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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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Friday, June 30

9th Annual Port of Los Angeles 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. 

Saturday, July 1

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve

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

Saturday, July 1

Monthly Cabrillo Beach Cleaup

8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, 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. 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.

Tuesday, July 4

Fireworks on the Water with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

7-10 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July on the water! Tickets are $75 for adults, $25 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org lamitopsail.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 4

67th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

This San Pedro 4th of July tradition is now in its 67th year! The FREE celebration features music, family activities, food trucks, and a spectacular firework show at 9pm on Cabrillo Beach.

Saturday, July 8

Port of Los Angeles Presents Concerts on the LA Waterfront

Courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles, enjoy an evening of free live music at Wilmington Waterfront Park (near the West Pavilion) with featured performances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Las Colibri (The Hummingbirds).

Saturday, July 8

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, July 8

5th Anniversary Celebration/Visitor Appreciation

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Battleship IOWA Museum will be celebrating its 5th year of being open to the public. In recognition of this accomplishment, Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the non-profit company that owns and operates the museum, will give away generous prizes donated by its sponsors. The first 1,000 paid guests to tour the Battleship IOWA will receive a commemorative 5th anniversary pin to honor of the occasion.

Visitor Appreciation Giveaway Rules:
On July 8th, 2017, prizes will be randomly given out every hour starting at 12 p.m. and continuing to 3 p.m. Anyone in attendance will be eligible to receive a prize along with anyone entering online and watching our Facebook live feed. No purchase necessary to enter.

Guests arriving in person can provide their names at the ticket office. Guests unable to be onsite can enter online using the contact form below. Online entries must be submitted by Friday, July 7th, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. In-person entries will be accepted up until 15 minutes before the start of the next hour giveaway. Last in person entry will be at 2:45 pm.

Prize recipients will be announced on the ship and will be broadcasting live with Facebook Live. To claim your prize, you must be present on the ship or send a Facebook message to Battleship IOWA’s page within 30 minutes of the announcement.

If any prize is not claimed within the time frame, that prize will be relinquished and given away the following hour.

How to Enter in Person:
Visit the ticket office and provide your name. Only one entry per name will be accepted. Only one prize may be claimed by an individual.

How to Enter Online:
Fill out the contact form below with your First and Last name and e-mail address. Under comments put "Contest Entry". Only one entry per name will be accepted. Only one prize may be claimed by an individual.

For a complete list of giveaway prizes, please visit the official website: www.pacificbattleship.com/page/5th-anniversary

Sunday, July 9

Barbershop Day at Battleship IOWA

10 a.m.-4 p.m. From and back by popular demand, the Battleship IOWA's barbershop will once again open and hair will be hitting the deck. That’s right - the ship’s actual barbershop that serviced generations of sailors and even trimmed up the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, will be open for business.

A-BarberShop from Long Beach will be cutting hair. There will be special promotional products available from our generous sponsors Somersets, Cremo, Sauvecito, and Head Blade. Sit and take photos in the same chair President George H.W. Bush sat in for his hair cut!

Men’s haircuts are $20 (cash only). Special $11 self-guided tour tickets are available for any paying customer.

Appointments available every half hour with 1 of 5 barbers (lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM).

To make your appointment, visit http://bit.ly/IowaHaircutJul2017

*Guests must be physically able to maneuver up and down ladders as ship’s barbershop located on the third deck.*

*Event is subject to change without notice.*

Tuesday, July 11

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (Friends members free)

Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16

PORT OF LOS ANGELES LOBSTER FESTIVAL

Friday, July 14, 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
"Come for feast, stay for the fun!" is the motto for the world’s largest lobster festival, featuring family entertainment, live music, and of course, fresh Maine lobster, near Battleship IOWA on the LA Waterfront. In addition to the famous lobster meals, try lobster rolls, lobster quesadillas, lobster mac & cheese, and lobster fries. The festival also offers a variety of culinary delights from vendors and food trucks, with seafood, sausages, barbecue, tacos, rice bowls, and vegetarian options. A wide range of beverages and desserts are not to be missed. For more information, visit lobsterfest.com.

Sunday, July 16

Salt Marsh Open House

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit 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, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Wednesday, July 19

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.

Saturday, July 22

Movie Under the Guns at Battleship IOWA

7:30-10:30 p.m. Battleship IOWA invites you to a FREE SCREENING of The Avengers. The movie will be shown on board the fantail of Battleship IOWA, as you sit under the stars, overlooking the beautiful LA Waterfront.

The Avengers is the 2012 blockbuster superhero film based on Marvel Comics. Created by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios, the Avengers are an elite crime-fighting team with such iconic members as Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson.

* Seating is first come first serve, please arrive with ample time to reserve your spot.
* For safety reasons no more than 450 guests will be allowed on board.
* Personal chairs and blankets are highly recommended.
* No outside food or beverage.
*Time and date subject to change.

CONCESSIONS WILL BE SOLD

Donations greatly appreciated

Saturday, July 22

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve

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, July 22

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

Saturday, July 22

Family Sandcastle Day at Cabrillo Beach

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto, your very own sandcastle! Bring your little shovel, a bucket and come on down for some sandy fun.
Fee: Free and open to everyone

Saturday, July 22

Wildland Fires in Southern California at White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve

11 a.m. Jon Wren will describe wildland fires, their effects and influence on land development in Southern California. Free. RSVP to: www.pvplc.org: Events & Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or call 310.541.7613.

Monday, July 24

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! The Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand and a valid California fishing license must be displayed if you’re 16 years or older. Cabrillo Beach closes at midnight.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children (Friends members free)

Sunday, July 24

Walk Cabrillo

1 p.m.-3 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 wracks and other interesting finds.
All Ages, donations acceptable

Saturday, July 29

Muller House Museum Summer Wine Taste

3-6 p.m. You are invited for an afternoon of sampling wines and hors d’oeuvres on the Muller House patio.
Join in the fun of the silent auction for items of local interest and the unexpected!
$25.00 per person. Reservations required. Proceeds benefit the San Pedro Bay Historical Society.
Visit our website for a reservation form. sanpedrobayhistoricalsociety.com

Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4

Summer Camp - Catalina Voyage with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Take your child on a unique camping experience! This 5 day camping voyage have a Marine Biologist, Anthropologist, Historian and amateur Astronomer aboard to give your child a fun, educational experience. Tickets are $650 and include meals.

Friday, August 4

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Movie on the Water and at the Park

7 p.m. Enjoy the popular Pixar movie, Finding Dory, with the family at Crescent Ave. and Miner St in San Pedro and at Wilmington Waterfront Park for free!

Saturday, August 19

Family Sunset Sail with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

5-7:30 p.m. 5-7:30 p.m.Take a sunset sail with the family. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. For more information, visit lamitopsail.org.

Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4

LA Fleet Week® 2017

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 aircraft flyovers. Visiting ships will be announced two weeks before the event.

Visit lafleetweek.com or follow LA Fleet Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#LAFleetWeek2017

Sunday, September 17

5th Annual Southern California Bocce Association Tournament

The 5nd Annual Southern California Bocce Association Tournament will take place on home courts located at Berth 95, San Pedro, south of the Catalina Express Terminal. Be sure to stop by and enjoy great food and cheer on the competing bocce teams. For more information, please visit sanpedrobocceclub.wixsite.com.

Saturday, October 7

Anchor Ball with Los Angeles Maritime Institute

Come in a nautical costume and dance the night away! Advanced tickets are $100. Guests receive a map to a secret location. RSVP to info@lamitopsail.org.

Saturday, October 14

Red Bull Global Rallycross at the Port of Los Angeles

Created to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars driven by star drivers against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features - the cars produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, and can withstand 70-foot jumps.

For the second consecutive year, the Red Bull GRC season ends with a doubleheader in the series’ hometown of Los Angeles. Expect one of the deepest fields of the year to compete in the season’s marquee event.

For more information, visit http://redbullglobalrallycross.com/

Friday, October 20

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Movie on the Water

7 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor showing of the Disney movie, Moana, at Downtown Harbor, San Pedro. Bring a blanket and chair and settle in at the dock. No food or beverages will be provided.

Saturday, October 28

Port of Los Angeles Presents Happy Harbor Halloween & Pet Parade

Celebrate Halloween on the LA Waterfront! 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, puppets, arts and crafts, face painting, games, reptiles, and fun for kids of all ages! Two locations: Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and Wilmington Waterfront Park.

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

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

25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade

Enjoy the 25th Annual Holiday Afloat Boat Parade. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children. Visit lamitopsail.org for more information.

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. Join the Heart of the Harbor as they march across Wilmington in the spirit of the Holidays.

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.