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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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Sunday, February 14

Tall Ship Sweetheart Sail

4-7 p.m. Enjoy a three hour Tall Ship "Adventure Dining" experience in Los Angeles Harbor on Valentine's Day aboard one of Los Angeles Maritime Institute's tall ships. Light will be provided by the moon and music will be provided by the sea. Boarding starts at 3:30 p.m. at Berth 78 in the Ports O’Call Village, off Nagoya Way.$150 per couple; ticket price includes a complete dinner (New York Steak or vegetarian option), dessert, beverage, and souvenir gift to remember your romantic adventure at sea. Alcohol is not included, but you may bring your own wine aboard. LAMI members receive a 10% discount. More info and tickets at: www.lamitopsail.org or call LAMI's office at 310-833-6055 to reserve by phone. Proceeds benefit the TopSail Youth Program.

Monday, February 15

PRESIDENTS DAY ABOARD THE BATTLESHIP OF PRESIDENTS

10: 30 a.m. Bring the entire family to experience Presidents Day aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum. Enjoy presidential impersonators and military reenactments, vintage vehicles, food trucks, and more. It will be a dual celebration of Presidents Day and the historic ship’s 73rd birthday. Those who tour the ship will enjoy a FREE piece of cake (while supplies last). The USS Iowa was first commissioned February 22, 1943, becoming the first ship of her class to be commissioned by the United States. She later became known as “The Battleship of Presidents,” for having hosted three Presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush – along with numerous dignitaries during almost 70 years of service.

Thursday, February 18

VICE ADMIRAL SAMUEL L. GRAVELY LEADERSHIP & AWARD CELEBRATION ABOARD BATTLESHIP IOWA

6:15 p.m. Please join Battleship IOWA in celebrating a Man of Many Firsts with the third annual presentation of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Leadership & Service Award. This year’s recipient will be Mr. Noel Massie, president of United Parcel Service (UPS) in Southern California. The Gravely Leadership & Service Award, which is conferred annually, recognizes African-Americans leaders in Southern California who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Navy Vice Admiral. Gravely was an African-American pioneer in the United States Navy, achieving many firsts including the first African-American to serve aboard a fighting ship as an officer, the first to command a Navy ship, the first fleet commander, and the first to become a flag officer, retiring as a vice admiral. Join Battlehsip IOWA for a free uplifting evening reception with a live jazz quartet, inspiring speakers, and more. Guests can also purchase tickets to an intimate Vice Admiral's Reception with our honoree, dignitaries, and special guests prior to the Award celebration at https://tickets.labattleship.com/mainstore.asp?vid=0#cat1381. The award presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and feature inspiring speakers, a color guard, and bestowing of the award to Mr. Massie. RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/5USomnU0qq. This event is part of “IOWA Remembers,” the annual series of tributes and ceremonies presented by PBC aboard Battleship IOWA. The series advances PBC’s mission to “Celebrate the American Spirit” by marking national, military and naval dates of importance. Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on these events and more, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com.

Saturday, February 20

Be My Valentine Pet Parade

9-10 a.m. Bring your dog and join Port of Los Angeles for a Pet Parade with a Valentine's Day theme at Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 C. Street, in Wilmington.

Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21

Weekend Tidepool Walks

1-3 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 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. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Reservations required for groups.

Sunday, February 21

Complete Whalewatch

8:30 a.m.-Noon. Join Larry Fukuhara, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. The trip returns to the dock by Noon. Call 310-548-7562 for information and reservations. $30 per person ($25 Friends members). Again on Sunday, March 20.

Saturday, March 5

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup at CMA

8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. Free.

Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6

Weekend Tidepool Walks

Start times vary from Noon to 2 p.m.; gates open at 10 a.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium conduct tours of the Pt. Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the auditorium, then join the naturalist-led hike to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. For more information, call 310-548-7562.

Thursday, March 10

6th Annual PortTechEXPO

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. The 6th Annual PortTechEXPO brings together innovators and entrepreneurs; port and transportation executives; investors, sponsors and service providers; and academic, corporate and civic leaders for global networking opportunities. The EXPO features live demonstrations, interactive displays and the latest advancements in environment, energy, transportation and safety/security solutions. For more information, visit http://www.porttechla.org/expo

Friday, March 11

Meet the Grunion

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8 p.m. and auditorium program begins at 9 p.m., followed by guided observation at the beach, Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight. Warm clothing and flashlight are recommended. Grunion hunters, 16 years or older must have a valid Calif. fishing license. Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children. Again on Friday, March 25

Saturday, March 12

STEM Funshop

11 a.m. -2 p.m. An educational event at Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington for students of all ages designed to stimulate the brain with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Saturday, March 19

Port of Los Angeles Bike Rodeo

9 a.m.-Noon. Free family bicycle ride event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, focusing on bike safety and riding techniques, while exploring bike routes on the LA Waterfront. Bring your bike and meet at Via Cabrillo Marina and Shoshonean Road in San Pedro. Free parking available in parking lot near DoubleTree Hotel.

Sunday, March 27

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-3 p.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, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. Free.

Now through March 2016

Cabrillo Whalewatching Season

Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Go to sea any day 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 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Saturday, May 21

Waves ‘n’ Wheels & Free Harbor Tours

10 a.m.-3 p.m. In celebration of World Trade Week, the Port of Los Angeles will present the working vehicles and vessels of Los Angeles Harbor and offer free, 60-minute narrated boat tours departing from two locations: Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington.

Monday, July 4

8th Annual Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever!

5-10 p.m. Free 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 22 through Sunday, July 24

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

“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. In addition to lobster, the festival 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.

Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5

LA Fleet Week 2016

LA Fleet Week on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles will run through Labor Day weekend, and will feature active military ships, public tours of ships and equipment, plus the opportunity to meet the crew and other active-duty military personnel. LA Fleet Week will also include Defense Support to Civil Authorities meetings between U.S. Navy and local first responders, an air show component, and participation of U.S. Marines and U.S. Coast Guardsmen.

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

#LAFleetWeek2016

Every Thursday

Wilmington '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 hometown 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.

Every Friday

Downtown San Pedro Local Harvest Farmers Market

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located on 6th Street between Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street in San Pedro. Every Friday at the Historic Downtown San Pedro Local Harvest Farmers Market is unique at this event with local musicians. Shop for Certified California-grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Enjoy fresh, hot fare from one of many vendors, with gourmet specialty foods and treats, and unique arts & crafts vendors.