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Santa Monica Events Calendar


Below you'll find details about upcoming Santa Monica events and regularly scheduled activities, day by day.

Santa Monica events offer something for every style and taste.Santa Monica events offer something for every style, taste and activity level.

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.

And this guide to Santa Monica Events can help find the right happening for your crew or family.


May

May 11: Free Craft Lounge & Knitting Hangout at Camera Obscura

Every second Saturday of the month Camera Obscura invites artists and crafters to come work on their projects in company, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m..

They have sewing machines and art supplies available for sharing and often invite a guest artist to lead an activity. Knitters and crocheters especially welcome to hang on our comfy couch and work! 1450 Ocean Avenue (corner of Ocean & Broadway), Santa Monica. Get more info on the free craft lounge & knitting hangout here



May 18, May 25 & June 1: Wake Up With the Waves

The Pier's beloved free children's experience is gearing up for another year of unforgettable Saturday mornings at the Santa Monica Pier. Start the weekend with fresh air fun for kids ages 2-10 (and their parents). Wake up with the Waves comes to life with an interactive story time by Story Pirates, music, dancing, playing and more! 9 - 11 a.m at the Pier Playground, 200 Santa Monica Pier. Get more information here

May 18 & 19: Copa Cabana Beach Soccer

As popular as the Pier itself - the Copa Cabana Beach Soccer tournament is back at the pier May 11 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.. With 23 fields, hundreds of teams and thousands of athletes (plus Brazilian-style BBQ, music and entertainment) it's a party you don't want to miss as teams of all ages compete for the gold. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. Visit website for full details.

May 18: Montana Avenue Annual Sidewalk Sale

Join us for our annual Montana Avenue Sidewalk sale with great deals on clothing, accessories, beauty, home goods and gifts at up to 75% off. Plus food, music and fun for the whole family. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Montana Avenue, 6th - 17th streets.

May 18 & 19: EEEEEATSCON LA

EEEEEATSCON is a food experience built in the spirit of a music festival, but with restaurants as the headliners. Created and produced by the popular restaurant discovery platform The Infatuation, EEEEEATSCON is designed for people who want more from a food festival than just tasting-size portions and cooking demonstrations.

The event features local restaurants along with exciting imports from around the world, many of them serving food you won't find anywhere else. With live performances happening through the day, EEEEEATSCON is as much about connecting with a community and getting inspired as it is about eating and being entertained. 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica; tickets are $30 - $35; for more information visit the event website

June

June 2: Pedal on the Pier

Cycle for a cause at the 9th annual Pedal on the Pier fundraiser on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.). The five-hour cycling event raises funds to send underserved kids to camp. Pedal on the Pier transforms the Santa Monica Pier into a high energy outdoor cycling studio, with more than 100 teams riding stationary bikes. Buy tickets and get more information at the Pedal on the Pier website. Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier; tickets $100. 

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.

Friday Events

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. 



Saturday Santa Monica Events

8 a.m. - ROGA (Run + Yoga) on the Pier

ROGA (run + yoga) returns to the Santa Monica Pier Saturday mornings for its Spring and Summer seasons through August 3, 2019.

8 a.m. Run: Meet under the iconic Pier sign at the top of the ramp at Colorado and Ocean for a morning warm-up run along the beach and around the Pier. Choose your speed, choose your distance (2mi and 5mi courses available). Walkers welcome too! Get more info at ROGA-Santa Monica Pier

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.

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. 

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 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Santa Monica Airport Antique Market

Noted as one of the top 10 "Flea Markets" in the U.S., the Santa Monica Airport Antique Market is an outdoor, dog-friendly market features furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, vintage clothes, jewelry, rugs, and more.

Located next to the Museum of Flying at 2800-3200 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; (323) 933-2511.

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.

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. 

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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