July 31, 2019

Labor Day 2019 in Southern California: 4 Perfect Ways to Spend the Weekend


Spending time on our golden coast this Labor Day? Whether you're a high-energy adventurer ready for a fun-filled weekend or a laid-back beach bum looking for a relaxing day, you'll find it in Southern California! Take a look at our top 4 ways to spend this end-of-summer holiday in and around Orange County!

1. Hit the Beach

Yep, a great weekend is as easy as that in Southern California! Pick your favorite beach and your favorite time of day and you're all set for an awesome day!

Here are a few ideas:
  • Pick a Pier: A beach day is great, but a day at the pier is even better! Combine lounging on the sand with strolling (or even fishing or dining!) on the pier, and you've got the perfect recipe for a relaxing holiday! The Huntington Beach Pier , San Clemente Pier , and Newport Beach Pier on Balboa Peninsula are just a few of our favorites, and with a whole long weekend to explore you can visit them all!
  • Beach Bonfire: There's just something magical and memorable about a bonfire on the beach! Many of our favorite local beaches, including Huntington Beach and San Clemente State Beach provide fire rings so you can experience the ambiance of a fire as you enjoy the ocean breeze and the sound of the crashing waves. Take a look at this guide to SoCal beaches with fire rings , and make sure to arrive early to stake your claim on a ring!
  • Cruise the Coast: Add a little exercise to your beach day by renting a bike! There are many coastal bike trails to choose from in Southern California. Take a look at our Southern California Biking Guide and pick your favorite!
  • Early Bird: One of the easiest ways to enjoy some peaceful beach time is simply to arrive early. Set your alarm a little earlier, treat yourself to a gourmet coffee, and get your choice of parking spot and perfect sandy location. An early arrival is especially excellent if you prefer to avoid the sun or enjoy cooler temperatures. Visit the beach in the morning and you can have your beach day and wear your sweater too!

2. Get Out On The Water

For a more adventurous day, book some time out on the water! Whether you decide on a relaxing day of sportfishing, or a kayaking tour along the rugged coast of La Jolla, you'll have a memorable day on the ocean!

Take a look at a few of our local guides:


3. Explore Local Gems

Our local Orange County towns are packed with discoveries for savvy travelers! From exploring the local food scene to visiting top rated museums, there's far more to do and see in Orange County than you can fit in one weekend!

Take a look at our Top Things to do In Southern California or take a look at our Southern California destinations and see what you can find.

Looking for a few more unique ideas? Take a look at these guides for even more local flavor!


4. Check Out Local Events:

For a one-of-a-kind Labor Day Weekend, check out one of the local events happening in Orange County!

Come explore 8 stages, 42 food and drink booths,15 ethnically themed streets representing different countries, plus lots of commercial booths and arts and crafts vendors! This annual event is a walk around the world, all in one weekend! Sample international cuisine, shop local services and handicrafts, and enjoy live entertainment!


An annual gathering of classic cars at the OC Fair Grounds, this is one of the largest and longest-running events of its kind, with a 1.25 mile cruise route set up at a 150 acre venue on the OC Fair grounds. At the Great Labor Day Cruise you'll see a wide array of antique vehicles, and you can even camp out in your tent or RV to experience more of this classic all-American motorist weekend!


Make the most of your time in Orange County
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