- Crafts n’ Laughs
Every Tuesday night, comedian Dave Williamson presents a line-up featuring the best professional stand-up comics in Los Angeles. Crafts n’ Laughs has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the city for working comics to hone their material and to have a good time with our fun South Bay regulars.
This show is FREE, and welcomes anyone looking for a fun, affordable night out. Flights offers great food and an amazing craft beer selection.
For additional information, visit the website at https://flightsbeerbar.com/events/.
Flights Beer Bar is located at 5119 West El Segundo Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
- Esplanade Sweep
The Esplanade, located on the west side of the street from Knob Hill to Miramar Park, is the crown jewel of Redondo Beach! Each of us that walks, runs, rides, or just sits along the Esplanade enjoying the view have a vested interest and responsibility to help maintain it. While we enjoy the Esplanade in different ways, perhaps with our friends and families, our dogs and bike riding clubs, some debris and wear and tear is inevitable, but it’s not just the city’s responsibility to clean up after us – we are all responsible for our environment.
The Keep the Esplanade Beautiful committee is reaching out to the community and asking you to come out every first Saturday for an hour, and join fellow residents in a team effort to “Help Keep the Esplanade Clean”.
- South Bay Jam
Every Thursday night, some of the South Bay’s best musicians gather for an evening of live improvisational music. The house band jams with various musicians playing an assortment of instruments and just about every music genre is covered – rock, blues, jazz, rap, disco, country and more.
Every week you’ll hear music played in new and unique ways and it’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/southbayjam/.
The Standing Room is located at 1320 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
- Peninsula Cars & Coffee
Attention car hobbyists and enthusiasts! Bring you hot rod, custom, muscle car, sports car, antique, classic or exotic or other special interest car or truck…. or just yourself! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other South Bay gear heads!
This event is FREE to attend for both the public and those displaying a vehicle.
For additional information, visit the website at https://www.pvconcours.org/peninsula-cars-and-coffee.
Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Entrance to the top deck of the parking structure is located on Indian Peak Road.
- Social Workplace: Thirsty Third Thursdays
Get social at Social Workplace! Bring your best smile and plenty of business cards. Each person has a chance to pitch their business to the group with plenty of mingling before and after. Pitches start promptly at 6 p.m. and refreshments are served. Know anyone who might need a workplace or meeting space? Bring a friend!
Pre-purchase tickets are $10 or pay $20 at the door.
For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://www.socialworkplace.com.
Social Workplace is located at 2315 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717. Parking is first-come, first-served. Parking is also available on surrounding streets. Uber, Lyft and ride sharing encouraged.
- Community Fitness Classes
Every Saturday (May thru August)
Classes meet next to outdoor exercise area and are for all fitness levels.
Zumba – Saturdays 9 to 10 a.m.
Basic Boot Camp – Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m.
These events are FREE and open to all! Come join in on the fun!
Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park is located at 25820 Vermont Avenue, Harbor City, CA 90710.
- 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:
- First Fridays in Riviera Village
This free, monthly event is the place to be every first Friday! Head to the Village and enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at the north east corner of Avenue I and Catalina from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Village has plenty of metered parking on every street, along with a large metered parking lot in the triangle bordered by South Elena Avenue, Via El Prado and Avenida del Norte, and additional parking off South Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar. The parking fees are $1.50 per hour from 9am to 9pm and many meters conveniently accept credit cards for payment.
For additional information, visit the website at http://rivieravillage.net/.
- Yoga on the Octagon
Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in this all level yoga class where the International Boardwalk meets the Redondo Beach Pier (the octagon below Kincaid’s).
Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottled water.
For additional information, visit the website at http://www.redondopier.com/events/.
The Redondo Beach Pier is located at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. If it rains, the class will be held at Cancer Support Community at 109 West Torrance Boulevard.
- Aquadeck Yoga
Mondays & Wednesdays
Gather a few friends for an hour long, all levels class. This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. Mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. It’s a terrific way to start the day!
Call 310.921.8940 to reserve your spot!
For additional information, visit the website at http://rb.shadehotel.com/.
Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
- Costume Figure Drawing @ MBAC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
- Mindfulness Drop In
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques.The monthly sessions will be led by trained Beach Cities Health District staff. No prior experience with meditation or mindfulness is required.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.
- Community Beautification @ Seaside Heroes Park
All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours.
Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of January 2019, volunteers have put over 1300 work hours into the project. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.
- Whale Watching Excursions
December – April
The Gray Whale Migration runs from December through April with the whales travelling through our local waters from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back. There have been an unprecedented number of Gray Whale sightings the past few seasons. In addition, several other species have been spotted including Fin, Minke, Humpback and Sperm whales, along with numerous Orcas (technically, not a whale!).
- ESMoA Drawing Club
In this informal drawing club, attendees will start with warm-up drawing exercises and then take inspiration from the featured artworks. No artistic experience is required and all supplies will be provided. This program is for adults.
- Cruise at the Beach
Every Friday: April through October
Cruise at the Beach returns to Ruby’s Diner in Redondo Beach for the season!
Open to the public, this free event happens every Friday night through October and features a gathering of vintage automobiles on display in the Ruby’s Diner parking lot from 4 to 8 p.m.
- Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance
Fourth Sundays: May Through October
The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.
- Kid’s Club @ The Point
Third Thursdays, May through December
Parents of pre-schoolers know it’s not always easy to keep kids stimulated and occupied, and it can be downright exhausting. Luckily, The Point is kicking off a monthly Kid’s Club to provide nothing but fun activities and good times for South Bay families, at no charge. Parents and their pre-school aged kids are welcome to come to The Point for arts and crafts, live entertainment, face painting, stilt walker, Smitten Ice Cream tastings and more!
- South Bay Craft Beer Breweries, Brewpubs & Tap Rooms
Breweries have become a favorite destination for not only beer aficionados, but those looking for an unpretentious neighborhood joint where they can kick back and enjoy a cold one.
New breweries are opening for business at an incredible pace, so be sure to check for updates!
The following is a list of South Bay breweries, brewpubs, tap and tasting rooms.
- Third Fridays @ Strand Brewing
Having spent the last seven and a half years using their brewery to create hand-crafted, small batch beer, Joel Elliot and Rich Marcello are excited to share their space as a gallery to host other local artists.
Third Fridays is a recurring event focusing on local artists and featuring their work in the Tap Room of the brewery. In addition to the art exhibits, the event features on-site food trucks and plenty of Strand Beer for purchase.
For additional information, please contact, Miah Smith at Miah@strandbrewing.com.
Strand Brewing is located at 2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501.
- Athleta FREE Workouts @ The Point
Join the Athleta crew for a FREE workout taught by local instructors on the grass in the Plaza. The schedule includes Yoga, Couples Yoga, Yoga Cycle, Pilates, Sweat & Sculpt and more. Get ready to get your sweat on during these fun workouts! All you need to bring is your mat, water and a friend!
- Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park
First Sunday & Third Saturday
They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.
Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.
- prAna Community Yoga @ The Point
Tight, tense, and not flexible? The answer is Yoga. This class is designed to sculpt your body making tight areas more agile It also improves and makes many functional activities a lot easier on your muscles and joints. Variations and modifications are given to accommodate all levels and abilities.
Enjoy food and drinks after class, prAna provides the yoga mats, and it’s open to all ages and skill levels!
- Second Sundays @ Two
RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.
For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).
- SkyDeck Yoga
Every Monday & Saturday
Gather a few friends for an hour long, all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra.
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 http://www.shadehotel.com/ or call 310-546-4995.
Shade Hotel is located at 1221 North Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach.
- Rooftop Yoga @ Crowne Plaza
Every Friday & Saturday
Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view. It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!
Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Attendees should bring a yoga mat, water and jacket in case of cool weather. These classes are free of charge – but gratuities are appreciated! There is a fee for parking in the structure.
For additional information, contact Ryann MacMurdo at 310-800-4924 or by email at email@example.com.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 300 North Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach.
- El Segundo Museum of Art
Open to the public Thursday through Saturday
Founded by Brian and Eva Sweeney and curated by Bernhard Zuenkeler, ESMoA is a non-profit art space located in a new building next to the former post office on Main Street.
- Vintage Car Rides @ The Automobile Driving Museum
Located in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history. The ADM has an impressive, rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and historic cars on display.
Several Southern California collector car clubs showcase their vehicles at the ADM and on any given weekend you can find collections of particular makes and models.
- South Bay Social Dogs
- Torrance Antique Street Faire
Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices!
The monthly event features live entertainment with DJ Ozzie in the park, Stacy Robin & Friends in the Plaza and live music in front of the coffee shop and Just Luigis.
- Torrance Beach Drum Circle
All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.
This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved.
- Point Vicente Lighthouse *LIGHTHOUSE TOWER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, GROUNDS & MUSEUM OPEN DURING MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE*
There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….
If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.
- First Fridays @ First Concert Series
The Classical Crossroads’ concert series, First Fridays at First, is graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the non-profit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance.
Talented rising artists from around the world are presented at First Lutheran Church at noon the first Friday of each month.
- Torrance Cultural Arts Center
The mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.
Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. They offer a variety of live entertainment including dramatic, comedic and musical theater productions, concerts and other events.
- Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival.
- Palos Verdes Art Center
Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.
- Palos Verdes Performing Arts
Palos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.
PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.
- Western Museum of Flight
When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?
The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
- The South Bay Film Society
Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?
The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.
The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD.
- Old Town Music Hall
The motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?
Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall. Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been screening vintage silent and sound films and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime and popular music from the past.
- Explore the Wild Side of the South Bay
The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?
One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”
They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:
- Lomita Railroad Museum
The Lomita Railroad Museum is dedicated to educating and informing the public about railroads — particularly of the steam era — the present, past, and future of transportation, the history of the U.S. Westward Expansion, the settlement of California, and the people who made this all happen.
The museum, located in Irene Lewis Park, is owned and operated by the City of Lomita and is overseen by the Lomita Parks & Recreation Department. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed for major holidays. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. FREE Parking is located in lot adjacent to museum. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.lomita-rr.org/
The Lomita Railroad Museum is located at 2137 West 250th Street in Lomita.
- Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.
They offer a variety of programs including class field trips, volunteer opportunities, summer camps and more. Group tours are also available by reservation.
- South Coast Botanic Garden
The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.
About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.
- Experience Terranea’s Birds of Prey
Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.
Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.
- Seascape Trail in Palos Verdes
We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?
As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.
- Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s
Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.
Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.
- IN-N-OUT Burger @ LAX
When you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore.
You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.
- Hang Gliding at the Beach
Cruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific.
Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.
Here’s an idea: Pack a picnic lunch, drive to Dockweiler State Beach, unfurl a blanket and spend an hour or two lounging on the beach watching a few adventurous souls take hang gliding lessons.