Sailboat

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.

date title description

Wednesdays, April 9 - 30

Little Squirts at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

1:30 - 3 p.m. On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you can join CMA Educators for a series of hands-on after-school marine science adventures. Activities include observing animal behavior; examining rocky shore animals at the tidepools, and more Students help plan the schedule. *LITTLE SQUIRTS IS NOW PART OF SEA CLUB* Little Squirts is offered for 2-4 year olds participating with parent(s). (Little Squirts class size is limited to 10 students) 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 T-shirt.

Wednesdays, April 9 - 30

SEA Club at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Grades K - 2 on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you can join CMA 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 T-shirt.

Sunday, April 20

Waterfront Easter Brunch aboard Battleship IOWA

Waterfront Easter Brunch aboard Battleship IOWA
Come join us for a Hearty Sailor’s Breakfast and Tour the IOWA!
Pricing Includes:
Hearty Sailors Breakfast Menu
Outdoor Dining on LA’s Historic Waterfront
Self-Guided Tour of Battleship IOWA
Kid’s Games and Easter Scavenger Hunt
Beer Wine and Mimosas for Purchase
Date: Sunday April 20th
Time: Brunch Served from 10 AM to 1 PM
Tours: Last Tour Leaves 4 PM
Pricing:
IOWA Members & their Families Receive $5 off each ticket
Adults (Ages 15+) $50.00
Children (Ages 6-14) $35.00
For Tickets and Information Visit our Website at pacificbattleship.com 
For further inquiries - Call Jamie Perez 877-446-9261 Ext 711

Saturday, May 3

Grand Grunion Gala

6 p.m. A fabulous fundraising event benefiting the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, an award-winning education-based aquarium that serves more than 300,000 people each year. Tickets are $225 and include a live and silent auction, dinner and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, go to www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org or call (310) 548-7562, ext. 211.

Saturday, May 3

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup

8 - 10a.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, May 4

Salt Marsh Open House

11am - 1p.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, 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

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28

SEA Club - Science Education Afternoons

;3:30 - 5:30pm. Grades 3 - 6 On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you can join CMA 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 T-shirt.

Friday, May 9

Discovery Lecture Series

7 p.m. Well-known shark expert Dr. Chris Lowe of California State University, Long Beach, will kick off the AltaSea/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture Series on Friday, May 9 with a 7 p.m. lecture entitled “Return of the Big Marine Predators to California Waters: A Sign Things Might Be Getting Better.” The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call (310) 548-7562, ext. 211.

Saturday, May 17

Endangered Species Day

Learn about marine animals that have been designated by the United States as endangered and how they are currently faring today. Make sure you stop by the Aquatic Nursery where you can see live, endangered white abalone that are part of a special program to increase their numbers in the ocean. Join in a scavenger hunt, listen to a special storytime in our library, take a guided beach walk and more!
Fee: Free

Saturday, May 17

Walk Cabrillo

 2 - 4 p.m. Pack a snack and join a beach 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 wracks and other interesting finds.
Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated. Reservations required for groups

Saturday, May 17

World Trade Week - Free Public Boat Tours

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Two locations : Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Harbor Blvd. and 6th Street, San Pedro and Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St., Wilmington. 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. View flier

Sunday, May 18

Research Program Icebreaker

10a.m. - 3p.m. High school and college level students. Get to know our Young Scientists Program as CMA research staff demonstrate research techniques and present marine research opportunities. Research appointments available during summer 2014 will be based on participation at this event. Attendance through the entire event is required as staff get to know applicants in workshops and interviews. RSVP to attend and contact to apply to the Young Scientists Program: Kiersten Darrow, kiersten.darrow@lacity.org, 310-548-7562 x 204

Friday, May 30

Grunion Fish-tival at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Join our celebration of all things grunion. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this special event. For more information call 310-548-7562 or visit www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

Friday, June 27

Cars & Stripes Forever!

5 - 10 p.m. 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. View flier
 

Thursday, July 10

Free Movie Night in Wilmington

7 p.m. Enjoy a free showing of the Disney movie "Frozen" under the stars at the Wilmington Waterfront Park. Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington.
 

Friday, August 1

Free Movie Night in San Pedro

7 p.m. Enjoy a free showing of the 1988 movie "Big" under the stars at San Pedro's new town sqaure, 6th Street and Harbor Boulevard.
 

August 5-11

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 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 TallShipsFestivalLA.com or email tallshipsfestival@portla.org.

Click here to view event flier

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 lobsterfest.com 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 Waterfont. For more information, visit global-rallycross.com.

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. 

Friday, December 5

Holiday Fountain Event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles

7-9 p.m. Located at Fanfare Fountain, 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 localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)

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

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 just a block up from the Port's 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 or http://1stthursday.downtownsp.com