It’s time for the 9th annual MarinaFest Boat Show! Marina del Rey puts on a show every summer at MarinaFest, with two days of fun and festivities, includes a slew of activities for the whole family.
When: Saturday June 22, 10am–6pm; and Sunday, June 23, 11–5
Where: Burton Chace Park
What: Activities include:
• Boat shows
• Free tall ship tours, harbor tours and kayaking lessons
• Live music and DJ
• Kids’ fun
• Food trucks
• Wine and beer garden
It’s always a great time to head to Santa Monica, but on Father’s Day— it’s all about dad! On June 16, take pops and enjoy a day of fun, food, and special festivities. Activities include:
- The Gallery Food Hall
$1 beers with a purchase of $15 or more.
- Viceroy Santa Monica
Build Your Own Burger with half-pound patties and a slew of customizable options including: mac ‘n cheese, grilled pineapple, Fritos, harissa hummus, burrata and fried egg.
The critically acclaimed magic show, Escape Reality, starts at 2 pm, with “sleight-of-hand, mind reading, disappearances, optical illusions, levitation and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired dangerous escape.”
- Margo’s Cocktail Class
This adult event — called “Not Your Parent’s Cocktails” — is an interactive, hands-on class that will teach you and your dad to not only “shake, stir and make your own drinks, but also learn the best tricks of the trade. The evening will also include paired bites that’ll match these fun and fresh drinks.”
- Mighty Pilates
Check out a challenging and energetic class, FREE for all dads!
Bring your own kite or make one at the Otis Kite Festival on June 15, from 11am– 4pm. This one-of-a-kind event at the Santa Monica Pier includes renowned kite artists and designers flying their kites, large inflatable kites, and free DIY Kite Kits for all participants. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to make Sumi and Tetra kites, a variety of art workshops, and a live DJ!
Beach Eats turns Mother’s Beach into a food truck festival every Thursday through September 26, with tons of food to enjoy at the picnic tables or on the sand, plus great live music. Head on over from 5–9pm on Thursday, June 13 for:
- COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER
- GOSHEN CUISINE
- YUNA’S BOB
- Plus…BRASIL BRAZIL, delivering the fervor, enthusiasm and excitement of popular Brazilian music with a variety of styles and rhythms.
You can check out the trucks and menus for upcoming weeks here:
…and learn about upcoming live music acts here:
If you’ve never witnessed the sport of competitive canoeing, it’s time to get your feet wet! Or keep them dry on the sand—it’s your choice. Either way, the Kahanamoku Klassic Outrigger Canoe Race is the place to be on Saturday, June 1 at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. Competitive paddling is a growing sport, and this event regularly draws thousands of onlookers. The full Open Race, for advanced canoers, is 11 miles long and starts at 8am. But don’t let the early start time scare you—there are several more races throughout the day, including courses for novices, women, and men, This event also includes food for purchase, vendors selling everything from paddling equipment to art, jewelry, and clothing, and a raffle and silent auction. It wraps up with a ceremony at 2:30 pm, where more than 650 awards for first, second, and third-place winners in all categories will be handed out.
From ongoing family-friendly events like Sand Crab Science and Feeding Sea Stars at the Aquarium to special events like Wake up with the Waves (https://santamonicapier.org/wakeupwiththewaves/) and the Otis Kite Festival (https://www.otis.edu/creative-action-integrated-learning/otis-8th-annual-kite-festival), there’s always something going on at the Santa Monica Pier. Even better: It’s just a short metro ride from 11724 Culver. Hop on and enjoy a summer of fun at the pier. https://santamonicapier.org/events/
They may not be the prettiest of fish but they sure are cool. They leave the water at night to spawn during the spring and summer months, and while they love the L.A. Harbor, they can also be spotted on nearby Westside beaches. Peak grunion traffic normally occurs on the second and third nights of each four-day run, with the second hour typically better than the first. The upcoming schedule is below, based on predictions for Cabrillo Beach, and more info can be found for the remaining season at these sites:
Daily Breeze and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
May 18 Sa 9:35 p.m. – 11:35 p.m.
May 19 Su 10:10 p.m. – 12:10 a.m.
May 20 Mo 10:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.
May 21 Tu 11:20 p.m. – 1:20 a.m.
June 3 Mo 9:45 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
June 4 Tu 10:20 p.m. – 12:20 a.m.
June 5 We 11:05 p.m. – 1:05 a.m.
June 6 Th 11:55 p.m. – 1:55 a.m.
Eat|See|Hear brings a unique multi-sensory experience to venues all over L.A. this summer, and hits the Santa Monica High School Greek Amphitheater on Saturday, May 18. See the blockbuster movie, Get Out, enjoy live music from L.A.-based electronic artist, Disco Shrine, and choose from tons of favorite food trucks to satisfy any culinary craving. Did we also mention this is a dog-friendly event?
Mother’s Beach may be empty now, but just wait until May 18 and 19! “Sea” yourself enjoying the live music, dance, and DJ sessions, great eats from food trucks, a beer and wine garden, watersports rentals, a photo booth, and, of course, tons of art. This unique and exciting two-day event is definitely the place to be all weekend! Mother’s Beach is located at 4101 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. https://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/art-sea
Will it be Ms Chi Café in Culver City for their special Mother’s Day prix fixe brunch menu? Or maybe we should head to AKASHA & AR Cucina for their Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner specials. Then there’s Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey, serving a special Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet.
There are so many other ways to celebrate our moms — but with all of these great options, how will we ever choose just one?
There are so many reasons to love Veteran’s Memorial Park, just a few miles from the community—the barbecues, community garden, sport courts and fields, pool, and playgrounds, just to name a few. The best part for us: it’s just a few miles away, so there’s easy access to special events like the Culver City Car Show on Saturday, May 11. In addition to the 400 classic cars and hot rods, there will be a beer garden, gourmet food truck court, and live music. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/
Come by Culver City’s Media Park on Saturday May 4, from 1–5pm for Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation. Not only will you get to enjoy “unlimited bites and sips from LA’s best restaurants and drink purveyors,” but his event also supports No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. This is the 30th anniversary of this event, which will also include a photo booth, kids activities and lawn games, and the Grand Taste Drawing for a chance to win a gift card from every participating restaurant.
Photoville LA is a popular New York event making its debut in Los Angeles with a week of photo exhibitions, workshops, family-friendly activities, food vendors, and a community beer garden, April 26 to May 5. Head to Century Park, right next to the Annenberg Space for Photography, and see it transformed with shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes. https://photoville.la/
Earth Day is officially Monday, April 22, but there are events all month long, and all over Southern California, that give you a chance to celebrate. Earth Day LA on Thursday, April 11 at Grand Park in Downtown LA includes live performances, children’s recycled-art projects, green tech demos, and free trees until they run out!
Did you know that Culver City is one of the 10 best arts districts in the nation, according to USA Today? You can explore the contemporary galleries and exhibitions, as well as the eateries and shops, on Saturday, April 13 from 4–6pm, and every second Saturday. https://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events/
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a can’t-miss event, April 13–14. This giant annual outdoor book fair is held on the USC campus with books for sale, live readings and music, and cultural entertainment. You never know who is going to show up—Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, and the late Ray Bradbury are just a few of the famous names who have made an appearance. Hop on the Metro from the Westside for an easy ride to USC! https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
Meet like-minded neighbors, network, share stories and save (nine) lives this weekend at the Culver City Community Cat Workshop. Donation is $50, plus $25 for each of your friends. Graduates will receive certificates…and more! All day Saturday, March 30, starting at 9am. VETERANS MEMORIAL COMPLEX, 4117 Overland Avenue in the MULTIPURPOSE ROOM. Parking on the grounds is free. http://www.feralcatcaretakers.org
Culver City’s KUSTAA is a unique eatery and international specialty market, offering a wide selection of wine, olive oils, crackers, sweets and bakery delights. Start your morning with an espresso and a fresh croissant, enjoy a lunch of handcrafted sandwiches and salads on the spacious outdoor patio, or consult with their team to select the perfect cheeses, wines and spirits for a date night or gift basket. Weekly events include Wine & Cheese Tasting Fridays and Raclette Night on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 12954 W. Washington Blvd. http://kustaa.la
Sunday, March 31 is Family Day at the Wende Museum! Program materials and supplies are free for special kid-friendly activities from 11am to 4 pm, including a tour of the museum at 1 pm. 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City. http://www.wendemuseum.org/programs/family-day-wende-0
If you’re looking for something that’s NOT Irish this weekend, how about some FREE Salsa or R&B? There’s live music on the plaza at Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey, from 1 to 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday year-round (weather permitting). Free parking for two hours with validation from a Village shop or restaurant. http://www.54free2fun.com/event/weekend-concert-dance-party/2019-03-16/ • https://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events
Are you in the mood for Shamrock Champagne and Green Sangria? Mystic Journey in Venice is hosting a pre-St. Paddy’s Day wine tasting event in their gallery this Saturday, presented by Cavaller Wine Exchange. Toast the Irish with a selection of organic and biodynamic wines, amidst a forest of crystals, geodes and fine artwork. 4 to 7 pm at 1704 Lincoln Blvd. https://www.mysticjourneyyoga.com
Kick off this holiday weekend on Friday evening, March 16, from 6pm – 10pm, at Runway Playa Vista’s “Pre-St. Paddy’s Night Market.” Shop an array of artisan vendors and sip a glass of wine or a craft beer while listening to the Irish sounds of Weekend Celebrity!
Now that the weather has improved, here’s a fun weekday activity. The two-hour Sony Pictures Studio guided tour takes you behind the scenes at one of the most historic and exciting entertainment lots in the world. Walk through the famed gates and step into a legendary time! Visit sound stages where iconic movies were filmed — like “Wizard of Oz,” “Men in Black” and “Spider-Man” — and stop by the hit game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Tours run Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
There’s more rain predicted for Sunday, so why not listen to some Water Music? The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra will be channeling the restless moods of the world’s major rivers during a special afternoon concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
March 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Admission is $20, but 18 years and under are free. Tickets available at the door, open seating, free parking, reception to follow. www.ladso.org
“Music at the Wende” is a new series of free concerts presented by esteemed Southern California musical organizations at the Wende Museum. This Friday’s presenters are the MCL Museum and Kamau Daáood — a performance poet, educator and community arts activist who is widely acknowledged as a major driving force behind Los Angeles’ black cultural renaissance.
The concert is made possible in part by the City of Culver City, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Performing Arts Grant Program, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Wende’s collection of Cold War art, artifacts, personal histories and archival documents, record life, expression and political developments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991. It comprises a variety of media including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, posters, furniture, textiles, clothing, photographs, films and books.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 — 7pm.: Museum tour and reception / 8pm: Concert
The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City
Helms Design Center and Cal Poly are hosting a free reception, lecture, and discussion tomorrow evening with architect John Enright. A highly respected teacher of design and technology, his firm’s award-winning work ranges from large-scale commercial and residential commissions to furniture design and gallery installations.
February 28, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Helms Design Center / 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
If you work in The Campus at Playa Vista, don’t miss out on mixing and mingling with your coworkers from 9am to 10:30am, on Thursday, February 28, at the Central Park Bandshell. Take your employee ID badge and get there early to enjoy bagels, schmear, coffee and OJ while supplies last.
Learn to make easy, delicious, NO-knead sourdough tomorrow at Stoneview Nature Center. SNC is an “urban sanctuary that aims to inspire healthy connections with ourselves, our community and our environment.” They provide a variety of services and natural science programs in cooperation with the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Dept.
Sunday, February 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am
$5 for members/$10 for nonmembers/All ages welcome
5950 Stoneview Drive, Culver City