Longshoremen Weekend Guide: August 30-September 3, 2012

If you’re staying in this week and for Labor Day weekend, check out some of the local events happening in the next few days. Your Longshoremen Weekend Guide is ready!

Thursday, August 30
Summer Concert Series on the LA Waterfront
Thursday, August 30 at 6 PM
Admission: FREE. Start off the weekend right! Bring your chair and enjoy free, live music. Concert entertainment for this Thursday: The Christopher Brothers, a Teen Pop Band/Retro Classic Rock and Reality Check, Classic Rock from the 60s to present. Location: Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountains in San Pedro, CA 90731 (Harbor Blvd. and Vincent Thomas Bridge). For more information, visit the Port of LA website.

Starting Friday, August 31 
Orange International Street Fair
August 31 5 PM to 10 PM
September 1 10 AM to 10 PM
September 2 10 AM to 10 PM
Admission: FREE. Raise money for many great organizations – all profits from the Street Fair go directly to non-profit charities. The event will feature 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths, an Arts and Crafts section featuring local artists, Community Booth sections showcasing local non-profits and businesses, a street dedicated to kids with crafts and games and 8 stages of entertainment featuring local bands. Location: Orange Plaza District (a.k.a Orange circle) Chapman Ave and Glassell Street in Orange, CA 92866. Visit the Orange International Street Fair website for more information.

San Gabriel Mission 241st Annual Fiesta
August 31 6 PM to Midnight
September 1 12 PM to Midnight
September 2 12 PM to Midnight
Admission: FREE. Enjoy live entertainment, international foods, religious, historical and cultural festivities, games and carnival rides. Location: San Gabriel Mission, 428 S. Mission Drive in San Gabriel, CA 91776. Visit the San Gabriel Mission website for more information.

Saturday, September 1
2nd Annual Shoreline Jam Concert Presented by the Queen Mary
Saturday, September 1 Gates open at 11 AM; event ends at 11:30 PM
Admission: $35-$75. An all day reggae event at the waterfront, also featuring world, rock and pop artists. Enjoy The Wailers, Tribal Seeds, Ballyhoo!, The Lions, Passafire, L.B.D.A., Black Uhuru, Stick Figure and many others. Plenty of food, beer and cocktails will also be available. Location: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy. in Long Beach, CA 90802. Visit the Shoreline Jam website for more information.

Labor Weekend at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
Saturday, September 1 starts at 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, September 2 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: FREE. Celebrate the Labor Day weekend with CRAFTED at the Port of LA. The Fox Pizza Bus will bring their BBQ menu: a whole roasted pig, chuck roast, roast pork or roast beef, potato salad with charred onion aioli, crab apple cole slaw, fire roasted corn on the cob – should we go on?! On Saturday, enjoy live music by Eugene & 1914. On Sunday, jam to Cliff Wagner and the Old #7. Added Bonus: With your parking on Saturday, receive half off to Street Food Cinema’s showing of Talladega Nights happening after CRAFTED. Location: CRAFTED, 110 & 112 East 22nd Street in San Pedro, CA 90291. Visit the CRAFTED Facebook Page for more information.

Fiesta Hermosa
September 1-3 10 AM to 6 PM
Admission: FREE.  Enjoy the ‘largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California’ with over 4oo artists plus two stages featuring live music, a Charity Beer & Wine Garden and a food court. Location: Downtown Hermosa Beach. Parking will be very limited so consider taking the free shuttle bus service that will run daily from 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM from the Northrop Grumman Building O4 at 15092 Aviation Blvd. near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach. Visit the Fiesta Hermosa website for more information.

63rd Annual Long Beach Greek Festival & Cultural Event
September 1-3 12 PM to 9 PM
Admission:$3; Kids under 12 years of age are free. Free entrance on Monday all day. The festival is free to all senior citizens, military, firemen and policemen with proper ID. Free parking at Cal State Long Beach in parking lot 11A, Structure 3 on Atherton Street and Palos Verdes Avenue. Enjoy live Greek music and dance performances, authentic Greek food and desserts, wine, ouzo, beer and Greek coffee. Free Greek cooking demonstrations, daily complimentary church tours, carnival rides and games. Location: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 5761 E Colorado Street in Long Beach, CA 90814. Visit the Long Beach Greek Festival website for more information.

THE TASTE Presented by the Los Angeles Times
September 1-3, 11 AM to 11 PM
Admission: $65 per event, $75 at the door. Celebrate the Southern California food scene at Paramount Pictures studios. Each event will feature unlimited food and drink tastings from the area’s top restaurants. Enjoy live cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions. Location: Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90038. Visit THE TASTE website for more information

Street Food Cinema: Viewing of Talladega Nights
Saturday, September 1 5:30 PM
Admission: $10; ages 6-12 pay $5; Children 5 and under FREE. Pay $15 for “reserved area” tickets. Lot parking costs $10. This Saturday, check out Talladega Nights! Doors open at 5:30 PM, followed by a live band, JD Bender at 7 PM. Movie starts at 8:30 PM. Location: Bloch Field at the LA Port, 1500 S. Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro, CA 90731. For additional information, visit the Street Food Cinema website.

Monday, September 3
Conquer the Bridge 5 Mile Race
Monday, September 3 8:05 AM
Registration: $40 until August 30; $50 on race day. Get your blood flowing with this 5.3 mile race. Participants can either run or walk the event, or both. Location: Vincent St. Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA. Visit the Conquer the Bridge website for more information.

Labor Day Solidarity March
Monday, September 3 9 AM
Admission: FREE. Meet at Broad and E Street (in Wilmington) at 9 AM to participate in this year’s Labor Day Solidarity March. The march to Banning Park will depart at 10 AM. Rally in Banning Park with speakers, food and music scheduled for 12 PM.

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Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.