Santa Monica Events

There's always something going on in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica events, entertainment, and festivals offer up just about everything under the sun year-round.  From old-school drive-in movies and farmers markets to events at the city's top attractions including the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade, there's always something going on in Santa Monica. 

Whether you're local, new in town, or just cruising through, the Santa Monica events calendar can help you create a list of things to do here, or help plan your next vacation.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Halloween pumpkins with candy.

While fall foliage is sparse in Santa Monica, there’s no shortage of things to do here in October. Plan your month with our events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do. 


OCTOBER 21 - NOVEMBER 2

HEINZ HALLOWEEN BLOOD MUSEUM

Heinz Halloween Blood Museum

Come and experience the Heinz Halloween Pop-up Blood Museum.  

Oct. 21 through Nov. 2,  fans are invited to visit the store on Level 1 where they can purchase HEINZ Halloween merch and start creating their costume using HEINZ Tomato Blood Ketchup at the store’s interactive “drip stations.”  395 Santa Monica Place.


OCTOBER 27

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


OCTOBER 28

OCTOBER MOVIES BY THE SEA:  THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS  AT THE VENICE BEACH PIER

Grab your buddies, your dog, your chairs, and blankets and walk out 1,300 feet to the end of the Venice Pier for an evening of movie watching on an 18’x11′ LED screen with killer resolution and fantastic sound set high above the ocean.

Movies by the Sea is presented by Washington Square Business Improvement Group, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, and Venice Beach Recreation Center. Sunset at 6:55 p.m. - the movie starts at 7 p.m. Location: At the end of the Venice Pier. What to bring: You own chairs, snacks, take-out, and a lot of blankets. Dress warmly! Admission: Free


OCTOBER 29

ABSOLUTELY HALLOWEEN

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the in-person return of its modern classic musical, now celebrating its 15th year. (live-streaming in 2020) as part of the Playhouse's "We're Back" play series. . Get tickets here.


OCTOBER 30

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


October 30

HALLOWEEN AT THE ROSE VENICE

Trick-or-treat - join the Halloween festivities at The Rose in Venice.  Get the party started at 9 pm with a DJ and costume contest with prizes. No cover charge. The Rose Venice: 220 Rose Avenue, Venice. (310) 399-0711. 


OCTOBER 31

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


November Events

Holiday lights above Santa Monica Promenade

There are plenty of things to do Santa Monica in November before you need to start thawing that turkey.  


NOVEMBER 3

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 6

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 7

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


NOVEMBER 10

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 12:  3 PM

SANTA MONICA MYSTERY QUEST

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest, has launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade. Lovers of mystery and adventure will enjoy this real-world, immersive experience to solve the case of the missing Promenade dinosaur. Participants will follow clues, collaborate with teammates, collect points and win prizes.

You are one of four self-appointed supervillains converging on the Third Street Promenade. Unknown to the others, each of you intends to steal one of the Promenade dinosaurs. But someone else has beaten you to it! 

Each participating team is encouraged to create a fun name for their squad and sport a team color or costume. To participate in a quest is free, but registration is required. Once registered, participants will receive additional details by email on the day of their quest. WHEN: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Winners to be announced after each session); WHERE:  1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica.


NOVEMBER 13

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 14

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


NOVEMBER 17

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 20

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 21

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


NOVEMBER 24

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.



NOVEMBER 27

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


NOVEMBER 28

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


December Events

Holiday ornaments on the beach.

After endless, premature teases from retailers, the holidays are here for real. Dive into the spirit of the season with a drive by some of the city’s best Christmas lights displays. Whatever your plans are—even if you’re feeling like a bit of a grinch—you’ll find plenty of activities to take advantage of in our December events calendar.


DECEMBER 1

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


DECEMBER 4:  10 AM - 6 PM

MONTANA AVENUE HOLIDAY WALK

Montana Avenue holiday walk - 10 am - 6 pm.


DECEMBER 4

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


DECEMBER 5

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


DECEMBER 8

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


DECEMBER 10:  3 PM

SANTA MONICA MYSTERY QUEST

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest, has launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade. Lovers of mystery and adventure will enjoy this real-world, immersive experience to solve the case of the missing Promenade dinosaur. Participants will follow clues, collaborate with teammates, collect points and win prizes.

Each participating team is encouraged to create a fun name for their squad and sport a team color or costume. To participate in a quest is free, but registration is required. Once registered, participants will receive additional details by email on the day of their quest. WHEN: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Winners to be announced after each session); WHERE:  1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica.


DECEMBER 11

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! Enjoy one of Santa Monica's farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more.

Downtown Farmers Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., free.


DECEMBER 11:  5:55 PM

MARINA DEL REY HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

Watch a trail of lighted boats cruise through the main channel. Arrive early to grab a spot on the lawn at Burton Chace Park or a good photo spot at Fisherman’s Village, two of the most popular viewing places. Narration on a PA system is available at both locations. The 2021 parade themed “Joy on the Water” is celebrating its 59th year. A brief fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. announces the parade's start, which lasts until about 8 p.m. Free admission.


DECEMBER 12

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from local Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!  Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce.  8:30 am - 1:30 pm, free.


Wrapping Up on Santa Monica Events

Please note that these Santa Monica events are subject to change, so please do call ahead to confirm.

If you have other favorite Santa Monica events, activities, or things to do that occur regularly during the week, or know of a Santa Monica establishment with daily, recurring music, events, or menu specials, use the form below to share it and we will post it to the site!