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 June

June 1 – 30, 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 June….

Special Events

Nelson’s Summer Concert Series

June 1 – October 26, 2019

Terranea Resort presents the Nelson’s Summer Concert 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

Bingo Bash

June 20, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a Bingo Bash on Thursday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Village.

Come out and play some bingo to raise funds for the Alheimer’s Association! Attendees should bring snacks and drinks to share. Coffee and dessert bar will be provided. Use your powers for good while having fun!

Bingo book is $25.

RSVP at 310-377-9977.

Belmont Village is located at 5701 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

G.Y.M. Class (goats, yoga & mimosas)

June 22 & July 20, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents G.Y.M. Class (goats, yoga & mimosas) on Saturday, June 22 from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the benefits of yoga, bask in the fresh air of the Garden, and hold your poses alongside Nigerian Dwarf goats! According a recent Huffington Post article, this new fitness trend is “the cutest way to find your center!” After class, attendees will enjoy mimosas and a relaxing tram tour of the garden.

Bring a yoga mat, camera and sense of humor. Space is limited so register today! Next class is scheduled for July 20.

The fee for Members is $48, for non-Members, $54. Fee includes garden admission.


June 23, 2019

The St. Francis Episcopal Choir presents Kaleidoscope! on Sunday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Kaleidoscope is a fun(d)raiser luncheon featuring songs about colors. This delightful presentation brings energetic songs by the choir and by individuals together with delicious food prepared and served by the choir and a three-act show filled with humor and talent.

This event allows the choir to bring in instrumentalists and present special music to the congregation and community.

Tickets are $10 per person or $20 family at the door. Free parking.

For additional information, visit the website at

St. Francis Episcopal Church is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

Celebrate Wellness

June 23, 2019

The 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.

Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series

June 23 – August 25, 2019

The Lunada Bay Homeowners Association presents the Summer Concert Series on select Sundays.

Summer means backyard barbecues, ice cold lemonade, family vacations, trips to the beach and even better, the annual Lunada Bay Summer Concert Series. Fun, affordable and family-friendly, the Summer Concert Series features bands performing at Lunada Bay Park and PV High School. This year’s lineup promises something for everyone with lots of local artists and new exciting headliners. A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all events in support of LBHOA and local businesses. Plus look out for the “Kids Corner” offering arts and crafts.

Be sure to bring blankets, chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park with family and friends.

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.

Summer Sunday Sounds

June 23, 2019

Summer-Sunday-SoundsThe Neighborhood Church presents Summer Sunday Sounds featuring Sarah Fantappiè on Sunday, June 23 beginning at 6 p.m.

These FREE, oceanside, summer concerts have been a Neighborhood Church favorite for years and feature local musicians on the seaside patio. The bring-you-own picnic begins at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m. No tickets or reservations are required — just pack a picnic, grab a few friends, come on down and enjoy the show! Seating is provided. The concerts are free and a freewill offering will be collected.

Sarah Fantappiè is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Chapman University where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. During her time as a student, Sarah enjoyed touring as a member of the University Singers Choir and performing various roles with OperaChapman including Ophelie in Hamlet, Mrs. Fiorentino in Street Scene, and La Prima Cercatrice in Suor Angelica. She also performed the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with University of Florida’s Operafestival di Roma Program in the summer of 2015.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for July

July 1 – 31, 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 July….

Special Events

Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2019

The City of Palos Verdes Estates proudly presents An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This free community event is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Pack a picnic basket and plan to make a day of it. Enjoy family games, face painting, magic show, patriotic music, food and more.

Children are encouraged to decorate their bicycles in red, white and blue and participate in the Patriotic Bicycle Parade. If you plan to take part in the Apple Pie Contest, you should arrive early to submit your entry.

For additional information, visit the website at

All activities take place on the playing fields of Malaga Cove School located at 300 Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.

Rancho Palos Verdes 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2018

fourth of JulyThe City of Rancho Palos Verdes presents the annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Point Vicente Park and RPV Civic Center

The event features arts and crafts booths, carnival rides, games and contests, a petting zoo and the Jim Gamble Puppet Show!

Rancho Caninos Dog Park will be closed during this event.

Admission to the celebration is free, and complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31550 Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking will be available on a first come, first-served basis for $5 per vehicle.

Music on the Meadows

July 4, 2018

Celebrate Independence Day with Music on the Meadows on Thursday, July 4 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Terranea Resort.

Terranea invites guests of all ages for an afternoon filled with musical headliner Wilson Phillips, Farm-to-Terranea cuisine, local breweries, and more. In addition, concert goers may purchase a variety of Farm-to-Terranea signature dishes and a selection of wines and craft beers. Outside food and drink, pets, umbrellas, coolers and personal chairs are not permitted.

Early Bird general admission tickets are $55, Early Bird VIP tickets are $115.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

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!

Movie Night @ SCBG

July 12, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Movie Night on Friday, July 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.

For this special evening, dress the part of your favorite superhero! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic to sit among the flowers and under the stars to watch a screening of Incredibles 2. Family-friendly concessions available, along with beer and wine. Doors open at 6 p.m., pre-movie activities for kids begin at 6:45 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m).

Guests are also invited to take the Fairies vs Trolls challenge, or go for a sunset stroll in the Garden.

Tickets are $6 for Members and $11 for non-members. Advance tickets are required. Ticket sale dates: April 15 for Members and May 1 for Non-members.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247.

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?

Chefs & Cellars

July 14, 2019

The Association presents Chefs & Cellars on Sunday, July 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Catalina View Gardens.

The community is invited for an epicurean afternoon in the vineyard! Guests will enjoy a breathtaking sunset, ocean views, silent auction and mouthwatering tastes from over 15 of the South Bay’s premiere restaurants, accompanied by wine, beer, and spirits by many of California’s foremost makers.

Tickets are $125 and reservations are limited. This event is for those 21+.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at

Catalina View Gardens is located at 6001 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

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.