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.


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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Featured Events

Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree

  • Date(s): 07/27/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 2pm-9p
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier, Ocean Ave & California Blvd
  • Phone: (213) 465-3123
  • Admission: Advance GA Tickets available beginning at $10. Walkup can be as much as $15. There will be a VIP ticket announced soon. Kids 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult (while supplies last)

Beginning Sunday July 27 the majestic venue at the far tip of the Pier welcomes music lovers and dancers. Silent Frisco and Henry Lawrence Presents bring you Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree, a historic music series out in the sun with an infinite view of the Pacific. Every Sunday through September 21 from 2pm-9pm.

Silent Frisco Seaside Soiree explores LA’s vibrant DJ culture, gathering as many as 7 performers in an ambitious cross section of sound transmitted to 2-channel wireless headphones. Each installment breaks down into 2 segments: “Sunshine Sessions” and “Sunset Showdowns.” Sunshine Sessions run from 2pm-5pm and feature dreamy daytime beats fit for audiences of all ages from the likes of KCRW superstars Jeremy Sole, Mario Cotto, DJ Valida, and Dan Wilcox.

Shakespeare on a Tennis Court!

  • Date(s): 08/21/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Reed Memorial Park, corner of 7th & Wilshire, Tournament Tennis Court #1
  • Contact: John Farmanesh-Bocca
  • Phone: (310) 270-3454
  • Admission: Suggested 20$ donation per ticket, kids get in FREE

Shakespeare Santa Monica's 11th season presents As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors. It will take place outdoors at Reed Memorial Park, on the corner of 7th St. & Wilshire Blvd. on Tournament Tennis Court #1. As You Like It - Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31 Sept. 6, 7, 13, 14. The Comedy of Errors - Aug. 28, 29 Sept. 4, 5. 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21. Bring a blanket, it can get a little chilly. :) Food and Drinks are allowed! :) Come have a picnic and laugh with us!


New Exhibition at TAG Gallery Featuring Artists: Pam Douglas, Ernie Marjoram, Camey McGilvray

  • Date(s): 09/02/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: September 6, 5-8pm; Artist Talk: September 20, 5pm
  • Location: TAG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, (Bergamot Station)
  • Contact: TAG Gallery
  • Phone: (310) 829-9556
  • Admission: Free

The Long Thread, Pam Douglas: New work by Pam Douglas explores the cycle of birth and death in “The Long Thread.” This show transcends her previous paintings by adding string, twine and rope -- rough textures that contrast with silk and rice paper, expanding these large-scale works into 3-dimensions.

Works on Paper, Ernie Marjoram: For his current exhibition, “Works on Paper,” artist Ernie Marjoram presents drawings of a range of subjects; landscapes, still life compositions and figure studies in a variety of media: watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and charcoal, etchings and digital prints. Marjoram’s latest body of work is a transition from previous oil studies in vibrant candies and comfort foods.

L.A. Boogie Woogie, Camey McGilvray: In artist Camey McGilvray's latest sculpture series, abstracted forms in wood, wire and rebar are a continued concentration in her work. Using the grid as a compositional tool, McGilvray recalls mid-century Los Angeles architectural influences - referencing the landmark "Hollywood Hills House", among other urban locations, including downtown Los Angeles itself.

Chili Roast at Santa Monica Farmers Market

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 9am-1pm
  • Location: Virginia Avenue Park

It’s late summer and the chilies are ready for harvest! Join us for a southwest style chili roast at the Pico farmers market located in Virginia Avenue Park. Take these delicious chilies home and whip up something tasty or freeze them to use later.

Roga at the Pier

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 10/11/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8am Run, 9am Yoga
  • Location: West end of the Santa Monica Pier
  • Phone: (310) 458-8901
  • Admission: Free

Free Run + Yoga classes at the Pier brought to you by Clif Bar and Honest Tea. Come and get stretchy!

I Love Santa Monica II Exhibit at Jeanie Madsen Gallery

  • Date(s): 09/09/2014 - 09/23/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Sunday, Tues, & Wed: 1-7pm Thurs - Sat.: 1-11pm Mondays: by appointment only
  • Location: Jeanie Madsen Gallery, 1431 Ocean Avenue
  • Phone: (310) 393-7436

An Exhibition of emerging to established Santa Monica and Los Angeles Artists through September 24th, 2014

The Awareness Festival

  • Date(s): 09/11/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Locations throughout Santa Monica
  • Phone: (310) 826-1971

The Awareness Film Festival is a dynamic festival promoting the awareness of world issues. Bringing together filmmakers, artists, educators, environmentalists, alternative health practitioners and other industry professionals, the Awareness Film Festival aims to inspire the public through this engaging, entertaining and unique annual event in the film capital of the world. Themes represented in this year’s films include: green and eco-friendly living, homelessness, gang/felon reform, veteran’s issues, cancer survival, GMOs, marijuana policy reform, couch-surfing community, pilgrimages, mental health stories, vision loss, women’s issues; stories of hope, the arts, spirituality, and current events. Film presentations will be accompanied by filmmaker Q&A’s with talent in attendance.


Stogie Kenyatta’s The World is My Home – The Life of Paul Robeson

  • Date(s): 09/14/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: $25 in advance ($30 at the door)

Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous - Santa Monica Playhouse is proud to present three performances only of film, television and stage personality Stogie Kenyatta’s acclaimed show about African-American artist-activist Paul Robeson. Robeson – internationally renowned actor, recording artist, concert singer, football player, All-American athlete and Phi Beta Kappa Society laureate at Rugters University, was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz/Be-bop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression. His life’s work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice. Proceeds benefit the Save the Santa Monica Playhouse Campaign.


Cracked Presents: Unpopular Opinion

  • Date(s): 09/16/2014
  • Times: 8:30 (Doors at 8:15)
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Westside Comedy Theater
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $5

The only Tuesday night stand-up comedy show Santa Monica will ever need. Presented in part by Adam Tod Brown, an editor and columnist at (the #1 comedy site on the web), Unpopular Opinion's eclectic mix of up-and-comers, established comics and the Internet's funniest writers and performers make for one of the most entertaining comedy shows around. Tickets are just $5 and the lineup for the next show is a great one! Get your tickets now! Lineup: Adam Tod Brown (Cracked), Dan O’Brien (Cracked), Jeff May (That Hashtag Show), Quincy Johnson, Jon Shefsky, Eric Bell, Ben Blanchard and more!


Opera at the Beach

  • Date(s): 09/17/2014
  • Times: Seating 5:30pm; Show 7:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Admission: Free

LA Opera is pleased to inaugurate a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The inaugural presentation, Verdi’s La Traviata, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier. The live broadcast will be captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and shown simultaneously on a large LED screen on the Santa Monica Pier deck.


Third Street Promenade's 25th Anniversary Symposium

  • Date(s): 09/17/2014
  • Times: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, 1210 Fourth Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Contact: Kevin Herrera/Downtown Santa Monica Inc.
  • Phone: (310) 393-8355
  • Admission: Free

Third Street Promenade 25th Anniversary Symposium It didn't just happen. Hear from urban planning and retail experts about how civic leaders, merchants and residents transformed a failing pedestrian mall during the late 1980s into one of the most celebrated public spaces in the world — Third Street Promenade. See what's in store for the future as Downtown Santa Monica transforms itself into a true 24/7 community.


Abner Who? Performing at Trip Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 09/19/2014
  • Times: 8:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Location: Trip, 2101 Lincoln Blvd.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: (310) 396-9010
  • Admission: 8$

Abner Who? performing at Trip Santa Monica! Abner Who? will be gracing the stage of "The Best Neighborhood Music Venue" says LA Weekly. Currently Abner Who? is recording with grammy nominated Warren Huart and grammy winning Phil Allen of Spitfire Studios. Come out for amazing drinks, cool vibe, and some jaunty music!


AltCar Expo & Conference

  • Date(s): 09/19/2014 - 09/20/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium & Doubletree Hotel
  • Contact: Platia Productions
  • Phone: (310) 390-2930

Come see (and drive!) the latest innovations in alternative transportation and energy; Solar Santa Monica vendor workshop, panel discussions and more.


U.S. Premiere of The Kingdom Within @ The Awareness Film Festival

  • Date(s): 09/19/2014
  • Times: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Historic Bay Club, 1210 Fourth Street
  • Contact: Naomi
  • Phone: (512) 590-4236
  • Admission: $12.00

"The Kingdom Within" explores the world of yoga in America, set among a Christian context. The film was shot entirely in Austin, TX. The hometown of the director, Bob Peck, Austin is one city that exemplifies these two perspectives. Texas is known for its conservative and traditional values, while the city of Austin is known for its artists, hippies, and Eastern-appreciating spiritualists. It is the microcosm of our debate. The film explores many layers of inquiry behind yoga's presence in America. Beyond the theology, there is a need to answer the question: Is yoga just physical exercise? Ultimately the film lets the audience decide. With eighteen different viewpoints, “The Kingdom Within” reminds us that any issue is never black and white.


Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 9am-12pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Beach by the Pier, Ocean Park or Bay Street
  • Contact: Heal the Bay

It's the world's largest beach party! On September 20, join hundreds of thousands of other volunteers around the world -- including over 10,000 Los Angeles residents -- in showing some love for our most valuable natural resource.


Doggy Dash Cause for Paws 5K/10K

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 8am-1pm
  • Location: Crescent Bay Park, 2000 Ocean Ave

Bring your four-legged family emmebr and join us for 5K/10K walk along the beach oath at Cresent Bay Park in Santa Monica! All proceeds benefit Pet Cancer Research & Awareness and SCGRR. Everyone will receive a medal!


LA Shelby American Tony Sousa Memorial Car Show

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier East Parking Deck
  • Admission: Free

Join us for a day featuring championship cars from the L.A. Chapter of the Shelby American car owners.


The Comic/Enter Laughter Double Feature

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave
  • Phone: (310) 260-1528
  • Admission: $11 General; $7 Members

Join us for a double feature of the films "The Comic" and "Enter Laughter." There will be an introduction by Carl Reiner, who will sign his new book "I Just Remembered" in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

The Santa Monica Pier Pressure Scavenger Hunt

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 2pm-3:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier
  • Admission: $22

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt at the Santa Monica Pier! You may think you know the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade, but on this scavenger hunt you’ll uncover secrets and quirks you never suspected. Highlights include Palisades Park, the 1916 carousel featured in The Sting, a 19th-century tavern and weapon of mass destruction, movie locations, menacing cannons, spectacular views, oddball art, strange sculptures and a 500-pound giant shark


Third Street Promenade's Sonic Submarine

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 5-10pm
  • Location: Third Street Promenade, 1300 Block (near Arizona Ave.)
  • Contact: Downtown Santa Monica Inc.
  • Phone: (310) 393-8355
  • Admission: Free

Take a funky expedition on the Sonic Submarine as the Third Street Promenade is transformed into the Westside's largest outdoor dance party featuring KCRW's hottest DJs. There's something for everyone, including bubbles and lights for the kids, an Interactive Photo Booth and special discounts from some of Downtown Santa Monica's amazing merchants. DJ Lineup: Raul Campos, Mario Cotto, Chris Douridas, Travis Holcombe, Garth Trinidad.


tokidoki for LeSportsac

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 1-5pm
  • Location: LeSportsac, 395 Sata Monica Place
  • Admission: Free

Simone Legno's criminally cute and imaginative world of tokidoki returns to LeSportsac in 2014 for a reunion of vibrant proportions. Please join LeSportsac at Santa Monica Place for a meet & greet with Simone Legno.


West Coast Premiere of Documentary Film Hard Way Home

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014
  • Times: 3:00-5:00PM
  • Location: The Historic Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, 1210 Fourth Street
  • Contact: Michele Clemetn
  • Phone: (978) 766-0483
  • Admission: $12

The West Coast premiere of the documentary film Hard Way Home will take place on Saturday, September 20th at the Awareness Film Festival in Santa Monica. Hard Way Home explores a 28-year-old woman’s efforts to let go of her haunted past by undertaking a daunting challenge: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Visit to learn more and watch the trailer. The Awareness Film Festival is a unique annual event formed by the non-profit organization Heal One World that brings together filmmakers, artists, educators, environmentalists, and other industry professionals to raise awareness of a variety of world issues.


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.

Main Library Docent Tours

  • Date(s): 12/19/2008
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday
  • Times: 12:30pm
  • Location: Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd
  • Phone: (310) 458-8600

On the third Friday of every month, docents will lead tours of the Main Library. Tour will include not only the library collections, but also history, sustainability, art and architecture!

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.

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.

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.

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) 392-8537

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:
  • 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:
  • 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!

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!


Miss Dakota's Gypsy Rose Burlesque

  • Date(s): 03/20/2014 - 12/18/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday
  • Times: Doors open at 8:00pm; Show begins at 10:00pm
  • Location: Harvelle's Blues Club - 1432 4th Street
  • Contact: Abbi Puanani
  • Phone: (310) 467-7494
  • Admission: $20

Gypsy Rose is dance extravaganza in the spirit of Burlesque & Classic Cabaret starring Burlesque Superstar, Miss Dakota, along side a bouquet of talented beauties teasing you with dances to an array of music and styles including Jazz, Latin & even a little Ballet. Created by Miss Dakota (Dakota Ferreiro - Co-Owner of Dollhouse Entertainment), international choreographer, Michael B. Peña, and Los Angeles producer, director and co-owner of Dollhouse Entertainment, Abbi Puanani, Gypsy Rose takes its audience for an invigorating adventure through 3 acts, each more exciting and surprising then the last, keeping guests on the edge of their seats. In Addition, specialty acts and guest musicians are scheduled for your entertainment.


Picnic on the Promenade

  • Date(s): 05/16/2014 - 09/26/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 12-3pm
  • Location: Corner of Arizona and Third Street
  • Admission: Free

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. introduces Picnic on the Promenade, a patio that pops up on Third Street Promenade Fridays beginning May 16 through the summer. From noon to 3 p.m. at the corner of Arizona and Third Street in Santa Monica, picnic tables and umbrellas spring up to create a lively outdoor lunching area. Picnicgoers are welcome to bring their own food, or grab-and-go from their favorite Third Street Promenade eateries. It’s free, and it’s here for the summer to help celebrate Third Street Promenade’s 25th Anniversary. To provide a soundtrack to this scene, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. has partnered with locally produced NPR affiliate KCRW. To launch the inaugural May 16 Picnic, station DJ Garth Trinidad will spin his signature progressive world rhythm for picnic-goers. Chris Douridas will take the turntables on June 13th, and Raul Campos will lay down the Friday funk on August 8.


The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen No Cover Live Music Line-Up

  • Date(s): 06/12/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Location: The Craftsman Bar, 119 Broadway
  • Phone: (310) 395-6037
  • Admission: Free

Join us at The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen for some of the best live music in Santa Monica 5 nights a week. Bands play Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and we never charge a cover. Kick back and listen to some sweet jams while enjoying one of our famous gourmet mini burgers or a drink of of our happy hour which goes until 8 PM every single day! Visit our website for band line-ups or to check out some future interviews with our bands visit our blog.


Barnyard Madness with The Three Little Pigs

  • Date(s): 06/28/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 2pm, Sundays at 12:30
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: $10.50 for kids 12 and under; $12.50 for adults

This rib-tickling Family Theatre Musical for Kids 2 to 102, created by the internationally acclaimed team of Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie, proves once and for all that friendship doesn’t depend on size, color, background, “species” or nationality. Acclaimed designer James Cooper’s set - a delightful 40s diner - festooned with a collection of more than 100 vintage piggies of all shapes and sizes – alone is worth the price of admission. Delightful audience participation and a sprinkling of puns and word play adds an extra pig-me-up to the overall enjoyment of this hilarious musical comedy. Those delicious piggies will tug on your hamstrings as they give their wolverine admirers a run for their money, giving a whole new meaning to the term “pig out!” For that special day, Family Theatre Musicals also offer complete birthday and tea parties with every performance. 


Warriors of Flames Exhibit

  • Date(s): 06/28/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesday and Thursday 12-8pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Location: Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street
  • Contact: Danielle Lewis
  • Phone: (310) 395-2290
  • Admission: $5 for General Admission, $3 for Students (13-18), Free for children (12 & under)

The Santa Monica History Museum is holding a celebration for the Santa Monica Fire Department’s 125th anniversary with an exhibit, Warriors of Flames, that charts the evolution of the Santa Monica Fire Department from a small grass-roots organization to one of the premiere, most progressive fire departments in the United States with over 50 historic photographs and artifacts on exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 28th and runs until September 27th with the Santa Monica’s Fire Department’s 1952 Mack fire engine on display at the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is donating $1 from every paid admission to help restore the historic fire truck.


Turning Thirty (Extended!)

  • Date(s): 07/19/2014 - 09/28/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:30 PM on Saturdays, 3:00 PM on Sundays
  • 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; students, teachers, seniors, military $22.50. Groups of 8 or more $17.50. Under 12’s $15.00.

It’s the rom-com to end all rom-coms.It's got everything! Lisa Phillips Visca's Turning Thirty has passion and friction between mothers and daughters, sisters and cousins, boyfriends and ex's, in a side-splitting whirlwind comedy of romance, sibling rivalry, trust fund deadlines, suspense, dating dilemmas, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt! Helmed by award-winning director Chris DeCarlo and featuring a spectacular cast of stage and screen personalities, it’s the go-to theatre event of the season. And what's more, there's free frozen yogurt coupons offered by Santa Monica’s brand new Yogurtland for everyone in the entire audience. A win-win for all!


2 ACROSS:Jerry Mayer’s Smash-Hit Comedy

  • Date(s): 08/09/2014 - 09/28/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:30pm
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: Gen adm: $29.50; students, teachers, seniors, members of the military, $22.50; groups of 8 or more $18.50

It’s Jerry Mayer’s smash-hit comedy of crosswords and romance that asks the burning question, “Can a crossword puzzle change your life?” Ten years after it premiered at Santa Monica Playhouse, 2 ACROSS embarks again, helmed by acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo and starring stage and screen personalities Kip Gilman and Wendy Michaels. A commuter train leaves San Francisco Airport at 4:15 a.m. on its way to the East Bay. A man and a woman who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles are on that BART train. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. She's a bean counter; he's a loose canon. They argue, laugh, share secrets, kiss. By the time they reach their destination and depart, the encounter has changed their lives. But will they meet again? Over 40 Million people in the U.S. do crossword puzzles every day. Most never finish them; a driven few would rather die than give up. 2 ACROSS has one of each, and the sparks that fly will have you laughing till you drop.


Children’s Hands-On History

  • Date(s): 08/16/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • Times: 11am
  • Location: Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street

The Santa Monica History Museum invites children and their parents to their free monthly Hands-On History series, to be held at 11AM on the third Saturday morning of every month. The upcoming class will be August 16th.  Children, ages 6 and up, are invited to participate in a related hands-on craft activity following the lesson. RSVP is requested; registration is available at the door.


Chris Vincent - One Man Band @ The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen

  • Date(s): 08/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10pm-1am
  • Location: 119 Broadway
  • Contact: The Craftsman Bar & Kitchen
  • Phone: (310) 395-6037
  • Admission: Free

Chris Vincent is a Seattle born guitarist & singer. His One Man Band show consists of stripped down acoustic blues versions of classic rock and contemporary favorites. 21+ Event, No Cover.


Hatch Chile Festival

  • Date(s): 09/08/2014 - 10/08/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Coast Restaurant at Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd
  • Admission: $34 per person

In New Mexico, the season of Hatch Chile’s is a revered one!  Enjoy Chef Isaac Gamboa’s limited-time menu celebrating this Southwest tradition. Featuring culinary creations centered around the Hatch Chile, this three-course flavor festival is best paired with a new specialty cocktail - the "Chefs Smoky Bandito" - a fiery blend of mescal, pineapple ice, hatch chile, & ginger beer.


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