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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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Sunday, April 26

Walk Cabrillo

10 a.m. to 12 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 wrack and other interesting finds.

Sunday, April 26

Open Day Studios

12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour Artist Studios, Art Demos, Workshops, Performances, Music, Food & More

Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-519-0936
For more information, visit http://www.angelsgateart.org/index.php

Sunday, April 26

LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

Doors 3:45 p.m. Concert 5 p.m. Live! at the Warner Grand Theatre FREE Neighborhood Concert
R.S.V.P. required. $1 service charge per ticket
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis!
Tickets and Info

Saturday, May 2

Native Garden Workday/Beach Cleanup

8 a.m. to 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 from 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

Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27

SEA Club/Little Squirts - Science Education Afternoons

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Little Squirts is offered for 2-4 year olds participating with parent(s). (class size is limited to 10 students)
On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you 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.

Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27

SEA Club for Grades K-2

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On four consecutive Wednesday afternoons you 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.

Wednesday, May 6

Meet the Grunion

8 p.m. to Midnight. Watch the captivating grunion come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and biology of this curious fish. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9pm, followed by guided observation at the beach, Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. During April and May (closed season) grunion may be observed but not touched. March, June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand. Grunion hunters, 16 years or older must have a valid California fishing license. Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (FRIENDS members FREE)

Thursday, May 7

Klezmer & Yiddish Tango with Gustavo Bulgach (produced with Temple beth El)

Saxophonist Bulgach and his band are breathing new life back into Klezmer - Jewish soul music. Bulgach presents this traditional style with energizing Latin undertones and guest artists.
http://grandvision.org
 

Friday, May 8

DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES 2015

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Bill Pazert, Climatologist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory presents: "California Drought: Are We In or Out?" in the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, John M. Olguin Auditorium. Entering our 4th year of below-normal rainfall and snowpack, CA faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. Mandatory rationing could be ordered soon so that homes, businesses and farms don't run dry. How did we get in this drought? This is a free lecture, Call the Aquarium to reserve your seat, 310-548-7562 or RSVP to: lecture@cmaqua.org.

Saturday, May 9

Family Sunset Sail

Sail the San Pedro Bay and watch the sunset from the deck of a tall ship!
Departs at 5 p.m.
Returns at 8 p.m.
For tickets: lamitopsail.org or call (310) 833-6055 or e-mail info@lamitopsail.org
$60 per adult, $30 per child (12 & under)

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10

John Nelson "The Discovery Project"

Pianist, composer, bandleader, Josh Nelson is a young leader in the LA jazz scene. Included in his many accolades, he is a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and a recipient the Louis Armstrong Award and the John Philip Sousa Award.
Nelson returns to the Annex with his "Discovery Project," an original production which combines sophisticated live music with early science fiction film imagery.
MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP WITH JOSH NELSON
Josh is offering a pre-concert improv workshop for student jazz musicians.
Open to students with ID
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Grand Annex
$15.00 workshop | $30 workshop & concert
Though packed with nods to the vintage sci-fi of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne both in song titles and an eye-catching cover, the [Discoveries]album feels grounded in the now, with ... a gracefully ambitious compositional voice - Chris Barton, LA Times
There’s a lightness in Nelson’s touch reminiscent of Red Garland, an Oscar Peterson dazzle to his technique...
- Perry Tannenbaum, Jazz Times Magazine
grandvision.org
joshnelsonmusic.com
 

Sunday, May 10

Salt Marsh Open House

Noon to 2 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, May 16

Explore Anacapa Island

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover the wonder of the Channel Islands as you join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators on an adventure to Anacapa Island, which is part of the Channel Islands National Park. During the crossing watch for marine birds and mammals, then join a naturalist lead guided walk through nesting gulls as you greet spring on Anacapa Island. The trip leaves from Oxnard. Visit our website for more details. Reservations are required; please call 310-548-7562. Fee: $51 per person, $34 under age 12 ($47 FRIENDS members)

Saturday, May 16

Endangered Species Day

10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn about marine animals that have been designated by the United States as endangered and how they are currently faring today. Make sure you stop by the Aquatic Nursery where you can see live, endangered white abalone that are part of a special program to increase their numbers in the ocean. Join in a scavenger hunt, listen to a special storytime in our library, take a guided beach walk and more! Fee: Free

Saturday, May 16

Walk Cabrillo (Endangered Species Day)

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pack a snack and join a beach walk guided by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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 wrack and other interesting finds. Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated. Reservations required for groups

Saturday, May 16

Waves 'n' Wheels at the Port of Los Angeles

Waves 'n' Wheels is a new event at the Port of Los Angeles presenting the vehicles and vessels that work in Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week.
In addition to a display of unique Port vehicles, the Port is offering free, 60-minute narrated boat tours of the Port of Los Angeles in two locations:
-Downtown Harbor, 600 Sampson Way, Berth 84, San Pedro
-Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
Tours depart every 30 minutes and availability is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't forget to bring your camera! For more information, call (310) 732-3508.
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Tuesday, May 19

Grunion Fish-tival (Special Event)

7 p.m. to Midnight. Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium during this special evening and you’ll be able to hatch grunion eggs, participate in grunion arts and crafts, watch a classic grunion video, interact with grunion researchers, touch live tidepool animals and see the many fish and other live animals in the Aquarium. Don’t miss your chance to test your GQ (Grunion Quotient) or guess what’s in the Grunion Mystery Box! After participating in fun grunion activities, everyone will head to the beach to observe these enchanting fish. During the month of May, which is the heaviest spawning period, grunion may be observed, but not captured. Warm clothing is recommended. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for seniors, students, and children

Saturday, May 24

Conjunto Oye!

Conjunto Oye! is a preeminent salsa orchestra specializing in classic Nuyorican salsa with exhilarating five-horn harmonies. Lead vocalist, Roosevelt Cordova, has sung with virtually every major salsa band in LA, garnering him the title, "El Presidente of Salsa."
http://grandvision.org

Friday, May 29

The Syncopaths

From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths spin Scottish, Irish and American folk into a contemporary concert driven by Christa Burch's warm, vibrant vocals, spirited bodhrán and the fiddling and picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Opener: Lyons Academy of Irish Dance.
grandvision.org

Friday, June 5

TAIKO CENTER of LA

Taiko Center of LA explores rhythms of the world with drumming, dance and special guests.
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, June 13

Hollywood Stones

Sure, these guys look like the Stones, but they've got the sound down too with their seasoned five-piece band that's played together for over a decade. You don't want to miss this full-tilt classic rock, danceable tribute to Mick, Keith and the boys.
http://grandvision.org

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.

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: lamitopsail.org or call (310) 833-6055
Space limited - Book early!

Saturday, August 1 through Sunday, August 2

Taste in San Pedro

Live music, food, art, shopping and family fun!
Cabrillo Way Marina
2500 Miner St
San Pedro, CA 90731
 

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 LAQuiltShow.com

Saturday, August 8 through Sunday, August 9, 2015

Navy Days LA 2015

Get an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of our nation’s sailors aboard an active U.S. Navy vessel. Tour the ship 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.
World Cruise Center
Harbor Blvd. and Swinford St., San Pedro

September 12-13

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 http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/events/

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 lobsterfest.com.

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 cabrillomarineaquarium.org 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

Wilmington Winter Wonderland

Mix hundreds of kids with 20 tons of snow and next you’ll have a great snow party at Wilmington’s largest park.
Wilmington Waterfront Park
Harry Bridges Blvd. and C St., Wilmington

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 localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

First Thursday of every month (recurring event)

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

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 www.1stthursday.com.