Manhattan Beach Events

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

Costume Figure Drawing @ MBAC

First Thursdays

LIVE-Costume-Figure-Drawing-MBACThe Manhattan Beach Art Center presents LIVE: Costume Figure Drawing the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.

LIVE is a FREE series of Thursday night community-building activities designed to enhance artistic skills and develop presentation confidence in local artists. Small refreshments and good vibes will be provided. LIVE is open to everyone 16 years and older. Events are FREE but a donation of $12 is much appreciated to help defray costs.

Hang out with your friends and work on your figure drawing skills with a live costumed model. No instructors and no pressure – draw as you feel! Attendees should bring their own materials; easels will be provided if necessary.

For additional information, call (310) 802-5440 or contact via email at

Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Heroes of Manhattan Beach

October 17, 2018

Heroes-of-Manhattan-BeachThe Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the inaugural Heroes of Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veranda’s Beach House.

Hosted by Amy Howorth and Mary Beth McDade, this special event will recognize the heroes of Manhattan Beach who protect, preserve, and provide. The city wouldn’t be the same without these folks and the community is encouraged to attend and commemorate their extraordinary efforts. There will be live music by Jeremy Buck and Moe Z; a plated lunch catered by Verandas Beach House; live auction for some great items with proceeds going to the Burn Foundation and Police Explorers Club.

Tickets are $50 per person.

For additional information, visit the website at

Veranda’s Beach House is located at 401 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

An Intimate Night with Beth Wood

October 20, 2018

Beth-WoodManhattan Beach Studios presents An Intimate Night with Beth Wood on Saturday, October 20 in the studio.

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. She’s been writing, performing, recording and touring for most of her life. Come enjoy quality music in an intimate setting. Welcome to the listening room private parties.

A suggested donation of $15 is requested, with all proceeds going to the artist. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30.

RSVP is required! To RSVP, contact Mark at

Manhattan Beach Studios is located at 1809 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Opening Reception: Mimesis

October 26, 2018

MimesisHomeira Goldstein and Time4Art present the Opening Reception: Mimesis on Friday, October 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Art Center.

Mimesis is an exhibition featuring new works consisting of paintings and videos by internationally celebrated Italian artist, Carla Viparelli, and will be on display October 26 through December 31.

The exhibition explores images being brought to life in a magic-like essence creating a vision of epiphany. This exhibition features video animations and paintings as moving and standing images generating an element of surprise. 

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

October 28, 2018

Skechers-Pier-to-Pier-Friendship-Walk2The annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk takes place on Sunday, October 28.

Support local education and children with special needs by signing up for this special walk which goes from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m.

The event will also include a Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, children’s games and various booths. The whole family can participate in this annual walk along the shore. After the Walk, stay for the Great Pumpkin Race!

DTMB Trick or Treat

October 28, 2018

DTMB-Trick-or-TreatThe Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professional Association will host the annual Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to coincide with the World Famous Pumpkin Race.

Participating businesses will have the event flyer posted in their windows and guests must wear a costume to receive treats. In addition, be sure to stop by the DTMB Farmers’ Market booth for a few tricks and special treats. If you guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, you’ll win a spooktacular prize!

This event takes place at the same time as the World Famous Pumpkin Race. The lower portion of Manhattan Beach Boulevard will be closed to traffic for these family friendly events.

For additional information, visit the website at

World Famous Pumpkin Race

October 28, 2018

pumpkinraceThe City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department proudly present the annual World Famous Pumpkin Race on Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Never mind the Indy 500 and forget the Kentucky Derby – the hottest, most contested race of the year takes place right here in the South Bay! This national award-winning event is a favorite with locals and has been a Beach Cities tradition since 1990.

Anyone can enter the race and Pumpkin Racecar kits are available for $20 at the Live Oak Park Tennis Office while supplies last. Pumpkin Racecar Kits are fun and easy to assemble and contain everything you needed to build a Pumpkin Racecar. Free expert assistance, decorations and accessories are available for those purchasing official kits. You may also make your own Pumpkin Racecar according to the Official Rules of the World Famous Pumpkin Race.

The race is fun, easy and free to enter! No registration is required and costumes are encouraged. Compete in single elimination Open Qualifying from noon to 4 p.m. for your chance to race in the Championship Finals beginning at 4 p.m.

The Laramie Project

November 2 – 10, 2018

Laramie_Playbill-Fall2018Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech is proud to announce the fall production of The Laramie Project playing November 2 through November 10 at the small theater at Mira Costa High School.

The Laramie Project is an emotionally riveting drama by Moisés Kaufman and the Techtonic Theatre Company, which centers on the death of gay college student, Matthew Shephard, and how his murder affected his community and sent ripple effects across the nation.

Due to limited seating in the theatre, tickets will be sold for specific dates and times. Tickets will be available online beginning October 15. Take advantage of discounted pre-sale pricing by buying your tickets before 3 pm opening day. Pre-sale tickets: $12 Adult; $10 Student/Senior ($1 additional for online orders). Tickets at the box office: $15 Adult, $12 Student/Senior.

Tip a Cop Fundraiser @ Tin Roof Bistro

November 8, 2018

tip-a-copTin Roof Bistro hosts the annual Tip A Cop fundraiser on Thursday, November 8 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Diners at Tin Roof Bistro will enjoy an extra level of service when Manhattan Beach Police Department AND Manhattan Beach Fire Department personnel partner with the restaurant’s staff for the evening. The event is intended to not only provide guests with a memorable dining experience and exceptional service, but to also collect tips and donations to benefit Special Olympics. ‘Tip-A-Cop’ is a fun and entertaining way for the community to meet their local police officers, firefighters and Special Olympic Athletes.

All tips are a tax-deductible donation to Special Olympics, which provides athletic training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the South Bay Area.

For additional information and to make a reservation, call 310-939-0900.

Tin Roof Bistro is located at 3500 North Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

VetFest Beer-B-Que

November 11, 2018

VetFestKinecta and Manhattan Beach Rotary present VetFest Beer-B-Que on Sunday, November 11 from noon to 5 p.m.

Grab your friends and celebrate Veterans near and far while raising money for local charities. Get your fill of 20 Craft Beers, BBQ so sweet, savory and tender it falls right off the bone, and dancing until your feet fall off. Top it off with the world famous Creamwich and BIG screens so you won’t miss your favorite game. It will be an awesome afternoon and a Veteran’s Day bash like no other!

General Admission tickets are $50. For Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and First Responders and their families, tickets are $35.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Kinecta is located at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.