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LA Waterfront

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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Now Through March 2018

Go Whalewatching!

DAILY! Go to sea any day of the week through the end of March in search of gray whales on their migration along Southern California’s coast. Whalewatch naturalists, trained by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter, lead two-to-three-hour boat trips from San Pedro. Join the fun by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at 310-548-7770.

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January Tidepool Walks with CMA

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is offering 1.5 hour guided Tidepool Walks during low tides through January. Before the walk attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium; then join the naturalist-led hike to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Fee: Free. Reservations required for groups; please call 310-548-7562. Visit for dates. 

Saturday, January 27

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 call (310) 541-7613.

Sunday, January 28

Whale Fiesta!

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us for tons of fun as we celebrate the migration of the Pacific gray whale and the beginning of the whalewatching season! It’s a family day filled with activities and exhibits for all Merriments include the building of a life-sized sand sculpture of a Pacific gray whale and its calf. For those with a competitive edge, enter the Duct Tape Whale Sculpture Contest. For information, call Jim DePompei at 310-548-7562 x 223. Fee: Free

Tuesday, January 30

American Cetacean Society Monthly Speaker Series

7:30 p.m. The American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter offers free monthly presentations on whale research and conservation on the last Tuesday of each month through May in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. For information and scheduled speakers, visit:
Fee: Free

Saturday, February 10

Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival

3-7 p.m. Join the Port of Los Angeles for the fourth annual Lunar New Year Festival on the LA Waterfront, held indoors at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. 2018 is the year of the dog! This FREE community event features a petting zoo, traditional dancers, Taiko drummers, lion dancers, face painting, arts and crafts, calligraphy and brush artistry, and a surprise grand finale! 

Saturday, February 17

Hot Import Nights

HIN makes way back to Downtown San Pedro this year with a Lunar New Year Festival Theme plus the traditional Lion Dance. With more city blocks than ever before! Three times the footprint from previous years. Celebrating 21 Years of Tuning Lifestyle and Culture… get ready for a HIN Season Opener at this unique venue exclusively created for Hot Import Nights. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 10

STEM Funshop at the Port of Los Angeles

11 a.m.-2 p.m. An educational event for students of all ages designed to stimulate the brain with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Banning's Landing Community Center.

Saturday, March 24

The Gathering for the Grand

5 p.m. This upcoming year marks our 10th annual Gathering for the Grand Gala Fundraiser, celebrating art, inspiration and education. Our annual Gala is high-energy and lots of fun, bringing together members of the San Pedro community. The event will take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The event will honor Andrew and Adela Silbur of The Whale & Ale for their many years of support for The Grand Vision Foundation.

Wednesday, April 18

Little Sisters of the Poor Fun Nun Run

5th Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit St. Martin's Home and the Little Sisters of the Poor Baltimore. Please visit

Saturday, April 21

Port of Los Angeles Earth Day Chalk Festival

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the Port of Los Angeles in the Main Plaza at Wilmington Waterfront Park and create family-friendly art with an Earth Day theme! Bring your own biodegradable chalk (the first 100 attendees will be provided free chalk) and let your creativity flow. Participate in a do-it-yourself mini desert garden workshop and learn about California native plants. Build a succulent plant garden to take home, while supplies last. This is a FREE event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles.

Saturday, May 19

World Trade Week: Free Boat Tours

Join the Port of Los Angeles for FREE 60-minute narrated boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week. Tours depart every 30 minutes from two locations: Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro and Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington. Remember to bring your camera! No need to RSVP -- tours are first come, first served.

Saturday, June 16

Scout Day at the Port of Los Angeles

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scout Day at Banning’s Landing is a fun-filled, educational opportunity for Girl Scout (from Brownie to Ambassador) and Boy Scout (from Cub Scout to Boy Scout) troops to tour the Port of Los Angeles on a boat, visit the interactive TransPORTer rolling exhibit and earn a unique Port of Los Angeles patch. To qualify, visiting troops must: visit two field trip locations around the LA Waterfront (locations to be released), obtain verification from the participating facilities and complete and submit a Scouting at the Port of Los Angeles Quiz.

First day of activity starts April 2, 2018; all materials must be submitted for review by June 1, 2018.

Friday, June 29

10th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever!

5-10 p.m. Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles, Cars & Stripes Forever!® is a free community celebration to kick off Independence Day weekend, featuring a classic car show (with more than 100 cars built before 1971), an exotic car display, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and grand fireworks finale. Registration opens in May 2018.

Wednesday, July 4

69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

noon-10 p.m. The FREE all day celebration by the shore features music, family activities, a food truck festival, and culminates in a spectacular firework show at 9pm on Cabrillo Beach. Admission is free. The address of Cabrillo Beach is 3800 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro.

Saturday, July 14

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Concert on the Waterfront

6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of free live music at Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Friday, August 3

LA Waterfront Movie Night

8 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor film at Wilmington Waterfront Park. Bring a blanket and chair and settle in at the park. No food or beverages will be provided.

Friday, August 31 - Monday, September 3

LA Fleet Week 2018

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 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 and be sure to follow LA Fleet Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@lafleetweek). #LAFleetWeek2018

Monday, September 3

Conquer the Bridge Race

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Southern Cal's finest 5.3 mile walk-run over the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge on Labor Day Monday, September 3.

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, 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

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

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.