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Celebrate the arrival of Spring in Santa Monica! Enjoy a variety of spring specials and events offered by local Santa Monica businesses.

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Spring Specials in Santa Monica


Spring has sprung in Santa Monica! What better time to plan that Spring Break or Summer getaway to the beach? While in town, check out fun seasonal events, Cinco de Mayo festivities, Mother's Day dining and spring-inspired discounts.


Spring-Inspired Events


Rusty’s Emerging Artist Competition

April 9-June 25, 7pm-Close
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier

An annual Spring tradition on the Pier, Rusty’s Emerging Artist Competition returns to the popular restaurant/nightclub the first Thursday after Easter. Twenty bands vie for an opening spot in the Pier’s prestigious Twilight Concert Series. First round competition takes place Thursdays April 9 – May 7; Semi-Finals May 21 and 28; Finals June 25. Enjoy our Spring food and drink specials each Thursday during the competition. $5 Cocktail Special, $5 Quesadilla, $4 Budweiser or Bud Light drafts. Spring Specials valid each Thursday night during the Emerging Artist Competition. Not valid with other discounts.

Earth Month 2015 Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup

April 18th, 10am-5pm
Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park, 2600 Barnard Way

Join us for a fun day cleaning up Ocean Park Beach and gain free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Open to all ages, this cleanup the Saturday before Earth Day offers a great opportunity for families and friends to come together for a good cause. Afterward, participants are treated to free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to enjoy interactive activities and a brand-new, hands-on exhibit. This event typically attracts more than 1,000 beach lovers. Cleanup volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets, gloves and reusable water bottles.

Tongva After Dark Presents Bollywood Dance Class

April 22nd, 7:30pm
Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave

Celebrate Spring with some outdoor entertainment! Following its successful inaugural season, Tongva Park presents an exciting second season of cultural programming beginning with a Bollywood-style community dance class taught by Achinta McDaniel, Artistic Director of Blue13, and accompanied by a live DJ and drummer. Join this energetic dance class filled with color and imagination, inspired by classical and contemporary dance of India. The 90-minute class is open to all skills levels interested in dancing and enjoying music in a beautiful outdoor space. Sneakers are highly recommended.

BritWeek at Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean

April 22, 10pm
The Penthouse at Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean, 1301 Ocean Ave
Enjoy an intimate whisky-mixer soiree co-hosted by Tamie Adaya and stately home owner James Perkins whose Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire houses his unrivalled collection of fine art and modern design from his 25 years of adventuring and collecting in the tradition of the great British Grand Tourers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Embark on a personal Modern Grand Tour during an evening of Aynhoe magic at the Hotel Shangri-la.

April 23, 9pm
Suite 700 at Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean, 1301 Ocean Ave
Unrivaled non-stop views from Hotel Hotel Shangri-la’s Suite 700 rooftop bar will be the venue for a mellow DJ party being hosted by British models/entrepreneurs Felicity Hayward and Harriet Verney as part of BritWeek.

April 26, 2pm
The Ocean Courtyard at Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean, 1301 Ocean Ave
Hotel Shangri-la hosts Village Green Preservation Society Tea Party by the sea in the Courtyard as part of BritWeek This poolside afternoon ‘Village Fête’ themed tea party will feature some of Britain’s best loved childhood playground games including Guess the Weight of the Cake, Penny Up The Wall and schoolyard favorite, Hopscotch. Complimentary classic post-WW2 British tea and biscuits are served for all. Taking center-stage at this year’s tea party is a hat and headpiece showcase from one of Britain’s leading milliners, Piers Atkinson, with flowing couture printed chiffon outfits from celebrated iconic fashion designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes.

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Cinco de Mayo Festivities


Cabo Cantina

1240 3rd Street Promenade | (310) 393-5755
Cinco de Mayo weekend fiesta! All drinks 2-for-1 prices 4-8pm. 99 cent coronitas until we run out! Restrictions apply. Prices are subject to tax.

Pizza Antica

395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 304 | (310) 394-4080
Half off all bottles of wine, all day long! Valid May 5, 2015.


2460 Wilshire Blvd | (310) 828-2115
Join us for our Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Special event hosted by Tequila Ocho and Ilegal Mezcal. $5 Margarita, $5 spicy margarita, $5 Mezcal Margarita all night long! Also offering $3 Pacificos, $5 Stateside on tap and $10 beer and shot all night. Live band playing all night! Lastly, we will fill your tummy with delicious $5 tacos. Kitchen will be open 5pm-12am.

Upper West

3321 Pico Blvd | (310) 586-1111
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo 5-10pm at Upper West benefiting Healing Arts Reaching Children (HARK) of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There will be surprise piñata raffles every half hour.

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Mother's Day Dining


Locanda Del Lago

231 Arizona Ave | (310) 451-3525
Festa della Mamma at Locanda del Lago in Santa Monica Celebrate Mother’s Day at Lago with a delicious menu based on Chef Gianfranco’s favorite childhood dishes. This menu focuses on Mamma Adelia’s typical home-cooked Italian cuisine. Mother's Day specials will be served nightly from Friday, May 8 to Thursday, May 14. On Mother’s Day, May 10, the special menu will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Three-course menu $45 per person (choice of calamari or Cornish hen). Four-course menu $59 per person. Wine tasting program $18 per person. Not including tax and gratuity. In addition to our special menu, we recommend our Festa Della Mamma Dessert - Crema al Caramello con Arance Fresche Caramel Flan, Confit Navel Orange for $10. Locally Sourced Produce from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. Call for reservations. 

Pizza Antica

395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 304 | (310) 394-4080
Mother's Day Brunch with bottomless mimosas, and kids items too! Valid May 10, 2015.

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St | (310) 394-9779
Mother's Day Special: All moms (that includes grandmas, of course) get in free to the internationally acclaimed Family Theatre musical comedy Dorothy's Adventures in OZ. General admission: $15 for adults; $12.50 for kids 12 and under. Discount only available over the phone - call the Playhouse Box Office and mention code FREEMOM. May 10, 2015.

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Spring Specials


Bar Pintxo

109 Santa Monica Blvd | (310) 458-2012
Enjoy our 3-course brunch and lunch everyday for $15! Please visit www.barpintxo.com for the menu. Sit on our patio with ocean views and enjoy a selection of tapas for only $15, the best deal in Santa Monica! Valid March 12-August 21, 2015.

Benedetta Skin Care

395 Santa Monica Place | (310) 451-1256
Benedetta Skin Care - The entire line of preparations are 22% OFF in honor of Earth Day! Wednesday, 4/22 - Saturday, 4/25! Benedetta, founded in 1996, is a 100% botanical, Farm-Sourced™, skin care company. Each holistic formula is made in small batches with a focus on Certified Organic and Biodynamic ingredients, many California grown. The skin recognizes these vibrant and fresh ingredients, and is fed their viable nutrients, much like receiving better nourishment from eating organic and alive foods. Valid April 22-25, 2015.

Cabo Cantina

1240 3rd Street Promenade | (310) 393-5755
We are your March Mayhem headquarters! Enjoy food and drink specials during each game! Restrictions apply. Prices are subject to tax.

Del Frisco's Grille Santa Monica

1551 Ocean Ave | (310) 395-7333
Avoid construction and let Del Frisco’s Grille take you to lunch with Santa Monica Free Ride. Get a free ride along with a complimentary appetizer (with purchase), available Monday-Friday from 12- 2 p.m. In order to book the free ride vehicle, text 310-895-9204 15 minutes in advance and you will be picked up from your location and dropped off in front of the restaurant. The Santa Monica Free Ride will offer pick ups between Wilshire Blvd. and Pico Blvd. and 7th Street to Ocean Ave. Valid April 7-May 31, 2015.

Hotel Shangri-la's Dining Room

1301 Ocean Ave | (310) 394-2791
Spring Special Moments and Celebrations Offer at Hotel Shangri-la at The Ocean in Santa Monica: for life's milestones, the Special Moments and Celebrations package includes an overnight deluxe ocean view room, dinner with complimentary wine for two in The Dining Room, and valet parking. The package starts at $625.00 inclusive for two guests per night. Valid March 18-June 30, 2015.

Jigsaw Santa Monica

1409 Montana Ave | (310) 271-7988
Free gift with any purchase. Valid while supplies lasts.

La Monarca Bakery

1300 Wilshire Blvd | (310) 451-1114
Cakes for a Cause: La Monarca Bakery gives proceeds from cake sales to the EcoLife Foundation's Monarch Butterfly Project! Valid April 15-May 15, 2015.

Live Language Los Angeles

(310) 210-5938
Join me for one-to-one English conversation lessons in beautiful venues throughout Santa Monica. Receive a 10% discount on personalized ESL English conversation lesson packages plus a splendid gift bag valued at $50. Valid April 8-May 27, 2015.


1453 14th St | (310) 450-9200
Spring break camp is back at PAINT:LAB Book by Monday March 16th and receive 10% off any session or sessions and 15% off a second child if you book two children at the same time. Dates available March 23rd-March 27th, March 30th-April 3rd, and April 6th-April 10th. Single Day Camp Sessions: Ages 5-12years; Half Day – Morning $55.00 9am to 12pm; Weekdays Half Day – Afternoon $55.00 1pm to 4pm; Weekdays Full Day $110.00 9am to 4pm; Weekdays Extended Hours $35.00 4pm to 5:30pm; Weekdays Full Week Camp Sessions: Half Day – Morning $275.00 9am to 12pm Monday – Friday; Half Day – Afternoon $275.00 1pm to 4pm, Monday – Friday; Full Day $550.00 9am to 4pm, Monday – Friday; Extended Hours $175.00 4pm to 5:30pm, Weekdays. Does not include mandatory $14.99 fee for PAINT:LAB tee shirt. Ask about our teen camp ages 13-16 yrs. Valid March 23-April 10, 2015.

Pedal…Or Not

214 Pier Ave | (310) 917-1111
Free Photo Memories Package ($30 value) when you book a Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tour. Do something for Mom - take her on a ride. Valid March 21-June 19, 2015.

Seasons 52

1501 Ocean Ave | (310) 451-1152
Join Seasons 52 for the Spring Menu and receive a complimentary Mini Indulgence when you mention this ad. Valid March 24-May 31, 2015.

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Wake Up With the Waves on  Santa Monica Pier

Calling all kids, ages 1-8, your Saturday mornings are about to get musical! Join us for Wake Up With the Waves, the interactive concert series for children each Saturday morning 10:30AM - 12:00PM at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s fresh-air fun with a rotating cast of musicians and entertainers who get kids engaged with singing, dancing, playing and more! It’s a perfect way to start the day. Then stick around for family fun at the Pier with amusements, rides, restaurants and more!

For more information, visit

March 28th - Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band

April 4th - Rhythm Child

April 11th - Birdie's Playhouse

April 18th - Gwendolyn & the Good Time Gang

April 25th - Tom Freund

May 2nd - Heidi Swedberg

May 9th - Randy Kaplan

May 16th -  David Tobocman


EAT|SEE|HEAR| Outdoor Movie, Food Truck & Live Music Event Series

Showtime presents Eat|See|Hear, a summer-long celebration of food, music & movies! Events takes place at Santa Monica High School located at 601 Pico Blvd (entrance on 4th St). Doors open at 5:30pm with live music starting at 7pm and movie at 8:30pm. Admission is $12 advance and $14 at the door.

For more information, visit http://eatseehear.com/

May 9th - Pitch Perfect (PG-13)

May 16th - Beverly Hills Cop (R)

May 30th - Zoolander (PG-13)

June 20th - Edward Scissorhands (PG-13)

June 27th - Annie Hall (PG)

July 4th - Jaws (PG)

July 25th - Love Actually (R)