Calendar of Events

There is always a great variety of Southern California events happening, from the Santa Monica Pier summer concert series to the Santa Monica Airport Art Walk, from the Barneys New York Annual Sale to the Taste of Santa Monica: and that's just the big name venues.

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Southern California Attractions and Santa Monica Events Calendar

From the Santa Monica Pier’s free summer concerts with major recording acts to a variety of music venues, small to large, from theatre to stand-up comedy, you’ll find every type of performance is in this creative city by the sea. And because of our central Southern California location, you’ll have easy access to hundreds of attractions and events.

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04/20/2014 - 04/26/2014

Featured Events

John August Swanson Art Exhibit

  • Date(s): 03/30/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 12-3pm
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, 1008 Eleventh Street
  • Contact: Shalimar Carducci
  • Phone: (310) 393-8258
  • Admission: Free

The story of Holy Week/Easter told through the art of Los Angeles artist John August Swanson graces the First UMC of Santa Monica Sanctuary now through April 27. Noted for his finely detailed, brilliantly colored paintings and original prints, Mr. Swanson has works displayed in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, The Art Institute of Chicago, London’s Tate Gallery, the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, among others. John August Swanson The exhibit is open now through April 27, Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m., and by appointment for groups and individuals Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; call the church office to make an appointment. (310) 393-8258. Meet and greet Mr. Swanson on Palm Sunday, April 13 from 12 to 3 p.m. He will offer remarks at 1 p.m. Plenty of free parking in underground church garage across the street.

 

The Amazing Acro-cats

  • Date(s): 04/03/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7pm Thurs-Fri & 1pm, 4pm, 7pm Sat-Sun
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street
  • Admission: $25

The Santa Monica Playhouse welcomes Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats as they spring into  Santa Monica. The one-hour show features over a dozen fabulous felines (former orphans, rescues, and strays) walking tightropes, pushing carts, skateboarding, jumping through hoops, ringing bells, balancing on balls and turning on lights. Alley, our newest addition to the troupe, will be sure to delight and amaze you with her energy and ability. But wait there's more! Tuna, the star of the show, is the leader of the only cat band in existence, The Rock Cats. With Oz on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Sookie on chimes - Tuna (who plays cowbell)  and her band really steal the show with their own style of original music. There is even a chicken, Cluck Norris, on cymbal and tambourine!

 

Wake Up With the Waves

  • Date(s): 04/05/2014 - 05/24/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 9am-11am
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier
  • Phone: (310) 458-8901
  • Admission: Free

Calling all kids, ages 1-8, your Saturday mornings are about to get musical! Join us for Wake Up With the Waves, the interactive concert series for children each Saturday morning 9AM - 11AM at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s fresh-air fun with a rotating cast of musicians and entertainers who get kids engaged with singing, dancing, playing and more! It’s a perfect way to start the day. Then stick around for family fun at the Pier with amusements, rides, restaurants and more!

Snow White

  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 05/11/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 12:00 - 1:00PM Saturday & 1:00 - 2:00PM Sundays
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child - $20.00 Adult

Hi, ho, hi, ho it’s off to the woods Snow White will go! Creating Arts Company proudly presents the classic tale of a beautiful young Princess who is banished into the woods by her evil step-mother the Queen so she would be the fairest in the land. After taking refuge in the seven dwarf’s cottage, the magic mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is still the fairest in the land. Outraged the Queen decides to take matters into her own hands with a poisoned apple. Will the Prince be able to save Snow White with loves first kiss? Snow White is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play and is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-experience like no other! This audience interactive show combines film and projection with live action, and music for a play that pulls you right in! This show uses blackouts, strobe-lights and fog for special effects and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

Wizard of OZ

  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 05/11/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 2:00 - 3:00PM Saturdays & 3:00 - 4:00PM Sundays
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child - $20.00 Adult

Come see the show CBS called “an amazing stage show!” Creating Arts Company is proud to bring back The Wizard of Oz! This magical production will take you into a far away world, where you will experience a production for children and families like never before! This fun Mini Musical performance is a Cinematic-Theatrical-Interactive-Musical experience that blends film and screen technology with live action for a unique show that parents and kids will all enjoy! The timeless story has all the classic characters, Dorothy, The Tinman, The Scarecrow, The Lion, The Wizard, The Wicked Witch and Glinda the Good. The show is one hour and five minutes and includes all your favorite songs from the movie plus a hidden gem Come boo for the witch, cheer for Dorothy and her friends, sing, dance and interact while introducing your children to a classic.

 

Easter Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theatre

  • Date(s): 04/19/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday 2pm; Sunday 12:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.2
  • Admission: $15 for kids 4 to 10. One FREE adult admission with every paid child’s ticket; additional accompanying adults $5 each.

Interactive story-telling, sing-a-longs, crafts, face-painting, enactment of an Easter Bunny fairytale, theatre games, refreshments and special surprise gifts make this delightful Santa Monica Playhouse special event a wonderful Easter weekend excursion for kids ages 4 to 10 and their adult companions. Hosted by the gaily costumed Enchanted Fairytale Players, these events only take place a few times during the year, so make your reservations right away. Parents work as partners throughout this adorable acting adventure, taking an active role in all aspects of the program as everyone shares their personal perspectives on the day’s fairytale, plays fun games that develop the imagination, and works with crafts to create props which are used in the final presentation. Space is extremely limited and reservations are a must. With complimentary refreshments and a special gift for each participant, it’s the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy.

 

PRECOGNITO Gala Dinner & INCOGNITO Preview

  • Date(s): 04/23/2014
  • Times: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave.
  • Contact: Adrienne White
  • Phone: (310) 586-6488
  • Admission: Prices Vary

Join us for PRECOGNITO and INCOGNITO 10, the 10th anniversary of the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s signature benefit art sale. Choose from works by over 500 famed and emerging artists, and support SMMoA’s exhibitions and programs. Gala Dinner + INCOGNITO Preview honors the 10 luminary artists who have who have defined the spirit of INCOGNITO with their iconic logos: John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Gajin Fujita, Barbara Kruger, Paul McCarthy, Pat O’Neill, Laura Owens, Raymond Pettibon, Al Ruppersberg, and Henry Taylor. There will be an exclusive preview of 700 INCOGNITO artworks, Dinner by Ari Taymor of Alma, Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurant of 2013” and cocktails at 6:30pm.

 

An Evening with Masters of Indian Classical Music

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014
  • Times: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Santa Monica Bay Women's Club 1210 Fourth Street (Near Wilshire and 4th St).
  • Contact: Sol Garcia
  • Phone: (617) 981-2288
  • Admission: VIP Seating: $45 *Includes a "Meet and Greet" and professional pictures with the artists, priority seating, and a special presentation by the CRY America team. General Admission: $30 Seniors and St

Featuring world renowned sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on the tabla. This event is being organized by nonprofits, CRY America (www.america.cry.org) and Raga Rasa (www.ragarasa.org) in benefit of underprivileged children and music education.

 

CRY America and Raga Rasa present an evening with Masters of Indian Classical Music

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014
  • Times: 8:00pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Bay Women's Club, 1210 Fourth Street
  • Contact: Pooja Daftary
  • Admission: VIP: $45; General Admission: $30; Seniors and Students: $20; Children under 12: Free

Raga Rasa and CRY America Present An Evening with Masters of Indian Classical Music! Featuring world renowned sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri accompanied by Arup Chattopadhyay on the tabla. VIP tickets include a "Meet and Greet" and professional pictures with the artists, priority seating, and a special presentation by the CRY America team. General Admission: $30 Seniors and Students: $20 Children under 12: Free.

 

Annenberg Community Beach House 5th Anniversary Weekend

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, April 26 // 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.* Sunday, April 27 // 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.* *Please note different event end times
  • Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Phone: (310) 458-4904
  • Admission: Free and open to all, no reservations required with the exception of paddleboard lessons

On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children's playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a variety of free family-friendly programs including beach activities and games; fitness and ballroom-style dance classes; music and dance performances; tours of the historic Guest House and grounds; and more.

Art & Craft Show and Sale

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014
  • Times: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Location: 1210 4th Street
  • Contact: Addie Stalk
  • Phone: (310) 641-4849
  • Admission: Free

The Artist League of Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club will host an Art and Craft Show and Sale that will include items made by clients of several non-profit art therapy programs, including OPCC's Daybreak Designs; Creative Minds, which works with clients at Step Up On Second ; and InsideOut Productions, which runs the program at LA Goal. In addition, items created by members of the Artists’ League of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club and local commercial artists will be on sale. The show will benefit art education at the Skid Row Learning Center of School on Wheels and other non-profit art programs.

 

Heal the Bay's Earth Day Celebration

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Walk
  • Phone: (310) 393-6149

Earth Day is observed each year on April 22nd, but Heal the Bay and its Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will continue that celebration on Saturday, April 26th, with a beach cleanup, sandcastle contests and a day chock full of special Aquarium activities for the whole family.

The celebration begins with the monthly “Nothin’ But Sand” beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the north side of the Santa Monica Pier. Just down the beach from the cleanup, Heal the Bay's Sandcastle Contest - featuring the creations of architectural firms, design shops, entertainment studios, other businesses and civic groups - runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Inspired visitors will be invited to build their own sand sculptures from noon to 2 p.m. in a smaller scale contest run by the Aquarium staff. While cleaning the beach to help keep the ocean healthy is its own reward, anyone who participates on April 26th will also be compensated with free admission to the Aquarium that day, when the marine science center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The marine science center plans include scavenger hunts, face painting and craft stations set up to create take-home fish pendants and flowerpots. Underwater photographer and author Richard Salas will share some of his favorite images of marine life and tell stories of how he captured his subjects on film at 2 p.m. in the Aquarium’s Dorothy Green Room.

INCOGNITO 10

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014
  • Times: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave.
  • Contact: Adrienne White
  • Phone: (310) 586-6488
  • Admission: Prices Vary

Join us for PRECOGNITO and INCOGNITO 10, the 10th anniversary of the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s signature benefit art sale. Choose from works by over 500 famed and emerging artists, and support SMMoA’s exhibitions and programs. Trust your instincts to select and purchase works by a resplendent array of famed and emerging artists. This event will feature Food by Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, Complimentary cocktails and DJ Set by Daedelus.

 

Serve It Up! Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014
  • Times: 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Volleyball Courts (2400 Ocean Front Walk)
  • Admission: $15

Serve It Up! is going to be a fun-filled charity volleyball tournament benefiting the youth at The 24 Foundation (www.24Foundation.org). Whether you're an AVP Pro Tour Volleyball Player or an amateur who can't tell the difference between an indoor volleyball and a beach volleyball, we'll find a team for YOU! 4 x 4 Co-Ed Teams (MUST HAVE 2 females, and MAY HAVE a 5th on the team as a sub) 9:00 - 10:00 (Stretches, Free Play and Check-In) 10:00 - 2:30pm (Tournament) 2:30 - 3:00pm (FINALS) $15 per player.

 

The Dino Fair

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014
  • Times: 11am-4pm
  • Location: The Growing Place, 401 Ashland Avenue
  • Contact: The Growing Place
  • Phone: (310) 399-7769
  • Admission: Free

Every year, children, parents and friends from The Growing Place and the surrounding community attend our splashy fair. This year will feature a new reptile experience exhibit, an obstacle course, bounce houses, slides and swings, and exploding volcanoes. There will also be plenty of good food, games, music and other attractions.

 

Ongoing Events

American Cinematheque Screenings: Aero Theatre

  • Date(s): 01/01/2008
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street
  • Phone: (323) 466-3456
  • Admission: Tickets $10 or $7 for members

Movie presentations by American Cinematheque, a non-profit, viewer-supported cultural organization, dedicated to the public presentation of the moving picture in all its forms, from classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. Weekly screenings of art, independent and classic films. Also sneak peaks of upcoming movies with celebrity guest appearances and discussions with film-makers. Call for program information: 323-466-3456. Tickets $10 or $7 for members.

Downtown Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/02/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday 8:30am-1:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Arizona Avenue between Second and Third Street
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

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.

Farmers' Market Locations: Wednesdays at Arizona Ave & 2nd St and Saturdays at Arizona & 3rd St

Pico Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/05/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: Virginia Park at Pico and Cloverfield
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

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.

Santa Monica Conservancy Walking Tours of Downtown Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 01/05/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: Every Saturday morning, 10am
  • Location: 1436 2nd St (between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd)
  • Phone: (310) 496-3146
  • Admission: $5 for members, $10 for public

Presented by the Santa Monica Conservancy, discover more than 130 years of Santa Monica history. In approx. 2 hours and six blocks, the walk traverses more than 130 years of Santa Monica History, from its Wild West frontier beginnings to the sophisticated metropolis of today. RSVP the Thursday prior to the tour at (310) 496-3146.

Tours are every Saturday morning, $5 for members, $10 for public. Parking is available in the city parking structure opposite the hostel on the east side of 2nd Street. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that this tour is not suitable for young children.

Tours are rain or shine, but "rain checks" are offered if you call or email to reschedule.

Main Street Farmers' Market

  • Date(s): 01/06/2008
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 9:30am-1:00pm
  • Location: Main Street at Ocean Park Boulevard
  • Phone: (310) 458-8712
  • Admission: Free

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.

Ruskin Theatre: L.A. Cafe Plays

  • Date(s): 01/20/2008
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: The 3rd Sunday of every month, 7.30pm & 9pm
  • Location: Ruskin Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Phone: (310) 397-3244
  • Admission: $10 admission

Cafe Plays gives directors, actors and writers the chance to create a one-act play from scratch in 10 1/2 hours before presenting it the same evening to a live audience. Five one-act plays, bound by a common theme and locale, are staged each night. The 3rd Sunday of every month, 7.30pm & 9pm. $10 admission. Tel. 310 397 3244 or www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.

Jazz Party

  • Date(s): 07/19/2009
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 1pm-5pm
  • Location: The Lodge, 1600 Ocean Park Blvd
  • Contact: Pat Kerry
  • Phone: (310) 395-1471
  • Admission: Admission for members is $10; non-members $15

Jazz Forum of Santa Monica presents "Classic Jazz Music" the 3rd Sunday of every month featuring the Hot Jazz of the 1930’s, Swingin’ Jazz of the 1940’s, and Cool Jazz of the 1950’s. Jam sessions featuring LA’s finest Jazz artists, starts at 1 pm-5 pm at “The Lodge” on the corner of 16th and Ocean Park in Santa Monica. A large dance floor, bar, great food and free parking available.

Free Furry Fitness Walk

  • Date(s): 04/18/2010
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 10am - 11am
  • Location: Palisades Park
  • Contact: Anastasia Taylor
  • Phone: (310) 914-3033
  • Admission: Free

Join us on Sunday, April 18th from 10am-11am for a “dog/owner” warm up followed by a walk in Palisades Park. Water & healthy snacks will be served. All are welcome so invite your friends! Participants will receive a complimentary 1-Week Guest Pass + a 1-hour Training Session to the Spectrum Athletic Club plus discount coupons for The Loved Dog. Meet at the top of the Montana Stairs (Ocean and Montana). For more info or to RSVP contact Anastasia Taylor at 310-914-3033 or anastasia@theloveddog.com. Event is held the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Heal One World Free Yoga

  • Date(s): 06/22/2010
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Times: Tuesdays 5:15-6:20pm, Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Location: 1318 2nd St, #21
  • Phone: (310) 826-1971
  • Admission: Free (donation only basis)

FREE (donation only basis) classes for beginners in need of Wellness Help.

Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours

  • Date(s): 02/04/2011
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: as early as 7:00am up until dark
  • Location: Downtown Santa Monica, Main St., &/or Montana Ave
  • Phone: (310) 595-4526
  • Admission: $20.00 per person

Guided, exciting & informative "Daily" Santa Monica Walking Tours in Downtown Santa Monica, Main St., &/or Montana Ave. All Walking Tours honor the greatness of our popular city by the beach! Energetic, year around, varied Walking Tours, Shopping Tours, Walking Fitness, "Talk Walks", etc., highlight Santa Monica's "Hottest" Stores, Restaurants, Art, Entertainment, Sustainability, City Involvement, New Happenings, Special Events, & History, with entertaining stories/surprises designed to create lasting memories! Our Walking Tours promote fitness as well! Individuals/Groups/Privates are welcome! Approximately 2 hour Walking Tours. The "Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours" (varied walking tours) are "open hours" by schedule via phone or e-mail scheduled appointments.

Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club Artists League

  • Date(s): 02/15/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: Tuesdays 10 am to 1 pm
  • Location: 1210 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club
  • Phone: (310) 310-2273
  • Admission: free

Join fellow artists every Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm to work on your own projects in watercolor, gouache, acrylic or collage. Our historic building provides a quiet space that will allow your creativity to blossom and working with other artists will provide you with valuable feedback and new inspiration.

The L.A Cafe Plays

  • Date(s): 02/20/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 7:30PM & 9PM
  • Location: Ruskin Group Theatre
  • Contact: Ruskin Group Theatre
  • Phone: (310) 397-3244
  • Admission: $15.00 for 7:30PM Show; $10.00 for 9PM show

Ruskin Group Theatre’s popular “L.A. Café Plays” – dubbed the “Fastest Theater in Town” because five short plays go from conception to execution in just 10 1/2 hours – happen every third Sunday of the Month The Café Plays have won praise from audiences and the press alike. Many celebrities frequently participate. Past participants include Dylan Mcdermott, Ed Asner, Chris Mulkey to name a few.

Shark Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  • Date(s): 03/06/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk
  • Phone: (800) HEAL-BAY

Shark Sundays are a favorite weekly feature at the Aquarium. At 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while our horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come.  Expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit. Watch a shark-themed film – they’re shown at scheduled intervals throughout the afternoon. Also, stop by our pier exhibit, and see if you can find our Pacific angel shark. Everyone is invited to make a fun shark craft project to take home.

Extreme Close Up: Essays Inspired By the Movies

  • Date(s): 03/20/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 7-9 PM
  • Location: Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd.
  • Contact: CSchoenwald@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (310) 392-8508
  • Admission: $10.00

Vidiots Annex and Christine Schoenwald Presents Extreme Close-Up Essays Inspired by the Movies Sunday, April 17th at 7PM, space is limited.

This Month's Cast: Nancy Pimental Sarah Stanley Adam Gropman Jenny Noa Tom Cendejas Ted Hardwick Dylan Brody

Santa Monica: A Journey Into An Extraordinary Past Permanent Exhibit Gallery

  • Date(s): 03/30/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12pm - 8pm Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am - 5pm
  • Location: The Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 Seventh Street
  • Phone: (310) 395-2290
  • Admission: $5 general, $3 seniors & students, free for children under 12

Come experience the remarkable chapters of Santa Monica’s history in the permanent exhibit gallery. Place yourself in the front-page news of a past era, explore Santa Monica landmarks, or step into a re-created section of a Douglas C-47. Here you will discover the compelling people and stories that have shaped the extraordinary city of Santa Monica.

Four themed exhibit rooms delve into the rich and colorful history of Santa Monica: A Town in the Arts, A Town in the News, A Town at Work, and A Town at Play. Each themed exhibit showcases original artifacts, photographs, and documents. In addition, there are three hands on interactive exhibits that bring the history to life.

Tale Spin: A Monthly Gathering of People Telling True Stories

  • Date(s): 04/28/2011
  • Recurring monthly on the last Thursday
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30
  • Location: Vidiots Annex, 302 Pico Blvd.
  • Contact: Patty Polinger
  • Phone: (310) 392-8508
  • Admission: $10.00

Join us for our second Tale Spin: A monthly gathering of people telling true stories. In the flesh. Unplugged. Make us laugh, make us cry, share your personal experiences. And, pay $10 at the door and help keep Vidiots, our local storytelling vendors, in business! We will meet on the last Thursday of every month.

Seating is limited to 35. Please bring a $10 contribution to help keep Vidiots’ doors open. Bring a bottle of wine or preferred beverage and an appetizer of any kind. The stories are free.

The Punk House - Standup Comedy @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/22/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 9:00-10:30 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $8.00

Westside Comedy Theater's weekly cutting-edge standup show hosted by Ed Galvez! Every week features a hot new set of headlining comics, as well as hardcore up-and-comers and selected musical guests.

The Grind @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/23/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
  • Admission: Free

The Grind is M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater's flagship long form improv show. Incredible improv brought to you by the guys who own and run the theater. The cast has been performing together for over a decade.  Come see what many people consider their favorite improv show in Los Angeles. A new standup opener every week. This show is free and 18+. Featuring improvisers from The League, Modern Family, Justified, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Funny or Die, Playboy TV, Manswers, MadTV, the host of Speed Channel's The List and the co-creator/star of Epic Rap Battles of History!

 

The Jam @ M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

  • Date(s): 06/23/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 11:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets)
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: Free!

The Jam is the WCT's weekly open improv show where anyone from the audience can come onstage and try their hand at improv comedy. Hosts Cole Stratton and Morgan Christensen draw names at random to jump up on stage and perform 2-to-3-person scenes. After everyone has performed, all are invited onstage for a free-form montage.

The Mission IMPROVable Show

  • Date(s): 06/24/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 PM
  • Location: 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade (in the alley between 3rd and 4th Streets).
  • Contact: Sean Casey
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10.00

Mission IMPROVable is award winning, high-energy explosive improv show with lots of audience interaction! Every Friday and Saturday at 10PM.  Members of Mission IMPROVable have had roles on such shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Modern Family, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Speed Channel Host, Brothers & Sisters, Parenthood, Justified, Epic Rap Battles of History (Over a billion series downloads, 4 Streamy Awards this year), multiple national commercials, and thousands of live shows in over 7 countries and all 50 states. Mission IMPROVable is a 9 time nominee for Comedy Act of the Year, 2011 Winner of that award. They are the 2012 National Entertainer of the Year winners. They've also performed as part of Lollapalooza and on Disney's cruise ship!

 

Marion Davies Guest House & Docent Tours

  • Date(s): 06/25/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Phone: (310) 458-4904
  • Admission: Free

Learn about the rich history of the Beach House from a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and no reservations are required.

The Guest House is scheduled to be open from 11am-2pm on dates listed below, unless otherwise noted, with tours beginning at 11am, 12pm & 1pm. Guest House hours are subject to change. Changes to the below schedule will be posted with as much notice as possible. Please call the day before you plan to visit to confirm. The Guest House may close in instances of inclement weather.

Food Truck Bazaar at California Heritage Museum

  • Date(s): 07/12/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Location: California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St
  • Phone: (310) 392-2512

Gourmet Food Trucks, sit-down eating accommodations and facilities. Free parking in the Museum parking lot. Metered parking in the adjacent lots. Free bicycle valet! Proceeds benefit the Museum.

Prime Night Tours

  • Date(s): 08/09/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: Registration and Appetizers from 6 PM-7 PM
  • Location: Ozumo's
  • Contact: Corinthian "D. Platinum" Kelly
  • Phone: (310) 991-9938
  • Admission: $30 per person

Prime Night Tours offers our guests a fun and energetic tour of Santa Monica's nightlife like you have never seen it before... We will be your official guides, ensuring that you are well taken care of and having the time of your life while partaking in the best bars and nightlife which Los Angeles has to offer. Our international and local guests makes it happen each Tuesday night. Good conversation, Good People, Good Times, and a safe environment. PRIME Night Tours and YOU will be the Life of the Party!!! Includes entry into all clubs, free welcome shots, and drink discounts!

Comedy Nights in the Basement

  • Date(s): 10/05/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 8pm-12midnight
  • Location: Yankee Doodles - 1410 Third Street Promenade
  • Contact: Jordan Reynolds
  • Phone: (310) 985-4143
  • Admission: Free w/ $20 minimum purchase during show

Stand-Up Comedy Night - Hosted by LA's #1 Comedy Show Producer Jay Davis. Talent from Comedy Central, Showtime Presents, and HBO specials. Many comedians have headlined their own US and International tours. Please join us at The Basement Under Yankee Doodles for great food, cold beverages, and superior service! No cover!

Gallery at Annenberg Community Beach House

  • Date(s): 10/10/2011
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 9-3pm, Gallery hours are subject to change. Upcoming closures will be posted here with as much notice as possible.
  • Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
  • Phone: (310) 458-4904

Cultural Abstraction, Contemporary Figurations: the Work of Seven Contemporary Figurative Painters in Santa Monica.


July 28 - December 4, 2011
An exhibition of work by seven artists from the Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program. Francisco Cabas, Quinne Larson, Abdul Mazid, Kathleen Melian, Jessica Nicol, Elizabeth Weber and Elena Wolek spin the narrative in their work into a thread that joins seemingly incongruent concepts in a visual dialogue, investigating and reporting ideas about cultural identity, gender empowerment, dislocation, consumption and human regeneration. The works display constant movement in delicate balance between figurative and abstract representations.

"Emerging Artists for Emerging Collectors" Art Opening / Artist Reception

  • Date(s): 01/06/2012
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Friday
  • Times: 5 - 8 pm
  • Location: haleARTS S P A C E
  • Contact: Sean Hemeon
  • Phone: (310) 314-8038
  • Admission: Free

"Emerging artists for emerging collectors" - New local artist featured every other friday with reception.

Brett Young at Sonoma Wine Garden

  • Date(s): 03/13/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Sonoma Wine Garden, 395 Santa Monica Place, 3rd Floor Dining Deck
  • Phone: (424) 214-4560

Join Brett Young and special guests, every Tuesday night for a live music set at 6:30pm on our garden patio.

Paint, Wine and Cheese Nights

  • Date(s): 07/07/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: info@paintlab.net
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $30.00 + cost of canvas

Need some guidance and some liquid inspiration to get in the creative mood? Try our Instructed Paint, Wine, and Cheese Workshops! It’s fun and social, and our instructors walk you through the steps to help you create your own beautiful piece of art, which make great gifts or souvenirs. Price includes instruction, paints, brushes, and complimentary refreshments and we cleanup for you! Ask us about other dates available. Call to reserve.

 

Painter's Breakfast at Paint:Lab

  • Date(s): 07/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10AM-1PM
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: info@paintlab.net
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $25.00 + the cost of canvas

Start your Sunday morning off on the creative side of the bed, filled with painting, coffee, tea and a light breakfast fare. Painters Breakfast @ Paint:Lab Sundays from 10am – 1pm. $25 plus the cost of your canvas ** Includes all the brushes, paints, easels, set up and cleanup, coffee, tea, oatmeal or bagel. **mention this post for a 10% discount on your canvas purchase**

Destination Food Tour Presents A Taste of Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 07/27/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Location: Throughout Santa Monica
  • Admission: $59

You will be taken on a 3-hour adventure starting with how Santa Monica was established, all the ways Santa Monica has changed over the years, and of course all of the great things that Santa Monica has to offer today. You will sit down and relax with an interesting mix of people while you enjoy distinctive food and wine from some of Santa Monica's unique restaurants and shops. Tourists and locals alike will benefit from Destination Food Tour's knowledgeable suggestions for activities, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Take this tour at the beginning of your visit; then go out and explore all the great places that may otherwise go unseen.

Story Time at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  • Date(s): 08/04/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk
  • Phone: (310) 393-6149

Join us every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for a whale of a tale! The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will host story time in the Dorothy Green Room. Children (and adults) love to hear a good story, and the Aquarium has a nearly endless supply of books celebrating life of the sea. Join us any Saturday for a fun-filled story time. And while you're here, be sure to get a hug from a sea urchin, check out the new-born sharks in the nursery, make a marine-themed craft to take home and learn about the more than 100 species on exhibit - all marine life found in the Santa Monica Bay.

Hump Day Food Trucks

  • Date(s): 08/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: Lunch hours are 10am-3pm, Dinner hours are 4-9pm
  • Location: 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard

Officially called Hump Day Lot, a collection of food trucks will be available every Wednesday featuring easy access parking for bikes and vehicles alike. The food trucks will be located at 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard, which is at the corner of 14th and Santa Monica.

As many as six trucks may be on site at once, serving lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment will also be available in the form of music by The Central, a “social aid and pleasure club,” from noon to 9 p.m.

Wine Wednesdays at The Buffalo Club

  • Date(s): 08/08/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Buffalo Club, 1520 Olympic Blvd.
  • Phone: (310) 450-8600
  • Admission: $24

 Our Certified Sommelier, Brayner Ferry, will be describing, pouring and teaching you about selected wines every Wednesday at our Garden Courtyard Lounge. It's casual; arrive anytime. Wines are accompanied by an assortment of artisan cheeses. If you stay for dinner, enjoy 50% off any wine from our Garden Courtyard list.

Harlow Gold at Harvelle's

  • Date(s): 10/25/2012
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: Doors open at 8pm; Shown starts at 10pm
  • Location: Harvelle's, 1432 4th St.
  • Admission: General Admission: $25; VIP premium reserved: $50

In the mood for something a little different? The Harlow Gold show at Harvelle's is the perfect recipe for a fun night out. Providing LA's only modern cabaret review, the dancers will amaze with their superbly choreographed performances that occur throughout the entire room. Sit back and hold onto your drinks, the show will come to you!

This Is How We Do It Sunday

  • Date(s): 02/17/2013
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Sunday
  • Times: 6:30pm
  • Location: Mi's Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd St. Promenade
  • Contact: OurFunnyComedyShow@gmail.com
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10

Come out for this 90s-themed comedy show. Everyone who comes in 90s gear gets in for half price. The show features the best comics in the city, celebs from the 90s, 90s trivia & prizes...This Is How We Do It!

 

House Team Party

  • Date(s): 04/15/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Location: M.I.'s Westisde Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade
  • Contact: Mike Betette
  • Phone: (310) 405-5885
  • Admission: Free

Three of our amazing house teams perform long-form improv based on your suggestions. No drink minimum. Always free. Come see why we're the fastest growing comedy theater in Los Angeles.

 

Kids Weekend Art Camp

  • Date(s): 05/18/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: 2912 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Contact: Paint Lab
  • Phone: (310) 450-9200
  • Admission: $55 includes all materials

Bring your child to come enjoy our Kids Weekend Art Camp on Saturdays & Sundays! Open to ages 5 - 12yrs old. $55 includes all art materials (instruction, paint, brushes and paper). Choose from individual lessons or a multi-week lesson plan. Reservations required. Mention this add for a 5% discount on one child or signing up more then one child, up to 10% off per child, same day.

 

Community Dinners at RAWvolution

  • Date(s): 06/12/2013
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Euphoria Loves Rawvolution, 2301 Main St
  • Phone: (310) 392-9501
  • Admission: $20

RAWvolution hosts a weekly dinner series with live music. The multi-course raw/vegan menu includes cheese & crackers plate, choice of two soups and a large Radiance salad. You can also order a la carte. Candlelight dinner, great atmosphere and Open Mic showcase at the end of the night, 7pm every Wednesday. Bring your own wine and we'll uncork it for you!

 

Movies on the Beach

  • Date(s): 02/09/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: Sunset
  • Location: Coast Restaurant at Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd
  • Contact: Coast
  • Phone: (310) 458-0030
  • Admission: Free with purchase

Nestled right next to Hollywood-Land, we’d be remiss to let the bustling of awards season go by without tribute. In celebration of this year’s accolades, Coast Beach Café & Bar is adding entertainment in the truest of Hollywood forms: Movies on the Beach. Beginning February 9th, and every Sunday thereafter until April, Coast will screen a few popular movies. The lineup: Bonnie and Clyde, Fellini's Roma, North by Northwest, The Wild Bunch, Lawrence of Arabia, Jaws, among others. Happy hour prices on all beer and wine as well as specialty cocktails related to the theme of their film will be on the menu. Coast will also be offering a special menu during movie night. Some of the movie themed food will include spicy bacon and cheese popcorn, crispy Korean style chicken wings, and s’mores served with hot chocolate.

 

TALHOTBLOND

  • Date(s): 03/07/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 8PM; Sundays 2PM
  • Location: Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Avenue
  • Contact: Judith Borne
  • Phone: (310) 397-3244
  • Admission: $20-$25

An Emmy Award winning journalist stumbles on a plot that towers all others. Based on a true story, playwright Kathrine Bates crafts this stunning account of lust, lies, and fantasies into a World Premiere production at Ruskin Group Theatre. Sex and obsession, indulged through an erotic relationship on the Internet leads to explosive consequences, becoming a cautionary tale for the times we live in. Free parking is available at the theater.

 

Awkward Family Photos Exhibit at California Heritage Museum

  • Date(s): 03/28/2014 - 07/26/2014
  • Recurring every 12 weeks on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11am to 4pm
  • Location: California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St
  • Phone: (310) 392-8537
  • Admission: $10 adults; $5 Senior and Students; Members & Children Under 12 are Free

The “Awkward Family Photo” exhibition, at the California Heritage Museum, opens on March 28, and will continue through July 27, 2014. It invites you to celebrate those less than picture-perfect moments in an exhibition that explores ten family themes: The Family Portrait; Siblings; Vacation; The Kids; The Holidays; Weddings; Dad; Mom; The Grandparents; Birthdays; and The Family Pet. This exhibit is based on the popular blog and books, "Awkward family Photos."

 

Sommelier Saturdays at Del Frisco's Grille

  • Date(s): 03/29/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the last Saturday
  • Times: 1pm-3pm
  • Location: Del Frisco's Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave #105
  • Phone: (310) 395-7333
  • Admission: $35

Join Del Frisco's Grille Sommelier Adem Sash for Sommelier Saturdays - a monthly wine series for vino lovers! $35 per person for a two-hour wine lesson from one of LA's top sommeliers, along with hors d'oeuvres. Topics include, the differences between Pinot Noirs from different regions, oaked vs. unoaked Chardonnay and the art of sounding savvy when speaking with a restaurant's sommelier. Del Frisco's Grille is located on the corner of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd, and valet parking is available adjacent to restaurant. Reservations can be made by calling: (310) 395-7333.

Nature in Abstraction

  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 05/14/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening reception: April 12, 6 - 9 pm; Exhibition: April 12 - May 14, 2014
  • Location: Tara Gallery, 1202 Montana Avenue, Suite B
  • Contact: Homa Taraji
  • Phone: (310) 489-2417
  • Admission: Free

Tara Gallery invites you to the opening reception of Nature in Abstraction - a rare and notable exhibition of abstract contemporary paintings by Mostafa Dashti, a prominent Iranian artist who lives and works in Iran. This is the first time his work will be shown in the US. Opening reception: Saturday, April 12, 6 - 9 pm. Exhibition runs April 12 - May 14, 2014.

 

Turning Thirty

  • Date(s): 04/19/2014 - 06/29/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: Gen. adm. $29; stud, teachers, srs, military $22.50. Groups of 8 or more $17.50. Under 12’s $15.00. $20 preview price April 19-20, 27-28 (may not be combined with any other offer or discount).

From the team that brought you the 2013 hit Raise Me Up (“Outstanding!” American Radio Network; “Timeless as romance itself!” LA Weekly), it’s a world premiere romantic comedy about mothers, daughters, and the profound effect they have on each other and the men in their lives. An obstacle course of weddings, Porsches, trust fund deadlines, biological clock time-bombs, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt, Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love.

 

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