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.

Manhattan Beach Santa Float Schedule

November 26 – December 14, 2018

The Santa Float will be making the rounds of Manhattan Beach over the next couple of weeks!

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 14. Santa should be able to complete each nightly route before the kiddies go to bed, so get those lists ready!

The Manhattan Beach Santa Float is led by the Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach, and is staffed each night by a different community organization. There is no charge to visit the Santa Float on its nightly routes. The calendar, staffing organizations, dates and a hi-resolution expandable map of the routes can be seen at .

FREE Two Hour Holiday Parking in Manhattan Beach

November 28 – December 26, 2018

It’s time to kick the holiday shopping season into full gear – FREE Holiday Parking in Manhattan Beach begins on Wednesday, November 28 and runs through December 26!

Meters that are included in the program will be clearly marked with festive Holiday bags or the display on the new solar powered IPS parking meters will read, “Happy Holidays – Free Parking.” You may park for free for only two hours.

All other parking restrictions will be strictly enforced!

BCHD December Events

December 1 – 31, 2018

Beach Cities Health District offers the community a variety of monthly activities and special events.

For additional information, visit the website at

Take a look at what’s scheduled for December…

Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K

December 22, 2018

The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K takes place on Saturday, December 22 at 5:30 p.m. beneath the lights of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Run, walk, or baby jog along the sea under the FULL MOON! Celebrate the holidays at the most unusual running event in LA. The entire course will be lit by glow sticks to guide you. Bring the whole family, then stay and play at the many fine bars and restaurants in downtown Manhattan Beach. You won’t find anything else like it!

Midnight in Macau

December 31, 2018

Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach presents Midnight in Macau on Monday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Ring in the New Year with a night of unforgettable celebrations and entertainment at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach. This one-of-kind experience will make you feel like you’ve been transported to one of the most glamorous cities in the world. Feast on traditional Chinese inspired hors-d’oeuvres and decadent desserts and ring in the New Year with your very own split of champagne at midnight. Chef Graham Norton will be serving up a celebratory menu you will not want to miss. Multiple premium cash bars will also be available.

The evening’s celebrations include a variety of entertainment including casino tables and music that will keep you on the dance floor all night long.The headlining act will be announced later this month.

This New Year’s Eve party sells out every year, so buy your tickets before they’re gone.

Early Bird tickets are $95 per person. After December 25, $125 per person. For bottle service and VIP lounge reservations, call 310-469-3466.

Shade Hotels Wedding Festival

January 13, 2019

Shade Luxury Boutique Hotels will host the annual Wedding Festival on Sunday, January 13 from Noon to 6 p.m. at both hotel locations.

It will be an amazing afternoon of champagne, food, and fun while exploring what the quintessential SHADE WEDDINGS are all about! Here’s your chance to see what BOTH Shade locations have to offer, with unique experiences that will set them apart. Shade will be offering exciting booking incentives and special packaging prices only available to festival guests looking to have their future event at one of these properties!

Yoga @ Shade Hotel Rooftop

Every Monday & Saturday

Shade Yoga 2 - sbbjShade Hotel offers a Yoga Class every Monday and Saturday morning on the rooftop Skydeck.

Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra. The class begins at 10 a.m. both days and is an hour long.

This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat. It’s a terrific way to start the day!

Call 310-546-4995 to reserve your spot!

For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-546-4995.

Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.

Swing & Sway

Second Fridays

Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.

Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.

The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves.

South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.

These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.

Here’s a schedule by day of the week: