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Santa Monica Events & Festivals

Browse some of Santa Monica’s major events and festivals taking place throughout the year. They’re among the best events found in Southern California and the Los Angeles area. For an up-to-date daily event guide, visit the Santa Monica events calendar.

Spring / March-May

Earth Day at Heal The Bay Aquarium | April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with a family-friendly exploration of more than 100 amazing species of marine animals and plants, all found in the Santa Monica Bay.

Mother’s Day Brunch | 2nd Sunday in May
Toast mom with a sunny array of local brunch options, from classic bacon and eggs to lobster and Champagne.

MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street | Late May
MAINopoly is a fun, interactive community event that mirrors the classic board game and gives participants a culinary walking tour of Main Street’s finest restaurants, juiceries, ice cream stores, coffee shops and more.

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Summer / June-August

Main Street Summer SOULstice | June
Live music takes over Main Street with multiple stages and acts performing throughout the day.

Pier 360 Beach Sports Summer Festival | End of June
Santa Monica Pier 360 offers epic competition through a variety of disciplines on sand and sea while also providing a memorable day of family-friendly entertainment. On the Pier Deck and beach, participants and spectators will enjoy the Beach Festival featuring live music, Polynesian dancing, food, a Rum & Beer Garden and a one of-a-kind surf & skate history museum.

4th of July Parade | July 4
A true slice of local life, this beloved patriotic annual community celebration draws thousands of spectators along Main Street.

Sunset Swims | July to October
Enjoy summer evenings at Annenberg Community Beach House’s sunset swims. These adult-only pool sessions happen on select dates so be sure to check their website for details.

Farmers Markets
Santa Monica’s four farmers markets run year-round, but summer is the high season with great people watching, not to mention an array of sweet seasonal fruits and delicious berries.

Fall / September-November

Off-Season Beach Escapes
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy Santa Monica’s sandy beaches and stunning sunsets with typically smaller crowds and sunny, warm weather into November.

Fall Flavor
Get holiday ready with autumn-inspired cooking/baking classes at The Gourmandise School.

Farmers Markets Halloween
Get your pumpkin and carve it, too! Every year the downtown farmers market hosts an “all-you-can-carry” pumpkin patch, in which you get to keep as many pumpkins as you can hold, all for one price. Don’t miss the kid-favorite no-carve pumpkin decorating event at the Main Street and Pico markets.

Thanksgiving
Skip the cooking and savor Santa Monica’s culinary scene with family and friends—many local restaurants and hotels host special Thanksgiving meals.

Thanksgiving dinner spread from Huckleberry in Santa Monica

Winter / December-February

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk | Early December
Find the perfect presents at this family-friendly celebration complete with live music, Santa Claus and can’t-miss sales.

Main Street Holiday Festivities | Early December
Celebrate the season with a tree lighting at the California Heritage Museum, candlelit walks to the famous Shopping Cart Tree and festive bashes hosted by Main Street stores.

Pico Holiday Hop | Early December
Pico Boulevard’s Yuletide festivities include refreshments, art, entertainment and shopping specials.

 

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Downtown Santa Monica and Santa Monica Place Holiday Events | November to January
Downtown Santa Monica transforms into a winter wonderland complete with a tree lighting, Santa visits and much more.

Holiday Shopping
Santa Monica’s holiday shopping scene boasts sunny outdoor shopping areas like Main Street, Montana Avenue, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place.

Valentine’s Day | February 14
Couples can share a romantic dinner, sip cocktails at sunset and soak in spectacular ocean views at one of many esteemed dining destinations.

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