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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Friday, August 1

Free Movie Night in San Pedro

Free family activities from 6-8 p.m.; movie from 8-10 p.m. Enjoy a free showing of the classic 1988 film “Big” starring Tom Hanks, which will be will be projected from a floating barge with viewers enjoying the movie from the Downtown Harbor and Town Square. View Flier

Friday, August 1

Discovery Lecture Series - "Unearthing the Historical Wetlands of So. Calif."

7-9 p.m. Shawna Dark, Ph.D directs the Center for Geographical Studies at Cal St Univ. Northridge and will be speaking in the John M. Olguin Auditorium at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. New technological tools in cartography are helping Dr. Dark and her team understand the landscape processes, historic wetland distribution and the impacts of humans. This information will guide us as we plan sustainable restoration with the constraints of the contemporary landscape. Please RSVP to lecture

Friday, August 1-Sunday, August 3

LA Quilt Show at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is hosting the inaugural Los Angeles Quilt Show and Fiber Art Festival August 1st - 3rd, 2014. The mission of the Los Angeles Quilt Show is to have a venue for both novice and experienced quilt and craft artist to enter their pieces into a 3-day long quilt festival, and to display their work in a public venue. The Los Angeles Quilt Show aims to bring hundreds of visitors in the quilting and modern craft community from Southern California and beyond. Los Angeles Quilt Show is accepting pieces from across the United States.

Saturday, August 2

Native Garden Workday/Cabrillo Beach Cleanup

8-10 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. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

August 3-9

Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Noon-5 p.m. CMA’s Shark Week is back! Enjoy great activities all week in honor of one of the ocean’s top predators. Shark Week will feature exciting crafts, scavenger hunts, live shark feedings and much more! Come and take a BITE out of Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. For a full Shark Week schedule and more information, visit our website at

August 9-10

Navy Days LA

Get an intimate 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. Visiting ships in the past include the USS Wayne E. Meyer, USS Abraham Lincoln, and USS Gary.

Navy Days LA is designed to educate the public through tours, distinguished visitor embarks and media coverage of the festivities. The Navy Days celebration honors the men and women of the military through public events and recognition, and also provides the sea services an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of surface platforms, equipment and the skills of the men and women serving aboard these vessels.

August 18-22

Crab Shells and Native Tales

9 a.m.-noon. 3rd and 4th grade students will have an opportunity to observe animals in the aquarium, explore nearby coastal habitats, participate in ecological games and use a variety of scientific tools (microscopes, plankton nets, binoculars, etc.) to investigate live marine animals. They will have a chance to hold hermit crabs, feed barnacles, go crab fishing to observe animal behavior. Each participant will create take-home projects. The cost is $85 and includes a Science at the Seashore T-shirt. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to ensure individual attention. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, 310-548-7562.

August 20-24

Tall Ships Festival LA 2014

The majestic Tall Ships return to the Port of Los Angeles at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20 with a grand parade of sail into port to kick off Tall Ships® Festival LA 2014. More than a dozen ships will be participating, and the public will be able to board these vessels with tours. Activities include dockside demonstrations, maritime-themed entertainment, international and art markets, and an educational area for young and old alike. Food will be available for purchase and a wide variety of specialty restaurants in San Pedro are within walking distance from the event. For up-to-date information and ticket sales, visit or email

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Saturday, August 23

See the Sea, Sì?? â Floating Oceanography Lab

9 a.m.-noon. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium aboard a specially equipped vessel where you’ll have opportunities to study some of the near- shore animals which will be collected during the trip. Learn about the fascinating world of plankton, animals that call mud their home and some of the fish that prefer the sandy bottom. We’ll identify marine birds and be on the lookout for sea lions and dolphins. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $28 ($25 FRIENDS members)

Sunday, August 24

Summer Whale Watch

9 a.m.- noon. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff as they search the Catalina Channel for the largest animals in the world. Blue, fin and humpback whales spend part of their summer here to feed on huge amounts of krill. Boat leaves from San Pedro. Fee: $30 ($25 FRIENDS members). Registration is required; please call 310-548-7562.

August 26 and 27, and August 28 and 29

Tales Between the Tides

10 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop includes: a snack, stories and an arts and crafts project to make and take home. Fun activities will focus on teaching children about Southern California marine life. Children can attend this class by themselves or bring their favorite adult to join in on the fun. The fee is $26 for the two-day session ($24 FRIENDS members) and pre-registration is required by Wednesday, August 21. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro and is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks with support from FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. 310-548-7562

Wednesday, September 10

Paper Yacht Challenge

4-7 p.m. Test competitors of all ages on their boat-building skills. Contestants will race their paper boat creations to the finish line at the Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza, vying for the win while competing against other paper-boat builders. Proceeds from the event will go to support local nonprofit organizations. Register at

September 12-14

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

“Come for feast, stay for the fun” is the motto for world’s largest lobster festival, featuring family entertainment, live music, and of course, fresh Maine lobster. In addition to lobster, the festival offers a variety of culinary delights from vendors and food trucks, with seafood, sausages, barbeque, tacos, rice bowls, and vegetarian options. A wide range of beverages and desserts are not to be missed. For more information, visit or call (310) 732-3508.

September 19-20

Red Bull Global Rallycross

Get ready for the dirt to fly at the Port of Los Angeles for the Red Bull Global Rallycross races. Watch small-body cars such as Ford Fiestas, Subarus and Volkswagens that are modified with four-wheel drive and 600-horsepower engines race along the beautiful LA Waterfront. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 25

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

Noon - 3:30 p.m. Two Locations: Harbor Boulevard Promenade, Harbor Blvd. and 1st St., San Pedro and
Wilmington Waterfront Park, Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington. Free costume parade with children’s games and face painting. 

October 25-26

STEAM Carnival

Hours Vary. A one-of-a-kind modern carnival featuring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) - centered games, Held at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a crafts marketplace in San Pedro. Tickets required. For more information visit

Saturday, November 1

Dia de Los Muertos

Join us in celebrating San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival presented by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District! A fun evening for all in downtown San Pedro. For more information visit

Friday, December 5

Holiday Fountain Event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles

7-9 p.m. Located at Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza, Harbor Blvd. and Swinford St., San Pedro. Free holiday concert featuring local artists.

Saturday, December 6

Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Located at Wilmington Waterfront Park, Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington
Mix hundreds of kids with 20 tons of snow and you have a great snow party at Wilmington’s largest park. 

Every Thursday of every month (recurring event)

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 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

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)


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