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Ideas for a Fun Labor Day Weekend in Marina del Rey

Three-day holiday weekend, here we come! For those who have a day off on Friday, then more power to you—a four-day holiday weekend is quite a treat. We’re stoked to share all the Labor Day weekend fun in store for you: we’ve got a fun brunch cruise on Hornblower, the final outdoor summer concert at Burton Chace Park, the arrival of Maiden to Marina del Rey as part of its worldwide tour and more!

While many Angelenos leave town during Labor Day weekend, locals and visitors come from all over to explore Southern California, including L.A.’s Marina. With Marina del Rey located in the heart of the coastline (and just 4 miles from LAX), it’s easy breezy to spend a day or two in L.A.’s premier waterfront playground.

Adventure-seekers can dive into on-the-water fun, such as chartered sailing excursions, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, paddleboard yoga classes, deep-sea sportfishing trips, parasailing, and more. Just want to kick back and relax? Take it easy and hop on the summer-season WaterBus. Pack a picnic and head to the outdoor summer concert at Burton Chace Park. Stay awhile at local restaurants, as it’s easy to be captivated by the views of luxury yachts and romantic sunsets. Or, take in the sights of the harbor on a dining cruise with live entertainment and dancing under the stars.

With sunny weather brightening everyone’s spirits, it’s easy to find something for everyone in L.A.’s Marina for the holiday weekend. Send these ideas to your one friend who plans everything (everyone has that friend). Or show this page to your family so everyone can agree on what to do this weekend! Read on for five ideas for a fun labor day weekend in Marina del Rey:

SATURDAY: Summer Series Concert

Catch the final outdoor Summer Concert at Burton Chace Park on Saturday, Aug. 31 featuring Jenny and the Mexicats. Hailing from England, Spain, and Mexico, the band meshes musical styles from around the world. Free! Get there early for a picnic and enjoy the sunset while you dance to the music.

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SUNDAY: Boathouse Pool Party

Don't miss your final chance to drink, dance, and lounge poolside at the Marina's most refreshing pool party - Sunday Boat House at Marina del Rey Hotel! Featuring the hottest DJs, weekly themed events, luxury cabana rentals, food, libations and more. $10 for non-hotel guests (21+ only). Noon-6 p.m.

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SUNDAY: Welcome Maiden to MDR

Head to Burton Chace Park around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1st and get a peek at the arrival of Maiden to Los Angeles. Maiden gained international attention as the first yacht to be sailed around the world by an all-female crew when the yacht raced against all odds in the 1989/90 ​Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. The iconic yacht was featured in the Sony Pictures Classics’ doc, MAIDEN, and the public will have a chance to see Maiden, meet the crew and tour the yacht.

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MONDAY: Labor Day Brunch Cruise

Set off on a morning cruise for your Labor Day weekend with a little bubbly and brunch. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, Hornblower's Brunch Cruise includes live jazz music, free-flowing champagne and a brunch buffet. Monday, Sept. 2, Noon–2 p.m.

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MONDAY: Labor Day Celebration BBQ

Bring your crew to the Sinder patio at Marina del Rey Marriott. Chef David will be showcasing his famous BBQ platter for two people. BBQ ribs, chicken, smoked sausage, shrimp skewers with potato salad and warm house baked corn bread. $28.  Pair the food with ice cold craft beers to celebrate your Labor Day weekend. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 310-448-4815

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ALL WEEKEND + MONDAY: Clambake Labor Day Special at BEACHSIDE

Beachside, the restaurant overlooking Marina "Mother's" Beach, is celebrating Labor Day with a special clambake menu. Get crackin' with littleneck clams, PEI mussels, peel 'n eat shrimp, Andouille sausage links, red bliss potatoes, and of course, corn on the cob. All served with drawn butter, cocktail, and tartar sauces, fresh lemon wedges, and bread rolls. Special clambake menu is $45 for 2 people and will be available Friday afternoon starting at 12 p.m. on Aug. 30th through Monday evening, Sept. 2. The clambake is available 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. 4175 Admiralty Way. 310-823-5333.

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ALL WEEKEND + MONDAY: Ride the WaterBus for $1

Hop on the Water Bus before the season ends. As the "water taxi" during the summer, it's one of the best ways to get around the harbor. Strollers and bikes are welcome. No pets allowed. Last day to catch a ride is Monday, Sept. 2 between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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ALL WEEKEND + MONDAY: Fisherman's Village Weekend Concerts

Break out those dancing shoes! Enjoy free live music on the plaza at Fisherman’s Village this Labor Day weekend with a bonus free concert on MONDAY. Get two hours free parking with validation from a shop or restaurant in the village.

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