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Santa Monica Events Calendar

Entertainment, Community Events, Festivals & More




Santa Monica has unique events, entertainment, and festivals taking place throughout the year - and many are free and take place outdoors, often on the beach. Santa Monica events are among the best found in Southern California and the Los Angeles area, thanks to agreeable weather and comfortable event venues.

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



December

Through Jan. 20, 2020:  ICE AT SANTA MONICA:  Every holiday season the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland, known as Ice Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink. 1324 5th Street. For more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Through - Dec. 24:  PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT SANTA MONICA PLACE:  Visit Santa Claus at his ocean-side workshop at Santa Monica Place and snap a picture. Photo packages available for purchase. Make reservations online at SantaMonicaPlace.com

Dec. 8:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Dec. 11 & 18:  PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA:  Bring your furry friend to one of Santa Monica Place's special pet nights 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and "sit" for a photo with Santa. Dogs and cats only and must be on leash or in a carrier. Reserve your spot at SantaMonicaPlace.com/Holiday. 395 Santa Monica Place.

Dec. 15:  SNOWY PLOVER BEACH WALK:  8:30 - 10 a.m., hosted by Annenberg Community Beach House and City of Santa Monica, 415 Pacific Coast Highway.

Dec. 15:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Dec. 22:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Dec. 28:  POLAR BEAR SWIM: The 3rd annual Polar Bear Swim - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -  hosted by Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway.

Dec. 22 - 29:  MENORAH LIGHTINGS:  Join local synagogues and community groups as their members celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah season. Lightings begin at sundown Dec. 22 - 29, 1300 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave). 

  • Dec. 22:  Mishkon Tephilo
  • Dec. 23:  Gan Israel Preschool
  • Dec. 24:  Nashuva
  • Dec. 25:  Chabad
  • Dec. 26:  Kehillat Israel
  • Dec. 27:  Beth Shir Shalom
  • Dec. 28:  Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Dec. 29:  Adat Shalom

Dec. 29:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

January

Jan. 5:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Jan. 12:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

Jan. 19:   ICE BREAKERS MUSICAL PERFORMANCES:  Every Sunday through Jan. 19, 2020, enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ice Santa Monica, 1324 Fifth St.;  for more information, call the Ice team at 310.260.1199.

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. 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  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.

Wednesday Events

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 Events

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

Enjoy the market by the beach for a leisurely Saturday morning. The Saturday Downtown Farmer's Market at Arizona Avenue and 3rd Street opened 10 years after the Wednesday Farmer's Market.

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 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.

3:30 p.m.
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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