- Live Jammin’ @ Sea Level
LIVE JAMMIN’ IS BACK!
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach hosts Live Jammin’ every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge.
Stop by for sweeping marina views, tasty bites, crafty cocktails and live music!
For reservations, call 310-921-8950.
For additional information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sealevelrb.
Shade Hotel is located at 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA.
- Shade Hour
Monday thru Thursday
Shade Hotels are once again offering Shade Hour every Monday thru Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Both Sea Level Restaurant and [email protected] are coveted spots for locals and guests to socialize and relax after a long day of work.
Featuring half-price appetizers, beer, cocktails and wine, guests can enjoy these specials indoors or on the terrace for a fresh, outdoor, social experience in the evening.
For additional information and reservations, visit the website at https://www.shadehotel.com/.
Shade Hotels are located at 1221 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 and 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
- Peninsula Cars & Coffee
The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance presents Peninsula Cars & Coffee every first Saturday of each month from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure top deck.
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.
- First Fridays in Riviera Village
Riviera Village presents First Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. every first Friday of the month.
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
The Redondo Beach Pier Association and Cancer Support Community presents Yoga on the Octagon the second Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m.
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.
- Costume Figure Drawing @ MBAC
The 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 [email protected].
Manhattan Beach Art Center is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
- Mindfulness Drop In
Beach Cities Health District offers a FREE Mindfulness Drop-In the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
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
Join volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event the second Saturday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m.
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.
- 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.
- South Bay Craft Beer Breweries, Brewpubs & Tap Rooms
Over the last few years, the South Bay has become a major player in the Craft Beer Scene with numerous breweries, brew pubs, beer specialty shops and beer tours.
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.
- Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park
First Sunday & Third Saturday
Southern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Wilson Park.
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.
- Second Sundays @ Two
Rolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays At Two concert series at 2 p.m. on select second Sundays throughout the year.
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).
- El Segundo Museum of Art
Open to the public Thursday through Saturday
The El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) opened its doors in January 2013 with the intent to make art more accessible through creative and interactive experiences designed to engage the community.
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
First & Third Sunday
Southern California has a rich automotive history and the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a favorite of car aficionados.
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
All canines and their human companions are invited to attend the monthly Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month.
These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people.
- Torrance Antique Street Faire
Join the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.
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
The Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets on the beach every second Sunday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.
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
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
The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts venue (1,457 seats) in the South Bay and showcases a variety of entertainment.
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
The newly remodeled Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit, community visual arts gallery and school, ‘inspires individuals to celebrate, appreciate and create art.’
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
Our fascination with airplanes doesn’t end with childhood. No matter the age, climbing into a cockpit is always a thrill.
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.
- Drive-In at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market presents Drive-In at the Roadium.
The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950’s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. On select nights, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with food trucks, concessions, and more.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at sundown.
Admission is $25 per car.
For additional information, visit the website at http://roadium.com/. For ticket purchase, visit the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-friday-drive-in-at-the-roadium-grease-tickets-61667943479.
The Roadium Open Air Market is located at 2500 West Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90504.
- Gardena Cinema Drive-In *SCHEDULE CHANGES CONSTANTLY*
LA Arts Society presents Pop Up Drive-In Movie Screenings at the Gardena Cinema back lot.
Since its founding, Los Angeles Arts Society has hosted several successful film screenings and has several others in the works. For 2020, they have established LA Arts Society Pop-Up Drive-In Cinema at the Gardena Cinema back lot. The aim is the bring some of the best curated cinema to Los Angeles in a safe, entertaining and enjoyable setting. The schedule is constantly being updated, so check the Eventbrite page.
Tickets are $20 per car/truck/SUV, regardless of number of people in your vehicle.
Gates will open at 7 p.m. sharp. Arrive early for priority drive-in spots.
- 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 South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events.
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.