Palos Verdes Events

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On the Surface – Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present

September 7 – November 16, 2019

Palos Verdes Art Center presents the On the Surface – Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present through November 16.

This survey of applied architectural surface design – wallpaper – presents historic samples from European, English, and American wallpaper designers and manufacturers, as well as reissues of classic patterns and explorations in contemporary design. Also included are sample books, antique tools of the trade, and feature walls suitable for portrait backdrops.

The exhibition is organized by PVAC and Boston artist and collector, Scott Dahill.

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).

Nelson’s Sound Series

June 1 – October 26, 2019

Terranea Resort presents the Nelson’s Sound Series starting Saturday, June 1. The series runs from Memorial Day Weekend through late October.

Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., guests will enjoy live music at Nelson’s cliff-side perch overlooking the deep blue. Local bands and musicians will play everything from Country and Reggae to Classic Rock.

Delicious food, fabulous music, incomparable vistas – this is how we do summer in the South Bay.

Saturday, June 1, Feed the Kitty
Friday, June 7, Everyday Housewives
Saturday, June 8, Wise
Friday, June 14, Wise
Saturday, June 15, Headshine
Friday, June 21, The Backtracks

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for September

September 1 – 30, 2019

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

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 September….

Special Events

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

September 13 – November 30, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt daily through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate autumn with this perfect fall excursion in the Garden! Search for pumpkins while enjoying the Garden’s 87 acres. This annual tradition will have you exploring picturesque areas of the Garden in search of hidden pumpkins leading you to the unexpected. Bring your cameras and cell phones for plenty of fall photo opportunities along the way. Walking shoes, sunscreen and water bottles recommended. The hunt is family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails.

Admission is free for Members. For nonmembers, the event is included with General Garden Admission. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance

September 19, 2019

Negri Speaker Series presents Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance with Valorie Kondos-Field on Thursday, September 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Commons at Marymount California University.

Former ballet dancer Valorie Kondos-Field never played organized sports, yet the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame gymnastics coach was a seven-time NCAA champion, four-time national coach of the year and Pac-12 gymnastics coach of the century. Having an extraordinary ability to lead and mentor young gymnasts, Coach Kondos used the sport as an opportunity to teach valuable life lessons and empower her student-athletes to use their voices and celebrate themselves. A recent breast cancer survivor, Miss Val’s positive outlook and hope-filled message is not about winning and losing, but about choreographing your life and owning the choices you make.

California Coastal Cleanup Day

September 21, 2019

California Coastal Cleanup Day, a yearly beach and inland waterway effort to eliminate waste, will take place on Saturday, September 21.

You’ve been recycling for years, reduced your water consumption, turned in the old gas guzzler for a cleaner fuel ride and maybe even installed solar panels. What more can be done? Funny you should ask. Join thousands of volunteers up and down the coast as they gather to remove trash and debris that eventually ends up in the ocean.

California Coastal Cleanup Day was first organized in 1985 by the California Coastal Commission. Last year, over half a million volunteers removed almost 18.3 million pounds of trash and debris in only a few hours from beaches, rivers and lakes throughout the state.

Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine life. It’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment.

Malaga Cove Summer Art Shows

September 21 & 22, 2019

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Malaga Cove Summer Art Show on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Malaga Cove.

The event takes place each month from April through September and features paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, wearable art and prints from artists from the seven art groups affiliated with Palos Verdes Art Center: Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and Third Dimension.

Show Dates: April 13 & 14 – May 18 & 19 – June 15 & 16 – July 20 & 21 – August 17 & 18 – September 21 & 22

For additional information, visit the website at

Malaga Cove Plaza is located at the entrance to the City of Palos Verdes Estates on scenic Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Chico and Via Corta. There is plenty of free parking.

A Swiss Fall Fete

September 22, 2019

Janine and John Colich will host A Swiss Fall Fête on Sunday, September 22 at 4 p.m. at their restored home, the Cottage, in Portuguese Bend.

ETC Theatre Company and DAM-Cancer Foundation host their fourth joint event, a Swiss celebration inspired by the Fall Harvest and Winegrowers’ Festival on the banks of Lake Geneva. Guests will savor gourmet Swiss specialities, a silent auction and sparkling entertainment, including a live alpenhorn. A show specially written for the event by ETC Music Director Parmer Fuller will be performed by a cast of musical theater talents.

Proceeds will benefit the two nonprofit organizations.

Tickets are $225 per person.

Seaside Yoga Gathering @ Terranea

September 22, 2019

Celebrate National Yoga Month at Terranea Resort as they present the annual FREE Seaside Yoga Event on Sunday, September 22 from 4 to 6 p.m..

Open to the public, the free yoga event begins at 4 p.m. with an outdoor wellness marketplace. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with fitness experts from The Spa at Terranea who will share tips on exercise routines and staying fit. The feature event, a Sunset Yoga Class, will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place on Terranea’s 16,000-square-foot oceanfront Palos Verdes Meadows.

The complimentary one hour class, led by Terranea’s fitness gurus, will emphasize the most current yoga moves and techniques. Seasoned yogis and beginners alike are invited to participate. It is recommended that attendees bring a yoga mat.

Space is limited and advance reservations are required.

Evita: In Concert

September 27 – 29, 2019

Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ popular concert series at the Norris Theater soars with music from Evita September 27 through September 29.

One of the most riveting musicals in Broadway history, Evita features a brilliant Tony-winning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The compelling story of Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to become the first lady of Argentina, will come to vivid life with a full orchestra and cast singing the stunning score from the show including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, High Flying Adored and On This Night of a Thousand Stars.

Performances are September 27 and September 28 at 7:30 p.m. and September 29 at 2 pm.

Tickets $35/$70.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for October

October 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.

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

Once in a Lifetime Fundraiser

October 4, 2019

Once in a Lifetime is a fundraising event celebrating Steven Griswold’s 40th birthday taking place on Friday, October 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at a private residence in Rancho Palos Verdes

The event features music by DJ Richard Blade, the Beyond Meat Food Truck and an ultra rare and uncommon whiskey tasting! Proceeds will benefit Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and Beagle Freedom Project

“Once in a lifetime” – Ultra rare whisky tasting ticket: $400.00
“Good Times Roll” – Rare & uncommon whisky tasting Ticket:$250.00
“Friday I’m in Love” – Beer & Wine tasting ticket: $100

Street parking is available / ride share options are recommended.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Peninsula Cars & Coffee

October 5, 2019

The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance presents Peninsula Cars & Coffee every first Saturday (October 5) 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

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.

Tour d’Art

October 5 & 6, 2019

The Artists’ Studio of Palos Verdes presents the annual Tour d’Art on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Enjoy an artistic tour of the spectacular Palos Verdes Peninsula, viewing art, meeting local artists and nibbling scrumptious treats! It’s a wonderful way to spend the day!

The Tour D’Art 2019 features over 40 local artists located in seven private studios and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Choose where you want to start and go at your own pace. Tickets are good for the two-day event. You can visit all studios in one day or split them up. Enjoy conversations with the artists and see where and how they create their artwork. New artwork is for sale at each location.

Social Irrigation

October 12, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Social Irrigation on Saturday, October 12 starting at 6 p.m.

End your week in the most fun and relaxing way possible! Check out the Garden’s newest program, Social Irrigation. Bring your friends and family and let them take care of the rest. Beer, cider and wine will be available for sale onsite. Pre-purchase picnic box meals so it’s ready when you arrive, courtesy of Torrance Bakery. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic as well.

Relax and enjoy live music, take a stroll throughout the Garden or try your hand at The Great Pumpkin Hunt.

Is there a better way to usher in the fall season? I don’t think so!

Tickets are $12/$16.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Palos Verdes Coastal Architecture Tour

October 19, 2019

The Palos Verdes Art Center presents the Palos Verdes Coastal Architecture Tour on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spend a day exploring the architecture, coastal beauty, rich history and fine cultural points-of-interest of Palos Verdes and its environs. Join regional architectural expert/architect Joseph Spierer, AIA, principal, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc. and South Bay historian Steve Shriver, as they bring Palos Verdes to life.

The self-driving excursion will begin with a private tour of the Palos Verdes Art Center and end with a celebratory reception overlooking the coastal sunset at Terranea. In between, stops will include Wayfarer’s Chapel, Del Monte Point, Malaga Cove, special private tours of an historic 1931 Gordon Kaufmann Italianate farmstead, Neutra’s famed Rados House, and other locations.

The cost is $95 for the full day, including lunch at a popular, picturesque Palos Verdes cafe. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the AIA Long Beach/South Bay education and scholarship programs.

Space is limited to 30, please RSVP by October 9.

Prepared Peninsula Expo

October 27, 2019

The four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are once again teaming up for the Prepared Peninsula Expo on Sunday, October 27 from noon to 3 p.m at the Norris Pavilion.

This free event will teach you how to protect yourselves, your family and your pets in a disaster. This information-filled Expo will provide a free lunch (while supplies last) and feature dozens of exhibitors, demonstrations and equipment displays. Children, remember to wear your Halloween Costume and go “trick-or-treating” at the exhibitor booths!

Exhibitors include local organizations giving tips and tools and retail vendors selling preparedness goods, like extended life water, emergency bags as well as Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and much more. There will be brief presentations available during the Expo on safety and preparedness tips. Exhibits from California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Law Enforcement vehicles will provide for an informative and family-friendly time.

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the website at

Palos Verdes Pastoral

October 27, 2019

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in partnership with Terranea Resort present the annual Palos Verdes Pastoral: A Garden-to-Table Dining Experience on Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. on the Catalina Terrace at Terranea Resort

Only 200 lucky guests will experience California’s best in organic, handcrafted food and wine prepared by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra. The event takes place under a harvest moon with breathtaking ocean views. The evening will feature an exclusive dinner inspired by the heritage of the natural landscapes of the Peninsula, emphasizing raw, local and handcrafted ingredients from the land and ocean. Acclaimed Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra will create an exclusive menu that will be paired with some of the finest regional wines available.

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.

Breakfast with Santa @ Promenade on the Peninsula

December 14, 2019

Buy your tickets now for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Promenade on the Peninsula.

It’s going to be a magical morning! See Santa up close and personal! Enjoy a breakfast provided by Good Stuff Restaurant, arts and crafts, and a visit with Jolly St. Nick. Be sure to ring your camera!

Time slots:
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Tickets are $15 per adult, $5 for kids 6 to 12 years old, 5 years old and younger are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at Good Stuff Restaurant in Promenade on the Peninsula.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at

Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 101, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.


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 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.