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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

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.

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

March 2015

Tidepool Walks

Every other Saturday through March 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.Check Aquarium Website for times.
 

Friday, March 6

Taiko Center of LA with Batala LA

Taiko Center of LA explores rhythms of the world with drumming, dance and special guests, Batala Los Angeles. Batala Los Angeles is an international performance group that specializes in samba-reggae musical arrangements and percussion breaks, graphics, costumes, and dance movements.
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, March 7

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Watch the captivating grunion come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and biology of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8pm (7pm on May 30 – see Grunion Fish-tival below) and an auditorium program begins at 9pm, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. During April and May (closed season) grunion may be observed but not touched. March, June and July are open season, when grunion
may only be taken by hand. Grunion hunters, 16 years or older must have a valid California fishing license.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (FRIENDS members FREE)
Other dates are:
Tuesday, March 18
Tuesday, April 1
Wednesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 30
Saturday, June 14
Saturday, June 28
Sunday, July 13
Monday, July 28

Saturday, March 7

Native Garden Workday

8 to 10 a.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium the 1st Saturday of every month 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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

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

Sunday, March 8

Salt Marsh Open House

1 to 3 p.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and 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, 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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Friday, March 13

Kathleen Grace

Grand Annex 8:00 p.m. Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her pure sound and eclectic music with audiences from New York to South America. Long known as one of jazz's rising stars, Grace has now planted her jazz roots in the soil of classic country music. The result is what the SF Chronicle described as a "singer that mixes styles to create her own sound… a hybrid of country, jazz and classic torch song.”
Her latest album No Place To Fall, has been praised for its deep musicianship and its bold aim to stretch the notoriously conservative fields of both country and jazz music. The result is an organic and exhilarating new music held together by the thread of Grace’s stellar sound and honest story telling.
“To listen to Grace is to fall long and hard into a well of wonders” - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
"Smart, alluring and evocative" - The Washington Post.

Saturday, March 14

Music Under The Guns

On Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 pm, bring the entire family for “Music Under The Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. The Golden West Pops, a premier adult community band based in Newport Beach, will be performing a selection of popular tunes. 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 and students with valid ID.
This event is held outside on the ship’s 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. Event is subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions.

Saturday, March 14

Cash'd Out - Johnny Cash Tribute

Top-notch tribute to the Man in Black. The band strives to recreate music from Cash’s Columbia and Sun Records period, along with the famed live recordings Cash did at Folsom Prison and San Quentin. Consistently wins "Best Cover" and "Best Tribute Band" awards.
“For the most part, I don’t try to be Johnny Cash on stage,” says group founder and lead singer Douglas Benson. “I don’t come out and say, ‘Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,’ because I’m not.” Does he try to sound like Cash? “I try to a little bit, but, you know, it’s really the only way that I know how to sing.” Whether he’s trying to or not, Benson has the sound and even the essence of the Man in Black down cold.
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, March 21

Kathleen Grace

Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her pure sound and eclectic music with audiences from New York to South America. Long known as one of jazz's rising stars, Grace has now planted her jazz roots in the soil of classic country music. The result is what the SF Chronicle described as a "singer that mixes styles to create her own sound… a hybrid of country, jazz and classic torch song.”
Her latest album No Place To Fall, has been praised for its deep musicianship and its bold aim to stretch the notoriously conservative fields of both country and jazz music. The result is an organic and exhilarating new music held together by the thread of Grace’s stellar sound and honest story telling.
“To listen to Grace is to fall long and hard into a well of wonders” - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
"Smart, alluring and evocative" - The Washington Post
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, March 21

STEM Funshop at the Port of Los Angeles

11 a.m.-2 p.m. STEM Funshop, an educational event for students of all ages designed to stimulate the brain with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM comes to the Port of Los Angeles at Banning's Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington

Sunday, March 24

Movie Under The Guns

On Sunday, March 22 at 6:00 pm, bring the entire family for “Movie Under The Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. Honoring Women’s History Month, this month’s movie will be “A League of Their Own” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and directed by Penny Marshall. This American comedy-drama tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball team that came into existence during WWII as Major League Baseball lost more than 500 players to the war effort. This movie is now in the United States National Film Registry at the request of the Library of Congress.
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, March 28

Gathering For The Grand 2015

Special Event 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Grand Vision's annual gala with dinner, dancing and auction helps us continue to preserve and promote the Warner Grand Theatre and present high quality concerts, films and youth educational events at the Grand Annex.
http://grandvision.org

Friday, April 3

Lecture: Harmful Algal Blooms Along the California Coast

DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES 2015
7 p.m. Presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. All lectures are in the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, John M. Olguin Auditorium
Dr. David Caron of USC; Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have expanded globally in recent decades, and in many locations have increased in both frequency and intensity. Unfortunately, the coastline of California has not escaped this trend. Economic and environmental impacts of these events have escalated, posing threats to human and marine animal health, coastal water quality, fisheries and recreation. Free.

Friday, April 10

Haden Triplets

Grand Annex 8:00 p.m. High-powered musical daughters (and actual triplets) of legendary jazz bassist, Charlie Haden bring their Americana to the Annex! With a new record produced by Ry Cooder, the Triplets have played, separately and together with The Decemberists, Foo Fighters, Beck, Green Day, Weezer & more.
General Admission $20 adv/$25 door
Cabaret Table Seat $25 adv (subject to availability)
VIP Deck $30 adv includes 1 concession coupon (subject to availability)
http://www.hadentriplets.com/

Saturday, April 11

LUCA

Nick Luca plays an eclectic blend of Americana, Latin soul, funky grooves and rockin' blues all through a Southwestern lens. He has toured the world with Iron & Wine, Calexico, John Doe (X) and his own band, Luca.
Nick is joined at the Annex by veteran Los Angeles musicians Joel Patterson (drums), Jimi Hawes (bass), Greg Cortez (guitar/vocals), Joe Westerlund (percussion).
http://grandvision.org

Sunday, April 19

In My Life: A Musical Tribute to the Beatles

Warner Grand Theatre 2:00 p.m.
Tickets Available Soon. In My Life tells the Fab Four's tale through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein. Experience the songs from their groundbreaking performance on the Ed Sullivan Show to their final rooftop performance at Apple Corp.
Tickets $35-55

Sunday, April 19

Authors Day with Lisa See

Lisa See is an American author whose books explore the 20th century Chinese American experience in California. Her many books include New York Times bestsellers, On Gold Mountain and Shanghai Girls. Presented by the San Pedro friends of the Library.
http://grandvision.org
 

Thursday, May 7

Klezmer & Yiddish Tango with Gustavo Bulgach (produced with Temple beth El)

Saxophonist Bulgach and his band are breathing new life back into Klezmer - Jewish soul music. Bulgach presents this traditional style with energizing Latin undertones and guest artists.
http://grandvision.org
 

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10

John Nelson "The Discovery Project"

Pianist, composer, bandleader, Josh Nelson is a young leader in the LA jazz scene. Included in his many accolades, he is a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and a recipient the Louis Armstrong Award and the John Philip Sousa Award.
Nelson returns to the Annex with his "Discovery Project," an original production which combines sophisticated live music with early science fiction film imagery.
MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP WITH JOSH NELSON
Josh is offering a pre-concert improv workshop for student jazz musicians.
Open to students with ID
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Grand Annex
$15.00 workshop | $30 workshop & concert
Though packed with nods to the vintage sci-fi of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne both in song titles and an eye-catching cover, the [Discoveries]album feels grounded in the now, with ... a gracefully ambitious compositional voice - Chris Barton, LA Times
There’s a lightness in Nelson’s touch reminiscent of Red Garland, an Oscar Peterson dazzle to his technique...
- Perry Tannenbaum, Jazz Times Magazine
grandvision.org
joshnelsonmusic.com
 

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.

Saturday, May 24

Conjunto Oye!

Conjunto Oye! is a preeminent salsa orchestra specializing in classic Nuyorican salsa with exhilarating five-horn harmonies. Lead vocalist, Roosevelt Cordova, has sung with virtually every major salsa band in LA, garnering him the title, "El Presidente of Salsa."
http://grandvision.org

Friday, May 29

The Syncopaths

From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths spin Scottish, Irish and American folk into a contemporary concert driven by Christa Burch's warm, vibrant vocals, spirited bodhrán and the fiddling and picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Opener: Lyons Academy of Irish Dance.
grandvision.org

Friday, June 5

TAIKO CENTER of LA

Taiko Center of LA explores rhythms of the world with drumming, dance and special guests.
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, June 13

Hollywood Stones

Sure, these guys look like the Stones, but they've got the sound down too with their seasoned five-piece band that's played together for over a decade. You don't want to miss this full-tilt classic rock, danceable tribute to Mick, Keith and the boys.
http://grandvision.org

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

Saturday, August 1 through Sunday, August 2

Taste in San Pedro

Live music, food, art, shopping and family fun!
Cabrillo Way Marina
2500 Miner St
San Pedro, CA 90731
 

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.