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LA WATERFRONT
EVENTS

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

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December 2014 through March 2015

Cabrillo Whalewatch Season

Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to sea any day of the week through the end of March in search of migrating Pacific gray whales and a host of other marine life, such as dolphins, seals and sea lions. Whalewatch naturalists, trained by CMA and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, lead two-to-three-hour boat trips from various landings. Join the fun by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at 310-548-7770.
Fee: Varies by landing; contact Cabrillo Whalewatch or visit our website: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

Saturday, January 31

Tidepool Wonders

12:30 to 2 p.m.
Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as our Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Wednesdays, February 4 through February 25

SEA Club for 3rd through 6th grade students

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you can join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators for a series of hands-on after-school marine science adventures. Activities include observing animal behavior; examining rocky shore animals at the tidepools; exploring the wonders of mud at the salt marsh; getting up-close with microscopes. Students help plan the schedule. No walk-ins please, registration is required; call 310-548-7562. Deadline to register is one week before the class begins.
Fee: $30 ($27 FRIENDS members) for the series and includes a SEA Club T - shirt.

Friday, February 6

LECTURE: The Golden Shore - California's Love Affair with the Sea

7 to 8:30 p.m.
By David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier
In recounting his discoveries researching 'The Golden Shore,' his critically acclaimed book on how California is defined by the Pacific, author and ocean activist David Helvarg shares the amazing history, culture and changing nature of the California coast and ocean.
In engaging detail he makes the case that the diversity of the state's ocean users - from America's largest ports to the navy, surfers, fishermen, scientists and others have created a "democracy of blue interests" - that have made California a world model for living well with the sea, from an ecological, economic and even spiritual point of view.

Saturday, February 7

Music Under The Guns

Bring the entire family on board Battleship IOWA for “Music Under The Guns." The Shoreline Symphonic Winds will be performing a selection of Broadway and Movie soundtracks culminating in a Patriotic closing. This unique concert series features local community musicians performing a variety of music styles. Held outdoors on the ships’ fantail, guests are reminded to dress appropriately. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Saturday, February 7

Native Garden Workday

8 to 10 a.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators in helping keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean. Choose between helping to maintain our Native Garden and Salt Marsh areas (while learning about the importance of their plant and animal inhabitants) or cleaning marine debris off 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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Sunday, February 8

Movies Under The Guns

Bring the entire family on board Battleship IOWA for “Movies Under The Guns." Honoring Black History Month, this month’s movie will be “Tuskegee Airmen” staring Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr. This is the story of the first group of African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces, who fought the spread of fascism in Europe while facing racism at home.

Special guest Lt. Col. Robert Friend will be on hand to introduce the film and do a brief question and answer session. Lt. Col. Friend is the oldest surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen and flew 142 combat missions over Europe in WWII.

The movie is FREE and will be held outdoors on the ships’ fantail. . Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. This unique movie series will be held monthly and features some of the biggest stars and family friendly movies.

Saturday, February 14

Tall Ship Sweetheart Sail

5-8 p.m. A three hour moonlight dinner cruise along the LA Waterfront aboard LAMI's tall ships, Irving and Exy Johnson. Ticket price includes a complete dinner, dessert, beverage, and souvenir gift to remember your romantic adventure at sea. More info at www.lamitopsail.org or call 310-833-6055.

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15

Weekend Tidepool Walks

Saturday, February 14 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 15 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join us as CMA Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Monday, February 16

President's Day at Battleship IOWA & 72nd Birthday Celebration

9 a.m.
Bring the family for a joint celebration of President’s Day and USS IOWA’s 72nd Birthday. A special cake cutting celebration will take place featuring local dignitaries and veterans. All those in attendance will get a free piece of cake (while supplies last). The celebration pierside will feature exhibits and local community booths along with Food Trucks. First commissioned February 22, 1943, the USS IOWA is the West Coast’s only Battleship open to the public.

Saturday, February 21

Walk Cabrillo

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pack a snack and join a walk guided by CMA 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 wrack and other interesting finds. Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Saturday, February 21

Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 2015 is year of the sheep! Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Downtown Harbor.
Downtown Harbor, 504 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
See flier here

Sunday, February 22 and Sunday, March 29

Complete Whalewatch

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Join Larry Fukuhara, CMA Programs Director, for an informative and fun slide presentation in the John
M. Olguin Auditorium. Following the presentation, head out to sea on a local whalewatching vessel in search of gray whales, other marine mammals and sea life. Only two dates, don't miss the boat! The trip returns to the dock by 12noon.
Call 310-548-7562 for information and reservations.
Fee: $25 per person

Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1

Weekend Tidepool Walk

Saturday, February 28: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1: 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Join us as CMA Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2015 Cal Maritime Intercollegiate Regatta

The Port of Los Angeles is proud to sponsor this exciting event, hosted by the California Maritime Academy, for the eighth consecutive year at Los Angeles Yacht Club, located in the beautiful Cabrillo Way Marina. This world-class regatta promotes environmental awareness, stewardship, and teambuilding among youth, while encouraging an appreciation for land and sea.

Los Angeles Yacht Club, 285 Whaler’s Walk, San Pedro
For more information, visit layc.org or call (310) 831-1203.

Saturday, March 21

STEM at the Port of Los Angeles

STEM: Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics

Banning’s Landing Community Center
100 E. Water Street, Wilmington

Saturday, May 16

World Trade Week Free Public Boat Tours

Free, 60-minute narrated boat tours of the Port of Los Angeles in celebration of World Trade Week. Tour availability is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Two locations:
Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street, San Pedro
Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington

For more information, call (310) 732-3508.

Thursday, July 2

7th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!

Pre-Independence Day celebration with a classic car show, live bands, and a grand fireworks finale at Fanfare Fountains & Water Feature, Swinford Street and Harbor Blvd.

Gateway Plaza
Harbor Blvd. and Swinford Street, San Pedro

August 2015

Navy Days LA 2015

Get an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of our nation’s sailors aboard an active U.S. Navy vessel. Tour the ship and meet the crew during their week in port in celebration of Navy Days LA. Ship name will be announced closer to the event date. Past visiting ships have included the USS Wayne E. Meyer, USS Abraham Lincoln, and USS Gary.

World Cruise Center
Harbor Blvd. and Swinford St., San Pedro

Saturday, October 24

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

Free costume parade with children’s games and face painting.

Two locations:
Harbor Boulevard Promenade, Harbor Blvd. and 1st St., San Pedro
Wilmington Waterfront Park, Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington

Friday, December 4

Holidays by the Sea

Free holiday concert at Downtown Harbor featuring local artists.

Saturday, December 5

Wilmington Winter Wonderland

Mix hundreds of kids with 20 tons of snow and next you’ll have a great snow party at Wilmington’s largest park.

Wilmington Waterfront Park
Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington

Every Thursday of every month (recurring event)

Heart of the Harbor Local Harvest Farmers Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located on L Street between Avalon Blvd & Marine Ave in Wilmington. This home town 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.

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)

1ST THURSDAY ARTWALK IN SAN PEDRO'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT

5 p.m. to 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.