The days are growing cooler, kids are starting school and opportunities for summer fun are winding down. But on Monday, you’ll have one last chance to celebrate the summer before autumn gets underway. Labor Day will see millions hitting the road and seeing the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Here’s what you need to know about Labor Day 2018 in L.A.
What to Do
While many Angelenos will leave town for Labor Day for the long weekend, there’s plenty to do here at home. The Los Angeles County Fair will be open on Labor Day, with Metrolink providing a free shuttle from its Fairgrounds Station. Also consider visiting the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Though it won’t be open on Labor Day, Saturday and Sunday will be your final chance to drop by until next year.
Going to the beach is also an option, though you’ll want to be careful. It’s likely to get packed early, so driving up Pacific Coast Highway and trying a less-frequented beach, such as Leo Carrillo Beach or Port Hueneme. If you don’t mind crowds, swing by Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach and treat yourself to music, hundreds of vendors, and block party foods.
How to Get There
Labor Day weekend has long stood amongst Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Day as one of the year’s worst for traffic. According to transportation analyst Drivemode, the worst possible time to leave L.A. for Labor Day weekend is at high noon on Friday. Drivers can expect to take almost five minutes to drive just one mile, two minutes longer than it takes during rush hour evening traffic.
Of course, if you’re going to nearby La Vegas, or further to San Francisco, you might be thinking that flying over packed freeways will save your long weekend. But on Thursday, Los Angeles International Airport officials said travelers should thinking twice before flying out of town. They said an estimated 1,131,405 passengers are expected to pass through the airport between Friday and Tuesday. Travelers should arrive early and expect heavy traffic in and out of the Central Terminal Area.