $89 child for five-day resort hopper pass).

HORSE RACES: Get VIP treatment at the Los Alamitos Race Course while watching Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse sprinters barrel down the racing strip for $25 (reg. $68). Races take place all throughout the holiday weekend.

GO KARTING: Zoom around the track at Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing in Ontario Friday, Sunday or Monday (Aug. 29, Aug. 31 or Sept. 1). Each voucher includes yearlong membership and two go-kart races for $25 (reg. $41).

BRUNCH: Pair chicken and waffles with a live gospel show at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Aug. 31. Brunch for one is $33 (reg. $54.50); brunch for two is $56 (reg. $109).

GRILLING: Toss steaks and burgers on the grill with an Omaha Steaks Labor Day grill pack for $59.99 (reg. $180). Order online by 8 a.m. PT on Aug. 26 to receive your package in time for the holiday.

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