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LA Waterfront

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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Friday, July 1

8th Annual Port of Los Angeles 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.

Click here for event flier. 

Saturday, July 2

Monthly Beach Cleanup

8 - 10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium. 3720 Stephen M. White Dr. San Pedro, CA 90731. An additional Beach Cleanup will be held on Tuesday, July 5th to clean the trashmageddon after the 4th of July celebration!

Free and open to all ages

Sunday, July 3 to Monday, July 4

Tall Ship Fireworks Sail

6:30p.m. Two - yes, two fireworks sails aboard the Official Tall Ships of Los Angeles, Irving and Exy Johnson! Think "Hollywood Bowl at Sea" - fill up your picnic basket, bring your favorite beverage (wine and beer okay), and enjoy the show! Proceeds benefit the year-round TopSail Youth Program. July 3rd and July 4th, boarding at 6:30 p.m. both days at Berth 78 next to the San Pedro Fish Market. Tickets at or call 310-833-6055.

Monday, July 4

66th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

Noon-10 p.m. Spend the 4th of July with your family and friends and enjoy music, family activities, and of course, fireworks! This free event will take place at Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, and will include a food truck festival at 2 p.m., along with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. to end the night. 

Saturday, July 9

Port of Los Angeles Paws-itive Vibes Pet Expo & Concert in the Park

3-7 p.m. Every dog has its day and this time it's on Saturday, July 9! Bring your dog and join the Port of Los Angeles for a free pet expo at Wilmington Waterfront Park, featuring adoptions, vaccinations, demonstrations, live music, and more fun! Don't miss the best dressed pet contest; make sure your dog is dressed to impress.

Please note: event location is near the Wilmington Waterfront Park East Pavilion located at 604 W. C Street, Wilmington, CA 90744.

For the event flier, click here.

Friday, July 15

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Free Movie in the Park

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Watch the popular Pixar movie, "Inside Out" at Wilmington Waterfront Park with the family!

Sunday, July 17

Beauty of Nature Film Series Presented by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, "The Way”

4 p.m. Join us for the 2016 Beauty of Nature Film Series screening of The Way, the story of a father looking for insight into his estranged son's death while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees and decides to complete the 500-mile trek. Following the film, Conservancy volunteer Peter Shaw will share remarks about his experiences walking the Camino. $10 per person. Free for 18 years and under. John Oguin Auditorium, 3720 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro.

Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22

Shared Science’s Summer 2016 Aboard Battleship IOWA

10a.m. to 3p.m. For students grades 3 through 6. Activities will include LEGO engineering and exploring simple machines and geared motors in the morning sessions. Afternoon sessions will include investigating water depth, missile trajectory, submersibles and more on board the historic ship.

Also included in the package will be a Special Overnight Camp Battleship. Students will spend the night on IOWA. They will be to experience life as a sailor; sleeping in crew bunks, eating in the crew’s mess, and touring the inner workings of a battleship (areas currently off limits to the public).

Dinner will be provided Thursday night July 22. Pancake breakfast served Friday morning July 23 before departing at 8:30 am. A parent or guardian musts accompany student guests for the overnight portion of this program.

Cost: $250.00
(Includes special overnight)

Sign Up at

Thursday, July 21

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8 p.m. - Midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing/flashlight recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight. $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children. 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731. For more information call 310-548-7562.

Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24

2016 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival & Music Weekend

Friday, July 22, 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

“Come for the 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 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

NEW FOR 2016: Festival grounds are even larger this year, located near Battleship IOWA at the Port of Los Angeles, not at Ports O' Call Village. Also, temperatures in Southern California are typically lower in July (vs. September), so a cooler, more comfortable setting is anticipated.

Saturday, July 23

Hiking Responsibly in Nature Presentation hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the White Point Nature Education Center

11 a.m. Learn how to enjoy the trails while protecting the habitat with an LA City Ranger. Free. White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro, 90731. For more information and to RSVP, visit, Events & Activities. Followed by a Native Plant Sale at noon.

Saturday, July 23

Family Sand Castle Building ay at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto, your very own sandcastle! Bring your little shovel, a bucket and come on down for some sandy fun. Free and open to everyone. 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731, For more information call310-548-7562

Saturday, July 24

Salt Marsh Open House

10:30 a.m.-12:30 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, 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. Free and open to all ages. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731. For more information call 310-548-7562

Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29

Tall Ship Summer Camp 2016

Times vary. Youth 12-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Tall Ship Adventure Camp is an exciting 5-day, 4-night voyage to Catalina Island from July 25-29, 2016. Discover the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional maritime arts! Learn more at or call 310-833-6055.

Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 7

AltaSea/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture Series

9 p.m. "The Amazing Underwater World of Blue and Humpback Whales" John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research has studied blue and humpback whales off California for 30 years. Starting with photographic identification of individual whales that now allows Cascadia to track most of the animals that feed off the US West Coast. The talk will trace some of the evolution of this research, the new insights it is providing into the underwater lives of whales, and will include some unique underwater videos of whales. This is a FREE lecture and will be held in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Space is limited; please call the Aquarium at 310-548-7562 to reserve your seat(s) or RSVP to: Parking is free. The Friends of CMA gift shop will be open during and after the lecture. Plan to stop by for a wide selection of gifts and books.

Saturday, August 6

The 2016 Taste of San Pedro

5-10 p.m. Located at CRAFTED, the Taste of San Pedro features delicious foods, handcrafted beers, spirits and fine wines, and live entertainment such as live bands, fire dancers, and street performers and more! Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy samples from 25 San Pedro and Peninsula area restaurants including beer, wine and spirit tastings. To purchase tickets, please visit

Saturday, August 20

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.

Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5

LA Fleet Week 2016

Times vary. 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 that will run through Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations and an air show with live entertainment.

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


Saturday, September 17

Port of Los Angeles Pet Parade

9 a.m.-10 a.m. Bring your pet down to the Downtown Harbor and join the parade! This Pet Parade is Pirate themed in celebration of Talk like a Pirate Day this Monday, the 19th, so don't forget to dress up your pet!

Saturday, September 17

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.

Saturday, September 17

The 3rd Annual Horton’s Hayride

1 p.m. This event, located at Berth 46, is full of live music, a classic car & hot rod contest, the Southland’s best food trucks, a world-class burlesque show, bars, and carnival games for the whole entire family. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM and are available to purchace through or by calling 1-866-468-3399.

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

Red Bull Global Rallycross: Los Angeles Double Header

Saturday, October 8, Gates open at 10 a.m.
Sunday, October 9, Gates open at 7 a.m.

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features - the cars produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, and can withstand 70-foot jumps. . The season finale ends on the LA Waterfront at the Outer Harbor at 3011 Miner Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731
For more information, click here.

Saturday, October 15

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.

Saturday, October 29

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a free, family-friendly event that features music, puppets, arts and crafts, face painting, games, reptiles, and fun for kids of all ages on the LA Waterfront. After the event, you'll also have the chance to sail on one of the tall ships in costume, courtesy of the Top Sail Youth Program.

Monday, December 26 through Sunday, January 1

Tall Ship Adventure with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Free ship tours at Downtown Harbor. Check website close to event for details.

Every Thursday

Wilmington '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 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

Every Friday

Downtown San Pedro Local Harvest Farmers Market

9 a.m.-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.