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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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Wednesday, February 20

Wild Birds Unlimited Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve

8:30 a.m. Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds making the White Point Nature Preserve home. Try to spot a burrowing owl or listen for the call of the endangered gnatcatcher. All ages welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in 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, 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.

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.

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 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.

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