Santa Monica Events, Music & Nightlife

Santa Monica events, music, and nightlife offer something for just everyone under the sun.

From weekly farmers markets and holiday performances to live music and stand-up comedy,  there's always something going on in Santa Monica. 

Whether you're local, new in town, or just cruising through, see below for upcoming weekly and monthly events happening during your visit or stay.

January Events

Through May 31, 2022
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF PRINCESS DIANA EXHIBITION AT SANTA MONICA PLACE

For the first time, world-famous royal photographers (Anwar Hussein and his two sons Zak and Samir) share their experiences with the iconic princess and her family. 

Enter a spectacular visual journey paired with exclusive, never-heard-before stories that trace Diana's emotional path as she modernizes Motherhood, revolutionizes Fashion, and shows the world how to be Human.

Journey through larger-than-life, world-famous images and a series of bespoke art sculptures. Along the way, a complimentary audio guide delivers new revelations and never-heard-before stories, narrated by Diana's trusted companion and lifelong photographer, Anwar Hussein. The visit will take around 60-90 minutes.

Tickets start at $25, Get tickets here. Santa Monica Place, 315 Colorado Ave. 


WEEKLY EVENTS

SUNDAY

  • Annenberg Community Beach House Tour Discover the site's rich history from the 1920s to present day. 
  • Free 20-minute guided tours are available on a walk-up basis for individuals and groups of up to six people.
  • Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be on hand from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House! 
  • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
  • Event Details




  • Sunday Main Street Farmers Market Celebrated Sunday market boasts farm-fresh produce, meats & dairy, plus flowers & artisanal goods. 
  • 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • 2640 Main Street (In the Victorian parking lot)
  • Complimentary parking is available from 8:30am - 2pm in the John Muir / SMASH elementary parking lots at 2526 6th Street
  • Metered parking is available along Main Street and in adjacent City lots.
  • HOLIDAY CLOSURE: December 26



  • Feast on a little knowledge while swell and horn sharks chow down, every Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.
  • Under the Santa Monica Pier, 1600 Ocean Front Walk




  • Yacht Rock Sundays at Jameson's Pub  70s & 80s rock classics live featuring Driftwood Mac
  • 5pm - 9 pm 
  • 2702 Main Street


MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

  • Wednesday Downtown Santa Monica Market The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! 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 and more.
  • 8 am - 1pm
  • Arizona Avenue (between 2nd & 4th)
  • Adjacent City parking Structures 1, 2, and 4 provide 90 minutes of free parking.




  • Live Band Karaoke at Harvelle’s
  • Come sing with the band. The famous “Live Band Karaoke” show comes to Harvelle’s every Wednesday night
  • 9 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Specials include $2 Tacos $4 PBR Beers $6 Well Drinks




  • Live Band Karaoke at Jameson's Pub
  • 9:30 - 11:59 pm
  • Jameson’s Pub, 2702 Main St, Santa Monica




  • Trivia Night at The Bungalow Santa Monica Bring your friends for a fun night of trivia at The Bungalow Santa Monica. Free to enter. Win prizes. 
  • 7pm - 10pm Wednesdays
  • 101 Wilshire Blvd 
  • Contact info:  310.899.8530


THURSDAY

FRIDAY



  • Annenberg Community Beach House Tour Discover the site's rich history from the 1920s to present day. 
  • Free 20-minute guided tours are available on a walk-up basis for individuals and groups of up to six people.
  • Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be on hand from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House! 
  • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
  • Event Details



  • Join us for Friday Feeding Day at Heal the Bay Aquarium! Lend a hand and learn with us as we feed the animals. All day from 12pm to 4pm.
  • 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica




  • The Friday Show: Stand-Up Comedy Weekly at 8 pm:  Start your weekend right with The Friday Show, featuring national headliners, comics from TV and Film, and some of the Westside's favorite locals. 
  • 8pm - 10 pm
  • 1323-A 3rd St Promenade (A stands for Alley) Santa Monica


SATURDAY

  • Annenberg Community Beach House Tour Discover the site's rich history from the 1920s to present day. 
  • Free 20-minute guided tours are available on a walk-up basis for individuals and groups of up to six people.
  • Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be on hand from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House! 
  • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica




  • Saturday Downtown Farmers Market The largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs! 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, and more.
  • Arizona Avenue (between 2nd & 4th)
  • 8:00am - 1:00pm
  • Adjacent City parking Structures 1, 2, and 4 provide 90 minutes of free parking.



  • Sea Star feedings at 1 pm and 3 pm at Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier
  • Under the Santa Monica Pier, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting the people and animals who call the Bay home. 
  • 1600 Ocean Front Walk




  • Saturday Pico Farmers Market In Virginia Ave. Park in the heart of the neighborhood.
  • Pico Blvd. & Cloverfield Blvd.
  • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm




  • Downtown Santa Monica Walking Tour:  Discover downtown Santa Monica’s architecture, history and culture with Santa Monica Conservancy Docents. See where Jim Morrison played his first show and visit the lavish Art Deco hotel that housed a speakeasy during Prohibition. The walking tour covers about six blocks in two hours.
  • 10 am Saturdays
  • 1436 Second Street, Santa Monica
  • Free to $10




  • The Late Night Saturday Show Featuring national headliners, comics from TV and film, and some of The Westside's favorite locals. 
  • 10pm - 11:30pm
  • 1323-A 3rd St Promenade (A stands for Alley) Santa Monica


MONTHLY


  • Westside Laugh Party Stand-Up Comedy Westside's Laugh Party is a monthly standup show produced by Dennis Gubbins featuring the best comics from around the country with surprise drop-ins by the likes of Tig Notaro, Zach Galifianakis, Ali Wong, Demetri Martin, Damons Wayans and many others! The proceeds for each show are donated to a local charity... so there is that too! Come on out and laugh! Who knows who will show up this month.... party!
  • 8:00 am – 9:30 pm; Every Third Thursday (next dates: December 16; January 20, 2022 and onward)
  • 1323-A 3rd St Promenade (A stands for Alley) Santa Monica


Wrapping Up on Santa Monica Events

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