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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September 21 through 27

Sea Otter Awareness Week

Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, but stop by CMA any other day during Sea Otter Awareness Week and learn more about this amazing marine mammal. Learn about their important role in California’s kelp forest ecosystem, the animals they eat and other fascinating sea otter facts! Also, take time to visit CMA’s library and peruse sea otter books and videos.

Saturday, September 27

"What's Going on in the Harbor Today?" at LA Maritime Museum

1-4:30 p.m. Open house at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum featuring new children’s exhibit, “What's Going on in the Harbor Today?” Designed to view the harbor through the eyes of a child, the new, permanent exhibit was designed by the Museum with the help of teachers, parents, and children. Visitors will discover today’s modern harbor, learn to load cargo, test their knowledge of ships, and even play dress up. The Los Angeles Maritme Museum is located at Berth 84, on Harbor Boulevard at the foot of 5th Street in San Pedro. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.) Free parking is available south of the museum, across from Acapulco Restaurant in Ports O’ Call Village. Donations are suggested for admission: $3 for adults, $1 for seniors, and children are free. For more information, visit

Wednesdays, Oct. 1 through 22

SEA Club

Grades 3 to 6 can join CMA Educators for a series of hands-on after-school marine science adventures. Activities include observing animal behavior; examining rocky shore animals at the tidepools; exploring the wonders of mud at the salt marsh; getting up-close with microscopes. Students help plan the schedule. No walk-ins please, registration is required; call 310-548-7562. Deadline to register is one week before the class begins.
Fee: $30 ($27 FRIENDS members) for the series and includes a SEA Club T-shirt. Financial assistance available.
 3:30 - 5:30pm

Thursday, October 2

Educators Open House

Wear your Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops and join us for a Back to School Luau at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Come and experience our wide variety of free and fee-based school programs. Learn how the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium can be a resource for your teaching needs. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a free bus to the Aquarium, free classes and much more! Visit our gift shop and bookstore during the open house and receive 10% off all purchases. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required for LAUSD salary point teachers and reservations are requested for others; call 310-548-7562.
Fee: Free
5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, October 3

AltaSea/CMA Discovery Lecture Series; Dr. Richard F. Amborse, UCLA

7 to 9 p.m.
Tides of Change - Organisms living in rocky intertidal habitats are challenged by the unique stresses of being alternately exposed to air and submerged under water. They are also among the most accessible marine organisms, with some areas hosting tens of thousands of visitors each year. As a result, many rocky intertidal communities have been affected by human activities such as harvesting, trampling and pollution. The Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe), established in the early 1990s to foster a comprehensive, long-term assessment of rocky intertidal communities, has compiled the most extensive information ever assembled on the status and trends in rocky intertidal communities along the West Coast of the United States. Come learn about monitoring rocky intertidal communities to document changes in response to future climate change, including sea level rise, changes in storm frequency, and ocean acidification.
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.

Saturday, October 4

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup

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. 8 to 10 a.m.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Tuesday, October 7

Cabrillo Whalewatch Training Begins

Tuesdays, October 2014 through March 2015 7 - 9pm. Volunteers (college age and up) are trained as naturalists to narrate whale watching trips on boats that depart from local landings January through March observing gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds. Naturalists may also give presentations in school classrooms. Meet in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Training begins on Tuesday, October 7; the last day to join the program is October 21. No reservations required. For more information, call 310-548-7562.

Thursdays, October 9 - November 6

Coastal Park Naturalists Training at Cabrillo Beach

4-6 p.m. Grade 5 through adult volunteers are trained to provide interpretation and monitoring of the Cabrillo fishing pier, Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh, Cabrillo Beach Tidepools and other Cabrillo Beach habitats Pre-registration is required to meet minimum class size of 13 students. Space is limited to 25 individuals. Please call 310-548-7562 for information and registration. Applications must be received by September 26. Sorry, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Fee: $30 materials fee. Financial assistance is available.

Thursdays, October 9 - November 6

Sea Ranger Training (Grade 5 through adult) at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

4-6 p.m. Volunteers are trained to provide interpretation and monitoring of the Cabrillo fishing pier, Salinas de San Pedro salt marsh, Cabrillo Beach Tidepools and other Cabrillo Beach habitats Pre-registration is required to meet minimum class size of 13 students. Space is limited to 25 individuals. Please call Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 310-548-7562 for information and registration. Applications must be received by September 26. Sorry, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Fee: $30 materials fee. Financial assistance is available.

Saturday, October 11

Salt Marsh Open House

2 to 4 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.

Saturday, October 11

World Water Monitoring Challenge

2 to 4 p.m. Are you ready for the World Water Monitoring Challenge? Join us as we take part in this effort to teach the importance of our most precious resource – water. Learn what you, your family and friends can do to conserve water and prevent water pollution. Take actual samples and test them to learn more about the health of our salt marsh. No experience is necessary. Open to all ages. Parking is $1 hour. For additional information or for group reservations, call 310-548-7562.

Sunday, October 12

Sustainable Seafood Expo at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. Join us for an expo highlighting sustainable seafood, including cooking demonstrations and sampling. Learn how the fish on your dish is caught or farmed, and how that impacts the marine environment and fish populations. See how easy it is to make delicious dishes using seafood that is good for the environment. Tickets: $20 (FRIENDS members: $10). For more information, visit or call (310)548-7562, ext.112.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Autumn Sea Fair

Celebrate the bounty of the sea!

This unique event offers ocean-related activities for every age, including face-painting, an exciting marine life puppet show, and a giant origami demonstration. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the “Great Treasure Hunt.” Learn how to cast a fishing line. For those with the competitive spirit, join in on the “Beach Olympics,” and enter our sand sculpture contest, taking place just a few steps away on Cabrillo Beach.

Stop by and chat with more than two dozen organizations concerned with marine-related issues, or browse various artist booths and admire their beautiful and unique hand crafted pieces. Enjoy live music playing throughout the day ranging from the jazz sounds of Harold Greene on the chapman stick to the Japanese drum group Kokoro Taiko and the soothing tunes of Stucco Rainbow. Explore the Aquarium's Southern California Marine Life Exhibit Hall, Aquatic Nursery, Exploration Center, and Marine Research Library.

This is a FREE event, for more information, please call 310-548-7562.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday, October 25

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

Noon - 3:30 p.m. Two Locations: Harbor Boulevard Promenade, Harbor Blvd. and 1st St., San Pedro and
Wilmington Waterfront Park, Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington. Free costume parade with children’s games and face painting. 

October 25 through 26

STEAM Carnival

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) Carnival is a unique, high-energy event featuring tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse, and reimagine the way we learn. Join the many who have entered the Two Bit Circus workshop and been amazed by its creations!

The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debuts October 25-26, 2014 at CRAFTED at The Port of LA.
112 E. 22nd St. San Pedro, CA 90731

Tickets Required. Hours Vary.
For more information visit

Saturday, November 1

Dia de Los Muertos

Join us in celebrating San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos Festival presented by the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District! A fun evening for all in downtown San Pedro. For more information visit

Saturday, November 29

Small Business Saturday

Shop Local – Buy Handmade!

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities. This November 29, Shop Small and support local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate our neighborhoods. CRAFTED features more than 100 artists – real people making one-of-a-kind treasures and handmade creations, right here at home.

at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd St. San Pedro, CA 90731

Friday, December 5

Holiday Fountain Event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles

7-9 p.m. Located at Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza, Harbor Blvd. and Swinford St., San Pedro. Free holiday concert featuring local artists.

Saturday, December 6

Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 a.m.- 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. 

Saturday, December 6

Handmade in the South Bay

One day show of handmade-only entrepreneurs committed to promoting one another and the values of buying handmade at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles.
112 E. 22nd St. San Pedro CA 90731

Saturday, December 20

Mom & Pop Up Shop - Holiday Edition

The SoCal Etsy Guild is back with a holiday edition of the “Mom & Pop-Up Shop” at CRAFTED. 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.

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd st. san pedro, ca 90731

Each Monday through December 15

Fall Docent Training Class for Adults at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Docents guide schoolchildren on interpretive tours through the Exhibit Hall, providing information and conducting activities relating to the exhibits. Following 12 weeks of training (Mondays), docents will choose one morning per week to give tours. A desire to learn about the ocean, an interest in children and a willingness to work with CMA for two years are the primary qualifications. Applications will be accepted through September 8. Fee: $30 covers docent training manual. Financial aid is available.

Every Thursday of every month (recurring event)

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 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)


5-9 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