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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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Mondays, September 10 through November 19, 2018

Fall Docent Training with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Docents guide schoolchildren on tours through the Exhibit Hall or on the beach, providing information and activities relating to the exhibits. Following two months of training, docents will choose one morning per week to provide tours. A desire to learn about the ocean, an interest in children and a willingness to work with CMA for two years are the primary qualifications. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 4. Fee $30 covers training and docent manual. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Floyd Anderson, 310-548-7562 x 229, or floyd.anderson@lacity.org

Wednesday, September 19

3rd Wednesday Wild Bird Walk by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at White Point Nature Preserve

8:30 a.m. Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds that make the White Point Nature Preserve home. All ages welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. The program is free and open to the public. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at: www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Friday, September 21

BON BON VIVANT at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Performing at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro, BON BON VIVANT is a hot combination of local New Orleans jazz musicians, song writers and troubadours that have put together a unique sound inspired by folk, blues, gypsy jazz, electro swing and pop with roots heavily steeped in the amazing New Orleans music tradition.  
Buy Tickets Here: http://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1167

Saturday, September 22

4th Saturday Education Workshop by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy with the Dryad Flute Experience at White Point Nature Preserve

11 a.m. Musicians Jon and Sabine Sherman will perform original eco-folk songs, including one about our rare local Palos Verdes blue butterfly, with flutes crafted from the branches of native plants. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917 or sign up at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Saturday, September 22

DOM FLEMONS at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. As co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Flemons was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a Grammy for its 2011 album Genuine Negro, and in 2013 he earned the title Living Blues Most Outstanding Musician for banjo from Living Blues Magazine. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 
Buy Tickets Here: http://www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=1152

Saturday, September 22

4th Saturday Native Plant Sales by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at George F Canyon and White Point Nature Centers

Times Vary. Colorful, drought tolerant plants are now available at a monthly plant sale. These plants are grown from seeds harvested right here on this Peninsula and raised at the Conservancy nursery. These local plant species will look beautiful and help attract butterflies and other pollinators. George F Canyon: 10am – 12 pm and White Point: 12-2 pm. Plants sold on first-come, first-serve basis. GFC Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90732. For more information, contact (M-F) 310-541-7613.

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

The San Pedro Festival of the Arts

11 a.m.-6 p.m.  In its 12th year, the San Pedro Festival of the Arts will take place on Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23. This free family friendly event features dance performances by 20-25 dance companies, music and arts and crafts booths. Produced by Louise Reichlin, Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, in conjunction with Jan Kain, People's Place San Pedro, the event will be held on a stage opposite the historic Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. For more information visit www.triartSP.com.

Saturday, September 22

National Public Lands Day by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at White Point Nature Preserve

9 a.m.–noon Bring the family to celebrate our public lands as a volunteer in the native plant demonstration garden, helping local wildlife and our community. The event includes a guided walk with a LA City Ranger, children's nature-based art activity, and eco-folk music presentation by Dryad Flutes. 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Friday, September 28

WILLIE WATSON at THE GRAND ANNEX

8:00 p.m. For nearly two decades, Willie Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.

His debut solo album, Folk Singer Volume 1, spans ten songs ranging from standards like Midnight Special to more obscure songs like Charley Jordan's Keep It Clean. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he interprets older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

Watson grew up listening to Bob Dylan and Neil Young before stumbling upon an old Leadbelly album. Combining that with his love of string bands with old-time banjo and fiddle, his style was set. Watson's skillful and subtle banjo and guitar accompaniments along with his soaring vocals is a pure revelation.

Tuesdays, October 2018 through March 2019

Whalewatch Naturalist Training with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

7-9 p.m. Volunteers (college age and up) are trained as naturalists to narrate whale watching trips on boats that depart from local landings January through March observing gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds. Naturalists may also give presentations in school classrooms. Meet in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Training begins on Tuesday, October 2; the last day to join the program is October 16. No reservations required. For more information, call 310-548-7562.

Friday, October 5

Port of Los Angeles Movie Night on the LA Waterfront

6:00 p.m. (Family activity) 7:00 p.m. Movie starts

The Port of Los Angeles hosts an outdoor screening of CoCo at Wilmington Waterfront Park. There will be crafts and entertainment before the movie. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks, blankets, and lawn chairs for maximum enjoyment.

Friday, October 12

HONEY WHISKEY TRIO with She Sings, She Swings at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition winners, The Honey Whiskey Trio embody Americana roots music. Through well-selected folk tunes, the trio delivers haunting melodies and rowdy ballads with masterful harmonies, body percussion, and a captivating on-stage vitality. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, October 20

LAS CHIKAS Annual Celia Cruz Birthday Salsa Show at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Annual Celia Cruz Birthday show! Performing at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro, the all-women Las Chikas band returns with covers of classic Cruz songs and their own high-energy salsa.
Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

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, October 27

13th Annual Sea Scare with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

7-10 p.m. The best family Halloween party is back and only at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Experience the Aquarium as it is transformed into an underwater world of chills, thrills, and of course, gills. Come in costume and join the masquerade of ghosts and goblins. Don't forget to enter the annual Sea Scare Costume Contest for a chance to win spook-tacular prizes! Members of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium get a special free early entry into the event at 6pm for our "Members Only Hour." Not a member yet? Join today! Get your tickets early, event will sell out! Pre-Sale admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Day of event admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information please visit our website at www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org or contact Programs Director Alie LeBeau at (310) 548-7562 x 225

Saturday, October 27

THE SPRINGSTEEN EXPERIENCE at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A wild ride through The Boss' brilliant musical catalog with Josh Schreiber’s acclaimed tribute experience at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 
Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Saturday, November 3

MIRAGE Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. A journey through the greatest hits of the legendary superstar band at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here:www.grandvision.org

Thursday, November 15

MARIA MULDAUR at THE GRAND ANNEX

7:30 PM
Best known for her 1974 Grammy-nominated mega-hit Midnight at the Oasis, Muldaur has earned worldwide recognition as a powerhouse American roots and blues vocalist, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and playing with the best – including Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Snow, Odetta, Bill Wyman and more.

Saturday, November 17

LAURENCE JUBER at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. Two-time Grammy winning guitarist and former bandmate with Paul McCartney's Wings, Juber fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, for shimmering multi-faceted instrumental performance live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro. 

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

Friday, November 30

REVEREND TALL TREE BLUES OPERA A Blues Opera at the Warner Grand Annex

8 p.m. This contemporary "blues opera" by Chris Pierce & Mark Malone follows the journey of a fictional street preacher, many years ago in the American Deep South. A story of love, sorrow, earthy humor, and finally, redemption, we accompany Reverend Tall Tree as he plies his trade as a street preacher in the dusty small towns of the lower Mississippi valley. Performing live at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro.

Buy Tickets Here: www.grandvision.org

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.)

Sunday, December 2

DEJA VU at THE GRAND ANNEX

7:30 p.m. Enjoy a holiday tribute to Crosby Stills Nash & Young with their magical songs and harmonies.

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.

Dates Vary

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.