Sailboat

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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March 30 - April 2

Tall Ship Day Camp - Spring Break

Join the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) for an exciting Tall Ship Adventure Youth Camp over spring break, March 30 through April 2. Attend one day or all four days. Includes fun dockside learning (different subject and activity each day) followed by an afternoon sail in San Pedro Bay. Just like the TopSail Youth Program, each day of camp will build upon the other, creating an adventure learning experience like no other! $50 per day or $150 for all four days (save $50). SPACE LIMITED - BOOK NOW. Details at: http://www.lamitopsail.org/activity/spring-day-camp-2015/

Friday, April 3

Lecture: Harmful Algal Blooms Along the California Coast

DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES 2015
7 p.m. Presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. All lectures are in the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, John M. Olguin Auditorium
Dr. David Caron of USC; Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have expanded globally in recent decades, and in many locations have increased in both frequency and intensity. Unfortunately, the coastline of California has not escaped this trend. Economic and environmental impacts of these events have escalated, posing threats to human and marine animal health, coastal water quality, fisheries and recreation. Free.

Sunday, April 5

Easter Brunch aboard Battleship IOWA

Join us for Easter Sunday Brunch aboard Battleship IOWA. Enjoy an assortment of breakfast foods and pastries at our Hearty Sailor’s Breakfast, there will be a visit from the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt and other activities for kids to enjoy. A complimentary tour of the historic ship is included in this special Easter ticket. $50 for Adults, $35 for Youth.

Friday, April 10

Haden Triplets

Grand Annex 8:00 p.m. High-powered musical daughters (and actual triplets) of legendary jazz bassist, Charlie Haden bring their Americana to the Annex! With a new record produced by Ry Cooder, the Triplets have played, separately and together with The Decemberists, Foo Fighters, Beck, Green Day, Weezer & more.
General Admission $20 adv/$25 door
Cabaret Table Seat $25 adv (subject to availability)
VIP Deck $30 adv includes 1 concession coupon (subject to availability)
http://www.hadentriplets.com/

Saturday, April 11

LUCA

Nick Luca plays an eclectic blend of Americana, Latin soul, funky grooves and rockin' blues all through a Southwestern lens. He has toured the world with Iron & Wine, Calexico, John Doe (X) and his own band, Luca.
Nick is joined at the Annex by veteran Los Angeles musicians Joel Patterson (drums), Jimi Hawes (bass), Greg Cortez (guitar/vocals), Joe Westerlund (percussion).
http://grandvision.org

Saturday, April 18

Salt Marsh Open House

12 noon to 2 p.m. Step out into nature and discover the hidden world of the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalists as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland. The visit to the marsh gives ample time to learn more about the local native plants and animals, including birds, fish, crabs, worms and more. Bring your binoculars, camera, sketch pad, journal or just your curiosity!
While you’re here visit the aquarium Exhibit Hall, Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and outdoor tidepool touch tank, and then relax for a bit in the Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library. Also, plan to stop by CMA’s volunteer-run gift shop for a wide selection of gifts and books.

Saturday, April 18

Earth Day Fair and Coastal Bird Fest

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start your day cleaning up the beach. Then walk over to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for a day full of festivities, including local musicians, fun crafts, bird talks and walks (in the coastal park) workshops, exhibitors and more! Educational, demonstrations, something for all ages.

Sunday, April 19

In My Life: A Musical Tribute to the Beatles

Warner Grand Theatre 2:00 p.m.
Tickets Available Soon. In My Life tells the Fab Four's tale through the eyes of their late manager, Brian Epstein. Experience the songs from their groundbreaking performance on the Ed Sullivan Show to their final rooftop performance at Apple Corp.
Tickets $35-55

Sunday, April 19

Authors Day with Lisa See

Lisa See is an American author whose books explore the 20th century Chinese American experience in California. Her many books include New York Times bestsellers, On Gold Mountain and Shanghai Girls. Presented by the San Pedro friends of the Library.
http://grandvision.org
 

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

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
 

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
 

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.
http://portoflosangeles.org/pdf/wavesnwheels.pdf

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!

Pre-Independence Day celebration with a classic car show, live bands, and a grand fireworks finale at Fanfare Fountains & Water Feature, Swinford Street and Harbor Blvd.
Gateway Plaza
Harbor Blvd. and Swinford Street, 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.

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
 

August 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

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.