The Muscle Beach Championship bodybuilding, figure, bikini, and men’s physique competition will return to Venice on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3.

Presented by Joe Wheatley Productions, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and, the annual event will be held at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk. Spectator admission is free.

As part of the festivities, fitness industry pioneer Betty Weider – wife of Joe Weider, founder of the Mr. Olympia competition – will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame and receive the “Lifetime Achievement” award for her work in promoting fitness on a competition level.

Registration for the competitions will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue into the night, when the festivities will end with a parade and live music.

Men and women bodybuilders from across the United States, as well as internationally, will compete, although the competition is open to all amateurs. The registration fee is $80 and prejudging will begin at 10 a.m. There will be 1,000 bleacher seats available on a first-come-first serve basis.

“I expect the entire stadium to be filled at capacity with standing-room-only,” said Wheatley, a promoter of the event. “This is the last competition of the season and we have a lot of industry icons in attendance.”

The parade of athletes will take place at 1 p.m. with the finals of each division immediately to follow. At the conclusion of the competition, spectators are invited for live music by “Flight 2Da Light,” which will entertain into the evening.

“This event has been an integral part of the community for over 40 years,” said Wheatley. “I think it’s going to be a great event.”

Information, (310) 399-2775.