13 Ways to Safely Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in SoCal
Written By: Locale Editors Labor Day Weekend Activities
📍 Orange County Labor Day Weekend Activities
1 | Brunch, Cocktails and #Views
Perched 150 feet above Salt Creek Beach, 180blũ at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel features surfside views and is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail over Labor Day weekend. Sip on a Bourbon Berry Lemonade made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemonade, blackberries and mint! Want to continue the long weekend fun? Head back the next morning for breakfast on the hotel’s breezy poolside Terrace Salon Patio. Dig into the machaca breakfast burrito with skirt steak, hash browns, eggs, ranchero salsa, guacamole and sour cream, or try the chocolate chip pancakes topped with whip cream and drizzled with pure maple syrup!
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
2 | Live Tunes Labor Day Weekend Activities
Where: Pacific City
Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. and Sundays from 1-3 p.m., Huntington Beach’s waterfront lifestyle center has live music back on the Pacific City Ocean Deck. Grab a bite at one of the center’s delicious eateries and enjoy live tunes and ocean views––from a safe distance, of course! There is no better way to spend your long weekend than with food, music and the beach.
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
3 | Brews and BBQ Labor Day Weekend Activities
Join the brew crew at Helmsman Ale House in Newport Beach this Labor Day for a backyard BBQ! Feast on freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs (served with chips and a pickle) or order from the brewery’s full menu. Seating is first come, first served in their outdoor beer garden and open-air patio, so be sure to get there early! Special BBQ items are available Saturday-Monday from noon until they run out.
Helmsman Ale House
2920 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
4 | Tacos To-Go
Costa Mesa’s Descanso is offering a special Labor Day offer for their newsletter recipients.
Sign up for their newsletter and receive a code when to receive 15% off your entire takeout order. This offer is valid now through Monday, Sept 7. Click here to go to their online ordering page!
1555 Adams Ave, Ste 103
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
5 | Music to My Ears Labor Day Weekend Activities
Where: Dana Point Harbor
The live music continues throughout the month of September in Dana Point Harbor as the city continues to welcome the community back. Enjoy free live music at select locations throughout the Harbor this holiday weekend while indulging in al fresco dining along the water’s edge.
Saturday, September 5
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Artist: Kamaki Keawe
Location: Near Killer Dana Surf Shop and The Brig
Sunday, September 6
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Artist: Will Brahm
Location: Walkway near Coffee Importers
📍 Los Angeles Labor Day Weekend Activities
6 | Grill n’ Chill Labor Day Weekend Activities
Not quite ready to leave your house? Host a balcony or backyard barbeque with your quaranteam; sip on a refreshing Corona Hard Seltzer or crack open a Modelo and cheers to your well-deserved day off! If you’re feelin’ crafty, use one of these seltzers to create a tasty cocktail that’ll pair perfectly with whatever food you’re grillin’ up. Click here for cocktail recipe inspo!
7 | Shop, Eat and Listen
Where: The Point
Take a trip to The Point this holiday weekend! This modern outdoor mall has an assortment of upscale boutiques, restaurants, cafes and more that are sure to keep you safely entertained! End your day at Lil’ Simmzy’s for pub grub, beer and live acoustic performances On the Deck starting on Thursday at 5 p.m. and running through Sunday afternoon!
850 S Pacific Coast Hwy
El Segundo, CA 90245
8 | Book a Beachside Staycation
Where: Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
Step out of the house and into the gorgeous Shade Hotel Redondo Beach for a sensational Labor Day staycation. Shade Hotel is offering 10% off and a $50 rooftop credit when you book a three-night stay! Lounge on the chic rooftop pool Aquadeck with a beverage in hand, and enjoy your choice of wine and charcuterie or chips and guacamole served with an ice cold bucket of beers (as part of the package). Their on-site restaurant, Sea Level @ Shade, will open early on Monday for brunch-goers. Paradise awaits!
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
655 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
9 | An Al Fresco Experience
Where: 2nd & PCH
Plan a day that’s fun for the whole family at Long Beach’s 2nd & PCH! With plenty of eateries, shops and places to take in those gorgeous marina views, your fam is sure to be entertained.
Kick off your morning at Noble Bird Rotisserie with an all new brunch menu featuring hearty breakfast bowls, breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast! Pair your meal with a watermelon or orange juice mimosa, or even a “bromosa” (beer & OJ). Weekend brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. So, grab a seat on Noble Bird’s spacious, wraparound outdoor patio for delicious bites and gorgeous views of the marina. And just a few doors down, the center’s Hungry Angelina is offering extended happy hour all weekend long, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Word on the street is that they recently got their frozé machine up and running!
2nd & PCH
6400 Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90803
📍 San Diego
10 | A Balcony Rendezvous
Where: The Westgate Hotel
On Saturday, Sept. 5 from 7-9:30 p.m., hotel guests can enjoy the ultimate VIP music experience set against San Diego’s downtown skyline. Tune in from your hotel room’s private balcony for a concert featuring Julio De La Huerta & Friends, set on The Westgate’s Fountain Terrace. This concert package includes an exclusive view of the concert stage to share with your family, a welcome appetizer and overnight accommodations.
The Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
11 | Take a Dip and Have a Sip
If it’s sunshine and views you’re seeking this Labor Day, Layover and Garibaldi, both located at the InterContinental Hotel San Diego, are the perfect places to be! Garibaldi, the InterContinental’s newest concept, will be hosting a special Labor Day weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snack on dishes like Nduja & Sunny Side Egg Focaccia and Heirloom Melon & Dry Coppa while taking in beautiful bay views on the patio. Then, head over to Layover, the InterContinental’s poolside bar and rooftop lounge, for yummy bites, boozy slushies and unbeatable views. Book a day pass for an all-day experience with access to the pool and Layover’s food and drink service.
InterContinental Hotel San Diego, Downtown
901 Bayfront Ct
San Diego, CA 92101
12 | Shhhh…
At La Jolla’s quaintest boutique resort, Estancia La Jolla Resort & Spa, you can spend Labor Day in their Secret Garden and experience an unforgettable pop-up outdoor dining and bar scene. Spaciously spread across nine acres of lush gardens, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers an outdoor dining paradise for guests to enjoy delicious coastal cuisine. From Sept. 7-11, guests can also enjoy a complimentary garden mocktail with any entrée purchase.
Estancia La Jolla Resort & Spa
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
13 | Picnic for Two
Where: You & Yours Distilling Co.
Overdue for a date night with your s/o? Lucky for you, You & Yours Distilling Co. has created ready-made picnic “baskets” for two just in time for Labor Day weekend. These spreads make for the perfect meal to accompany your outdoor activities whether at the beach, park or your very own backyard. Each order comes in a Y&Y canvas tote and includes Y&Y canned cocktails (your choice of a four-pack), a muffaletta sandwich (mortadella, salami, ham, provolone and olive salad), pasta salad, BBQ potato chips and lemon shortbread cookies. These baskets can be ordered online here for pickup on Saturdays and Sundays. All orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
You & Yours Distilling Co.
1495 G St
San Diego, CA 92101
14 | Smoked to Perfection
Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Labor Day barbecues may look different this year, but they can still taste just as good! The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant A.R. Valentien is offering a special Labor Day curbside pickup prix fixe menu with savory favorites like chimney-smoked New York strip loin and twice baked potatoes. If you and the family plan on staying in this Labor Day, but don’t feel like firing up the grill, A.R. Valentien has you covered! Place your order by noon on Friday, Sept. 4 and pick up your meal anytime from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Labor Day itself. To order, call 858-777-6641.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037