14 Memorial Day Weekend Activities

What are your plans for your Memorial Day Weekend? Have you already planned a quick getaway or are you keeping it closer to home?

If you’re keeping it local, I’m sure there are a lot of great events and activities scheduled for your city! If you’re based in Southern California like most of us here at Repeat Possessions, you’ll be happy to know that there are tons of options you can choose from for an eventful Memorial Day Weekend!

NBC Southern California has suggested these great, noteworthy events!


Memorial Day Weekend: UCB Theater BBQ

1.) The Smokes’ Memorial Day BBQ Blowout @ UCB Theater
A beer & brats salute to our nation’s veteran improvisers! The Smokes will be turning the UCBT stage into a live backyard cookout for a fully improvised BBQ monoscene. Hot dogs, potato salad, demented characters and more! more…





Memorial Day Weekend: Valley Greek Festival 2.) Valley Greek Festival @ St. Nicholas Church, Northridge
Opa! Enjoy a cultural experience for the entire family with  live music, dancing, gourmet food, homemade pastries, cooking, children’s activities, a Greek market, and a variety of shopping boutiques. More

Memorial Day Weekend: Garden Grove Strawberry3.) Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
On its golden anniversary this festival takes a look back at a half-century filled with redheads, record-breaking strawberry shortcake, star-studded parades, helicopter rides and even a circus and rodeo. More




Memorial Day Weekend: Jazz-Reggae4.) JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA
With an annual attendance of over 30,000 and performances from legendary artists such as Erykah Badu, the Marley Brothers, and Jill Scott, the JazzReggae Festival has secured its place as the largest student-run event in the nation. More




Memorial Day Weekend: Kids5.) Memorial Day Street Fair @ Alvarado St.
Honoring Americans who died in service more than 30,000 locals will enjoy foods, free health screenings, carnival rides games, live musical groups and a variety of services of exhibitors in a classic LA street fair. More

Memorial Day Weekend: South Pacific6.) Memorial Day Weekend Special for South Pacific @ Center Theatre Group
Set during World War II, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. May 27 – June 3, More





Memorial Day Weekend: 5minutesgame7.) The 5 Minutes Game: Memorial Day Edition @ Cinefamily
The audience will watch the first five minutes of fifteen movies you’ve likely never seen before. Then everyone will vote on one of the films to watch in its entirety. Guest are invited to bring something to cook on the grill! more…




8.) Memorial Picnic @ Aquarium of the PacificMemorial Day Weekend: Aquarium of the Pacific
Enjoy a fun patriotic menu including a twice baked red white and blue potato salad, country coleslaw and plenty tasty eats off the grill! After a delicious picnic enjoy the Aquarium for the rest of the day! More





Memorial Day Weekend: Wine Fest9.) City of Angels Wine Fest @ 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles
The festival is a charity event featuring fine wines from 30+ California wineries. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction and the interactive Living Mural Project. More
Memorial Day Weekend: Inglewood10.) Inglewood’s Memorial Day Celebration @ One Manchester Blvd
The commemorative ceremonies will celebrate the lives of war heroes and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. More
Memorial Day Weekend: Hermosa Beach11.) Fiesta Hermosa @ Hermosa Beach
With the ocean as a backdrop this holiday party is the ”largest arts & crafts fair in SoCal”. Over 270 artists and crafters are featured, including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. More
Memorial Day Weekend: Newport Dunes12.) Kayak Tours Launch at Newport Dunes @ 1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is launching its own ecological tours of the surrounding federally protected, 750-acre natural wildlife reserve that adjoins it. More
Memorial Day Weekend: Griffith Park13.) Griffith Park @ 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles
With over 4210 acres of both natural chapparal-covered terrain and landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is the perfect place to have a picnic and play the whole day. More
Memorial Day Weekend: Zombience14.) Zombience @ El Cid
Improvatorium presents a special Memorial Day Weekend performance of Zombience, an Improvised Zombie Musical! Accompanied by a live band and using audience suggestions, Improvatorium battles and more… More

Memorial Day Weekend: Aebleskiver

I am not sure what my family will be doing this weekend. We might take part in one of the above mentioned events since we’ll be staying local. But growing up, one of my favorite destinations for Memorial Day Weekend was the City of Solvang in Santa Barbara County, California.

I tried relentlessly to dig up some old photos, but to no avail! I haven’t been there in a long long time. But I loved biting into warm aebleskiver with its tangy, sweet raspberry sauce and sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Other than walking around eating tasty snacks and looking at the quaint Dane-inspired architecture, I mostly remembered the ride from the San Fernando Valley to Solvang. My two brothers and I sat in the back of my dad’s Suburban with all the seats down and a tiny little VHS player propped up in front of us. Seat belt laws weren’t as strict then!

I suppose it’s true that the journey is often more important than the destination! So if you’re heading out with the family, enjoy the ride!

Of course, time is running out for any last-minute plans to get away for the weekend. Especially since prices have skyrocketed over the last few weeks! But you can still find a few deals here and there. Thanks to International Business Times and their great research across the web and from GoBankingRates.com we know a few places that can help you with your trip:

Avis: 10% off weekend full size 4-door car rentals using coupon code “G833800.”

Expedia.com: $25 off $100 on first booking with mobile app by December 31 using coupon code “MOBILE25.”

Hotels.com: Up to 30% off Memorial Day sale through May 27; Up to $100 off all hotel bookings using coupon code “REBATES14.”

Cheap Tickets: Up to 50% off getaways for Memorial Day weekend through May 25.

CheapOAir: $15 off Memorial Day weekend using coupon code “MEMORIAL15.”

CheapoStay.com: $15 off Memorial Day weekend using coupon code “MEMORIAL15.”

Orbitz: Up to 50% Off Memorial Day trips through May 25; Save 15% on hotel stays booked by June 1 and traveled by November 15 using coupon codde “GETHAPPY.”

Sandals: Up to 65% off vacations for Memorial Day plus more deals.

Travelocity: $100 off $1,000 or more hotel and flight package until May 26 using coupon code “MEMORIAL100.”

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