Holiday weekend ideas for fun

By Maggie McKay, KFWB anchor
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It’s the last unofficial weekend of the summer so let’s get outdoors and enjoy the weather and stay safe. Here are some fun ideas:

THE TASTE

Aug. 30–Sept. 1 – A Los Angeles Times–sponsored festival celebrates L.A.’s culinary achievements with multiple food and drink centered events hosted by star chefs and libation experts. Event times vary. $50–$85. The Studios at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. latimes.com/taste

FIESTA HERMOSA

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – Head to the beach to experience one of the largest arts and music festivals in Southern California. Check out work from more than 300 painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors and handicrafters.

In addition to art the festival features two stages of live music that includes everything from tribute bands, children’s activities and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Hermosa Beach, west of Manhattan Ave. between 14th and 10th Streets. FiestaHermosa.com

SHORELINE JAM

Aug. 31. The Queen Mary presents its annual Shoreline Jam music festival featuring top bands like The Expendables, J Boog, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Fishbone, Clear Conscience and Ethan Tucker. 2-11:30 p.m. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738. queenmary.com

LA COUNTY FAIR

Opening Aug. 30 – The largest county fair in North America features rides, animals, live music, horse races and a lot more. Indulge in fair food like fried Oreos, bacon wrapped pickles and Krispy Kreme sloppy Joes. Musical acts include Demi Lovato, the Bangles, Los Lobos and the Lonely Boys. $8–$19, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111. lacountyfair.com

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

Aug. 30-31 – The beloved composer returns to the Hollywood Bowl with some of his most popular hits, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. This year, he is also joined by Julie Andrews for a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini,  N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. HollywoodBowl.com

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