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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, October 18

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.

Friday, October 20

LA Waterfront Movie Night: Moana

8-9:45 p.m. Enjoy a free outdoor showing of the Disney movie Moana at Wilmington Waterfront Park. Bring a blanket and chair and settle in at the park. No food or beverages will be provided.

Sunday, October 22

Barbershop Day at Battleship IOWA

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 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

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 one of 4 barbers.

To make your appointment, visit http://bit.ly/IowaHaircutOct2017

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

Friday, October 27

Movie Under the Guns / Hocus Pocus Halloween

5:30 p.m. Battleship IOWA will be hosting a Hocus Pocus Halloween on Friday, October 27. This family-friendly event will feature a “Trick or Treat” and a “Movie Under The Guns.”

All guests in costume and those accompanying small children will be invited on board for FREE to trick or treat through a portion of the historic battleship.

Costumes should not be violent or offensive and should not contain weapons (actual or replicas). Trick-or-treaters should be 13-years-old and younger and should bring their own “trick or treat” bags.

Then, at 7:00 pm, the 1993 Halloween family fantasy comedy “Hocus Pocus” will be screened outdoors on the ship’s fantail.

Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who, after three centuries, are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It then falls upon two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror.

*Both the trick or treat and movie are FREE*
*Limited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis*
*Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring light jackets, blankets and outdoor chairs*
*Concessions will be available, no coolers or outside food and beverages allowed*
*Donations are greatly appreciated*

Saturday, October 28

Port of Los Angeles Presents Happy Harbor Halloween

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, 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 28

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, October 28

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Presentation: Gardening with Local Plants

11 a.m. Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for a free Presentation: Gardening with Local Plants to learn how to create a native plant butterfly haven at your own home. October 28th, 11 am, White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731. Free to the public. Followed by a native plant sale 12- 2 pm. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, "Events & activities".

Saturday, October 28

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, October 28

11th Annual SEA SCARE at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium!

7-10 p.m. The best family Halloween party around is back and only at CMA! Sea Scare is washing ashore with lots of thrills and chills and of course gills. Trick-or-Treat at 13 different treat stations, participate in Creepy Crafts, experience Dreadful Demonstrations, enjoy Apparitional Activities or dance like a zombie at the Zombie Party Zone. Plus, Aquarium Members get a special FREE Early Entry into the event at 6pm. So come in costume and join in on the masquerade of ghosts and goblins, it’s sure to be a frightfully good time for the whole family! **Event Tickets: Save Money & Time, Buy Online. Event will sell out.
Members are Free with Valid Aquarium Membership, reservations recommended.
Pre-Sale: $7 Adults, $3 Children At the Gate: $10Adults, $5 Children
**To purchase tickets, visit www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

Saturday, October 28

Las Chikas - A Tribute to Celia Cruz at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Regional all star band pays tribute to legendary Cuban queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. Hear the classic hits, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Carnaval and more. Full band featuring Lily Hernandez, vocals and Iliana Rose, keyboard.

Saturday November 4 - Sunday, November 5

Weekend Tidepool Walk at Cabrillo Beach

Times Vary On the first Saturday of each month, 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.11/4, 2:30-4pm; 11/5, 3-4pm; 11/18, 2-3:30pm; 11/19, 2:30-4pm. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

Saturday, November 4

Monthly Beach Cleanup at Cabrillo Beach

8 -10a.m. At Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on the first Saturday of each month, 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. Free and open to all.

Sunday, November 12

Salt Marsh Open House

1-3 p.m. Visit CMA 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, November 18

David Lindley at the Grand Annex

8 p.m. Master guitarist and string player, David Lindley pioneered the infusion of Americana and roots-rock with world music then went on to work with some of the biggest names in 60s and 70s rock, including Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby, Bruce Springsteen and many more.

Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19

Weekend Tidepool Walk at Cabrillo Beach

Times Vary On the first Saturday of each month, 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.11/4, 2:30-4pm; 11/5, 3-4pm; 11/18, 2-3:30pm; 11/19, 2:30-4pm. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

Sunday, November 19

AUTUMN SEA FAIR

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the bounty of the sea with fun-in-the sun games and hometown spirit! It's a day filled with music, games, contests, fun activities, exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts and videos. Enter our sand sculpture contest. Hunt for buried pirate treasure. Create your own ocean creature costume from materials we provide! Pack a picnic or purchase food. For further information, call 310-548-7562. Fee: Free

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

Dates Vary

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.