From Halloween festivities to Thanksgiving feasts, experiencing the fall season in Southern California is like no other place. There is no need for those heavy jackets and mittens, just grab a scarf and a pair of flip flops when heading out to explore the many fall events and seasonal specials being offered around Santa Monica.


Eat | See | Hear Outdoor Movie Series
Dates Vary
Showtime presents Eat|See|Hear, a summer-long celebration of food, music & movies presented by SHOWTIME! Events take place at Santa Monica High School located at 601 Pico Blvd (entrance on 4th St.), and will include food trucks and a musical guest. Doors open at 5:30pm with live music starting at 7pm and movie at 8:30pm. Admission is $14. Check website for movie lineup.

Off The Hook Seafood Festival
October 1, 3pm to 7pm
Celebrate the sea at the 2nd annual Off The Hook Seafood Festival this Saturday, October 1st on the iconic Santa Monica Pier in honor of National Seafood Month this October. This community fundraising event will showcase the city’s best restaurants and chefs with dishes featuring their favorite underwater ingredients. Enjoy seafood tastings, curated cocktails, live music, chef demos, games, a sustainable seafood VIP Lounge and learn about the sustainable seafood movement.

Front Porch Cinema on the Pier
September 30-October 21, 6pm to 9pm
Unwind on the front porch of California after a long week. We’ve got films, food, drinks & fun each Friday night this Fall. Oh, and the movies are really good too, and free! There are even old-timey lawn chairs for rent that melt away the stress of the week while you relax and enjoy the ocean breeze.

All You Can Carry Pumpkin Patch
October 26, 8:30am to 1pm
Come out for the all you can carry pumpkin patch at the Wednesday Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market from 8:30am to 1:00pm (or until the pumpkins are gone). Costumes encouraged. For $5, you can take home as many pumpkins as you can carry down a 25-foot runway. Strategically stack and balance all the pumpkins you can carry – put them in your teeth, or balance them on your head (no help from friends, and no equipment please!) then carry them to the end of the 25 foot long pumpkin patch lane and they are yours!

Day of the Dead: The Mole Class at The Gourmandise School
October 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Celebrate the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead with Chef John Pitblado’s Mole Menu. Learn how to make delicious recipes including jicama salad, pan del muerto, Mexican hot chocolate and more.

10th Annual Monster Bash
October 27, 7:00pm to midnight
Join Meals on Wheels West for Monster Bash, an adult costume party with casino games, drinks, food stations and silent auction benefiting Meals On Wheels West and funding the delivery of healthy hot lunches to homebound clients in our neighborhood. Event will take place at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
October 29, 6:30pm
Start practicing your zombie walk! The 4th annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl returns on Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 29! 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 the Promenade.

All Night Horrorthon at the Aero Theatre
October 29, 7:30pm
Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s eleventh annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises. Ticket includes all-night snacks and coffee. No vouchers. 2016 Horrothon details to be announced! One thing we promise, it is sure to be gruesome!

November to January
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. Past events have included Santa Monica Tree Lighting and Santa Parade, Holiday Movie Night, Menorah Lightings and more. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s Winterlit events.

ICE at Santa Monica
November 3, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside 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.

Thanksgiving 101 at The Gourmandise School
November 19, 10am to 1:30pm
Welcome to the holiday training class that will last you a lifetime. You’ll master hosting techniques that will make the holidays easier and more delicious. Learn how to make oven roasted Thanksgiving turkey, dried fruit dressing, cranberry sauce, pineapple chutney, stuffed turkey breast and more.

5th Annual Bake & Take Thanksgiving Pies at The Gourmandise School
November 23, 10am to 2pm; 3pm to 7pm
Break out the pie tins and join us to learn how to make (and take) two full-sized pies for your Thanksgiving table. You can bring your own ceramic, glass or metal tin (let us know if you need a disposable tin, we’ll have it for you) to class and leave with your holiday dessert of a classic apple pie and a blueberry lattice pie.

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 2, 5pm to 9pm
Find wonderful gifts, have your photos taken with Santa, listen to live music, indulge in great food and drinks! This is a fun night for all!

Main Street Holiday Party
December, Date TBA
Join Main Street Santa Monica in a festive night! Stroll Main Street and hop from shop to shop for goodies and good times. There will be music, Santa, a tree lighting and a candle light walk, all part of the family festive fun on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Pico Holiday Hop
December, Date TBA
Spread some holiday cheer at Holiday Hop Along Pico held in December. Join us for refreshments, entertainment, shopping specials, and much more! Look for the red bows at businesses for holiday specials. We will also be accepting donations of canned goods for Westside Food Bank.

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Come check out 1212’s Happy Hour special during all NFL games. Valid September 11-January 31, 2017.

Ann’s Flowers
10% off your purchase. Valid June 1-October 31, 2016.

Benny’s Tacos and Chicken Rotisserie
Take 10% off your food order (dine-in or take-out only) when you mention “BENNY’S DEAL” at the cashier. Not offered with delivery, catering, and other specials or promotions. Valid July 22-September 30, 2016.

Enjoy a 10% off visitor savings certificate when you present your ID at Forty Carrots, Level 2 (see certificate in-store for details and restrictions).Valid June 2-December 31, 2016.

Brambila Salon
Brambila Salon is offering a special Brambila Babes Membership price of four blow outs for $149 a month (regularly $240). Membership is a minimum of six months. Valid September 20-December 31, 2016.

Charlie Kabob
Free appetizers or salads with the purchase of any Kabob Entrees. Valid June 1-September 30, 2016.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Enjoy Monday Night Football with The Craftsman’s beer and burger special (includes the Craftsman Beach Burger and a Pabst Blue Ribbon Draft) for $8. Available during game time until 10pm. Valid September 19-January 2, 2017.

Estate Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy Estate’s special menu of Hamachi crudo with micro rice crisps and avocado puree; grilled jumbo shiitake salad with faro and roasted sesame dressing; Estate cobb salad with gulf shrimp and organic baby greens; the Tlayuda with toasted oaxacan tortilla and spicy ahi tuna tartare; crispy skin salmon with spanish rice and roasted summer squash; and the petit filet mignon with charred asparagus and a choice of horseradish mashed potato or pommes frites. Valid September 19-November 5, 2016.

Inner Light Manual Therapy
Inner Light Manual Therapy is offering a 20% off special on massage therapy services and advanced bodywork services, including deep tissue, sports and Swedish massage. Inner Light also offers a unique form of manual therapy called Structural Integration. Valid October 1-November 30, 2016.

Joy Ride Santa Monica Tours
Hop on one of our customized beach cruisers and take in all the sights and main attractions in Santa Monica and Venice with a reduced price of $60. After the tour, grab a beach chair and an umbrella and spend the day with us. You’ll get access to all our water and land sports equipment. We have boogie boards, footballs, soccer balls, beach volleyballs, frisbees, and for the little ones we have kites and even sand castle shovels and pails. Valid June 11-September 25, 2016, 11am to 5pm.

Lotus Integrative Medicine
Receive 20% off a 90-minute comprehensive initial acupuncture visit (regular cost is $225). May potentially include a custom made Chinese herbal formula at an additional fee. Valid September 19-December 23, 2016.

Hey Kids! Pizza (and everything else on the Kids Menu) is free for you every Sunday! Also, every week, Obica will have a special lunch menu starting at $10. Vegetarian options are also available. Don’t forget Wine Thursday at Obica – perfect for discovering your new favorite Italian wine. All bottles at 50% off on Thursday night. Valid June 15-September 30, 2016.

Palihouse Santa Monica
Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast served in the lobby on Saturdays and Sundays. Valid June 18-December 31, 2016, 7 to 10:30am.

Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours
Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours is offering $10 off per rider on an electric bicycle guided tour. Valid September 15-November 21, 2016.

Someday Boutique
Take 20% off the endless summer sale at Someday Boutique, a little nook for all things inspired by the Coastal lifestyle. Valid September 17-25, 2016.

Starline Tours
Enjoy $15 off on the Malibu Stars Homes Tour (tour S4) during the week only (no weekends). Additionally, take $10 off on selected daily tours including the Grand Tour of LA (tour SGT), the Hollywood Movie Stars Homes Tour (tour SHS), and the LA & Hollywood Tours (tour SCT). All tours are walk-in only, no hotel pick up. Discount may not be used with any other discount, offer, prior purchase or exchange or refund. Reservation is strongly recommended. Valid September 19-December 20, 2016.

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