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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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Friday, May 27

Movie Under the Guns aboard Battleship IOWA

8:30 p.m. Bring the entire family for “Movie Under The Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. This month’s movie will be the 1995 animated classic Toy Story produced by Pixar Animation and Walt Disney. The film is rated PG and features on a group of toys who pretend to be lifeless when humans are present, and focuses on the relationship between Woody, a pull-string cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, an action figure astronaut. The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and more give life to characters.

The movie is FREE and will be held outdoors on the ships’ fantail. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. Event is subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 28

Habitat Restoration Presentation Palos Verdes by Peninsula Land Conservancy

11 a.m. A free presentation about the strategies Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy uses to restore habitat with naturalist Johnny Perez. For more information visit: www.pvplc.org

Click here to RSVP

Sunday, May 29

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Sunday, May 29

Concert Under the Guns at Battleship IOWA

6 p.m. Come be a part of a Battleship IOWA’s new FREE summer concert series “Concert Under The Guns,” featuring Mick Adams and the Stones, the premier Rolling Stones tribute band.

Each concert will be held on the dock directly in front of the Battleship IOWA. General admission seating is FREE and available on a first come, first serve basis. For $25.00 get the VIP Experience which includes:
- Reserved Seating Area for Concert
- Private Viewing Area for Fireworks from the Deck of USS-Iowa
- 1 Tour Ticket (for later use)
- 1 Drink Ticket
- 1 Raffle Ticket for opportunity drawing
- A Swag Bag
(Limited seating available while supplies last.)

Food trucks will be on site and our Beer Garden will be selling beverages.

Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring blankets and outdoor chairs. No coolers or outside food and beverages allowed. Event is subject to cancellation due to extreme weather conditions. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, May 31

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.

Friday, June 3

DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES 2016

7-9 p.m. Presented by AltaSea at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Sewers to Sanddabs: Profiling Orange County Sanitation District’s Ocean Monitoring Program
Dr. Jeff Armstrong, Orange County Sanitation District-Ocean Monitoring Program (www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org)
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - John M. Olguin Auditorium. Free, parking code (good for the night): 22655..
The Giftshop will be open before the lecture and until 9:30 for your shopping pleasure.
Please RSVP to lecture@cmaqua.org

Saturday, June 4

Monthly Beach Cleanup

8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

Saturday, June 4

White Point Nature Center Docent Training

Enjoy sharing nature with others? Become a White Point Nature Center Docents! Volunteers are needed to help support Center open hours and special events! From photography workshops to nature walks to plant sales to children's programs, there is fun for all! Docents must be at least 18 years old and agree to a Live Scan. Thank you for volunteering and for supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy!

RSVP at volunteerhub.com

Questions?
Please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Brittany Goldsmith by email at: BGoldsmith@pvplc.org, or call (310) 541-7613 X215

Saturday, June 4

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Concert on the LA Waterfront

6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of free live music at Wilmington Waterfront Park (near the West Pavilion, located 1004 West C Street, Wilmington, CA 90744). Featured performers are the all-female mariachi band Las Colibri (The Hummingbirds) with participation by Ballet Folklórico Sol de México.

Saturday, June 11

George F Canyon Nature Center Docent Training

Enjoy sharing nature with others? Become a George F Canyon Nature Center Docent! Volunteers are needed to help support Center open hours and special events! From photography workshops to nature walks to plant sales to children's programs, there is fun for all! Docents must be at least 18 years old and agree to a Live Scan. Thank you for volunteering and for supporting the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy!

Training:
Saturday June 11th, 2016 at George F Canyon Nature Center

RSVP
http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Questions?
Please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Brittany Goldsmith by email at: BGoldsmith@pvplc.org, or call (310) 541-7613 X215

Saturday, June 11

Fiesta Corazon del Puerto

Noon-10 p.m. Enjoy a family day of live music, food, and fun with free admission at Wilmington Waterfront Park hosted by the Port of Los Angeles!

Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, August 5

Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor Pirate Paradise Summer Day Camp

Times vary. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor's Pirate Paradise Summer Day Camp will run eight weeks, from June 15 to August 5. Each week will include a unique program based on the week's theme. For more information, please call (310) 833-1322 ext. 200.

Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, August 15

Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor STEAM Summer Day Camp

Times vary. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor's STEAM Summer Day Camp will run 8 weeks, beginning on June 15th and ending August 5th. Each week will include a unique program based on the week's theme.
For more information, please call (310) 833-1322 ext. 200.

Saturday, June 18

Scout Day at the Port of Los Angeles

Are you interested in earning a Port of Los Angeles Patch? Would you like a chance to participate in Scout Day at the Port of Los Angeles, including a FREE HARBOR BOAT TOUR and a TransPORTer interactive mobile exhibit visit? If so, visit portoflosangeles.org for more information.

Saturday, June 18

Port of Los Angeles Pet Parade

9-10 a.m. Bring your pet to Wilmington Waterfront Park and join the parade! This Pet Parade is superhero and villain themed, so don't forget to dress your pet in their most heroic or evil costume!

Friday, July 1

8th Annual Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever!

5-10 p.m. Free Pre-Independence Day celebration with a car show featuring more than 100 classic cars, live bands, food trucks, beer garden, and a grand fireworks finale.

Click here for event flier. 

Monday, July 4

66th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

Noon-10 p.m. Spend the 4th of July with your family and friends and enjoy music, family activities, and of course, fireworks!

Saturday, July 9

Port of Los Angeles Paws-itive Vibes Pet Expo & Concert in the Park

3-7 p.m. Every dog has its day and this time it's on Saturday, July 9! Bring your dog and join the Port of Los Angeles for a free pet expo at Wilmington Waterfront Park, featuring adoptions, vaccinations, demonstrations, live music, and more fun! Don't miss the best dressed pet contest; make sure your dog is dressed to impress.

Please note: event location is near the Wilmington Waterfront Park East Pavilion located at 604 W. C Street, Wilmington, CA 90744.

For the event flier, click here.

Friday, July 15

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Free Movie in the Park

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Watch the popular Pixar movie, "Inside Out" at Wilmington Waterfront Park with the family!

Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24

2016 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival & Music Weekend

Friday, July 22, 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 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. 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.

NEW FOR 2016: Festival grounds are even larger this year, located near Battleship IOWA at the Port of Los Angeles, not at Ports O' Call Village. Also, temperatures in Southern California are typically lower in July (vs. September), so a cooler, more comfortable setting is anticipated.

Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29

Tall Ship Summer Camp 2016

Times vary. Youth 12-17, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Tall Ship Adventure Camp is an exciting 5-day, 4-night voyage to Catalina Island from July 25-29, 2016. Discover the beautiful Southern California coast in a way that most people never experience. While at sea and on the island, we will explore topics in marine biology, maritime history, island ecology and have some fun with traditional maritime arts! Learn more at www.lamitopsail.org or call 310-833-6055.

Saturday, August 6

The 2016 Taste of San Pedro

5-10 p.m. Located at CRAFTED, enjoy live music while also enjoying a refreshing drink and sampling foods from a variety of local restaurants. Please check back close to date for event details!

Saturday, August 20

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.
 

Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5

LA Fleet Week 2016

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 that will run through Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military demonstrations and an air show with live entertainment.

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

#LAFleetWeek2016

Saturday, September 17

Port of Los Angeles Pet Parade

9 a.m.-10 a.m. Bring your pet down to the Downtown Harbor and join the parade! This Pet Parade is Pirate themed in celebration of Talk like a Pirate Day this Monday, the 19th, so don't forget to dress up your pet!

Saturday, September 17

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9

Red Bull Global Rallycross: Los Angeles Double Header

Saturday, October 8, Gates open at 10 a.m.
Sunday, October 9, Gates open at 7 a.m.

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features - the cars produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, and can withstand 70-foot jumps. . The season finale ends on the LA Waterfront at the Outer Harbor at 3011 Miner Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731
For more information, click here.

Saturday, October 15

Tall Ship Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. Sail the LA Waterfront and enjoy an amazing sunset view with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. Departing from Berth 78, Ports 'O Call Village, San Pedro. For tickets and for more information, click here.

Saturday, October 29

Happy Harbor Halloween at the Port of Los Angeles

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a free, family-friendly event that features music, puppets, arts and crafts, face painting, games, reptiles, and fun for kids of all ages on the LA Waterfront. After the event, you'll also have the chance to sail on one of the tall ships in costume, courtesy of the Top Sail Youth Program.

Monday, December 26 through Sunday, January 1

Tall Ship Adventure with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Free ship tours at Downtown Harbor. Check website close to event for details.

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.