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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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Saturday, January 21

Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront

2-7 p.m. Join the Port of Los Angeles for the third annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held indoors this year at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. 2017 is the year of the Fire Chicken! This FREE community event features a petting zoo, traditional dancers, Taiko drummers, face painting, arts and crafts, calligraphy and brush artistry, and a surprise grand finale! A rain or shine event.

Saturday, January 21

Underwater Parks Day with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in learning about the newly designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California. These areas, like parks on land, will protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy. Plans set forth by the Marine Life Protection Act of 1999 call for a network of MPAs along the California coast. That network is now complete, providing marine life protected areas all along our coast. Speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts will be available so visitors can learn more about how these MPAs can preserve and improve California coastal marine resources. This event is free. 

Saturday, January 21

Salt Marsh Open House

noon-2 p.m. Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and get a tour of 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, CMA 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. This event is free. 

Sunday, January 22

Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Warner Grand Theatre

An exciting selection of adventurous and inspirational films about nature. You’ll be moved, transfixed and energized to make a difference in our world. Second event, February 12th at Hermosa Beach Community Center. Tickets $15 at the door, $10 at www.pvplc.org.

Saturday, January 28

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

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.

Saturday, January 28

Farming in the South Bay Then and Now Presentation at White Point Nature Education Center

Join author Judi Gerber to discover the rich history of the area’s local family farmers that dates from late 1700s. Free. RSVP at pvplc.org, “Events & Activities”.

Saturday, January 28

Weekend Tidepool Walk

2:30-4 p.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then join the naturalist-led hike 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. Reservations required for groups.

Sunday, January 29

"Whale Fiesta!" at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for tons of fun as we celebrate the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the beginning of the whalewatching season! It’s a family day filled with FREE activities and exhibits for all — games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, marine awareness organizations, expert guest lecturers and festive music. Merriments include the building of a life-sized sand sculpture of a Pacific gray whale and its calf. For those with a competitive edge, enter the Duct Tape Whale Sculpture Contest. For information, call Larry Fukuhara at 310-548-7562 x 223. Whale Fiesta is a FREE event sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles.
 

Friday, February 3

Wilmington Art Walk Mardi Gras Masquerade

6-10 p.m., Banning's Landing Community Center. Join Wilmington Art Walk as we bring a little bit of New Orleans to the LA Waterfront! A free, family event featuring 50+ Vendors, Live Entertainments, Food Trucks, Beer Garden and free Children's Activities For more information, visit www.wilmingtonartwalk.com.

Saturday, February 11

12th Annual Tea & Tunes Luncheon

1-3 p.m. Join us in celebrating Valentine's Day with an enchanting afternoon of specially selected teas, an elegant luncheon and live music by renowned harpist, Katrina Saroyan. This is not your mother's tea!
Don't forget to don your hats, gloves and finery. There will be a best hat contest!
Reservations are required and space is limited.This event is selling out quickly, so make your reservations now by calling 310.548.2005. $65.00 for Friends of Banning Museum members and $75.00 for non-members. Visit www.thebanningmuseum.org for more information and photos from previous years.
Generously sponsored by THE SISTERS.

Saturday, February 11

Adventure Dining at Sea

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Imagine bringing your sweetheart to sea aboard a magnificent Tall Ship and experiencing a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the LA Waterfront. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by LAMI's galley chefs while you listen to the sound of the sea and watch a beautiful sunset from the deck of a traditionally rigged 110-foot sailing vessel.

Vegetarian dinner option available. Includes a complete dinner, dessert and a glass of champagne.

Reserve early – this dining adventure sells out every year!

www.lamitopsail.org or call 310-833-6055

Thursday, March 10 - Saturday, March 12

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2017

The Port of Los Angeles is proud to sponsor the 10th annual collegiate boat race held at Los Angeles Harbor Yacht Club. College sailing teams from all over the nation will meet on the LA Waterfront to vie for the coveted Harbor Cup!

Saturday, April 22

Chalk Festival & Tree Giveaway

10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE Earth Day-themed chalk art festival with limited distribution of free trees to City of Los Angeles residents. Participants will be assigned space at Wilmington Waterfront Park to let their creative ideas flow.

Saturday, May 20

World Trade Week: Free Boat Tours

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the Port of Los Angeles for FREE 60-minute narrated boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week. Tours depart every 30 minutes from two locations in San Pedro and Wilmington. Remember to bring your camera! Dog lovers may also join with their well-behaved, leashed dogs for a special one-hour, dog-friendly free boat tour of Los Angeles Harbor, from 10-11 a.m.

Friday, June 30

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!®

5-10 p.m. Free pre-Independence Day celebration with a car show featuring more than 100 classic cars, live bands, food trucks, beer garden, and a grand fireworks finale.

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.

Saturday, August 5

Movie Night on the LA Waterfront

Join Port of Los Angeles for a FREE outdoor family-friendly movie at San Pedro's Downtown Harbor and Wilmington Waterfront Park. Movie is TBA.

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 flyovers! Visiting ships will be annouced two weeks before the event.

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

#LAFleetWeek2017

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.

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.