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From a historic battleship museum and craft brewery to outdoor concerts, festivals and movies, the LA Waterfront offers a variety of year-round events to entertain people of all ages. New events are frequently added to the calendar below, so check back often to see what's happening on the LA Waterfront.

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Tuesday, May 30

American Cetacean Society Lecture at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

7:30-9 p.m. The American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter offers free monthly lectures at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Auditorium on the last Tuesday of each month through May (resuming in September). For information and scheduled speakers, visit www.acs-la.org.
Fee: Free

Friday, June 2

Eleven - The Movie on Battleship IOWA

8:30 p.m. After discovering his late grandfather's WWII Navy journal, film director George Retelas set out to capture the stories of the remaining airmen that served with his late grandfather. “Eleven” (2016, 77 min.) is a documentary comprised the first hand accounts of eleven WWII veterans from Carrier Air Group 11 as they recall their naval aviation tours off Guadalcanal Island and aboard the USS Hornet. Featuring rare U.S. Navy footage and wartime photos, this documentary is told entirely by the surviving airmen— in their
own words. 

The movie is FREE, will be held outdoors on the ships’ fantail, and will have Verg Bloomquist in attendance.

Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets, outdoor chairs, and use the hashtag #ElevenTheMovie. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. Event is subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 2

Discovery Lecture Series 2017 at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

7-9 p.m. AltaSea/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture Series is held in the Aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium: Stephen Weisberg, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) will talk about advances in beach water quality monitoring. These new methods allow us to provide answers more quickly, leading to a better warning system for the public. Moreover, the genetic information captured by these new molecular methods also allows us to better define what type of animal served as the fecal source when contamination occurs.
Fee: Free

Saturday June 3

Dave Widow & The Line-Up Featuring Bernie Pearl at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. A night of guitar driven blues, featuring Widow's unique style of finger picking. Guest Bernie Pearl is one of LA's most highly respected blues musicians. At the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro. Tickets available at grandannex.org

Saturday, June 3

Monthly Cabrillo Beach Cleanup

8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators in helping to keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean! Come find out what marine debris is doing to our ocean and help us to collect and categorize what we find on Cabrillo Beach. Groups wishing to participate are asked to call during business hours Monday through Friday at 310-548-7562. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

Saturday, June 3

Fiesta Corazon del Puerto

2-10 p.m. Enjoy a family day of live music, food, and fun with FREE admission at Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Sunday, June 4

Shared Science Summer 2017 Workshop on Battleship IOWA

Interested in exploring the science behind Battleships? LEGO engineering activities explore simple robots, geared motors. Afternoon includes investigating how robotics are using on the ship. Enjoy a light lunch with your child on board Battleship IOWA.

$30 per child ($7 per adult lunch)

Register at http://www.sharedsciencefun.org

Saturday, June 10

Port of Los Angeles Clean Boating Expo

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Did you know there are 15 Port of Los Angeles marinas here on the LA Waterfront? Join the Port of Los Angeles at Cabrillo Way Marina for a free, informational event about clean marinas and water quality -- ideal for boaters and water enthusiasts!

Saturday, June 10

World Ocean Day at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

11 a.m.-4 p.m. World Ocean Day 2017 is celebrated all over the world June 8th! Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and celebrate the ocean with us on Sunday the 10th and see how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a close-up look at baby animals grown at the Aquarium and more will make this a special day for everyone. For more information visit the CMA website.
Fee: Free

Saturday, June 10

Mouths Of Babes at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Ty Greenstein (Girlyman) & Ingrid Elizabeth (Coyote Grace) are a modern folk power duo that's been rocking festival stages, and touring with Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. At the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro. Tickets available at grandannex.org

Saturday, June 10

Stories, Songs and More for All at the White Point Nature Education Center

10 a.m. Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings. Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Sunday, June 11

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.

Saturday, June 17

White Point Docent Training at White Point Nature Education Center

9 a.m.-noon Help run our dynamic White Point Nature Education Center. From school programs to plant sales, we need assistance running a variety of fun events. Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Saturday, June 17

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit Cabrillo Beach’s own wetland habitat, Salinas de San Pedro, and discover the plants and animals that call it home! Using binoculars, magnifying glasses and other tools. Meet at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Educators and volunteers will help you observe and explore this habitat. Or simply sit back, watch the tide change and listen to the birds and other wildlife.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Saturday, June 24

Local Paleo History at White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve

11 a.m. Austin Hendy talks about fossils and mollusks. Discover more about the variety of life in the habitats and ecosystems around us. Free. RSVP to: www.pvplc.org: Events & Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or call 310.541.7613.

Saturday, June 24

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m. Visit White Point Nature Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more! White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Sunday June 25

Gray Caballeros at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Michael Herzmark's ace local classic rock band does some of the best of the b-sides - pop, country and R&B hits that feed the soul, originally recorded by The Monkees, Paul Revere & The Raiders and more. At the Grand Annex, 434 W 6th St, San Pedro. Tickets available at grandannex.org

Sunday, June 25

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (Friends members free)

Friday, June 30

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!®

5-10 p.m. Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, Cars & Stripes Forever!® is a free community celebration to kick off Independence Day weekend, featuring a classic car show (with more than 100 cars built before 1971), an exotic car display, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and grand fireworks finale. Registration opens in May 2017.

Saturday, July 1

Monthly Cabrillo Beach Cleaup

 8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators in helping to keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean! Come find out what marine debris is doing to our ocean and help us to collect and categorize what we find on Cabrillo Beach. Groups wishing to participate are asked to call during business hours Monday through Friday at 310-548-7562. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

Tuesday, July 4

Fireworks on the Water with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

7-10 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July on the water! Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org lamitopsail.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 4

67th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

This San Pedro 4th of July tradition is now in its 67th year! The FREE celebration features music, family activities, food trucks, and a spectacular firework show at 9pm on Cabrillo Beach.

Wednesday, July 5

Trashmageddon Beach Cleanup

 8-10 a.m. After the 4th of July celebration, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators in helping to keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean! Come find out what marine debris is doing to our ocean and help us to collect and categorize what we find on Cabrillo Beach. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Any one that can come help, it's appreciated!!!
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Saturday, July 8

Concert on the LA Waterfront

Courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles, enjoy a free outdoor family concert at Wilmington Waterfront Park. Artist(s) and time TBA.

Tuesday, July 11

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (Friends members free)

Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16

PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL

Friday, July 14, 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
"Come for feast, stay for the fun!" is the motto for the world’s largest lobster festival, featuring family entertainment, live music, and of course, fresh Maine lobster, near Battleship IOWA on the LA Waterfront. In addition to the famous lobster meals, try lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster mac & cheese, and lobster fries. The festival also offers a variety of culinary delights from vendors and food trucks, with seafood, sausages, barbecue, tacos, rice bowls, and vegetarian options. A wide range of beverages and desserts are not to be missed. For more information, visit lobsterfest.com.

Sunday, July 16

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit Cabrillo Beach’s own wetland habitat, Salinas de San Pedro, and discover the plants and animals that call it home! Using binoculars, magnifying glasses and other tools, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators and volunteers will help you observe and explore this habitat. Or simply sit back, watch the tide change and listen to the birds and other wildlife.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Saturday, July 22

Family Sandcastle Day at Cabrillo Beach

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto, your very own sandcastle! Bring your little shovel, a bucket and come on down for some sandy fun.
Fee: Free and open to everyone

Monday, July 24

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (Friends members free)

Sunday, July 24

Walk Cabrillo

1 p.m.-3 p.m. Pack a snack and join a beach walk guided by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators who will be interpreting the various habitats that you will be exploring. Starting at the Aquarium courtyard, you’ll visit the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. Along the walk you will examine fossils, native plants, beach wracks and other interesting finds.
All Ages, donations acceptable

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4

Summer Camp - Catalina Voyage with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Take your child on a unique camping experience! This 5 day camping voyage have a Marine Biologist, Anthropologist, Historian and amateur Astronomer aboard to give your child a fun, educational experience. Tickets are $650 and include meals.

Friday, August 4

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Movie on the Water and at the Park

7 p.m. Enjoy the hit Pixar movie, Finding Dory, with the family at 23518 Miner St, San Pedro and Wilmington Waterfront Park for FREE!

Saturday, August 19

Family Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. 5-7:30 p.m.Take a sunset sail with the family. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org.

Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4

LA Fleet Week® 2017

Fleet Week is an annual patriotic tradition where active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a major U.S. city for one week. LA Fleet Week® is a free, public event on the LA Waterfront taking place over Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment, and aircraft flyovers. Visiting ships will be announced two weeks before the event.

Visit lafleetweek.com or follow LA Fleet Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#LAFleetWeek2017

Sunday, September 17

5th Annual Southern California Bocce Association Tournament

The 5nd Annual Southern California Bocce Association Tournament will take place on home courts located at Berth 95, San Pedro, south of the Catalina Express Terminal. Be sure to stop by and enjoy great food and cheer on the competing bocce teams. For more information, please visit sanpedrobocceclub.wixsite.com.

Saturday, October 7

Anchor Ball with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Come in a nautical costume and dance the night away! Advanced tickets are $100. Guests receive a map to a secret location. RSVP to info@lamitopsail.org.

Saturday, October 14

Red Bull Global Rallycross at the Port of Los Angeles

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features - the cars produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, and can withstand 70-foot jumps.

For the second consecutive year, the Red Bull GRC season ends with a doubleheader in the series’ hometown of Los Angeles. Expect one of the deepest fields of the year to compete in the season’s marquee event.

For more information, visit http://redbullglobalrallycross.com/

Friday, October 20

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Movie on the Water

7 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor showing of the Disney movie, Moana, at Downtown Harbor, San Pedro. Bring a blanket and chair and settle in at the dock. No food or beverages will be provided.

Saturday, October 28

Happy Harbor Halloween & Pet Parade

Celebrate Halloween on the LA Waterfront! First, kick off the day with a Halloween-themed Pet Parade from 10-11 a.m. (Halloween costumes are admired but not required.) Then from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy Happy Harbor Halloween, a free, family-friendly event that features a costume parade, music, puppets, arts and crafts, face painting, games, reptiles, and fun for kids of all ages! Two locations: Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Saturday, December 2

Port of Los Angeles Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the family and teach them how to make a snowman - even if it's warm and sunny outside. Enjoy the snow, face painting, games, holiday crafts for free at Wilmington Waterfront Park!

Saturday, December 2

55th Annual L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade

6-9 p.m. Join us in making the 55th L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat parade truly “Spectacular” as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in the nation’s largest international trade gateway. 

Saturday, December 2

25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade

Enjoy the 25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. Visit lamitopsail.org for more information.

Sunday, December 3

Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade

1-3 p.m. The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade will be celebrating its 37th year.

Each year, this festive tradition brings families, little leagues, scouts, students, high school bands, equestrian units, and volunteers to downtown San Pedro to celebrate the holiday season and our community.

Sunday, December 10

Heart of the Harbor Wilmington Holiday Parade

Noon-2 p.m. Join the Heart of the Harbor as they march across Wilmington in the spirit of the Holidays.

First Thursday of the Month

1st Thursday ArtWalk in Downtown San Pedro

5-9 p.m. 6th and Mesa Streets, Downtown San Pedro. This monthly event draws crowds to historic downtown San Pedro's eclectic art galleries, shops and eateries. Live music abounds and gourmet food trucks augment the great selection of restaurants around the LA Waterfront. Some restaurants offer 1st Thursday Night Specials. Whether you indulge in the nosh or just want to walk around, it's a great place to people-watch and experience the growing art scene in San Pedro. For more information, visit www.1stthursday.com

First and Third Thursdays of the Month

First & Third Thursday Concert Series

6-9 p.m. Enjoy FREE live entertainment and a variety of food trucks in Downtown San Pedro every first and third Thursdays of the month at the corner of 6th and Mesa Streets.

First Saturday of the month

Monthly Beach Cleanup with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8-10 a.m. Join CMA Educators in helping to keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean! Come find out what marine debris is doing to our ocean and help us to collect and categorize what we find on Cabrillo Beach. Groups wishing to participate are asked to call during business hours Monday through Friday at 310-548-7562. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Free and open to all ages.

Every Thursday

Wilmington 'Heart of the Harbor' Local Harvest Farmers Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Located on L Street between Avalon Blvd & Marine Ave in Wilmington. This hometown style Farmers Market has a variety of farm fresh certified California-grown fruits, vegetables, assorted plants and flowers. Along with fresh cooked fare vendors, this market has a wide variety of gourmet specialty foods. Arts, crafts and jewelry from local area artists can also be found and purchased here. Musicians from the surrounding communities will entertain you while you shop, eat, or just leisurely stroll through. For more information visit localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

Every Friday

Downtown San Pedro Local Harvest Farmers Market

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Located on 6th Street between Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street in San Pedro. Every Friday at the Historic Downtown San Pedro Local Harvest Farmers Market is unique at this event with local musicians. Shop for Certified California-grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Enjoy fresh, hot fare from one of many vendors, with gourmet specialty foods and treats, and unique arts & crafts vendors.