Palos Verdes Events

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South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

South Bay farmers' MarketsThe 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:

Second Sundays @ Two

Second Sundays

violinRolling 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

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for April

April 1 – 30, 2019

PVPLC Pelican Cove Nature WalkThe Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events.

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.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at or call (310) 541-7613.

Take a look at what’s on tap for April….

Special Events

Las Candalistas Spring Event: California Dreamin’

April 25, 2019

Las Candalistas presents the annual spring event California Dreamin’ on Thursday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Catalina View Gardens.

Guests will enjoy participating in a live panel of speakers that made their California dreams come true, including Nadine Nettmann, certified wine sommelier and mystery novelist. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities at Las Candalistas Creations, Gourmet Pantry and Garden Shop as well as many wonderful boutique vendors, awesome silent auction items and a chance to win an exciting experiential trip for two in California! Try out the Catalina View Wines or a refreshing local craft beer from the Strand Brewing Co. while you enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch by Chef Dora.

The net proceeds will benefit Community’s Child, Trinity KidsCare Hospice and 1736 Family Crisis Center.

Tickets are $75 and can be picked up at the entrance. In case of rain, your donation is much appreciated (sorry no refunds).

Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle

Ticket Purchase Deadline: April 26, 2019 @ Midnight (PDT)

Dream-House-RaffleCalifornia’s first and longest running house raffle is back – the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle!

A Midcentury Modern Estate in Pasadena, CA – or $5,000,000 – is just a $150 raffle ticket away for the lucky winner of the 2019 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The first and oldest house raffle licensed in California, proceeds help fund Palos Verdes Art Center’s exhibition, education, and outreach programs, making the visual arts available, accessible and affordable in Los Angeles County.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 27, 2019

Drug-take-back-day Several South Bay cities will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs (do not need to be in original container). This program is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

What you can bring:
•Unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs or over the counter drugs (do not need to be in original container)

What you can’t bring:
•Illicit substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana
•Hypodermic Needles (“Sharps”)

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for May

May 1 – 31, 2019

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events.

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.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at or call (310) 541-7613.

Check out what’s on tap for May….

Opening Reception: PVAC Student Art Exhibition

May 3, 2019

Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education proudly presents the Opening Reception of the annual Student Art Exhibition on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Featuring Palos Verdes Peninsula student work, this exhibition will highlight this year’s artistic creations from Palos Verdes Art Center school-based outreach program Art At Your Fingertips. Additionally, there will be a showcase of work produced in the PVAC artist residencies held throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and works from the Wessel Photography Program, held in Harbor City.

The exhibition will run from May 3 through May 25.

For additional information, visit the website at

Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Sea Harvest Workshop

May 4, 2019

Terranea Resort will host a Sea Harvest Workshop on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sea Salt Conservatory.

Explore Terranea by Land and Sea with a unique experience highlighting the resort’s Farm-to-Terranea philosophy. Sea Harvest Workshop attendees will enjoy an intimate sea salt and kelp tasting paired with farm-fresh produce, signature crafted bites and sparkling ONEHOPE Wine, as they learn about the resort’s harvesting process with Terranea’s award-winning chefs.

Art by the Sea: Art, Prose & Sound

May 5, 2019

Mark your calendar for the annual Art By The Sea: Art, Prose & Sound on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wayfarers Chapel.

The event features over 25 local fine artists and local crafters; gift basket giveaway; gentle yoga demo by Valyn Carenza-Pack at 11:30am; poetry read live by film producer/poet Michael Coulombe. There will also be an Open Mic Poetry Segment from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. If you would like to recite your poetry, email the Visitors Center at

Artist Drew Brophy will speak about his amazing Geometric Art Series that will be displayed inside the Chapel and a Sound Healing will be presented by Crystal Cadence by Jeralyn Glass.

The event is FREE to attend and you don’t want to miss this fun-filled day!

For additional information, visit the website at

Wayfarers Chapel is located at 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275.

Mandalas & Margaritas

May 5, 2019

Terranea Resort will host Mandalas & Margaritas on Sunday, May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Reflect upon your life journey while painting your own unique mandala stone. Attendees will learn the art of mandala, while enjoying a refreshing ocean-side margarita! Price of admission includes one margarita, chips and salsa, with additional beverages available for purchase.

Tickets are $55 per person.

For additional information and to reserve a spot, call the Adventure Concierge at 310.265.2851 or visit the Facebook event page at

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

PVPEF Main Event / From Classical to Rock

May 11, 2019

The Palos Verdes Peninsula’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Main Event Gala, will be held on May 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Terranea Resort.

The Main Event Gala, a black-tie optional affair, will feature From Classical to Rock, a musical journey where platinum selling rock stars meet world-renowned classical musicians along with student orchestras. Don’t miss THE Palos Verdes social event of the year! Enjoy an incredible evening of cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, wine and the much-anticipated silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $250 per person.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way

Immersive Wellness Retreat

May 18, 2019

Terranea Resort will again host the popular Immersive Wellness Retreat on Saturday, May 18.

Following the success of this series over the last year, the second Daycation of 2019 will include exclusive experiences focused on total overall wellbeing. Highlights of the day’s activities include a wellness session with Energy Medicine Facilitator Angela Matthews, Lunch & Learn with Terranea Resort Nutritionist Navil Lorenzana, a restorative treatment at The Spa at Terranea, and more.

“We look forward to welcoming guests back to Terranea for yet another exciting and fulfilling Daycation,” Spa Director Sharon Holtz says. “With this collection of activities, we are certain that guests will leave the Daycation feeling present, positive, and renewed.”

South Bay Beer & Wine Festival

May 19, 2019

The Rotary Clubs of El Segundo, Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay Sunrise present the annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival on Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

Enjoy the wares of more than 100 exhibiting participants. Now in its sixth year, the South Bay Beer & Wine festival attracts the best in wine, craft beer and restaurant tastings from the entire southern California region. Treat your palate and have blast with friends this spring on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Attendees will enjoy live music by Detour and silent auction in addition to all those fabulous beverages and bites!

Be sure to download the festival app!

General admission tickets are $79. Purchase a VIP upgrade for an additional $42 and premium parking for $15.

For additional information, visit the website at .

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard between Palos Verdes Drive North and Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Movie Night @ SCBG

June 7, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Movie Night on Friday, June 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of Mary Poppins Returns, a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. The film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Set in 1930’s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.

Pre-movie activities for kids begin at 6:45 p.m. Before the movie begins guests are invited to take the Fairies vs Trolls challenge or go for a sunset stroll in the Garden. Movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m. Families are invited to bring their own picnics (with non-alcoholic beverages). Food and drink concessions will be available for purchase. (Family-friendly options, as well as beer and wine. No outside alcohol permitted.)

Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival

June 8 & 9, 2019

Palos-Verdes-Street-Fair-Music-FestivalThe Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Recognized as a high quality, family friendly event, the Fair features a range of activities designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors. Enjoy shopping, music, dining, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, International Food Court, craft beer and wine garden, children’s petting zoo and pony rides, community events, pet adoptions and continuous live entertainment on two separate stages. Convenient all-day carnival ride wristbands will be available for purchase.

Free parking is available at Peninsula High School with a free shuttle service to and from the Fair. The campus parking lot is located on Silver Spur Road near the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard.

Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk

June 15, 2019

South Bay Children’s Health Center presents the annual Champions for Children 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15 starting at 8 a.m. at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates.

The event will raise money and build awareness of the need for quality mental and oral health services for under-served children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas and will attract local dental and mental health professionals, community partners, families and local corporations.

Participants can run or walk the course as an individual or as part of a team. The day will be filled with family activities for children of all ages, vendor booths, a children’s festival and a wonderful, healthy team spirit.

The cost is $35 for adults, $25 for children under 13, and $15 for the Kids Fun Run (5 and under). Late registration, event day packet pick-up and warm-up begins at 7 a.m. The Trail Run starts at 8 a.m. The Trail Walk begins at 9:15 a.m.

For additional information and registration, visit the website at

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Celebrate Wellness

June 23, 2019

Celebrate-WellnessThe community is invited to join Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach for the annual Celebrate Wellness food and beverage tasting event on Sunday, June 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at South Coast Botanic Garden.

Reserve your seat at this extraordinary garden party celebration that will amaze and delight food and wine enthusiasts or anyone who appreciates an opportunity for a great culinary experience. Leisurely stroll through the garden on a summer afternoon, while sampling delectable cuisine and beverages from some of the finest South Bay restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Garden Concert Series

June 23, 2019

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church presents the FREE Garden Concert Series on Sunday, June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn.

Attendees should plan to arrive early and picnic on the lawn. Dessert and coffee will be hosted by St. Luke’s.

Future concerts dates are July 28 and August 25.

This event is FREE to attend and there is ample free parking available.

For additional information, call 310-377-2825.

St Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 7 through August 10, 2019

This summer, Shakespeare by the Sea presents two brand new productions staged at venues throughout the South Bay. Performances of The Comedy of Errors and Henry V will take place during July and August.

The Comedy of Errors – A classic Shakespearean romp of mistaken identity-it’s mischief and mayhem galore! Two young visitors arrive in the city unaware that their long-lost twins already live there. Over the course of a single day, everything that can go wrong does go wrong: a marriage at breaking point, a missing gold chain, an unpaid debt, and a dubious arrest. It’s mischief and mayhem galore!

Beauty of Nature Film Series

July 14, 2019

The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents the Beauty of Nature Film Series: The Dawn Wall on Sunday, July 14 at 4 p.m. at Peninsula High School Theater.

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?

National Night Out

August 6, 2019

National-Night-Out-2016The annual National Night Out takes place this year on Tuesday, August 6.

This unique crime and drug prevention event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

This annual event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness by generating support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthening neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and sending a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

South Bay Social Dogs

First Sundays

Canine Social Hikes - sbbjAll 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.


Second Saturdays

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.

Palos Verdes Art Center

PVAC - sbbjThe 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 - sbbjPalos 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.

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:

South Coast Botanic Garden

south-coast-botanic-garden-south-bay-by-jackieThe 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.