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Family-Friendly Labor Day Weekend Activities

September 2, 2021

Mondays aren’t so bad when it’s a three-day weekend! With Labor Day right around the corner, we’re ready to savor our day off with some fun in the sun. Whether it’s listening to live music al fresco-style, scoring some back-to-school deals or cruising the harbor via boat, the opportunities are endless. With that said, we’ve rounded up five family-friendly activities in Newport Beach for you to enjoy this three-day weekend! Don’t forget to set your email to OOO.

Live Music at Lido Marina Village

Nothing beats live tunes and harbor views. At Lido Marina Village, you and your fam can enjoy a little bit of everything this Labor Day weekend—from shopping and dining to live music out on the Lido Deck. Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and the sounds of local musicians every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 -3 p.m. And when the kiddos get hungry, stroll over to Circle Hook Fish Company for delicious sea-to-table bites like fish and chips, wonton poke tacos, oysters on the half shell, Thai coconut clams and a full kids menu. Your little ones will love the options here almost as much as you’ll love the view!

Back-to-School Shopping at Fashion Island

Whether the kiddos are back in school or about to start their year, a little back-to-school shopping is a must! Fashion Island, Newport Beach’s premier shopping destination, boasts a number of retail shops offering in-store Labor Day discounts. Cruise around the center and pop into stores like Vineyard Vines, Gorjana or Bloomingdales, which is running an exciting Shop for Good campaign that supports DonorsChoose. Every dollar goes directly to the classroom to raise funds for school supplies, mental health resources and books. Warby Parker also offers eye exams for children ages four and up. Swing by to browse their selection of kids’ glasses, only available in store.

Cruise with City Cruises

Set sail on the harbor this with City Cruises by Hornblower! This vessel/event company hosts a variety of Newport Beach boat cruises throughout the year that are worth every penny. This weekend, you and your family can enjoy a festive meal on the water by reserving your spot on their Brunch Cruise. The event includes a scenic two-hour yacht cruise, a gourmet plated brunch, free-flowing champagne, and sparkling cider or complimentary soda, juice, coffee, and tea, and specially curated background music. Book your cruise today at

Stay at Balboa Bay Resort

Looking to turn your three-day weekend into a three-day staycation? Balboa Bay Resort is making it easy to stay and save with its Sneak Away on a Weekday package! This exclusive package offers vacationers a full 15% savings on everything from room accommodations and recreation rentals to Drybar and spa treatments! Take full advantage of this weekday offer and experience the grandeur of this newly renovated property on the bay. Balboa Bay Resort is the perfect family-friendly hotel with amenities like poolside cabanas, water sport activities, a reimagined on-site restaurant (A+O Restaurant | Bar), a luxury spa and more. Don’t miss out on this unbeatable offer!

Picnic on the Sand

To avoid the crowded restaurants and bars this weekend, head to the beach for a curated picnic planned by The Picnic Collective. This unique local company specializes in creating original pop-up picnic experiences for any occasion. Leave the planning to the pros this Labor Day and revel in the beauty of a perfectly curated picnic on the beach. The Picnic Collective team will set up (and take down) everything for you, so all you have to do is show up! Expect plenty of fresh flowers, floor cushions for each guest, decorative umbrellas and grazing boards for snacking. There is no better way to kick off or wrap up the three-day weekend ahead.

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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