Santa Monica Events Calendar




Here you'll find the details on upcoming Santa Monica events and regularly scheduled activities.

Santa Monica events offer something for every style and taste.The Santa Monica Farmer's Markets on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays are a local favorite.

From things to do in Santa Monica at night, to beach and community events and celebrations, this is your guide to what's happening in Santa Monica.

Because no matter when you visit, there's always something going on in Santa Monica.

This guide to Santa Monica Events can help find the right happening for your crew or your family this summer!




September

Sept. 21:  DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET:   8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue.  Enjoy one of the best farmers markets on the west coast, featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetable, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, live music, and more. 

Sept. 22:  SANTA MONICA AIRPORT OUTDOOR ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE MARKET:  8 a.m. - 3 p.m., a destination for decorators, designers, boutique owners, families with their friendly dogs and collectors of all ages. 3026 Airport Avenue.

Sept. 21:  HUSHFEST SANTA MONICA: DAFT PUNK VS RADIOHEAD:  7 p.m. - 12 a.m., Santa Monica Pier, west end. Tickets $10 - $45.

Sept.22:  SUNDAY MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET:  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Sunday Main Street farmers market features some of California's freshest produce and prepared foods from Main Street restaurants. Farm-to-table prepared foods include breakfast burritos, pancakes, omelets, French pastries, breads, crepes, coffee, and tea. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of weekly featured bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce. 2640 Main Street

Sept. 22:  SALSA SUNDAYS ON THE THIRD STREET PROMENADE:  Ignite the night with Salsa Familia for a night of dancing under the stars. Instruction from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; dancing from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.;  at the Experiment Stage on the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Blvd., north of Arizona Ave. 

Sept. 25:  JAPANESE VIBES - SANTA MONICA PIER CONCERTS:  7 p.m. - 10 p.m., Santa Monica Pier, free concert featuring Cornelius, starRo, and Taiko Project. Featuring art, an all new comedy stage, eats, wine and beer garden, games and interactive activations. 

Sept. 28:  DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET:   8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue.  Enjoy one of the best farmers markets on the west coast, featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetable, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, live music, and more. 

Sept.29:  SUNDAY MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET:  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Sunday Main Street farmers market features some of California's freshest produce and prepared foods from Main Street restaurants. Farm-to-table prepared foods include breakfast burritos, pancakes, omelets, French pastries, breads, crepes, coffee, and tea. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of weekly featured bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce. 2640 Main Street

Sept. 29:  SALSA SUNDAYS ON THE THIRD STREET PROMENADE:  Ignite the night with Salsa Familia for a night of dancing under the stars. Instruction from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; dancing from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.;  at the Experiment Stage on the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Blvd., north of Arizona Ave. 



October

Oct. 5:  DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET:   8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue.  Enjoy one of the best farmers markets on the west coast, featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetable, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, live music, and more. 

Oct. 31:  SANTA MONICA HALLOWEEN PUBCRAWL:  6 p.m. - 2 a.m. - put on your scariest costume and head out for this massive annual event. Tickets $13 -  $77.

Monday Events 

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Marion Davies Guest House & Docent Tours: 

Discover the rich history of the Beach House with Santa Monica Conservancy docents. There's no charge to visit, and reservations are never required. Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drop-in between 11am - 2pm when docents are available to share history, answer questions and provide brief tours.

Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people. During fall, winter and spring, hours are subject to change with short notice. Call (310) 458-4904 to confirm hours. 

Tuesday Santa Monica Events

5:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Food Truck Bazaar at California Heritage Museum

From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m a diverse array of gourmet food trucks bring delicious and affordable cuisine to Santa Monica. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the Museum lawn, or wander over to The Victorian where you can sit on the patio or hang out in the park. 

Free parking in the Museum parking lot; metered parking in adjacent lots. Free bicycle valet. Proceeds benefit the Museum. 2612 Main Street, Santa Monica.

What's On Wednesdays

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Downtown Farmers Market

The largest grower-only Certified Farmers market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs. Established in 1981, the Wednesday Market opened with the modest goals of providing reasonably priced, high quality produce to the city's population.

It now hosts more than 75 farmers weekly and is widely recognized as one of the largest and most diverse grower-only Certified Farmers Markets in the state. Whether you're looking for a common, exotic or experimental variety of fruit or vegetable, this market is a treasure trove of seasonal agricultural diversity. Arizona Avenue @ 2nd Street, Santa Monica; (310) 458-8712. Admission is free.



Saturday Santa Monica Events

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Downtown Farmer's Market

Enjoy the market by the beach for a leisurely Saturday morning. Established in 1991, the Saturday Downtown Farmer's Market opened 10 years after the Wednesday Market in the same location - Arizona Avenue @ 3rd Street - as customers were eager for another market for weekend shopping. While the Wednesday market centers on the hustle and bustle of chefs and restaurants doing their shopping, the Saturday Downtown Market offers a more intimate experience for the casual market-goer. 

10 a.m.: Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour

In approximately 2 hours and six walkable blocks, you'll discover more than 130 years of Santa Monica history, from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis it is today.

RSVP the Thursday prior to the tour at (310) 496-3146. The cost is $5 for members, and $10 for the public. 1436 2nd Street (between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd.), Santa Monica.

11 a.m.: Free Historical Walking Tours of the Santa Monica Pier

An hour-long free historical walking tour through 100 years of Santa Monica Pier history.

Hear stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies of the Pier, the original Muscle Beach, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe & Charlie Chaplin, and even a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character.

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. No reservations required; simply show up at the Pier Shop at the historic Merry-Go-Round building before tour time and look for the blue-shirted pier docents. (310) 458-8900.

2 p.m.: Story Time at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Come to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Saturdays for a whale of a tale!

The Aquarium hosts story time in the Dorothy Green room at 2 p.m. Children (and adults) love to hear a good story, and the Aquarium has a nearly endless supply of books for celebrating life of the sea. Cost is $3 to $12. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica; (310) 393-6149.

Sunday Events

8:30 a.m. -  1:30 p.m.: Main Street Farmers Market

The Sunday Main Street Farmers Market features some of California's freshest produce plus prepared foods from Main Street restaurants as well as artisanal foods prepared with ingredients sourced from California farmers - you can't get more local than that!

These farm-to-table prepared foods include breakfast burritos, pancakes, omelets, French pastries, breads, crepes and coffee and tea. Also, enjoy musical entertainment from a variety of featured weekly bands, face painting, balloon designs, and bi-weekly cooking demonstrations featuring local produce. Heritage Square, 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica.

11 a.m.: Free Historical Walking Tours of the Santa Monica Pier

An hour-long free historical walking tour through 100 years of Santa Monica Pier history.

Hear stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies of the Pier, the original Muscle Beach, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe & Charlie Chaplin, and even a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character.

200 Santa Monica PierSanta Monica. No reservations required; simply show up at the Pier Shop at the historic Merry-Go-Round building before tour time and look for the blue-shirted pier docents. (310) 458-8900.

Shark Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Don't miss this favorite weekly feature at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. At 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while the horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-6149.

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!




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