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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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Saturday, March 23

Education Workshop: "Military History of White Point Nature Preserve”

11 a.m. White Point has a long history as an important national defense site. Join Docent John Horne to hear about the Battle of Los Angeles and see bunkers that once housed two enormous naval guns and the 20-year Nike missile era. White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, March 23

Gathering for the Grand LIVE: Tribute to Janis Joplin

8 p.m. Join Grand Vision Foundation for three incredible nights of classic rock. The Gathering for the Grand annual fundraiser is a live concert benefit series and tribute to rock legends David Bowie, The Eagles and Janis Joplin. This three part series is happening in San Pedro at the historic art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre.

VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP Pre-Concert Reception hosted on the second floor lobby of the Warner Grand Theatre from 6-8pm with appetizers & one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission.

Nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for her title role in the Broadway musical, “A Night With Janis Joplin,” Mary Bridget Davies pays tribute to The Queen of Psychedelic Soul.

Saturday, March 24

Family Science & Storytime with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the White Point Nature Preserve

11 a.m. Bring your family to experience a hands-on-science exploration of the Peninsula’s Raccoon. Then listen as our wonderful librarian, Carla Sedlacek shares related children’s literature. Afterward explore the wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center and take a self-guided walk on the trails. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Friday, April 5

ADAM LEVY & RICH HINMAN at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Jazz-blues instrumental artists, Levy and Hinman have careers that shine with elite gigs. Levy’s guitar drives Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and flows through Norah Jones’ “Come Away with Me.” Hinman’s pedal steel sings behind Sara Bareilles, Rosanne Cash, K.D. Lang and many others.

Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 20

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m.–noon Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. Sign up at: pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Saturday, April 6

I SEE HAWKS IN LA at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. American Roots and Euro-American chart toppers, The Hawks bring their seasoned lyric-driven honkytonk rock and electrified two-step back to the Annex.

Openers Pretty Polly are stars on the rise, gaining traction with their intricate harmonies on their original songs and classic covers.

Saturday, April 6

Team Leader Training at White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m.-noon Enjoy helping to lead outdoor volunteer days. Must have attended two volunteer events. 16 years +. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Saturday, April 6

Family Science & Storytime Featuring the Great Horned Owl with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the White Point Nature Preserve

11 a.m. Bring your family to experience a hands-on-science exploration of the Peninsula’s Great Horned Owl. Then listen as our wonderful librarian, Carla Sedlacek shares related children’s literature. Afterward explore the wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center and take a self-guided walk on the trails. Free and appropriate for all ages. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, April 13

Plant now for butterfly flight season in Spring! Native Plant Sale at the White Point Nature Preserve

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Attract butterflies and other pollinators and beautify your garden with plants grown in the Conservancy’s nursery. Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water. Naturalists are on hand to give advice. Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Visit: www.pvplc.org for more information.

Wednesday, April 17

Wild Birds Unlimited Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

8:30 a.m. Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds making White Point Nature Preserve home. Try to spot a burrowing owl or listen for the call of the endangered gnatcatcher. Free. All ages welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, April 20

Chalk Festival on the LA Waterfront

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.

Saturday, April 20

Family Nature Walk with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the White Point Nature Preserve

11 a.m. Everyone in the family will enjoy a Naturalist guided walk through our Tongva Demonstration Garden where you’ll learn how early inhabitants used native plants for survival. Then walk through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina. For those interested in the military history of the area, continue to walk up to a WWII gun emplacement. Stay to explore the Nature Education Center. Free and appropriate for all ages. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs welcome. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities

Saturday, April 20

Earth Day Celebration & Film Screening with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

9 a.m. Earth Day begins at the White Point Nature Preserve at 9 am to beautify the Preserve planting, watering, removing invasive weeds, grooming trails and more! There will be family activities including a live musical performance, art activity, plant sale and guided LA City Ranger walk. Later, join us for a screening of the 2019 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary, FREE SOLO at the Warner Grand Theatre. Film tickets $10 and youth free. Visit: pvplc.org, Earth Day.

Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, May 26

Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil

Showtimes vary. Cirque du Soleil returns to the Port of Los Angeles, this time in front of Battleship IOWA (under the Grand Chapiteau) with a new Big Top show, Amaluna. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Buy tickets at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

Saturday, April 27

Gathering for the Grand LIVE: Tribute to David Bowie

8 p.m. Join Grand Vision Foundation for three incredible nights of classic rock. The Gathering for the Grand annual fundraiser is a live concert benefit series and tribute to rock legends David Bowie, The Eagles and Janis Joplin. This three part series is happening in San Pedro at the historic art-deco movie palace, the Warner Grand Theatre.

VIP ticket purchases include one premium orchestra seat, invitation to VIP Pre-Concert Reception hosted in the second floor lobby of the Theatre from 6-8pm with appetizers & one complimentary drink, access to private no host bar before concert and during intermission.

From rock and roll space alien Ziggy Stardust to pop/rock legend, Bowie look-alike/sound-alike, DAVID BRIGHTON and his all star SPACE ODDITY band showcase Bowie's unique musical journey! A brilliant tribute to one of most electrifying 20th-21st century performers.

Friday, May 10

HOT OCTOBER at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Original and traditional bluegrass. From lightning fast pickin' to soulful mountain ballads, this SoCal-based acoustic quintet is making waves as one of the few true crossover bluegrass bands.

Hot October is:
Paul Fuller, vocals and banjo
Jesse Olema, vocals and fiddle
Craig Ferguson, mandolin and dobro
Sasha Birrittella, guitar
David Tranchina, upright bass

Opener She Sings, She Swings is back with their dazzling combination of Django Reinhardt guitar with Andrews Sisters-style close harmonies.

Saturday, May 11

KIMBERLY FORD The Music of Joni Mitchell @ Grand Annex

8 p.m. A true homage to Mitchell's quintessential classics. Instead of a note-for-note tribute, Ford has gathered a group of stellar musicians with backgrounds in jazz, classical, and rock to cover all facets of Mitchell’s career at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. 

Saturday, May 18

World Trade Week Free Public Boat Tours

10 a.m.-3 p.m. In celebration of World Trade Week, take a FREE 60-minute narrated boat tour of Los Angeles Harbor, courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles! Tours depart every 30 minutes from two locations in San Pedro and Wilmington. Tour routes are slightly different, so if you joined us in San Pedro last year, why not try Wilmington this year? No need to RSVP - tours are first come, first served. Don’t forget your camera! Boats will be departing from Banning's Landing Community Center and Downtown Harbor, San Pedro. 

Saturday, May 18

STEM Funshop on the LA Waterfront

11 a.m.-2 p.m. The STEM Funshop is an educational event for students of all ages designed to stimulate the brain with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This event will be held at Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington. 

Friday, June 14

ANDY & RENEE & HARD RAIN The Music of Carole King's Tapestry at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. South Bay favorite folk-rockers return with their band Hard Rain to reprise their phenomenal tribute to Carole King's multi-platinum album, Tapestry at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. 

Saturday, June 22

KLOS Presents Gnarlytown: Bikes, Boards & Bands

KLOS is kicking off the summer with the perfect blend of action sports, rock, and craft beer tasting at the scenic Outer Harbor (Berth 46) on the LA Waterfront! This new one-of-a-kind, family-friendly event brings together thrilling, extreme action sports shows with motorsports champion Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus and pro skateboarder Chris Cole’s Rail Jam Invitational. Plus performances from punk rock legends and other top music acts including Pennywise, Rancid, Action Bronson, Off!, and Madball. The event will also feature craft beer tastings (for this 21+) from some of the finest breweries in Southern California and beyond, including Rancid’s own collaboration with Ska Brewing, Brewstomper. For more information on the event, visit http://www.955klos.com/gnarlytown/

Friday, June 28

11TH 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 1975), an exotic car display, motorcycles, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and grand fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m. The event will be held on Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.

Saturday, June 29

Fiesta Corazon Del Puerto

5 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy a family day of live music, food, and fun at Wilmington Waterfront Park. New for 2019, the event will feature a night farmer’s market from 5-9 p.m. and a free movie in the park from 8-10 p.m.

Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2

LA Fleet Week® 2019

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Los Angeles World Cruise Center

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® 2019 is a free, public event on the LA Waterfront taking place over Labor Day weekend, featuring guided ship tours, military equipment and demonstrations, live entertainment, food trucks, and more. 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 lafleetweek.com and be sure to follow @LAFleetWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Saturday, October 26

Port of Los Angeles Happy Harbor Halloween

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Locations: Downtown Harbor and Wilmington Waterfront Park

Celebrate Halloween on the LA Waterfront with the Port of Los Angeles with 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!

Saturday, December 7

57th Annual L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade

6-8 p.m. Various locations along the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel; pre-parade festivities at Banning's Landing Community Center, at 4 p.m.

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 7

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 www.1stthursday.com

Every Tuesday

Wilmington Certified Farmers Market

9 a.m.-3 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, plus arts, crafts and jewelry from local area artists.

Every Friday

Historic 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. Visit website