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Events

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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Saturday, July 21

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m–noon Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Saturday, July 21

3rd Saturdays Family Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m. This Naturalist led nature walk includes a visit to the Tongva Native Plant Gardens, where you will learn how early inhabitants of the peninsula used native plant species for thousands of years. Then walk the preserve’s paths through exquisitely restored coastal sage scrub habitat. Stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area. The walk concludes with a visit to the wonderful Nature Education Center with activities for all ages. This is a moderate walk. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917.

Saturday, July 21

Salt Marsh Open House via Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

2-4 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.
 

Saturday, July 28

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - Family Sandcastle Day

10 a.m.-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, July 28

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Education Center

Noon–2 p.m. Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917.

Saturday, July 28

4th Saturdays Education Workshop, Native Plants and Hummingbirds at the White Point Nature Center & Preserve

11 a.m. Learn from a native plants expert how to grow the right plants to attract and support these tiny, beautiful creatures. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917 or sign up at pvplc.org

Friday, August 3

LA Waterfront Movie Night at Two Locations

6:30 p.m., family activity; 8:10 p.m., movie. The Port of Los Angeles presents a free movie night on the LA Waterfront! Enjoy a free outdoor film in San Pedro or Wilmington. Bring a blanket and chair and settle in -- no food or beverages will be provided. Your free movie night choices are:

SAN PEDRO: See The Sandlot at Bloch Field, located at 1500 South Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro.
WILMINGTON: See the movie Cars 3 at Wilmington Waterfront Park, located at 1004 C Street, in Wilmington.

Friday, August 3

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture

7-9 p.m. Dr. Ted Cranford from San Diego State University has CT scanned an entire minke whale using a rocket motor scanner to investigate the sound reception apparatus of whales. Reservations required (Please RSVP to augustdiscoverylecture.eventbrite.com).

Friday, August 3

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - Lecture Series

7-9 p.m. All lectures are at 7pm at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, John M. Olguin Auditorium. August 3 - Dr. Ted Cranford, San Diego State University; October 5 - Dr. Craig Stanford; University of Southern California; December 7 - Dr. Ian Fenty, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Visit our website for more details.

Friday, August 3 to Sunday, September 2

Neil Simon's PLAZA SUITE at Little Fish Theatre

Neil Simon's comedy PLAZA SUITE, directed by James Rice

A story about Suite 719 at the infamous New York City Plaza Hotel and the people who inhabit it: a not-so-blissfully married couple, a movie producer and his old flame, and a nervous bride and family.

In the first act entitled “Visitor from Mamaroneck,” we meet the not-so-blissfully wedded couple Sam and Karen Nash. In an attempt to bring some fire back to their relationship, they are revisiting their honeymoon Suite. But their plan backfires when Karen learns some not-so-savory news about her husband. “Visitor From Hollywood” is the second act, bringing movie producer Jesse and his old flame Muriel, a suburban housewife, together in the Suite for an interesting and enlightening reunion that neither of them expect. The third act, “Visitor From Forest Hills,” revolves around Roy and Norma on their daughter Mimsey's wedding day. In a rush of nervousness, Mimsey has locked herself in the Suite's bathroom and refuses to leave. Chaos ensues as they franticly attempt to cajole her into attending her own wedding while the gathered guests wait downstairs.

For information about times and tickets, visit www.littlefishtheatre.org

Sunday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 7 - Saturday, August 11

Shark Week with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Noon-5 p.m. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Shark Week is back! Enjoy activities all week in honor of one of the Ocean's top predators. Featured are crafts, scavenger hunts, life shark feedings and much more. For a full Shark Week schedule and more, visit our website at www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

Sunday, August 5

Summer Whalewatch with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

9 a.m.-noon Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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 ($25 FRIENDS members). Registration is required; please call 310-548-7562.

Sunday, August 12

Walk Cabrillo with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

2:30-4:30 p.m. Pack a snack and join a beach walk guided by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff. Starting at the Aquarium courtyard you'll visit the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. We will examine fossils, native plants, beach wracks and other interesting finds.

Friday, August 31 - Monday, September 3

LA Fleet Week® 2018 presented by Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. The Amazon Prime Video original series “Jack Ryan” is the presenting sponsor for LA Fleet Week® 2018, a free, public event on the LA Waterfront taking place over Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations, live entertainment, and aerial demonstrations. Online ship tour reservations will be available in August and ship names will be announced two weeks before the event kicks off. For more information, visit lafleetweek.com and be sure to follow @LAFleetWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #LAFleetWeek2018 #JackRyan

Monday, September 3

Conquer the Bridge 10

7 a.m.-9 a.m. Join the participants of LA Fleet Week® 2018 in the 5.3-mile walk/run over the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge on Labor Day Monday, September 3. Register here. You won't want to miss the Victory Breakfast after the race!

Friday, September 14

ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN The Music of Carole King's Tapestry at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. South Bay favorite folk-rockers return with their band Hard Rain for a tribute to Carole King's multi-platinum album, Tapestry at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 
Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Monday, September 10

Fall Docent Training with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (Adults)

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Docents guide school children on tours through the Exhibit Hall or on the beach, providing information and activities related to the exhibits. Following two months of training docents choose one morning per week to provide tours. A desire to learn about the ocean, an interest in children, and willingness to work with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for two years are the primary qualifications. You might make a new friend or two. Applications are due September 4. $30 fee covers training and manual.

Friday, September 21

BON BON VIVANT at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Performing at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro, BON BON VIVANT is a hot combination of local New Orleans jazz musicians, song writers and troubadours that have put together a unique sound inspired by folk, blues, gypsy jazz, electro swing and pop with roots heavily steeped in the amazing New Orleans music tradition.  
Buy Tickets Here: http://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1167

Saturday, September 22

DOM FLEMONS at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. As co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Flemons was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a Grammy for its 2011 album Genuine Negro, and in 2013 he earned the title Living Blues Most Outstanding Musician for banjo from Living Blues Magazine. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 
Buy Tickets Here: http://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1152

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

The San Pedro Festival of the Arts

11 a.m.-6 p.m.  In its 12th year, the San Pedro Festival of the Arts will take place on Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23. This free family friendly event features dance performances by 20-25 dance companies, music and arts and crafts booths. Produced by Louise Reichlin, Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, in conjunction with Jan Kain, People's Place San Pedro, the event will be held on a stage opposite the historic Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. For more information visit www.triartSP.com.

Friday, October 12

HONEY WHISKEY TRIO with She Sings, She Swings at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition winners, The Honey Whiskey Trio embody Americana roots music. Through well-selected folk tunes, the trio delivers haunting melodies and rowdy ballads with masterful harmonies, body percussion, and a captivating on-stage vitality. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, October 20

LAS CHIKAS Annual Celia Cruz Birthday Salsa Show at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Annual Celia Cruz Birthday show! Performing at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro, the all-women Las Chikas band returns with covers of classic Cruz songs and their own high-energy salsa.
Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, October 27

Happy Harbor Halloween & Pet Parade

10 a.m.-2p.m. Celebrate Halloween on the LA Waterfront with the Port of Los Angeles on October 29! 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, reptiles, arts and crafts, face painting, games, and fun for kids of all ages! Two locations: Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Saturday, October 27

THE SPRINGSTEEN EXPERIENCE at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A wild ride through The Boss' brilliant musical catalog with Josh Schreiber’s acclaimed tribute experience at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 
Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, November 3

MIRAGE Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A journey through the greatest hits of the legendary superstar band at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here:www.grandvision.org

Saturday, November 17

LAURENCE JUBER at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Two-time Grammy winning guitarist and former bandmate with Paul McCartney's Wings, Juber fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, for shimmering multi-faceted instrumental performance live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Friday, November 30

REVEREND TALL TREE BLUES OPERA A Blues Opera at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. This contemporary "blues opera" by Chris Pierce & Mark Malone follows the journey of a fictional street preacher, many years ago in the American Deep South. A story of love, sorrow, earthy humor, and finally, redemption, we accompany Reverend Tall Tree as he plies his trade as a street preacher in the dusty small towns of the lower Mississippi valley. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro.

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, December 1

56th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade

6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Los Angeles Harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington will celebrate the free and festive 56th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 1, at 6 p.m., along the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles.

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. Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 participating vessels of all shapes and sizes, from tugboats to tall ships.

Saturday, December 1

Port of Los Angeles Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Each year, it snows in Wilmington for one day! Join the Port of Los Angeles at Wilmington Waterfront Park to play in the snow - even if it's warm and sunny outside! Enjoy free snow, face painting, games, and holiday crafts. A free event brought to you by the Port of Los Angeles. (Please note: in the event of rain, this event will be canceled.)

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.

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Live Music at the Grand Annex

Grand Vision Foundation produces live concerts and performances at the Grand Annex, a 150-seat music listening room, just a few doors down from the historic Warner Grand Theatre. Click here to check out their concert lineup for 2018. For more information, call (310) 833-4813.