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LA WATERFRONT
EVENTS

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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Saturday, September 6

Native Garden Workday/Cabrillo Beach Cleanup

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.

Wednesday, September 10

Paper Yacht Challenge

4-7 p.m. Test competitors of all ages on their boat-building skills. Contestants will race their paper boat creations to the finish line at the Fanfare Fountains at Gateway Plaza, vying for the win while competing against other paper-boat builders. Proceeds from the event will go to support local nonprofit organizations. Register at portoflosangeles.org

September 12-14

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

“Come for feast, stay for the fun” is the motto for 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, barbeque, tacos, rice bowls, and vegetarian options. A wide range of beverages and desserts are not to be missed. For more information, visit lobsterfest.com or call (310) 732-3508.

Mondays, September 15 - 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.

Saturday, September 20

Coastal Cleanup Day

9 a.m.-noon. You can make a difference! Adopt Cabrillo Beach and our Coastal Park by joining our Coastal Cleanup from 9am to 12noon. Spend a morning with CMA staff and other volunteers working together to improve our environment. Afterwards take some time and wander through the Aquarium to get a closer look at the animals and habitats you helped. Waivers are required – please see our website to download the waiver: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Groups are requested to call ahead: 310-548-7562.

September 20-21

Red Bull Global Rallycross

Get ready for the dirt to fly at the Port of Los Angeles for the Red Bull Global Rallycross races. Watch small-body cars such as Ford Fiestas, Subarus and Volkswagens that are modified with four-wheel drive and 600-horsepower engines race along the beautiful LA Waterfront. For more information, visit global-rallycross.com.

Sunday, September 21

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-1p.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

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.

Sunday, September 28

Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Rosa Island

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Journey with CMA's Education staff on an adventure to Santa Rosa Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park. Leaving from Ventura, we’ll keep an eye out for birds, pinnipeds, dolphins and whales as we make our way to and from the island. On the island, participants will follow along on a naturalist-led hike to learn about past human occupation and observe the diverse coastal habitats, amazing geologic formations and panoramic views that this unique island has to offer. PLEASE NOTE: Island activities are very strenuous. Reservations are required; please call 310-548-7562. Register early, spaces fill up quickly for this excursion. Fee: $80 ($75 FRIENDS members)

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.

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)

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 25-26

STEAM Carnival

Hours Vary. A one-of-a-kind modern carnival featuring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) - centered games, Held at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a crafts marketplace in San Pedro. Tickets required. For more information visit steamcarnival.com.

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 sanpedrodayofthedead.com.

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. 

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 localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)

1ST THURSDAY ARTWALK IN SAN PEDRO'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT

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.