Manhattan Beach Events

South Bay By Jackie is your source for information about fun and interesting Manhattan Beach events.

Thanksgiving Sand Bowl

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Sand Bowl2Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at the annual Thanksgiving Sand Bowl on Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the beach in Manhattan.

Want to get a little exercise before sitting down to the annual feast? Need to get people out from underfoot in the kitchen? Want to avoid standing by the oven basting the bird for four hours? Then this is for you!

Stop by and get in the game… or just watch and heckle!

The game will take place between 26 Street and 27 Street in Manhattan Beach. Just look for people throwing the pigskin.

Santa’s Arrival Parade @ Manhattan Village

November 24, 2017

santa floatManhattan Village kicks off the holiday season with Santa’s Arrival Parade on Friday, November 24 beginning at 9 a.m.

Everyone is invited to march along with Santa and his friends during the parade to his house near Macy’s. FREE activities will include holiday arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and a special appearance by Mrs. Claus and other special guests. Photos ops will be available at Santa’s house. Registration is required!

For additional information and to register for the event, call 310-546-5555 or visit the website at

Manhattan Village is located at 3200 Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

Shop Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2017

Small-Business-SaturdayNovember 25 is Small Business Saturday!

With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements.

The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments. You really can find everything you need right around the corner!

This season, shop local and keep those all-important tax dollars in the neighborhood!

Manhattan Beach Santa Float Schedule

November 27 – December 15, 2017

Santa-Float-2017-Route-MapThe Santa Float will be making the rounds of Manhattan Beach over the next couple of weeks!

It is almost the Holiday Season and Santa has a brand new sleigh in Manhattan Beach this year, thanks to the Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2017 which made preservation of this local tradition its project.

Santa and the Elves will be starting early, with the first route beginning on the evening of Monday, November 27. The neighborhood routes generally start at 4:45 p.m., but check the times at the link below as there are some variations. The sleigh will tour a different neighborhood for fifteen nights (excluding weekends), ending December 15.

Manhattan Beach Chamber Holiday Soiree

November 30, 2017

MB-Chamber-Holiday-SoireeThe Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Holiday Soiree at We Work on Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the season with old friends and make some new ones. Guests will enjoy wine, beer and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are $40 for guests and FREE for Chamber Members. Tickets are available online and at the Chamber office. Ticket is all inclusive of entry, drinks, and food.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

We Work is located at 1240 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 120, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Sandpipers’ Holiday Homes Tour

December 1 – 3, 2017

Sandpiper-Holiday-Homes-TourSandpipers presents the annual Holiday Homes Tour Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3.

The Holiday Homes Tour is one of Sandpipers largest fundraising events of the year and offers a delightful way to kick off the holiday season. Guests will tour four distinctive South Bay homes exquisitely decorated for the holidays. The homes will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offer a variety of decorating styles that will inspire you to try something new and different in your own home. Enjoy seasonal entertainment, themed cocktails and bites while touring these magnificent homes.

Afterward, visit the Holiday Market and Café for a bite and some shopping. The Market features unique jewelry, children’s wear, hostess gifts and many other great items. The Holiday Market & Cafe is located at 2515/2521 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach.

In addition, the Home Tour will host a Rooftop Happy Hour on Sunday, December 3 from noon to 5 p.m. at 200 Pier Avenue. This special stop on the Tour is open to the public and features delicious food, wine, beer and live entertainment.

BaySMASH Celebrity Tennis Tournament

December 2, 2017

BaySMASHMcKenna South Bay BMW presents BaySMASH on Saturday, December 2 from 11 8 p.m. at Manhattan Country Club.

The South Bay meets Hollywood in this head to head tennis tournament! BaySMASH is a Pro-Celebrity tennis event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Cancer for College and USTA Foundation. 100% of player ticket sales will go to charity.

This is an event for tennis fans of all ages. Sign up today and participate alongside your favorite star in a fast paced round robin format. Feeling ambitious? Then jump onto the court and play with some of the ATP and WTA Tour pro’s.

Admission includes all matches, participation in vendor exhibits, entrance to kids zone, food vendors, one hour sponsored Happy Hour, end of event concert.

Tickets are $150 Individual; $250 VIP Seating (Front Row Seats); $300 Family (2 adults/ 2 kids under 15); Player: $500.

Streets for All Community Design Workshop

December 4, 2017

Dan-BurdenBeach Cities Health District (BCHD) will host an Interactive Community Workshop with Blue Zones Project’s Dan Burden on Monday, December 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center.

Dan Burden is one of TIME’s six most important civic innovators in the world. Residents are invited to participate in hands-on activities and share their ideas about the things they care most about in the design of their streets and neighborhoods. The workshop will include:

•A presentation from Dan Burden on creating a healthy, vibrant and connected community through innovative built environment designs
•Exercises used by engineers to design city streets
•Opportunities for participants to share their thoughts and ideas about the design of their streets and neighborhoods

North Manhattan Beach Open House & Walkabout

December 7, 2017

North-Manhattan-Beach-Holiday-Open-House-WalkaboutThe North Manhattan Beach Business District presents the annual Holiday Open House & Walkabout on Thursday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Walkabout offers another fabulous opportunity to get your holiday shopping done in a fun and festive way. Participating shops, businesses and restaurants along Highland Avenue from 32 Street to 42 Street will stay open late for an evening of music, shopping, dining and entertainment. Merchants will be offering discounts, samples, snacks and libations making for a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience. The kids will enjoy balloon art, face painting, artists, popcorn, raffle prizes and more.

The area restaurants are sure to be busy, busy, busy, so reservations are highly recommended.

Santa will be flying in from the North Pole, landing at the “Miracle on 34th Street” from 6 to 8 p.m.! Be sure to bring the wish list and camera!

For additional information, visit the website at

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks

December 10, 2017

Manhattan-Beach-Holiday-FireworksThe annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks sponsored by Skechers will take place Sunday, December 10!

Manhattan Beach’s signature holiday event gets underway at 4 p.m. with a concert by the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders followed by the award-winning Mira Costa Jazz Ensemble at 5 p.m. and local favorite, Joe’s Band, will be ‘Rockin’ the Holidays’ at 6 p.m. Our own Lou Giovannetti will be Master of Ceremonies.

Skechers’ Snow Park will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with five 50′ sled runs, two snow play areas and snowmen available for family photos. A donation of canned goods, cash or a new, unwrapped toy is requested for admission to the Snow Park. The Bounce Park will have two huge slides and the Fire Dog bouncie for smaller children.

The Holiday Fireworks start at 7 p.m. and will be synchronized to holiday music with an extended grand finale sponsored by Belkin.

This is a hugely popular event so be sure to arrive early to nab prime seating – bring your own beach chairs and blankets!