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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, November 25

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.

Saturday, November 25

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m. Visit White Point Nature Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more! White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Sunday, November 26

Holiday Open House & Artisan Market at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Noon-5 p.m.Dive into oceans of great gifts at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Gift Shop! Enjoy yummy refreshments while browsing hundreds of collectible ornaments, fascinating books and specially curated ocean-themed gifts as part of Museum Store Sunday. In addition, several accomplished artists and artisans from the local community will showcase and sell their wares. This holiday season, give a gift with meaning! For more information, cabrillomarineaquarium.org

Friday, December 1

AltaSea/Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Discovery Lecture

7-9 p.m. The 2017 Discovery Lecture Series in the Aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium are on December 1: John O. Dabiri, Stanford. Visit our website for more details.

Saturday, December 2

Port of Los Angeles Wilmington Winter Wonderland

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the family and teach them how to make a snowman - even if it's warm and sunny outside. Enjoy the snow, face painting, games, holiday crafts for free at Wilmington Waterfront Park!

Saturday, December 2

A Life Among Fishes at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

4 p.m.-7 p.m. Meet author and artist Christopher Dewees, internationally recognized master of Gyotaku, as he shares his 50-year journey perfecting the Japanese art of fish printing. This exciting event includes an author talk, book signing and master class taught by Dewees. Learn the Japanese art of fish printing and create a beautiful print to take home. For more information, visit alifeamongfishes.eventbrite.com

Saturday, December 2

55th Annual L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade

6-9 p.m. Join us in making the 55th L.A. Harbor Holiday Afloat parade truly “Spectacular” as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in the nation’s largest international trade gateway. 

Saturday, December 2

Monthly Beach Cleanup

8-10 a.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Sunday, December 3

Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade

1-3 p.m. The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade will be celebrating its 37th year. Each year, this festive tradition brings families, little leagues, scouts, students, high school bands, equestrian units, and volunteers to downtown San Pedro to celebrate the holiday season and our community.

Sunday, December 10

Heart of the Harbor Wilmington Holiday Parade

Noon-2 p.m. Celebrate the Heart of the Harbor and march across Wilmington in the spirit of the holiday season.

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Tidepool Walks in December

Join us as Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools. 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. For dates, visit www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Saturday, December 2

Holiday Afloat Party at Battleship IOWA

5-9:00 p.m. Battleship IOWA will offer an up-close view of the Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade from her historic wooden decks. In a time-honored Naval tradition, IOWA will also fire off her 5" guns as the parade commences.

Santa Claus will make a visits along with carolers and holiday treats. There will also be face painting, hot cocoa, candy canes and much more.

The Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade features more than 60 vessels of all shapes and sizes including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft. The parade approximately runs 90 minutes.

Ticket prices start at $5, FREE for children (3 and under). Battleship IOWA members also FREE with Member ID.

Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles
Hosted by Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, Battleship IOWA, Long
Beach Singles Yacht Club, Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Los Angeles Yacht Club, San Pedro Yacht Club, Buccaneer Yacht Club, LB-­?LA Women’s Sailing Assoc, Wilmington Boat Owners
Association, BNSF.

Saturday, December 9

Stories, Songs and More for All at the White Point Nature Education Center

10 a.m. Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings. Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs. Free. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, December 9

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m.–noon Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Saturday, December 16

Ocean in Art: Gyotaku Age 10 through adult

9:30 a.m.-noon Create one-of-a-kind gifts as you practice the art of with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Gyotaku fish printing. Fee includes paint and paper – please bring fabric or clothes to print on during this studio workshop. Pre-registration required, please call 310-548-7562. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Age 10 through adult.
Fee: $18 ($16 FRIENDS members)

Wednesday, December 20

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve

8:30 a.m. Explore the birds making a home in the restored habitat at this beautiful preserve. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free. All ages welcome. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

December 23

Salt Marsh Open House

1-3 p.m. Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and 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.

Saturday, December 23

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m. Visit White Point Nature Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more! White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center. For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, December 23

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.

Tuesday, December 26 - March 2018

Go Whalewatching!

DAILY! Go to sea any day of the week from December 26 through the end of March in search of gray whales on their migration along Southern California’s coast. Whalewatch naturalists, trained by CMA and the American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter, lead two-to-three-hour boat trips from Redondo Beach, San Pedro and Long Beach. Join the fun by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at 310-548-7770, Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30am to 1pm.
Fee: Varies by landing

Thursday, December 28

Walk Cabrillo Beach

10:30 a.m.-12:30 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

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

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 localharvestfarmersmarkets.com.

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.