Summer Specials 2013

Ready for some fun in the sun? Plan your Santa Monica summer vacation and enjoy sizzling hot hotel deals and family friendly events all summer long.

Photo by Kristen Beinke

Endless Summer in Santa Monica

There is no better place to be during the Summer than by the beach, experiencing what Santa Monica, California has to offer. Head to the Southern California coast and enjoy:

Hot Hotel Packages


Ambrose Hotel

1255 20th St | (310) 315-1555
Drive SMART - FIAT 500 Package includes All Natural Continental Breakfast, Wi-Fi, Fiat 500. Valid May 19-September 30, 2014.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

101 Wilshire Blvd | (310) 576-7777
The Return of St. Tropez in Santa Monica - Weekend Volleyball Games and More at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows! For the third year in a row, Fairmont Miramar is teaming up with famed St. Tropez-based swimwear company Vilebrequin to introduce a host of new Vilebrequin-themed amenities and activities designed for this beachside resort.

Starting this month, both skate and surf enthusiasts in one of the iconic 32 bungalow villas tucked away at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows can tour the boardwalk and show off their kick-flips on the new Vilebrequin Surf Skateboard, exclusively designed for bungalow guests. Hotel guests and Vilebrequin fans alike will be pleased to know they can indulge in their favorite colorful Cote d' Azur style with the first in-hotel Vilebrequin boutique in the US featuring a fine-tuned collection of signature-print men's and boy's swimwear and apparel, and the debut line of girl's and women's swim and resort wear and accessories.

And speaking of fun in the sun, guests are invited to bump, set, spike and compete at the Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games for the return of the Miramar Beach & Pool Club, taking place every Saturday from May 31 - August 30 from 4-6 pm. In addition to issuing daily surf reports and offering tips to great seaside dining and fun beach chic wear, Miramar's new Pool & Beach Concierge, dressed in Vilebrequin, will also be available to book beachside activities.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Blvd | (310) 458-6700
Daily Summer Offers: 2pm – 4pm Frozen treats poolside, 3pm – 5pm Summer Snack lobby treats, Sunset - Complimentary “Sip of Summer” in the lobby to celebrate the sunset. Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm, enjoy a 15% discount on our signature tropical drinks or mocktails at the pool. Fridays and Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm, California Cool poolside food cart will be at your service. Valid July 1-August 31, 2014.

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

849 Ocean Avenue | (310) 393-0486
10% off summer stays when booked 14 or more days in advance. Valid July 4-August 30, 2014.

Shore Hotel

1515 Ocean Ave | (310) 458-1515
Santa Monica’s only LEED Gold certified hotel is offering its guests the Endless Summer at the Shore package. In addition to easy access to beachside landmarks such as the Santa Monica Pier, Muscle Beach, and Pacific Park, guests will enjoy a surf lesson with a local surfing guru, dinner for two at the Blue Plate Oysterette, and one last set of photo worthy memories to keep them warm well into the winter months. Valid September 2-October 30, 2014.

Shore Hotel Summer Cool Down Series. Santa Monica’s eco-chic Shore Hotel,  is launching a cool down series inviting summer beachgoers to cool off at its community benches with an artisan ice cream cone or an icy Popsicle. Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, 2014 – Sprinkles Ice Cream Cart; Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5, 2014 – Popshop Ice Pops Cart; Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014 – Peddler’s Creamery Ice Cream Cart; Saturday, July 26, 2014 – Coolhaus Truck; Sunday, August 31 and Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 - Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck. Valid June 14-September 1, 2014.

Additionally, the Snap and Savor package leads families on a photo scavenger hunt, enjoying the beachside environment and green initiatives that make Santa Monica a unique ocean side getaway. Valid now through August 31, 2014.

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Santa Monica Summer Events


Picnics on the Promenade

Fridays May 16-September 26, 2014, 12pm-3pm
Third Street Promenade, Corner of Arizona and Third Street
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. introduces Picnic on the Promenade, a patio that pops up on Third Street Promenade Fridays beginning May 16 through the summer. From noon to 3 p.m. at the corner of Arizona and Third Street in Santa Monica, picnic tables and umbrellas spring up to create a lively outdoor lunching area. Picnicgoers are welcome to bring their own food, or grab-and-go from their favorite Third Street Promenade eateries. It’s free, and it’s here for the summer to help celebrate Third Street Promenade’s 25th Anniversary. To provide a soundtrack to this scene, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. has partnered with locally produced NPR affiliate KCRW. To launch the inaugural May 16 Picnic, station DJ Garth Trinidad will spin his signature progressive world rhythm for picnic-goers. Chris Douridas will take the turntables on June 13th, and Raul Campos will lay down the Friday funk on August 8.

Rusty's Summer Music Series & No Cover Saturdays

Saturdays, May 23-September 27, 2014
Rusty's Surf Ranch, 256 Santa Monica Pier

Join us for Rusty's Summer Music Series & No Cover Saturdays - Top summer bands with no cover all summer long! Check our calendar at

3rd Annual Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games at the Miramar Beach Club

May 31th-August 30th, Saturdays 4-6pm
Miramar Beach Club, 930 Pacific Coast Highway

Join us this summer for the 3rd Annual Vilebrequin Beach Volleyball Games at the Miramar Beach Club. Every Saturday from 4pm-6pm from May 31st to August 30th the beach club will host a 6 vs. 6 volleyball  match. Each winning player will receive exclusive Vilebrequin prizes. After the game, FIG invites participants to celebrate from 6pm-7pm with artisanal beer, wine and seasonal snacks poolside. To register for this complimentary event please RSVP to

Twilight Concert Series After-Party

July 10th-September 11th, Thursdays 9pm
Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave

Summer is the perfect time in Santa Monica, amazing weather, great beaches and free music concerts at the Santa Monica Pier every Thursday until September 11. Join the after party at Cameo Bar at the Viceroy Santa Monica, just a short walk from the Pier. Award-winning mixologist, Gary Cahill, keeps the evening alive offering discounted summer cocktails from 9PM. Thursday is the new Friday so come and enjoy the refreshing bubbles of the elderflower splash, maintain the body with the Skinny Dip or continue the passion from the concert with the Passionate Summer. All three will be $8 each, only on a Thursday following the live concert series.

Hey There Muscles - Lean Fitness by FerrignoFIT

July 12th-August 16th, Saturdays at 9am
Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier and the Ferrigno family fitness dynasty is hosting the newest free six week class at the Pier! Get ready for a mind-body-soul overhaul focused on creating lean muscle and healthy habits, taught by Lou Ferrigno, daughter Shanna, and the extended family. No muscles? No problem. By the end of this thing, they’ll be saying ‘Hey There Muscles’, and you’ll just nod.

2nd Annual Community Picnic

July 24th, 6pm-8:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Pack a dinner. Grab the kids. Rally your friends. Join us at the Beach House for a fun evening of good old fashioned fun. Gather in the courtyard and dine al fresco with your BYO picnic. We’ll have ping-pong, hula hoops, ladder ball, and new this summer --- spike ball! Jump into a pick-up game of  volleyball, soccer or beach tennis. We’ll have a story time for ages 2-5 (with parent/guardian in attendance) and some surprise fun.

haleARTS S P A C E Art Sale Opening Reception

July 25th, 5-8pm
haleARTS S P A C E, 2443 Main St

haleARTS S P A C E invites you to the opening reception of their $100 Art SALE Friday, July 25th from 5-8 PM. The $100 Art SALE features selected works from local and emerging artists for $100 and runs through August 3rd. As with every $100 Art SALE, the gallery will be filled – floor to ceiling— with ready-to-hang work created by several local emerging artists. This curated $100 Art SALE is a great opportunity for emerging collectors to grow their collection. At $100 per piece the walls empty quickly, so get to haleARTS early! White wine and freshly popped popcorn will be available for you to enjoy.
haleARTS S P A C E  is a Santa Monica gallery focusing on local emerging artists as well as the emerging collector. They host a number of events throughout the year to engage emerging collectors; from their $100 Art Salt to Art Talks featuring art and design professionals.

Native American Story-telling & Craft Workshops

July 26th, 10am-12pm
Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave

Families are invited to the children’s play area to explore the culture of the Chumash, Gabrieleno and Tongva, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles region for whom the park is named. The morning will include storytelling and songs handed down through generations with Ted and Dennis Garcia. Julia Bonagy, a member of the Tongva Nation/Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians, will also lead hands-on workshops in soapstone and wood carving and the ancient art of using plants to create toys and games.

National Dance Day at Santa Monica Place

July 26th, 11am-4pm
Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place

Come celebrate National Dance Day at Santa Monica Place! From 11am-1pm, Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica instructors will be teaching two routines to promote a healthy lifestyle through dance! 2-4pm, Lorna Jane invites you to continue the celebration with energetic dance ambassador Teresa Seymour! After dancing your heart out, join the Lorna Jane team in-store on Level 1 next to Nordstrom for your favorite womens fitness apparel, DJ beats, healthy nibbles from Lorna Jane's new cookbook and exclusive savings! Open to the public. FREE to participate. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.

Eat|See|Hear Presents: Super Troopers Outdoor Movie Event

July 26th, Doors 5:30pm and movie starts 8:30pm
Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd

Eat|See|Hear, a premier LA outdoor movie series presented by SHOWTIME, will be showing Super Troopers at Santa Monica High School. The event will also include live music beforehand and the following food trucks: Steel City Sandwich, Vizzi Truck, Burnt to a Crisp Texas BBQ, Umami Burger, Ta Born, Coolhausm Brasil Kiss, and more. Movie is rated R.

Community Dance with Live Music

July 30th, 7-9pm
Tongva Park, 1615 Ocean Ave

You're invited to join a free salsa dance lesson in the center of the park followed by a community dance both with live music. International salsa band, Orquestra Tabaco Y Ron, a 12 piece Big-Band orchestra, composed of musicians from all over Latin America will be performing live music throughout the evening. Cristian Oviedo, four-time World Salsa Champion, will lead a 45-minute dance class along with his partner, Maria Zhukovskaya, followed by an opportunity for everyone to dance and enjoy the music, regardless of level of skill.

3rd Annual Chile Relleno Festival

August 1st-September 16th
La Sandia, 395 Santa Monica Place

Chef Richard Sandoval introduces guests to La Sandia's Third Annual Chile Relleno Festival, where he puts a fresh, modern spin on this traditional dish with vibrant flavors, interesting ingredients and bold sauces.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta

August 23rd, 6:30pm
Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy

Join us this summer for our 3rd Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta! Teams of two construct yachts from corrugated cardboard and duct tape and vie for awards in a variety of categories. Spectators welcome.

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Sizzling Summer Specials


Aerial Physique

625 Montana Ave Suite M | (323) 540-1580
Jill Franklin's Aerial Physique is designed to give you the strength of a Cirque du Soleil performer, the beautiful lines of a ballet dancer and the ease of movement like a Pilates pro. Aerial Physique uses an apparatus called “aerial silk” to achieve all of the wonderful benefits above.  Come take a class this summer! Use promo code: "summertime" when booking online and save $10 off your first class! Absolute beginners are welcome! Valid June 10-September 31, 2014.

Azure Aveda Salon

395 Santa Monica Place #202 | (310) 393-7888
First time customer special: Color retouch & cut for $89. Blow dry not included.  Azure Aveda Salon use 97% vegetable based Aveda color. May not be combined with any other special offer. Valid June 1-November 1, 2014.


395 Santa Monica Place | (310) 451-1256
Benedetta Fresh Farm-Sourced Skin Care in The Market at Santa Monica Place! Benedetta Harvest Sale - 25% off entire line 3 Days. Valid July 26-28, 2014.

Bike Attack

2400 Main St | (310) 581-8014
10% off on bikes all summer long! Valid May 15-August 31, 2014.

Blue Stove

220 Broadway St (Nordstrom, 3rd Floor) | (310) 752-4110
Taco Tuesday & Thursdays, get a complimentary order of our Signature Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos with the purchase of a glass of wine. Limit one order per person. Make reservations through and note "Taco". Valid June 23-September 2, 2014.

Border Grill

1445 4th St | (310) 451-1655
Brew Tuesdays is happening at Border Grill every Tuesday. Featuring a different craft beer and special dish pairing every week. Call (310) 451-1655 for the latest Brew Tuesday details.

Brambila Salon

1327 Ocean Ave | (310) 458-3770
Enjoy 20% off your first visit at Brambila Salon & 20% off any product purchase! Valid June 2-August 31, 2014.

Exhale Santa Monica

101 Wilshire Blvd | (310) 319-3193
Revive and restore this summer! For one week, new friends of Exhale get unlimited classes, unlimited use of the spa and gym facilities, a $25 spa credit to use towards a massage, facial, or acupuncture, 10% off the well being boutique, and 20% personal training sessions! Valid June 1-September 30, 2014.

Learn to Surf LA

(310) 663-2479
Learn to Surf LA Summer Surf Camps - Our Santa Monica/Venice Summer Surf Camps are a great way for kids to spend the day playing and relaxing while learning how to handle themselves competently in the surf. We are professional instructors who pride ourselves on teaching a top notch technique that will have your child going down the line by the end of the week! Safety is our top priority: we provide top quality foam surfboards, bodyboards and full length wetsuits. We also provide snacks, drinking water and sunblock and have pop-up canopies to provide shade and protect students from over-exposure to the sun. Surf Camp LA is for kids ages 5 to 12 and teens aged 13 to 17. Valid June 16-August 29, 2014.

Marbles: The Brain Store

395 Santa Monica Place | (310) 395-1526
Free gift with any purchase.  Gift is a Marbles Branded Pool Bag that can hold up to four towels, sunscreen, and much more very durable and reusable. Valid through September 1, 2014.

Next Salon

2400 Main St | (310) 392-6645
Free deep cleansing and summer hair rejuvenation with purchase of haircut. Valid May 21-September 22, 2014.


(424) 272-5648
NourishNode is offering $10 off in-home massages all summer long in Santa Monica!  Book an experienced, fully certified massage therapist to your home today. NourishNode is the easiest, quickest way to book a massage online. Valid May 23-September 4, 2014.

Paris 1900

2703 Main St | (310) 396-0405
Store Closing Sale. Vintage-inspired and antique clothing, bridal, antique linens, jewelry, buttons, antique ribbons, millinery trims, antique laces 40-year collection. Valid June 18-August 1, 2014.

Pedego Santa Monica

214 Pier Ave | (310) 917-1111
Cool off for the Summer with a new Pedego Electric Bicycle. Free helmet and saddlebag with each Summer purchase. Valid May 24-July 31, 2014.

Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours

(310) 595-4526
2-for-1 Santa Monica Downtown Walking Tours Special! Mention SMCVB & receive our fun, Walking Tours Specials: ($20.00 per 2 Participants). Walking Tours are pre-scheduled & subject to availability. Please call or e-mail to secure your personalized Walking Tour! Valid June 21-August 31, 2014.

Santa Monica Language Academy

1428 2nd St | (310) 260-6307
Get 15% Discount on Group Language Classes. First Time Students Only. Valid July 7-August 29, 2014.

Santa Monica Pedicab

(310) 795-7176
Receive $20 off a two-hour pedicab ride when you mention "Santa Monica Summer Specials!" A professional, courteous, and accommodating pedicab chauffeur will be able to show you Santa Monica like you've never seen it before. Ask about our couples' sunset rides! Pedicabs comfortably seat two adult passengers. Two hours required for most bookings. Valid June 12-Spetember 15, 2104.

Segway Los Angeles

(310) 395-1395
For $10.00 off per person for a 2-hour Segway experience. Valid June 1-September 1, 2014.

Ted Baker London

315 Colorado Ave, #168 | (310) 255-0408
Ted Baker London Summer Sale! Up to 50% off Select Lines. Womenswear: Dresses from $177. Handbags from $101. Denim from $105. Footwear from $42. Menswear: Jackets from $117. Tailoring from $135. Satchels from $39. Trousers from $99. Footwear from $90. Valid June 12-August 4, 2014.

The Charleston

2460 Wilshire Blvd | (310) 828-2115
Happy Hour every night! Valid May 26-September 30, 2014.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen

119 Broadway | (310) 395-6037
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen’s Summer Music Line-Up-No Cover. 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 off of our happy hour which goes until 8 PM every single day! Visit our website for band line-ups or to check out some future  interviews with our summer bands visit our blog: Valid June 1-September 1, 2014.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen’s Pier Concert Care Packages - Do you get hungry during the Summer Twilight Pier concerts but don’t have time to prepare anything?  Let us take care of you!  Starting July 10th we will be offering signature To-Go packages that include any of our famous gourmet mini burgers and our delicious tator tots, packed up neatly and conveniently for you to enjoy during the concert.  Offering combos that are perfect for one person or even a small group. The added bonus to keep the fun going, for every “care package” ordered, we include coupons for drink specials that you can use at our bar after the concert while you are enjoying our live music!  Remember, we never charge a cover for our live music. Please call us at 310-395-6037 to place your “care package” order and visit our website for our full menu. Valid July 10-September 11, 2014.

The Veranda at The Georgian Hotel

1415 Ocean Ave | (310) 395-9945
New Summertime Elixir Menu at The Veranda restaurant. Four new cocktails to choose from - $12 each - that share a base of Pineapple Juice - the true symbol of hospitality! Try the Paradise, Pacific Sunset, Ocean Spray or The Mermaid this summer! Valid June 11-September 30, 2014.

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30th Annual Twilight Concert Series

The Santa Monica Pier presents the 30th Annual Twilight Concert Series every Thursday from July 10th through September 11th, 2014. Concerts are free and run 7pm-10pm.

For more information, visit

July 10th - Cults

July 17th - Yuna

July 24th - Cayucas/Papa

July 31st - Omar Souleyman

August 7th - Jagwar Ma

August 14th - La Santa Cecilia

August 21st - The Zombies

August 28th - Lee "Scratch" Perry

September 4th - OK Go

September 11th - Charles Bradley


Cinema on the Street in Downtown Santa Monica

Come and unwind in a unique outdoor setting under the stars. Bring a blanket or beach chairs, a date, family and friends to enjoy your favorite classic movies! The outdoor movie screen will be located on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Blvd, just outside Chipotle. Attendance is free and open to the public. Movies start at 7:30pm.

For more information, visit

July 11th – Field of Dreams (PG)
July 18th – The Wizard of Oz (PG
July 25th – Airplane! (PG)
August 1st – Apollo 13 (PG)
August 8th – How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
August 15th – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (PG-13)


Jazz on the Lawn

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs presents the 9th annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series. Bring a picnic, blanket, beach chair, and family and friends of all ages for a sampling of jazz each Sunday in August at Stewart Street Park. Food trucks will be at each conert.

For more information, visit

August 3rd – Critical Brass
August 10th - Adaawe
August 17th - Tom Nolan Band
August 24th - Cats with Class
August 31st - Orquesta Charangoa