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

2 ACROSS: Jerry Mayer’s Smash-Hit Comedy

  • Date(s): 10/11/2014 - 11/23/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3:30pm
  • 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: $29.50; students, teachers, seniors, military, $22.50; groups of 8 or more $18.50

Ten years after it premiered at Santa Monica Playhouse, 2 Across has been extended after its sell-out summer run, helmed by acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo and starring stage and screen personalities Kip Gilman (Bones, CSI: Miami, Mark Taper Forum’s Stuff Happens - Ovation Nomination, original production of Jerry Mayer’s 2 ACROSS) and Wendy Michaels (The Glades, America’s Most Wanted, Bachelor Party 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Jerry Mayer’s Almost Perfect). 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?

 

The Comedy of Errors: Re-imagined

  • Date(s): 10/29/2014 - 10/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: The Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: Free

It’s the Santa Monica Playhouse “Hands Across the Sea Free Festival of Theatre” celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and featuring England’s renowned Playbox Theatre and the Shakespeare Young Company. For two nights only, you can enjoy them in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, developed by Playbox Theatre founder Mary King, in an original and non-verbal staging, infused with the spirit of Shakespeare’s clowns, Commedia dell’arte and circus clowns of today. A troupe of clowns has happened upon the play and wants to stage it in their own, highly physical and slapstick style; the result is a colorful and fast-paced topsy-turvy story suitable for all ages. Wednesday evening’s performance is followed by an open panel discussion led by Playbox and Playhouse artists with guest panelists Lisa Volpe (LA Women’s Shakespeare Company), Tony Cronin (An American Shakespeare Company) and UK screen personality Victoria Baxter. Want to try your hand at a bit of theatrics? The free festival also features free drama workshops for all ages.

 

Three Naughty Nights of Halloween

  • Date(s): 10/29/2014 - 10/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Circle Bar, 2926 Main St

Celebrate Halloween not one night, but three! Come once, twice or every night for Wicked Brew Specials! There will be DJs all three nights. Priority entry with costume.

 

Monster Bash

  • Date(s): 10/30/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm-11pm
  • Location: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave
  • Admission: $100 advance; $125 at the door

Join us for a spooktacular time! There will be casino games, a silent auction, prizes, complimentary specialty drink, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, frighteningly good entertainment, a no host full bar and Halloween costume contest! Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.

 

Shakespeare’s Wronged Women

  • Date(s): 10/30/2014
  • Times: 9:00 PM
  • Location: The Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Boulevard
  • Contact: Santa Monica Playhouse Box Office
  • Phone: 310-394-9779 ext.1
  • Admission: Free

A trauma therapy session involving Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra, Juliet Capulet, Ophelia, Titania? Director Stewart McGill’s new staging blends powerful dramatic encounters, movement and sound as the women relive their experiences and share their journeys. Across Shakespeare’s plays women are often the victims, pawns and mysterious figures. Will Shakespeare’s Wronged Women discover whether they are as wronged as perceived? Part of the Santa Monica Playhouse 2015 “Hands Across the Sea Free Festival of Theatre celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday, “Shakespeare’s Wronged Women” features England’s renowned Playbox Theatre and the Shakespeare Young Company. Suitable for ages 11 to adult.

Westside Comedy’s Halloween Party

  • Date(s): 10/30/2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323 3rd Street Promenade
  • Admission: Free

Join us for a free Halloween Comedy Show. Come dressed to impress in your best Halloween costume to get a chance to win a great prize. Unlike other comedy clubs, there is no drink minimum and there is a wide variety of wine and beer available. There will be a haunted green room, costume party and karaoke from 9pm to midnight!

2nd Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 7pm-2am
  • Location: Rusty's Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier
  • Admission: $12 in advance; $15 day of

Start practicing your zombie walk - the 2nd annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl returns Halloween night! Join the undead for a chilling bar crawl in the heart of Santa Monica, with spooky food and drink specials all night at participating locations from the Pier to 5th St. Starting at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Pier at 7 p.m., you'll moan and growl your way through the city and collide with other zombies at the official "Wok-ing" Dead after party at Wokcano, so be sure to follow the official Zombie Crawl rules. Rules include a zombie-fied costume, delivering viscous snarls and dragging a limb. Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy will be on site to provide complimentary zombie makeup at the starting location. Get ready to crawl your face off!

 

Beauty and the Beast: A Halloween Opening Night Gala

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • 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

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 Playhouse Holiday show of the season, the grand festive Opening Night Halloween Gala includes treats, sweets, savory nibbles, refreshments, special surprises and a post show meet ‘n’ greet with the cast and features the beloved musical as it 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.

 

Half-assed Halloween Bash

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen, 119 Broadway
  • Admission: Free

Celebrate Halloween at The Craftsman! There will be drink specials, house made moonshine, scary movies on the big screen, a live band and contest for best and sexiest costumes. No cover!

 

Halloween 2014 with Three Day Rule & EOW

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave
  • Admission: $15-$30

Three Day Rule & EOW invite you to Halloween 2014 at The Viceroy.  Decked out with lavish decor, The Viceroy Santa Monica will be transformed into a setting for the biggest and sexiest Halloween Costume Bash on the Westside. 500+ guests will convene for a ghoulish evening of costume competitions, two DJs spinning simultaneously all night in different rooms, discounted Veuve Clicquot Champagne and more. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the California Fire Foundation.

 

Halloween Bash

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen, 119 Broadway

Don't miss our annual Halloween Bash, Friday October 31st at 9pm. Join us for live music, drink specials, our epic costume contest and much more!

Mission IMPROVable

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Westside Comedy Theater
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10

You shout stuff, we make it funny! High-energy, explosive improv with lots of audience interaction. Exciting, surprising and hilarious! Members of Mission IMPROVable have been seen on 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, four Streamy Awards this year), multiple national commercials, and thousands of live shows in over seven countries and all 50 states. Mission IMPROVable has won 2011 Comedy Performers of the Year, 2013 Entertainers of the Year and 2014 Comedy Act of the Year. They've also performed at Lollapalooza and on Disney's cruise ships.

 

Mission IMPROVable Spooky Edition!

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 10pm
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Westside Comedy Theater
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: $10

BOO!! Welcome to the spoooooky M.i. show! You WILL see a ghost and you WILL get candy! You shout stuff, we make it funny! High-energy, explosive improv with lots of audience interaction. Exciting, surprising and hilarious! Members of Mission IMPROVable have been seen on 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, four Streamy Awards this year), multiple national commercials, and thousands of live shows in over seven countries and all 50 states. Mission IMPROVable has won 2011 Comedy Performers of the Year, 2013 Entertainers of the Year and 2014 Comedy Act of the Year. They've also performed at Lollapalooza and on Disney's cruise ships.

 

Montana Avenue Halloween Hop

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 3-6PM
  • Location: Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th Streets

Fun for kids of all ages! Safely stroll Montana Ave for tricks and treats! Our annual Halloween Hop is Friday October 31st from 3 – 6 pm.

Sonoma Halloween Party

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 9pm
  • Location: Sonoma Wine Garden, 395 Santa Monica Place
  • Admission: $50+

Celebrate Halloween with us! There will be a costume party, DJ and dancing in the garden, cocktails by mixologist Rob Floyd and beats by DJ LE.

 

WOK-ing DEAD Halloween Party

  • Date(s): 10/31/2014
  • Times: 8pm-2am
  • Location: Wokcano, 1413 5th Street
  • Admission: $15+

Attention Zombie nation! Wokcano Santa Monica and Spin PR are hosting the Westside's Largest Halloween Party! Music by DJ FRANKIE. Spooky Food & Drink Specials 8-10pm. Demons, Zombies & Ghouls Welcome. Costume Prizes for:  Best Zombie, Sexiest, Scariest, Most Original, Best Overall. Also featuring Laser Light Show, Cool Prizes & More!

 

Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 11/02/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday at 2pm, Sunday 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: Free

Follow Alice as she accepts a party invitation to visit the wonderful Wonderland characters of her youth and returns to find her old friends, the Queen of Hearts, the Cards, the Tweedles and some new ones, too, all as delightfully silly as ever. And for one weekend only, all seats are free as part of the Santa Monica Playhouse Hands Across the Sea Free Festival of Theatre! Lovely audience participation helps Alice set a topsy-turvy Wonderland aright in this zany musical comedy perfect for kids ages 2 to 102. Gorgeous costumes by award-winning designer Ashley Hayes, lilting musical numbers and a charming, rose-bedecked set enhance the "clever clowning and buoyant silliness" (L.A. Times) of this audience favorite crowd-pleaser.

 

Day of the Dead

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Location: Woodlawn Cemetery, 1847 14th Street
  • Admission: Free

Join us for a traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), where family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones that have passed. The event focuses on the traditions that make up this celebration of life and death. There are a vareity of ways participants can discover the philosophy and history of the day inlcuding an opening procession led by Ketzaliztli dancers, a workshop to create offerings of marigold coronitas (crowns) and papel picado (perforated paper) for loved ones who have passed, self -guided tours of the cemetery that explore the history of local famous people, a documentary on how a small town in Mexico prepares for the holiday, a traditional Nahuatl ceremonial blessing and musicians performing throughout the cemetery to honor those who have passed. There will be free admission, bike valet and parking.

 

ICE at Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 01/19/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: TBD
  • 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.

We Are The West EP Release Concert

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: 701 Santa Monica Blvd

Saturday November 1st, come celebrate the release of our brand new recording 'Regards' with us, as we present a legendary night of music beneath the waxing moon in the underground parking garage. We’re excited to be joined by our very special guest, Mark Hart (Crowded House, Supertramp). Doors are at 8pm and music starts right at 8:30pm, so dress sharp.

 

Winterlit in Downtown Santa Monica

  • Date(s): 11/01/2014 - 01/22/2015
  • 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, open November 1 through January 22. More details to come.

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.

Santa Monica Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market

  • Date(s): 01/27/2008
  • Recurring monthly on the 4th Sunday
  • Times: Every 4th Sunday of the month, 6:00am - 8:00am $7.00 8:00am - 3:00pm $5.00
  • Location: Santa Monica Airport, in the parking lots at Airport Ave and Bundy Drive
  • Phone: (323) 933-2511
  • Admission: Seniors $3.00 Age 16 & Under Free We Welcome Your Friendly Dog

Fun outdoor antique and collectible market, many great dealers with many treasures, dog friendly, home cooked food. Every 1st & 4 Sundays. Located on the south side of the Santa Monica Airport.

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**

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

Sleeping Beauty

  • Date(s): 09/27/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1-2pm
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child - $20.00 Adult

Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess. She declares that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her finger on a cursed spindle and fall into a deep slumber that only a kiss of true love can awake. Desperate to save their daughter, the King and Queen rely on the help of the forrest fairies to keep her safely hidden away until after her sixteenth birthday. Will they young Princess make it past her sixteenth birthday without the evil sorceress finding her or will she fall victim to the spell, to have a kiss of true love awake her? This classic fun fairytale is a Creating Arts Company Pint Sized Play, it’s a one hour interactive-cinematic-theatrical experience for ages 3 and up!

 

Willy Wonka

  • Date(s): 09/27/2014 - 11/09/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 3:00 - 4:00PM Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Ticket Sales
  • Phone: (310) 804-0223
  • Admission: $12.00 Child; $20.00 Adult

Roald Dahl’s delicious tale of young Charlie Bucket and the strange and elusive confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in musical form in this fun fantasy Creating Arts Company Mini-Musical. When Charlie wins a Golden Ticket to the weird Wonka Chocolate Factory for a once in a lifetime tour he has no idea what’s in store. Beyond the gates Charlie along with Varuka Salt, Agustus Gloop, Mike Teavee, Voilet Beauregard and their guardians step into a world full of wonder and edible delights but soon discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Parents and children alike will delight in this fun musical and parents and teachers can use Creating Arts Company’s Page to Stage educational resources! This show is a Creating Arts Company Signature Mini-Muscal, a one hour interactive-cinimatic-musical-experience. All children receive a free toy musical instrument upon arrival.

 

Comics Quitting

  • Date(s): 10/01/2014
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 11:30pm
  • Location: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd Street Promenade
  • Contact: Westside Comedy Theater
  • Phone: (310) 451-0850
  • Admission: Free

You ever quit a job in a blaze of glory and wish people saw it everywhere. How about that time you quit watching "Boy meets World" because it was affecting your life? Comics Quitting is a unique show that allows comics to quit whatever they want, however they want. Comics get up to 10 mins to do standup, sketch, stories, characters, etc quitting a job, a habit, a necessity, etc. Hosted by Brian Blank.

 

Celtic Ceili Night

  • Date(s): 10/07/2014 - 12/02/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 8-11pm
  • Location: Finn McCool's, 2702 Main Street
  • Contact: Peter Romano
  • Phone: (310) 452-1744
  • Admission: Free

Every Tuesday night, the best of L.A.'s Celtic musicians and singers gather at Finn McCool's for Celtic Ceili Night. A different Celtic band performs every week. Come on by and enjoy a proper pint, the "best pub-grub in LA", and some great Irish foot-stompin' tunes. Bring your dancing shoes - you'll find yourself doing a reel or two around the bar we're sure! No cover charge. 

 

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.

 

New Exhibition at TAG Gallery Featuring Artists: Peter Kempson, Diane Rudnick Mann, Gary Polonsky

  • Date(s): 10/28/2014 - 11/22/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 5-8 p.m.
  • Location: TAG Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, (Bergamot Station)
  • Contact: TAG Gallery
  • Phone: (310) 829-9556
  • Admission: Free

Peter Kempson: 1947-2014, Peter Kempson Artist Peter Kempson passed away while working in preparation for his 2014 show. “Peter Kempson: 1947-2014” is a celebration of the artist’s life and a retrospective look at the Los Angeles landscapes and multimedia collage works that defined Kempson’s point of view.

Everything Glass, Diane Rudnick Mann In her latest body of work, artist Diane Rudnick Mann continues to highlight beautiful detail in the everyday. Using photorealistic techniques with pastel, Mann transforms ordinary, overlooked, and unseen objects into the extraordinary in her new series, “Everything Glass.”

Ten Thousand Things, Gary Polonsky In his current exhibition, artist Gary Polonsky furthers his experimentation with various mixed media to create dynamic three dimensional works. The artist casts a wider net in his new series, transitioning from previous explorations in food and sweet confections to a botanical inspired collection.

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