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, December 5

AltaSea/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture Series

7-8:30 p.m. "The Universe Below: Explorations of Life in the Deep Sea” at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, John M. Olguin Auditorium. Dr. Shana K.Goffredi, Occidental College: The time is now to turn our attention to this unexplored, and vast, world here on Earth. For over 20 years, Dr. Goffredi has been exploring the deep ocean. Her research has focused on the physiology and biochemistry of deep-sea symbiotic systems. This is a free lecture, call 310-548-7562 for reservations.

Saturday, December 6

Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 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.

December 6


6-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel. Before the parade at 4 p.m., viewers are invited to enjoy holiday festivities at Banning’s Landing Community Center. 

Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including:

-Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
-Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
-Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
-Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro
-Downtown Harbor, 504 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
-Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
-22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
-SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 (at the end of Miner Street), San Pedro
-Cabrillo and Holiday Harbor Marinas, 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro

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Saturday, December 6

Holiday Boat Parade Party at Battleship IOWA

5-9 p.m. Make a date for the Holiday Boat Parade party aboard Battleship IOWA. Entertainment will include carolers, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus, and more. Tickets available now; Adults $20 and Children (ages 6 to 12) $10, (5 and under) FREE.

Weekends, December 6-21

Holidays by the Sea

In December, the Port of Los Angeles is hosting “Holidays by the Sea,” a series of free and festive weekend holiday events on the LA Waterfront.

The Port will kick off the holiday season with an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at Downtown Harbor, located at 6th Street and Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro. The evening will feature live performances by the San Pedro Ballet and San Pedro High School Glee Club, along with arts and crafts, gingerbread, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus. Downtown Harbor visitors will be in a prime viewing location to enjoy the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat parade, also starting at 6 p.m. A festooned Exy Johnson tall ship will remain docked at the public landing for all to enjoy that evening.

Holidays by the Sea festivities will continue each weekend before Christmas: December 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Visitors may return to Downtown Harbor each of these evenings to witness the Holiday Sail Spectacular and light show, turning the public town square outside the Los Angeles Maritime Museum into an outdoor theater venue with holiday movies projected right onto a ship’s sail.

The December holiday movie schedule at Downtown Harbor is as follows:

Sunday, December 7:“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Friday, December 12 through Sunday, December 14: “Jack Frost,” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Friday, December 19 through Sunday, December 21: “The Smurfs Holiday Celebration,” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Click here to view the flier.

Saturday, December 13

Ocean in Art: Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Printing)

9:30 a.m. to Noon. Age 10 through adult create one-of-a-kind gifts as you practice the art of Gyotaku fish printing. Fee includes paint and paper – please bring fabric, clothes, cards and other materials to print on during this fun and creative studio workshop. No walk-ins please, pre-registration required; call 310-548-7562. Deadline to register is Friday, December 5.
Fee: $18 ($16 FRIENDS members)

Sunday, December 14

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Holiday Movie Night

5-8 p.m. Bring the entire family to watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” for FREE aboard Battleship IOWA. This screening will be held outdoors on the ships’ faintail, so dress warm. First come, first seated, so come early - only 125 seats available.

Saturday, December 16

Native Garden Workday/Beach Clean-Up

8 a.m. to 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. 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, December 20

Mom & Pop Up Shop - Holiday Edition

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The SoCal Etsy Guild is back with a holiday edition of the “Mom & Pop-Up Shop” at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St. San Pedro, CA 90731. This one day festival showcases dozens of Southern California’s modern makers of handmade soaps and lotions, clothing and jewelry, treats both sweet and savory, and so much more. Combined with the makers inside CRAFTED’s permanent marketplace, you’ll get to shop creations from over 100 of the best local crafters around — all while enjoying live music, art projects for all ages, a hula hoop station, and face painting.

Saturday, December 20

Salt Marsh Open House

1-2:30 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. Call Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 310-548-7562 for more information.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Tuesday, December 23

Sunset Tidepool Walk

3 to 4:30 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Join CMA Educators and volunteers as we share the winter wonders of our natural habitats! Taking advantage of our annual great winter low tides, we are offering a Winter Sunset Tidepool Walk on a Tuesday. Winter at the beach can be FUN!

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

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)


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