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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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Thursday, March 10 - Saturday, March 12

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup 2017

The Port of Los Angeles is proud to sponsor the 10th annual collegiate boat race held at Los Angeles Harbor Yacht Club. College sailing teams from all over the nation will meet on the LA Waterfront to vie for the coveted Harbor Cup! Visit www.layc.org for more information. 

Saturday, March 11, Sunday, March 12, Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26

Weekend Tidepool Walks at Cabrillo Beach

Times Vary. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as CMA Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then join the naturalist-led hike to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit cabrillomarineaquarium.org for times. Free.

Sunday, March 12

Young Scientists Symposium with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3-7p.m. This symposium celebrates young scientists and shares the findings of students who participated in this year’s Young Scientists Program. Presentations and research demonstrations will provide a glimpse into CMA’s exciting, growing research program. Space is limited. For reservations and more information, email aquaticnursery.research@cmaqua.org. Free

Saturday, March 18

Salt Marsh Open House

10 a.m.-12 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators and volunteers will help you observe and explore this habitat. 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. Or simply sit back, watch the tide change and listen to the birds and other wildlife. Free and open to all ages
(310) 548-7562, best to call during the week, between a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 19

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Complete Whalewatch

8:30 a.m.-noon 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. The trip returns to the dock by 12noon.
Call 310-548-7562 for information and reservations.
Fee: $30 per person ($25 Friends members)

Saturday, March 25

WISTERIA REGALE at the Banning Museum

5-9 p.m. Join us in playing the classic detective game, CLUE, with a Banning twist. In addition to solving the “Mystery at the Banning Mansion” you will also enjoy an elegant dinner, hosted bar, live music and a silent auction. For more information, visit www.thebanningmuseum.org

Tuesday, March 28

American Cetacean Society Lecture

7:30-9 p.m. The American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter offers free monthly lectures in the John M. Olguin Auditorium on the last Tuesday of each month through May (resuming in September). For information and scheduled speakers, visit www.acs-la.org.
Fee: Free

Wednesday, March 29

Meet the Grunion

8 p.m.-midnight Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9pm, followed by guided observation at the beach, Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight. Watch the captivating grunion come up on the beach to spawn! Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. Grunion hunters, 16 years or older must have a valid California fishing license if you plan to catch the fish.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children

Saturday, April 1

Lego Shipbuilding Contest at Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Compete for prizes and use STEM concepts to build ships out of Legos! All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Saturday, April 22

Family Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m.Take a sunset sail with the family. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org

Saturday, April 22

Chalk Festival & Tree Giveaway

10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE Earth Day-themed chalk art festival with limited distribution of free trees to City of Los Angeles residents. Participants will be assigned space at Wilmington Waterfront Park to let their creative ideas flow.

Saturday, May 20

World Trade Week: Free Boat Tours

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the Port of Los Angeles for FREE 60-minute narrated boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week. Tours depart every 30 minutes from two locations in San Pedro and Wilmington. Remember to bring your camera! Dog lovers may also join with their well-behaved, leashed dogs for a special one-hour, dog-friendly free boat tour of Los Angeles Harbor, from 10-11 a.m.

Friday, June 30

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!®

5-10 p.m. Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, Cars & Stripes Forever!® is a free community celebration to kick off Independence Day weekend, featuring a classic car show (with more than 100 cars built before 1971), an exotic car display, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and grand fireworks finale. Registration opens in May 2017.

Tuesday, July 4

Fireworks on the Water with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

7-10 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July on the water! Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org lamitopsail.org for more information.

Saturday, July 8

Concert on the LA Waterfront

Courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles, enjoy a free outdoor family concert at Wilmington Waterfront Park. Artist(s) and time TBA.

Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16

PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL

Friday, July 14, 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
"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, near Battleship IOWA on the LA Waterfront. 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 lobsterfest.com.

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4

Summer Camp - Catalina Voyage with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Take your child on a unique camping experience! This 5 day camping voyage have a Marine Biologist, Anthropologist, Historian and amateur Astronomer aboard to give your child a fun, educational experience. Tickets are $650 and include meals.

Saturday, August 5

Movie Night on the LA Waterfront

Join Port of Los Angeles for a FREE outdoor family-friendly movie at San Pedro's Downtown Harbor and Wilmington Waterfront Park. Movie is TBA.

Saturday, August 19

Family Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. 5-7:30 p.m.Take a sunset sail with the family. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org.

Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4

LA Fleet Week® 2017

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 taking place over Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment, and flyovers! Visiting ships will be annouced two weeks before the event.

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

#LAFleetWeek2017

Saturday, October 7

Anchor Ball with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Come in a nautical costume and dance the night away! Advanced tickets are $100. Guests receive a map to a secret location. RSVP to info@lamitopsail.org.

Saturday, October 28

Happy Harbor Halloween & Pet Parade

Celebrate Halloween on the LA Waterfront! First, kick off the day with a Halloween-themed Pet Parade from 10-11 a.m. (Halloween costumes are admired but not required.) Then from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy Happy Harbor Halloween, a free, family-friendly event that features a costume parade, music, puppets, arts and crafts, face painting, games, reptiles, and fun for kids of all ages! Two locations: Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Saturday, December 2

25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade

Enjoy the 25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. Visit lamitopsail.org for more information.

First Thursday of the Month

1st Thursday ArtWalk in Downtown San Pedro

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 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

First and Third Thursdays of the Month

First & Third Thursday Concert Series

6-9 p.m. Enjoy FREE live entertainment and a variety of food trucks in Downtown San Pedro every first and third Thursdays of the month at the corner of 6th and Mesa Streets.

First Saturday of the month

Monthly Beach Cleanup with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8-10 a.m. Join CMA Educators 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. 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 and open to all ages.

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 localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

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.