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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Featured Events

ICE at Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 01/19/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Mon-Thurs 2pm-10pm; Fri 2pm-Midnight; Sat 11am-Midnight; Sun 11am-10pm
  • Location: 1324 5th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Phone: (310) 393-8355

Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beach side community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite.

A great location to celebrate the holidays, ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private event cabana, enjoy a first date or sign up for skate lessons. Join the fun and visit Downtown Santa Monica this season to experience ICE.

Winterlit in Downtown Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 01/19/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various dates and times
  • Location: Downtown Santa Monica & Third Street Promenade
  • Phone: (310) 393-8355

Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. In fact, we’ve managed to engineer some true holiday magic, turning a busy urban corner into a magical winter wonderland with the annual ICE at Santa Monica skating rink. This year, Winterlit takes over the corner of Wilshire Boulevard at Third Street Promenade. Every Thursday evening, beginning at 6 p.m. November 20th, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. is going to make it snow! There will be free activities as well, including karaoke, kids' crafts, a holiday movie screening and more. Event lineup includes:

  • ICE at Santa Monica: Nov. 1st, 2014 — Jan. 19th, 2015 on the corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.
  • ICE Grand Opening: Nov. 6th 6pm-10pm on the corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.
  • Downtown Santa Monica Community Tree Lighting & Santa Parade: Nov. 20th on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire  
  • Photos with Santa: Nov. 22nd — Dec. 24th 11am-8pm at Santa Monica Place, Center Court
  • Let it Snow: Nov. 27th 6pm on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire
  • “Paws & Claus” Pet Photos with Santa Claus: Dec. 1st, 8th & 15th 5pm-8pm at Santa Monica Place
  • Story Time With Mrs. Claus: Dec. 3rd 11am at Santa Monica Place, SAMO’s Kids Club
  • Christmas Karaoke & Kids Crafts: Dec. 4th 6pm on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire
  • Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 6th 9am at Santa Monica Place
  • Holiday Story Time & Letters to Santa: Dec. 11th 6pm on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire
  • Menorah Lightings: Dec. 16th - Dec. 23rd at Sundown on Third Street Promenade, Between Arizona Ave & Santa Monica Blvd
  • Holiday Movie Night (“Elf”) with Hot Chocolate: Dec. 18th 6pm on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire
  • PAL Best Gift Ever Toy Drive: Nov. 6th — Dec. 12th. Donate a new unwrapped gift or gift card! Drop-off locations: Santa Monica PAL, 1401 Olympic Blvd

Family Hands on History Day

  • Date(s): 11/15/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • Times: 11am-2pm
  • Location: Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th Street
  • Phone: (310) 395-2290
  • Admission: Free

On the third Saturday of every month, the Museum invites families to Hands On History Day. Children, ages 6 & up, will be led into galleries to learn about the particular history theme for the day. Once the brief lesson is complete, they will return to the lobby for a related, historic craft. By creating something with their hands related to the history topic of the month, children will further create memories based upon their history lessons. Families can expect a fun-filled learning hour at the History Museum!

 

The Holiday Shop at GRACIE

  • Date(s): 11/15/2014 - 12/23/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Location: Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave.
  • Contact: Santa Monica Museum of Art
  • Phone: (310) 586-6488
  • Admission: Free

Each year, the GRACIE gift shop expands for the holidays, filling to the brim with artful, one-of-a-kind gifts hand-selected by the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s retail curator. Opening day shoppers will enjoy cider, cookies, lots of good cheer, and unique gifts and items to delight the entire family. They will find unique gifts and items to delight the entire family in SMMoA’s holiday wonderland, including art objects, toys, and jewelry. All proceeds support SMMoA’s exhibitions and programs. GIVE A GIFT–GET A GIFT: This year, GRACIE is thanking our loyal patrons with a gift from us to you. In addition to enjoying our Yuletide cheer, the first 50 visitors to purchase from our exciting holiday collection will receive a goody bag filled with items we have chosen for you (limit one per customer).

 

Santa Photos at Santa Monica Place

  • Date(s): 11/21/2014 - 12/24/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: TBD
  • Location: Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Blvd., Center Plaza

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located in Center Plaza - beginning November 21st!

 

Mary Poppins

  • Date(s): 11/22/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 2:00 – 3:00PM
  • Location: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12-$20

The winds of change blow in when Mary Poppins, nanny extraordinaire, takes a nanny job for the Banks family. While she teaches the children about compassion and understanding, she also teaches their father that quite often the most important things in life are right in front of you. Filled with song and dance, Mary, Bert and the Banks will entertain you while melting your heart. This is a Creating Arts Company Mini Musical, which is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family and will entertain adults as well as children ages 3 and up! Free Parking.

 

New Exhibition at TAG Gallery Featuring Artists, Lorraine Bubar, Anne Ramis, and Katherine Rohrbach

  • Date(s): 11/25/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 12pm-4pm
  • Location: TAG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, (Bergamot Station)
  • Phone: (310) 829-9556

Lorraine Bubar: Papercuts are an important art form in many cultures, ranging from Asia to Mexico, and are often created by women, who make their art from inexpensive and accessible materials. The process of paper cutting reflects the contrast between fragility and strength, a dual nature that paper contains.

Anne Ramis: Anne Ramis’ current work experiments with a broad spectrum of media: painting, sculpture, mixed media and assemblage. Her latest show payed homage to the on-going rhino poaching crisis in Africa.

Katherine Rohrbacher: Katherine's most recent body of work is a series of self portraits exploring the crossroads of her past, present and future. Her use of pattern and glitter is a constant throughout her work which evokes a sense of hope and beauty, yet an underlying feeling of melancholy is always present.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 29, 5-8 p.m. and Artist Talk: Saturday, December 13, 3 p.m.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Date(s): 11/29/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 4:00 – 5:45PM
  • Location: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $15 - $30

Experience the action packed adventure of the story of the magical flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! When eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts fixes up a car that his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, want him to save from the junk man he soon realizes it’s not just a car but a phantasmagorical machine. With the help of Truly Scrumptious, Caractacus and his children climb aboard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to rescue Grandpa Potts from the evil Baron Bomburst and find out teamwork and a magical car will work every time! One of Creating Arts Company’s Jr. Broadway series shows designed for children ages ten and up and their families. This show runs one hour and forty-five minutes with a ten minute intermission. Free Parking.

 

The Aristocats

  • Date(s): 11/29/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 12:00 – 12:30PM
  • Location: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $15 - $30

When mamma cat Dutchess finds herself lost in the French Countryside with her children she doesn’t know what to do until she meets the alley cat Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch! Luckily for the Dutchess Thomas and his friends have a clear plan to help her and her kittens find their way back home! This production is part of Creating Arts Company’s “Twinkle Theater,” created to introduce children ages six months to four years to musical theater in a way that is non-threatening for the little ones and designed to keep their attention and keep them entertained, with fast-paced singing and dancing, bright lights and no black-outs or scene changes. Free Parking.

 

Retro Holiday Show

  • Date(s): 11/30/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: :00 – 1:00PM
  • Location: The Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12-$20

When Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch, Heat Miser, Snow Miser, Jack Frost and a host of other holiday characters come together in one big holiday extravaganza the entire family is in for a good time! Flash back with all of your favorite holiday special characters and watch your children light up with this fun show that has all your favorite songs and characters. A Creating Arts Company Original Show that is a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical-musical experience that is fun for the entire family, children ages three and up! Free Parking.

 

Holidays on Vinyl

  • Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 12/18/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 6-9pm
  • Location: The Georgian Hotel, 1415 Ocean Avenue
  • Admission: Free

This holiday season, The Georgian Hotel is unwrapping a great holiday tradition with vintage flair – classic winter cocktails, beloved holiday albums, and a host of guests and merrymakers. Gather around the hotel's classical trumpet horn phonograph and spin back the hands of time to the sounds of contemporary crooners and modern day musicians. The Georgian lobby will be Santa Monica's music hall on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and each Thursday night leading up to Christmas (Dec. 11 and Dec. 18) as Holidays on Vinyl rings in the season with caroling throwbacks and new mash-ups. Complete with a library of the best holiday songs ever to be recorded on vinyl The Georgian also encourages music-lovers to dig through personal collections and bring favorite holiday records back to life; sharing it with friends, old and new. The line-up includes the classics like Bing Crosby's White Christmas and Elvis' Christmas Album to more recent Christmas smashes like Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red and Michael Buble's Christmas.

 

CityShakes Presents Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

  • Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8pm; Sundays 4pm
  • Location: The CityShakes Studio (Behind ModShop), 1454 Lincoln Blvd.
  • Admission: $34.99 general; $20 students & seniors

Shakespeare's funniest play comes to Santa Monica this holiday season.

 

JMG Holiday Trunk Show

  • Date(s): 12/18/2014
  • Times: 6pm
  • Location: Jeanie Madsen Boutique, 1431 Ocean Ave Santa Monica
  • Admission: Free

A handful of local designers and artisans bring their entire collections for one special night of Holiday Shopping. You will for sure find some of the coolest most unique gifts for your loved ones or yourself. You will find a variety of: One of Kind couture fashion, scarves, wraps, belts, handbags, shoes, boots, jewelry to candles, soaps and perfumes both for ladies and men. Complimentary gift wrap and Holiday Spirits.

 

Beauty and the Beast

  • Date(s): 12/19/2014
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • Location: Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space, 1211 4th Street
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: General $19.50; Kids 12 and under $15.00

It’s the 20th anniversary production of the celebrated Rudie-DeCarlo musical Beauty and the Beast, an excitingly heart-warming adaptation of the original French tale. The first Holiday show of the season, with a grand festive opening on Halloween Eve, molds the magic, romance, humor and grandeur of this timeless tale into a production which touches the hearts, and indeed, almost the fingertips, of its audience members. The Rudie-DeCarlo version is based on the original 1740’s tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, arguably the mother of the modern romance novel, whose flawed heroes and independently feisty heroines danced their way into the hearts of the populace nearly a century before Jane Austen’s Elizabeth and D’Arcy made their first appearance. Festive Birthday and Tea Parties for adults as well as young people, hosted by a costumed character from the play, are offered with every performance. The production is also available for Girl Scout and school field trips to the Playhouse, complete with behind-the-scenes tour and post-show discussion with the cast.

 

Books and Cookies Holiday Event

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014
  • Times: 10am-12pm
  • Location: Books and Cookies, 2309 Main Street
  • Phone: (310) 452-1301
  • Admission: Free

Join Kristen Cook this Saturday at 10am for a fun, interactive holiday music experience for the whole family. Let’s sing, dance, move & play! After the concert, meet Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty at Her Winter Knight. She will be meeting, greeting and reading fairy tales starting at 10:45am!

 

Christmas Sing-Along

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014
  • Times: 4:00pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1227 4th St
  • Contact: Carrie Price
  • Phone: (310) 395-0977
  • Admission: Free

Come gather around the piano to sing along to your favorite holiday music, from hymns like, “What Child is This?” to popular tunes “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.” Afterwards, join us to for coffee, cocoa and cookies. All ages welcome.

 

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: 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**

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.

 

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 www.thecraftsmanbar.com or to check out some future interviews with our bands visit our blog. www.thecraftsmanbar.blog.com.

 

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.

 

Traditional Irish Music Sundays with the Brilliant Gypsies

  • Date(s): 10/19/2014
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
  • Times: 5-8pm
  • Location: Finn McCool's, 2702 Main Street
  • Contact: Peter Romano
  • Phone: (310) 452-1744
  • Admission: Free

Peter Romano and The Brilliant Gypsies perform every other Sunday at Finn McCool's Irish Pub in Santa Monica. This acoustic line-up showcases the musicians' mastery of traditional Celtic instruments, and an innate ability to charm and captivate any audience. Prepare for toe-tapping (at the very least) as they blend rousing favourites and familiar melodies with a haunting ballad or two. Kids Eat Free* on Sundays, so bring the whole family -- and your kids will love joining in with a jig or two up and down the aisles. Sláinte. *One free kiddie entree with one purchased adult entree. Promotions may change without notice - ask your server for details.

 

Cultural Mecca: 50 years of Entertainment at the Civic Auditorium

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014 - 01/24/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12 pm - 4 pm
  • Location: Santa Monica History Museum, 1450 7th St
  • Contact: Danielle
  • Phone: (310) 395-2290
  • Admission: $5 Adult

Visit the new exhibit at the Santa Monica History Museum! Showcasing the concerts, Academy Awards, and much more that found their home at the Civic Auditorium. Come relive all of your memories!

 

Lip Service

  • Date(s): 11/12/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 PM
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Andrew Caudill
  • Phone: (805) 550-1243
  • Admission: $5

Coming to you from the hallowed halls of the Westside Comedy Theater is a brand new, weekly comedy show from Robbie Goodwin, Kyle Everett, & Andrew Caudill on the most fun stage in all of Los Angeles. Premium live comedy on the beautiful Santa Monica promenade! Westside Comedy Theater! Come and see the best comedy the Westside has to offer!

 

Train to Zakopane

  • Date(s): 11/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM; Sundays 5:00 pm.
  • Location: Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street
  • Contact: Edgemar Center for the Arts
  • Phone: (310) 399-3666
  • Admission: General $34.99

The Rainbow Theater Company and The Edgemar Center for the Arts present Tana Frederick and Mike Falkow in a true story of hate and love. It's been said that the other side of love is hate. But is it possible that the other side of hate is love? Train to Zakopane: A true story of hate and love explores the human condition in its darkest and most exquisite moments. It is a compelling love story that lays bare how compassion and intolerance can, even in the most unusual of circumstances, be one.

Lip Service

  • Date(s): 12/03/2014 - 03/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 PM
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Andrew Caudill
  • Phone: (805) 550-1243
  • Admission: $5

Coming to you from the hallowed halls of the Westside Comedy Theater is a brand new, weekly comedy show from Robbie Goodwin, Kyle Everett, & Andrew Caudill on the most fun stage in all of Los Angeles. Premium live comedy on the beautiful Santa Monica promenade!

 

The Source Cafe at the Beach Pops Up in Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 12/08/2014 - 02/08/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: 2732 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405
  • Contact: Bareburger
  • Admission: Free

The Source Cafe at the beach, takes root in Santa Monica this December. Bringing its unique, artisanal salads, toasts, smoothies, juices and other delicious fare to the health conscious community. Each menu item is made in house, with love. The Source Cafe will occupy the soon-to-be Bareburger’s first West Coast location on Main Street in Santa Monica. The Source Cafe at the beach pop up will run through February, and serve a variety of freshly prepared wraps, salads, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, juices as well as healthy grab & go options. LAMILL COFFEE will be served daily.

 

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