Group of friends enjoying picnic at park overlooking boats and the harbor

Labor Day in Marina del Rey Weekend Guide

Spend Labor Day in Marina del Rey for a much-needed seaside escape in Southern California. Whether you’re seeking a sunbathing spot or ideal stand-up paddling conditions, L.A.’s Marina has something for everyone. We rounded up 10 things to do this Labor Day in Marina del Rey. 

Sunday Boathouse Pool Party

Pool days are fun, but pool parties with live music and drinks are much more exciting! Check out the last of Marina del Rey Hotel's sizzling summer pool party series "Sunday Boathouse" on Sunday, Sept. 5th from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The event is free to hotel guests and $15 for non-hotel guests. Enjoy live DJ entertainment, poolside bites and libations. Pool cabanas must be reserved in advance. Click button to buy tickets.

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What's better than getting a restful sleep? Waking up to views of the sand, sea and sunshine. Stay at one of several waterfront hotels like this one pictured here at Jamaica Bay Inn, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Click button to see hotels and check availability for the holiday weekend.

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Ride the WaterBus for $1

It's your last chance to hop aboard the Marina Waterbus for $1 per person. This water taxi picks up and drops off at 8 locations throughout the Marina including at Burton Chace Park, Fisherman's Village, near Tony P's Dockside Grill and a newly added stop at Brizo Bar and Restaurant. Bikes and strollers are allowed. Pay cash at any of the stops. Tip: Parents, this is a wonderful way for kiddos to see marine life...or for little ones, take a nice afternoon nap!

HOURS: Friday, Sept. 3 from 5-8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 4-5 from 12-5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 6 from 12-8 p.m.

Want to charter your own private boat for a half-day or just a couple hours? Book a private yacht charter out of Marina del Rey. Click here to see the Charters Directory.

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This Labor Day weekend, there are 3 nights of back-to-back movies including new movies added during the 5 p.m. time slot (Yep, two movies playing at the same time on different screens!).

Tickets are $20 per car, per person + $2.32 handling fee. Click button to buy tickets now. Check out the schedule below for the Marina Drive-In series.

Friday, September 3
5PM: Zoolander

Friday, September 3
8PM: Zoolander 2
NEWLY ADDED 8PM: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Saturday, September 4
5PM Sing
NEWLY ADDED 5PM Sonic the Hedgehog
8PM Godzilla vs Kong

Sunday, September 5
5PM A Quiet Place
NEWLY ADDED 5PM Legally Blonde
8PM A Quiet Place II

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Whether you're seeking brunch, dinner or cocktails with a view, you'll find a boatload of waterfront dining options in Marina del Rey, many of which offer spacious outdoor patios to soak in the sun and enjoy the harbor views. Click to read the waterfront dining guide.

Pictured here: Cast & Plow at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

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Tucked away at the end of Fiji Way, you'll find a replica of a quaint New England seaport and fishing town where seaside strolls are a must-do! Fisherman's Village is a perfect place to shop for souvenirs, dine at waterfront restaurants, rent a kayak or hop on a public dining cruise. This is also where you can go on a Marina del Rey Parasailing excursion (scroll down to read more about this thrilling activity).

Pop into the Marina del Rey Historical Society's exhibit space to learn more about the history of L.A.'s Marina.

Free live music is also offered on the plaza on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. (weather depending).

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Looking to play some fun beach volleyball during the holiday weekend? Whether you're a novice or just a beginner, there are several volleyball courts in the Marina for you and your group. Beach volleyball courts with nets are available at Marina "Mother's" Beach or the Marina Peninsula. Bring your own volleyballs. We recommend arriving early as the sport is quite popular in the area. Click button to find more volleyball courts in Los Angeles County.

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See Los Angeles from hundreds of feet above the water by parasailing out of Marina del Rey.

Riders can choose between single, double, or triple flights, depending on weight and weather. The boat holds up to 15 passengers. If you want to just be a supporter and watch a friend take flight, you can pay a separate fee as an “observer.” Contact them in advance to determine if there is enough space to join as an observer.

Did you know kids can also go parasailing? The minimum age is 6.

Click button to reserve your spot and learn more.

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Try a deep-sea fishing trip for a fun adventure on the Pacific.

Charter companies like Marina del Rey Sportfishing allow you to choose from open-party (public) half-day and three-quarter-day fishing trips out onto Santa Monica Bay. You can also book private fishing charters. Santa Monica Bay is home to numerous types of gamefish including halibut, barracuda, sand bass, calico bass, white sea bass, and yellowtail. Click button for more information on fishing from Marina del Rey.

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Where else in L.A. can you have a picnic on a grassy lawn and encounter sea lions lounging on the docks and sailboats passing by? Burton Chace Park is a 10-acre park featuring paved pathways and panoramic views located in the heart of Marina del Rey. Those in-the-know bring a picnic basket or get food from nearby restaurants or Trader Joe's located near the park. This is also one of the WaterBus stops during the summer. Walk from the main entry at Mindanao all the way to the guest docks facing the main channel to hop on the WaterBus.

P.S., the Marina Drum Circle is held outside at the park on Sundays through Sept. 26th. Two sessions are available at 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Click button for more information.

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