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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Thursday, July 2

7th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!

5-10 p.m. Free pre-Independence Day celebration with a classic car show, live bands, and a grand fireworks finale at the Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain located at Swinford Street and Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro. 

More event information is available here.

Free registration is now open! Click here to register your classic (pre-1971) car before June 18.

Saturday, July 4

65th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

Fireworks Show: 9 p.m.
Cabrillo Beach 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731

Saturday, July 4

July 4th Tall Ship Extravaganza

Experience a spectacular holiday on the water! Celebrate in style aboard the twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson. Choose from a Cannon Battle Sail, Fireworks Sail or both. Food and beverages allowed on board. Reserve early - this on-the-water event always sell out!

All proceeds benefit the TopSail Youth Program. You can have a blast and support a good cause at the same time.

Sunday, July 5 and Saturday, August 1 and Saturday, September 5

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup

8 a.m. to 10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month (except Sunday July 5), 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. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the holiday, the Beach Cleanup for July will be held on SUNDAY, July 5! For more information visit

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 and Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31

Tall Ship Adventures Voyage of Discovery

Live on board of a tall ship and experience the adventure of a lifetime! Take a 5-day voyage to Catalina Island where you become part of the crew. Learn the ropes of sailing a large vessel as you challenge yourself and explore the island for unforgettable fun! Parents welcomed.

Departs from Berth 78, San Pedro
$500 per person (includes your own bunk and meals)
Reserve your spot: or call (310) 833-6055
Space limited - Book early!

Friday, July 17

Meet the Grunion

8 p.m.-Midnight. Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and then watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are 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. Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (FRIENDS members free)

Thursday, July 23

Movie in the Park

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6
Location: Wilmington Waterfront Park
1004 W. C Street Wilmington, CA

Friday, July 24

Movie on the Water

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Movie: Disney's Big Hero 6
Downtown Harbor, San Pedro

Saturday, July 25

Family Sandcastle Building Day

10 a.m. to 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.

Saturday, August 1

Taste of San Pedro

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eat. Drink. Celebrate. A culinary waterfront festival featuring cuisine from 20 San Pedro and Peninsula restaurants! For ticket information please visit

The Courtyard at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731
To view event flier please visit  ​

Sunday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 8

Shark Week

12 noon to 5 p.m. CMA’s Shark Week is back! Enjoy great activities all week in honor of one of the ocean’s top predators. Shark Week will feature exciting crafts, scavenger hunts, live shark feedings and much more! Come and take a BITE out of Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Friday, August 7

Lecture: Kelly Stomberg, Catalina Sea Ranch

7 to 9 p.m. CMA is collaborating with our new “neighbor,” the world-class urban marine research and innovation center, AltaSea. The 35-acre campus at the Port of Los Angeles will be dedicated to uniting global marine research, education, business, government philanthropy and community. To start things off, we will be having a Discovery Lecture Series 2015 in the Aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium. Free.

Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9

Los Angeles Quilt Show and Fiber Art Fest

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Quilt Show is a new and exciting venue for all quilters! Includes all styles and skill levels, awards presented by local chapters of national guilds, supply showcase, classes, activities.
Now seeking exhibitors, sponsors and vendors!

For more information visit

Saturday, August 8

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m. to 1 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.

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9

Navy Days LA 2015

Tour times vary. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of our nation’s sailors aboard an active U.S. Navy vessel at the ​Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro. Enjoy free ship tours 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. Past visiting ships have included the USS Wayne E. Meyer, USS Abraham Lincoln, and USS Gary.

Saturday, August 15

7th Annual Phineas Banning Birthday Concert

5 to 8 p.m. Friends of Banning Museum will celebrate the birthday of the “Father of the Los Angeles Port” Phineas Banning with a special evening of music and dancing. In the spirit of the Rancho-period of the Banning property, guests will be treated to a Western-themed evening with live music provided by local favorite, “South Bay Country”, free line dance instruction, country style dancing and a good old fashioned barbecue buffet provided by Southland Favorite, “The Outdoor Grill.”

PICNIC – $10.00 General Admission, FREE for Friends of Banning Museum members – Guests bring their own dinner and beverage, blanket/low chair and enjoy the concert, complimentary birthday cupcake, line dance instruction and dancing on the front lawn of the Mansion.

VIP -$45.00 Includes on-site BBQ buffet dinner prepared by “The Outdoor Grill” with a birthday cupcake, line dance instruction, reserved seating and gated parking. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverage. Reservations required for all guests.

The Banning Museum is located at 401 East “M” Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. For reservations or more information, (310) 548-2005 or click here

Saturday, August 15

Robotics by the Sea

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Robots take over the Aquarium on Robotics Day! Watch demonstrations from local robotics clubs and learn about land and underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). Drive an underwater ROV through an obstacle course and discover how scientists use ROVs to explore the ocean.
Free and open to everyone

Saturday, August 22

See the Sea, Sì?? â Floating Oceanography Lab

9 a.m. to noon Join us aboard a specially equipped vessel where you’ll have opportunities to study some of the near- shore animals which will be collected during the trip. Learn about the fascinating world of plankton, animals that call mud their home and some of the fish that prefer the sandy bottom. We’ll identify marine birds and be on the lookout for sea lions and dolphins.
Pre-registration is required. Fee: $30

Sunday, August 23

Summer Whalewatch

9 a.m. to noon Join CMA staff as they search the Catalina Channel for the largest animals in the world. Blue, fin and humpback whales spend part of their summer here to feed on huge amounts of krill. Boat leaves from San Pedro. Fee: $30
Registration is required; please call 310-548-7562.

Saturday, August 29

Walk Cabrillo

2 to 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.

Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13

Red Bull Global Rallycross

For the second year in a row Red Bull Global Rally Cross makes its way to the Port of Los Angeles! Global Rally Cross is a new form of motorsport that features wheel to wheel racing in fast paced heats. This event offers the most exciting and fastest racing in motorsports. It is sure to impress fans of all ages! For more information visit

Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20

San Pedro Tri Art Festival

The 9th annual San Pedro Tri Art Festival is a free family event featuring dance, music & crafts! For more information visit or contact (213) 385 1171.
Where: Ports O' Call Village, Special Events Dance Stage
1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731
YouTube dance video of past festival:

Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27

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.
Ports O’ Call Village, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro
For more information, visit

Friday, October 9

San Pedro International Film Festival

Showcasing the best of the festival circuit, the 4th Annual SPIFFest will take place October 9-11, 2015 at the Warner Grand and other locations. Please check the website for more details.

Sunday, October 11

Sustainable Seafood Expo

12 to 5 p.m. Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Learn how your fish should be caught and how you can lessen the impact on marine environment!
Seafood Samples, Chef Demonstrations, and Educational Displays.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call (310) 548-7562.

Saturday, October 24

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

Free costume parade with children’s games and face painting.
Two locations:
Harbor Boulevard Promenade, Harbor Blvd. and 1st St., San Pedro
Wilmington Waterfront Park, Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington

Friday, December 4

Holidays by the Sea

Free holiday concert at Downtown Harbor featuring local artists.

Saturday, December 5

Holiday Harbor Afloat parade

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Wilmington and San Pedro
Check back for more information soon!

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