Around Pomona: Labor Day fun

Beautiful Santa Monica

*This is Part Two in an ongoing series on things to do around Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).

It’s Labor Day weekend and there are still a few more weeks until school starts back up again at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP). Take advantage of the end of your summer by going out and doing something fun! Southern California is full of culture! Explore the cities for a realm of experiences.

1) Explore a festival.
The L.A. County Fair opens this Friday. just in time for Labor Day weekend. If you don’t go this weekend, be sure to go for Cal Poly Pomona Day at the fair on September 22. There are also some other big festival-type events happening that are definitely worth looking into. The Fiesta Hermosa Labor Day weekend celebration will host over 400 artists and crafters for one of the the largest arts and craft fairs in Southern California. For more food, arts, crafts, and music, go to the Orange International Street Fair The festival featuring international food and culture will be in the City of Orange on Friday August 31 from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

2) Stop by an open mic.
The Pomona Arts Colony, located in the heart of Downtown Pomona, is a great place to see an open mic night and walk around while enjoying music and galleries. For a good open mic and some live art, go to Machine Pomona or A Mic and Dim Lights. Downtown Fullerton and Santa Ana are also know for their art scenes and are worth looking into.

3) See a comedy show.
Take a break and get a good laugh at a local comedy club. One of the best comedy clubs in the area is Upright Citizens Brigade, located in Hollywood. Other notable clubs include the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena and Improv Comedy Clubs with locations in Irvine, Brea and Ontario.

4) Celebrate your city.
Explore Los Angeles, Orange County and the surrounding areas. There is culture everywhere, so take a look around. Even if you’re not from the Los Angeles area, if you’re here then you might as well enjoy the beauty. On September 4 from 6 p.m. 1 p.m., celebrate the 231st anniversary of the founding of the City of Angeles. The City of Los Angeles Birthday Celebration  includes a nine-mile re-enactment of the walk from San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo De Los Angeles ending at what is now Olvera Street.  It is organized by Los Pobladores 200, an association of the original settlers and soldiers to the city.

5) Visit museums.
The Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu both offer free admission. The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles is free the first Wednesday of every month and admission to The Huntington in San Marino is free the first Thursday of every month to those with advance tickets. Monday, September 3, Target is sponsoring free admission to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In Santa Monica the Peter Frettman Gallery is presenting “Forever Young: the Art of Music Photography,” an exhibit sure to appeal to all rock and roll lovers.

For more ideas on what to do around Pomona, check out “Around Pomona: The Great Outdoors” and keep up with ASInside for future articles.