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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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Now Through March 2018

Go Whalewatching!

DAILY! Go to sea any day of the week through the end of March in search of gray whales on their migration along Southern California’s coast. Whalewatch naturalists, trained by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter, lead two-to-three-hour boat trips from San Pedro. Join the fun by calling Cabrillo Whalewatch at 310-548-7770.

Dates Vary

American Cetacean Society Lecture

7:30-9 pm The American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter offers free monthly lectures in the John M. Olguin Auditorium on the last Tuesday of each month through May (resuming in September). For information and scheduled speakers, visit www.acs-la.org.
Fee: Free

Saturday, February 24

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.

Dates Vary in March

Weekend Tidepool Walks with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is offering free Tidepool Walks: Sunday 3/11, 12:30 - 2pm; Saturday 3/17, 2:30 -4pm; Sunday 3/18, 3-4:30pm; Sunday 3/25, 10:30am-12pm and Saturday 3/31, 2:30-4pm. Join us as CMA 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.

Saturday, March 10

STEM Funshop at the Port of Los Angeles

11 a.m.-2 p.m. An educational event for students of all ages designed to stimulate the brain with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Banning's Landing Community Center.

Saturday, March 10

Walk Cabrillo

10 a.m.-noon Pack a snack and join a 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.
Reservations required for groups, call 310-548-7562
Fee: Donations are welcome and appreciated.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Saturday, March 17

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve

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

Saturday, March 17

White Point Nature Center Docent Training

9 a.m.-noon Help run the Conservancy's Nature Centers and education programs! 18 and over please. Sign up at: www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Saturday, March 17

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.

Wednesday, March 21

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, March 24

Salt Marsh Open House at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

1-3:30 p.m. Come to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and 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, CMA Educators 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

Saturday, March 24

The Gathering for the Grand

5 p.m. This upcoming year marks our 10th annual Gathering for the Grand Gala Fundraiser, celebrating art, inspiration and education. Our annual Gala is high-energy and lots of fun, bringing together members of the San Pedro community. The event will take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The event will honor Andrew and Adela Silbur of The Whale & Ale for their many years of support for The Grand Vision Foundation.

Saturday, March 24

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, March 31

Team Leader Training

9 a.m.–noon Team Leaders provide support and oversight during events. If you love restoring habitat and working with others, this program is for you! Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have gone to at least 2 volunteer events before attending the workshop. Sign up at pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 17

Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Beach

8 p.m.-midnight Watch the grunion come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and biology of this curious fish. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium opens at 8pm and an auditorium program begins at 9pm, followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. During April and May (closed season) grunion may be observed but not touched. March, June and July are open season, when grunion may only be taken by hand. Grunion hunters, 16 years or older must have a valid California fishing license.
Fee: $5 adults and $1 seniors, students and children

Saturday, April 7

Beach Cleanup through Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8-10 a.m. On the first Saturday of each month, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 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.
Fee: Free and open to all ages

Wednesday, April 18

Little Sisters of the Poor Fun Nun Run

5th Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit St. Martin's Home and the Little Sisters of the Poor Baltimore. Please visit www.littlesistersofthepoormobile.org

Saturday, April 21

Salt Marsh Open House

1-3 p.m. Visit Cabrillo Beach’s own wetland habitat, Salinas de San Pedro, with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and discover the plants and animals that call it home! Using binoculars, magnifying glasses and other tools, CMA Educators 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

Saturday, April 21

Port of Los Angeles Earth Day Chalk Festival

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. This is a FREE event, hosted by the Port of Los Angeles.

Saturday, April 21

#CMAtakeactionday Beach Cleanup

9 a.m.-noon Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup! Take action to help our local environment on Earth Day! Learn about the impact of micro plastics and help clean our community’s beautiful Cabrillo Beach on #CMAtakeactionday!
Fee: Free

Saturday, April 28

Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Cruz Island

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Educators on an adventure to Santa Cruz Island, which is part of the Channel Islands National Park. We’ll cruise along the island coast; then go ashore where participants will follow along on a naturalist-led hike to observe the diverse coastal habitats and panoramic views. The trip leaves from Ventura. Visit our website or call for more details. Reservations are required; please call 310-548-7562.
Fee: $55 per person, $41 under age 12 ($50 FRIENDS members)

Saturday, May 19

World Trade Week: Free Boat Tours

Join the Port of Los Angeles for FREE 60-minute narrated boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week. Tours depart every 30 minutes from two locations: Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro and Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington. Remember to bring your camera! No need to RSVP -- tours are first come, first served.

Saturday, June 16

Scout Day at the Port of Los Angeles

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scout Day at Banning’s Landing is a fun-filled, educational opportunity for Girl Scout (from Brownie to Ambassador) and Boy Scout (from Cub Scout to Boy Scout) troops to tour the Port of Los Angeles on a boat, visit the interactive TransPORTer rolling exhibit and earn a unique Port of Los Angeles patch. To qualify, visiting troops must: visit two field trip locations around the LA Waterfront (locations to be released), obtain verification from the participating facilities and complete and submit a Scouting at the Port of Los Angeles Quiz.

First day of activity starts April 2, 2018; all materials must be submitted for review by June 1, 2018.

Friday, June 29

10th 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 1971), an exotic car display, live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and grand fireworks finale. Registration opens in May 2018.

Wednesday, July 4

69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

noon-10 p.m. The FREE all day celebration by the shore features music, family activities, a food truck festival, and culminates in a spectacular firework show at 9pm on Cabrillo Beach. Admission is free. The address of Cabrillo Beach is 3800 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro.

Saturday, July 14

Port of Los Angeles Presents a Concert on the Waterfront

6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of free live music at Wilmington Waterfront Park.

Friday, August 3

LA Waterfront Movie Night

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

Friday, August 31 - Monday, September 3

LA Fleet Week 2018

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 aerial demonstrations. Online ship tour reservations will be available in August and ship names will be announced two weeks before the event kicks off. For more information, visit lafleetweek.com and be sure to follow LA Fleet Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@lafleetweek). #LAFleetWeek2018

Monday, September 3

Conquer the Bridge Race

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Southern Cal's finest 5.3 mile walk-run over the iconic Vincent Thomas Bridge on Labor Day Monday, September 3.

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, 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.)

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.